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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ: Concussions, Arvarh Strickland, Douglass' prom

Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 5:34 p.m. CDT; updated 12:53 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 6, 2013
Matt Markley, Columbia Youth Football League president, holds a helmet each athlete receives to protect his or her head from concussions at the Cosmo Park equipment shed. Markley is responsible for overseeing equipment distribution from the shed in August before the start of each season.

COLUMBIA — The most read stories from the past week include a story about the controversy surrounding concussions in youth football, the death of Arvarh Strickland, the first black professor at MU and Douglass High School's first prom in seven years.

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

1. The most-read story the controversy surrounding the prevalence of concussions and other head injuries in youth football. Robert Cantu, a nationally known neurosurgeon and author of the recently published “Concussions and Our Kids,” says children shouldn’t play tackle football until they are 14. Cantu’s mantra: No head trauma is good head trauma. (1,007 page views)

2. Arvarh Strickland, the first black professor at MU, died Tuesday morning. He was 82. Throughout his career, Strickland criticized the university for its reluctance to hire and promote more black professors. (972 page views)

3. Howard Hutton is a Columbia father who has been fighting the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders for 22 years. He has started an online petition to call for the Great Rivers Council, which includes Columbia charter organizations, to reject the Boy Scouts' ban on gay membership. (769 page views)

4. Last week, Lucky's Farmers Market announced the store is planning to move into the former Osco Building near Providence and Broadway by fall. Want to know what it is like to shop at Lucky's? A Missourian Storify aggregates reviews, products and prices(657 page views)

5. America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home. (645 page views)

6. Douglass High School had its first prom in seven years Friday. The theme was "Hollywood Nights," and was held at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at MU. The MU campus chapter of the NAACP hosted the dance. (639 page views)

7. Gertie, Maude and Lily, two chihuahuas and an American bulldog/whippet mix, will be placed for adoption after starring in the Stephens College Department of Theater's rendition of "Legally Blonde: The Musical." The dogs will be placed for adoption through Columbia Second Chance Animal Shelter. (567 page views)

8. Alex Clayton is about to graduate from Stephens College with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He will be the last man to graduate from Stephens College with such a degree in dance. (555 page views)

9. David Webber, a political scientist and an associate professor of public policy at MU, tells the Missourian the five most important things he has learned from legislators over the years. This semester he is teaching a course titled, "Is America in Decline?" (548 page views)

10. Nicholas Aaron Harbour was a hard worker and an animal lover, who always had a smile on his face. Harbour died Tuesday, April 30, 2013. He was 24. (547 page views)


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