Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 10:58 am
The St. Louis Rams have fired their head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, and general manager Billy Devaney, a day after the team finished the 2011 season 2-14.
"No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season, and we all must hold ourselves accountable," Rams owner Stanley Kronke said in a statement. "However, we believe it's in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make these changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships."
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This week's show, the last of the year, is about friendship. Which seems appropriate--now's generally the time people reflect on their accomplishments, their regrets and the people who've been around for both.
The schedule for the University of Missouri's first season with the South Eastern Conference was announced Wednesday morning. The first official SEC game begins Sept. 8 with Mizzou hosting the Georgia Bulldogs. The last time Missouri met Georgia was in the 1960 Orange Bowl, where Georgia won 14-0. SEC play wraps up on Nov. 24, when Missouri plays at Texas A&M. Missouri was previously contracted to play its rivals at Kansas City that day. But Kansas officials have indicated no interest in playing Missouri in a non conference game.
Last week marked the 176th birthday of the man who many feel defined American literature. Since his 1910 death, the city of Hannibal in northeastern Missouri has become a mecca for those who appreciate Mark Twain's work - one of the few places in the world that center on literary tourism. But it's still a city - and a small town in Missouri, at that. As part of Word Missouri, a series examining Missouri's literary heritage, KBIA's Davis Dunavin went to Hannibal to explore how aficionados, experts, tourists and residents live in the shadow of Twain.
It's well-known that Twain wrote extensively about the real people and places he found growing up in Hannibal, and many of Tom Sawyer's experiences were his experiences. As a companion piece to the Word Missouri feature Hannibal: living in the shadow of Twain, I traveled to three places that make appearances in his books to see how they've changed in the nearly two centuries since Twain's boyhood here. Click for photos and sound from each place. (Mark Twain re-enactor Jim Waddell provides Twain's voice.)
This week we talk about music. New music to be exact. And if you think new music means recently released albums, keep listening as we revisit a conversation I had with Patrick David Clark, who was a resident composer at the Mizzou New Music Festival this summer. And hang on till the end of the show for a Sonic ID from one of Columbia’s more memorable citizens.
At 10 a.m., Lee’s is filled with the sound of music, plates cluttering and food being unwrapped. About 10 volunteers are busy preparing a Thanksgiving meal of turkey and desserts. Major. K. Kendall Mathews is the mid-Missouri regional coordinator for the Salvation Army. He said this is the 24th year they’re hosting a Thanksgiving meal for low-income families.
In Columbia, volunteers are working with the city’s parks and recreation department and other organizations as a part of an Urban Ecology Restoration project that aims to revitalize an area that was once home to a sewer treatment facility. Volunteers planted over 80 trees and 300 shrubs along the MKT trail on Saturday. Elizabeth Trovall went to the planting site off of Forum Boulevard to see how the project will create a lush landscape but also decrease storm water runoff in Columbia.
The month of November can seem a little dreary: shorter days, colder weather and it’s still a month away from the major holidays. But it has a lot more going on than you’d think. This week’s show focuses on two things that make this month a little more interesting.
November is National Novel-Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo for short.) It’s a cultural phenomenon, spread virally through blogs and forums, in which amateur writers, experts and everyone in between are challenged to write a complete novel over the course of a month. A lot of people take on this task solo, but a group in Columbia bands together every year to write novels alongside each other. Here’s their story.