THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Economic effects of MU's conference switch, noncomformist runners and Nixon audit results

Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 7:39 p.m. CDT; updated 10:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri's first Southeastern Conference game spawned the majority of this week's top stories. Stories involving Monday's Heart of America Marathon also appeared twice on the most-read list this week, along with an eastern Missouri murder and an audit of Gov. Jay Nixon.

Here's a look at the 10 most popular stories published last week on, according to Google Analytics.

1. Dressier game-day outfits are flying off the shelves of Columbia's clothing stores. Shop owners and fashion-conscious fans say it's because SEC schools dress up more for football games than Big 12 schools, and many Mizzou fans want to embrace this culture. 3,102 page views

2. The story of a mother in eastern Missouri suspected of murdering her three daughters drew readers' eyes this week. The 32-year-old woman and her daughters, ages 1, 10 and 11, were all found dead in a driveway near De Soto, about 45 miles south of St. Louis. Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer said a shotgun was found nearby. 1,096 page views

3. Steven Mankofsky was the talk of the newsroom when he sweated his way through a 26.2-mile marathon in full business wear on Monday. Mankofsky was trying to break the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon run in a suit. Once he hit mile 18 and realized he wouldn't break the record, he started pounding Bud Select. He'd had five of these unorthodox energy drinks by the time he finished the race. 1,078 page views

4. An extra home game, increased ticket prices and an influx of SEC fans are likely to result in an economic boost of $185 million to Columbia's businesses, according to an impact study released this week. The Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau and MU athletics department commissioned the study. 1,058 page views

5. Three and one eighth miles sounds like a fairly short run, but when racers have to splash through gooey mud, crawl through bungee cord nets and scale mountains of dirt, a 5K race gets a little more interesting. The Epic Mud Run 5K, held Sept. 2 at Midway Travel Plaza, drew more than 3,000 participants this year, more than four times the number who competed last year. 1,046 page views

6. Missourian sports reporter Richard Fernandez compiled "Ten things you don't know about Georgia" on Friday to help acquaint MU fans with their new opponents. Those who read it learned about a tree near the University of Georgia that legally owns itself and which two famous rock bands originated in Athens, Ga., among other tidbits. 1,030 page views

7. On Saturday, the Missourian hit the streets downtown to talk to Georgia fans about their first impressions of Columbia. Many of them discussed their devotion to the team, and a few remarked on the friendly atmosphere they found here. 1,001 page views

8. Around 1 a.m. on Sept. 2, a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted in the Virginia Avenue parking garage at MU. MU Police put out a release Sunday that stated the suspect assaulted the victim in a Chevrolet Impala parked in the garage. 721 page views

9. Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich released a report Wednesday that stated Gov. Jay Nixon drew $1.7 million in staff, travel and office expenses from other agencies' budgets. In an interview, Schweich accused the governor of "thumbing his nose" at the auditor's office and the law. In the report, Nixon defended re-allocating the money, saying his accounting accurately reflects the agencies' costs. 700 page views

10. Two hundred and ten runners from around North America competed Monday in the Heart of America marathon in south Columbia. The course is considered challenging because of the many hills and a gravel section, some runners said. Justin Gillette of Goshen, Ind., won the race with a time of 2 hours and 47 minutes. 696 page views


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