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The Best Films of 2013

10. Instructions Not Included Popular Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez made his directorial debut with this heartwarming — and heartbreaking — Spanish-language comedy that became one of the biggest cinematic successes of 2013. Derbez is the womanizing Valentín who, after a baby is abandoned on his doorstep, mostly reforms into a near-perfect dad. The setup is

Whew! We stink

The three states — Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas — are the biggest offenders of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas, according to the latest scientific research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Methane, also referred to as natural gas for obvious reasons, comes principally from livestock, including its manure, belches and flatulence.

We win! Sort of.

Oklahoma City ranked seventh on Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Best Cities for Good Jobs. The magazine reported that gains in energy employment, financial services, utilities, hospitality and transportation sectors contributed to the city’s success. According to Forbes, OKC’s unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, and per capita income is $36,915. However, our neighbors to the south,

OKG7 scholarly stops

Padthai119 W. Boyd St., Normanpadthainorman.com360-5551 Are you running around campus in Norman and only have time for a quick meal? This restaurant should be at the top of your list. It’s a casual Thai house that consistently serves up tasty food. Try the red curry chicken, spicy basil noodles and, of course, the authentic-style pad

Bike it

Bike it top Last year’s inaugural Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic must have been a success, because this year’s cycling event has doubled to two full days of highspeed, high-energy racing Saturday and Sunday throughout Automobile Alley and Film Row. More than $20,000 of prizes is up for grabs in amateur and elite competitions. Visit okcpac.com.

Puck it

Puck it top For the second straight season, the Oklahoma City Barons have advanced to the Western Conference Finals! Hockey fans, that means your support is needed to cheer them onto victory! Games 3 through 5 will be hosted by the Barons at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and, if necessary, Saturday at Cox Convention Center,

Ever so Slightly

Nearly 20 years in, and California’s Slightly Stoopid is still on top of its game. The reggae-punk fusion act released its seventh studio album, Top of the World, last August to its highest Billboard chart position to date. “It’s amazing. We’re living a blessed life,” guitarist, bassist and singer Miles Doughty said. “I don’t know

Chosen ONEs

Two dozen organizations statewide, including eight from the Oklahoma City metro, have been selected as finalists. The state’s top nonprofit — and winner of $10,000 — will be announced at the annual ceremony on April 20. Oklahoma’s nonprofit organizations make a difference in a variety of ways. Whether it be educating children, taking care of

Payday heyday

According to a Pew Charitable Trusts study, the state has the highest percentage of residents who have used payday loans in the past five years. Kay Richey of the Tulsa-based Oklahoma Policy Institute notes that there are more payday loan storefronts than the number of “Walmarts, McDonalds, and QuikTrips combined.” CFN stands firmly against usury

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