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Picher Oklahoma: The Tragedy of a Ghost Town


By Danniel Parker Staff Writer   He’s the last one left in Picher Oklahoma, haunting the remains of a mining town that transformed into a hazardous waste site. When Gary Linderman opens the front door to his Ole Miners Pharmacy, the post office that once stood across the street is now rubble. The few stores […]

Scruffy Oklahomans compete to grow world’s greatest beard and win


By Danniel Parker   This month two Oklahomans squared off against a world of competition as they vied for the gold… Except these guys aren’t competitive athletes, they aren’t beauty contestants, Nobel peace prize nominees or aspiring poet-laureates. Nope, these guys just hate having to shave. It’s serious business and they are extremely good at […]

The last honky-tonk outlaws ride into the Blue Note bar


Danniel Parker Staff Writer Two lone soul country outlaws play Oklahoma City every now and again. They say they exist, burning bright, away from modern time and space. They say you can see into their souls if you stare into a campfire long enough, dead-drunk on whiskey, and those visions you see in the blaze, […]

A family-friendly (usually) Improv and brunch at the Prohibition Room


Audience members might test the limits By Danniel Parker. Staff Writer Seven finely dressed men and women walk into a bar. They start pantomiming and grunting like monkeys, because, well, it’s their job. First they are playing football against members of the G.O.P. Instead of a ball the quarterback passes his receiver a handful of […]

Ranchers brave blizzard to save livestock and preserve beef supply


Danniel Parker Staff Writer Ranchers raising cattle is a large and vital industry in Oklahoma. And the Sooner state is home to scores of beef lovers. During times of extreme weather, such as the biggest recorded snowfall in state history last week, both ranchers and livestock struggled to survive, industry officials said. Scott Dewald is […]

Human Trafficking activist working to protect young victims


Danniel Parker. Staff Writer Mark Elam the Director of O.A.T.H, Oklahomans Against the Trafficking of Humans, has worked to make the public aware of human trafficking in the state since 2008. On Nov 17, 2010, Elam was given the Directors Community Leadership Award by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for his community work in helping […]

Regulators to reform acceptable levels of Chromium-6 in Cleveland County Water


The Environmental Work Group, a non profit group of scientists and activists, released a study on Dec. 20, that found the carcinogenic chemical hexalvalent chromium, or chromium-6, in Norman’s tap water. It is ranked No. 1, or the highest level in the country. EWG found 12.9 parts of chromium-6 per billion parts of water drawn […]

MyMercy story gives patients ease of computerized health information and interaction


The Mercy Health System recently introduced MyMercy, which supports the patient-doctor relationship with the ease of computerization and smart phone technology, officials said. The Mercy Health System covers four mid-western states and includes 28 hospitals, over 200 outpatient clinics, and employs around 36,000 people. Many mid-city people work for, or utilize Mercy health services. MyMercy […]

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Tiffany McKnight poses with the Festivus pole in front of Kyle Van Osdol, who is playing drums for his impromptu jazz band Vanilla

On Dec. 23 eve, roommates Kyle Edward Van Osdol and Steve Schaben hosted their ninth annual Festivus, in their Paseo home. Termed Festivus, for the rest of us, it’s an alternative and new-school holiday that is to be celebrated either instead of, or alongside Christmas. It’s a holiday about nothing. It’s a cheap holiday created […]

Opening Night to explode across Oklahoma Skies Dec. 31 on 24th anniversary


Oklahomans are gearing up for the 24th annual Opening Night celebration, our city’s New Years Eve festival of sound, fury and midnight fireworks. This year the locally sourced entertainment vary from alternative rock bands, to comedy troupes to Cirque De Soliel-esque dance groups.  There will 23 acts, all competing for audience attention, spread out across […]

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