COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories included the death of a Columbia cyclist, a fast-food workers' rally over wages and unionization rights and a new exhibit at the Bingham Gallery featuring work by student photographers.
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.
Columbia resident Igor Izioumine died of a heart attack Aug. 24 while riding a bicycle in the BikeMO 2013 fundraising race. Izioumine suffered the heart attack at mile 83 of the 90-mile route and was transported to University Hospital, where he later died. He worked for the MU Division of Information Technology and was a member of the Columbia Bicycle Club. Izioumine's death was the first major incident at BikeMO in the event's nine-year history. (741 page views)
- Fast-food workers in Columbia held a rally Thursday as part of a national movement to strike for higher wages. Workers from Taco Bell, McDonald's and Burger King turned out to demand wage increases to $15 an hour and the right to unionize without interference from employers. (725 page views)
- A new exhibit at the Bingham Gallery in MU's Fine Arts Building will feature photos by student photographers showcasing Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas. The exhibit, which will be on display from Sept. 2 to 26, seeks to explore the "cultural barometers" of different communities, according to its website. (714 page views)
- Three Missouri teachers unions released analysis Monday indicating that about 5,400 to 9,400 teachers could lose their jobs if the legislature passes a tax-cut bill that would decrease state revenue by $692 million. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill in June, and the state House of Representatives will decide whether to override the veto during September's special session. (698 page views)
- Six Missouri Tigers — defensive end Shane Ray, defensive tackle Matt Hoch, cornerback John Gibson, running back Russell Hansbrough, center Evan Boehm and kicker Andrew Baggett — are likely to play an important role this season. (673 page views)
- Battle High School freshman quarterback Brevinn Tyler is 14 years old, but the school's head football coach says he is "beyond his years in maturity." Tyler is the first quarterback at Battle High, which officially opened its doors last week. (604 page views)
- Hundreds of people filled a Southwest Missouri church Wednesday to bid farewell to to Adriaunna Horton, a 12-year-old girl who died after disappearing at a park. Bobby Bourne Jr., of Lockwood, is charged with first-degree murder, statutory rape, forcible rape and child kidnapping in her death. (585 page views)
- Last week's most read stories included the death of local actor and set designer David "Willy" Wilson and the Harrisburg High School football team's first ever game. (579 page views)
- A personal safety app designed by three MU students allows users to alert authorities if they feel unsafe. The students have not yet released their app, SafeTrek, to the public, but hope eventually to move the product to other cities. (554 page views)
- MU played Murray State on Sunday for its first game against the team since 2006. Among other little-known facts about the university: It is one of only 23 schools in the U.S. with a Division I NCAA rifle team, and it is home to the longest-running student-produced musical in the South. (550 page views)
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