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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Election coverage, sports previews lead busy week online

Sunday, August 10, 2014 | 6:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — This week's most-read story focuses on the Tigers' first-string quarterback, Maty Mauk. After stepping in to start four games for an injured James Franklin this past season, Mauk has set ambitious goals for himself, and the team, for 2014.

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

  1. In addition to developing his relationship with his receivers and stepping up as a leader, Mauk said he's aiming for a completion rate of 70 percent to 75 percent. 

    "That's a high level. You don't lose very many games doing that," the quarterback said. (1,673 page views)

  2. The voters guide published a few days before the election provided information about how to vote and context for the initiatives that appeared on the ballot. (1,420 page views)
  3. Climate change has contributed to the rise in pollen count, which corresponds to an increase in seasonal allergies. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found a 50 percent increase in food allergies between 1997 and 2011, with some experts calling it an epidemic. Both pose special challenges for children, and their parents(1,320 page views)
  4. Amendment 1, the so-called Right to Farm amendment, narrowly passed. Boone County residents overwhelmingly opposed the amendment, with 67 percent of voters voting against its addition to the state's constitution. (1,163 page views)
  5. In a commentary, assistant sports editor, Mark Selig underscores what MU football coach Gary Pinkel has said of Mauk: He's got the "it factor" — even during pick-up basketball games with nothing at stake. (1,141 page views)
  6. In another followup to Tuesday's vote on the Right to Farm, an interactive map breaks down the results county by county. (777 page views)
  7. Comprehensive results of the election in Boone County specifically are available here. (684 page views)
  8. At polling places throughout Columbia, voters showed up Tuesday with strong opinions about how they would cast their ballots. (642 page views)
  9. Former police officer Rob Sanders is seeking to reverse his termination from the force, which occurred after a September 2011 incident in which he shoved a prisoner into the wall of a holding cell, injuring the man’s back and head. His personnel file, released Friday, reveals a history of disciplinary actions. (606 page views)
  10. Before the election, prosecutors and others within the legal system voiced their skepticism of Amendment 5, which made "unalienable" the right to bear arms. Criticism included the amendment being "vague," "completely unnecessary" and actually making Missourians "less safe." Others were concerned with the overuse of amendments and "cluttering up" the state's Constitution. (601 page views)

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