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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Columbia woman dies in car accident; Missouri fans take over Nashville

Sunday, October 6, 2013 | 5:37 p.m. CDT; updated 7:18 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

COLUMBIA — This week's most read stories include the death of a Columbia woman in a car accident Friday, news about the local effects of the national government shutdown, and reports from the Missouri football team's 51-28 blowout of Vanderbilt on Saturday.

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  1. An accident in Cooper County early Friday morning killed a Columbia woman and seriously injured another. Heather L. Cole, 20, of Columbia, died in the crash, which happened at 2:32 a.m. on Interstate 70 about 10 miles west of Boonville. The car's passenger, Sara K. Buxton, 20, was in critical condition as of Saturday evening. The 63 Diner, where Cole was employed, held a fundraiser on Saturday and Sunday with proceeds going to Cole's family. (1,483 page views)
  2. A large contingent of Missouri fans made its way to Nashville on Saturday to watch the Tigers take on Vanderbilt. Geographically, Vanderbilt is one of Missouri's closest opponents, with 426 miles between Columbia and Nashville. Tigers fans populated Nashville's bars on Friday and dominated the tailgate scene on Saturday. The fans who made the trip were rewarded with a 51-28 Missouri victory. (1,185 page views)
  3. After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer guidelines, point guard Jordan Clarkson is preparing to lead the Missouri basketball team this season. Clarkson, a transfer from the University of Tulsa, will begin his junior season as Missouri's starting point guard, taking over for his longtime friend Phil Pressey. In addition to his duties on the court, Missouri coach Frank Haith said Clarkson has also filled the leadership role vacated by Pressey. (1,116 page views)
  4. The federal government shutdown has affected several services across mid-Missouri this week. Local Internal Revenue Service offices and national parks and forests were closed as a consequence of the shutdown, while the postal service and Social Security remained relatively unaffected. (748 views)
  5. Heading into Saturday's game, the Tigers focused on containing Vanderbilt's star wide receiver, Jordan Matthews. Matthews had more than 500 receiving yards through his first five games of the season, and is particularly difficult to guard because he lines up at different spots in the Commodores' offense. Although Matthews had a good game Sunday, totaling 123 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions, Missouri still came away with a 51-28 victory. (685 views)
  6. Although the Missouri football team was on the road this week, Missourian staff kept fans updated on Saturday's game with score updates and social media posts in this week's Tigers Report Live. Missouri fans had a lot to cheer about as the Tigers scored early and often in the rout of Vanderbilt. (677 views)
  7. After more than 80 years of being led by a male pastor, the Missouri United Methodist Church is seeing growing diversity, with its first female pastor, the Rev. Amy Gearhart, now leading services. In addition to its new leader, the congregation at the church has grown more diverse, with a mix of ethnicities, ages and cultures. (662 page views)
  8. Two Columbia philanthropists are hoping to improve public K-12 education across Missouri by dangling a $1 million carrot in front of local school districts. Larry Potterfield, president and CEO of hunting-products company MidwayUSA, and his wife, Brenda, have promised to donate $1 million to the first Missouri school district to win a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. No Missouri school has won the national award, which normally does not have any monetary incentive tied to it. (631 page views)
  9. With the Missouri football victory over Arkansas State on Sept. 28, head coach Gary Pinkel moved into second place on the school's all-time wins list. The victory was No. 94 for Pinkel, who passed Dan Devine for the spot. (587 page views)
  10. The government shutdown affected businesses that rely on using the spaces in national parks, including canoe outfitters along the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. National parks were closed on Tuesday after Congress failed to pass a budget, prompting a shutdown. The businesses had been hurt by heavy rains in August, but the current government shutdown has further crippled business. (579 page views)

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.


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