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DIRECTORS PAGE EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-VOTOPS
NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-VO IN POP
TS 1) LEHIGH HOMICIDE-VOTOPS EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-PKG
TS 2) DEADLY HOUSE FIRE-VOTOPS PYTHON FOUND-2 SS
TS 3) EMACIATED DOGS-VOTOPS LEE HOMELESS SEX OFFENDERS MOVED-VO-WIPE
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP LEE HOMELESS SEX OFFENDERS MOVED-SOTVO
SOCHI READY FOR OLYMPICS?-VOTOPS POP FLAME AND FLOOD ARRESTS-SS VOWIPE
SOCHI READY FOR OLYMPICS?-PKG FLAME AND FLOOD ARRESTS-SOTVO
WINTER STORM-VOWIPE DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
WINTER STORM-SOTVO LEHIGH HOMICIDE-BNC VOWIPE
OBAMA CLIMATE CHANGE-VO LEHIGH HOMICIDE-PKG
HOFFMAN LATEST-VO-WIPE NFM FATAL FIRE-SS VO
HOFFMAN LATEST-SOTVO SCHOOL BUS CRASH-VOWIPE
NAVY CHEATING SCANDAL-VO FM MOTORCYCLE CRASH-VO
BABY BEATEN-ONCAM MAN ROBS HOTEL-VOTOPS
CRUISE SHIP DROWNING-VO CAPE MODEL HOMES-VO-WIPE
UN CHURCH SEX ABUSE-VO-WIPE CAPE MODEL HOMES-SOTVO
UN CHURCH SEX ABUSE-SOTVO BONITA DOG PARK-OC SS OCTAG
CHILD IN SUITCASE-VO BONITA DOG PARK-TC MON
RIO HOSPITAL ATTACK-VO BONITA DOG PARK-VOWIPE
ESCAPEE CAPTURED AFTER 36 YEARS-VO-WIPE BONITA DOG PARK-SOT SS
ESCAPEE CAPTURED AFTER 36 YEARS-SOTVO BONITA DOG PARK-TC MON TAG
CAPE OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE-OC PG SEAWALL LATEST-VO
CAPE OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE-LLPKG NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
ZIMMERMAN BOXING-VO TEASE ONE
PREHISTORIC VILLAGE UNEARTHED-VO TZ1 A KIDS DON'T FLOAT-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ1 B DUMPSTER DIVING-VOTOPS
TEASE FOUR------------ JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
TZ4 A PHILOMENA MEETS POPE-SOTVO WEATHER-PWC
TZ4 B CLAY AIKEN FOR CONGRESS-VO WEATHER-WXWALL
STORM WARN JP OPEN-CLIP KIDS DON'T FLOAT-TC MON
FORECAST-PHC KIDS DON'T FLOAT-PKG
FORECAST-WXWALL DUMPSTER DIVING PROFESSOR-VOWIPE
PHILOMENA MEETS POPE-TC MON DUMPSTER DIVING PROFESSOR-SOTVO
PHILOMENA MEETS POPE-PKG COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
BIEBER PLANE REPORT-VO TEASE TWO-POP
CLAY AIKEN FOR CONGRESS-VO TZ2 SPORTS-VO
CLOONEY DATE-VOWIPE WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
CLOONEY DATE-SOTVO TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ 7 1) MANGRO CUTTING-VOTOPS-WIPE
TEASE FIVE------------ TZ 7 2) HAPPY VIDEO-VOTOPS
TZ5 A RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT-SOTVO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT-OC SIGNING DAY-VOPOP
RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT-PKG SIGNING DAY-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP SIGNING DAY-SOTTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ IDA BAKER-VOTOPS
TZ 6 1) BONITA DOG PARK-(2)SOTSVO IDA BAKER-SOTTOPS
TZ 6 2) LEHIGH HOMICIDE-SOTVO NAPLES-VOTOPS
TZ 6 3) CAPE MODEL HOMES-VO NAPLES-SOTVO
CLOSE-2SHOT FLORIDA STATE-POPMON
HEADLINES FLORIDA STATE-VIDBOX
HL1) EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-SOTVO FLORIDA STATE-SOTTOPS
HL2) FLAME AND FLOOD ARRESTS-SOTVO BISHOP VEROT-CGTOPS
HL3) KIDS DON'T FLOAT-SOTVO GOODBYE-4SHOT
BIG STORY-CLIP  


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NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) LEHIGH HOMICIDE-VOTOPS


TONIGHT - INVESTIGATORS IN LEHIGH ACRES ARE LOOKING INTO THE DISCOVERY OF A DEAD BODY ON LEE BOULEVARD -- NEXT TO THE RELIANCE BANK. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) DEADLY HOUSE FIRE-VOTOPS


INVESTIGATORS IN NORTH FORT MYERS ARE LOOKING INTO WHAT CAUSED A FIRE OVERNIGHT THAT KILLED ONE PERSON.

IT SPARKED AT AN ABANDONED BUILDIONG ON LAUIREL DRIVE AND TAMIAMI TRAIL.

L-C-S-O IS WORKING TO FIND OUT WHO IT IS.

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TS 3) EMACIATED DOGS-VOTOPS


A HUGE REWARD IS POSTED TONIGHT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE PERSON THAT ABANDONED TWO UNHEALTHY DOGS AT LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES LATE LAST NIGHT.

THE TWO PITBULLS ARE 25 POUNDS UNDERWEIGHT -- FILLED WITH HEARTWORMS - SCABS AND OPEN SORES.

ONE OF THEM IS LIKELY PREGNANT.

VIDEO CAUGHT THE SUPECT DROPPING THE DOGS OFF AT AROUND 4 THIS MORNING.

A 5-THOUSAND DOLLAR IS BEIGN OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ON THE PERSON IN THE VIDEO. Return to index of stories...


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SOCHI READY FOR OLYMPICS?-VOTOPS POP


OUR BIG STORY AT 530 --

AN OLYMPIC-SIZE SHOCKER.

OUR ATHLETES ARE IN SOCHI TONIGHT.

BUT THE BIG STORY IS WHAT WAS WAITING FOR THEM AND THE PEOPLE WHO WENT TO COVER THEM IN RUSSIA.

IT'S NOT PRETTY.

GOOD EVENING - I'M JEFF BUTERA.

AND I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

THANKS FOR WATCHING A-B-C 7.

IT'S BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING -- BUT AS A-B-C'S KAREN TRAVERS TELL US -- THOUSANDS OF ATHLETES AND JOURNALISTS ARE IN SHOCK AT THE HORRIBLE CONDITIONS THEY'RE ARRIVING TO AS WELL AS CONTINUED CONCERNS OVER SECURITY. Return to index of stories...


SOCHI READY FOR OLYMPICS?-PKG


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WINTER STORM-VOWIPE


WINTER DOES NOT SEEM TO BE GIVING UP.

ANOTHER WINTER STORM IS SLAMMING THE NORTHEAST RIGHT NOW!

THE STORM IS DUMPING MORE THAN A FOOT OF SNOW IN PARTS OF NEW YORK, MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW HAMPSHIRE.

IT'S TURNED THE RUSH HOUR COMMUTE IN NEW YORK CITY INTO A JAMMED-UP MESS.

THIS IS THE SECOND WINTER STORM IN THREE DAYS. Return to index of stories...


WINTER STORM-SOTVO


"This is the slipperiest snow storm so far this season because of the conditions. the fact that it didn't warm up."

SO FAR -

AIRLINES HAVE CANCELLED MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED FLIGHTS.

THE WEATHER HAS WIPED OUT FLIGHTS MOST IN BOSTON AND CHICAGO.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE SITTING IN THE DARK RIGHT NOW.

NO POWER.

AND IT COULD GET WORSE AS HEAVY WET SNOW PILES UP ON POWER LINES. Return to index of stories...


OBAMA CLIMATE CHANGE-VO


THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS ANNOUNCING THE CREATION OF WHAT THEY ARE CALLING "CLIMATE HUBS."

THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HUBS PROVIDES SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE FOR FARMERS, RANCHERS AND LANDOWNERS.

IT HELPS THEM BATTLE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CLIMATE CHANGE.

RISKS LIKE. DROUGHT, FLOODS, PESTS AND FIRES.

THE HUBS WILL BE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK WILL INTRODUCE THE PROGRAM AT THE WHITE HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


HOFFMAN LATEST-VO-WIPE


WE'RE LEARNING NEW DETAILS TONIGHT ABOUT ARRESTS CONNECTED TO THE DEATH OF ACTOR PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN.

IT WAS BREAKING NEWS LAST NIGHT AT 11.

TONIGHT WE KNOW --

FOUR PEOPLE GOT ARRESTED AFTER A TIP THEY SOLD HOFFMAN THE DRUGS.

AUTHORITIES ALSO REPORTEDLY FOUND 350 ENVELOPES OF HEROIN WHEN THEY RAIDED THIS APARTMENT WHERE THEY MADE THE ARRESTS.

MEANTIME -- HOLLYWOOD IS STILL IN MOURNING. Return to index of stories...


HOFFMAN LATEST-SOTVO


SOT George Clooney: He was a friend and so it was a surprise / it's

unbelievable

TONIGHT-

THOSE CLOSE TO HOFFMAN ARE MAKING PLANS FOR HIS FUNERAL. Return to index of stories...


NAVY CHEATING SCANDAL-VO


COMPROMISING THE INTEGRITY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

DOZENS OF OFFICERS AT A NUCLEAR FACILITY-

ACCUSED OF CHEATING ON EXAMS--

THE NUCLEAR TRAINING UNIT IN CHARLESTON HAS DECERTIFIED 20 INSTRUCTORS.

THEY'RE ACCUSED OF SHARING INFORMATION - CHEATING - ON AN EXAM QUALIFYING THEM TO TEACH NEW RECRUITS HOW TO OPERATE NUCLEAR REACTORS.

PLUS-

THE NATIONAL GUARD RECRUITERS--

TOOK BONUSES MEANT FOR RANK-AND-FILE SOLDIERS WHO GOT OTHERS TO SIGN UP.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT POCKETED: AT LEAST $29 MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


BABY BEATEN-ONCAM


WHAT A DISTURBING STORY THIS IS.

A SAINT PETE MAN IS ACCUSED OF BEATING AND CUTTING A BABY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE TAKING CARE OF.

PINELLAS COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THE BABY WAS CUT AND BRUISED.

PLUS -- IT SUFFERED A BROKEN RIB.

IT'S IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

THE 24-YEAR-OLD CARETAKER IS FACING CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE. Return to index of stories...


CRUISE SHIP DROWNING-VO


A FOUR YEAR OLD BOY IS DEAD TONIGHT--

AFTER DROWNING IN A POOL ON A CRUISE SHIP.

THE NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE SHIP 'BREAKAWAY' DOCKED IN FLORIDA TUESDAY.

ONE DAY AFTER THE INCIDENT.

A SECOND BOY WAS RESCUED, REVIVED, AND FLOWN TO A NORTH CAROLINA HOSPITAL.

THE 'BREAKWAY' IS BASED IN NEW YORK CITY AND WAS HEADED TO FLORIDA.

CRUISE SHIP POOLS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY. Return to index of stories...


UN CHURCH SEX ABUSE-VO-WIPE


THE U-N SENT A MESSAGE TO THE VATICAN TODAY --

REMOVE ALL KNOWN SEX ABUSERS.

THE WATCHDOG FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS ALSO SAID THE CHURCH SHOULD HAND OVER ITS ARCHIVES ON THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN.

THE REPORT COMES --

AS POPE FRANCIS HELD HIS WEEKLY ADDRESS IN FRONT OF THOUSANDS. Return to index of stories...


UN CHURCH SEX ABUSE-SOTVO


"The Holy See has adopted policies and practices have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of the perpetrators.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO CRITICIZED THE CHURCH'S POLICIES ON CONTRACEPTION AND HOMOSEXUALITY. Return to index of stories...


CHILD IN SUITCASE-VO


DISTURBING DETAILS IN THE DEATH OF A THREE YEAR OLD GIRL-

HER PARENTS--

ARE THE SUSPECTED KILLERS.

THIS IS HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA.

SARA KRUGER NAPA TOLD POLICE SHE KEPT THE GIRLS BODY IN A FREEZER FOR THREE DAYS.

SHE SAID THEY LATER PLACED THE BODY ON A BED BEFORE FLEEING.

NAPA AND RYAN SCOTT WARNER FACE MURDER AND ASSAULT CHARGES.

THEY'LL BE ARRAIGNED AND POSSIBLY ENTER PLEAS ON FEBRUARY 25TH.

IF CONVICTED, THEY COULD SPEND THE REST OF THEIR LIVES IN PRISON. Return to index of stories...


RIO HOSPITAL ATTACK-VO


YOU EXPECT SOMEONE WITH A GUN TO ROB A BANK.

A CONVENIENCE STORE.

EVEN A HOUSE.

NOT A HOSPITAL.

BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN RIO DE JANIERO.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA --

FIVE GUNMEN WALTZ INTO A WAITING ROOM --

AND SNATCH VALUABLES FROM 22 PATIENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS.

NO ONE WAS HURT.

NO ONE'S BEEN ARRESTED. Return to index of stories...


ESCAPEE CAPTURED AFTER 36 YEARS-VO-WIPE


IT'S BEEN 36 YEARS SINCE A WOMAN ESCAPED PRISON--

AND TONIGHT-

SHE'S BACK BEHIND BARS.

JUDY LYNN HAYMAN--

LIVED IN THIS SAND DIEGO APARTMENT.

BEHIND A DARK SECRET-

IN 1973.

