FOX 2 Is Spying on the Homeless From a Helicopter

Categories: Media

Photos by Lindsay Toler
Keeping warm by the fire in St. Louis' homeless camp near the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
When news broke that St. Louis' new director of human services wants to shut down a downtown homeless camp, FOX (Channel 2) was on the scene...sort of.

FOX sent its news chopper, the Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX helicopter, to the encampment near the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to film footage of the camp's dumpster, portable toilet and tents.

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Where Are The Oversight Records for St. Louis County's Drug Task Force?

Categories: Drugs

St. Louis County Drug Task Force/Facebook
St. Louis County's drug task force may be making the busts (like this one), but who is doing the oversight?
The more Aaron Malin digs into St. Louis-area drug task forces, the more worried he gets.

Daily RFT readers may remember how last year Malin, a researcher with marijuana reform group Show-Me Cannabis, uncovered public records of a St. Louis city drug task force. The records included breakdowns of arrest data and budgeting documents listing $200,000 from state and federal grants, yet when Malin asked St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officials about the task force, he kept getting the same answer -- the task force doesn't exist.

Last week, Malin and Show-Me Cannabis turned their sights on St. Louis County police. In a formal complaint to the Missouri Attorney General, Malin accuses the county's multi-jurisdictional drug task force of failing to provide minutes of their oversight meetings. Malin suspects the meetings never occurred.

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Conan O'Brien Makes His Own Commercial for St. Louis-Based Invisible Girlfriend

Categories: Video

Invisible Girlfriend: Fake love. Real sad.
What happens when fake love starts to feel a little too real?

Comedic genius Conan O'Brien thinks he knows. He aired a parody commercial for the St. Louis-based tech startup Invisible Girlfriend on his TBS show Conan Monday night.

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Four Ferguson Activists Are Asking a Judge for Help Kicking McCulloch Out of Office

Categories: Ferguson

Four Ferguson activists want to oust long-time St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from office after the grand-jury investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and they're asking a St. Louis circuit court judge for help.

The activists filed a lawsuit earlier this month asking judge Barbara Wallace to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate McCulloch with hopes that the investigator will find enough wrongdoing to get McCulloch kicked out of the office he has held since 1991.

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Missouri Smokers Lose $1.7 Million in Health-Care Costs, Lost Wages: Study

Categories: Missourah, News

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Smoking: It'll cost ya!
Missouri may have some of the lowest cigarette prices in the country, but a new study says the hidden costs of smoking take a million dollars out of Missourians' wallets.

Personal finance website WalletHub calculated how much money smokers lose on health-care costs, income loss and increases in homeowner's insurance costs. The study even analyzes how much money smokers would earn if they invested in stock instead of dropping buckets on cigs.

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Circuit Attorney Subpoenas Riverfront Times Photos Related to Cornealious Anderson Case

Categories: Crime, Media

Jessica Lussenhop
A bar surveillance camera shows Cornealious Michael Anderson on November 16, 2014.

In the very early hours of November 16, 2014, Cornealious Michael Anderson III was arrested in downtown St. Louis, accused of stealing a woman's purse near the corner of Fourth and Gratiot streets. Not many purse-snatchings make the news, but this one was different. Anderson gained international media attention last spring when a judge freed him from prison after the state of Missouri incarcerated him thirteen years late on a burglary charge from 1999 (a quick refresher on that later).

After his November arrest, Anderson's father told Riverfront Times that both his son and his son's wife were at a birthday party with about 40 coworkers on the night of the incident. Anderson's attorney, Patrick Megaro, said he was "completely confident it'll be completely exonerated."

On November 18, 2014, Riverfront Times went to the last bar that Anderson was in to view the security footage. We took several still photos of that footage. Then last week, Riverfront Times received a "Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum" commanding us to turn over those photos. Because of that, we've decided to make them public for anyone to see.

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Woman Gets Hit by Two Cars, Dies Crossing the Street In Front of Restaurant

Categories: Crime

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Pedestrians cross where a woman was struck and killed by two cars in front of Olympia Kebob House and Taverna.
Neighbors are asking for safety improvements to McCausland Avenue after a 45-year-old woman died Sunday crossing the street.

Candi McNeal of Brentwood was leaving the popular south-city Greek restaurant Olympia Kebob House and Taverna just before 7 p.m., police said. She was struck by two cars at McCausland and Plateau avenues, just south of I-64, and was taken to the hospital, where she died.

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Plumbers Posing with St. Louis Landmarks Make Sexiest Calendar Ever [PHOTOS]

Categories: Adverstising

All photos by Tom Carlson
Ched the plumbing-solution specialist can clear my pipes anytime.
Want to lay some pipe? Need your showers to be steamier? Looking for someone to turn up your heat?

Then the plumbing specialists and HVAC technicians at Spengler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling have created something you just can't live without: the 2015 "Men of Spengler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling" Calendar.

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team to Play at Busch Stadium Before World Cup

Categories: Sports

Jon Gitchoff
Chelsea F.C. and Manchester City F.C. played at Busch Stadium in 2013.
If you liked watching the World Cup last summer but wish America had a real shot at the title, then you'll love the U.S. women's national soccer team.

And if you love U.S. women's soccer, then we've got big news: The team will play a friendly at Busch Stadium against New Zealand in their only Midwest stop before the women's World Cup starts in Canada this summer.

More details are expected Monday, but here's what Daily RFT knows so far: Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday for the Saturday, April 4, game. Seating will be limited to Busch Stadium's lower sections, putting capacity at about 23,000 people.

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Meet the Livestreamers Who Revolutionized How the World Watched Ferguson [VIDEO]

Categories: Ferguson

Sadiyyah Rice
Livestreamers broadcast a conversation with police to followers all over the world.

The revolution may not be televised, but it is livestreamed.

Since the early days of the Ferguson protests, activists have used smartphones to record and live-publish video from demonstrations, connecting viewers around the world to the front lines of police clashes in real time.

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