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July 22, 2014 Updated 1 hour ago

A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to killing and dismembering his girlfriend, and will spend at least 55 years in prison.

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What's in a name?

Check out this great interactive graphic done by Multimedia Editor Brad Weisenstein.

BND photographers Derik Holtmann and Tim Vizer found examples of Belleville's name in a variety of locations in the city, which is celebrating its 200th birthday this year.

The graphic explores the history behind those depictions of the word "Belleville," and where you can find them.

BND wants to publish young journalists

The BND wants to promote and encourage young journalists by publishing stories written by local high school students. Read our student stories here.

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We have a great way for you to upload photos of your kids, your pets, your community events and celebrations! See a gallery of reader photos and submit your best shots here.

Who gets paid what?

Check out our public salaries database here.

The searchable database includes salaries for local elected officials, other city government workers, school administrators and teachers.

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