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DIRECTORS PAGE BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP
NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP STUDENT BEATEN UP-SOTVO-OC-SS
TS 1) GAY STUDENT BEATEN-VOTOPS STUDENT BEATEN UP-PKG
TS 2) DRIVEBY SHOOTING-VOTOPS STUDENT BEATEN UP-oc tag
TS 3) LITTLE KICKED OUT-VOTOPS STORAGE SHED LATEST-BNC (3)SS
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP STORAGE SHED LATEST-PKG
SOCHI PLANE THREAT-POP-SS-VO-POP DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP DRIVE BY SHOOTING-TCMON SS-VO
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL-TCMON DRIVE BY SHOOTING-SOTVO
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL-PKG ALVA HOUSE FIRE-VOWIPE
PA WITHOUT POWER-VO ALVA HOUSE FIRE-SOTVO
PA WITHOUT POWER-SOTVO IRS SCAM-OTS VOWIPE
DETROIT WATER MAIN RESCUES-VO IRS SCAM-SOTVO
JANUARY JOBS REPORT-VO CAPE RECOUNT LATEST-VO
STUDENTS SICK FROM RICE-VO THE BENACQUISTO INTERVIEW-VOWIPE
TEEN PAID TO PUNCH KID-SOTVO THE BENACQUISTO INTERVIEW-SOTVO
TEEN PAID TO PUNCH KID-SOTVO CHARCO SEPTIC CONTROVERSY-VOWIPE
MI POLICE CHASE-VO CHARCO SEPTIC CONTROVERSY-SOTVO
TRAIN AX ON TAPE-VO FLOOD INSURANCE-VOWIPE
VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWERS-TCMON FLOOD INSURANCE-SOTVO-BNR
VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWERS-PKG NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWERS-OC TAG TEASE ONE
NO SMOKING IN PARKS-VOWIPE TZ1 A BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-VOTOPS
NO SMOKING IN PARKS-SOTVO TZ1 B OLDEST FOOTPRINT-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
TEASE FOUR------------ WEATHER-PWC
TZ4 A COKE COMMERCIAL CONTROVERSY-SOTVO WEATHER-WXWALL
TZ4 B WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-VO BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-TC MON
OREGON SNOW-VOTOPS BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-PKG
STORM WARN JP OPEN-CLIP BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-OC TAG
FORECAST-PHC OLDEST FOOTPRINT-VOWIPE
FORECAST-WXWALL OLDEST FOOTPRINT-SOTVO
COKE COMMERCIAL CONTROVERSY-OTS COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
COKE COMMERCIAL CONTROVERSY-PKG TEASE TWO-POP
BEATLES 50TH ANNIVERSARY-VO TZ2 SPORTS-VO
OPRAH ON BROADWAY-VO WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
CHOCOLATE FASHION-VO TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ 7 1) IRS SCAM-SOTVO
TEASE FIVE------------ TZ 7 2) BIEBER JAIL VIDEO-VOTOPS
TZ5 A WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-SOTVO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-OC FGCU MEN-POPMON
WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-PKG FGCU MEN-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS
TZ 6 1) SOCHI PLAN THREAT-VOTOPS EAGLE WOMEN-SOTTOPS
TZ 6 2) STORAGE SHED LATEST-SOTVO PEBBLE BEACH-POPMON
TZ 6 3) BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-VOTOPS PEBBLE BEACH-VOTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT ISLAND COAST-VOTOPS
HEADLINES FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS
HL1) STUDENT BEATEN UP-SOTVO FLORIDA GATORS-SOTTOPS
HL2) DRIVE BY SHOOTING-VOTOPS MATT LAPORTA-VOTOPS
HL3) BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-SOTVO FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP GOODBYE-4SHOT
SOCHI PLAN THREAT-OC-SS-VO  


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NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP


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TS 1) GAY STUDENT BEATEN-VOTOPS


LET'S RUN DOWN YOUR HEADLINES AT 530!

A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SAYS HE WAS ATTACKED AT SCHOOL BY ANOTHER STUDENT -- BECAUSE HE IS OPENLY GAY.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED THE SUSPECTED ATTACKER.

BUT THEY WON'T CALL THIS A HATE CRIME.

INSTEAD --

18 YEAR OLD JAMES GRIFFIN FACES BATTERY CHARGES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE PROVOKED A FIGHT WITH AN OPENLY GAY STUDENT AT EAST LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IN LEHIGH ACRES.

THE 300 POUND STUDENT PUNCHED HIM SEVERAL TIMES AND MADE GAY SLURS. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) DRIVEBY SHOOTING-VOTOPS


POLICE ARE ON THE HUNT TONIGHT FOR THE SUSPECT IN A DRIVE BY SHOOTING EARLY THIS MORNING IN FORT MYERS.

IT HAPPENED ON STATE ROAD 82 NEAR FORUM DRUIVE.

THREE MEN WERE INJURED - ONE CRITICALLY.

INVESTIGATORS DON'T BELIEVE THIS WAS A RANDOM SHOOTING. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) LITTLE KICKED OUT-VOTOPS


ACCUSED LEE COUNTY CHILD MOLESTER ROBERT LITTLE --

HAS JUST BEEN KICKED OUT OF HIS APARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO A LETTER FROM THE DIOCESE OF VENICE --

HE WAS ASKED TO LEAVE TODAY.

HE WAS LIVING ON CHURCH PROPERTY --

WHERE HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED.

DEPUTIES ACCUSED HIM OF INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A YOUNG BOY. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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SOCHI PLANE THREAT-POP-SS-VO-POP


WE ALSO WANT TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON BREAKING NEWS!

WE'VE LEARNED MORE ABOUT A BOMB THREAT --

ON A PEGASUS AIRLINES FLIGHT FROM UKRAINE TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY.

A HIJACKER. SEEN HERE. DEMANDED THE PLANE BE RE-ROUTED TO SOCHI, RUSSIA --

WHERE THE OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE OLYMPICS JUST TOOK PLACE.

THE PILOT AGREED TO FLY TO SOCHI.

BUT HE ACTUALLY KEPT FLYING TO ISTANBUL.

AS SOON AS THE PLANE ENTERED TURKISH AIRSPACE --

THE PILOTS TRIPPED AN ALARM.

A DISTRESS SIGNAL WENT OFF --

INDICATING A HOSTAGE SITUATION.

F-16 FIGHTER JETS THEN SCRAMBLED TO ESCORT THE PLANE TO THE GROUND.

TURKISH AUTHORITIES TOOK THE SUSPECT INTO CUSTODY --

THEY SAY HE SEEMED DRUNK.

AND A U-S OFFICIAL IS NOW TELLING A-B-C NEWS --

THAT APPEARS 99 PERCENT LIKELY TO BE TRUE.

NO EXPLOSIVES WERE FOUND. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL-TCMON


THE TRIAL OF A MAN WHO PROSECUTORS SAY SHOT AND KILLED AN UNARMED TEEN AT A JACKSONVILLE GAS STATION OVER LOUD MUSIC.

MICHAEL DUNN IS CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 17-YEAR-OLD JORDAN DAVIS IN 2012.

