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Oklahoma native songwriter passes away in Nevada

Born in Oklahoma, Lee Hazlewood who wrote the lyrics for Nancy Sinatra's hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin" among others, died over the weekend reportedly of cancer in Nevada.   Hazle...

Born in Oklahoma, Lee Hazlewood who wrote the lyrics for Nancy Sinatra's hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin" among others, died over the weekend reportedly of cancer in Nevada.

 

Hazlewood was born in Mannford and throughout his childhood lived in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.08.2007 7 years ago
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Another Monday, another 'Saving Grace' episode

Tonight's "Saving Grace" installment is entitled "Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned." Guess that means that Angela's dad from "My So-Called Life"

Tonight's "Saving Grace" installment is entitled "Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned."

Guess that means that Angela's dad from "My So-Called Life"

by 08.07.2007 7 years ago
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Labor Department releases 2006 worker fatality statistics

The Oklahoma Department of Labor released its annual workplace fatality statistics today. Overall, workplace deaths decreased in 2006 to 91, down from 95 in 2005.   Transportation deaths top th...

The Oklahoma Department of Labor released its annual workplace fatality statistics today. Overall, workplace deaths decreased in 2006 to 91, down from 95 in 2005.

 

Transportation deaths top the list with 65 percent of the total. There were 86 private sector fatalities and seven public sector deaths. Males accounted for 96 percent of the fatalities. Also, 93 percent of the deaths occurred among wage and salary workers while self-employed workers made up the remaining seven percent.

 

Reading between the lines, if you are a male road construction worker employed in the private sector you might want to up your life insurance policy.

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.18.2007 7 years ago
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Foot-in-mouth disease

It was one of those Mondays for Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon.   A member of the ownership group that purchased the Seattle Supersonics National Basketball Association and Seattle Storm Wome...

It was one of those Mondays for Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon.

 

A member of the ownership group that purchased the Seattle Supersonics National Basketball Association and Seattle Storm Women's National Basketball Association franchises, McClendon was quoted by the Associated Press via The Journal Record as saying he did not buy into the franchise for the team(s) to stay in Seattle.

 

Later in the day, Controlling Owner (that's his title, not his description) Clay Bennett issued a statement clarifying McClendon's comments were his own personal views and not those of the group.

 

The Professional Basketball Club issued this statement today in response to comments made in an interview with a local business journal by Sonics & Storm owner Aubrey McClendon.

 

"As the controlling owner, I admire my fellow owners and appreciate their support. While they are excited about the basketball operations and the future of the team on the court, they, like me, have been disheartened by the lack of progress we have made to secure a new arena for the Sonics and Storm. Aubrey expressed his personal thoughts and, in context of the story,was not speaking on behalf of the ownership group. It is my hope we will see a breakthrough in the next 60 days that will result in securing a new arena for the Sonics and Storm in the Greater Seattle area."

 

Open mouth, insert foot.

 

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.15.2007 7 years ago
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Four!

On the heels of the nation hearing "Fore" in Tulsa during the Professional Golfers Association's PGA Championship at Tulsa's Southern Hills course, set-in-Oklahoma City's "Saving Grace" Turner Network...

On the heels of the nation hearing "Fore" in Tulsa during the Professional Golfers Association's PGA Championship at Tulsa's Southern Hills course, set-in-Oklahoma City's "Saving Grace" Turner Network Television series airs episode number four.

 

Tune in tonight and bring the snark along with the OKG Webmonkeys.

 

Any bets on which body part Holly Hunter valiantly covers up tonight?

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.14.2007 7 years ago
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Peeling away the tradition

Word spread late last week that Oklahoma State University will not kick off the school year with its signature "Orange Peel" concert.   Apparently lacking a signature performer, the school anno...

Word spread late last week that Oklahoma State University will not kick off the school year with its signature "Orange Peel" concert.

 

Apparently lacking a signature performer, the school announced the event would not take place this year.

 

Past performers have included  Alan Jackson, Jason Mraz, Lit, Pablo Francisco, Incubus, Sinbad, Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, Vanessa Carlton, Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, David Spade, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Cosby, Damon Wayans, The Hero Factor, Faith Hill, Randy Travis and Ben Folds.

