William Crum
Reporter

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.

Top Stories


  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, July 28, 2014

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • OKC whitewater project bids come in high

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Bids to build the MAPS 3 whitewater recreation center far exceeded expectations when they were opened Thursday, but officials still are determined to bring the project to life.

  • Oklahoma City Council to review MAPS 3 streetcar progress

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City council members are set to approve technical specifications for Oklahoma City’s streetcars, a major step toward starting one of the biggest MAPS 3 projects up and running.

  • Oklahoma City advisory panel advances technical specifications for MAPS 3 streetcar

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The 257-page document includes a wide range of specifications, listing such things as an acceptable range of streetcar widths and lengths, parameters for stopping distance in emergencies, and requirements for electrical power.

  • Memorial Park remembered

    William Crum | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

      The Oklahoman’s story this week on re-imagining and renovating Memorial Park prompted Dick Hefton to write with his boyhood recollections of the park. Oklahoma City is about halfway through a $1.8 million makeover at Memorial Park, at N Classen Boulevard and NW 36 Street. When it’s done, the fountain will be refurbished and set […]

  • Oklahoma City's Memorial Park is getting a makeover

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Memorial Park, along Classen Boulevard at NW 36 in Oklahoma City, is receiving a $1.8 million makeover intended to restore its former majesty.

  • Oklahoma City traffic commission approves regulating app-based ride services

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Proposed ordinance updates to regulate vehicles for hire will advance to the Oklahoma City Council.

  • Panel approves new rules for app-based ride services

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s Traffic and Transportation Commission on Monday approved new regulations for Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride services. The vote was 7-0. The proposed update of the city’s “vehicle-for-hire” ordinances now goes to the city council, where it will be reviewed at least three times before changes are made. Uber moved into Oklahoma City […]

  • Uber, Lyft regulations get first review

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Uber, Lyft and other “ridesharing” services are up for discussion at Monday’s meeting of Oklahoma City’s Traffic and Transportation Commission. The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. Proposed regulations would classify Uber and Lyft — popular services with the smartphone set — as “transportation network […]

  • #OKC Boxscore

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Excerpts: City, archdiocese exchange email over 'black mass'

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    In a series of emails earlier in July, City Manager Jim Couch and Archbishop Paul Coakley discussed Coakley’s concerns about a satanist’s plans to stage a ‘black mass’ in a basement theater at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall. The satanic ritual involves a sacrifice to the devil, a practice known as “inversion” of the […]

  • No one shows up for Oklahoma City hearing on backyard chickens

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Council is set to restore a ban on keeping laying hens in urban neighborhoods.

  • Oklahoma City stance on 'Black Mass' upsets Catholic archbishop

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The Catholic leader says in an email the city’s legal staff surely could “find a way around this.”

  • No one shows up for back-yard chickens hearing

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Council is on track to restore a ban on back-yard chickens, after nobody showed up to speak on the issue at a public hearing Tuesday. The action would roll back the clock to last year, before the council began debating changes intended to enhance a wide range of urban agricultural practices, from […]

  • Oklahoma City, Tulsa mayors would like to see state reform sales tax laws

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Mick Cornett and Dewey Bartlett, the mayors of Oklahoma’s two largest cities, say state law forces cities into an over-reliance on sales tax.

  • Hispanic Chamber to get new home

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s leading Hispanic business organization has begun a $300,000 fundraising campaign to buy an office building. President David Castillo said the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans to close July 31 on the Fleming’s tax service building at 3321 S Western Ave. Plans are to remodel the building into 10 offices and […]

  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, July 14, 2014

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Oklahoma City's Mayor Cornett wants to display flag offerings

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Flag designs show pride in city, mayor says.

  • Oklahoma City's sales tax exceeds expectations, but salary outlook is dim for metro-area workers

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Tax receipts are good news, but other economic indicators show a mixed picture.

  • Realtors, OKC exchange views on blight

    William Crum | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Realtors who fought and won a battle with Oklahoma City over the power to combat urban blight contended Oklahoma City’s efforts were too broad, with insufficient exemptions. An exchange of letters between the Oklahoma Association of Realtors and the city highlights the Realtors’ objections and the city’s defense. The Oklahoma City Council approved a registry […]




WILLIAM CRUM Sun, Jul. 27 2014 08:30:11 AM CST New urbanism as a conservative idea. LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sun, Jul. 27 2014 08:16:39 AM CST RT @BBCBreaking: Hamas is violating the 24-hour ceasefire it has announced, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 10:23:14 PM CST Yankees are in it, as usual; good read by @TylerKepner; and Pierzynski was 3-for-4 in his first start w/ Cardinals. LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 10:07:52 PM CST And a critical look at Thomas Friedman's praise of the sharing economy. LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 10:00:59 PM CST Thomas Friedman on the sharing economy; #OKC regulations on ride services are set for review, a test of the model. LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 06:49:31 PM CST Terrific story by @ZivaBranstetter on a commission that can't seem to get the Open Meeting Act right. #FOIOK #OKC LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 02:58:12 PM CST RT @MorningEdition: At 6 pm ET, @nprmusic will stream Ryan Adams live from @Newportfolkfest. Here's the link: LINK http:/…
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 02:41:01 PM CST RT @mroth78: For rich, 1 in 100 deaths among children under 15. For poor, 4 in ten. For rich, 7 in 10 die after 70. For poor, 2 in 10 #chan…
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 01:03:24 PM CST OKC Mayor @MickCornett in American Infrastructure says thriving cities are about healthy people, not just roads. LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 12:58:46 PM CST RT @MickCornett: Fun crowd at the Hispanic Expo! Great chance to expand your business or look for a job. LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 12:58:09 PM CST RT @TylerKepner: Extra Bases: Royals Approach Their Destiny in Fits and Starts LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 12:57:35 PM CST RT @SteveCase: Great to be on new Silver Line Metro on first day of service to Tysons. AOL was founded here 29 years ago. #TimeFlies http:/…
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 12:56:40 PM CST RT @mickeyhart: gearing up for Gathering of the Vibes @vibetribe @BKreutzmann @disco_biscuits LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 12:56:06 PM CST RT @jonbream: Dearly beloved we are gathered here 4 a thing called Purple Rain. Premiere was 30 yrs ago 2day We all know what happened in …
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 12:54:53 PM CST Tim Kenney's 50-state tour paintings on display @ First American Bank, on NW 24th, Norman. LINK LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 08:54:34 AM CST RT @CBSNews: JUST IN: U.S. shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in Tripoli
WILLIAM CRUM Sat, Jul. 26 2014 08:54:25 AM CST RT @nytimes: This doctor believes exercise is the best medicine and he wants everyone to take it all the time LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Fri, Jul. 25 2014 10:06:17 PM CST RT @DeluxeOK: Also seeing the quilts made by girls who didn't know how to quilt a week ago... all the feelings. @OKContemporary
WILLIAM CRUM Fri, Jul. 25 2014 10:03:15 PM CST Scenes from the city: A Country Squire, coolest car I've seen in a while, spotted it in Capitol Hill. #OKC LINK
WILLIAM CRUM Fri, Jul. 25 2014 06:39:26 PM CST RT @adamentous: 10,000 Bodies: How a Syrian regime photographer documented torture and death, and what it means for Obama LINK