TV trumps Twitter. At least this election cycle.
Before dying of a methamphetamine overdose early on Aug. 1, 2017, La Salle County, Texas, prisoner James Dean Davis, aka “Country,” moaned and yelled for most of the night. Sweat dripped off him in a chilly holding cell, as vomit ran red, like Kool-Aid, on the floor.
The immediate aftermath of what some political pundits view as puzzling election results in Kentucky on Tuesday is hardly time enough to analyze accurately what happened and why. But we can draw some broad conclusions.
If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.
At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.”
Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.
In 2002, a friend’s eight-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.
Oklahoma is comprised of 39 federally recognized tribes and roughly 4 million people, and I was elected to give a fresh eye to all agreements, laws, and actions by state government and to make the hard decisions that consider every individual who calls this great state home.
The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes (ITC) provided a unified, formal and firm response to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s recent repudiation of the Oklahoma Model Tribal Gaming Compact.
The Trump administration intends to slap a 5 percent tariff on every medium-sized car, avocado and other Mexican import beginning June 10, affecting nearly $1 billion worth of goods that crosses the border into the U.S. each day on average.
Soybeans may not seem all that useful in a war. Nonetheless they’ve become China’s most important weapon in its ever-worsening trade conflict with the U.S.
The checkout line at the supermarket is a surprising mix of dark secrets and brain candy. Every time I need milk and eggs, I feel like Odysseus caught between Scylla and Charybdis: to the right of me, the dreaded chocolate bars, a whirlpool of cocoa and sugar that sucks me down, and to the left of me the six-headed monster of the tabloid newspapers.
When 12 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School 20 years ago, it not only became what at the time was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. It also marked when American society was first handed a script for a new form of violence in schools.
Many Americans are outraged by the college admissions scandal revealed by the FBI Tuesday. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and cheated to improve their children’s SAT and ACT scores.
President Donald Trump met several times with Russian President Vladimir Putin while no other American was privy to the communication except for a State Department interpreter.
President Trump evoked the Wounded Knee massacre in a recent tweet reacting to an Instagram video Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted on New Year’s Eve, the day after she announced she was forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run.
The Mega Millions lottery jackpot swelled to a record $1.6 billion after the 25 drawings held since the end of July – including the latest Friday night – failed to yield a winner.
Washington, D.C., has become too partisan and there is no better example of that than the topic of health care – a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy.
There has been a lot of talk about this in the last couple of years, but to me, as a real, credentialed, credible journalist working among real journalists, the issue is very clear: Without journalism, freedom and democracy are in serious danger.
On May 14, the United States Supreme Court invalidated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a federal law that prohibited states, aside from a few exemptions like Nevada, from allowing sports betting operations.
In the spring of 1997, my future brother-in-law and I drove through Detroit's east side, with 8Ball & MJG booming from the sound system. En route to his mother's house, we passed blighted blocks, laced with vacant houses and abandoned buildings, some so hollowed out that brush and trees had reclaimed them.
“It has been many long, hard, agonizing battles for the last few years and you fought like a warrior every step of the way. Addiction, however, won the war. To the person who doesn’t understand addiction, she is just another statistic who chose to make a bad decision.”
Several of our favorite national parks are clustered in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument are within an easy half-day drive of one another. We don’t mean travelers can visit all of the parks in a day, but it would be a shame to visit one or two and skip others that are so near.
Several years ago we had an opportunity to visit Luckenbach, Texas, a small spot best known to locals and fans of country music. Luckenbach gained widespread fame in 1977 when a song of the same name sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson hit the charts. During the chilly evening, we enjoyed local musicians pickin' guitars while visitors knocked back Lone Star longnecks inside the saloon. It was an evening well spent during our 2013 tour of the Hill Country.
What could Aaron Hernandez have been thinking when he hanged himself in a prison cell, as has been reported, shortly after he was found not guilty of a double murder and with a possible appeal coming on his earlier murder conviction?
The dichotomy of the word “fix” is interesting. It can mean repair. It can be used, too, as slang for the relief provided by a drug — and that’s where the destructiveness happens.
Of all the federal agencies created by Congress, one of the true success stories is the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which grew out of a bipartisan effort in 1977.
If you have an interest in learning how to construct wooden boats - perhaps a vessel of your own - this is the place. The school offers both one- to two-year educational programs covering the basics of building wooden boats. It also schedules summer workshops for assembling a personal vessel from a kit.
WASHINGTON -- Although the National Endowment for the Arts' 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.
This week is Sunshine Week in America, a time to reflect on the importance of open government to our democracy and the critical role of the press to inform the people about whether government is serving them or not.
The Trans-Canada Highway stretches nearly 5,000 miles and crosses six time zones. If you’re in a rush, you can probably drive it in a week. But add a temperamental SUV, two working parents and three school-age kids, and it turns into a month-long adventure.
Tim Campbell depicts the Senate Republican majority's likely use of the "Nuclear Option" to reduce from 60 to a simple majority 51 votes need to approve President Trump's appointment of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON — The technique has been called (by this columnist) "immunity through profusion." By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors' capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs.
The New England Patriots unimaginable victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday ranks among the most dramatic comebacks in American sports history.
In an era of social media scuttlebutt and fake news flashes, it’s difficult to believe two American news wire services, Associated Press and United Press International, once competed ferociously to not only get the news first but to first get it right.
This Week's Circulars
ADA [ndash] Judy Lynn Strange, 68, of Ada passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Ada. Services are pending at this time.
ADA [ndash] Helen Ruth Smith, 69, of Ada passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Ada. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday at Estes-Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Ada. Interment will follow at Blackrock Cemetery in Allen.
PURCELL [ndash] Wynonia VanLandingham was born Aug. 21, 1937, in Ada to Bert and Jewell Jones. She passed away Dec. 8, 2019, in Purcell. Wynonia loved singing, attending church, shopping with her sisters and spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and eating. She is survived by two son…
- Four Ada schools get Cs on state report cards
- Stratford woman killed in US177 wreck
- Parade winners announced
- Gaming fight headed for showdown
- Lincoln Riley, Ed Orgeron talked plenty of offense when crossing paths at NFL Draft
- Stitt says commercial casinos interested if deal not renewed
- Nonprofit offers a 'Hope Haven' to parents in crisis
- Loaded Mid-America Classic set for Dec. 26-28
- No. 5 Cougars finish strong
- Mama T's donation