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Tunneling under the state, caves offer a chance for a little underworld exploration


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Heide Brandes
Oklahoma has a dark underworld. The blackness is unimaginably thick, and throughout the state's underbelly, tunnels and cracks wind through a world that most people never see. Into the wildDark cityCa...
 
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bald eagle watchers find much to love in Oklahoma lakes


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Across Lake Thunderbird, the Southern bald eagle perched on one of the scrubby trees that lined the far side of the lake. On an opposite shore, a group of visitors stared through binoculars and peered...
 
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cycling not just summer exercise


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When Neill Harmer of Oklahoma City lost a tremendous amount of weight, the one thing he didn't want was to put it back on.Warming upKeeping your coolThat meant eating right and exercise " lots of exer...
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Importance of taking time to unwind during holidays is stressed


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On a bitterly cold Thursday, just two weeks before Christmas Eve, Bruce Rinehart was fighting off the effects of too little sleep and too much stress.Health DistressWorry-free HolidaysHe'd been up sin...
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Oklahoma gets hits hard by sniffles, more than almost anywhere else in U.S.


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Heide Brandes
The symptoms can start small: a slight itching of the eyes, a minor burning of the throat. Some Oklahomans sneeze and suffer nasal congestion only at certain times of the year, usually when ragw...
 
Thursday, December 10, 2009

Students can keep dreaded 'freshman 15' at bay using schools' fitness centers


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Heide Brandes
College can be rough on the waistline. Dining halls offering all-you-can-eat options, late-night study slams with pizza, and parties with alcohol can all mean added pounds to the average college...
 
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cash-strapped college kids find refuge in thrift stores


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Some think of thrift stores as a last option of shopping, but hundreds of resale shops in Oklahoma are becoming more lucrative, offering not only affordable options in clothing and items, but a ...
 
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fall festivals celebrate everything from monarchs to mythical beasts


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Vera Nelson was always a little skeptical about the Bigfoot legends that surrounded the small town of Honobia. SEARCHING FOR SASQUATCH THE BUTTERFLY EFF...
 
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oktoberfest is back: polka, wienerschnitzel, lots of German beer


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With the ceremonial stabbing of a keg of brew, the city of Choctaw will transform into little piece of Germany, complete with wienerschnitzel, strudel and, of course, gallons upon gallons of Ger...
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009

As Kansas takes reins on Oklahoma/Kansas passenger rail line, Oklahoma waits to see results


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Oklahoma is in a prime position with passenger rail, especially with a designation as a federal high-speed corridor. Kansas doesn't have that luxury, but that's not stopping Oklahoma's northe...
 
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Studies say gastrointestinal disorder Celiac disease is on the rise


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Heide Brandes
Migraines, severe joint pain, general malaise " 25-year-old Sara Lorenzen of Oklahoma City suffered from it all. She ate relatively healthy, tried to stay away from fried food and even went orga...
 
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Freegans' feast on discarded foodstuff


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Heide Brandes
Spring and summer bring a bounty of fresh vegetation to Oklahoma City, and for some locals, that means a free lunch. By doing a little urban foraging for wild plants that grow in backyards, on r...
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Proposed passenger rail line between Midwest City, Bricktown gains steam


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Heide Brandes
Passenger rail isn't a new concept in the Oklahoma City metro area, but when President Barack Obama announced plans in April to spend $8 billion of the $787 billion federal stimulus money on hig...
 
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kite boarding addicts get fix at Lake Hefner


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Heide Brandes
On an unusually warm April afternoon, with the wind blowing both angrily and calm as it does at Lake Hefner, Morocco native and Oklahoma City resident Ali Abdelali lounged in a camp chair to wat...
 
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hang gliders say it's the simplest way to fly


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Heide Brandes
Sitting in a tiny seat behind a pilot who is in an equally tiny seat under a 32-foot wing, flying seems nearly impossible and downright foolhardy. IN THE VOID ...
 
Thursday, May 21, 2009
 
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