AS A-B-C'S DEVIN DWYER REPORTS -- BOTH SIDES ARE ARGUING OVER WHETHER THE TEEN WAS ARMED.

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MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL-PKG


SCRIPT:

Today a Florida jury heard how an argument over loud music ended up with a

Georgia teen dead.

SOT/Witness- When Jordan was hit everyone went into a panic.

Panic over multiple gunshots fired at them -3 of which struck 17-year-old

Jordan Davis. He and three friends were parked in a convenience store lot.

NATS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO

14:18:36 gun shots

14:18:49 omg somebody is shooting-somebody is shooting another car!

Behind the semi-automatic pistol, 47-year-old Michael Dunn. The Florida

software developer fired 10 shots into Davis' SUV, then fled the scene.

When police and paramedics arrived, they found Davis slumped over in the

backseat.

SOT/OFFICER HOLMES: I saw young black man sitting on the driver's side

passenger seat. sobbing uncontrollably he was cradling anther young black

male's head.

It all began as a dispute over bone-rattling loud music coming from Davis'

car. Dunn asked the teens to turn the volume down.

SOT/Witness -1:15 He said can you turn the music down. I can't hear myself

think.

Prosecutors say Dunn then got aggressive. But the defense tells a different

story. claiming that Davis threated Dunn's life with a weapon.

SOT/Dan Abrams- This is classic self-defense. He is saying he reasonably

believed that he was in danger for his safety or his life.

Police say no gun was found in Davis' SUV. And witnesses today, disputed the

defense account.

SOT/Prosecutor -11:57 At any point that night did you see anyone take a

weapon of any kind out of that car?

SOT/ Witness - No sir

Dunn has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and the attempted murder

of three others.

CLOSE: The jury will be sequestered throughout this trial. They're expected

to begin deliberations on a verdict next week.

Tevin Thompson / Witness

:06-:09

Officer Robert Homes

:37-:49

Leland Brunson

:57-1:00

Dan Abrams

ABC News' Chief Legal Affairs Anchor

John Guy / Assistant State Attorney

1:23-1:28

DEVIN DWYER

ABC NEWS, NEW YORK

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PA WITHOUT POWER-VO


THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE REMAIN IN THE DARK IN PENNSYLVANIA TONIGHT --

A FULL THREE DAYS AFTER THAT POWERFUL WINTER STORM SWEPT THROUGH THE NORTHEAST.

IT'S BEEN UNBEARABLE IN PHILADELPHIA!

CITY OFFICIALS ARE NOW CALLING FOR HELP FROM UTILITY CREWS AS FAR AWAY AS CANADA.

BUT TONIGHT -- RELIEF COULD STILL BE DAYS AWAY --

EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT OBAMA DECLARED THE AREA A DISASTER ZONE. Return to index of stories...


PA WITHOUT POWER-SOTVO


"I live outside the district. I almost kind of feel guilty when I come in to work over the last couple days to see the devastation in the area."

BUSINESS OWNERS SAY --

THEY'RE FEELING THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE WINTER STORM TOO.

THE OWNER OF A BAKERY SAYS HER BUSINESS HAS LOST NEARLY 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

IF YOU'VE GOT FAMILY AND FRIENDS UP THERE --

KEEP WATCHING A-B-C 7.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW HOW THEY'RE DOING. Return to index of stories...


DETROIT WATER MAIN RESCUES-VO


FIRST RESPONDERS IN DETROIT MADE SOME DRAMATIC RESCUES THIS MORNING.

A WATERMAIN BROKE AND STRANDED DRIVERS IN FREEZING WATER.

CREWS USED A FRONT-LOADER TO GET TO TRAPPED CARS.

THEY PULLED A DRIVER FROM THE WINDOW OF THIS MINIVAN AND THEN DROVE TO ANOTHER CAR NEARLY UNDERWATER.

THEY RESCUED THAT DRIVER.

THE COLD WEATHER LIKELY CAUSED THE BREAK.

CREWS ARE WORKING TO FIX IT.

IT COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS. Return to index of stories...


JANUARY JOBS REPORT-VO


CALL IT A MIX BAG.

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS --

FROM THE LATEST JOB REPORT.

THE ECONOMY CREATED 113-THOUSAND JOBS IN JANUARY.

THAT'S MORE THAN DECEMBER.

BUT LESS THAN EXPECTED.

UNEMPLOYMENT'S DOWN TO SIX-POINT-SIX-PERCENT IN THE U-S --

THE LOWEST RATE SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE.

BUT IT'S TEPID GROWTH.

AND ANALYSTS FEAR THE ECONOMY'S GROWTH HAS STALLED AFTER A STRONG FINISH TO LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


STUDENTS SICK FROM RICE-VO


SCHOOL OFFICIALS IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWN --

THINK RECALLED RICE MADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SICK.

RIGHT AFTER LUNCH -- THE COMPLAINTS STARTED FLOODING IN.

THE KIDS STRUGGLED TO BREATHE.

THEY SPOTTED RASHES.

THEY ITCHED.

THEY FELT OVERHEATED.

WITHIN HOURS OF THE OUTBREAK --

INVESTIGATORS TIED THE SICKNESS TO THE UNCLE BEN'S MEXICAN RICE THE SCHOOL SERVED FOR LUNCH.

THAT RICE WAS RECALLED A MONTH AGO.

NOW PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW HOW THEY SCHOOL MISSED THAT. Return to index of stories...


TEEN PAID TO PUNCH KID-SOTVO


A TENNESSEE TEEN PAID TO BEAT UP ANOTHER TEEN IS APOLOGIZNG.

THE 14-YEAR-OLD IS CHARGED WITH AGGRIVATED ASSAULT.

"I'm very sorry for what I did. I shouldn't have done it. It was wrong.

VIDEO OF THE FIGHT IS VIRAL.

IT SHOWS THE 14-YEAR-OLD SLUGGING A MUCH SMALLER 13-YEAR-OLD BOY.

THAT HIT BROKE THE VICTIM'S JAW

SINCE THIS 14-YEAR-OLD IS A MINOR HE IS NOT SHOWING HIS FACE AS HE TALKS ABOUT WHAT HE DID. Return to index of stories...


TEEN PAID TO PUNCH KID-SOTVO


"When you're doing it, you don't really think about the consequences. You just try to act cool and then whenever you do get in trouble for it, you realize you shouldn't have done it."

THE ACT WAS PLANNED AND RECORDED SO THAT MEANS PROSECUTORS COULD TRANSFER THE CASE FROM JUVENILE TO CRIMINAL COURT.

THE 14-YEAR-OLD IS TALKING OUT BECAUSE HE CAN'T CONTACT THE VICTIM OR HIS FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


MI POLICE CHASE-VO


WE'VE GOT TWO MUST-SEE VIDEOS NOW ON 7.

UP FIRST --

A DAD, MOM, AND SON --

LED POLICE ON A CHASE THROUGH THE SNOWY STREETS OF DETROIT.

AND OFFICERS THINK THE PEOPLE IN THIS CAR --

ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF HEROIN.

