THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: New evidence in a 2005 murder; MU athletics announces 'major gift'

Sunday, February 3, 2013 | 5:56 p.m. CST
MU Police Chief Jack Watring announces that the 2005 homicide of MU researcher Jeong Im has been solved. Investigators were able to connect Timothy Aaron Hoag to the slaying through DNA. Hoag commited suicide on Aug. 9 by jumping off the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets in Columbia.

 1. This week's top story was the MU Police Department's announcement of a break in a 2005 murder case. Eight years ago, the body of retired MU research assistant Jeong Im was found in the trunk of his car in the Maryland Avenue parking garage. Im had been stabbed multiple times. A person with information about the case came forward in December, implicating Timothy Hoag, who jumped to his death from the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets in August. MU police say DNA evidence gathered from the crime scene confirms that Hoag is believed to have murdered Im. (3,534 page views)

2. The second most-read story this week provided details about the past of the man police believe killed Jeong Im. Court records show that a restraining order was filed against Hoag in Boone County family court in January 2001. He was accused of assaulting Mark Pressley, a local chiropractor, and threatening to hurt his family in an effort to extort $1,200 from Pressley's business, according to court documents. An acquaintance of Hoag came forward in December with information on a 2005 murder case. (1,176 page views)

3. The Upward Basketball League does not emphasize competition. The program at Calvary Baptist Church helps children in first through sixth grade focus on fun, not winning. "Our motto is 'Every child's a winner,'" said Alan Marshall, league director of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading at Calvary Baptist Church. "So, it's learning and teaching and getting kids to know the game and feel good about the game, more than it is absolutely winning the game." (1,140 page views)

4. MU announced Monday that it would reveal the plans for a "major gift"  benefiting its initiative to enhance its athletic facilities. According to USA TODAY, Missouri’s athletics department’s “total expenses” from 2006-11 was $64,160,358, less than every current Southeastern Conference school during the time period except Mississippi and Mississippi State. The same was true of Missouri's $64,146,530 in total revenue. (1,094 page views)

5. An MU report submitted to the legislature last week warns against enacting a law that restricts state agencies from working with a federal insurance exchange. The health insurance exchange, which is one of the components of the Affordable Care Act, is intended to provide a way for people to compare insurance prices through one service, according to information on States had the option of setting up their own exchanges, but Missouri missed the deadline to do that and will therefore have a federally implemented health insurance exchange. (714 page views)

6. Forensics experts have determined the remains discovered 27 years ago along a Missouri River bank in eastern Missouri are of Elbert Embry, who was 61 in March 1985 when he walked away from a care center in Boonville. In 2010 a national database turned up a potential match, leading to testing. Franklin County authorities learned Monday that a comparison of cells from the remains and a brother of Embry were a 99 percent match. (686 page views)

7. The MU athletics department announced a $8.3 million gift Tuesday. The gift, from MU alumni Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline, largely benefits Missouri golf but also goes toward coaches' offices, locker rooms and indoor practice facilities. "It truly puts us on a level playing field with the rest of the Southeastern Conference," said MU senior Jace Long, a member of the men's golf team. (665 page views)

8. The Historic Preservation Commission has proposed an alternate plan for alleviating traffic on Providence Road. The original two-phase plan would include the destruction of eight homes to build new roads between Brandon and Bingham roads and Bingham and Burnam roads. The commission's plan includes the construction of a private alley between Bingham and Brandon roads that could save the homes but also faced opposition from some neighborhood residents. (665 page views)

9. This is the year for fifth-year senior Todd Porter to shine on Missouri's wrestling team— he now boasts a record of 23-6 in overall competition. Porter intentionally spread out credits in order to return to a fifth year of wrestling for Missouri. He says his goal was to prove himself on Missouri's wrestling team but says he is now looking to "get that All-American status."  (663 page views)

10. Missouri men's basketball team lost to LSU 73-70 Wednesday night. What started off as an apparent win for LSU ended up being a close call. "We took some really bad shots, quick threes. We needed to continue driving the ball, and we needed the right guys taking threes," said Frank Haith, Missouri men's basketball coach. (647 page views)



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