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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Almeta Crayton dies, no charges in Coleman death and Missouri football

Sunday, October 27, 2013 | 6:45 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories include the death of former City Council member Almeta Crayton and Missouri football's 36-17 victory over the Florida Gators.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. Most of the links provided are to stories available for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. James Matthew Foster, a former Mizzou Madness referee and Columbia resident, died Oct. 17. Foster was dedicated to promoting fitness and healthy living and served as an inspiration to many in the community. In August, he won the Supplement Superstore of St. Peters' $10,000 "Operation Transformation" competition, losing 75 pounds in the process. Friends and family described Foster as a loyal, trustworthy person who was loved by many. This story and all obituaries are free to everyone. (1,545 views)

  2. Former City Council member Almeta Crayton died Monday at the Boone Hospital Center. Crayton, who served as the First Ward Councilwoman for three terms, was well known for her role in organizing the Thanksgiving Everyone Eats! community dinner, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this past year. Crayton also served on the Boone County Democrats' central committee and was involved with the Muleskinners club, Family Health Center and Order of the Eastern Star, among other organizations. This story and all obituaries are free to everyone.(1,424 views)

  3. DirecTV subscribers in mid-Missouri were close to being shut out of the World Series as the satellite service provider dropped three Columbia channels Oct. 9 while negotiating a new contract with parent company, News-Press & Gazette Co. of Missouri. The previous contract between the two companies expired Sept. 30. After temporarily lifting the blackout for two World Series games, DirecTV and News-Press & Gazette reached a deal Friday to permanently end the blackout. (1,339 views)

  4. Chief Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight announced his decision not to charge Dustin Deacon in the May 19 killing of Brandon Coleman. Knight said he had no legal choice in the matter and that the case's outcome would have been the same regardless of race, but Coleman's mother and members of the local NAACP chapter said the decision held definite racial undertones. (997 views)

  5. The Missouri football team felt the pressure to live up to one of its legacies, the university's 2007 football team, which touted, among its accomplishments, 12 victories and a 38-7 win over Arkansas in that season's Cotton Bowl. The current team had a 7-0 record and No. 5 BCS ranking prior to Saturday's game, and a victory over South Carolina was expected to move the team into perfect position for the SEC Championship game in December. Missouri still leads the SEC East division after its loss to South Carolina. (919 views)

  6. The Tigers' opponents on Saturday, the South Carolina Gamecocks, have a rich and interesting history. The school's mascot is based on General Thomas Sumter, an American Revolution guerrilla fighter nicknamed “The Fighting Gamecock.” South Carolina also has a strong rivalry with the Clemson Tigers; Gamecocks prepare for each game against Clemson by lighting a 20-foot-tall Tiger on fire. (850 views)

  7. Missouri's 36-17 victory over Florida on Oct. 19 helped solidify the team's reputation in the Southeastern Conference. The game marked the debut of backup quarterback Maty Mauk, whose performance on the field helped the Tigers continue their perfect season and move up several spots in The Associated Press poll. (788 views) 

  8. Although Missouri performed well in the charts, securing the No. 5 spot in the first BCS rankings of the season, several sports analysts were still skeptical about the team's promise. ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer attributed the Tigers' success to the fact that several of their opponents have been weaker than usual this season, with both Georgia and Florida playing without their best players. (729 views)

  9. Missouri fans turned up in droves for the Oct. 19 Florida game to support the Tigers, filling up the stadium 45 minutes before kickoff was scheduled and arriving for tailgating events as early as 5:45 a.m. The response was motivated in part by Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel's request that supporters to make an extra effort for the game. (696 views)

  10. Following their victory over Florida, the Missouri Tigers climbed to the No. 5 spot in the AP poll. The Tigers' 7-0 season record, combined with losses by Louisville, Clemson, Texas A&M, LSU and UCLA, was critical in boosting its ranking. (650 views)

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.


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