THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: A rooster, a death sentence and Homecoming

Sunday, October 16, 2011 | 6:17 p.m. CDT; updated 8:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 24, 2011

The rooster in Peace Park, Kraig Kahler's sentencing and Homecoming coverage were popular among Missourian readers this past week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on, according to Google Analytics data:

1. The most popular story this week is about the rooster that has been living in Peace Park. The rooster has become popular among visitors to Peace Park but not so popular to Animal Control officers. Animal Control has not been able to capture the rooster but is treating the situation with low priority.

2. The recommendation that Kraig Kahler be sentenced to death was upheld at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday. Kahler had been convicted in the shooting deaths of his two daughters, his wife and her grandmother. Family of the deceased spoke at the hearing on Tuesday.

3. In the week leading up to Homecoming, this video offered a refresher on the MU fight song. Although many people can hum the song, not so many actually know the words.

4. A day before this year's Homecoming game, Missourian football reporter Harry Plumer reflected on last year's game when Missouri beat No. 1 Oklahoma. He tells the story of the opening kickoff return touchdown by Gahn McGaffie from several perspectives, such as the press box, the stands and the sidelines.

5. Last week, the MU Board of Curators chose to explore other conference options, setting in motion rumors of a possible move to the SEC. The following Saturday, Missouri lost to Big 12 opponent Kansas State 24-17. Last week's "Week in Missouri Football" details the conference realignment situation and the disappointing loss.

6. Many MU journalism students have gone on to work at ESPN. Homecoming is an opportunity for them to reminisce on their time at MU. In this Tiger Kickoff article, five MU graduates share their memories from their time in Columbia.

7. A young woman was taken to University Hospital with head and shoulder injuries after she crashed her bike Wednesday morning on the MU campus. She had minor injuries and was carried off on a stretcher.

8. The Rev. Thomas Saucier is now the pastor of two Columbia churches: the St. Thomas More Newman Center and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This is the first time Catholic churches in Columbia have had to share priests.

9. More than 1 million bats in 17 states have been killed by white-nose syndrome. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources closed or restricted access to most of its caves, as several different species of bats begin to migrate to the state. This article details the history of white-nose syndrome and how it will affect Missouri.

10. On Tuesday, residents of the city's Fourth Ward set out looking for signatures on a petition to recall their councilman, Daryl Dudley. Residents are concerned because Dudley is supporting his alternate version of a proposed ward reapportionment known as Trial D.

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