THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: MU has first transgender Homecoming candidate; Ferguson case featured on CNN

Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 5:06 p.m. CDT; updated 6:40 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 20, 2013

This week's most read stories included an MU homecoming royalty candidate pushing gender boundaries and the Ryan Ferguson case being featured on CNN.

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  1. Josie Herrera, an MU journalism student who identifies as gender queer, became MU's first transgender candidate for homecoming royalty. Herrera, who identifies as neither man nor woman but encompasses parts of both, is one of the final five candidates for homecoming king. By running for the position, Herrera hopes to educate the community about gender and the boundaries it can create. (6,888 page views)
  2. An MU employee was charged with second-degree assault of a security officer at the Missouri Psychiatric Center. Neil Hockley, 61, a business tech analyst with MU Health Care, was taken to the center on Sept. 29 for an assessment, according to the MU Police Department. According to a police statement, Hockley refused to take any medication and became angry at the center's staff members, eventually breaking the elbow of a security officer who tried to restrain him. He was released Tuesday night from the Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail on a $25,000 bond. (2,156 page views)
  3. Gregory Gerard Holthaus, 18, of Highland, Ill., was pronounced dead on Oct. 13 after being found unconscious in an MU residence hall. Holthaus, who was not an MU student, was found unconscious and not breathing shortly after 9 a.m. in Dogwood Hall, a residence near the MU Student Recreation Complex. The indication of death has not yet been released, but there was no indication of foul play, according to a news release. (1,979 page views)
  4. "Erin Burnett OutFront," an hourlong news program on CNN, aired a special report on the Ryan Ferguson case on Thursday night. Ferguson was convicted of the second-degree murder of Kent Heitholt in 2005 and has lost 14 appeals to overturn his conviction since he began serving his 40-year prison sentence. The case has been controversial, with Ferguson's supporters demanding his release from prison because they believe he was wrongly convicted. (1,807 page views)
  5. Missouri football guard Max Copeland, the force behind the Missourian's 'Copeland's Cranium' feature, warned readers about the dangers of automated toilets and bathroom equipment, which he believes are used by the government to spy on citizens. Since he hasn't been allowed to talk to the media for two weeks, Copeland has been posting his thoughts on a personal blog. (1,024 page views)
  6. Mohammad Eldeib, who bought the historic Arrow Head Motel 13 years ago, has plans to turn the property into affordable studios or one-bedroom apartments. The motel, which was one of the first motels between St. Louis and Kansas City when it was built in 1938, has gone through six owners and a number of structural updates, but still retains some of its original charm. The evolving landmark was named one of Columbia's "Most Notable Historic Properties" in 2012 by the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission. (847 page views)
  7. Although the Missouri football team upset Georgia in a 41-26 road victory, the victory was bittersweet as the team lost starting quarterback James Franklin to a shoulder injury. Franklin is expected to miss 3 to 5 weeks with a shoulder sprain. (835 page views)
  8. Redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk took Franklin's place after he was hurt in the Georgia game, maintaining his poise as he helped seal the upset victory. Mauk, who holds the national high school records for passing yard and passing touchdowns, got his first college start on Saturday against Florida and successfully led the Tigers to a 36-17 victory. (823 page views)
  9. After six months of construction, the diamond interchange at Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70 opened on Monday morning. The interchange is meant to reduce congestion and make the interchange safer. It opened to a small but steady stream of traffic. Renee Hulshof shared videos with the Missouri to  give others an idea of what it feels like to drive around the interchange. (670 page views)
  10. High school marching bands competed at Memorial Stadium in the University of Missouri's Champion of Champions Marching Band Contest on Oct. 12. Hickman High School competed in the event for the first time and was one of 25 schools from across Missouri to participate. (654 page views)

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.


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