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2008-07-18 12:00:12

By Jessica Jackson, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Jul. 18--Oklahoma is ranked ninth in the nation in the rate of adult obesity, according to a 2007 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday. The study found 28 percent of Oklahoma adults are obese. Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee lead the nation when it comes to obesity, according to the study. Colorado was the least obese. CDC officials believe the telephone survey of 350,000 adults offers...

2008-07-18 03:00:50

By Vallery Brown, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--The da Vinci Surgical System may look like it came from the belly of a space ship, but the cutting edge machine offers surgeons an upper hand that is proving beneficial for patients and doctors. Though only a handful of facilities in the state use robot-assisted surgery, Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City is using the technology to perform less invasive heart surgeries, including mitral valve repair and replacement, the correction of defects...

2008-07-18 03:00:32

By George Lang, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--The death of a star can force filmmakers to take drastic measures, such as using body-doubles and sound-alike voice actors, and it can cause studios to rethink their approach to marketing a movie -- taste and sensitivity become major issues. With Heath Ledger, who played the Joker in "The Dark Knight" -- the latest Batman movie, released today -- the actor had completed almost all scheduled filming before he died Jan. 22. According to...

2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Chris Casteel and Bryan Painter, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--A federal judge in Seattle will decide Tuesday whether to let ranchers struggling with high feed prices pay a nominal fee to use land protected under a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program. The decision by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour could determine whether 210,000 acres of land in Oklahoma are eligible for haying and grazing. Coughenour issued a restraining order last week blocking the use of the...

2008-07-17 03:00:18

By Susan Simpson, The Oklahoman Jul. 17--College students are prime targets for theft of identifying information and personal belongings like laptops, say security experts. Many are away from home for the first time, and may be careless about locking up their electronics, shredding mail or giving out information like Social Security numbers. "College campuses are ripe with personal information -- hackable data," said Mike Prusinski, a former Oklahoman who is vice president of...

2008-07-16 03:00:46

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman Jul. 16--Wind mill farms in northwest Oklahoma can't happen without a way to get the power to potential customers. Consequently, state officials were overjoyed Tuesday to learn that OGE Energy Corp. and a subsidiary of American Electric Power are joining forces to build high voltage power lines to serve ongoing development of the farms in western Oklahoma. The venture, called Horizon Transmission, plans to start building projects in the latter half of 2009...

2008-07-16 03:00:36

By Jennifer Palmer, The Oklahoman Jul. 16--Will Rogers World Airport was flying high for a couple of years until record fuel prices brought a descent back to Earth. Although Oklahoma City's major airport is faring better than most across the country, the fuel crunch is affecting nearly every aspect of airport operations, said Mark Kranenburg, director of airports for Oklahoma City. His comments were made Tuesday during a Rotary Club meeting in downtown Oklahoma City. After the Sept....

2008-07-15 15:00:40

By Randy Ellis, The Oklahoman Jul. 15--The Oklahoma Publishing Co. and a sportswriter Monday sued a Nebraska football fan who admitted creating a fake Internet article about two University of Oklahoma quarterbacks. The 10-count civil lawsuit accuses James W. Conradt of libel, copyright violations and trademark infringements. Conradt has expressed remorse over the hoax and announced he was taking down his Husker Web site. "I am sorry for any trouble this has caused," Conradt said in...

2008-07-15 03:00:34

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman Jul. 15--The president's decision to end an executive order banning offshore exploration of oil and gas puts pressure on Congress to end its ban as well, said the head of Devon Energy Corp. To some, the decision may seem like a symbolic act. But the head of Devon Energy Corp. -- Oklahoma's largest public company-- said the president's act builds pressure on Congress to end its ban as well. "We are halfway there," said Larry Nichols, the chief executive...

2008-07-15 03:00:34

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman Jul. 15--Quest Resource Corp. owns about 78,000 new acres in the Marcellus Shale natural gas field in the Appalachian Basin in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The company picked up the land from West Virginia-based PetroEdge Resources for about $142 million in a deal that closed on Monday, officials announced. Quest Resource is making the acquisition using its master limited partnership. It will own half of PetroEdge -- primarily, it's unproved reserves...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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