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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Columbia honors memory of firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt

Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 5:51 p.m. CST; updated 7:46 a.m. CST, Monday, March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA — After firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt died in a walkway collapse at University Village apartments, the community honored his memory with a procession from the Columbia Fire Department to a memorial service at The Crossing. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor the firefighter.

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

  1. Firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt, who died after evacuating residents at University Village apartments Feb. 22, was a father, husband and a true cowboy at heart. Britt was born in Truth or Consequences, N.M., and grew up in Williamsville, Ill. The 23-year Columbia Fire Department veteran enjoyed working at the Callaway Sale Barn. (1,750 page views)
  2. The Columbia Fire Department announced a traditional memorial service to honor Firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt, who died Feb. 22. The procession included 32 firetrucks from across Missouri, and traveled from the Columbia Fire Department to The Crossing. A live feed of the memorial was available to stream online. (1,179 page views)
  3. Hickman boys basketball's Jimmy Whitt is attracting attention from college scouts across the country. Although he's only a junior, Whitt has received 12 scholarship offers from schools such as Kansas State, Missouri and San Francisco. His parents, Annelle and James Whitt, said they will support him wherever he chooses to go. "It's his decision, and you only get four years in college," Annelle said. (890 page views)
  4. The MU College of Education announced it will suspend admissions to the undergraduate art education program this fall. The art education program has had the smallest number of graduates in all of the college's undergraduate areas of study for five years, according to a news release. An online petition, "Reinstate the Undergraduate Art Education Program at MU," and a Facebook page "Save Mizzou Art Ed," were launched to urge the university to reconsider the suspension.  (884 page views)
  5. The Hickman girls basketball team ended regular season play with a 56-45 win over the Sullivan Eagles. Hickman will begin district tournament play Thursday. The Kewpies (23-1) dropped their only game this season to Rock Bridge on Jan. 29. The presumed title game between the two teams would come March 8.  (872 page views)
  6. The Missourian's live coverage of the memorial procession for firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt, who died Feb. 22, included photos from the event and tweets from reporters, photographers and the community. "Lt. Britt was our brother and he deserves this," said Brad Fraizer, Columbia Fire Department public information officer. (856 page views)
  7. Representatives for MU's Department of Residential Life and building engineers met with University Village apartments residents Feb 23, one day after a walkway collapse killed veteran firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt. Residents expressed concern about the safety of their apartments and the future of University Village. "My guess is by the end of the semester, you'll know what the future of this place is," MU Vice Chancellor Cathy Scroggs said at the meeting.  (797 page views)
  8. Memorial services for veteran firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt were announced Feb. 23. Britt was a member of the department's hazardous materials and technical rescue team. Services were held at The Crossing in Columbia, following a procession from the Columbia Fire Department. (757 page views)
  9. A barrier down the middle of College Avenue between Rollins Street and University Avenue was proposed as one of eight plans to improve pedestrian safety. The barrier would funnel foot traffic to two crosswalks. That stretch of roadway saw 20 accidents involving pedestrians and motorists from 2005 to 2012.  (730 page views)
  10. Columbia is home to several Boy Scout troops, and benefits from Eagle Scout projects completed through the program. Loyal Carpenter, 12, constructed a compost bin for the Community Garden Coalition's garden outside the Family Heath Center last year. Before completing his own project, Loyal helped two of his brothers finish theirs. (608 page views)

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