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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Supermoon rises over Columbia; police investigate shooting

Monday, June 24, 2013 | 5:31 p.m. CDT; updated 8:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 24, 2013
The perigee moon shines above the bur oak tree in McBaine on Saturday. The perigee moon, or supermoon, happens once a year and is 14 percent larger than when the moon is at its farthest distance from the Earth.

COLUMBIA — The rise of the weekend's supermoon and the Columbia Police Department's disclosure of the victims' ages in a downtown shooting garnered the most online attention last week.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. The links provided are to stories available for Missourian digital subscribers.

1. An article Friday described the celestial event known as a supermoon. Supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to the earth during a full moon. This latest one occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning. A supermoon looks noticeably bigger than a regular full moon because of its close proximity to the planet.(2,065 pageviews)

2. The second-most-read story was a follow-up about the June 15 downtown shooting near the intersection of Tenth Street and East Broadway. Columbia police released the ages of the shooting's three male victims and were attempting to determine whether an assault outside the Blue Fugue, 120 S. Ninth St., that happened earlier in the night was connected to incident. (1,998 pageviews)

3. In third was the story Wednesday detailing the origins of Lonny Ray's, a popular barbecue hotspot in Harrisburg. Founders Mike Whiteley and Brandon Millikan collaborated on the idea for the restaurant while working at Sam's Club 11 years ago. (1,623 pageviews)

4. Coming in fourth was the story about Sen. Kurt Schaefer's, R-Columbia, reiteration of his stance to not expand the state's Medicaid program. Schaefer spoke at the Boone County Pachyderms Club on Tuesday evening. (910 pageviews)

5. A Wednesday wire story reported that UM System President Tim Wolfe planned to leave Providence Point, the presidential residence, for a private home. (860 pageviews)

6. A Thursday story offered a detailed account of a pair of wild pigs that disrupted bicyclists on the Katy Trail and the adjacent Trailside Cafe and Bike Shop in Rocheport. (774 pageviews)

7. A feature last Monday described the CoMo Girls Rock! music camp, which inspires girls to pursue their talents and interests in rock music. The girls' efforts culminated in a show June 15 at Mojo's. (630 pageviews)

8. According to a Wednesday news brief, the origin of the wild pigs found on the Katy Trail remains a mystery. (604 pageviews).

9. Two men were apprehended June 16 and charged last Monday with third-degree assault in connection with an assault late June 14 in front of the Blue Fugue. (602 pageviews)

10. The brief documenting the shooting June 15 near Tenth Street and Broadway was the 10th-most-read story. (598 pageviews)


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