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DIRECTORS PAGE ART FEST-VO TOPS WIPE
HEADLINES------------- NAPLES BOAT SHOW-VO TOPS WIPE
HL1) COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-trxVOTOPS CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAIR-VO TOPS WIPE
HL2) SUPER BOWL SUSPICIOUS POWDER-trxVOTOPS NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL3) ANIMAL CRUELTY-trxVOTOPS TEASE ONE------------
HL4) FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-TRXVOTOPS TZ1 A EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-VOTOPS
STORMWARN-CLIP TZ1 B FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
BREAKING-CLIP FORECAST-PHC
BREAKING STORIES-2 SHOT TCMON FORECAST-WXWALL
BREAKING STORIES-E ANIBOX EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-TCMON
BREAKING STORIES-E ANIBOX EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-SOTVO
COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-VO EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-SOT TCMON
SUPER BOWL SUSPICIOUS POWDER-TRX VOTOPS TANNING BEDS-OC VO
DEVELOPING-CLIP FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-2SHOT VO WIPE
PEDESTRIAN FATAL-BNC FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-SOT 2SHOT
PEDESTRIAN FATAL-VO WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
PEDESTRIAN FATAL-SOTVO TEASE TWO------------
ANIMAL CRUELTY-OTS-SS TZ2 A) FL PEOPLE LINE UP FOR WALMART-SOTVO WIPE
ANIMAL CRUELTY-LLPKG TZ1 B LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-VOTOPS
DOGS ATTACK ANIMALS-VO TOPS LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-TCMON
16 YEAR OLD ARRESTED-SS VO WIPE LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-PKG
16 YEAR OLD ARRESTED-SOTVO LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-TCMON
ALLEGIANT CANCELLED FLIGHTS-SS(2) WIPE FL PEOPLE LINE UP FOR WALMART-OC VO
ALLEGIANT CANCELLED FLIGHTS-LLPKG NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
Breaking TEASE THREE------------
tj maxx-OC SS TZ3 A SUPERBOWL WHITE POWDER-SOTVO
CAPE NOT GAY FRIENDLY-OC VO TZ3 B KIDS LEFT IN FREEZING CAR-VO
THINGS TO DO-CLIP TZ3 C ANOTHER SICK CRUISE SHOP-SOTVO


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HEADLINES-------------


A SHOPPING PLAZA!

A DAYCARE!

AND A NEIGHBORHOOD!

RIGHT NOW --

THEY'RE ALL JUST GETTING OFF LOCKDOWN IN COLLIER COUNTY!

NOW AT 5 --

ABC 7 REVEALS NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE THAT CAUSED IT ALL!

SUPERBOWL SCARE--

BREAKING AT 5--

THE WHITE POWDER THAT HAS THE FBI SEARCHING HOTELS NEAR THE SITE OF SUNDAY'S SUPERBOWL.

LEFT TO DIE!

A DOG DISCOVERED NEAR DEATH--

IN A LEE COUNTY PARK!

NOW AT 5--

THE SEARCH FOR WHO LEFT IT THERE.

AND PARENTS MAY NOT EAT FREE--

BUT THEY GET A FREE BABYSITTER FOR THE NIGHT.

NOW AT 5--

HOW THE OLIVE GARDEN IS MAKING DATE NIGHT EXTRA SPECIAL.

ABC 7 NEWS AT 5 STARTS NOW.

WEATHER IS COMING UP. Return to index of stories...


HL1) COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-trxVOTOPS


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HL2) SUPER BOWL SUSPICIOUS POWDER-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) ANIMAL CRUELTY-trxVOTOPS


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HL4) FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-TRXVOTOPS


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STORMWARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


MORE WARMTH FOR THE WEEKEND

We closed the work week with plenty of clouds and scattered showers across the region. But Friday also featured warmer weather, with highs climbing into the 70s area wide.

The clouds and a few showers will persist this evening, with temps falling into the 60s. More clouds are likely overnight, with mild lows only in the mid 60s. Low clouds and fog may also develop late tonight towards daybreak.

