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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Gamecocks crush the Tigers; Franklin discusses decision to sit out against Sun Devils

Sunday, September 23, 2012 | 7:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tigers football once again dominated the Missourian's Web traffic this week. Our story about the latest developments in the lawsuit against Ameren Missouri following a fatal natural gas explosion on East Campus was also popular.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week at ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

1. Readers tuned into the Missourian's football coverage Saturday when the Tigers faced the Gamecocks. This Missourian page provided photo galleries, Twitter conversations and a game day story. 3,436 page views

2. After sitting out during the Tigers game against the Arizona State Sun Devils because of an inflamed bursa in his right throwing shoulder, Missouri quarterback James Franklin predicted that he would play in Saturday's game against the Gamecocks. 1,460 page views

3. Patricia Sneed alleged that the 2008 natural gas explosion that killed her parents Carl and Merna Sneed resulted from an inadequate 29-year-old gas regulator. 931 page views

4. Columbia City Council agreed that roll cart bins should replace bags for trash collection and approved a pilot program to test out a new system that would make that happen. Council members brought up safety as a primary concern with the current bag system, citing a 2003 trash collector's death. 765 page views

5. An eastern Missouri couple is charged with involuntary manslaughter after an infant was found dead where the couple was babysitting. Toxicology reports showed that the baby died of oxycodone intoxication. 763 page views

6. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said a player's choice of whether or not to use painkillers is a personal one. The comments were made in light of Missouri quarterback James Franklin's decision to reject them and sit out when the Tigers played the Arizona State Sun Devils because of a shoulder injury. 757 page views

7. Friday night's Providence Bowl came to a dramatic end when Hickman football players rallied in the final minutes to pull off a win against Rock Bridge. 740 page views

8. The Missourian compiled some need-to-know information for the weekend's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival. Acts such as Al Green and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros headlined the event. 739 page views

9. An AT&T technician died after he was attacked on the job near Kansas City. No immediate arrests were made in connection with the assault. 733 page views

10. Asian-inspired bakery UKneadSweets will soon open in downtown Columbia. Owner Helena Shih said she will focus on Korean desserts but will also offer French- and American-style treats. 729 page views

Supervising editor is Maggie Walter.



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