THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Boone County Commissioner Ed Robb dies

Sunday, October 2, 2011 | 9:26 p.m. CDT; updated 7:33 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 3, 2011

The deaths of Ed Robb and Bob Cassilly, two highway collisions and two analyses on MU football players Michael Egnew and Henry Josey were among the website's most-read stories last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on, according to Google Analytics data:

  1. The life and politics of Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ed Robb, who died Sept. 24, garnered the most reads in the week following his death. Robb came to Columbia in 1972 to work in the economics department at  MU and later served as a state representative. He was elected presiding commissioner in 2010. (3,950 page views)
  2. Three cars collided on I-70 last Sunday, leaving 43-year-old Audra B. Snyder dead and 19-year-old Nicole Buffa injured. Buffa lost control of her Lexus near Route Z and drove through the median cables, hitting Snyder's eastbound Chevrolet, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The debris from the vehicles struck an eastbound Dodge Charger, and the three people in the car were not injured. (2,428 page views)
  3. Two women were hospitalized after a collision Thursday when a Cavalier T-boned a Monte Carlo attempting to cross the southbound lanes of U.S. 63. The Monte Carlo's driver was thrown from the vehicle and landed in a ditch 50 feet away, according to the Boone County Fire Protection District. Construction under way on U.S. 63 includes J-turns that are meant to cut down on T-bone collisions. (1,851 page views)
  4. MU football tight end Michael Egnew is getting much less action on the field this year after a stellar performance during the 2010 season. After the first four games, Egnew has only had eight catches for 97 yards and one touchdown — simply because James Franklin hasn’t targeted him as much as Blaine Gabbert did. (1,830 page views)
  5. The president's plan to tax the rich is a deceptive means to generate votes and unfair class warfare against the wealthy, Missourian columnist J. Karl Miller wrote. His solution to revenue woes: cutting loopholes out of the tax code. (1,211 page views)
  6. MU's alumni association is backing off the claim that the university began the collegiate homecoming tradition 100 years ago, The Associated Press reported. Baylor and Illinois held their first alumni events in 1909 and 1910 respectively, and MU won't be celebrating its centennial homecoming with its former "first and finest" tagline. (920 page views)
  7. With injuries plaguing the MU football team, Henry Josey's speed and decisiveness are helping the running back emerge as a top player for the team. Nationally, Josey ranks first in yards per carry and fourth in total rushing yards. (900 page views)
  8. Bob Cassilly, the 61-year-old founder of the St. Louis City Museum, was found dead Monday in a bulldozer at a former cement plant he was converting into an amusement park. The St. Louis native sculpted from a young age and used his creative vision for projects such as the city's Turtle Park, renovating an empty warehouse into the City Museum and his unfinished Cementland. (752 page views)
  9. Columbia residents Roger and Barbara Giles have been traveling the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri rivers on a 1930s, double-decker stern-wheeler called Nancy Ann. They have picked up several guests for rides as they bring the boat home to keep at Cooper's Landing after purchasing it in Ohio last month. (749 page views)
  10. The Missourian broke down the pros, cons and pricing for revenue-maximizing parking options that the Downtown Parking Task Force is exploring. The parking technologies include paying by cellphone, chip coins and pay-by-space machines. (732 page views)

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