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Ex-political boss denies suit’s claim that he’s an arsonist

A lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court alleges that the city’s former political boss is an arsonist who routinely sets fires or pays others to set them so his demolition company can retrieve bricks, steel and wood from burned-out buildings to sell as salvage.

Spurred by Jordan Goodwin, Althoff runs away from Carbondale

The Althoff Crusaders got 28 points and 14 rebounds from St. Louis University recruit Jordan Goodwin and 19 points from senior guard Marvin Bateman in an 85-52 South Seven Conference high school basketball victory over the Carbondale Terriers. Carbondale got 20 points from Kani Acree and 10 from Darius Beane.

Have gun, will travel — and not just by MetroLink

Three shootings in two weeks along the MetroLink light rail line are scary, but a little perspective is in order. Crime can happen anywhere, so it is important to take responsibility for your own safety and not just rely on others for your security.

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Breakfast with Santa benefits kids in need

The president of the East St. Louis chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority describes the annual Breakfast with Santa event and gift giveaway.
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Breakfast with Santa benefits kids in need

Scenes from the Gingerbread 5k run/walk in Belleville 1:12

Scenes from the Gingerbread 5k run/walk in Belleville

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7-year-old loves his new toy

Belleville West senior talks basketball tournament win 1:45

Belleville West senior talks basketball tournament win

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