COPS SAW THE CAR GOING THE WRONG WAY ON A BUSY FREEWAY.

WHEN THEY PURSUED --

THE DRIVER TOOK THEM ON A CHASE --

WEAVING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC.

BUT THEIR RUN ENDED WHEN THEY CRASHED INTO ANOTHER CAR.

THE DRIVER'S UNDER ARREST. Return to index of stories...


TRAIN AX ON TAPE-VO


THE OTHER MUST-SEE-VIDEO!

A COLORADO TRAIN DERAILED.

AND IT SENT A LARGE PIECE OF THE TRAIN ROLLING TOWARD A CAR!

TAKE A LOOK!

A DRIVER WAS WAITING TO CROSS THE TRACKS -- WHEN THE TRAIN CAME DIRECTLY AT HIM.

HE'S BACKING UP --

JUST IN TIME TO GET OUT OF THE WAY OF A 2-THOUSAND POUND STEEL PROJECTILE.

A U-P-S DRIVER ALSO ESCAPED A CLOSE CALL.

ONE OF THE TRAIN'S WHEELS CRASHED INTO A GAS STAION -- TAKING OUT TWO COLUMNS.

RAILWAY WORKERS PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER -- TO GET THE 17-CARS BACK ON TRACK.

NO ONE GOT HURT. Return to index of stories...


VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWERS-TCMON


***TCMON***

WITH VALENTINE'S DAY JUST A WEEK AWAY -- EVERYONE'S RUSHING TO BUY FLOWERS.

TWO BILLION DOLLARS WORTH WILL BE SOLD THIS HOLIDAY ALONE.

ARE YOU REALLY GETTING WHAT YOU PAY FOR?

JEFF ROSSEN INVESTIGATES FOR YOU.

SEE WHAT HE FOUND. Return to index of stories...


VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWERS-PKG


HERE COMES VALENTINES DAY.

NATS CHICAGO ARRIVAL @ 1:11:21

Kate: Thank you!

NATS NEW YORK ARRIVAL @ 00:11:04

Jovanna: Thank you!

AND WE'RE SENDING FLOWERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.FROM ILLINOIS.TO NEW YORK, AND L-A.

NATS LA ARRIVAL @ 13:16:53

Robert: The flowers are here.

ORDERING FROM SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE BUSINESS.1-800 FLOWERS.TELEFLORA.AND F-T-D.

AT 1800FLOWERS--WE PAY FOR THE "MODERN EMBRACE" ARRANGEMENT--PRICE? 59.99.JUST LOOK AT THOSE ENORMOUS ROSES AND LILIES.

NAT FROM CHICAGO ARRIVAL @ 1:12:47

Very cool and modern and a lot like the picture.

IN ILLINOIS AND NEW YORK, THE ARRANGEMENTS ARRIVED LOOKING PRETTY CLOSE TO THE ADS.BUT IN L-A.

NAT FROM LA ARRIVAL @ 13:24:00

While the ad shows 8 lilies, the bouquet that showed up only has 5 / 13:28:37 If I'm paying for 8 lillies, I don't want 5.

NATS--DOORBELL NYC ARRIVAL @ 08:40:11

OUR RESULTS FOR TELEFLORA WERE INCONSISTENT TOO. DIFFERENT IN EVERY LOCATION. WE ORDERED THE "MOONLIGHT KISS" BOUQUET. PRICE: 54.95. A HUGE PLOOM OF FLOWERS.

NATS Jovanna unwrapping flowers NYC Arrival @ 09:21:10

BUT IN NEW YORK THAT'S NOT WHAT WE GOT.

SOT NYC ARRIVAL JOVANNA REDO.03 @ 02:51:28

It doesn't look as full or as beautiful as the picture and some of these flowers are wilting./04:04:29This lily's got a lot of brown on it.

BUT THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF ALL, CAME FROM F-T-D. WE ORDERED THE "EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE" BOUQUET FOR $49.99. ONLINE.LOOK.A VIRBANT BOUQUET.

IN ILLINOIS, WE GOT THIS.

SOT CHICAGO: 01:03:30

It looks a little sparse right now and not as tall as the picture.

IN L-A.

SOT LA: 13:21:55

Some of the flowers look a little wilted. They look a little old.

AT LEAST THEY SHOWED UP. IN NEW YORK.WE WAITED.AND WAITED.AND WAITED.

SOT JOVANNA NYC DELIVERY @ 7:41:11

I'd love to show you the FTD bouquet.but it never arrived.

THREE DAYS LATER FTD SENT FLOWERS, AND REFUNDED OUR MONEY. Return to index of stories...


VALENTINE'S DAY FLOWERS-OC TAG


THAT WAS JEFF ROSSEN REPORTING

1-800 FLOWERS REPRESENATIVES IS LOOKING TO MAKE CHANGES TO FIX PROBLEMS.

THEY'RE TESTING NEW TECHNOLOGY.

A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FLORIST WOULD SEND YOU A PHOTO OF THE ACTUAL BOUQUET FOR APPROVAL BEFORE DELIVERY.

THE COMPANY HOPES TO ROLL OUT THE PROGRAM BY NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


NO SMOKING IN PARKS-VOWIPE


A PUSH TO BAN SMOKING IN STATE PARKS --

HAS CLEARED ANOTHER HURDLE.

IT'S MOVING THROUGH THE FLORIDA SENATE.

IT WOULD ALLOW LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BAN SMOKING ON PUBLIC PARK LAND --

ONLY IF IT HAS A PLAYGROUND.

THE PROPOSAL ALSO EXPANDS THE FLORIDA CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT.

THAT'S THE LAW FROM 2002 --

THAT BANNED SMOKING IN MOST INDOOR WORKPLACES.

THE SENATOR LOBBYING FOR THIS --

SAYS HE TOOK HIS CHILDREN TO PARKS AND KEPT SEEING CIGARETTE BUTTS AND SMOKERS THERE. Return to index of stories...


NO SMOKING IN PARKS-SOTVO


Sot: State Sen. Rob Bradley, R- Clay County

"I think that is a situation that should be rectified, and I think that state law should empower local governments to restrict smoking in areas where children are playing."

LAST YEAR --

SENATOR ROB BRADLEY TRIED TO PASS A BROADER BILL RESTRICTING SMOKING ON ALL CITY OR COUNTY PROPERTIES INCLUDING BEACHES.

THAT DID NOT GO VERY FAR.

BUT THIS YEAR'S BILL HAS PASSED A SENATE COMMITTEE --

AND NOW FACES TWO MORE. Return to index of stories...


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


NATS OF COMMERCIAL

FROM HINDI TO HEBREW -

COCA-COLA'S TWIST ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.

THE SUPER BOWL AD THAT MANY ARE SLAMMING.

CALLING IT UN-AMERICAN.

PLUS YOU NEED TO SEE THIS.

THAT'S A WOMAN BREASTFEEDING A PUPPY.

WHY SHE LET THE PUP LATCH ON AND THE DANGER SHE COULD HAVE EXPOSED HER OWN CHILD TO.

