COLUMBIA — If page views reflect preferences, Missourian readers seemed drawn to the lighthearted and the dark this week.
Dorial Green-Beckham's arrest for allegedly filling his white Lincoln Navigator with marijuana smoke in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium was the most popular story by far this week. Two fatal car accidents on Interstate 70 also caught readers' attentions, as well as controversy over an LED sign, Columbia's newest top 10 ranking and one company's peanut butter recall.
Here's a look at the top 10 most popular stories published this past week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.
1. Readers piled onto the site when MU's freshman receiver and No. 1 recruit last season, Dorial Green-Beckham, was arrested Oct. 3 on suspicion of smoking marijuana with four of his freshman teammates in a parking lot near Memorial Stadium. We also immortalized some of the best "Green" puns that arose from the arrest. Page views: 3,785.
2. On Oct. 2, two Columbia men were killed and two injured when their car collided with a truck on Interstate 70. Terron L. Davis, 26, and Andre L. Edwards, 25, were thrown from their car and pronounced dead at the scene. They were not wearing seatbelts, according to a crash report by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Page views: 2,031.
3. Many Missouri fans became familiar with Paul Finebaum, host of an Alabama-based radio show so popular with Southern college sports fans, he's been unofficially dubbed "the voice of the SEC." "The Paul Finebaum Show" is broadcast from 2 to 6 p.m. from Birmingham, Ala., and was recently picked up by the radio station KFNS in St. Louis. Page views: 1,896.
4. Tailgating festivities seemed a bit subdued before Missouri's game with Vanderbilt on Saturday. Compared to Southeastern Louisiana, Georgia and Arizona State, Vanderbilt fans were not easy to find. Page views: 1,372.
5. The safety of nearly five months' worth of peanut products from Sunland Inc. was questioned this week when the company declared 101 of its products might be infected with salmonella. Since June 11, 30 people across the country have become sick after consuming Sunland Inc.'s products, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Page views: 817.
6. A study the American Institute for Economic Research released Oct. 1 ranked Columbia the 10th best college town. The study took such factors as income, unemployment, creative venues and cost of living into account. Late-night pizza availability is conspicuously absent. Page views: 795.
7. A 6-by-3 foot LED sign on the corner of Broadway and Stadium Boulevard flashing "Speeding Is Dangerous!" drew a variety of reactions and ended up being part of the City Council meeting on Oct. 1. Adjectives used to describe the sign range from "tacky" to "classy." Page views: 785.
8. The AP reported that Kurt Steidley, 52, was charged Monday with second-degree arson. Steidley owned Everhart's Sporting Goods in Jefferson City, which burned down on New Year's Day of 2011. Page views: 782.
9. Before the first presidential debate on Oct. 3, Missourian staff compiled a list of links of relevant live streams, online forums and Twitter and Facebook accounts. The list also includes a section on fact-checking resources to verify the accuracy of the candidates' statements. Page views: 715.
10. On Oct. 6, a 2001 Ford Ranger flipped on eastbound Interstate 70, ejecting a Denver man and killing him. The driver, also of Denver, survived the rollover accident. Page views: 708.