THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Boston bombings, homicide arrests, storms

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 22, 2013
Police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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1. This week's top story was FROM READERS: It would have been my daughter's first birthday. Shane Epping and his wife, Mary, lost their baby girl, Faye, one day before she was born. Faye would have been born with a fatal chromosome abnormality which meant she would live for a few days at the most. (1,294 page views)

2. The second most-read story this week recounted Missouri football's rough first year in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri writers Alexander Smith and Matthew Fairburn raised 10 questions about Missouri football as the Tigers headed into its spring game. (1,059 page views)

3. Police arrested James Robert Thompson, 23, and Christopher James Hurt, 24, on April 14 in connection with the homicide of Brian Daniels. Thompson was arrested on a first-degree murder charge after a traffic stop at Grindstone Parkway and Churchill Drive. Hurt was arrested for felony possession of controlled substances and felony hindering prosecution. (1,049 page views)

4. Columbia resident Bill Washington was 300 yards from the two bombs that exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. "It’s not gonna stop me from running marathons or something," he said. "But it does point out how difficult it is for an event like that to be adequately protected.” (973 page views)

5. James Thompson, 23, who was arrested earlier this week in connection to the homicide of Brian Daniels, was the sole beneficiary of Daniels' estate, the Missourian reported Monday. (904 page views)

6. The future juniors of Battle High School explored the school during the first student tour Tuesday. "We talk a lot about creating our own traditions, not borrowing from Rock Bridge and Hickman," Hickman sophomore Shirey Samuels said. "We're making our own Battle family. We get to decide what we want Battle to be." (892 page views)

7. The 15 Columbia residents running in the Boston Marathon all appeared to be safe following news of two explosions near the finish line of the marathon. (889 page views)

8. Republican Sen. Mike Cunningham of Rogersville is sponsoring legislation that would let nonprofit groups prepare food in private homes and bring it to charitable fundraisers. The groups would need to post signs saying the food was prepared in a kitchen not subject to regulation. Cunningham asserted that "rogue inspectors" are acting like "food Nazis" by shutting down charitable chili suppers. (854 page views)

9.  Missourian readers shared pictures and tweets of the severe thunderstorm that blew through Columbia on Wednesday afternoon. The storm produced golf ball-sized hail.  (810 page views)

10. News broke Monday afternoon of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed three, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured more than 140. (796 page views)


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