Samaje Perine – Photo curtsey The Oklahoman
Sports writer Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman has produced some marvelous coverage over the years – some infuriating, but all well thought and well written.
In this year’s OU vs. OSU Bedlam coverage Carlson surpasses, in our humble opinion, all previous work with an observation asserting “OU running back Samaje Perine taking a knee instead of scoring a touchdown was Bedlam’s best play.”
Carlson begins: Samaje Perine took the handoff and immediately saw the end zone.
Until 1975 it was a rule that all major-league baseballs had to be covered with horsehide. Horsehide gradually became increasingly more expensive resulting in 1975 baseballs optionally being covered in either cowhide or horsehide. Nowadays cowhide is used almost exclusively.
Speaking of baseball — during the 1970’s and into the 1990’s, a bosomy blonde gained fame for sprinting onto fields during games and kissing targeted players. Known as the Kissing Bandit, she smacked George Brett, Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan and several others. However, it was the osculation on Nolan Ryan that resulted in Morganna Roberts’ (her real name) arrest. Morganna is now 69 years old and was reported to be residing in Louisville, Kentucky.
Scott Pruitt visits Donald Trump. Graphic: SkyNews
President-Elect Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be his Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, according to a source on Trump’s transition team and the screams of many rabid environmentalists. This is the second time that Pruitt has met with Trump in regard to the position.
Pruitt, Attorney General since 2010, has been a skeptic and staunch opponent to President Obama’s climate change agenda. Pruitt sued the EPA in 2015 on the grounds that the administration’s Clean Power Plan would force Oklahoma to expend substantial resources, compromise investment and tax revenue, and threaten the health and welfare of Oklahoma’s citizens by undermining electric reliability and affordability. This case is still pending.
Thunderbird Youth Academy, located in Pryor, Ok., was established in 1993. The program is designed to reclaim troubled, at risk teens and redirect them to make positive changes in their lives. Thunderbird, a pilot program of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, works with 16-18 year-olds works to infuse its students with values, self-discipline, education and life skills in order to lead productive lives.
Sean England is a recruiter at Thunderbird Academy who says that, although there are plenty of candidates for the school, recruiting the right students can be difficult.
State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City
Senate President Pro Tempore-Designate Mike Schulz today announced his appointments of chairs and vice-chairs of Senate standing committees and appropriations subcommittees for the 56th Legislature.
“The men and women who will serve as chair and vice chair for Senate committees and appropriations subcommittees have extraordinary talent, and a deep commitment to serving Oklahoma and its people. Like all Senate Republicans, the committee chairs and vice chairs will work on policies that will help foster economic growth and job creation long-term, helping the great state of Oklahoma right now and years down the road,” said Schulz, R-Altus.