THE THEN-

23-YEAR-OLD WAS SERVVING A 16 MONTH SENTENCE IN MICHIGAN--

FOR ATTEMPTED LARCENY. Return to index of stories...


ESCAPEE CAPTURED AFTER 36 YEARS-SOTVO


I feel like wow you don't really know anyone. Really really don't know anyone, you live so close to them.

BEIGHBORS SAY SHE WAS QUIET.

HAYMAN'S SON--

SAYS SHE HAD A LIFE.

SHE WENT TO P-T-A MEETINGS AND CHURCH.

SHE HAD THREE SONS.

HAYMAN WAS BOOKED INTO JAIL-

SHE'S BEING HELD WITHOUT BAIL PENDING EXTRADITION. Return to index of stories...


CAPE OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE-OC


WANT TO STARE AT AN EYE SORE FOR SEVEN YEARS?

SOME PEOPLE IN THE CAPE HAVE.

AND ONCE AGAIN --

CITY LEADERS ARE FIGURING OUT WHAT THEY CAN DO ABOUT THIS ABANDONED GOLF COURSE ON WILDWOOD PARKWAY.

ABC7'S STEVE CAMPION BRINGS YOU THEIR CHOICES --

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CAPE OVERGROWN GOLF COURSE-LLPKG


CITY LEADERS WANT THIS NIGHTMARE OF OVERGROWN GRASS AND TRASH - GONE.

THEY FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE THIS AFTERNOON.

THIS PROPERTY IS IN THE HANDS OF A DEVELOPER RYAN COMPANIES - WHO SUED THE CITY IN THE PAST.

AFTER LOSING - THEY NOW WANT TO SIT DOWN AND SELL IT OFF.

Terry Aiken, Cape Coral

2843 "Very unique and very beautiful. hate to see it go down."

BLIGHT OVERTAKES THE "GOLF CLUB" IN CAPE CAPE -

AFTER DEVELOPERS CLOSED THE COURSE BACK IN '06.

FOR YEARS, THE PROPERTY'S FUTURE LOOKED UNCLEAR AS WEEDS REPLACED MANICURED GREENS.

THOSE IN POWER WANT A PERMANENT CHANGE.

NEIGHBORS JUST WANT THE EYESORE CLEANED UP.

COUNCIL MAY CONSIDER BUYING THE PROPERTY *IF* THE PRICE IS RIGHT.

THE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE -

OPEN A PARK, CREATE A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, OR RESTORE THE FAIRWAYS.

THE PROBLEM FACING LEADERS - FINDING THE CASH TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS REAL.

Jim Burch, Council Member

4942 "If you have opportunities that only come one time and I think that's what we are talking about. Sometimes you have to find ways to do things that you otherwise couldn't do."

STEVE CAMPION, ABC 7 NEWS. Return to index of stories...


ZIMMERMAN BOXING-VO


GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S BOXING FOR CHARITY EVENT IS COMING UP.

WE NOW KNOW WHO HE'S PLAYING AGAINST.

IN THE OPPOSITE CORNER WILL BE EARL SIMMONS -- BETTER KNOWN AS HIP-HOP STAR "D-M-X."

ZIMMERMAN AND D-M-X WILL FACE OFF FOR THREE ROUNDS.

THE TIMING AND LOCATION ARE NOT CLEAR.

ZIMMERMAN SAID THE CELEBRITY BOXING MATCH WAS HIS IDEA.

IN FEBRUARY 20-12, ZIMMERMAN SHOT AND KILLED UNARMED TEEN TRAYVON MARTIN.

HE STOOD TRIAL FOR MURDER, BUT WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY. Return to index of stories...


PREHISTORIC VILLAGE UNEARTHED-VO


SOME MYSTERIOUS NEWS IN MIAMI.

ARCHEOLOGISTS SAY THEY HAVE UNEARTHED AN ANCIENT UNDERGORUND VILLAGE.

THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE CITY'S DOWNTOWN.

ARHCEOLOGISTS SAY THIS DISCOVERY REPRESENTS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PREHISTORIC SITE IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW.

THERE ARE EIGHT LARGE CARVED HOLES.

BELIEVED TO BE 2 THOUSAND YEARS OLD.

THE SITE SITS IN A VACANT TWO-ACRE CITY BLOCK.

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TEASE FOUR------------


Philomena: you can't go through life being so unyielding, /so-- you've got to forgive.

THIS IS PHILOMENA LEE.

80-YEARS-OLD AND THE SUBJECT OF AN OSCAR NOMINATED FILM.

SHE ENDURED A LIFE OF PAIN - BUT SAYS HER FAITH IN GOD NEVER WAIVERED.

TODAY - HOW SHE MET THE POPE AND HER MESSAGE TO OTHERS.

ONLY ON ABC.

PLUS - HE WANTS TO WIN A SEAT IN CONGRESS.

IT WON'T BE THE SAME FIGHT THAT GOT HIM ON AMERICAN IDOL.

CLAY AIKEN'S BID.

WHY THE AMERICAN IDOL SAYS HE KNOWS THE PEOPLE.

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


TZ4 A PHILOMENA MEETS POPE-SOTVO


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TZ4 B CLAY AIKEN FOR CONGRESS-VO


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STORM WARN JP 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


RAIN CHANCES CONTINUE

It was a somewhat cloudy and warm day across the area Wednesday, with highs in the low to mid 80s. Expect the clouds to continue this evening, with temps holding in the 70s. Areas of fog may develop later tonight, with lows holding in the upper 60s.

Our frontal system stays near the region Thursday. This will again result in plenty of cloud cover and a chance for scattered showers across the area. Thursday will also be muggy, with highs climbing into the low 80s.

The mostly cloudy skies remain in place for Friday, with a lesser chance of a rain shower. Highs to close the work week will hold in the low 80s.

We start the weekend with some sunshine, then scattered showers will likely develop late in the day. Saturday will again be muggy, with highs staying in the low 80s.

The frontal boundary finally moves through the area Sunday. This will end the rain chance and bring cooler conditions. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 70s.

We start next week on a quiet and sunny note. Monday will feature plenty of sunshine with comfortable highs in the upper 70s.

Most of next week again looks fairly quiet, with temps slowly warming into the low 80s by midweek. Return to index of stories...


PHILOMENA MEETS POPE-TC MON


ONE 80-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HAS RIDDEN AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY THIS YEAR.

HER NAME IS PHILOMENA LEE.

JUDI DENSCH PORTRAYED HER --

IN THE OSCAR NOMINATED FILM "PHILOMENA."

AND TODAY --

PHILOMENA'S AT THE VATICAN --

GETTING A BLESSING FROM THE POPE.

AS A-B-C'S CYNTHIA MCFADDEN EXPLAINS --

HER REMARKABLE STORY WAS ONE SHE NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED. Return to index of stories...


PHILOMENA MEETS POPE-PKG


80 YEAR OLD PHILOMENA LEE NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED THIS MOMENT BACK IN 1952

-- WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG UNWED MOTHER.BEING HERE IN ST PETER'S SQUARE -

INVITED BY POPE FRANCIS TO MASS - THIS WOMAN OF UNCEASING FAITH, TOUCHING

THE HAND OF THE LEADER OF THE FAITHFUL

80 YEAR OLD PHILOMENA LEE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED TAKING THESE STEPS BACK

IN 1952 WHEN SHE WAS A YOUNG UNWED MOTHER -- WALKING THROUGH ST PETER'S

SQUARE -- MOMENTS FROM MEETING POPE FRANCIS HIMSELFTHIS WOMAN OF UNCEASING

FAITH, ABOUT TO GREET THE LEADER OF THE FAITHFUL

IT IS AN ENDING NOT EVEN HOLLYWOOD COULD WRITE - FITTING, SINCE PHILOMENA IS

NOW KNOWN AROUND THE WORLD FROM THE OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE BEARING HER NAME,

McF: a very long time ago, when you were 18 years old, could you have

imagined it?

Philomena: could i have imagned meeting the pope? /

McF: having a movie made about your life?

Philomena: no way -- no way would i have ever imagined it

HER LIFE STORY NOW PLAYED OUT ON FILM BY NONE OTHER THAN DAME JUDI DENCH

AS THE MOVIE SO WRENCHINGLY PORTRAYS - PHILOMENA WAS JUST 18 AND UNMARRIED

WHEN SHE GAVE BIRTH TO A SON IN AN IRISH HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS RUN BY AN

ORDER OF NUNS. SHE WAS FORCED TO GIVE HIM UP THREE YEARS LATER. SHE HIS

HER SECRET FOR 50 YEARS.

DESPITE ALL SHE WENT THROUGH, HER FAITH, SHE TELLS ME, NEVER WAIVERED.

Philomena: you can't go through life being so unyielding, /so-- you've

got to forgive. You've got to. You just have to forgive.

WE WERE WITH HER FOR THIS LATEST CHAPTER OF

HER ASTONISHING STORY. A JOURNEY THAT HAS TAKEN HER TO RED CARPETS -

.AND CAPITOL HILL.

AND THE EVEN THE GOLDEN GLOBES.

BUT TODAY'S JOURNEY HERE TO VATICAN CITY IS A REMARKABLE SHOW OF THE POWER

OF FORGIVENESS.DESPITE THE CATHOLIC NUNS WHO TOOK SO MUCH FROM HER -- HER

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BIEBER PLANE REPORT-VO


MORE BIEBER BALONEY.

ON FRIDAY BIEBER AND HIS CREW LANDED IN NEW JERSEY WITH THE COPS WAIITNG.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOTS AND ATTENDANTS BIEBER AND HIS ENTOURAGE GOT ROWDY AND HIGH ON THE FLIGHT.

THE ATTENDANT STAYED IN THE COCKPIT.

THE PILOTS EVEN PUT ON OXYGEN MASKS BECAUSE THEY WORRIED THE MARIJUANA WOULD CAUSE THEM TO TEST POSTIIVE.

BIEBER ADMITTED TO SMOKING MARIJUANA ON THE PLANE.

OFFICERS DIDN'T FIND ANY DRUGS ON BOARD.

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CLAY AIKEN FOR CONGRESS-VO


A FORMER AMERICAN IDOL STAR --

WANTS TO ADD "CONGRESSMAN" TO HIS TITLE.

SEASON TWO RUNNER-UP CLAY AIKEN KICKED OFF HIS BID FOR CONGRESS WITH A VIDEO ON HIS WEBSITE.

HE'S RUNNING AS A DEMOCRAT IN NORTH CAROLINA.

IN HIS VIDEO --

AIKEN TELLS HIS LIFE STORY --

INCLUDING GROWING UP IN A HOME TORN APART BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

AIKEN SHOT TO FAME IN 2003 --

AFTER HE APPEARED ON "AMERICAN IDOL."

HE'S RELEASED SIX ALBUMS SINCE THEN -- AND MADE IT TO BROADWAY IN 2008 -- PLAYING THE ROLE OF SIR RICHARD IN "SPAMALOT." Return to index of stories...


CLOONEY DATE-VOWIPE


A DATE WITH GEORGE CLOONEY -- SOMETHING MILLIONS OF WOMEN HAVE DREAMED OF.

AND NOW IT'S COME TRUE FOR ONE 42-YEAR-OLD SINGLE MOM.

LAST NIGHT AT THE PREMIERE OF CLOONEY'S FILM -- "THE MONUMENTS MEN" -- CLOONEY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY JEAN ALLEN -- A PERSONAL TRAINER FROM DALLAS -- AND HER 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGTHER.

ALLEN WAS THE LUCKY WINNER OF A TEN DOLLAR CHARITY RAFFLE -- 'WIN A DATE WITH GEORGE CLOONEY.' Return to index of stories...


CLOONEY DATE-SOTVO


18:18:49 w: George has been amazing. Kind to Victoria. He would make a great

dad.

ALLEN ALREADY SIZING HIM UP AS A DAD FOR HER DAUGHTER.

ALLEN SAYS ENTERED THE RAFFLE BECAUSE SHE SHARES CLOONEY'S LOVE FOR HIS CHARITY -- 'SATTELITE SENTINEL PROJECT FOR SUDAN' -- WHICH HELPS MONITOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.

THE RAFFLE HELPED THE ORGANIZATION RAISE OVER A MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FIVE------------


There are more of us out there and in the end, I want everyone to be paid

fairly.

CHEERLEADERS CLAIMING THEY'VE BEEN CHEATED--

NEW AT 5-THIRTY--

THE LAWSUIT AGAINST ONE THE NFL'S BIGGEST TEAMS. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT-SOTVO


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RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT-OC


MANY PEOPLE JOKE BUT CHEERLEADING IS TOUGH AND AT THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL DOES NOT PAY WELL.

THAT'S WHY SOME N-F-L CHEERLEADERS ARE SUING.

THEY SAY THE OAKLAND RAIDERS VIOLATED LABOR LAWS BY PAYING THEM LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE.

A-B-C'S LYANNE MELENDEZ TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF WHAT THESE N-F-L STARS REALLY DEAL WITH. Return to index of stories...


RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT-PKG


SARAH G. IS THE LATEST RAIDERETTE TO BE NAMED IN THE SUIT AGAINST THE

RAIDERS.

SHE JOINED THE SQUAD IN 2010.

SHE AND THE FIRST PLAINTIFF KNOWN AS LACY T. SAY WHAT THEY PAY THEM DOESN'T

BEGIN TO COVER THE HOURS THEY PUT IN.

" To be a Raiderette, it doesn't just mean you show up on game day and you

work your ten hours and go home. We do practice a lot of hours. "

THIS IS A PROMOTIONAL VIDEO OF LACY T. BOTH WOMEN ARE STILL ON THE RAIDERS

WEBSITE.

"All these girls give their heart and soul and work so hard just to be

cheated. "

HER ATTORNEY SAYS EACH MEMBER IS PAID 125 DOLLARS PER HOME GAME. IN OTHER

WORDS THEY GET PAID FOR PERFORMING AND NOTHING FOR THE HOURS THEY SPEND

REHEARSING, OR PARTICIPATING IN PROMOTIONAL EVENTS.

TAKE OTHER CHEERLEADERS IN THE N-F-L. THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS PAY THEIR

CHEERLEADERS 75 DOLLARS PER GAME AND THEY GET TWO TICKETS AND A PARKING PASS

. THE BALTIMORE RAVENS--ONE HUNDRED AND THEY HAVE TO PRACTICE TWICE A WEEK

AND ATTEND TRAINING CAMP IN JUNE. THE DALLAS COWBOYS PAY 150 DOLLARS,

REHEARSALS ARE INCLUDED.

SHARON VINICK REPRESENTS THE RAIDERETTES WHO ARE SUING. SHE SAYS IT'S GOING

BEYOND WAGES.

"It's not legal to pay people nine months after they begin working, you

have to pay them twice a month. It's not legal to have people skip a meal

and rest break. "

" I looked at the contract, I understood it and I knew what I was walking

into. "

LOREEN LEE IS A FORMER RAIDERETTE. SHE TOLD US MOST WOMEN JOIN KNOWING IT

WILL HELP BOOST THEIR CAREER. LEE OWNS A SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL TRAINING

BUSINESS.

SHE SAYS THERE WERE OTHER WAYS TO GET PAID.

"We have lots of paid promotional events and those events were very

generous. "

THE RAIDERS HAVE YET TO COMMENT. Return to index of stories...


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COMING UP AT 6PM------------


The dogs are my everything."

I think it's ridiculous, I mean that's just an awful lot of taxpayers money."

HOW MUCH?

ALMOST 400 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

IT'S PAYING FOR A DOG PARK IN BONITA.

BUT IS THAT REALLY A GOOD USE OF MONEY.

NEXT AT SIX--

THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST!

3:37 its scary puts you on edge 3:30

PLUS --

A MURDER MYSTERY--

NEXT AT SIX--

SOME NEIGHBORS IN LEHIGH ACRES ARE ON EDGE TONIGHT--

AFTER A MAN'S BODY WAS FOUND IN THE WOODS--

THE NEW DETAILS WE'RE HEARING FROM INVESTIGATORS. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) BONITA DOG PARK-(2)SOTSVO


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TZ 6 2) LEHIGH HOMICIDE-SOTVO


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TZ 6 3) CAPE MODEL HOMES-VO


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CLOSE-2SHOT


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HEADLINES


I don't understand why an animal got into this condition and then

someone dumps it?

TWO DOGS--

SICK--

HURT.

AND DEHYDRATED--

ONE CAN BARELY WALK--

THE OTHER PREGNANT AND IN TERRIBLE SHAPE--

NOW AT SIX--

THE HUNT FOR WHO ABANDONED THEM IN LEE COUNTY.

the real victims here are you and me

STAGED FIRES AND FLOODS--

NEW AT SIX--

THE DOZENS BUSTED FOR DEFRAUDING INSURANCE COMPANIES.

IT'S NOW COSTING ALL OF US.

they are not the only family going through that tragedy.

SAVING YOUNG SWIMMERS--

NEXT AT SIX--

A NAPLES MOTHER TURNS HER PAIN INTO PASSION--

HOW SHE'S WORKING TO KEEP OTHER CHILDREN SAFE AFTER LOSING HER OWN.

YOUR NEWS STARTS RIGHT NOW! Return to index of stories...


HL1) EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-SOTVO


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HL2) FLAME AND FLOOD ARRESTS-SOTVO


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HL3) KIDS DON'T FLOAT-SOTVO


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BIG STORY-CLIP


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EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-VOTOPS


UNDERWEIGHT AND ABANDONED.

TONIGHT -- INVESTIGATORS WANT TO FIND THE PERSON WHO DROPPED OFF TWO SICK DOGS IN FRONT OF LEE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES.

IT HAPPENED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-VO IN POP


GOOD EVENING - I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

AND I'M JEFF BUTERA.

THESE TWO UNHEALTHY PIT BULLS -- WERE LEFT ALONE AT FOUR IN THE MORNING.

NOW THERE'S A REWARD TO FIND WHOEVER DID THIS.

A-B-C 7'S JOE ROETZ JOINS US WITH THE LATEST. Return to index of stories...


EMACIATED DOGS DUMPED-PKG


Cut up, scabbed over and underweight.

Take sot

Ria brown

Wounds, scars on body, dehydrated, at the time and both tested

positive for heart worm.

Ria brown says the man in these images dropped two pit bulls off just

after 4 this morning.

They weren't discovered for two hours.

One- dubbed Harold is so emaciated, he can't even walk.

Another, nicknamed heather- is almost as bad- and is pregnant.

Take sot

8 seconds

I don't understand why an animal got into this condition and then

someone dumps it? Why wouldn't you seek help before now?

Visitors to the shelter are heartbroken dogs would show up like this.

Take sot

Jessica Dykstra - Miami

7 seconds

It should be taken similar to child abuse. It's an animal that can't

fend for themself

Take sot

Jerimiah trusty - fort Myers

I think it's terrible someone would do something like that to a dog-

why would you even own a dog if you are going to treat it that way.

Now the hunt is on to track down the owner- possibly the person in

these pictures.

Animal services says a dog should never be abandoned at its doors.

While it does happen- officials want to catch this person and press

charges because of the animals poor condition.

Take sot

Trusty

The dogs been mistreated. They haven't handled her properly. And should suffer the consquences of mistreating the animal. Return to index of stories...


PYTHON FOUND-2 SS


BRAND NEW AT SIX --

MUST-SEE PICTURES JUST IN TO THE ABC-7 NEWSROOM.

SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT FOUND A HUGE PYTHON --

ABOUT 25 MILES WEST OF MIAMI AND ABOUT FIVE MILES NORTH OF TAMIAMI TRAIL -

THEY WERE INSPECTING A CANAL WHEN THEY FOUND IT.

THIS BIG GUY IS NOW ON THE U-F CAMPUS FOR A NECROPSY.

THEY WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT IT WAS EATING. Return to index of stories...


LEE HOMELESS SEX OFFENDERS MOVED-VO-WIPE


A GROUP OF HOMELESS WHO MADE A CAMP ON PRIVATE PROPERTY IN FORT MYERS MUST LEAVE BY TUESDAY.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING.

OFFICERS FOUND THE SIX - INCLUDING SOME SEX OFFENDERS -- LIVING IN A WOODED AREA OFF VERONICA SHOEMAKER BOULEVARD.

THE PROPERTY OWNER ASKED POLICE TO GET INVOLVED.

THEY CITED ALL SIX WITH TRESPASSING. Return to index of stories...


LEE HOMELESS SEX OFFENDERS MOVED-SOTVO


Capt. Jim mulligan

FMPD

28:16 28:27

We knew they had belongings with them whether its personal effects, clothing, tents, we couldn't just get there today and say you gotta be gone today. there's just no way for them to get that stuff out of there, they didn't have the means

LEE COUNTY'S HOMELESS COALITION IS WORKING WITH THIS GROUP TO FIND THEM ANOTHER PLACE TO LIVE.

IF THEY ARE NOT GONE BY TUESDAY OFFICERS CAN ARREST THEM. Return to index of stories...


FLAME AND FLOOD ARRESTS-SS VOWIPE


NEW AT SIX --

MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE ROUNDED UP IN A MASSIVE INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME WITH TIES TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THESE PEOPLE STAGED FIRES AND FLOODS AT HOUSES THEN POCKETED INSURANCE PAY OUTS.

THEY WERE ARRESTED TUESDAY.

ONE OF THE PHONY "ACCIDENTS" HAPPENED AT A HOUSE ON EAST TENTH STREET IN LEHIGH ACRES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY TWO PUBLIC INSURANCE ADJUSTORS RECRUITED HOMEOWNERS TO STAGE KITCHEN AND VEHICLE FIRES -- OR FLOODING.

AUTHORITIES SAY THEY STOLE NEARLY 8-MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH FALSE INSURANCE CLAIMS.

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FLAME AND FLOOD ARRESTS-SOTVO


Tim Shaw

CEO of Tim Shaw Insurance Acentria

21:37 it's very significant, all fraud is significant. 40 what most ppl domnt realize is insurance companies don't pay claims, you and i pay claims. so the real victims here are you and me 47

INVESTIGATORS SAY THESE SUSPECTS WERE GOOD AT COVERING THEIR TRACKS AND MAKING THE FIRES OR FLOODS SEEM ACCIDENTAL.

IF NOT FOR A TIP FROM SOMEONE FACING FEDERAL CHARGES -- THIS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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LEHIGH HOMICIDE-BNC VOWIPE


DEVELOPING TONIGHT IN LEHIGH ACRES.

DEPUTIES JUST FOUND A BODY IN A WOODED AREA.

DEPUTIES CALL IT A DEATH INVESTIGATION.

THEY WILL NOT SAY HOW THE VICTIM DIED.

ABC7'S CHRISTINA LUSBY IS ON THIS STORY - DIGGING UP DETAILS AND GETTING MORE FROM NEIGHBORS.

CHRISTINA. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH HOMICIDE-PKG


TUCKED IN BETWEEN A LEHIGH NEIGHBORHOOD AND BANK--

A CRIME SCENE TENT COVERED A MAN'S DEAD BODY.

Richard Pisano

Lives Nearby

3:13 they just said there was a homicide and one person is dead 3:18

DEPUTIES SAY THERE WAS AN INJURY ON THE BODY--

BUT THEY ARE WAITING ON AN AUTOPSY TO REVEAL THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

A SHORT WAY FROM THE TENT--

A BICYCLE.

Richard Pisano

Lives Nearby

2:14 i heard the guy had a bicycle so i wanted to come over and see what kind of bicycle and if i knew it but i don't 2:20

AS INVESTIGATORS TOOK A BLUE TARP--

FILLED WITH WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE EVIDENCE--

NEIGHBOR JERRY SOTO WELCOMED US IN HIS HOME--

ALLOWING US TO GET A LOOK OUT HIS BACK WINDOW.

Jerry Soto

Lives Nearby

10:27 i am really surprised 10:32 quite neighborhood

AS DEPUTIES TRY TO IDENTIFY THE MAN'S BODY--

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

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NFM FATAL FIRE-SS VO


FIREFIGHTERS FOUND A MAN'S BODY AT THE SCENE OF A NORTH FORT MYERS FIRE OVERNIGHT.

FLAMES BROKE OUT AT AN ABANDONED MOTEL ON LAUREL DRIVE AND TAMIAMAI TRAIL.

FIRE INVESTIGATORS TELL US THE MAN WAS HOMELESS - AND LOOKING FOR SHELTER FOR THE NIGHT.

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES AND THE NORTH FORT MYERS FIRE DEPARTMENT ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THIS FIRE STARTED - AND THE MAN'S NAME. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL BUS CRASH-VOWIPE


SIX STUDENTS GOT HURT AFTER THEIR SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CRASHED THIS MORNING.

IT HAPPENED JUST OFF RADIO ROAD IN EAST NAPLES.

A BUS AND TWO CARS WERE INVOLVED IN THIS CRASH.

ALL INJURIES ARE NOT LIFE THREATENING.

TROOPERS SAY THE DRIVER DIDN'T SEE TRAFFIC STOPPED IN FRONT OF HIM AND SLAMMED INTO A CAR.

THAT CAUSED A CHAIN REACTION.

THEY CITED THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER WITH CARELESS DRIVING. Return to index of stories...


FM MOTORCYCLE CRASH-VO


TONIGHT -- A MOTORCYCLE DRIVER IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER CRASHING INTO A CAR.

IT HAPPENED AT THE BASE OF THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE IN FORT MYERS.

RUSTIN DAY WAS RUSHED TO LEE MEMORIAL.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SPEED AND ALCOHOL OR DRUGS ARE FACTORS IN THE CRASH. Return to index of stories...


MAN ROBS HOTEL-VOTOPS


NEW VIDEO INTO THE NEWSROOM TONIGHT -- OF A HOTEL ROBBERY.

WATCH AS THIS MAN JUMPS OVER THE COUNTER OF THE FAIRFIELD INN ON CYPRESS TERRACE.

THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE RELEASED THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF LAST WEEK'S ROBBERY.

NOBODY WAS AT THE DESK LAST WEEK WHEN THE MAN GRABBED CASH AND FLED.

DEPUTIES ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE ROBBER. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MODEL HOMES-VO-WIPE


CAPE CORAL MODEL HOMES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK.

SINCE 2011. THE NUMBER OF HOMES BUILT AS MODELS HAS NEARLY DOUBLED.

TODAY CAPE CORAL'S PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD ADDED ANOTHER ONE TO THE LIST.

BUT AS ABC7 UNCOVERED. IT'S WHERE SOME OF THESE HOMES ARE BEING BUILT. HAS SOME SAYING NOT IN MY BACKYARD.

84 YEAR OLD JOE RUSSO IS ONE OF THOSE VOICES.

WHILE RUSSO IS IN FAVOR OF GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S LARGEST CITY.