 

Even though the Webmonkeys are not in the "demo" anymore, knowing the students will be deprived of such a rite of Poke passage is both distressing and depressing.

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.14.2007 7 years ago
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The Flaming Lips' DVD to go on sale at Guestroom Records at Midnight

Guestroom Records will host a midnight sale and screening of The Flaming Lips' "U.F.O.s at the Zoo" DVDs at their 3701 N. Western Ave. location. Word is lead singer Wayne Coyne will make an appearance...

Guestroom Records will host a midnight sale and screening of The Flaming Lips' "U.F.O.s at the Zoo" DVDs at their 3701 N. Western Ave. location. Word is lead singer Wayne Coyne will make an appearance.

 

The prefestivities begin at 10:45 tonight with the screening of a specially edited Hollywood Bowl concert. Silkscreened posters from The Flaming Lips' Dfest performance will also be sold along with some Steve Keene paintings.

 

Oh, and, if you are a Lips' fan, mark Oct. 27 on your calendar because Coyne will serve as the grand marshal at Gazette's Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween parade.

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.21.2007 7 years ago
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OKC gets twice the Willie

Not only did Willie Nelson appear at the Zoo Amphitheatre Friday night with Merle Haggard and Ray Price, he also dropped by the Harn Homestead with his band to shoot scenes for Kevin Costner's upcomin...

Not only did Willie Nelson appear at the Zoo Amphitheatre Friday night with Merle Haggard and Ray Price, he also dropped by the Harn Homestead with his band to shoot scenes for Kevin Costner's upcoming film, "Swing Vote."

 

In the scene, Nelson played his familiar tune, "Always on My Mind," and then afterward toured the museum, located at 313 NE 16th St. Costner is a band member of a Willie Nelson tribute band in the film which is scheduled for a 2008 theatrical release.

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.21.2007 7 years ago
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NBA fines McClendon for comments

Aubrey McClendon's foot-in-mouth display Aug. 13 has earned him a $250,000 fine from the National Basketball Association, the Seattle Times reported with league confirmation.   McClendon's cand...

Aubrey McClendon's foot-in-mouth display Aug. 13 has earned him a $250,000 fine from the National Basketball Association, the Seattle Times reported with league confirmation.

 

McClendon's candor about why he bought into the Seattle Supersonics franchise that was printed in the Journal Record was later shot down by controlling owner Clay Bennett as McClendon's own comments and not those of the Oklahoma City-based ownership group.

 

A quarter of a million would be a huge dent in the Webmonkeys' budget but the Chesapeake CEO won't be hurting in the wallet; it's more like chump change for McClendon.

by OKG Webmonkeys 08.24.2007 7 years ago
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Report: Rocketplane contract with NASA in jeopardy

Today's Wall Street Journal is reporting negotiations between Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Kistler and a group of commercial investors have broken down, leaving the company's NASA contract in jeopardy. ...

Today's Wall Street Journal is reporting negotiations between Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Kistler and a group of commercial investors have broken down, leaving the company's NASA contract in jeopardy.

 

The Journal reports the company has failed to secure funding for its rocket ship, intended to transport cargo to and from the International Space Station. NASA had awarded Rocketplane Kistler the contract a year ago which is based on a public-private financing partnership.

 

Rocketplane Kistler was awarded more than $200 million from NASA to build the cargo-carrying rocket, but the company has missed several financing deadlines. NASA had given Rocketplane Kistler $30 million of the contract, but since has suspended all matching funds for the project, according to the article.

 

The newspaper also reported Alliant Techsystems Inc., Rocketplane Kistler's lead contractor for the project, "essentially has halted work on the rocket program, pending resolution of funding issues."- Scott Cooper

 

More Rocketplane coverage:

Ex-Rocketplane chief engineer says funding diverted from tourism vehicle
Rocketplane lays off manager, seeks $500 million
Rocketplane responds
Texas rocket leaves Oklahoma soil, returns 
Rocketplane beat to launch by Texas company 
Another rocket company ready to do business with state

by Scott Cooper 08.22.2007 7 years ago
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