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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Fatal teen car crash, return of popular diner and 'Welcome Back' guide top list

Sunday, August 18, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CDT; updated 6:31 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 19, 2013

COLUMBIA —The week's most read stories included a car crash that killed three teenagers in Wildwood, the return of a popular Columbia diner and a rodeo clown taking criticism for his portrayal of President Barack Obama.

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. Three teenagers, including one incoming MU freshman, died in a car accident Friday in Wildwood. Christopher Lenzen, 18, and sisters Lauren Oliver, 18, and Kathleen Oliver, 17, were killed while driving home from dinner about 9:40 p.m. when their car ran off the road and struck the back deck of a home before crashing into a tree. A fourth passenger, Olivia Dames, 18, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Lenzen was registered to start classes at MU as a business major this semester. (1,175 page views)

  2. After a 10-year absence, Glenn's Cafe is returning to Columbia. The diner will take over the space formerly occupied by Bleu restaurant inside The Tiger Hotel. Management hopes to begin serving guests Oct. 1. (1,119 page views)

  3. The Missourian compiled a "Welcome Back" guide of Columbia's entertainment and businesses for students and residents returning to town for the start of the fall semester. (876 page views)
  4. Newcomers to the Missouri football team are adjusting to their new home. Junior college recruit Duron Singleton is on track to make a big impact on the Tigers' defensive backfield this season, and Darvin Ruise and Kentrell Brothers will likely both seeing playing time as weakside linebacker. (754 page views)
  5. Thousands of students arrived at MU on Aug. 11 for early check-in. (653 page views)
  6. A new food truck will bring a Southern flair to Columbia. The Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company truck rolled into town last week and will focus on local, seasonal food with a Southern influence. Almost everything on the menu is served on a biscuit. (644 page views)
  7. A Columbia priest was identified as the mysterious figure who showed up at the scene of a car accident earlier this month. The Rev. Patrick Dowling happened upon the Aug. 4 crash while driving between morning Mass assignments, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City. Witnesses said they did not see the priest arrive at the scene, and there were no crime scene photos including him. (632 page views)
  8. A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair was banned for life from the fair after he wore a mask depicting President Barack Obama. Fair officials say they're also reviewing whether to take any action against the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association, the contractor responsible for Saturday's event. (618 page views)
  9. A number of changes went into effect in Columbia Public Schools as the new school year began. The largest changes include a restructuring of secondary attendance areas to include Battle High School and a reconfiguration of grade levels that puts sixth- through eighth-graders in middle schools and ninth-graders in high schools, eliminating junior high schools entirely. (610 page views)
  10. MU's Campus Facilities department is struggling to keep up with the numerous renovations needed for buildings across campus. A 2006 study showed that MU spreads its maintenance staff thinner than most of the universities it competes with for students. MU’s total repair backlog adds up to $552 million and grows by $22 million each year. (607 page views)

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