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THIS WEEK'S MOST READ: Fireworks ordinance cause complaints, euthanization rate drops

Sunday, July 7, 2013 | 7:46 p.m. CDT; updated 8:51 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA — 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. The Missourian unveiled "100 AGES, A CENTURY OF VOICES," to readers Thursday. The project consists of 100 videos of Boone County residents, one for each age from 1 to 100. Each resident told a little about themselves and together were able to show the Boone County community. (1,715 pageviews)

  2. An ordinance passed in October said the possession of fireworks, with the exception of sparklers, is a misdemeanor in city limits.  But Bob Gerau, co-owner of Bob's Fireworks, said that legalizing fireworks would provide tens of thousands dollars in sales tax revenue, even if they were only allowed July 3-5 and New Year's Eve. (966 pageviews)
  3. A six-story student apartment complex, known as The Residences, was approved by the Columbia City Council on Monday. The complex will be built on Conley Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets and will house up to 354 people. The building permits will be issued after an additional pedestrian impact analysis has been provided. (782 pageviews)
  4. Euthanization rates at the Central Missouri Humane Society have dropped over the past five years from 62 percent in 2008 to 29 percent in 2012. The shelter director said that the reduced rates were because of increased foster care homes, rescue transfers and volunteers as well as better staff education and marketing strategies. (604 pageviews) 
  5. A teenager from Kansas City was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for violating the parole she was on for causing a fatal accident while texting and driving. Rachel N. Gannon was originally placed on 5 years' probation, given shock time, ordered to find a job and serve house arrest and perform community service. (577 pageviews)
  6. Two men drowned in separate incidents at Ozark Lakes. A Missouri man drowned on June 28 and a Kansas man drowned on June 29. (565 pageviews)
  7. Demolition on Hillcrest Hall at Stephens College began this week to make room for the Hagan Scholarship Foundation's college-preparatory academy. The academy will be built for a 100 students. (532 pageviews) 
  8. Chancellor Brady Deaton wrote in correspondence to the Columbia City Council that the Museum of Art and Archaeology's move to Mizzou North is temporary, which reassured several people. (497 pageviews)
  9. In a From Readers article, Karen Mitchell, who teaches at the School of Journalism, explains why she is helping the Moonlight Hoops basketball program by coaching the white team. (451 pageviews)
  10. The Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ will be held at Stephens Lake Park for the first time this year and the Columbia City Council approved a plan to rent school buses to shuttle fans from downtown garages to the Reichmann parking lot on East Walnut Street. (421 pageviews)

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