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


TZ4 A COKE COMMERCIAL CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


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TZ4 B WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-VO


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OREGON SNOW-VOTOPS


LIKE THE NORTHEAST -- PARTS OF THE NORTHWEST ARE GETTING SLAMMED WITH WINTER WEATHER.

THIS WAS THE SCENE LAST NIGHT IN PORTLAND, OREGON AS DRIVERS STRUGGLED TO GET HOME DURING RUSH HOUR.

POLICE SAY SLICK AND SNOWY ROADS CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR DRIVERS IN MANY PARTS OF THE STATE.

THE PORTLAND AREA IS EXPECTING ANOHTER 4 INCHES OF SNOW TODAY. Return to index of stories...


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


A frontal system with drift across Southern and Central Florida through

tomorrow. Variable cloudiness will result.which will allow some sunny

spells. There might also be a stray shower with rain chances running

from 20-30%. An upper level disturbance may bring a better chance

for a shower late tomorrow and tomorrow night.as it gives this stalled

front a shove away from Florida. Drier high pressure will follow will

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COKE COMMERCIAL CONTROVERSY-OTS


NEW TONIGHT --

COCA COLA IS ANSWERING THEIR CRITICS --

WHO LAMBASTED THEM FOR THEIR SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL.

YOU REMEMBER IT?

"AMERICAN THE BEAUTIFUL" SUNG IN MANY DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

A-B-C'S CECILIA VEGA HAS COKE'S RESPONSE. Return to index of stories...


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NATS COMMERCIAL

THIS MORNING, THE WORLD'S LARGEST BEVERAGE COMPANY IS FIRING BACK AT ITS

CRITICS-TAKING ON THE NATIONAL FIRESTORM IT KINDLED WITH THIS:

NATS commercial

EVER SINCE DEBUTING SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. COCA COLA'S *TAKE* ON THE CLASSIC

PATRIOTIC ANTHEM HAS BUBBLED UP CONTROVERSY --

NATS commercial

IN THE SIXTY SECOND COMMERCIAL FOR THEIR "AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL" CAMPAIGN -

YOUNG SINGERS TAKE TURNS BELTING OUT VERSES - IN 7 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES -

FROM HINDI TO HEBREW. AND SOME ARE SAYING THAT IT IS SIMPLY UN-AMERICAN

NATS commercial

THE BACKLASH HAS BEEN SWIFT ON TWITTER - ONE USER TWEETING: "THIS IS AN

OUTRAGE. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES." WHILE ANOTHER TWEETING

: "NEVER BUYING COKE AGAIN AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN

ENGLISH IS JUST WRONG."

SOT LISA GRANATSTEIN / MANAGING EDITOR, ADWEEK: everybody was talking about

it, it was really part of the national conversation.

BUT THURSDAY COKE DEFENDED THE AD IN A STATEMENT, STANDING BY ITS MESSAGE: "

It's Beautiful" provides a snapshot of the real lives of Americans.All

those featured in the ad are Americans and "America The Beautiful" was sung

by bilingual American young women.

NATS BTS footage

AND IN THIS BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE JUST RELEASED BY COCA-COLA - THOSE 7

BILINGUAL AMERICAN WOMEN SPEAK OUT ON WHY THE COMMERCIAL IS SO IMPORTANT TO

THEM -

SOT SUSHMITHA, SINGING IN HINDI, COCA-COLA COMMERCIAL: we just have

different backgrounds and that's ok. We're all Americans. And we can come

together.

THE SODA MAKER IS SET TO AIR A NEW NINETY SECOND VERSION DURING TODAY'S

OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY - HOPING THE CONTROVERSY WILL SIMPLY FIZZ OUT.

FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA, CECILIA VEGA, ABC NEWS, NEW YORK. Return to index of stories...


BEATLES 50TH ANNIVERSARY-VO


TODAY MARKS A HISTORIC DAY IN ROCK AND ROLL.

50 YEARS AGO THE BEATLES ARRIVED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE U-S.

TWO DAYS LATER THEY PERFORMED ON "THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW".

THAT LAUNCHED THE GROUP TO SUPERSTARDOM.

AT THE TIME THEIR HIT "I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND" ALREADY TOPPED CHARTS.

73 MILLION AMERICANS WATCHED THE "ED SULLIVAN SHOW" THAT SUNDAY NIGHT -- ONE OF THE BIGGEST T-V AUDIENCES EVER. Return to index of stories...


OPRAH ON BROADWAY-VO


THE QUEEN OF DAYTIME. IS HEADED TO THE GREAT WHITE WAY!

OPRAH IS REPORTEDLY IN TALKS TO MAKE HER BROADWAY ACTING DEBUT.

THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS WINFREY MAY PLAY OPPOSITE ACTRESS AUDRA MCDONALD --

IN A REVIVAL OF THE PLAY "NIGHT, MOTHER."

TONY-WINNER GEORGE C. WOLFE WOULD HEAD UP THE PRODUCTION.

THEY HOPE TO LAUNCH DURING THE 2015-2016 SEASON.

WINFREY'S OTHER FORAY ON BROADWAY WAS IN 2005 --

WHEN SHE PRODUCED "THE COLOR PURPLE." Return to index of stories...


CHOCOLATE FASHION-VO


CHOCAHOLICS YOU NEED TO SEE THIS.

SALIVATION.

CHOCOLATIERS AND CHOCOLATE LOVERS GATHERED IN BRUSSELS LAST NIGHT FOR A CHOCOLATE FASHION SHOW AND FESTIVAL.

CONFECTIONERS AND FASHION DESIGNERS SHOWED OFF WEARABLE CHOCOLATE IN A FASHION SHOW.

ONE MODEL CALLED IT A DREAM.

MORE THAN 80 CHOCOLATIERS SET UP BOOTHS.

A GREAT WAY TO SEE HOW THEY MAKE YOUR FAVORITE SWEETS. Return to index of stories...


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


"I guess you could call it a maternal instinct."

MATERNAL INSTINCT OR WEIRD?

A NEW MOTHER PUT A PUPPY ON HER BREAST TO FEED.

WHY SHE SAYS SHE HAD TO AND WHY IT WORKED. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-SOTVO


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WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-OC


CONTROVERSY IS BREWING ON THE INTERNET TONIGHT.

LISTEN TO THIS AND WE'LL SHOW YOU IT, TOO.

A PHOTO OF A NEW MOTHER BREASTFEEDING A PUPPY IS MAKING THE ROUNDS.

SHE POSTED IT ON FACEBOOK WITH AN EXPLANATION.

STILL IT SPREAD.

TONIGHT THE WOMAN IS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT WHY WHAT YOU THINK IS TABOO WAS MATERNAL. Return to index of stories...


WOMAN BREAST FEEDS PUPPY-PKG


IT'S A PHOTO OF A PUPPY FEEDING ON A MOTHER'S MILK. NOT HIS MOTHER OR EVEN HIS SPECIES. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, UNTIL SHE DID IT, THE WOMAN WHO IS BREAST FEEDING THE PUPPY FELT THE SAME WAY YOU PROBABLY ARE.

"I just did it. I never thought I would ever do that. That's just something it was taboo to me as well."

"I guess you could call it a maternal instinct."

THE FOSTER MOM IS IN SILHOUETTE BECAUSE SHE'S AFRAID OF THE BACKLASH BECAUSE OF THAT MATERNAL INSTINCT.

IT WAS THE RUNT OF THE LITTER, JUST DAYS OLD. A LAB MIX, WHOSE MOTHER WAS KILLED. IT WOULDN'T EAT FROM THE BOTTLE. IT WOULDN'T EAT THE FORMULA.

"He just wasn't taking it. I didn't know what else to do, I was desperate and I just couldn't bear sitting there, watching him die. Literally what clicked in my head was like put him on you, just pray to God he will take something and not die."

NOT ONLY DIDN'T DIE, HE'S NO LONGER THE RUNT OF THE LITTER AND HIS NAME IS TUBBS.

"It really reaffirmed what I did was right because I was for myself, quietly, in my mind embarrassed. I was ashamed, I felt weird, it felt weird."

WE SPOKE TO VETERINARIAN AMBER WILLIAMS.

"I'm more concerned about zoonotic disease because there are things that can be passed from puppies to babies."

NUTRITIONALLY, DOCTOR WILLIAMS SAYS HUMAN BREAST MILK ALSO ISN'T THE BEST FOR PUPPIES.

THE FOSTER MOM'S 15-MONTH-OLD BABY IS WEANED OFF HER BREAST MILK AND SO IS TUBBS. HE'S NOW WOLFING DOWN FORMULA STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOTTLE. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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


ABC 7 IS STAYING ON TOP OF DEVELOPMENTS IS A BOMB THREAT PLOT--

TARGETED AT THE WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOCHI--

NEXT AT SIX--

THE MAN IN CUSTODY--

HOW THE PLOT WAS THWARTED--

AND THE PASSENGERS TAKEN TO SAFETY.

THEN THIS--

Wendi's Mom

8:05-8:11"She was not a terrible mother. She was terrible this past week. "

ABC 7 UNCOVERS NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE MOM--

CAUGHT LIVING IN A STORAGE UNIT WITH HER 2-YEAR OLD SON.

NEW AT SIX--

WE TALK TO THE WOMAN'S MOTHER ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.

IT'S THE BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL THAT'S CAUSING TROUBLE FOR YOUR EYES--

NEW AT SIX--

HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WE USE EVERYDAY IS AFFECTING OUR VISION.

THAT'S IN JUST TWO MINUTES ON THE NEWS AT SIX. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) SOCHI PLAN THREAT-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 2) STORAGE SHED LATEST-SOTVO


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TZ 6 3) BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-VOTOPS


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CLOSE-2SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...


HEADLINES


i was protected by someone who had no reason to protect me 17:38

HE SAYS HE WAS ATTACKED BECAUSE HE'S GAY!

NOW AT SIX --

HE DESCRIBES THE FIGHT AT EAST LEE COUNTY HIGH.

FIND OUT WHO HE'S PRAISING AND WHY.

FORT MYERS INVESTIGATES IT'S SECOND DRVE BY SHOOTING THIS YEAR--

NOW AT SIX--

THE SEARCH FOR THE SHOOTER--

AND HOW THE VICTIMS GOT AWAY.

"We are exposed to more blue light today than at any other point in history"

SMART PHONES--

COMPUTERS--

TABLETS.

WE ALL USE THEM.

BUT NEW AT SIX--

HOW OUR FAVORITE GADGETS HURT OUR VISION --

AND THE NEW FIX..

ABC 7 NEWS AT 6 STARTS RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


HL1) STUDENT BEATEN UP-SOTVO


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HL2) DRIVE BY SHOOTING-VOTOPS


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HL3) BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-SOTVO


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BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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SOCHI PLAN THREAT-OC-SS-VO


THE WINTER OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONIES GOT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH --

EVEN AFTER A MAN HIJACKED A PLANE IN THE UKRAINE AND DEMANDED PILOTS LAND IN SOCHI.

TONIGHT ABC7 IS WORKING TO LEARN WHETHER THE THREAT WAS REAL.

THE MAN SAID HE HAD A BOMB ON A PEGASUS AIRLINE FLIGHT HEADED FROM THE UKRAINE TO ISTANBUL.

HERE'S A LOOK AT THE PASSENGER --

ACCORDING TO SOURCES HE TOLD PILOTS TO RE-ROUTE THE PLANE AND LAND IN SOCHI.

PILOTS KEPT THEIR COOL.

THEY MADE IT SEEM LIKE THEY RE-ROUTED THE FLIGHT.

THEY TURNED OFF THE INTERNAL G-P-S AND CONTINUED TO ISTANBUL.

WHEN THEY GOT INTO TURKISH AIRSPACE --

THEY SENT A DISTRESS SIGNAL.

F-16 FIGHTER JETS SCRAMBLED AND ESCORTED THE COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO THE GROUND.

TONIGHT THE MAN IS IN CUSTODY.

WE ARE WORKING TO LEARN WHO HE IS, WHERE HE'S FROM.

AUTHORITIES DID NOT FIND A BOMB.THEY SAY HE SEEMED DRUNK. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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STUDENT BEATEN UP-SOTVO-OC-SS


as i got hit a football player at my table who i don't even know he jumped up and ran to my defense 16:31

ATTACKED IN THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA!

HE SAYS IT'S BECAUSE HE'S GAY.

AND TONIGHT --

THE LEE COUNTY STUDENT WHO CAME TO HIS DEFENSE IS IN TROUBLE FOR DEFENDING HIM.

IT'S OUR BIG STORY TONIGHT AT SIX!

THE BRAWL ERUPTED AT EAST LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.

18-YEAR OLD--

JAMES GRIFFIEN IS UNDER ARREST FOR BATTERY.

CHRISTINA LUSBY EXPLAINS WHY. Return to index of stories...


STUDENT BEATEN UP-PKG


VICTIM JONATHAN COLON SAYS IT BEGAN WITH HOMOPHOBIC SLURS--

ONES HE SAYS JAMES GRIFFIN SHOUTED AT HIM AS COLON WALKED INTO THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA.

AFTER A FEW GESTURES FROM COLON -- REPORTS SHOW GRIFFIN GOT PHYSICAL.

Jonathan Colon

Victim

6:05 he threw a carton of milk in my face and then he punch me in my face and then he punched me in the back of the head 16:11

STUDENTS AND COLON SAY-- GRIFFIN HIT HIM FOR BEING GAY.

Alexis Baylone

Freshman

11:23 thats not really right because he's gay you're gonna hit him?11:25

NOT EVERYONE STOOD BY TO WATCH.

A SENIOR FOOTBALL PLAYER NAMED MARC--

WHO DIDN'T KNOW COLON--

CAME TO HIS DEFENSE.

HE AND GRIFFIN GOT INTO A FIGHT.

Jonathan Colon

Victim

17:47 he had no reason to do it and he did a really good thing now what he did was wrong but his intentions were good 17:54

DEPUTIES ARRESTED GRIFFIN.

TONIGHT MARC, THE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, IS SUSPENDED AND FACES EXPULSION.

Josh Dieudonne

Freshman

9:07 he just stood up for him so i don't see why he should get sent to alc or anything 9:10

A FIGHT THAT TURNED UGLY THURSDAY --

SENT A BEAUTIFUL MESSAGE FRIDAY.

Jonathan Colon

Victim

21:20 this is not about me being attacked this is about me being defended 21:23

COLON HELD A PROTEST INSIDE THE SCHOOL TODAY --

HE AND OTHER STUDENTS WANT SCHOOL LEADERS TO LET MARC COME BACK TO SCHOOL.

Alexis Baylone

Freshman

10:58 mark got up and he felt like bullying couldn't be tolerated so he felt it was wrong for him to hit him because he is gay 11:07

STILL THE PRINCIPAL TOLD STUDENTS THIS:

Jonathan Colon

Victim

we have to realize school rules were broken thats why he is being suspended but i am greatful 22:44

STUDENTS SAY THEY JUST HAD A SEMINAR ON BULLYING.

COLON SAYS--

THROUGH THE HATE--

ONE THING IS CLEAR--

THINGS FOR ALL STUDENTS ARE CHANGING.

Jonathan Colon

Victim

21:13 people have went from attacking each other to defending each other 21:16 21:57 to show my school is changing that my school is becoming better

IN LEHIGH ACRES CHRISTINA LUSBY Return to index of stories...


STUDENT BEATEN UP-oc tag


WE WONDERED IF THIS COULD BE CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME.

IT CAN ONLY BE A HATE CRIME IF BEING GAY WAS THE ONLY REASON FOR THE FIGHT.

IT WASN'T.

THE VICTIM MAY HAVE PROVOKED IT A BIT -- BY DOING A DANCE. Return to index of stories...


STORAGE SHED LATEST-BNC (3)SS


ALL NEW AT SIX -

ABC7 IS LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE MOTHER WHO DEPUTIES SAY LIVED IN A DIRTY STORAGE UNIT WITH HER TWO-YEAR-OLD SON IN NAPLES.

THIS IS THAT TODDLER - EDWARD HORNE.

ANOTHER TENANT HEARD HIM SCREAMING ON WEDNESDAY AND CALLED COLLIER DEPUTIES.

THEY FOUND HIM IN THE UNIT.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND HIS MOTHER - WENDI HORNE - PASSED OUT WITH EMPTY VODKA BOTTLES.

SHE FACES CHILD NEGLECT.

A-B-C 7'S ALEX DE ARMAS SPOKE WITH HORNE'S MOTHER BY PHONE.

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STORAGE SHED LATEST-PKG


PKG

Wendi's Mom

8:05-8:11"She was not a terrible mother. She was terrible this past week. "

WENDI'S HORNE'S MOTHER IS HEART BROKEN TONIGHT.

Wendi's Mom

02:57-03:14 "Before Edward was born she wasn't doing well at all. And alcohol she seemed to think would help her. "

WE SPOKE TO HER EXCLUSIVELY ON THE PHONE FROM ARIZONA-SHE TELLS US HER DAUGHTER WAS A GOOD MOTHER.

Wendi's Mom

03:19-03:31 "When she found out she was pregnant she was happy. As were we. And we thought this would change her. And it did. "

NEVER NEGLECTING HER 2 AND A HALF YEAR OLD SON.

Wendi's Mom

05:06-05:17 "I would talk to her and talk to my grandson and he was fine. He'd never been abused until evidently this episode.

DEPUTIES FOUND THE TWO LIVING INSIDE AN EAST NAPLES STORAGE UNIT.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND WENDI HORNE PASSED OUT INSIDE-

NEXT TO HER-- TWO BOTTLES OF VODKA AND AN ASH TRAY.

Wendi's Mom

06:29-06:40 "She was with her dad Thursday Friday and Saturday and she was perfectly fine. She was up. She was happy. "

NO ELECTRICITY OR RUNNING WATER-

AND A BUCKET TO SERVE AS A TOILET.

Wendi's Mom

8:30-8:36 "She talks to him all the time. She Gives him her total attention."

IN COURT YESTERDAY-SHE TOLD AUTHORITIES SHE SIGNED UP FOR HELP AT SAINT MATTHEWS HOUSE-BUT WAS PUT ON A WAITING LIST.

Wendi's Mom

06:04-06:22"We at this point her father and I feel like she totally in gods hands. Of course we've prayed for that for 14 years. And he has taken care of her obviously or they would have never been found there. " Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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DRIVE BY SHOOTING-TCMON SS-VO


FORT MYERS POLICE ARE STILL ON THE HUNT FOR A SHOOTER WHO OPENED FIRE IN A BUSY INTERSECTION IN FORT MYERS.

IT HAPPENED AT STATE ROAD 82 AND FORUM BOULEVARD.

POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT'S CAR MAY LOOK SIMILAR TO THIS ONE.

POLICE SAY SOMEONE IN THAT CAR PULLED UP TO THIS INTERSECTION ABOUT ONE IN THE MORNING --

PULLED OUT A GUN AND STARTED SHOOTING AT A CAR WITH THREE YOUNG MEN INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


DRIVE BY SHOOTING-SOTVO


:49:16 its horrible. crime is always bed.

:01

Rudolph Scott, Lehigh Acres

:51:06

:07 something needs to be done. But I dont think its a gun problem- i

think its a persons problem upstairs.

THE VICTIMS DROVE THEMSELVES TO THE HOSPITAL.

ONE WAS BADLY HURT --

BUT IS IN STABLE CONDITION TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


ALVA HOUSE FIRE-VOWIPE


TONIGHT -

AN ELDERLY WOMAN AND TWO CHILDREN ARE RECOVERING AFTER A HOUSE FIRE.

IT HAPPENED THIS MORNING IN ALVA OFF NORTH RIVER ROAD.

RELATIVES SAY DOCTORS ARE TREATING THE WOMAN FOR SMOKE INHALATION.

FAMILY MEMBERS SAY TWO CHILDREN SUFFERED FLASH BURNS FROM BEING CLOSE TO THE FLAMES.

THE FIRE KILLED THEIR DOG.

RELATIVES BELIEVE THE FIRE STARTED IN THE KITCHEN AND SPREAD.

ONE OTHER PERSON WAS INSIDE AND IS OKAY. Return to index of stories...


ALVA HOUSE FIRE-SOTVO


1:25:19-1:25:28

Donna Woodard/ relative

My mom is sick. She's on oxygen. The children and my daughter, you

know, we just lost everything so we just got to start all over

again."

THE HOUSE IS DESTROYED.

THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL WILL INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE. Return to index of stories...


IRS SCAM-OTS VOWIPE


NEW AT 5 -- RIGHT BEFORE THE HEIGHT OF TAX SEASON.

AN OLD I-R-S PHONE SCAM HAS RESURFACED IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS -- A CALLER - OFTEN WITH A WASHINGTON D-C AREA CODE - WILL CALL TELLING YOU - YOU OWE TAXES.

HERE'S WHERE IT CAN GET SCARY.

