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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: My Life, My Town dominates readership

Sunday, February 17, 2013 | 4:54 p.m. CST
Anthony Peeler, who is currently an assistant coach at Division II Virginia Union University, has always wanted to coach for his alma mater, Missouri.

The most read stories of the past week featured several from the My Life, My Town feature. The special project, which explored the hopes and challenges of teens in rural Missouri, were three of the top seven stories of the week.

Here are the week's 10 most-read stories, according to Google Analytics:

1. The week's most read story was former Missouri basketball player Anthony Peeler's desire to one day coach at Missouri. Peeler is currently the head men's basketball coach at Division II Virginia Union University. The All-American selection in 1992 was one of the most versatile players in Missouri basketball history and enjoyed a 13-year NBA career. (2,812 page views)

2. David Rosman's opinion piece on the asteroid that passed by earth registered the second most views this week. Rosman examines how an asteroid hitting earth is another example of conspiracy theories "predicting" the end of the world. (1,326, page views)

3. Shirley LeBlanc, 19, describes the how the birth of her son, Grayson, has changed her life. When LeBlanc found out she was pregnant at 17, she says she making poor decisions and hanging out with the wrong crowd. Now, LeBlanc is on track to get a college degree and turn her life around. This story was part of the My Life, My Town feature. (1,081 page views)

4. Identical twins Tony and Terry DeWeese have spent all of their 18 years together. As seniors at Hallsville High School both participate in the same activities and have several classes together. However, after graduating from high school, both will head in different directions. One will head to San Diego to being basic training in the Marine Corps while the other stays close to home and pursues a college degree. This story was part of the My Life, My Town feature. (981 page views)

5. The Missouri men's basketball team picked up its first Southeastern Conference road win on Wednesday against Mississippi State. Keion Bell led all scorers with 24 points in the Tigers' 78-36 victory. The Missouri defense held Mississippi State to just 10 first-half points. (835 page views)

6.  The police dog Fano was given to his former Columbia Police handler, Rob Sanders, on Monday. This came after a long process of trying to determine what would happen to the dog after Sanders was fired from the Columbia Police Department in September 2011 for excessive use of force on a prisoner in a holding cell. (699 page views)

7. Hallsville High School cheerleader Alaysha Jefferson has dealt with racial differences for her entire life. In a town of 1,491 people, only 13 are black. Jefferson joined the Hallsville cheerleading team to help provide structure to her life. This story was part of the My Life, My Town feature. (649 page views)

8. Missouri conservation officials are urging people to be careful around skunks that will soon emerge from winter shelters. Skunks are one of the two primary carriers of the rabies virus in Missouri. (647 page views)

9. REDI Chairman Dave Griggs has become one of the most influential businessmen in Columbia. While he has built his influence through personal charm, his controversial enhanced enterprise zone proposal divided city residents. (645 page views)

10. Frontier Airlines will being adding a third weekly direct flight to Orlando, Fla., from Columbia Regional Airport on April 8. The schedule will shift to flights leaving Columbia at 10:10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (592 page views)


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