The warmup continues into Saturday. The clouds will remain, but some sunshine is expected. Highs will climb into the low 80s. A few sprinkles will also be possible, but most areas will stay dry.

The weather improves greatly heading into Sunday. We will see plenty of sunshine all day long with even warmer highs in the mid 80s.

The dry and warm weather will stay in place for the start of next week as well. Expect plenty of sun both Monday & Tuesday, with highs again in the mid 80s.

A few sprinkles will be possible late week, but it still looks like many areas will remain dry. High temps all next week will stay in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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BREAKING STORIES-2 SHOT TCMON


TONIGHT --

A-B-C 7 IS TRACKING TWO BREAKING NEWS STORIES HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

ONE INVOLVES A SUPER BOWL SCARE.

ENVELOPES WITH SOME KIND OF SUSPICIOUS WHITE POWDER TURNED UP AT VARIOUS PLACES NEAR METLIFE STADIUM TODAY.

WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST IN JUST A MOMENT.

BUT FIRST- A SHOPPING PLAZA IN GOLDEN GATE IS BACK OPEN AFTER SOMEONE FOUND A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE.

DEPUTIES SHUT DOWN THE PLAZA FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING STORIES-E ANIBOX


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BREAKING STORIES-E ANIBOX


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COLLIER SUSPICIOUS PKG-VO


THE SCARE IS OVER.

STILL COLLIER INVESTIGATORS ARE NOT CONFIRMING WHY THE PACKAGE WAS CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS, OR WHY THEY THOUGHT IT INCLUDED EXPLOSIVES.

ALSO NEW AT FIVE -

SANTA BARBARA TO 52 TERRACE SW JUST RE-OPENED.

A DAYCARE THAT DEPUTIES ALSO LOCKED DOWN JUST RE-OPENED.

AROUND TWO THIS AFTERNOON.

COLLIER DEPUTIES SAY AN EMPLOYEE IN THE PARK EAST PLAZA SPOTTED THE PACKAGE ON THE SIDEWALK.

DEPUTIES EVACUATED THAT ENTIRE PLAZA. INCLUDING A DAYCARE FILLED WITH CHILDREN AS WELL AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEARBY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY IT WAS HOW IT LOOKED THAT ALARMED THEM.

A HAZMAT TEAM ALONG WITH A BOMB SQUAD AND FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED.

DEPUTIES SAYS THE BOMB SQUAD DETERMINED IT WAS SAFE ENOUGH TO MOVE TO ANOTHER LOCATION TO INVESTIGATE IT FURTHER.

ABC7 IS STILL WORKING WITH DEPUTIES TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS INSIDE THE PACKAGE. Return to index of stories...


SUPER BOWL SUSPICIOUS POWDER-TRX VOTOPS


ABC7 IS ALSO FOLLOWING BREAKING NEWS FROM THE SUPERBOWL.

A SECURITY SCARE NEAR METLIFE STADIUM.

THE F-B-I IS INVESTIGATING A SUSPICIOUS WHITE POWDER MAILED TO HOTELS NEAR THE STADIUM.

AGENTS BELIEVE ONE OF THE LETTERS CONTAINS BAKING SODA AND THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THE OTHER LETTERS ARE DANGEROUS.

THEY SAY SOMEONE THE LETTERS FILLED WITH WHITE POWDER TO AT LEAST 5 HOTELS AND FORMER MAYOR RUDY GIULIANI'S OFFICE

ONE HOTEL MANAGER SAYS THE LETTER INSIDE REFERENCED AL-QAIDA AND THE DALLAS FBI.

AGENTS ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO SENT THESE LETTERS.

STAY WITH ABC-7 FOR THE LATEST ON THIS STORY. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING-CLIP


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PEDESTRIAN FATAL-BNC


JUST INTO THE NEWSROOM MINUTES AGO --

ABC7 LEARNED THE NAME OF A MAN KILLED THIS AFTERNOON --

SIMPLY WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK.

TROOPERS LUIS DIEZ FROM NAPLES DIED WHEN HE GOT HIT BY A CAR IN COLLIER COUNTY.

