December 2017

Merry Christmas! (even without a matraca)


Until recently, we have had significantly warm weather for this time of this year.  The first Saturday of December, temperatures were in the 70s, which is unusual for Tulsa. Titus the Honorable and I decided to take advantage of the good weather and get in one more adventure before the cold took up a more […]

OU’s profilic offense faces Georgia’s tough defense Jan.1


Arguably the best offense will face the best defense in the nation January 1 in the Rose Bowl as No. 2 Oklahoma squares off against No. 3 Georgia in the semifinal of the College Football Playoff. Georgia, champions of the Southeastern Conference, will try to shut down OU’s offense with its stifling defense and slow […]

Va. Tech’s challenge? Stop OSU’s nation-leading offense


Can the Virginia Tech defense stop the Oklahoma State offense? Can the Hokie defense even slow down the Cowboy’s offense? Those answers will come on December 28 when the No. 19 Cowboys face No. 22 Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida. This season, even though OSU lost three games, no one […]

Santa: Not New England this season


The following has become a tradition of this column, and this year we present my 17th Annual Sports Fan’s Letter to Santa Claus. Dear Santa Claus, It’s been quite a year in sports, from Clemson beating Alabama for the College Football Championship, to Mississippi State upsetting UConn to claim the NCAA Women’s Basketball title, to […]

Jerusalem decision draws approval


The decision by President Donald Trump to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has drawn praise from Oklahoma lawmakers. State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, who is an ordained minister, welcomed the move. “Many presidents have ‘promised’ this but have never followed […]

House subpoenas withdrawn when officials agree to appear


The chair of the House Special Investigation Committee recently served three state officials with subpoenas to appear before the committee and produce evidence related to apparent financial mismanagement at the Oklahoma Department of Health. Subpoenas were served to Preston Doerflinger, director of the Office of Management Enterprise Services and acting director of the Department of […]

Atheists will meet in OKC in 2018


America Atheists will hold their 2018 National Convention in Oklahoma City, March 30 to April 1. To stir up news coverage, the group has leased billboards, including two in Tulsa. One urges Tulsans to “Just skip church. It’s all fake news.” “Everyone knows that the stories we’re told in church aren’t the truth,” said David […]

John J. Dwyer to autograph books


Will Rogers Medallion Award Winning author John J. Dwyer will have a book signing from 1-4 p.m. December 23 at Barne & Noble in Tulsa Woodland Plaza, 8620 E. 71st St. Dwyer has published a series called The Oklahomans. Other books include Shortgrass, The War Between the States, When the Bluebonnets Come, Stonewall and others. […]

Tulsa gets friendly bicycle award


For the 3rd time in a row, the City of Tulsa has received a Bicycle Friendly Community bronze-level designation from the League of American Bicyclists. Tulsa received its first Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2009, followed by a renewal in 2013, and now a second renewal in 2017. Each designation lasts four years. Tulsa is […]

Awards for city fluoridation efforts


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced that 12 water systems – including Tulsa – have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognizes those communities which achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking […]