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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Convenience store closes, Perseid meteor shower viewing and flooding top list

Sunday, August 11, 2013 | 7:38 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories included a story about the Break Time store closing suddenly and a profile on Missouri football's defensive end, Kony Ealy. 

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 most read story was about the downtown Break Time store on the corner of Tenth and Elm streets closing suddenly on Thursday. MFA Oil spokesman Tom May said the store closed to allow MFA Oil to focus on its other Break Time locations. There were two signs on locked glass doors, posted by the "Break Time Management Team." The sign said: "This Break Time location is now closed. Thank you for your business." (2,386)
  2. The second most read story was about the Perseid meteor shower making its annual return over the weekend. It is known for being one of the best cosmic shows of the year. Saturday night was predicted to be the best night for viewing because of weather. (1,618)
  3. The third most read story was about heavy thunderstorms causing flooding which forced parts of Interstate 44 and U.S. 63 to be closedGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday also ordered some of the Missouri National Guard to help local authorities dealing with flooding. (1,007)
  4. The fourth most read story is about 79 cows being spilled out of a cattle truck on Interstate 70 in Kansas City, which forced it to be closed. Kansas City police say the truck overturned about 3 a.m. Friday when the driver lost control after hitting a curb. (961) 
  5. The fifth most read story was about the death of St. Louis musician, Bob Reuter. Reuter died after falling into an open elevator shaft Saturday afternoon. Reuter hosted a weekly radio program, "Bob's Scratchy Records," on KDHX-FM. (848)
  6. The sixth most read story was about a new food truck coming to Columbia. Bryan Maness' focus is on serving local, seasonal food with a Southern influence and a gourmet twist. Almost everything on the menu is served on a biscuit. (835) 
  7. The seventh most read story is a profile about MU's defensive end, Kony Ealy. After the success of Sheldon Richardson and Aldon Smith at his position, the 6-foot-5-inch, 275-pounder is ready to be the next great defensive end. (824)
  8. The eighth most read story is about the Columbia produce stands that feature additions from Amish farmers. Abby Holman, a student at MU, and her father visit an Amish produce auction north of Columbia, in Clark, twice a week to stock the stand with freshly grown fruits and vegetables. (817)
  9. The ninth most read story is about the reopening of the Mark Twain residence halls. After almost two years, the building has been renovated inside and out. The project cost $21.7 million and is part of the fourth phase of a plan to renovate or replace all of the residence halls at MU. (779)
  10. George Kennedy's editorial about crime and Mayor Bob McDavid's request for more police is the tenth most read story. McDavid called for a property-tax increase to pay for 35 more cops. Kennedy questions the facts about crime in Columbia that led to McDavid's request. (776)

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