THE DRIVER OF A WHITE TRUCK SMACKED ANOTHER CAR, LOST CONTROL AND FLIPPED.

THE HE HIT DIEZ, RAMMED A POWER POLE, AND SETTLED IN A DITCH.

CHRISTOPHER CRAIG AND HIS SON SAW IT HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


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PEDESTRIAN FATAL-SOTVO


Christopher Craig Jr./Witness, Naples

21:32:55 "all i saw was the white truck, driving toward where i was at and he was swerving but not swerving, trying to swerve not to hit the person and his car went up the hill, hit the tree, and then landed back over."

Chris Craig/Naples

21:34:30 "it was total chaos, there was a whole line ambulances, firetrucks , cars, onlookers, people that witnessed it - it was mayhem."

WE ALSO JUST SPOKE TO A RELATIVE OF THE DRIVER.

HE'S AT N-C-H RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS INJURIES BUT SHOULD BE O-K. Return to index of stories...


ANIMAL CRUELTY-OTS-SS


NEW AT 5-

SOMEONE LEFT A SICK DOG TO DIE AT A LEE COUNTY DOG PARK.

THE DOG WAS SO SICK -

VETERINARIANS HAD TO EUTHANIZE IT.

ABC-7'S CHARLIE KEEGAN BRINGS US THE STORY OF ANIMAL CRUELTY FROM JUDD PARK. Return to index of stories...


ANIMAL CRUELTY-LLPKG


A MAN FOUND THE INJURED DOG HERE AT JUDD PARK IN NORTH FORT MYERS

MONDAY MORNING.

THE PUG-MIX WAS WEARING A SWEATER AND SITTING IN A BED.

BUT A TUMOR ON ITS THIGH AND GROIN AREA HAD BURST.

THE MAN TOOK THE DOG TO A VET.

AND THEY CALLED ANIMAL CONTROL.

BUT THE TUMOR WAS OPEN AND BLEEDING SO THERE WASNT ANYTHING ANIMAL

CONTROL COULD DO.

VETS HAD TO PUT HER DOWN.

NOW ANIMAL CONTROL IS LOOKING FOR THE DOG'S OWNER - WONDERING WHY THEY

WOULDN'T LOOK AT BETTER OPTIONS FOR THEIR DOG.

52:15 it's hard to figure out why someone who had a dog that obviously

looked like it had been cared for would let this happen, then choose

to abandon it in that matter. 52:24

THIS IS AN ANIMAL ABANDONMENT CASE.

IF THEY FIND THE OWNER THEY COULD BE CHARGED WITH A MISDEMEANOR

PUNISHABLE WITH A FINE AND OR JAIL TIME.

AT 5:30 WILL TELL YOU SOME OF THE OPTIONS PET OWNERS HAVE IF THEY

CAN'T AFFORD SURGERY FOR THEIR ANINALS.

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DOGS ATTACK ANIMALS-VO TOPS


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16 YEAR OLD ARRESTED-SS VO WIPE


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MUGSHOT.

A LOCAL TEENAGER FACES ACCUSATIONS TONIGHT --

HE ROBBED TWO MEN AT GUNPOINT.

AND POLICE SAY THEY FOUGHT BACK.

FORT MYERS POLICE SAY 16-YEAR-OLD ADRIAN MANGUAL-AYALA

GOT A RIDE HOME THURSDAY.

BUT ON THE WAY --

THEY SAY HE HELD A GUN UP TO THE DRIVER'S HEAD AND DEMANDED CASH.

THE DRIVER HANDED OVER SOME MONEY.

BUT THEN THE PASSENGER JUMPED IN THE BACKSEAT --

TRYING TO SNATCH THE GUN AWAY. Return to index of stories...


16 YEAR OLD ARRESTED-SOTVO


Lt. Victor Medico/ FMPD

"We don't condone someone disarming someone. We rather someone be a

good witness. However, in this instance, we do understand what they

did. You know, this friend saw his buddy had a gun to his head."

IT WORKED.

THE PASSENGER HELD THE TEEN DOWN --

UNTIL DEPUTIES GOT THERE.

