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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Commentary on Maty Mauk's steady leadership style

Sunday, July 27, 2014 | 8:45 p.m. CDT; updated 7:22 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 31, 2014

COLUMBIA — This week's most-read story came in the form of commentary. Mark Selig, assistant sports editor at the Missourian, tells a story of playing pick-up basketball with Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, who just came from the Southeastern Conference media days. Selig notes Mauk's natural and magnetic leadership, even during casually mismatched basketball games. Here are the top 10 most-read stories according to Google Analytics.

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

  1. After playing a pick-up basketball game with Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, Mark Selig, assistant sports editor for the Missourian, can see why Gary Pinkel describes the sophomore starter as having the "it factor" as a team leader. (1,247 page views)
  2. The love between owner and teenager's best friend became evident at the Boone County 4-H/FFA Dog Shown when 17-year-old Allison Frappier and her beagle mix, Kasey, competed for the prize. The partnership between Frappier and Kasey had a ruff beginning but grew as the pair worked hard together. (674 page views)
  3. Lucy Coleman was a "pillar" of the McBaine community. She and her husband owned two restaurants, and her breakfast gravy was legendary. The mother of four died July 22. She was 87.  (667 page views)
  4. Here's to the best four years of your life, eh? Our Collegetown guide will help incoming freshman and transfer students feel more at home in our community. We offer tips on everything from class recommendations to obtaining residency, from living healthfully to living on a budget and from knowing who to follow on Twitter to knowing where to find thrift store finds.   (512 page views)
  5. Sunday, more than 40 motorcycles and racing cars pulled enough stunts to cause a traffic jam on Interstate 435. The racers even managed to record each others' illegal activity while weaving through traffic. (477 page views)
  6. Under the Division of Youth Services for the state, the focus is on learning new skills, taking classes, treating each at-risk youth individually — in other words, education and rehabilitation instead of punishment. The Missouri Model has decreased recidivism rates and been copied by other programs across the nation. (471 page views)
  7. Around 2:20 in the morning on Tuesday, a 15-year-old driver drove a car into the storefronts of El Maguey Mexican Restaurant and 4 Seasons Nails salon on Conley Road. Both businesses received minor damage, but no one was hurt. (386 page views)
  8. Ralph Dobbs had a "quest for knowledge," according to a close friend. The WW-II veteran taught agriculture, hosted "tea times" at his cabin on weekends for friends and volunteered to greet veterans as they came home from service. He was known for his friendly, welcoming personality. He died July 22. he was 91. (378 page views)
  9. Figure-eight racing can get a little dirty — both in mud splatters and against other plays. Racers such as father-son duo Nathan and Tyler Dummermuth at the Boone County Fair event nudged and bumped each other on the track.  (365 page views)
  10. Missourian photographers captured moments at the Boone County Fair this week, and most of the star subjects are animals. There's Twister, a dock-jumping dog, a chicken getting a bath and a bull receiving a shower. (352 page views)

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