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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Bitcoin mining, Missouri football and the Cotton Bowl and a lottery win

Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 9:10 p.m. CST; updated 10:25 a.m. CST, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

COLUMBIA — The most read stories this week include stories about an unauthorized Bitcoin operation at MU, recollections of the 2007 Missouri Tigers season as the current team heads to the Cotton Bowl, and news of a Columbia woman's $3 million lottery prize.

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

  1.  Two MU computer science students, Eric Wichmann and Josh O'Steen, were arrested by MU police Dec. 6 on suspicion of tampering with computer data after being accused of running an unauthorized Bitcoin mining operations at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Bitcoin is a new digital currency that operates independent of any government or central authority. (2,137 page views)
  2. A year after going 5-7 in its first season in the Southeastern Conference, Missouri football's Cotton Bowl bid should have felt like progress. Instead it brought back memories of the 2007 season, when the Tigers won 11 games in the regular season but faltered in the conference championship game against Oklahoma. (1,695 page views)
  3.  After Missouri's loss to Auburn in the SEC championship title game, some fans protested CBS' commentary of the game. Two MU students joined the protest and wrote a letter to CBS, calling for professionalism and respect from the commentators in the future. The letter was shared on social media. (1,511 page views)
  4. Four weeks after his release from prison, Ryan Ferguson, his family and his girlfriend were to appear on "Katie," a national daytime talk show with Katie Couric to talk about how he's adjusted. Ferguson spent nearly eight years in prison for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. In November, his conviction was vacated, and he was released. (1,296 page views)
  5. After R. Bowen Loftin was announced as the new MU chancellor, students used Twitter to welcome him. Students at Texas A&M, where he previously served, tweeted their sad goodbyes. (1,176 page views)
  6. Missouri football players had mixed reactions to their team's Cotton Bowl invitation. Henry Josey, and several of his fellow Texan teammates, were happy to be playing closer to home, while some players, such as L'Damian Washington were still smarting from the loss to Auburn(1,056 page views)
  7. Following a 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC championship title game, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel didn't want cameras to capture pain his players showed on their faces. The team kept playing the 'what ifs.' Defensive end Markus Golden said, "You don't ever want to go out like this. I wish we could play again tomorrow." (903 page views)
  8. Antoinett Ivicsics decided to make a 1:30 a.m. run to the convenience store Dec. 2 after she saw that the winning $3 million ticket still hadn't been sold. She bought the winning ticket and did a victory dance in her pajamas. (819 page views)

  9. Missouri football fans took to Twitter with their reactions to the team's bid for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 3. The announcement came a day after the Tigers' 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship. (632 page views)
  10. The No. 4 Tigers were down two sets to one against unranked Purdue on Dec. 7 at the Hearnes Center, and it was the first time the volleyball team had lost two sets to anyone all year. Purdue won the match, putting a premature end on a magical season. Coach Wayne Kreklow said "... like I told the kids in the locker room, in sports some days it's your day and some days it's somebody else's. (607 page views)

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