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DOUGHERTY: 'You snooze, you lose' on bargain air fares

April 13, 2013

When Southwest Airlines says, “book it now,” they mean it.
Nancy and I didn’t have the money to pay for a “Wanna Get Away!” special to fly to Corpus Christi, Texas, to get us in the neighborhood of my daughter’s Gulf Coast beachfront wedding in July, so we waited a week. Wow!
I sure wish we’d figured out a way to “book it then” because by booking it today (Saturday, April 13) we’re paying almost twice what we would have.

DOUGHERTY: 'Family Band' strange, uncomfortable trip

April 12, 2013

It starts out as an apparent wistful, nostalgic story of a musician who once was a star performer and still slogs through the one-night bookings in small clubs. Sad enough, but not that uncommon.

But the deeper one gets into the Showtime Network’s “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” narrated by the second-oldest member of the title group, it becomes clearer that the 1960s family pop act that was the original basis for “The Partridge Family” TV series was of darker stock.

DOUGHERTY: Bracket contests bring their own memories

March 20, 2013

Filling out a bracket for both the NCAA basketball tournament has become a way of life in the middle of March, even for those who don't follow the college game until then.

Usually, the first four days are so full of upsets that even the novice "bracketologist" can appear to be in it for a while.

DOUGHERTY: Major college tourney time starts Wednesday for Oklahomans

March 18, 2013

It all starts Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

That's when the University of Tulsa, which drew a bid in the relatively unknown College Basketball Invitational Tournament, kicks major-college tourney action off for Oklahoma fans. The Golden Hurricane goes on the road to challenge the Wright State University Raiders of Dayton, Ohio. Wright State is a member of the Horizon Conference. Though the team nickname is the Raiders, the logo usually features a wolf.

No TV coverage has been anounced for the game.

DOUGHERTY: Spring and ping are in the air

March 15, 2013

I love spring because with it comes the warmer weather, fresh possibilities and the eternal optimism that comes with a new baseball season.

Yes, I am a baseball fanatic, but I hate the pinging sound of aluminum bats. The trend for some colleges and summer leagues is a switch to new composite bats, but the great majority of youth leagues still hang on to their “traditions” of the past 30 years or so and the supposed cost savings of using aluminum bats.

DOUGHERTY: Mullin to have phone conference with journalists

March 12, 2013

News Editor Ken Milam and I hope to participate in Congressman Markwayne Mullin's telephone conference call with members of the media scheduled for Friday morning.

Mullin, a Westville Republican who represents Oklahoma's 2nd District, will give a brief update on legislative activities as well as the work his office is doing on behalf of the district, according to Angie Gallant, a member of Mullin's staff.

The congressman then will open the floor for questions, she said.

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