The London 2012 Summer Olympics are almost upon us (they begin Friday) - so be sure to keep up with all of the interesting goings-on across the pond via NPR's Olympics Blog, 'The Torch.' From the impact of the games on Muslim athletes' Ramadan fasting to a guide to watching the Olympics online, there's already plenty there for you to explore. Check it out via the link.
You have found The Torch, NPR's new blog about the London 2012 Summer Olympics. For the next three weeks, we'll bring you the big news from London, along with stories about the human side of an international mega-event. Our goal is to write about the games' defining moments, along with the unexpected stories that we can't stop talking about.
Banning books in schools is nothing new, but a project launched today by the Columbia Missourian examines which Missouri schools challenged which books, and why, since 2008.
Check out the project via the link, which includes a map, interactive graphic and more. Some schools from the St. Louis region also make appearances in the data.
Book challenges run the gamut, both in rationale and result The project | Sunshine requests for public records of book challenges were sent to all 566 Missouri school districts asking for all correspondence regarding book challenges since Jan. 1, 2008. Responses to the requests came in from 495 of the school districts.
St. Louis' annual Independence Day celebration is still on, Fair Saint Louis, but we know numerous municipalities in our area are postponing their festivities, or canceling them altogether, due to the hot and dry weather conditions.
If you won't be at Fair Saint Louis, or are in one of the communities where fireworks are a no-go this year, we've got you covered.
Andy Griffith, who played the wise sheriff of Mayberry, N.C., in one of American television's most beloved situation comedies, has died, according to a family friend and a real-life sheriff in North Carolina.
Union-backed musicians with the St. Louis Symphony have agreed to a new four-year contract, more than a year before the current contract expires.
The contract announced Monday by the symphony and the American Federation of Musicians Local 2-197 takes effect in September 2013 and goes through August 2017. It affects more than 90 musicians with the 132-year-old symphony, which is considered among the nation's oldest.