THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: International student to return home, fire department's video

Sunday, July 28, 2013 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 10:40 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories included a story about an exchange student who will return home because the cost of his degree is too high and a Columbia Fire Department video that went viral.

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

  1. Wonjoon Moon, an MU senior, will be returning home to South Korea without his degree because of financial difficulties. Typically, it costs more for international students to earn their degrees  because of non-resident education fees and international fees. To compensate and help his family pay for his education, Moon worked part-time jobs on campus and changed majors so he could be done more quickly. But it was not enough, and he will return to South Korea for the first time since 2011, when he was discharged from the army. (1,010 page views)
  2. The Columbia Fire Department posted a video Tuesday afternoon that advocated the use of home fire sprinklers and by 5 p.m. Thursday had been shared more than 8,000 times on Facebook. Research showed sprinklers can reduce civilian fire deaths by up to 80 percent, according to the a release from the department. (869 page views)
  3. Naoma Powell died Saturday morning, July 20, 2013. She was 87. Powell was part of the Columbia arts community and established the Access Arts program. She would sell her artwork and give that money, as well as her home and most of her social security income, to Access Arts. (779 page views)

  4. Two options remain for a new elementary school site because the Sapp land became is no longer for purchase. The decision not to sell was the family's, according to the president of the Columbia School Board. The two sites left are the Linnemeyer site and the Potterfield site. (774 page views)
  5. The Columbia Missourian released its annual "Collegetown" edition, which is a guide for new MU students to learn about campus. It includes information about academics, sports, health and finances, lifestyle and entertainment. (774 page views)
  6. On July 21, a Ford Expedition carrying 10 people slid on Interstate 70 near U.S. 63 and was hit by another car as it sat on westbound 1-70. Two passengers, one a toddler, were ejected through a rear window. The driver of the Ford Expedition was cited for failing to secure a child less than 8 years old in a restraint device. (723 page views)
  7. A man was stabbed near Scott Boulevard before 3 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to Boone Hospital and did not know his assailant, according to police. (671 page views)
  8. From July 21 until Friday, MU hosted the 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion. Although many in the scientific community say the 1989 experiments conducted by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann at the University of Utah violated ethics, some attending the conference said they have value. (614 page views)
  9. The Downtown Leadership Council considered the proposed CVS pharmacy on Providence Road and Broadway on Tuesday evening. If the pharmacy is built, three buildings would be demolished including those that house McAdams' Ltd and alleyCat Yoga. The next meeting about the proposal will be at the Planning and Zoning Comission meeting scheduled for Aug. 22. (548 page views)
  10. On opening day of the Boone County Fair, Mia Bates, 5, was named Little Miss Boone County and Hunter Skouby, 5, was named Little Mr. Boone County. There was also chainsaw caving motocross and a goat show.

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