THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Columbia family business provides feathers for Hollywood; baseball coach juggles team, family

Sunday, May 25, 2014 | 9:17 p.m. CDT; updated 7:05 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 1, 2014

COLUMBIA — A story about local business owner Abby Arauz was the most read this week. Arauz has fielded calls from such people as Beyoncé's manager, who was requesting some of her company's feather creations for the singer's tour. Arauz owns The Feather Place and makes intricate feathered items for Hollywood, fashion shows and concerts. 

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

  1. Abby Arauz's family business has taken requests for Beyoncé's upcoming tour, "Hunger Games" costumes and Victoria's Secret fashion shows. She and a team of 20 take on the building of masks, wings, displays and more from a Columbia-based office, with showrooms in New York City and Los Angeles. (2,126 page views)
  2. After 20 years as head coach of the Missouri baseball team, Tim Jamieson and his family find ways to navigate a life full of baseball, coaching and family. (998 page views)
  3. In a From Readers selection, Lisa Bartlett, owner of ARTlandish Gallery, wrote an open letter to "young thieves" in response to art and charity money being stolen from her store. She wrote that she hopes those responsible will "choose beauty rather than ugliness." (820 page views)
  4. Just minutes after the Columbia City Council approved an agreement with Opus Development Co. to build a 260-bed apartment complex on Locust Street, a group began signing a petition to repeal the bill.  The agreement would provide the city with a $450,000 contribution to utility services to support the six-story building.  (772 page views)
  5. In one of several Columbia high school graduations this week, Rock Bridge seniors proved "Bruins conquer all" when they walked across the stage Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Included among the new alumni are Jenny Yao, the 21st Columbia Public schools student to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar and Jodee Lester, who gave birth to her son Cain several days before the ceremony. 

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  6. NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, considered one of sports "bad boys," prepared his mind and body to attempt The Double on Sunday, a feat where drivers race the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in one day. (674 page views)
  7. Although Muriel Williams Battle High School didn't expect a graduating senior class, two students did just that on Thursday night. Ashley Popham, 16, and Jason McCloud, 19, became the first graduates of the new school. (601 page views)
  8. One Columbia scientist has shown up on TV more often than he watches it — all because his is an expert on Asian carp, a pesky invasive species. Watch Duane Chapman discuss the reason why he has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Fox News, The Weather Channel and National Public Radio, as well as shown up in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. (569 page views)
  9. In an earlier report of the Columbia City Council's pending agreement with St. Louis-based Opus Development Co., council members felt pressure from residents who opposed the proposed student housing project. (544 page views)
  10. Pat Gerke uses Etsy to sell the items she creates out of empty wine bottles, including hummingbird feeders, candleholders, lanterns and wind chimes. She also sells her creations at Les Bourgeouis Vineyards, Aardvarx and ARTlandish Gallery. (520 page views)

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