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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Friends remember MU freshman, Tigers sign free-agent contracts

Sunday, May 6, 2012 | 5:51 p.m. CDT; updated 9:37 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 6, 2012

COLUMBIA — Stories about the death of an MU freshman, a profile of a woman seeking to help those with mental illnesses and the biggest and brightest full moon of the year were among the most-read stories this week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. MU freshman Carolyn Dolan died Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Kirkwood. She was 19. Friends and family remembered her as charismatic. She was a political science major at MU. "Her dream was to be an attorney," said Vicki Dolan, her mother. 9,219 page views

2. In the Missourian's initial report of Dolan's death, a spokesman for the Kirkwood Police Department said there was nothing suspicious about the 19-year-old's death. A medical investigation is ongoing, according to the department. 8,791 page views

3. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year lit up the sky on Saturday. The perigee, the moon's closest point to Earth in its elliptical path, and the full moon coincide once a year, according to NASA. 2,381 page views

4. Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith and wide receiver Jerrell Jackson signed free agent contracts to play with the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans, respectively. Several other Missouri players signed contracts with NFL teams. Michael Egnew was the only Tiger selected in the NFL Draft this year, picked in the 3rd round, 78th overall by the Dolphins. 1,550 page views

5. J. Karl Miller believes Democratic forces have erroneously accused Republicans with waging a "War on Women." Women in the work force and in politics have proven they are more than capable of holding their own, he writes. 1,368 page views

6. Janet Barnes was hit by a car on April 23. According to an April 30 article, she was still in critical condition. Barnes' daughter, Angela Barnes, through social media websites and her business, Heart Spoken Words, called on the community to gather 1,000 cards for her mother.   931 page views

7. Peppers Nightclub, which closed in November following a gunfight that killed Tevin Nelson, has requested annexation to the city. City planner Matthew Lepke said it was surprising to see the sale of alcohol on the owner's statement of intent; it is against a court order. 714 page views

8. Katy Bergen profiled Karren Jones as a part of Project 573, a journalism project run by senior students. This year's topic is mental illness, and Jones has suffered from a variety of them for decades. She now answers the National Alliance on Mental Illness Missouri phone line in Jefferson city twice a week. 662 page views

9. Mose Gingerich, a sales professional at Joe Machens Toyota, is an ex-Amish television star. He lived a year of his life on camera for his latest series called "Amish: Out of Order," which premiered on the National Geographic Channel last month. "Mentally, that year was the hardest I've ever worked in my life," he said. 637 page views

10. Ten roads in Boone County closed on April 30 due to flooding. Information on road closures is available at the Public Safety Joint Communications website. 628 page views

Supervising editor is Frank Russell.


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