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

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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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[VIDEO] Surprised Cop Caught in Fox 2 Report Gets Featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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KVTI-TV (Channel 2)
"Wait, are those cameras rolling?"
St. Louis' KTVI-TV (Channel 2) got a special shoutout from comedian Jimmy Kimmel this week, thanks to a surprised cop's not-so-quick thinking.

Reporter Anthony Kiekow was giving a live update about a fire at an assisted-living facility in Herculaneum, about 30 miles south of St. Louis, when a police officer behind him realized he might be on camera and nervously scooched himself off camera.

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VIDEO: St. Louis All City Boxing Gym Students Sweep State Championships

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Ray Downs
Training at St. Louis All City Boxing.
St. Louis has a rich history with boxing; it stretches back to the 1904 Olympics. But in the last several decades, the number of gyms where at-risk youth can learn to spar for little (or no cost) shrunk to six from almost twenty.

That's where St. Louis All City Boxing comes in. Named for its regional approach to helping young boxers, All City gives students the boxing moves (and life skills) they need to succeed.

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[VIDEO] Cody Floyd: Student by Day, Drag Queen by Night

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Nicola Muscroft
Cody Floyd becomes Duchess.
When he's not studying art and fashion design, Cody Floyd transforms into Duchess, a social-butterfly drag queen with a glam look and killer dance moves.

Even when he's being his more masculine self, elements of Duchess shine through in his glitter nail polish and eye for beauty.

"Duchess and I both reach into that realm of androgyny," Floyd tells Riverfront Times videographer Nicola Muscroft. "Most of the time, Duchess is a little bit more feminine, obviously. Cody is a little more masculine, not too much."

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[VIDEO] David Metcalfe: Insurance Man By Day, Roller Derby Jammer By Night

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Nicola Muscroft
David Metcalfe, a.k.a. D Mouthful.
David Metcalfe's typical work day is nothing special.

He sits in a cubicle. He compares auto-insurance policies. He drinks coffee. He gets an hour for lunch.

But on Tuesday nights, Metcalfe sheds his bow tie, button-down shirt and buttoned-up demeanor for his alter ego D Mouthful, a roller-derby jammer whose name (he swears) is not a dick joke.

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[VIDEO] Ferguson Business Owner Picks Up the Pieces After Looting, Vandalism

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Sadiyyah Rice
Cleaning up at STL Cordless after a violent night of looting and vandalism.
When rioters broke into Sonny Dayan's store on West Florissant Avenue the night the grand jury released its decision on the Darren Wilson investigation, police officers, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and the National Guard were nearby.

But no one came to stop the looting.

"They didn't feel they had enough reinforcements for the volume of demonstrators that are looting," Dayan says police told him. "So they backed off, and the rest is history."

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Storm Chaser Gets Coveted Shot of Lightning Hitting the Arch -- And It Strikes Twice!

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Photo courtesy of the Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch is struck by lightning several times a year, but there's never been any problems.
After years of hunting for the perfect shot, a St. Louis photographer took an electrifying video of the Gateway Arch getting struck by lightning last Wednesday.

Dan Robinson, the guy who caught the Arch's most recent encounter with lightning on film, was on a business trip in West Virginia as he monitored storms in St. Louis. He noticed the storms were "very lightning active," so when he saw one on its way to St. Louis, he packed it in early and headed for home.

Using a high-definition video camera, Robinson set up shop on Memorial Drive and waited, literally, for lightning to strike, though he didn't expect it would be twice.

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VIDEOS: Kansas City Schlitterbahn Tests World's Tallest, Fastest Water Slide

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Verruckt has 264 steps leading to the top, where four-person rafts will take riders down at 65 mph.
After six weeks and $1 million worth of delays, Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park is finally testing its newest water slide, billed as the world's tallest, fastest and steepest.

Named after the German word for "going insane," the Verruckt water slide has 264 steps leading to the top, where four-person rafts will take riders down a seventeen-story fall and send them the equivalent of two football fields in eighteen seconds at 65 mph.

The ride was supposed to open May 23, in time for Memorial Day weekend traffic, but designers say the ambitious ride needs more fine-tuning before it can open to the public.

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VIDEO: Mike Anderson Surprises His Kids at Home, Talks About Prison and the Future

The moment. | Jessica Lussenhop

Yesterday was a huge day in the Anderson household -- Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was released from prison, and came home to surprise his children, reunite with his wife and eat a real meal for the first time in nine months.

Daily RFT was at the courthouse yesterday. We were also invited to his home immediately afterward and witnessed the moment he surprised his young sons who hadn't been told yet that their father was a free man.

We also got a chance to sit down with Anderson and his wife, LaQonna, to ask them how they're doing and what's next for them in the future.

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"Real Escape Rooms," the Mind-Bending Puzzle Game, Comes to St. Louis (Video)

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Tom Carlson
This is Trapped: Volume 2's final puzzle: A locked box...that has no lock.
This week's Riverfront Times cover story delves into St. Louis' first "Real Escape Room," an attraction that places a team of wannabe Houdinis in a locked room -- with an hour to escape.

The first of these locked room experiences popped up in Japan in 2007. Here in St. Louis, a bio-medical engineer at Philips named Nir Chezrony concocted the fiendish puzzles of Trapped: A St. Louis Room Escape: Volume 2 and enlisted the help two fellow engineers and a high school English teacher to bring his vision to life.

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