THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Another snowfall hits Columbia

Sunday, March 31, 2013 | 4:58 p.m. CDT; updated 5:39 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 7, 2013
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers exits the court after the men's basketball team lost to Colorado State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Colorado State won 84-72.

This week's most read stories included another major snowfall for Columbia and a look ahead to next season's Missouri men's basketball team.

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

1. The week's most read story previewed next season's Missouri men's basketball team. Missouri lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Colorado State 82-74. The team will lose Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Keion Bell to graduation, and there is some speculation that Phil Pressey might forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA draft. (2,155 page views)

2. Columbia received 9.2 inches of total snow accumulation on March 24. This was the third major snowfall Columbia had in a little more than a month. The Missourian compiled a live update of the snowfall. (1,548 page views)

3. MU art student Emily Jackson, 23, died in her off-campus apartment on March 21. Jackson graduated from Lebanon High School in 2008 and planned to graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree in May. Eddie Adelstein, medical examiner for Boone County, cited a "natural disease process that resulted in her death." No foul play was involved. (993 page views)

4. From her walk-up song choice of the Lion King's "Circle of Life" to her signature braided side ponytail, Missouri softball's Emily Crane keeps the typically serious softball team loose. Coach Ehren Earleywine was worried Crane's goofy personality would not mesh well with the rest of the team. (953 page views)

5. John O'Connor runs a water quality consulting firm from his home in Columbia. O'Connor has tested and compared the water quality between tap water and different brands of bottled water from around the world. (687 page views)

6. Music teacher Robin Anderson has found a unique way to teach students to sing and play the piano. Anderson uses hula hoops to help students learn how to set goals and learn certain techniques through movement or imagery. Anderson, who also is a teacher at Gentry Middle School, owns a piano and voice studio and works with several performance groups across Columbia. (620 page views)

7. The March 24 snowfall likely broke a record for the most snowfall on that day. Columbia snowfall has reached 8 inches in March once in the last 30 years, with the area receiving 8.8 inches on March 23 and 24 in 1990. (569 page views)

8. Ryan Ferguson’s attorneys filed a statement rebutting the state’s request for a denial of their habeas petition on March 22. In her statement, Ferguson’s attorney Kathleen Zellner said Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster applied the wrong legal standards to Ferguson’s case. The Attorney General’s office declined to comment. But in a statement filed March 6, Koster argued that Ferguson was required to present new evidence to the court in order to obtain a new hearing. (491 page views)

9. North Korea warned South Korea on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula had entered "a state of war." Many said combat is extremely unlikely because the Korean Peninsula has remained in a technical state of war for 60 years. But North Korea's continued threats toward South Korea and the U.S. have raised worries that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash. (475 page views)

10. On Wednesday, Boone County was declared drought-free following the snowfall on March 24. This month also could be the coldest March in Columbia in the last 30 years, with temperatures averaging 36.7 degrees. (375 page views)

Supervising editor is Shaina Cavazos.

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