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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Downtown to gain more student housing, possible football fan zone

Sunday, January 15, 2012 | 7:55 p.m. CST

A football fan zone and new student housing downtown, a close look at a family suing Bank of America and the airing of the Joplin episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" were popular with readers last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data: 

  1. The Downtown Community Improvement District unveiled its plan for a fan zone called Tiger Town to capitalize on the thousands of visitors from the Southeastern Conference on MU football weekends. Details on issues such as street closures, open container laws and the boundaries of Tiger Town remain undetermined. (2,780 page views)
  2. An apartment building to be called The Lofts at 308 Ninth is under construction on what used to be a parking lot next to Chipotle Mexican Grill. The building, set to open in August 2013, will house up to 120 residents with 19,815 square feet of space for commercial use on the first floor. (2,381 page views)
  3. A Columbia family has had two houses foreclosed on, racked up thousands of dollars in debt and ruined its credit rating after overextending themselves during the era of subprime lending. The Sultan family said Countrywide, now owned by Bank of America, took advantage of them, and they've filed a lawsuit against the bank. (2,259 page views) 
  4. The Missourian delved into a day in the life of Dorothy Rainwater, a nurse at Hospice Compassus. "You go into the whole thing with the knowledge that this is all going in one direction," she said. "The day is going to come when the patient is going to go on." (1,952 page views)
  5. After realizing that the rare Native American basket he'd purchased was stolen from the Yakama Nation Museum in Washington, Paul Cary launched a three-year effort to return the artifact to its rightful home. (1,645 page views)
  6. After meeting with hundreds of families from Joplin, selecting seven families hit hard by the May 2011 tornado and building seven homes in a week with the help of 13,000 volunteers, the final episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" aired on Friday. (1,338 page views)
  7. Snowfall on Thursday morning left schools closed and caused several accidents and slide-offs with one minor injury. Crews began salting 171 miles of major roadways the night before to prepare for the weather. (991 page views)
  8. The Missouri men's basketball team has enjoyed its best start to a season since 1982, but its strength of schedule might have played a significant role as successes against teams such as California and Illinois begin to look less impressive given their records. (978 page views)
  9. Michael Anderson, son of former Missouri basketball head coach Mike Anderson, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark. Anderson's blood-alcohol level was .10, according to a police report. This was Anderson's second alcohol-related arrest. (951 page views)

  10. Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the killing of her 9-year-old neighbor, Elizabeth Olten, in October 2009 in St. Martins. Prosecutors claimed that Bustamante plotted Olten's death and waited for the right time to kill her. Bustamante is scheduled to be tried as an adult later this month. (864 page views)


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