NOW --

MANGUAL-AYALA FACES TWO ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


ALLEGIANT CANCELLED FLIGHTS-SS(2) WIPE


STRANDED AND LEFT IN THE DARK.

THAT'S WHAT MANY ALLEGIANT AIR PASSENGERS OUT OF THE PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT ARE TELLING US.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT PICTURES THOSE STRANDED PASSENGERS SENT US HERE AT ABC-7.

MANY TELL US THEY WAITED 48 HOURS FOR A FLIGHT AND TONIGHT THE AIRLINE SAYS TODAY'S FLIGHTS ARE ALSO CANCELLED.

ABC-7'S GEORGE SOLIS IS AT THE PUNTA GORDA AIRPORT WITH THE PROBLEMS FOR ALLEGIANT AND PASSENGERS. Return to index of stories...


ALLEGIANT CANCELLED FLIGHTS-LLPKG


OFFICIALS WITH ALLEGIANT AIR AND THE AIRPORT ARE TELLING US THIS A WEATHER RELATED INCIDENT.

LITTLE TO NO COMPENSATION FOR ANGRY PASSENGERS WHO FEEL THEY'VE BEEN LEFT IN THE DARK.

MANY YOUNG AND OLD DEJECTED, DEFEATED, DRIVEN TO THE POINT OF TEARS NOW THAT THEY HAVE FIND ANOTHER WAY HOME.

ALLEGIANT AIR OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE WORKING WITH PASSENGERS- IN SOME CASES OFFERING CHARTER BUSES TO FORT MYERS TO CATCH A FLIGHT OUT OF R-S-W.

BUT AT THIS POINT FEW FIND COMFORT

MANY LEFT WITH A BITTER TASTE IN THEIR MOUTHS ABOUT THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE

"This is a no frill low cost airline that translates into no service. I found their staff to be uncooperative, unapologetic and not responsive to any of our needs." Mike Book, Angry TravelleR

IN THE LAST HOUR WE LEARNED A CHARTER BUS FOR PASSENGERS HEADING TO FORT WAYNE WILL BE ARRIVING HERE.

WE ALSO LEARNED THAT T-S-A CALLED IN THE CHARLOTTE CONTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO ASSIST WITH THE CROWDS.

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Breaking


JUST INTO THE NEWSROOM --

ABC7 HAS LEARNED *WHEN* THE SPECIAL ELECTION FOR REPRESENTATIVE TREY RADEL'S SEAT WILL BE.

THE GOVERNOR HAS ANNOUNCED THE PRIMARY WILL BE APRIL 22ND.

THEN THE GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE JUNE 24TH. Return to index of stories...


tj maxx-OC SS


A T-J MAXX EMPLOYEE PEPPER SPRAYED IN NAPLES.

COLLIER DEPUTIES THINK YOU MIGHT KNOW THE WOMEN WHO DID IT.

TAKE A LOOK.

DEPUTIES SAY THIS WOMAN IS NOT A SUSPECT, BUT COULD HAVE INFORMATION.

THEY TELL US IN DECEMBER TWO WOMEN PEPPER SPRAYED A T-J MAXX EMPLOYEE AT THE STORE ON AIRPORT PULLING ROAD.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE THIS WOMAN OR KNOW ANYTHING - CALL DEPUTIES OR CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


CAPE NOT GAY FRIENDLY-OC VO


NEW AT 5 --

CAPE CORAL'S MAYOR IS TRYING TO MAKE THE CITY MORE GAY-FRIENDLY.

HE'S RESPONDING TO A NATIONAL GAY RIGHTS GROUP --

THAT RANKED THE CAPE THE LEAST GAY-FRIENDLY CITY IN THE COUNTRY.

THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN SCORED THE CAPE A 10 OUT OF 100 --

TYING IT WITH WITH PLACES LIKE CASPER WYOMING, PROVO UTAH, AND BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA.

WHY SO LOW?

A LACK OF LEGAL PROTECTIONS, ANTI-BULLYING POLICIES, OR DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP REGISTRY.

CAPE CORAL WAS THE ONLY CITY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TO EVEN GET A SCORE.

BUT MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI WANTS HER STAFF TO LOOK INTO IT. Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO-CLIP


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ART FEST-VO TOPS WIPE


THIS WEEKEND IS SET FOR PERFECT WEATHER AND A NUMBER OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA EVENTS.

A-B-C 7 WANTED TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

MORE THAN 200 ARTISTS FROM 39 STATES AND FIVE COUNTRIES ARE IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS THIS WEEKEND --

AT ART FEST!

THE EVENT FEATURES PHOTOGRAPHY, JEWELRY, PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES.

THE FREE EVENT KICKS OFF IN ABOUT AN HOUR --

AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES BOAT SHOW-VO TOPS WIPE


THE NAPLES BOAT SHOW IS ALSO THIS WEEKEND.

TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY YOU CAN SEE EVERYTHING FROM NEW BOATS TO THE LATEST FISHING GEAR.

IT'S OPEN 10 TO 5 THROUGH SUNDAY AT THE FLORIDA SPORTS PARK IS ON RATTLESNAKE HAMMOCK ROAD.

TICKETS ARE 10 DOLLARS FOR ADULTS.

12 AND YOUNGER GET IN FREE! Return to index of stories...


CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAIR-VO TOPS WIPE


AND THE GATES JUST OPENED AT THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY FAIR!

BUT A CHALLENGE LOOMS.

CREWS ARE WORKING TO KEEP THE GROUNDS DRY.

ADMISSION IS 20 DOLLARS.

THAT INCLUDES UNLIMITED RIDES.

IF YOU JUST WANT TO COME OUT AND SEE THE ENTERTAINMENT--- ITS JUST FIVE BUCKS. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE------------


YOU WORKOUT TO KEEP YOUR BODY IN SHAPE.

THE ONE WORKOUT THAT WILL KEEP YOUR MIND IN SHAPE, TOO.

IN TONIGHT'S ABC7 HEALTHY LIVING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

ONE RESTAURANT ISN'T JUST SAYING BRING THE KIDS TO DATE NIGHT.

THEY SAY THEY'LL HELP YOU!

WHY OLIVE GARDEN IS TAKING ON BABYSITTING!

IT'S NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-VOTOPS


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STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST-WXWALL


MORE WARMTH FOR THE WEEKEND

We closed the work week with plenty of clouds and scattered showers across the region. But Friday also featured warmer weather, with highs climbing into the 70s area wide.

The clouds and a few showers will persist this evening, with temps falling into the 60s. More clouds are likely overnight, with mild lows only in the mid 60s. Low clouds and fog may also develop late tonight towards daybreak.

The warmup continues into Saturday. The clouds will remain, but some sunshine is expected. Highs will climb into the low 80s. A few sprinkles will also be possible, but most areas will stay dry.

The weather improves greatly heading into Sunday. We will see plenty of sunshine all day long with even warmer highs in the mid 80s.

The dry and warm weather will stay in place for the start of next week as well. Expect plenty of sun both Monday & Tuesday, with highs again in the mid 80s.

A few sprinkles will be possible late week, but it still looks like many areas will remain dry. High temps all next week will stay in the 80s. Return to index of stories...


EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-TCMON


YOU HIT THE GYM.

YOU WALK, RUN, WORKOUT TO EXERCISE YOUR BODY.

TONIGHT - HOW DO YOU EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN?

ABC7 DID SOME RESEARCH.

A NEUROLOGIST SAYS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO BUILD BRAINPOWER IS TO LEARN A NEW SKILL. Return to index of stories...


EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-SOTVO


CG: Dr. Jagan Pillai/Cleveland Clinic

"It could be anything from learning a language or instrument, or even pottery,

or painting, you know, it depends on what really interests you and what really

engages you because if we're learning a skill it's considerably over a long

period of time.": 14

DR. PILLAI SAYS AS YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW YOU BUILD WORKING MEMORY.

IT'S IMPORTANT FOR MULTI-TASKING AND ALLOWS YOU TO DO THINGS LIKE ANSWER YOUR PHONE OR REMEMBER WHERE YOU PUT YOUR KEYS.

SOCIAL INTERACTION ALSO HELPS EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN.

WHEN YOU'RE TALKING AND LISTENING - YOU ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN.

A DAILY DANCE LESSON OR BRIDGE ARE TWO ACTIVITIES THAT WORK. Return to index of stories...


EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN-SOT TCMON


CG: Dr. Jagan Pillai/Cleveland Clinic

"Things that improve your attention, or improve your skill and any activities

that improve attention or skill tends to be very useful and helpful for your

brain.":08

A HEALTHY DIET AND WORKING OUT ALSO HELPS WITH KEEPING YOUR BRAIN AND BODY SHARP. Return to index of stories...


TANNING BEDS-OC VO


NEW AT 5 --

ABC-7 HAS LEARNED MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE USING TANNING BEDS -- ESPECIALLY WOMEN.

ONE IN THREE ADULTS HAVE TRIED INDOOR TANNING ONCE.

THE NUMBERS SKYROCKET WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE.

NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF COLLEGE STUDENTS.

MORE THAN 15 PERCENT OF TEENAGERS.

HERE'S WHY THAT WORRIES DOCTORS.

THE INCREASED RISK FOR MELANOMA.

NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP THREE PERCENT EACH YEAR AMONG YOUNG WHITE WOMEN. Return to index of stories...


FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-2SHOT VO WIPE


ONE RESTAURANT IS MAKING IT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO GET DATE NIGHT.

OLIVE GARDEN IS OFFERING FREE BABYSITTERS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY.

IT'S FEBRUARY 7TH --

A WEEK FROM TODAY.

THEY'RE HOSTING "PARENTS NIGHT OUT." --

PARTNERING WITH "MY GYM" --

A CHILDREN'S FITNESS FRANCHISE.

JUST DROP THE KIDS OFF, PAY A DEPOSIT AND HEAD TO DINNER --

THEN PRESENT YOUR OLIVE GARDEN RECEIPT ONCE YOU PICK YOUR KIDS UP --

AND YOU'LL GET A FULL REFUND. Return to index of stories...


FREE SITTER AT OLIVE GARDEN-SOT 2SHOT


SOT/Jay Spenchian, Executive VP of Marketing for Olive Garden

"We know that parents have busy schedules/ we want to give parents a break

and what better way to give them a break then to have them be able to go and

have a special night, worry free and the kids can have a great time."

ABC-7 LOOKED INTO THIS FOR YOU.

MY GYM HAS ONE LOCATION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

YOU'LL FIND IT ON LIVINGSTON ROAD IN NAPLES.

10 SPOTS AVAILABLE --

20 FILLED ALREADY.

ONLY 30 TOTAL.

ALWAYS HAVE PARENTS NIGHT OUT -- OLIVE GARDEN SPONSORED.

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TEASE TWO------------


"This is a blessing to the neighborhood!""

A WALMART STORE ISN'T USUALLY CAUSE TO CELEBRATE.

WHY PEOPLE IN ONE FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD ARE OVERJOYED ABOUT THE ADDITION.

PLUS -

LEOMA LOVEGROVE MAKES A HUGE SALE.

THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARTIST AND WHERE YOU CAN BUY HER ART STATEWIDE. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A) FL PEOPLE LINE UP FOR WALMART-SOTVO WIPE


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TZ1 B LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-VOTOPS


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LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-TCMON


SHE'S A WELL KNOWN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARTIST.

HER PAINTINGS CAN COST THOUSANDS.

TONIGHT - A MAJOR FLORIDA DEPARTMENT STORE IS HELPING YOU GET THAT POP OF COLOR FOR LESS.

ABC7'S SMART SHOPPER CHLOE MORRONI SHOWS US WHERE TO GO TO GET YOUR OWN LEOMA LOVE. Return to index of stories...


LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-PKG


NOTHING SCREAMS FLORIDA QUITE LIKE LEOMA LOVEGROVE'S ART GALLERY ON MATLACHE

24:01 - 24:04 LEOMA LOVEGROVE - LOCAL ARTIST.