THE CALLER WILL THEN THREATEN THE VICTIM THAT IF THEY DON'T PAY IMMEDIATELY POLICE WILL ARREST YOU.

ONE FORT MYERS MAN SAYS HE GOT THAT CALL AND SAYS HE WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO NOT FALL FOR IT. Return to index of stories...


IRS SCAM-SOTVO


TAKE SOT:

03:11 " I want to get the word out especially to our elderly, be aware and look for alerts. IRS doesn't generally call, generally after five o clock and demand payment right away." Yvan Nassar, Fort Myers

TWO RULES TO REMEMBER --

THE I-R-S TOLD US THEY DON'T NORMALLY CALL.

THEY SEND YOU MAIL.

SECONDLY --

THEY'LL NEVER ASK FOR PAYMENT USING A PRE-PAID DEBIT CARD OR WIRE TRANSFER. Return to index of stories...


CAPE RECOUNT LATEST-VO


FORMER CAPE CORAL MAYOR JOHN SULLIVAN WILL BE TAKING HIS CASE TO COURT AFTER ALL.

AFTER A TWO DAY BALLOT REVIEW SULLIVAN AND HIS SUPPORTERS CONSIDERED DROPPING THEIR LAWSUIT AGAINST MAYOR MARNI SAWICKI AND THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS.

TODAY - A-B-C 7 IS LEARNING THAT AT A MEETING LAST NIGHT - THE GROUP DECIDED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR CASE.

SULLIVAN IS SUING FOR A RECOUNT -- CLAIMING A RIGGED ELECTION COST HIM HIS SEAT ON COUNCIL.

THE TRIAL IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 12TH Return to index of stories...


THE BENACQUISTO INTERVIEW-VOWIPE


ALL NEW AT SIX, ABC-7 SITS DOWN WITH STATE SENATOR LIZBETH BENACQUISTO.

SHE WANTS TO SERVE AS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S NEXT CONGRESSWOMAN.

TONIGHT -- WE ASKED HER WHY SHE WANTS TO FILL FORMER CONGRESSMAN TREY RADEL'S SEAT.

SHE CLAIMS TWO BIG ISSUES FACE OUR COMMUNITY --

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND LAKE OKEECHOBEE WATER RELEASES.

WE ASKED THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER WHEN SHE DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE.

HER CAMPAIGN WEBSITE WAS PURCHASED BACK IN DECEMBER.

IN THE WEEKS WHICH FOLLOWED - TELEVISION ADS TOUTING HER CONSERVATIVE VALUES HIT THE AIRWAVES. Return to index of stories...


THE BENACQUISTO INTERVIEW-SOTVO


0324 "We were just implementing our plan to be re-elected to the Senate until the opportunity came forward and I made the decision to run for Congress."

BENACQUISTO WENT ON TO PREDICT - SHE'LL BE OUTSPENT IN THIS CAMPAIGN.

SHE SAID SHE BROUGHT THE DOMAIN NAME OUT OF PRECAUTION. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO SEPTIC CONTROVERSY-VOWIPE


A CONTROVERSIAL SEPTIC TO SEWER PROJECT IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY JUST STARTED - AND NOW RESIDENTS HAVE TO FACE THE HEFTY BILL.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SAY THE SEPTIC TANKS IN THE EAST AND WEST SPRINGLAKE NEIGHBORHOODS IN PORT CHARLOTTE ARE OLD AND FAILING - AND IN TURN - POLLUTING CHARLOTTE HARBOR.

THE COST TO FIX THE PROBLEM -- ABOUT 18 MILLION DOLLARS.

THOUSANDS OF TAXOAYERS ARE GOING TOHAVE TO FOOT THE BILL - AT 10 GRAND EACH.

BECAUSE SO MANY OF THE RESIDENTS HERE LIVE ON FIXED INCOME - CHARLOTTE COUNTY JUST ANNOUNCED THEY WANT TO PROVIDE A HARDSHIP PROGRAM.

IF APPROVED TUESDAY - THE RESIDENTS COULD RECEIVE UP TO 500 DOLLARS A YEAR IN ASSISTANCE DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THEIR LOT. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO SEPTIC CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


:08 George Gardner, Angry about the switch "When I paid the extra $1,000 to my taxes this year it was on my mind definitely… it's a lot of money to be putting out."

CHARLOTTE COUNTY IS STILL LOOKING FOR GRANTS TO HELP ASSIST THEM WITH THE HARDSHIP PROGRAM. Return to index of stories...


FLOOD INSURANCE-VOWIPE


LOCAL LEADERS TAKE ACTION!

A GROUP FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. MONDAY --

TO DEMAND CHANGE IN PENDING FLOOD INSURANCE LAWS.

RATE INCREASES ARE DUE TO HIT IN OCTOBER.

LAST WEEK- THE SENATE VOTED TO PUSH THE DEADLINE BACK SO THEY COULD REVIEW THIS MORE.

BUT THIS WEEK THE HOUSE DENIED THE DELAY.

STILL --

FEMA CURRENT POLICY HOLDERS WONT HAVE TO PAY THE UPCHARGES FOR AT LEAST A YEAR.

BUT THE HIKES WILL HIT NEW AND LAPSED POLICIES AS PLANNED.

SO LOCAL PEOPLE ARE WORRIED. Return to index of stories...


FLOOD INSURANCE-SOTVO-BNR


Sot 30:09-19

Dan Andre

Mango Street Inn Owner

if we do have a major storm are we going to end up with blight

because you're not required to carry flood insurance if you don't have

a mortgage, so long term,it's scary I think."

COMMISSIONER LARRY KIKER IS MAKING THE TRIP WITH MAYORS FROM FORT MYERS BEACH, BONITA SPRINGS, CAPE CORAL AND SANIBEL.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, LEE COUNTY HAS SET UP A WEB SITE.

YOU CAN FIND THE LINK ON OUR WEBSITE.

THAT'S ABC-7.COM.

CLICK ON SITES ON 7. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 6 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


WE ALL LOVE OUR ELECTRONIC GADGETS -- AND WOULD HAVE A HARD TIME GIVING THEM UP --BUT THEY COULD BE DAMAGING OUR EYES -- COMING UP - A NEW WAY TO PROTECT OUR VISION.

PLUS - IT'S BEEN THERE FOR A MILLION YEARS -- NOW SCIENTISTS SAY IT COULD BE ONE OF THE OLDEST EVER -- FIND OUT WHO THIS FOOTPRINT BELONGS TO.NEXT.

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


TZ1 A BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B OLDEST FOOTPRINT-VOTOPS


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JP STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


A frontal system with drift across Southern and Central Florida through

tomorrow. Variable cloudiness will result.which will allow some sunny

spells. There might also be a stray shower with rain chances running

from 20-30%. An upper level disturbance may bring a better chance

for a shower late tomorrow and tomorrow night.as it gives this stalled

front a shove away from Florida. Drier high pressure will follow will

clearing skies Sunday, and mostly sunny weather Monday and Tuesday. Return to index of stories...


BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-TC MON


YOU KNOW WHAT WE STARE AT ALL DAY.

