THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Columbia firefighter is killed after walkway collapses at University Village apartments

Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 6:09 p.m. CST; updated 1:51 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA — A Columbia firefighter died Saturday after he tried to evacuate residents of an apartment complex because of a walkway collapse. Community members mourned Lt. Bruce Britt's death by gathering on a cold February night at University Village with candles and flowers.

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  1. A Columbia firefighter died trying to evacuate residents after a walkway collapsed at the University Village apartments Saturday. Lt. Bruce Britt, a 23-year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department, was the first Columbia firefighter to be killed in the line of duty since 1986. (4,918 page views)
  2. Show Me Cannabis Regulation, an association of organizations and people opposed to marijuana prohibition, will hire a consulting firm to poll Missouri voters on recreational and medical uses. The poll will assess how likely 2014 voters are to pass a constitutional amendment for legalization. (2,730 page views)

  3. Former Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi attended a Feb. 15 home basketball game against Tennessee and gave the current Tigers some advice as well. Oriakhi, who plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Developmental League, came to a practice the night before the game to talk with the team's forwards. (1,140 page views)
  4. In his Feb. 17 NCAA tournament projection, ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi slated Missouri as an 11 seed. That was the highest seed projection for the Tigers since they were pegged as a nine seed in mid-January. (997 page views)
  5. Scott Schilb, founder of Schilb Antiquarian, will open a rare-book store Monday in Columbia. His company has sold rare books online for a decade and has an international reputation along with a catalog of 600 to 1,000 texts. (904 page views)
  6. Rep. Chris Kelly, D-Columbia, proposed legislation to legalize medical and recreational marijuana in Missouri. The proposal suggests the state regulate marijuana like alcohol, with the same minimum age requirement for purchases. "Passing is possible, but unlikely," Kelly said about his proposed bill. (837 page views)
  7. The Columbia City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday against the tax increment financing district that city staff has advocated for in past months. The TIF would have funded $70 million in infrastructure and building projects in downtown. (832 page views)
  8. Missourian Readers Board members wondered if the snake reported missing in Defoe-Graham Hall Jan. 20 had ever been found. The MU Department of Residential Life confirmed that the snake was found Feb. 11 in a vacuum cleaner and had never left its owner's room. (736 page views)
  9. Dale Weiss and Lee Hahs fell in love in 1950 and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 1975. Lee gave her husband a gold ring that day, and he never took it off for 38 years, until about a month ago when it slipped off his finger. The couple and their family have been searching for the keepsake since then by retracing their steps and posting on Craigslist. (714 page views)
  10. After a survey of likely November 2014 voters, Show Me Cannabis Regulation's proposals for marijuana legalization will not be put to a statewide vote. The survey found that 45 percent of participants would support legalization and 51 percent would oppose the proposal. (713 page views)

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