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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Politics, crime and sports grab readers' attention

Sunday, October 28, 2012 | 7:03 p.m. CDT; updated 7:39 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 28, 2012

COLUMBIA — The most popular stories this week focused on the presidential election, the Taylor House going into foreclosure, Missouri sports and crime in Columbia. A story about J-turns on U.S. 63 also made the list.

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

  1. With the election getting closer, Missourian readers took an interest in a story 

    about the difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's views on taxes, the economy and education. Missourian copy editors Heesu Lee and Taylor Vortherms put together this resource that includes videos of the candidates speaking and information from their websites. (1,759 page views)                                   

  2. Wells Fargo now owns the Taylor House, a nationally recognized historic landmark on Broadway, after a sudden foreclosure. Robert and Deborah Tucker bought the house in 1999, and that same year they invested more than $1 million in renovations on the house, which opened as a bed and breakfast in 2001. Robert Tucker took out a $580,000 mortgage in November of 2006. The house is now appraised at $467,000. (1,218 page views)
  3. Police arrested Timothy Anderson on two charges of third-degree assault. The arrest stemmed from two separate incidents at MU. The first incident was reported on Wednesday. A woman told police a man she didn't know came up behind her and wrapped his arms around her before he let go and said he thought she was someone else. (1,177 page views)
  4. The MU athletics department said it is tightening up on employee use of school-issued credit cards after an audit found improper expenditures, including more than $7,600 spent at a Las Vegas strip club. Department spokesman Chad Moller said "responsive and appropriate disciplinary action was taken" against Michael Schumacher, director of video operations. (1,074)
  5. Missouri soccer coach Bryan Blitz and Texas A&M coach G Guerrieri have been rivals on the field for almost 20 years, but they're also friends. The two talk on the phone every week, talking about their personal lives, soccer and their new SEC opponents. The two said they leave their friendship off the field once a year, when the two teams play each other. (1,063 page views)
  6. J-turns on U.S. 63 were installed earlier this year to decrease the number of serious accidents caused by the previous cross-over intersections, but some drivers think the turns make it harder for them to get around on the highway. (1,009)
  7. During non-conference games, ROTC cadets have started using smaller blanks in "Little Joe," the cannon they fire when Missouri scores during home football games, because of a shortage of the cannon's standard charges. The cannon crew will eventually have to start using the smaller blanks for all home football games because the U.S. Army plans to stop manufacturing Little Joe's standard charges. (754 page views)
  8. Police arrested two teenagers in connection with a lockdown at Jefferson Junior High early in the week. On Tuesday afternoon, a person who was not a student ran into the school. Police said he was being chased by two people — one of whom had a gun — at nearby Douglass Park. (728 page views)
  9. Missouri has long been considered a swing state and a bellwether state because it has so often sided with the winning presidential candidate. When losing presidential candidate John McCain won the state in 2008, however, it signaled a shift to a more consistently conservative electorate. Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama have put significant energy or resources into campaigning in the state. (784 page views)
  10. Police responded to reports of an armed robbery in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant and a home invasion in north Columbia last weekend. The armed robbery happened in the parking lot between Taco Bell and Home Depot on Clark Lane. On Sunday, two men with guns entered a house in the 1100 block of Madison Street and stole money. (657 page views)

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