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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Quadriplegic struck by car; MU football draft hopefuls

Sunday, April 29, 2012 | 7:12 p.m. CDT; updated 9:10 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 29, 2012

Last week, ColumbiaMissourian.com readers paid close attention to developing stories of a woman in a wheelchair who was struck by a car, a local group of police officers that called for the police chief to resign and MU football players who prepared for the NFL draft. Here are the 10 most-read stories posted online last week, according to data from Google Analytics:

1. Janet E. Barnes, 83, was struck by a car April 23 while crossing the street in a wheelchair and remains in the hospital. Barnes is an active community member at Shepherd Elementary School and University Hospital, among other places. She was born in 1928 with a broken neck that left her quadriplegic and is the world's longest living quadriplegic, according to the World Records Academy. 1,937 page views

2. Barnes was crossing a street near Stephens College in her motorized wheelchair when she was hit by a blue Honda Civic going north on College Avenue. The wheelchair was thrown down the street past three buildings. Barnes' daughter continues to post updates on her mother's condition on her website, www.heartspokenwords.com. 1,832 page views

3. The previous week's version of the most-read stories of the week attracted a lot of readers. This recap featured six stories on the Ryan Ferguson trial and two on Missouri football. Included in the coverage of the Ryan Ferguson evidentiary hearing was a timeline of events of the case.  At the annual Black and Gold spring football game, Missouri unveiled its new Nike uniforms for five sports. Head football coach Gary Pinkel announced he and his wife separated at the start of the year. 1,335 page views

4. Leading up the 2012 NFL Draft four Missouri football players attended the NFL Combine in February. Michael Egnew, Jerrell Jackson, Dominique Hamilton and Jacquies Smith hoped to be drafted this weekend. Egnew was eventually the only player drafted, selected in the third round by the Miami Dolphins, but many other Missouri players have since signed free agent contracts. 1,311 page views

5. Barnes was hit by a car driven by Lea A. Wood, 24, who did not report any injuries. Columbia police do not believe alcohol, drugs or excessive speed played a role in the accident. 1,095 page views

6. Phil Joens, an freshman journalism student at MU, collects as many foul balls as he can at Missouri baseball games as part of his ballhawking hobby. Joens usually gets seven to eight balls a game and has collected over 1,000 since he began collecting and uses this hobby to stay close to the game. Ballhawking has become a hobby for different people around the country, and they use the Internet to share stats and stories about the balls they collect. 1,093 page views

7. The Columbia Fraternal Order of Police asked City Manager Mike Matthes and Mayor Bob McDavid to remove Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton from his duties in a letter that cited possible violations of policy and city ordinances. Many of these violations stem from the 2011 firing of patrol officer Rob Sanders. Approximately 140 of the 160 police officers in Columbia are part of the fraternal order and the organization's board of directors voted unanimously to ask for Burton's removal. 1,047 page views

8. The Boone County National Bank on Walnut Street was robbed on April 23. Police officers responded to the robbery at 9:35 a.m. Everyone inside the bank was safe and staff responded appropriately to the robbery, in which no weapon was shown. The suspect, a man with facial hair, between 30 and 40 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue or black pants fled the scene after the robbery. 712 page views

9. Columbia is considering a popular use of tax-increment financing to fund different projects around the city. Missourian reporter Kip Hill breaks down how TIF works and how other Missouri cities have used it. 691 page views

10. Matthes stood behind police chief Burton this week, saying that calls for his removal are coming from a small group of people who are working to form a public opinion against the police chief. Matthes said he would fully review the 349-page complaint against Burton and he has received "an immense amount of contact in support of the chief" since news of the complaints against Burton. 673 page views

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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