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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Kelsi Poe and football, football, football

Sunday, December 11, 2011 | 6:37 p.m. CST; updated 3:31 p.m. CST, Monday, December 12, 2011

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

  1. More than a year ago, Kelsi Poe fell over a stair railing at Quinton's Bar and Deli in downtown Columbia while intoxicated and nearly died. She fractured her neck and suffered a brain injury along with respiratory failure, a lacerated spleen, a collapsed lung and a lacerated toe. Now, she is talking and walking again. (9,193 page views)
  2. The Missouri football team will face the North Carolina Tar Heels at 4 p.m. Dec. 26 in the Independence Bowl. This means that the Tigers weren't invited to a bowl affiliated with the Big 12, which some attributed to Missouri's departure from the conference. (3,421 page views)
  3. Jessica Fay has blond hair, but you wouldn't know it because she wears a hijab since she converted to Islam. Fay said it is not oppressive and that she likes wearing the veil. "In Islam, what they believe is that all babies are born Muslim," Fay said. "If their family is not Muslim, they learn a different religion or whatever. So they call it reversion because you're reverting back." (2,776 page views)
  4. The votes are in: Derrick Chievous is the consensus best men's basketball player in Missouri history, beating out Steve Stipanovich in the final round. The Missourian received 55 completed brackets from readers. (2,366 page views)
  5. Missourian columnist J. Karl Miller called the Occupy movement's ideas regarding the redistribution of wealth "absolute nonsense" and said the protest itself has reached "elevated-nuisance status." (1,722 page views)
  6. The first bowl announcements made reported that Missouri accepted a bid to go to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., and No. 1 Louisiana State and No. 2 Alabama would play in the National Championship Game. No. 3 Oklahoma State, which would have gone to the title game before losing to Iowa State, is scheduled to face No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. (1,405 page views)
  7. Oklahoma State and Alabama both finished their seasons with one loss, leading some to believe that the Cowboys deserved to play in the title game against LSU. Alabama already lost to LSU 9-6 earlier in the season. But Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said the BCS "got it right." (1,372 page views)
  8. Missouri's future bowl opponent, North Carolina (7-5), has faced an NCAA investigation regarding improper benefits and academic misconduct, leading to coaching changes just before the start of this season. Despite their troubles, North Carolina could still be formidable; they're ranked as one of the top defenses against the run. (1,256 page views)
  9. Kelsi Poe's family documented her recovery process, showing her journey from the hospital to the classroom after her Sept. 4, 2010, fall at Quinton's. The pictures were posted on the Missourian's website in a photo gallery. (1,244 page views)
  10. Missourian photographer Nick Michael took pictures of Poe's work to regain physical strength and improve her balance. She hopes to eventually be able to drive and play softball again. (1,213 page views)

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