HE DOESN'T LIKE THE IDEA OF STRANGERS INVADING HIS PERSONAL PARADISE OFF SOUTHWEST 28TH PLACE. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MODEL HOMES-SOTVO


"In five years I'll be 89 years old if I'm lucky enough to get that so that means the end of my life is going to be in a situation that I had no control of and I didn't ask for when I bought my property."

DEVELOPERS TELL US THEY'LL BE WORKING WITH RESIDENTS TO MAKE SURE THE HOMES DON'T VIOLATE THEIR PRIVACY.

THEY SAY THE REASONING BEHIND DEVELOPMENT IN CURRENT RESIDENTIAL AREAS IS THAT THE HOMES SERVE THEIR PURPOSE AS MODELS THEY ARE ARE EASIER TO CONVERT BACK. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DOG PARK-OC SS OCTAG


A DOG PARK.

A PARK FOR DOGS WITH A PRICE TAG OF 390-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

TONIGHT - BONITA SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO SPEND THAT TO BUILD THE PARK.

THEY ALREADY APPROVED THE PARK AND 300-THOUSAND

TONIGHT THEY MUST DECIDE WHETHER TO SPEND *MORE MONEY.

THE PARK WILL BE 17 ACRES ON EAST TERRY STREET - NEAR MATHESON AVENUE.

A-B-C'S JOELLE PARKS JOINS US LIVE RIGHT NOW.

JOELLE - FOR US DOG LOVER THIS IS A GREAT THING -

FOR OTHERS. THE MONEY COULD BE TOUGH TO SWALLOW. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DOG PARK-TC MON


IT'S A LOT OF MONEY,

BUT WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT GRASS WITH A FENCE AROUND IT HERE.

THE GROUNDWORK TO MAKE IT HAPPEN IS EXTENSIVE,

INCLUDING IRRIGATING THE LAND SO IT DOESN'T FLOOD AND REPLACING AN AGING BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS THE PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DOG PARK-VOWIPE


TAKE A LOOK-

HERE'S WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE IF THE EXTRA 90-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS APPROVED TONIGHT.

YOU CAN SEE THE 3 AREAS ARE SEPARATED BY DOG SIZE.

THIS COMES AFTER TAXPAYERS VOTED,

SAYING THIS IS WHAT THEY WANTED ON THE CITY'S VACANT LAND.

AMENITIES LIKE THE ONES AT THIS PARK IN ESTERO WILL INCLUDE DOG WATER FOUNTAINS, WASH STATIONS AND SHADED PAVILIONS.

BUT NOT EVERYONE'S ON BOARD WITH SPENDING EVEN MORE CASH. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DOG PARK-SOT SS


13:28:35-46

Kathy DiGiovanni, Bonita Springs

I think there's a lot if other worthy causes in this area, particularly in this area that could use 390,000 rather than the dogs

11:35:53-04

John Sheehan, Lee County

I think that's very reasonable, even if they added a small fee people would pay it, I really do. They enjoy it that my h and I know I do.'

THERE'S 7 OTHER PLACES IN LEE COUNTY YOU CAN TAKE YOUR DOGS AND LET THEM RUN OFF THEIR LEASH.

THEY'RE LOCATED AROUND THE COUNTY.

6 ARE ACTUAL PARKS AND ONE IS A BEACH. Return to index of stories...


BONITA DOG PARK-TC MON TAG


COUNCIL IS SET TO VOTE ON THE PLAN TONIGHT.

IF APPROVED, THE NEW DOG PARK WILL OPEN IN JUNE.

COUNT ON US TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Return to index of stories...


PG SEAWALL LATEST-VO


NEW TONIGHT -- PUNTA GORDA *JUST* DISCOVERED *EVEN MORE* DAMAGE TO THEIR SEAWALLS --

MONTHS AFTER HEAVY RAIN THIS PAST SUMMER.

THE STORMS CAUSED HUNDREDS OF SEAWALLS TO COLLAPSE AROUND THE CITY COSTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REPAIR.

YOU'RE LOOKING AT ONE SEAWALL OFFICIALS SECTIONED OFF IN LAISHLEY PARK DOWNTOWN.

THE COUNTY'S ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE THE REPAIR - SO TODAY - THEY ASKED CITY COUNCIL FOR THE FUNDS.

IT'S GOING TO COST ABOUT 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIX.

CITY ENGINEERS TELL US IT'S ALREADY TILTING BADLY AND IF THEY DON'T TAKE CARE OF IT SOON -- IT'LL TOPPLE INTO CHARLOTTE HARBOR. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


FROM POOLS -- TO LAKES - TO THE GULF OF MEXICO -- PLACES TO SWIM ARE LIMITLESS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE -- AND THAT MEANS PLENTY OF UNFORTUNATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DROWNINGS --

COMING UP -- HOW SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS COMING TOGETHER TO CHANGE THAT --

PLUS - YOU MAY THINK THIS IS DISGUSTING -- BUT ONE MAN SAYS HE'S TAKING DUMPSTER DIVING TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL -- WE'LL EXPLAIN --

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


TZ1 A KIDS DON'T FLOAT-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B DUMPSTER DIVING-VOTOPS


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JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


RAIN CHANCES CONTINUE

It was a somewhat cloudy and warm day across the area Wednesday, with highs in the low to mid 80s. Expect the clouds to continue this evening, with temps holding in the 70s. Areas of fog may develop later tonight, with lows holding in the upper 60s.

Our frontal system stays near the region Thursday. This will again result in plenty of cloud cover and a chance for scattered showers across the area. Thursday will also be muggy, with highs climbing into the low 80s.

The mostly cloudy skies remain in place for Friday, with a lesser chance of a rain shower. Highs to close the work week will hold in the low 80s.

We start the weekend with some sunshine, then scattered showers will likely develop late in the day. Saturday will again be muggy, with highs staying in the low 80s.

The frontal boundary finally moves through the area Sunday. This will end the rain chance and bring cooler conditions. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 70s.

We start next week on a quiet and sunny note. Monday will feature plenty of sunshine with comfortable highs in the upper 70s.

Most of next week again looks fairly quiet, with temps slowly warming into the low 80s by midweek. Return to index of stories...


KIDS DON'T FLOAT-TC MON


DROWNING IN COLLIER COUNTY IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF CHILDREN UP TO 4 YEARS OLD.

3 DIED LAST YEAR.

5 IN 2011.

SO --

TODAY DOZENS OF AGENCIES BANDED TOGETHER TO SAVE SWIMMERS.

AND A-B-C 7'S BRYAN ANDERSON SAT DOWN WITH ONE DROWNING VICTIM'S FAMILY -- WHO ARE LEADING THE PUSH. Return to index of stories...


KIDS DON'T FLOAT-PKG


NAPLES MOTHER MISAELA GONZALEZ SAYS THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE LOSING HER TWO YEAR DAUGHTER DANIELA THIS SUMMER.

:50:41

SHE TELLS US IT'S SOMETHING I FEEL IN MY CHEST.