ELECTRONIC SCREENS.

COMPUTERS.

T-V'S.

PHONES.

BUT THAT HURTS YOUR VISION!

SO -

A DOCTOR IS OFFERING A PRACTICAL AND FASHIONABLE SOLUTION. Return to index of stories...


BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-PKG


COMPUTERS, SMART PHONES, TABLETS.

TECHNOLOGY HAS LITERALLY EVOLVED IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.

BUT HOW DO THESE GADGETS AFFECT OUR VISION?

"We are exposed to more blue light today than at any other point in history"

IT'S CALLED BLUE LIGHT AND YOU CAN'T SEE IT, BUT IT'S THERE.

"Of all the colors blue light has the highest energy and can do the greatest damage to our eyes. Over a lifetime of exposure to blue light we can start to see these oxidative changes occur."

AND X-RAYS REVEAL THE DAMAGE, LINKED TO AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION, A CONDITION THAT COULD LEAD TO BLINDNESS.

AND THE WORST CULPRIT SITS RIGHT IN THE PALM OF OUR HAND.

"They kind of make things a little brighter, make things a little clearer"

RHONDA ZEE-BAH TESTED HIGH RISK FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION AND OPTED FOR A NEW TECHNOLOGY CALLED BLU-TECH LENSES

"this provides protection to the eyes while you're being exposed to that high intensity blue light"

THE TINTED LENSES ADD AN EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION FOR YOUR EYES. FILTERING OUT THAT HARMFUL LIGHT. THEY COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES WITH NO PRESCRIPTION NEEDED. A FASHION STATEMENT FOR YOUR EYES WITH AN ADDED HEALTH BENEFIT.

"with today's generation using smartphones and ipads and computers so much they're even at more risk and it gives me a great piece of mind knowing there's things I'm doing now that make a difference." Return to index of stories...


BLUE LENS TECHNOLOGY-OC TAG


THE DOCTOR SAYS BLUE LIGHT EXPOSURE CAN AFFECT HOW WELL YOU SLEEP.

THE LIGHT TRICKS YOUR BRAIN INTO THINKING IT'S DAYTIME.

THAT HINDERS THE SLEEP HORMONE MELATONIN.

THIS IS WHY YOU OFTEN ARE TOLD TO TURN OFF T-V'S AT NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


OLDEST FOOTPRINT-VOWIPE


AN INCREDIBLE FIND OUT TODAY.

THE OLDEST HUMAN FOOTPRINTS.

BRITISH SCIENTISTS FOUND THESE OUTSIDE OF AFRICA.

THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM DATES THEM BACK A MILLION YEARS.

THEY'RE DIRECT EVIDENCE TO THE EARLIEST KNOWN HUMANS IN NORTHERN EUROPE. Return to index of stories...


OLDEST FOOTPRINT-SOTVO


"They are without doubt the oldest human footprints In Europe and some of oldest human footprints in the world, so they're really incredibly important find."

SCIENTISTS FIRST FOUND THEM IN MAY. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


A LOCAL FOOTBALL POWER. IS LOOKING FOR A NEW HEAD COACH. WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT

PLUS FUN TIMES AT ALICO ARENA LAST NIGHT. THE FGCU MEN HAD A RECORD SETTING NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


WORLD NEWS TEASE Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 1) IRS SCAM-SOTVO


AHEAD AT 7 ON ABC 7 --

A CENTRAL FLORIDA COUPLE IS ACCUSED OF FORCING THEIR OWN CHILD TO SELL DRUGS.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY WERE SELLING AND WHY.

TAX SEASON.

ABC7 WITH THE DETAILS AFTER WORLD NEWS. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) BIEBER JAIL VIDEO-VOTOPS


PLUS --

NEW VIDEO OF THE BIEBS JUST AFTER HIS MIAMI ARREST.

SEE IT YOURSELF STRAIGHT AHEAD ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-POPMON


THIS MORNING THE JACKSONVILLE BASKETBALL WOKE UP ASKING. DID ANYONE GET THE LICENSE PLATE NUMBER OF THE TRUCK THAT JUST RAN THEM OVER. ACTUALLY WITH A 29 POINT LOSS. FGCU NOT ONLY RAN THEM OVER. THEY CIRCLED THE BLOCK. AND DID IT AGAIN. Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-VOTOPS


FUN TIMES FOR SURE. AT ALICO ARENA LAST NIGHT.

THE EAGLES WERE PIPING HOT ALL NIGHT. SHOOTING 65 PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR --- WHICH IS A NEW DIVISION ONE RECORD.

THEY ALSO REACHED THE 100 POINT MARK.

AND IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH. FGCU IS NOW BACK IN FIRST PLACE. TIED WITH MERCER IN THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE. Return to index of stories...


FGCU MEN-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


EAGLE WOMEN-VOTOPS


MEANWHILE THE FGCU WOMEN GOT BACK ON TRACK LAST NIGHT WITH A 25 POINT WIN AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE.

THE LADIES REMAIN IN FIRST PLACE IN THE ASUN. BUT THEIR HEAD COACH SAYS THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE Return to index of stories...


EAGLE WOMEN-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


PEBBLE BEACH-POPMON


THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN PLAYING A ROUND OF BAD ROUND OF GOLF. IS PLAYING A BAD ROUND OF GOLF WHEN IT'S DAMP AND DREARY. THAT IS NOT FUN. BUT THAT'S THE CASE AT THE PEBBLE BEACH. IF THE RAIN DOESN'T BEAT YOU DOWN. THE THICK ROUGH JUST MIGHT Return to index of stories...


PEBBLE BEACH-VOTOPS


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ISLAND COAST-VOTOPS


IN THE PAST 5 YEARS. THE ISLAND COAST FOOTBALL TEAM HAS TURNED INTO ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. THANKS IN LARGE PART TO HEAD COACH JOE BOWEN.

BUT THE GATORS WILL HAVE TO FIND SUCCESS WITH A NEW HEAD COACH.

BOWEN WILL NOT RETURN TO COACH ISLAND COACH NEXT SEASON. DECIDING TO PART WAYS. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA GATORS-VOTOPS


FROM THE ISLAND COAST GATORS. TO THE FLORIDA GATORS.

ON WEDNESDAY,. THE GATOR FOOTBALL TEAM SIGNED THE NUMBER 6 RECRUITING CLASS IN THE NATION.

NO SMALL FEAT CONSIDERING THE GATORS ARE COMING OFF THEIR WORST SEASON IN 3 DECADES. Return to index of stories...


FLORIDA GATORS-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


MATT LAPORTA-VOTOPS


CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL GRAD. MATT LAPORTA IS TRYING TO RESURECT HIS MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER

TODAY LAPORTA SIGNED A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT WITH THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

LAPORTA. HASN'T PLAYED IN THE MAJORS SINCE 2012. Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


WINTER OLYMPICS ARE HERE.

SHIVA. ON THE LUGE. FALLS OFF. BUT THAT'S OK. ROLLS RIGHT BACK ON.

NOT SURE IF THAT'S LUCKY OR TALENT Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


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