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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri's Zach Price prepares for next season

Sunday, March 9, 2014 | 6:33 p.m. CDT; updated 6:17 a.m. CDT, Monday, March 10, 2014

COLUMBIA — The story of basketball player Zach Price, who is sitting out the season in compliance with NCAA rules after transferring from Louisville to Missouri, attracted the most online traffic this week.

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. Louisville transfer Zach Price has been watching his current Missouri team's away basketball games from home because of NCAA transfer rules that forbid him from traveling. Price was at Louisville for two Final Four appearances, one Big East Conference Tournament Championship and a National Championship, but he didn't get much time on the court. He's preparing to play for the Tigers next season.  (2,818 page views)
  2. On Monday, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning passed a medical exam that was required by his contract. Doctors examined Manning's neck, which has undergone four procedures, including a spinal fusion that left him on the sidelines for 2011. (1,026 page views)
  3. Police arrested a Columbia mother and her boyfriend March 1 on suspicion of killing her infant daughter, Finley Steele. Anna E. Steele, 24, and Cody M. Baker, 31, were being held at the Boone County Jail on March 2 on $1 million and $2 million cash bonds, respectively. (950 page views)
  4. Columbia Public Schools were closed Monday because of weather conditions. Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches was expected, as well as wind chills approaching 20 below zero. MU did not call off classes or regular operations Monday. (713 page views)
  5. Eight-month-old Finley Steele of Columbia died after shaking and massive blunt force trauma to the head, according to a probable cause statement filed March 1. Investigating officers also found items soiled with fresh blood in the home where the infant's mother, Anna E. Steele, was living with Cody M. Baker, according to the statement.  (704 page views)
  6. Kappa Pi Beta became the first Asian-interest fraternity in Missouri after colonizing in November. MU students were approached last spring by members of the fraternity's founding chapter at Northern Illinois University to see if they wanted to form a group. MU's chapter of Kappa Pi Beta is the third in the nation. (694 page views)
  7. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District, and Peter Stiepleman, assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools, were announced Friday as finalists to succeed Superintendent Chris Belcher as superintendent of the Columbia district. A meet-and-greet event with the candidates is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Neil C. Aslin Administration Building, 1818 W. Worley St. (692 page views)
  8. Summer Warren, a 7-year-old from Bonne Terre, has been receiving treatment for an inoperable brain tumor wrapped around her brain stem. Her community and the Make-A-Wish foundation worked to make her wish to ride a unicorn over the rainbow with her mother come true. (691 page views)

  9. Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School golfer Connor McCarty's grandfather introduced him to the game and was there for every step ofhis career. But Jerry McCarty, who died Oct. 6, wasn't there to see his grandson commit to Culver-Stockton College and become the first Tolton athlete to sign a national letter of intent. McCarty plans to come home from school often to be with his family.

    "Family is really everything for me, and I want to be close to home and be able to be here," he said. (644 page views)

  10. After a six-hour standoff with police Wednesday, a Columbia man was arrested and charged with kidnapping and rape. According to a probable cause statement submitted to the Miller County Circuit Court, Scott Peoples, 39, woke his ex-girlfriend around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday then assaulted, raped and sodomized her, she said. (588 page views)

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