William Crum, The Oklahoman

William Crum

The Oklahoman

Norman, OK, United States

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Past articles by William:

City of OKC employees must resume wearing masks at work

The memo was issued a day after the council voted 6-2 to "strongly encourage" residents to wear masks indoors, in public places, fight spread of COVID. → Read More

OKC to consider hiring lawyers for police named in lawsuit over 15-year-old boy's killing

Oklahoma City is obligated to provide counsel when police officers are sued. 5 officers have been sued in the death of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez. → Read More

FFA moving annual convention from Oklahoma City to Tulsa

Oklahoma City couldn't guarantee Chesapeake Energy Arena will be available during NBA playoffs, so the Oklahoma FFA convention is moving to Tulsa. → Read More

OKC's attack on fees in panhandling case relies on bad math, civil rights lawyers say

Oklahoma City taxpayers must pay the winning side's lawyers. The team submitted a request for $1.3 million for five years' work on a panhandling case. → Read More

OKC police get record $240 million in city's 2021-22 budget

After calls last year to defund Oklahoma City police, criticism was muted in 2021. A record $240 million for police was approved in OKC's new budget. → Read More

Firm settles federal Labor Department complaint over hiring discrimination in Yukon

Job applicants allegedly faced discrimination. → Read More

Two ways you can help shape the 2021-22 OKC budget, and three things to know

The city council has expanded opportunities for residents to comment. → Read More

Advisory committees agree with need for OKC convention center wheelchair ramps

Warnings that OKC's convention center could develop a reputation for being unfriendly to those with disabilities prompted recommendation of wheelchair ramps. → Read More

Advisory committee balks at wheelchair ramps proposed for new convention center

Construction is quickly wrapping up on the 550,000-square-foot convention center, which was dedicated last month and other OKC civic news of note. → Read More

OKC could finally get a commuter rail line connecting downtown to Will Rogers World Airport

High-capacity commuter rail lines converging in downtown OKC and including service to Will Rogers World Airport have taken a step toward being realized. → Read More

Oklahoma City mask mandate likely will expire April 30, Mayor David Holt says

The city council balked last week at an attempt to end the mask mandate a month earlier than previously agreed upon. → Read More

Election Day: Tens of thousands spent on Oklahoma City Council races

Two runoff elections for seats on the Oklahoma City council brought in big contributions, according to campaign finance reports. How much was spent? → Read More

City council runoffs set Tuesday in west-side wards

Oklahoma City employees to receive $1,200 stipends after wages were frozen last year in response to the pandemic. → Read More

Councilmen propose letting Oklahoma City's COVID-19 mask ordinance expire early

Two Oklahoma City councilmen said Wednesday they would propose letting the city's COVID-19 mask ordinance expire next week, about a month early. → Read More

OKC's behind-the-scenes effort to settle panhandling litigation

Councilman sought money for homelessness programs in exchange for dropping appeal. → Read More

Criminal justice reform, child welfare to benefit from $85 million Arnall Family Foundation donation

Oklahoma City Community Foundation will administer 5-year $85 million grant program. → Read More

Health official: Model predicts 'herd' immunity with mask ordinance extension in Oklahoma City

MAR 2, 2021 - A public health official told the Oklahoma City Council Tuesday that "herd" immunity to COVID-19 may be achieved by June. On the same day the city council passed a mask mandate extension, Phil Maytubby told the council one model shows the new COVID case rate falling to five per 100,000 population in May, a milestone viewed as critical to bringing the pandemic under control and… → Read More

Oklahoma City working to stop water leaks, curb demand

Oklahoma City had crews running "every which way" Monday to stop leaks contributing to unrelenting water demand despite the retreat of freezing weather, Utilities spokeswoman Jennifer McClintock said. Afternoon temperatures hit the low 60s, a far cry from below-zero weather that wreaked havoc last week. Utilities crews, in some instances, were responding to reports from neighbors of water… → Read More

The potholes are coming to OKC. Here's what to do about it.

After last week's freezing weather, potholes are inevitable. The city relies on residents' reports to stay ahead of street and pothole repairs. Here's how to report deteriorating neighborhood street conditions (be sure to have an address): Click the "Report it" button at okc.gov and follow the prompts; email action.center@okc.gov; text 405-252-1053; or call the Action Center at 405-297-2535. Of… → Read More

5 things to know about Oklahoma City's weekend water advisory

FEB 19, 2021 - A voluntary boil advisory is in effect through the weekend in Oklahoma City based on a recommendation, issued statewide, by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Here are five things to know: • Concern is greatest for residences that were without water for an extended period of time. Low water pressure alone does not compromise water quality, the city says. The… → Read More