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February 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Looking ahead OKLAHOMA CITY AT PORTLAND, 7 p.m. PST Tuesday. TV: NBA TV. Neil Olshey can never get enough credit. The Mike Dunleavy protégé turned the Clippers into big winners and now has built the Portland Trail Blazers into a Western Conference power in only his second season as the team's general manager. New additions Robin Lopez and Mo Williams have bolstered the core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum while making Portland one of the NBA's breakthrough teams.
February 2, 2014
John Wall scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and the Washington Wizards took advantage of a rare off game from hometown star Kevin Durant in a 96-81 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night that stopped Oklahoma City's 10-game winning streak. Two days after being selected to the All-Star game for the first time, Wall also had 15 assists and six steals and went seven for 11 from the field after halftime, more than making up for an 0-for-7 first half. Durant had 26 points on eight-for-21 shooting, including 0 for 6 from three-point range, along with five turnovers.
January 16, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said late Thursday that he will leave Congress at the end of this session, two years before his term expires. The Oklahoma senator who pioneered budget slashing before the ascent of the tea party has been battling cancer, but had always said he would limit his time in office. His departure will set up a special election in the Republican-heavy state. “This decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires,” Coburn, 65, said in a statement.
January 14, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Hailey Branson-Potts
A federal judge in Tulsa struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday but suspended his decision while it's appealed to higher courts. The ruling is the latest in a series of legal victories for same-sex marriage proponents around the country. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern's ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 2004, the same year Oklahoma passed its constitutional amendment with 76% of voters in favor of banning same-sex marriage. Kern's ruling said Oklahoma's ban violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
January 8, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated. See note below.
A religious group believes it has an idea that could "complement and contrast" the Ten Commandments monument located on Oklahoma state Capitol grounds: a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan, depicted as a Baphomet -- a goat-headed figure with wings and horns -- sitting on a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children at its side. On Monday, the New York-based religious group Satanic Temple formally submitted its application for the monument to the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission , which oversees the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City.
January 8, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Why can't the Satanists be just a little more tasteful? There is no way the statue they've proposed for the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds is going to fly. Even if it does have wings. Does anybody anywhere want to have a 7-foot goat-headed, horned creature right out of the scary part of “Ghostbusters” staring at them when they walk across a deserted lawn at dusk? “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair, where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation,” said Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple , which is behind the unusual proposal.
January 5, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Michelle Pritchett, the Alabama football fan who attacked Oklahoma fans at the Orange Bowl, issued an apology this weekend for her actions. Pritchett, who was attending the game Wednesday with her husband, son and family friends, is shown on the video above confronting the fans, who she says were goading her son into a fight. It all started as good-natured trash talking, if you can believe that, and escalated into what you can see in the video above. "It had nothing to do about the ballgame," Pritchett told
December 29, 2013
Looking ahead HOUSTON AT OKLAHOMA CITY: Sunday, 4 p.m. PST. TV: NBA TV. These teams last met in a roller coaster first-round playoff series. In Game 2, Rockets guard Patrick Beverley went for a steal and plowed into the Thunder's All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who suffered a torn meniscus and needed surgery on his right knee. The Thunder eliminated Houston in six games, but without Westbrook it fell to Memphis in the second round. Forget about a Westbrook-Beverley rematch, though.
December 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A month-long nationwide manhunt for a man accused of murdering three people and burning down their home in Colorado ended Saturday night when he was arrested at a motel in Oklahoma, officials said. In his mug shot, Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was bloodied, with cuts on his cheek, head and mouth, after the U.S. Marshals Service, with the help of several other agencies, tracked him to a motel near Interstate 40 in Roland in eastern Oklahoma, not far from the Arkansas border. Officials said the Marshals Service, worried that Mapps might be armed, caught the former long-distance trucker by surprise and took him down quickly at the motel, resulting in superficial injuries.
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