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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Ellis Library fire leads Top 10

Sunday, September 18, 2011 | 8:58 p.m. CDT; updated 9:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 18, 2011

The fire at Ellis Library, concern about Missouri's Big 12 status and the arrest of a Missouri football freshman drew readers' attention last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. After the Sept. 10 fire at Ellis Library, the library announced it would open its doors Tuesday. Christopher Kelley, 25, had been arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree tampering and seven counts of second-degree property damage in connection with the Ellis Library fire. (2,171 page views)

2. Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton, president of the Big 12 board, said the future of the embattled conference depends on whether the Oklahoma Sooners stay in the Big 12 or move to another conference, such as the Pac-12. (2,020 page views)

3. Missouri cornerback Tristen Holt was arrested in connection with leaving the scene of an accident. Holt was charged with a class D felony, and head football coach Gary Pinkel said Holt, a redshirt freshman who was not on the depth chart, was removed from the program. (1,757 page views)

4. Nearly a decade after the Patriot Act was signed into law, critics questioned the constitutional reach of an act meant to protect the country's citizens. Airport security, wiretapping and secret search warrants in particular are under scrutiny. (1,479 page views)

5. More than 200 residents in the Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park may find themselves suddenly without a place to live after the park submitted plans to sell the property to a Texas-based, student housing development company. (1,447 page views)

6. Qualitest Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled birth control pills due to a packaging error that prevented the expiration date and lot number from being visible. Missourian reporters didn't find any major Columbia-area pharmacies that carry the product. (1,285 page views)

7. Unless contentious negotiations take a turn, Walgreens won't be part of the Express Scripts network as of Dec. 31, according to a letter the pharmacy sent out to its Express Scripts customers. Walgreens is currently an option for University of Missouri System employees. (1,192 page views)

8. An ever-lengthening injury list has been plaguing the Missouri football team as head coach Gary Pinkel readjusted the running back situation once again, turning to 5-foot-10, 186-pound sophomore Henry Josey. (1,162 page views)

9. In light of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, guest commentator Samuel Cohen asked readers to really reflect on the day's events and talk about the day with friends and family without fearing the wall of emotion behind that day. (1,102 page views)

10. A second story on the Ellis Library fire rounded out the Top 10 for the week, with continued cleaning and an effort to dry out the building and collections from sprinkler damage Monday before the library's reopening. (1,084 page views)


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