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Facebook justice: St. Louis area vigilantes trap child predators while thousands watch live online

Two St. Louis area "predator hunters" became popular online by broadcasting confrontations with suspected child predators on Facebook. But they have critics.

St. Louis halfway house for federal prisoners turns into cash cow for family that runs it

One family controls board of a nonprofit that runs Dismas House of St. Louis. The halfway house has a colorful past, and now is helping that family make millions of dollars off a federal contract. 

With fewer park employees than there are parks in St. Louis, corners get cut

The city wants your help identifying problems. But sometimes that isn’t enough. As people are poised to swarm the 109 city parks this spring and summer, spot checks by the Post-Dispatch found broken fixtures, trash and other issues that point to neglect. Forest Park, the crown jewel of the parks system, has a $115 million endowment to keep it up to snuff. In the north and south, grittier realities are at play. 

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St. Louis winners and losers: 10 top local news stories of 2019

A top elected official heads to prison. An ambitious plan to merge the city and county goes down in flames as does an effort to turn the airport over to a private operator. Gun violence continues unchecked, claiming the lives of more than 20 children. 

From scandal to strike, Boeing to Bunge: Top business stories of 2019

There were stumbles, to be sure. Still, the economy was booming. Unemployment was down. Job counts grew. And, all year long, high-tech startups — the Christmas candy for local economies — kept popping up, making announcements, and declaring their openings, here in St. Louis.

2019: Year in Pictures by J.B. Forbes

From the Stanley Cup championship to a firefighter saving lives, a  collection of the best photographs by chief photographer J.B. Forbes of the Post-Dispatch, jforbes@post-dispatch.com.

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