Video: Horn on Space Exploration

By Dale DenwaltU.S. Representative Kendra Horn talks about the history of American Space Exploration, the future of the space program, and Oklahoma's involvement in those missions.Read more on

Some longstanding OSU athletic logos unaffected by brand update

By Scott WrightStaff writerswright@oklahoman.comOklahoma State announced a move on Monday to unify its branding across all its platforms, but the change won’t necessarily impact some of the athletic teams’ longstanding logos.
The move is designed to emphasize the use of the “brand OSU” as the school’s primary mark as a university-wide initiative, with Pistol Pete remaining as an integral part of OSU’s public image.
However, the baseball team’s well-recognized interlocking “OS” will remain on their hats.Read more on

Oklahoma County marriage, divorce records for July 4, 2019

Staff reportsMARRIAGES
Karla Grecia Ochoa Ramirez and Danny Ray Buckaloo Jr.
Dejona Renee Lockett and Ugo Kenneth Uchudiuno
Jasmine Latoya Fuller and Andrew Wayne Ross
Brianna Rose Rush and Trey Joseph Dewayne Landry
Uriel Salinas Terrazas and Alejandro Ramirez Gallegos
Karla Marie Rodriguez Vazquez and Cesar Enrique Renovales Rodriguez
Marlem Jazmin Palomino Enriquez and Diego Jerson Jimenez
Rebecca Dawn Tryon and Mark Anthony Lyons
Waleska Crespo Aponte and Juan Nicholas Valdez
Donna Carol Sullivan and Jasper William Thomas
Carrie Lynn Bauer and Khadija Faiyz Khan
Nimsi Medina and Taylor Kyle Smith
Nijae Lanisha Williams and RT Pittman
Madison Jean Barkley and Johnnie Ray Houston Jr.
Julie Diane Coontz and Joseph Gordon Fowler
Chelsea Marie Annett and Jarvis Edward Taylor
Kayla Danae Jackson and Trey Allen Keene
Irise Denise Little and Calvin Dean Thompson
Donna Gail Camarena and Jose Armando Renteria Becerra
Trancito E. Bonilla Jerez and Elmer R. Barrios Mazariegos
Amy Louise Wallis and Kary Glynn Goolsby
Jasma Rochelle Jones and Bernard Robert Fontaine
Lisa Kay Helgeson and Erik Lee Denham
Megan Nicole Moore and Payton Goldston Northrup
Helen Marium Jacob and David George Samkutty
Kelsi Renee Ruth and Charles Rex Spradlin
Rosalia Noemi Ibarra and Juan P. Torres Diosdado
Jacklyn Raylene Davis and Brandon James Wahl
Brieana Kay Hook and Matthew Allen Dawson
Michelle Vondene Nevez and Justin Don Hickey
Kristina Anne Beall and Thomas Craig Lewis
Tawana Michelle Hill and Phillip Antwain Lambeth
Emma Grace Williams and Connor Anthony Anderson
Emmery Lee Frejo and David Arnold Thummel
Jennifer Rodriguez Garcia and Javier Saavedra Garduno
Anderson, Ronald C. v.

Cigarette sales down 25% in past year, but state tax revenue up $133 million

By Stetson PayneTulsa WorldAlthough people bought fewer cigarettes in Oklahoma in fiscal year 2019, the state reportedly collected more than $100 million more than the previous year in part thanks to the $1 cigarette tax that went into effect July 1, 2018.
Oklahomans bought about 59 million fewer packs of cigarettes the last fiscal year, equal to about a 25% drop, according to a statement from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Paula Ross, communications director for Tax Commission, said in an email the cigarette tax, which helped contribute to a teacher pay raise, directly led to $133 million in additional tax revenue.Read more on

Rediscovering America: A Quiz for July 4

By Jason StevensInsideSources.comNear the end of his life, Thomas Jefferson described the Declaration of Independence as “an expression of the American mind.” On Independence Day, Americans should remember not only the Founding Fathers and the Revolutionary War but, more important, the fundamental principles and ideals that created and sustain the nation.
The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the 4th of July and the Declaration of Independence.
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Biotech braces for busy summer

Cristin FlanaganBloombergInvestors may be digesting a deal from Bristol-Myers Squibb for Celgene and getting their teeth into AbbVie's bid for Allergan, but there are plenty of other large-cap biotechs and pharma still hungry for action.
"Do not sleep on the summer," Jefferies trading specialist Jared Holz cautioned clients in a note.Read more on

Morning Roundup: Johnny Bench to make appearance before OKC Dodgers game

Hall of Fame catcher and Binger native Johnny Bench is returning to his native state Saturday night.
Bench, along with retiring Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson and photographer Jean Fruth, will make an appearance during the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ game against Round Rock to promote Grassroots Baseball, participate in a youth clinic and a book signing.
Bench will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and then join Idelson and Fruth on the concourse to sign copies of the book, “Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin.” Copies of the book will be available in the team store.
The trio will also participate in a youth baseball clinic at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 4:30 p.m.
Idelson and Fruth founded Grassroots Baseball to promote and celebrate the amateur game around the globe, focusing on growing interest and participation at the youngest levels.Read more on

E.J. Dionne: A patriotism worth defending

By E.J. Dionne Jr.CAPE NEDDICK, Maine — To suggest on the Fourth of July that we need to consider the downsides of patriotism is to risk a heresy far more troublesome than challenging the merits of baseball, fireworks, hot dogs and beer.
Let's leave baseball unsullied.

Jury sentences Navy SEAL for posing with Iraq war casualty

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted for posing with the corpse was sentenced by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes.

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was sentenced by a military jury to a reduction in rank and four months of confinement.

A judge, however, credited the 40-year-old Gallagher with enough time already spent in custody to ensure he won't be locked up.

Gallagher turned to his wife, shook his head and pretended to unpin his "anchors" — the insignia of a chief — and fling them across the courtroom.Read more on