A quick afternoon update…
The Oklahoman’s John Rohde has confirmed that Kansas basketball coach Bill Self will remain as the Jayhawks coach. Self met with Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins on Wednesday and again on Thursday to discuss Self’s contract and the coaching vacancy at Oklahoma State.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday he sees no chance that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will drop to 100,000 by the end of the year.
American Airlines cancelled 900 flights today, bringing its total to more than 2,400 flights since Tuesday. Tens of thousands of customers were stranded and the airline said it will take several more days before operations are returned to normal.
Safety inspections have also grounded hundreds of United, Southwest and Delta flights in recent weeks. Alaska Airlines and Midwest Airlines canceled two dozen flights Thursday after grounding MD-80 planes for inspection.
Expect highs tomorrow in the 60s. Expect highs over the weekend to be in the 60s as well.
Our friends from The Oklahoman’s photo department are on the scene of flooding in Guthrie. The photo staff multitasks on assignments, often reporting from the scene by phone or email while taking still photos and video. Their efforts with a video camera provide a reach of content few can match.
We rely on still photos a lot in our videos. Still images provide that moment in time that works well in a video timeline. It’s also a strength of ours and makes good business sense to rely on your core strengths.
You can see more photos from The Oklahoman’s photo department on line at NewsOK.com.
Interesting that News Corp might join Microsoft in a bid for Yahoo!
By the way, I hope to catch up with my friends at Lost Remote next week at the NAB Show in Vegas.
Quick question – will summer EVER get here? I know it’s only spring, but personally I could do with some warm if not hot weather.
Enough ranting, here are some quick headlines:
American Airlines canceled more than 900 flights Thursday to fix faulty wiring in hundreds of jets, marking the third straight day of mass groundings as company executives offered profuse apologies and travel vouchers to calm angry customers.
Drama in Norman yesterday as Malcolm Kelly prepared to impress NFL scouts. The Oklahoman’s Jake Trotter reports Kelly was upset after running a pedestrian 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He placed blame on the OU strength staff and accused them of failing to notify him they were changing surfaces.
NewsOK.tv’s Damon Fontenot filed two video reports from Pro Day in Norman yesterday:
- Running for your Life: With everything on the line, former Sooners receiver Malcolm Kelly posts sub-par numbers in Wednesday’s workout for NFL scouts.
- Malcontempt Malcolm: Former OU receiver Malcolm Kelly is disgusted with the conditions provided for his Pro Day workout.
Yesterday also saw the latest round of a verbal battle between state Rep. Sally Kern and members of the gay community. PFLAG, a gay rights group released a 40-minute audio recording of a meeting between members of the group and Kern in hopes of shedding light on the content and context of that meeting. The group originally described the meeting as cordial. Kern later said she would not meet with them again.
In weather, more warnings and watches around the state today. Here’s what to expect: Partly cloudy. Highs about 70. Southwesterly winds 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 45 mph in the afternoon. Twenty percent chance of thunderstorms.