THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: MU remembers deceased students, city unveils new logo

Monday, April 8, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:46 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 8, 2013
Amy Schneider, director of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, unveils the new logo Thursday afternoon at The Blue Note. Television commercials featuring the new look will run in St. Louis and Kansas City. Print ads will also run across Missouri.

COLUMBIA — Last week's most read stories included the remembrance of nine MU students who died in the past year and Columbia's unveiling of its new slogan and logo.

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

1. The week's most read story was a guest commentary by Pat Reynolds about the lack of evidence in the Ryan Ferguson case. Reynolds is a resident of Maryland and knows about the case through documentaries by Dateline and 48 Hours episodes. She said the initial interrogation tapes of Chuck Erickson show witness intimidation and coercion.(1,826 page views)

2. On Friday, MU remembered nine students who died during the past year. The nine were both undergraduate and graduate students and ranged from 18 to 25 years of age. Each will have a book dedicated to them at Ellis Library. (1,222 page views)

3. The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled the city's new logo and slogan on Thursday. The new slogan, "Columbia, MO: What You Unexpect," will replace the old slogan the city has used since 2003. (1,131 page views)

4. Frank Haith announced on Tuesday that two Missouri basketball freshman guards, Negus Webster-Chan and Dominique Bull, will be transferring from the school. The two guards cited more playing time and the chance to play closer to home as reasons for transferring. Webster-Chan was the primary backup for junior guard Phil Pressey. If Pressey decides to forgo his senior season, the Tigers could be faced with having to rely on a freshman point guard next year. (805 page views)

5. The home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Warm Springs Ranch, opened to visitors on Monday. The ranch is located east of Boonville and will offer twice daily tours through Oct. 31, except on Wednesdays. The ranch is where Budweiser births and raises its Clydesdales. It is also home of the star of the company's Super Bowl ad, Hope. (766 page views)

6. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart hosted MU professor Jonathan Sperber on Tuesday. Sperber is the MU Curators' Professor of History and was on the show to discuss his recently released biography, "Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life." (758 page views)

7. The Columbia City Council approved funding for a new armored vehicle Monday for the Columbia Police Department. The council approved about $227,000 in local revenue and police forfeiture funds to purchase the vehicle, which is a Lenco BearCat. The new vehicle will replace the department's 1982 Cadillac Gage Peacekeeper that it has used since 2001. (623 page views)

8. The William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence awarded three more MU professors with $10,000 checks on Tuesday. Five professors are presented with the award each year, which was established in 1991. (581 page views)

9. Kyley Simmons, sophomore guard for the Missouri women's basketball team, announced her transfer from the school on Monday. Simmons cited personal reasons as to why she will transfer and did not indicate where she might go. (575 page views)

10. A small earthquake hit southeastern Missouri on Tuesday night. The magnitude 2.7 earthquake had an epicenter southeast of Portageville. The earthquake was also felt in western Tennessee and western Kentucky. (572 page views)

Supervising editor is Caitlin Lukin.

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