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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Possible stadium expansion, Pinkel's arrest and Jewish emissaries

Sunday, November 27, 2011 | 5:15 p.m. CST; updated 8:23 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 27, 2011

Here are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. Missouri is considering an addition at Memorial Stadium in preparation for the school's move to the SEC, a story including information from The Associated Press and the Columbia Daily Tribune reports. Associate athletics director Tim Hickman said the expansion could add between 1,200 and 2,500 seats and cost between $30 million and $40 million. (1,930 page views)

2. Columbia resident Christine Doerr wrote a Letter to the Editor that related Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel's recent arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated to the protests of the 99 percent. She raised the question of whether Pinkel's position and affluence influenced the consequences he faced. The letter drew comments with several different opinions on the matter. (1,709 page views)

3. Avremi and Channy Lapine have moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Columbia as emissaries for their faith, Chabad-Lubavitch, a sect of Orthodox Judaism. They hope to use their home as a center for fellowship, activities, learning and prayer, reaching out to Jews in Columbia and encouraging greater observance of the Torah and closeness with God. (1,639 page views)

4. Oklahoma State football's loss to Iowa State on Nov. 18 greatly altered the bowl picture for the Big 12's teams. The Big 12 has seven bowl tie-ins, and at the time of the the article's writing the conference had eight bowl-eligible teams. Missourian sports reporter Harry Plumer took a look at the likely scenarios the extra bowl-eligible team could face. (1,545 page views)

5. Officials from the University of Kansas have expressed that the Jayhawks are not interested in playing the Tigers after MU leaves the Big 12 to join the SEC. Kansas football players, however, disagree and say the rivalry could exist regardless of the conference each team plays in. (1,494 page views)

6. Kansas had no part in the CBE Classic tournament in Kansas City, but the blue apparel of Jayhawks fans could be seen throughout the Sprint Center's crowd. Several said they attended the tournament to watch good basketball — and, hopefully, to see Missouri lose. (1,271 page views)

7. Missouri defeated California 92-53 on Tuesday night to win the CBE Classic tournament. Seniors Kim English and Marcus Denmon were named to the all-tournament team, and Denmon was also named the tournament MVP. (1,254 page views)

8. Since it opened in 1999,  Heuer's Country Store and Cafe has served as a community hub for many northern Boone County residents. The food draws new customers, but it's the atmosphere and sense of family that keep many coming back day after day. (1,044 page views)

9. With Missouri's upcoming move to the SEC, the future of the century-old MU-KU rivalry is uncertain. Feelings are mixed among fans of each team; some appreciate the history of the rivalry and the excitement of the competition, and some say that the games have become too ugly, too full of hatred. (1,023 page views)

10. Playing football in a new conference means Missouri fans could encounter new traditions while attending road games. Missourian reporters compiled an overview of game day attire, food and other traditions at the other 12 schools currently in the SEC. (1,000 page views)


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