THE WEEK'S MOST-READ: Laurence Bowers prepares for NBA, racial profiling in Columbia policing

Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 5:19 p.m. CDT; updated 7:03 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 19, 2013
Laurence Bowers flips through the pages of a scrapbook from his years as a Missouri basketball player April 20. It was made for him by Roxanne Alden, wife of Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden.

COLUMBIA — The most-read stories from the past week include a profile of graduating Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers and a Missourian special report on racial profiling in Columbia policing.

Note: Most of these stories are available to Missourian members only. Non-members can buy a 99-cent day pass to read the stories.

  1. Laurence Bowers, the first scholarship basketball player in Missouri history to earn a master's degree, is in Florida training for the NBA Draft. Bowers said he is sad to see the end of his impressive five-year career at Missouri, but leaves with the satisfaction of a full experience. (1,521 page views)
  2. Michelle Howard, an MU alumna, wrote a letter to the editor protesting the selection of Boone County Circuit Judge Kevin Crane as speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony. Crane, previously the Boone County prosecutor, was prosecutor during Ryan Ferguson's trial in the homicide of Kent Heitholt. (1,467 page views; available to non-members)
  3. A projected decline in high school graduates in the Midwest, an area heavily recruited by MU, might spell trouble for the university. The decline of two traditional sources of revenue — state money and tuition collected from rapid enrollment growth — complicates MU's quest to balance a budget that faculty say is already constricting. (813 page views) 
  4. A Missourian special report reveals that blacks are overrepresented in traffic stops by the Columbia Police Department. While blacks made up 10 percent of the driving age population last year, they represented 22.5 percent of the traffic stops made around town. (804 page views)
  5. At the end of the Missouri General Assembly's working calendar, Missourian columnist George Kennedy feels that the legislative season couldn't have gone worse. Kennedy accuses the Republican-led House and Senate of forsaking their constituents to pander to gun lobbyists and laments the spurned Medicaid expansion. (789 page views)
  6. As the smallest and oldest field in the Southeastern Conference, University Park is soon to be replaced. MU is eyeing a new softball park with a pricetag of  $12 million to $15 million. (753 page views)
  7. Downtown looked a little greener this past week with the temporary addition of a "parklet" which transformed two parking spaces into a miniature outdoor getaway. As part of the city's "Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week," the Department of Parks and Recreation built the parklet outside of Kaldi's on Ninth Street. (746 page views)
  8.  Developers say that the proposed six-story student apartment complex across the street from Mark Twain residence hall would be a good fit for Columbia  The apartment, which was given a tentative completion date of August 2015, would be one of the densest residential developments in the city. (684 page views)
  9. A 43-year-old Columbia man fell about 60 feet after the lines of the parachute glider he was flying became tangled on Sunday. Despite the height of the fall,  was alert and conscious. He was taken to University Hospital for a broken femur. (678 page views)
  10. Wendy Murray, 43, of Columbia, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Mrs. Murray loved children. While she was a student at MU, she worked at the Student Parent Center taking care of children of students, faculty and staff. Service dates will be announced at a later date. (636 page views, available to non-members)

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