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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Former St. Louis HUD Director Lavern Charles Hester Sentenced For Fraud, Bribery Scandal

    Lavern Charles Hester, a former St. Louis director with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for approving a mortgage refinancing for a development project. And yesterday, the 58-year-old Florissant man was sen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    No Smoking: New Ban for St. Clair County Public Housing Units, Likely Start of a Trend

    In St. Louis County, elected officials and business owners have been fighting over a proposal to ban smoking inside most establishments -- even ones that were previously exempt. But across the river in Illinois, St. Clair County is successfully pushing forward with a different kind of smoking poli ... More >>

  • News

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    November 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Real Estate Broker Sentenced for Scam Targeting Hispanic Community

    Jennifer SilverbergSleuthing from attorneys Gustavo Arango (left) and Ken Schmitt led to a trio of real estate brokers' indictments. One of those brokers has now been sentenced to prison.‚ÄčChristian Joel Juan, one of a trio of real-estate brokers at the center of a housing scam targeting his fellow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    St. Louis Homeless Recieve $1.5 million

    ‚ÄčThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.5 million today to St. Louis not-for-profits that aid the homeless. Catholic Family Services for Fathers Plus will receive more than $1 million of the grant to be used for funding 29 permanent housing units for single men with mental ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    South City Real Estate Swinder Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    Robert Douglas Hartmann pleaded guilty to bank and mail fraud charges stemming from his now defunct real-estate firm DHP Investments, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced today.Hartmann's DHP Investments was once involved in the rehab of hundreds of homes and buildings in the metro area -- part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Allegations Fly in City Aldermanic Race

    The candidates for alderman in north St. Louis' 21st Ward are getting in some last-minute jabs prior to next Tuesday's primary election. Last week alderwoman Bennice Jones-King sent out an e-mail to local media drawing attention to challenger Antonio French. Jones-King notes that French lives in a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Floyd Irons Pleads Guilty, Faces Prison and Up to $1 Million Fine

    Former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons pled guilty today to one federal count of wire fraud and one federal count of mail fraud stemming from a mortgage scam. Jennifer Silverberg Irons, a past principal of his alma mater, Vashon High School, and its boys' basketball coach for more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Floyd Irons Pleads Guilty, Faces Prison and Up to $1 Million Fine

    Former Vashon High School basketball coach Floyd Irons pled guilty today to one federal count of wire fraud and one federal count of mail fraud stemming from a mortgage scam. Jennifer Silverberg Irons, a past principal of his alma mater, Vashon High School, and its boys' basketball coach for more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2007

    Real Estate (or) Bust

    photo: Becca Young Gary Detmer in front of one of seven dilapitated properties he purchased with the help of Doug Hartmann and Lisa Krempasky. Detmer has sued Krempasky alleging forgery.After an investigation that took more than a year, federal prosecutors today indicted Doug Hartmann on bank- and m ... More >>

  • News

    September 20, 2006

    Mystery Woman

    Where is Lisa Krempasky and why are so many people suing her?

  • News

    July 12, 2006

    Frank Has Left the Building

    University City bids a (mostly) fond farewell to its long-time city manager

  • News

    June 21, 2006

    Mi Casa? Sue Casa!

    Hispanic immigrants cry foul over an alleged St. Louis housing scam

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    The Greening of McRee Town

    There was nothing wrong with the Missouri Botanical Garden's downtrodden neighbor to the north that a bulldozer couldn't fix

  • News

    November 6, 2002

    Tombstone Blues

    Wealthy investors spend millions to resurrect the neighborhood near Bellefontaine Cemetery. They discover that money can't do everything.

  • News

    October 2, 2002

    Fail Safe

    She thought she lived in a secure place. What she didn't know was that her landlord, desperate for tenants, would invite terror inside.

  • Culture

    July 10, 2002

    To Dwell in Possibility

    A tour of the city with the Landmarks Association's Carolyn Toft presents views of what is and what could be

  • News

    June 5, 2002

    Wonk's Luck

    African-American anger at the Democrats gives Jim Talent an opening

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    Smoke and Numbers

    In the Century Building scrap, everybody's deal is shaky, even the mayor's

  • News

    July 18, 2001

    No Place Like Home

    Public housing is going upscale, and it's the new "mixed-income" mantra that's doing the trick. At Darst-Webbe, "upscale" won't house everyone who's poor, but it'll sure make poverty invisible.

  • News

    June 28, 2000

    Sun Sets on the Boulevard

    The disabled residents of the Boulevard Apartments don't know why they're being asked to move or where they might end up. And HUD and Paraquad aren't saying much.

  • News

    May 3, 2000

    Teenage Wasteland

    They have run away from home or been kicked out, and there are about 5,500 of them in the St. Louis area. They're homeless teens -- too old for foster care, too young to live on their own.

  • News

    February 2, 2000

    NO-SELL HOTEL

    Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses

  • News

    November 10, 1999

    THE BIG FIX

    A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel

  • News

    September 1, 1999

    The Merchant of Venice

    The McKinley Bridge is broke — structurally and financially — and everyone wants it fixed. Trouble is, Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice isn't about to give away the city's bridge. But he could be talked into trading it.

  • News

    June 16, 1999

    Bringing Down the House

    Neighbors want to buy and fix it. A building inspector recommends saving it. And yet the Housing Authority insists on tearing down 5950 Enright. The story of a house -- and a city's demolition craze.

  • News

    April 21, 1999

    Grand Illusion

    Ten years ago, Grand Center Inc. set out to create the region's "premier arts, entertainment and education district." They fixed the sidewalks and brought in the lights. It's a nice place to visit, but nobody stays.

  • News

    March 24, 1999
  • News

    December 23, 1998

    Hotel Tab

    The developers of the proposed downtown convention-hotel complex are asking for $116 million in public funding, but they refuse to guarantee that the jobs they create won't be mimimum-wage

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