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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Snow stalls activity in Columbia, sparks social media discussion

Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 6:12 p.m. CST; updated 7:46 a.m. CST, Monday, February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — A winter storm that left Columbia residents digging out from under several inches of snow resulted in school and city closures this week. During and after the snowfall, people contributed to the weather dialogue by adding #CoMoSnow to their social media posts. Most of the links provided are to stories available only for Missourian digital subscribers.

Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics:

  1. Columbia-based Veterans United Home Loans, an employer of 1,500 people across 20 states, was included in Forbes magazine's "25 best medium-sized companies to work for." The company, founded by two brothers, builds connections with servicemen and servicewomen to help them become homeowners. (3,172 page views)
  2. Russia proved to be the same dominant force in Olympic figure skating as it has been in previous Winter Games. Julia Lipnitskaia, 15, impressed during the women's short program on Saturday night. "I have been saying the whole year that she is a dark horse," 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski said. (2,881 page views)

  3. Schools and city services around Columbia preemptively announced closures on Monday, in anticipation of 5- to 7-inch snow totals. The winter storm caused Columbia Public Schools to close its doors for five days. (1,900 page views)

  4. Since being hired as MU's new chancellor in December, R. Bowen Loftin has developed a social reputation through his Twitter account, @bowtieger. According to a Twitter analysis website called Twtrland, 83.2 percent of Loftin's tweets are responses to other tweets. Former MU Chancellor Brady Deaton only mentioned other accounts in about 15 percent of his tweets. (1,875 page views)

  5. After high utility bills at residences in the Aspen Heights student housing community prompted the development to implement a "utility cap," questions are being raised about the complex's construction quality. Parents of Aspen Heights residents met in St. Louis on Feb. 1. Roy Gross, the father of a resident, said the last electrical bill was $409.38. (1,441 page views)

  6. During the week's winter storm, the Missourian's live report served as an aggregation of information about traffic, closings and weather updates. Readers were encouraged to contribute by contacting the Missourian over email, the phone or Twitter. (1,340 page views)

  7. Columbia residents shared their snow experiences over social media by adding #CoMoSnow to their posts. Photos of snow-blanketed streets and MU's campus covered in white dominated the social snow scene. (1,190 page views)

  8. Two MU faculty members, who began teaching in 1969, shared a past as art rescuers who helped save more than 5 million paintings, books, manuscripts and other works looted by the Nazis during the final years of World War II. The group of 350 rescuers, known as the "Monuments Men," is portrayed in a movie directed by and starring George Clooney, which opened Friday. (990 page views)
  9. Missouri football added 28 players on National Signing Day, and only dealt with pleasant surprises in the process. The Tigers signed two players who had verbally committed elsewhere earlier in the week. Despite having a class ranked No. 33 in the country and No. 12 in the Southeastern Conference, head coach Gary Pinkel is excited about the program's future. (932 page views)

  10. Journalists and readers submitted information to a map of road reports after Columbia was hit with snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. By Wednesday afternoon, some roads were passable and some had yet to be plowed, according to the map. (895 page views)

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