"I've been painting daily since I've been here, I've really been inspired by Florida."

SHE MOVED TO THE SMALL ISLAND 15 YEARS AGO AND MADE QUITE THE IMPRESSION.

25:24

"My art just keeps getting more colorful, more fun."

THE FUTURE FOR THIS COLORFUL CHARACTER JUST GOT EVEN BRIGHTER. WHEN BEALLS DEPARTMENT STORE CAME CALLING, LOOKING FOR A FLORIDA ARTIST FOR A NEW, EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

26:03

One of the guys who works for bealles found me on a blog and started coming to the gallery."

AND THE REST THEY SAY IS HISTORY…JUST LIKE A BRUSH TO CANVAS, A BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIP WAS BORN.

29:12 -:22

I do the painting but from there it goes to a whole team of brilliant people."

WHO DESIGN ALL SORTS OF STUFF, CLOTHING, BEACH BAGS, TERVIS TUMBLERS AND THE LIST GOES ON…YOU CAN FIND LEOMA'S LINE IN JUST ABOUT EVERY BEALLS IN THE STATE.

29:00

"Bealles has made me mainstream, I feel so good about that "

AND YOU CAN ALSO FEEL GOOD BUYING LEOMA'S COLLECTION. EVERYTHING IS REASONABLY PRICED, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS BIG PLATE IS JUST $5.99

34:09 JENNIFER BERG - PUBLICIST

"When you're looking at smart shoppers I think bealles is a great choice every week they have deals."

AND FOLKS ARE LOVING IT.

35:35

I was looking for something that represented fl. I'm from Canada."

36:57 - 37:01

"Oh the vibrant colors are absolutely beautiful I love it."

A FLORIDA ARTIST FROM A SMALL ISLAND HITTING THE BIG TIME IN THE MOST COLORFUL OF WAYS.

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LOCAL ARTIST IN BEALLS-TCMON


BEALLS IS COMING OUT WITH DIFFERENT LOVE PRODUCTS.

TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GREAT DEALS -

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FL PEOPLE LINE UP FOR WALMART-OC VO


IT LOOKED LIKE BLACK FRIDAY IN SAINT PETE THIS MORNING.

DOZENS OF PEOPLE LINED UP AT FOUR IN THE MORNING --

FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF A SPECIAL TYPE OF WAL-MART STORE.

IT'S CALLED A "FOOD STORE."

WHAT THAT MEANS IS --

IT BRINGS A GROCERY STORE SELLING HEALTHY FOOD INTO AN AREA WHERE, NORMALLY, THE ONLY THING NEARBY ARE FAST FOOD RESTAURANT AND CONVENIENCE STORES.

CLEARLY, THIS ONE BROUGHT SOME BUZZ WITH IT. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE THREE------------


SOT/GARETT Briefly it puts a tremendous strain on the join terrorist task force

WHITE POWDER FOUND IN LETTERS NEAR MET LIFE STADIUM.

THE DANGER TO THE SUPERBOWL AND WHAT AUTHORITIES ARE FINDING RIGHT NOW.

AND -

16 DEGREES OUTSIDE.

EVEN COLDER INSIDE OF THIS CAR.

THE THREE AND SIX YEAR OLDS FOUND INSIDE.

WHERE WAS THEIR MOM?

you never felt pain until you feel this.

A THIRD CRUISE SHIP CONTAGIOUS ON THE HIGH SEAS.

WHERE PASSENGERS JUST DOCKED AND THE HUNDREDS SICK WITH THE NOROVIRUS.

BUT FIRST - MEET ABC 7'S FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY.

KIMBERLY MIX OF CAPE CORAL

THANKS FOR WATCHING KIMBERLY.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE OUR FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY HEAD TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND LIKE US. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A SUPERBOWL WHITE POWDER-SOTVO


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TZ3 B KIDS LEFT IN FREEZING CAR-VO


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TZ3 C ANOTHER SICK CRUISE SHOP-SOTVO


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