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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Ferguson family unlikely to settle

Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 6:01 p.m. CDT; updated 7:11 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 23, 2014

*CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Sehon Williams' name.

COLUMBIA — In last week's most read story, Ryan Ferguson and his family said they are not interested in settling in a lawsuit against the police, city officials, the city and the county. Other top stories include a ban on openly carrying a weapon in a Lake of the Ozarks community.

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

  1. Despite spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend their son, the Ferguson family is after more than money. "We're more interested in exposing prosecutorial misconduct," Bill Ferguson, Ryan's father, said. (1,128 page views)
  2. To help cultivate its image as a tourist destination for families, one Lake of the Ozarks community banned the open carrying of firearms, prompting arguments that the ban violates gun owners' Second Amendment rights. The ordinance would still allow permit-holders to carry concealed weapons. (723 page views)
  3. Missourian staff member Josey Herrera answered a reader's question about gay-friendly churches in Columbia. The story identified four churches in Columbia that offer services and groups for the LGBTQ community, including one with a pastor who openly identifies as lesbian. (661 page views)
  4. Redshirt senior and Hawaii transfer Keith Shamburger found a new home when he decided to join the Missouri Tigers. The Los Angeles native has been praised for his unselfishness, his smarts and his "old man" style of play. (580 page views)
  5. Mary Pat Boatfield, who served as the executive director of the Central Missouri Humane Society for two years, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Coworkers said she was not only the leader the society needed, but she was also a friend to everyone in the organization. (503 page views)
  6. Accomplished nephrologist and MU professor Karl Nolph died Monday at the age of 77. He loved to serenade his wife, and he would sing to her every morning, on long drives and just before bed. (490 page views)
  7. The Columbia City Council unanimously voted to repeal its agreement with Opus Development Co. The developer was planning to build a 260-bed student housing complex on Locust Street between Seventh and Eighth streets, but concerns over the council's handling of the development led to the formation of a petition group. (465 page views)
  8. Sehon* Williams' trademark is his resiliency. He served his time in World War II with the only black infantry division to see combat in Europe before returning to provide for his family. He was the first black clerk to work at the Columbia Post Office, and endured racial prejudice in every aspect of his life. He continues to set an example for the black community in Columbia. (450 page views)
  9. After disappearing Tuesday, Cynthia Underwood was found safe Thursday afternoon. She was found in good health at a friend's house only a few blocks from where she was last seen. (443 page views)
  10. The American Outlaws, Columbia's biggest soccer fan club, celebrated the United States' first match — and its first win — in the 2014 World Cup at McNally's Irish Pub on Monday. The groups' mission is "to bring love of soccer to higher and higher levels. To support the passion and unity of soccer fans," the chapter's president and founder, Patrick Finney, said. (434 page views)

Supervising editor is Shaina Cavazos.


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