COLUMBIA — This week's most read story is about how Angela Anderson is coping with the death of two of her children. Anderson's daughter, Alexandra, and son Brayden died at Lake of the Ozarks in 2012. In second place was a story about MU's Kappa Delta sorority sisters preparing for formal recruitment, which will take place in August.
Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.
- Angela Anderson works everyday to put her life back together since the death of two of her children on July 4, 2012. She and her husband, Brian, put together a memorial 5K run/walk to both honor their children and raise awareness about the potential danger of swimming around docks and marinas. (7,474 page views)
- For Kappa Delta sorority, Marathon Weekend is a busy time during the summer where the sisters work to get their house ready for recruitment week, happening this year from Aug. 17-24. The women sort through potential new member recommendation letters, decorate the house and prepare activities for recruitment. (1,620 page views)
- Attorney and former associate circuit judge Milt Harper collapsed during a motion hearing at the 13th Circuit Court on Monday. He was taken to Boone Hospital Center and was listed in critical condition as of Monday evening. Harper founded the Columbia firm Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer. (1,200 page views)
- Former Missouri shooting guard Kim English returned to Columbia after spending time playing for an Italian league team, Montepaschi Siena and a French league team, Chorale Roanne. Now English has plans to participate in NBA summer leagues and mentor and coach youths who are interested in basketball. (816 page views)
- The Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Run took place Friday to commemorate Pratt's notorious escape from Boone County jail. Pratt was a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was arrested for conflicts between Mormon followers and their detractors. The four-mile race took place at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area. (595 page views)
- The Associated Press wrote that now Americans are increasingly replacing already sizable TVs with ones with 65-inch screens and larger. Some shoppers are attracted to the fact that the TVs can handle Internet streaming technology and have Ultra HD screens with even sharper pictures. Now that prices on such big screens are falling, they are becoming more accessible to the public. (593 page views)
- Groups in and around Columbia celebrated July Fourth with parades, fireworks shows and live music performances. The Missourian gathered together the events so residents could decide how they wanted to spend the holiday. Columbia held its annual Fire in the Sky celebration, while Rocheport had its own show at Les Bourgeois Vineyards. Both Arrow Rock and Ashland held parades. (567 page views)
- Although the Missouri State Public Defender system received about $4 million in funding increases from the legislature for the fiscal year 2015 budget, Gov. Jay Nixon's June spending vetoes nixed about 80 percent of that increase. The increase had been approved in response to a study that found Missouri public defenders had too many cases, so they couldn't spend enough time on each case. On average, public defenders spent 22 hours fewer than they should on murder and homicide cases. (510 page views)
- MU's Delta Upsilon fraternity plans to have a new house for its members by the start of the 2015-16 school year. The house was demolished in early July, and the new house, which will include a parking garage underneath, is expected to cost about $6 million. A local bank will finance half the cost, and the rest will come from alumni donations. (510 page views)
- After the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that family-owned companies cannot be required to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives, Columbia Twitter users responded negatively to the decision throughout the afternoon on June 30. Some tweeted that they would no longer shop at the store, while others were dismayed at how much the court's decision threatened women's freedom to make medical decisions. (494 page views)