JUNE 28TH A FAMILY OUTING AT SUGDEN PARK TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE THEY WILL NEVER FORGET.

49:18

"I heard my son yelling."

BUTT TO

49:25

Mami Daniela Daniela!

STANDUP

01:24:36-:44

Daniela's family says the tragedy happened as they were packing up to leave. They say in a split second disappeared and they found her here in the water.

49:40

"I ran over, but she was already purple."

GONZALEZ SAYS I RAN OVER BUT SHE WAS ALREADY PURPLE.

7 MONTHS LATER, MORE THAN 50 LOCAL AGENCIES GATHERED TODAY AT SUGDEN PARK.

THEY HELPED KICK OFF A NEW NCH SAFE AND HEALTHY CHILDREN'S COALITION INTIATIVE CALLED "KIDS DON'T FLOAT, LIFEJACKETS DO."

IT'S A DIRECT RESULT OF DANIELA'S TRAGIC DEATH.

Donna Fiala, Collier County County Commissioner

01:14:16-:25

If nothing else, she has accomplished, her daughter has accomplished saving many other children's lives.

US COAST GUARD AUXILIARY OFFICIALS ALSO SET UP LOANER LIFE JACKET STATIONS AT CLAM PASS, VANDERBILT BEACH, SOUTH MARCO ISLAND, AND TIGERTAIL BEACH.

TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DONATIONS COVERED THE COSTS.

EVENTUALLY THE COALITION WANTS TO INSTALL THEM AT ALL 52 BEACH ACCESS POINTS IN COLLIER COUNTY.

ALL IN MEMORY OF LIVES LOST TO DROWNING.

paula DiGrigola, NCH Safe&Healthy Children's Coalition

01:23:14-:18

We are doing it for her and it's just because we know they are not the only family going through that tragedy.

EVEN THOUGH IT'S TOO LATE FOR DANIELA STANDS BEHIND THIS INITIATIVE.

:53:21

SPANISH-SAYING IT'S GOING TO AVOID OTHER FAMILIES GOING THROUGH THE SAME SUFFERING AND PAIN I'M GOING THROUGH.

IN COLLIER COUNTY, BRYAN ANDERSON, ABC7. Return to index of stories...


DUMPSTER DIVING PROFESSOR-VOWIPE


HAVE YOU HEARD OF DUMPSTER DIVING?

WHAT ABOUT DUMPSTER LIVING?

THAT'S THE GOAL OF A TEXAS PROFESSOR AND HIS LATEST PROJECT.

HE WANTS TO TURN A DUMPSTER INTO A LIVABLE SPACE.

IT'S AN EXPERIEMET TO SHOW HIS STUDENTS THAT PEOPLE CAN LIVE WITH LESS.

THE PROJECT IS TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING.

THE PROFESSOR WILL LILVE IN THE DUMPSTER FOR A YEAR. Return to index of stories...


DUMPSTER DIVING PROFESSOR-SOTVO


"I would like to show that it can be done. We will see if that pans out. If you really can live in one percent the size. Use one percent the water."

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COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


IT IS NATIONAL SIGNING DAY. JIMBO FISHER IS RESTOCKING THE FRIDGE AT FLORIDA STATE.

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TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


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TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


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TZ 7 1) MANGRO CUTTING-VOTOPS-WIPE


A CONTRACTOR FIXING THE FLOODING PROBLEM IN PUNTA GORDA--

IS IN MAJOR TROUBLE TONIGHt.

WHAT HE DID THAT HE SHOULD NOT HAVE --

AND WHY IT WILL TAKE YEARS TO FIX THE PROBLEM. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) HAPPY VIDEO-VOTOPS


LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS--

TRYING TO GET STUDENTS MORE INVOLVED.

WHY STUDENTS ARE ALL FOR IT. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


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SIGNING DAY-VOPOP


IT IS SIGNING DAY HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. A DAY WHEN THE PEN "IS" MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD. IS ALSO A DAY WHEN 300 POUND LINEMEN SHARE THE STAGE WITH IVY LEAGUE TENNIS STARS. Return to index of stories...


SIGNING DAY-VOTOPS


FIRST STOP. IMMOKALEE

ONCE AGAIN THE INDIANS. PRODUCING STOP BIGTIME FOOTBALL TALENT.

JC JACKSON. WHO WAS A HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN. HE WILL PLAY AT FLORIDA.

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SIGNING DAY-SOTTOPS


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IDA BAKER-VOTOPS


LET'S HEAD OVER TO THE CAPE.

IDA BAKER HAD ITS BIGGEST SIGNING DAY SO FAR.

DEFENSIVE BACK ROY DENSON IS OFF TO PLAY AT BALL STATE

LEVI WALTON. IS HEADING ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THE ARIZONA WILDCATS.

AND TRAYVON CLARKE. WILL SERVE HIS COUNTRY AND PLAY FOOTBALL AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY Return to index of stories...


IDA BAKER-SOTTOPS


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NAPLES-VOTOPS


TODAY WASN'T ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL

OVER AT NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL FRANCESCA FISHER SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE TO PLAY SOCCER AT LOUISVILLE.

HER SISTER MARISSA. IS GOING TO PALM BEACH ATLANTIC.

AND NIKKI KALLENBERG IS NOT JUST A TENNIS STAR. SHE'S GOT SOME BRAIN POWER AS WELL. SHE WILL PLAY TENNIS AT HARVARD. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES-SOTVO


CONTINUE VO

WE WENT TO 12 SCHOOLS AROUND THE AREA FOR NATIONAL SIGNING DAY.

YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE ABC-7.COM TO SEE ALL 12 AND HEAR FROM SOME OF THESE GREAT STUDENT ATHLETES. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA STATE-POPMON


JIMBO FISHERS BUSINESS CARD READS. HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT FLORIDA STATE. WHAT IT SHOULD READ IS TRAVELING SALESMAN. FISHER HAS BEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR LOOKING FOR THE BEST FOOTBALL TALENT IN THE COUNTRY. AND WHATEVER HE'S SELLING. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PLAYERS ARE BUYING. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA STATE-VIDBOX


ACCORDING TO ESPN. FLORIDA STATE HAS THE NUMBER 3 RECRUITING CLASS IN THE NATION. SIGNING 29 PLAYERS. INCLUDING 3 -- 5 STAR RECRUITS.

YOU SEE FLORIDA AT 6 AND MIAMI AT 10.

OF COURSE. THE SEMINOLES ARE FRESH OFF THEIR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WHICH DOES NOT HURT RECRUITING. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA STATE-SOTTOPS


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BISHOP VEROT-CGTOPS


THE BISHOP VEROT SOCCER TEAM. IS LOOKING TO ADVANCE TO THE STATE TITLE GAME.

THE VIKINGS WILL PLAY TRINITY CATHOLIC IN A MATTER OF MINUTES.

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GOODBYE-4SHOT


4SHOTAD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...