THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Mail carriers worry about future, two MU employees arrested

Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 4:43 p.m. CDT
Mail carrier Jeff Connell delivers mail to Hickman High School. Connell has been delivering mail in Columbia for 28 years.

COLUMBIA — The most read stories from the past week include a story about how Columbia mail carriers are handling the the uncertain future of the U.S. Postal Service and two MU employees arrested.

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1. Mail carrier Jeff Connell is one of 92 mail carriers employed at the downtown Columbia post office, and has been delivering mail in Columbia for 28 years. Although Connell knows nearly everyone in the 65203 area code, he and other carriers worry about the future of  the U.S. Postal Service. (3,174 page views)

2. Police arrested Missouri baseball player Gavin Stark early Tuesday morning in connection with vandalism at the Reynolds Alumni Center at MU. Capt. Brian Weimer said another individual told police that Stark approached him and threw his laptop to the ground. Stark proceeded to heave a rock through a glass-pane door at Reynolds Alumni Center, entered the building and broke several items, according to police. The Missouri baseball team has suspended Stark indefinitely. (1,340 page views)

3. Tyler David Hack, an MU assistant professor, was arrested early Wednesday morning after a neighbor reported the man broke into his house and molested him. The man who reported the incident told Columbia police that he was asleep on his couch when he woke up to find a man fondling him through his boxer shorts, Columbia Police Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said. (995 page views)

4. Columnist David Webber says the U.S. Constitution is outdated and needs to be revised in order to reflect the changing American political culture. Webber argues the major obstacle to constitutional change is the collective belief that the Constitution is nearly perfectly designed. (846 page views)

5. Angel Anderson, an administrative associate in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at MU, was arrested Tuesday in Centralia after police say she attacked an officer with a gold bowling pin and her neighbor with a plant holder. Anderson is accused of trespassing, assault, armed criminal action, assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possession of a synthetic cannabis. (772 page views)

6. A new coffeehouse opening in downtown Columbia plans to brew each and every cup of coffee by hand. Frequency Coffee, set to open in early June, plans to use one of nine brewing methods on each cup of coffee, with the specific coffee determining the method used. (700 page views)

7. According to a report by, Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith and his lawyer Michael Bruckner want to know who accessed Haith's bank account in October 2012. A court petition filed Monday by Bruckner says Bank of America allowed unauthorized access to Haith's bank account during the NCAA's investigation of University of Miami athletics. (676 page views)

8. The Columbia Regional Airport's continued expansion has nearby farmers wondering what will become of their property. James Phillips, 80, is set to have 40 of his 229-acre property purchased by the city, but worries how the loss will affect his farming product. (506 page views)

9. Hundreds of people waited for hours, some up to two days, at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau for the Mission of Mercy dental clinic, a large-scale clinic that provides free dental care to anyone who needs it. Approximately 1,775 people attended the event. Missouri ranks 41st in adult oral health care, according to data collected during the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. (480 page views)

10. Three gamers in Columbia created their own company to sell original board games and spread enthusiasm for gaming. They meet at The Heidelberg every few weeks to discuss and develop new games, as well as to have fun playing them. In August, they plan to take their new game, "Tau," to Gen Con, an annual gaming convention in Indianapolis. (461 page views)

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