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DIRECTORS PAGE TEASE ONE------------
HEADLINES------------- TZ1 A KANSAS SPANKING-VOTOPS-WIPE
HL1) ANIMAL CRUELTY-trxVOTOPS TZ1 B COFFEE BENEFITS-VOTOPS
HL1) ANIMAL CRUELTY-SOTVO STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
HL2) WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-trxSOT VO FORECAST-PHC
HL3) KANSAS SPANKING-trxVO FORECAST-WXWALL
HL4) DUNN NEW AUDIO-trx SOTVO KANSAS SPANKING-VO-WIPE
BREAKING-CLIP KANSAS SPANKING-SOTVO
HUMAN SMUGGLING ARREST-OTS SS OC HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE-POP-VO-WIPE
BIG STORY-CLIP HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE-SOTVO
ANIMAL CRUELTY-VOTOPS INFANT OBESITY-VO
ANIMAL CRUELTY-BNC-VO-SS-WIPE HOT POCKET RECALL-OTS VO
ANIMAL CRUELTY-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
RYAN UHRE'S BODY FOUND-OTS VO TEASE TWO------------
VEHICULAR HOMICIDE-VO TZ2 A WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-SOTVO-WIPE
LEHIGH CARJACKING-OTS VO TZ2 B OLYMPIC SWEATERS-VOTOPS
DUNN NEW AUDIO-TCMON TOSS SMART WOMAN-OTS
DUNN NEW AUDIO-PKG WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-TCMON
DUNN NEW AUDIO-ONCAM WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-PKG
WATER RALLY-VO WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-TCMON
NEW HOTEL-OTS OLYMPIC SWEATERS FOR SALE-VO
NEW HOTEL-LLPKG SAVINGS VS. DEBT-VOTOPS
SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IMPACT FEES-VO-WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IMPACT FEES-SOTVO TEASE THREE------------
ABOVE GROUND POOLS-ONCAM TZ3 A ETHIOPIAN PLANE HIJACKED-SOTVO-WIPE
ABOVE GROUND POOLS-LLPKG TZ3 B SPIRALING WHITE FLY-SOTVO
NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ3 C


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NOW AT 5-

SHOCKING CONDITIONS DISCOVERED INSIDE A CHARLOTTE COUNTY HOUSE.

Lt. Brian Jones, Charlotte County Animal Control "We had no idea what we were in for when we went to those front doors."

TONIGHT --

YOU'LL GET EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE DOZENS OF DOGS AND OTHER NEGLECTED ANIMALS LIVING INSIDE.

WHO'S TO BLAME.

PLUS --

"I learned how to be corrupt!"

AND SHE USED IT TO SCAM WOMEN!

NOW SHE'S REFORMED --

AND SHARING HER SECRETS.

AHEAD --

WHY THIS CON ARTIST SAYS IT'S *EASIER* TO PREY ON FEMALES.

PLUS --

CHECK OUT THE WELT!

SHOULD TEACHERS BE ALLOWED TO SPANK YOUR CHILDREN?

WHY ONE STATE'S CONSIDERING IT!

I was the one who was victimized.

**********Like they attacked me, I'm the victim.

AND WHY THE MAN WHO SHOT A FLORIDA TEEN OVER LOUD MUSIC --

THINKS HE WAS THE VICTIM THAT NIGHT.

HEAR THE NEW JAILHOUSE RECORDINGS!

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


HL1) ANIMAL CRUELTY-trxVOTOPS


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HL1) ANIMAL CRUELTY-SOTVO


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HL2) WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-trxSOT VO


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HL3) KANSAS SPANKING-trxVO


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HL4) DUNN NEW AUDIO-trx SOTVO


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BREAKING-CLIP


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HUMAN SMUGGLING ARREST-OTS SS OC


WE START WITH BREAKING NEWS --

JUST INTO THE NEWSROOM TONIGHT!

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES HAVE ARRESTED A MAN FOR HUMAN SMUGGLING --

AFTER THEY FOUND HIM URINATING OUTSIDE!

THE DEPUTIES ARRESTED CESAR GOMEZ-JIMENEZ TWO WEEKS AGO.

THEY SAY THEY SAW HIM URINATING OUTSIDE A TRAVEL PILOT CENTER ON I-75.

HE WAS DRIVING FIVE PEOPLE IN A VAN --

ALL OF THEM FROM MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA.

DEPUTIES SAY HE GAVE CONFLICTING STORIES ABOUT WHAT HE WAS REALLY DOING WITH THEM.

HE LATER ADMITTED TO PICKING THEM UP FROM HOUSTON AND DROPPING THEM OFF AT VARIOUS CITIES ACROSS THE STATE INCLUDING FORT MYERS.

I'VE COVERED THIS BEFORE.

ICE AGENTS WILL WATCH I-75, LOOKING FOR LARGE VANS LOW TO THE GROUND.

MEANING A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INSIDE.

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ANIMAL CRUELTY-VOTOPS


OUR BIG STORY TONIGHT-

21 DOGS FOUND SEVERELY MALNOURISHED.

SOME TOO WEAK TO STAND OR EAT.

MANY ARE PREGNANT.

DEPUTIES FOUND THEM IN A CHARLOTTE COUNTY HOUSE.

ABC7 IS BRINGING YOU THE FIRST LOOK AT THE DOGS TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


ANIMAL CRUELTY-BNC-VO-SS-WIPE


IT'S A DISTURBING ANIMAL HOARDING CASE THAT ABC7 BROKE THIS WEEKEND.

INVESTIGATORS ARE NOW CALLING IT ANIMAL CRUELTY.

ABC7 NOW KNOWS DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING MORE PEOPLE IN THIS HORRIFYING SITUATION.

THEY FOUND THE DOGS OFF OF GLADIS AVENUE IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

DEPUTIES FIRST WENT TO THE HOUSE LAST WEEK WITH A SEARCH WARRANT FOR DRUGS.

THEY FOUND THOSE DRUGS AND DOZENS OF ANIMALS - MOSTLY DOGS AGAIN STARVING AND INFECTED WITH THE PARVOVIRUS.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED JENNIFER PETHTEL AND DAMON HUMES ON DRUG CHARGES.

PATHTEL IS EXPECTED TO FACE ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES TOMORROW.

THAT'S WHEN VETERINARIANS ARE EXPECTED TO FINISH EXAMINING ALL OF THE ANIMALS. Return to index of stories...


ANIMAL CRUELTY-SOTVO


"We had no idea what we were in for when we went to those front doors and got our first glimpse at these animals inside of what we perceive to be very deplorable conditions."

INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO OTHERS WHO LIVE IN THIS HOUSE.

ABC7 IS TOLD PEOPLE BRED THE DOGS AND SOLD OFF THEIR PUPPIES. Return to index of stories...


RYAN UHRE'S BODY FOUND-OTS VO


OUR OTHER BIG STORY AT FIVE --

A TRAGIC UPDATE.

POLICE HAVE NOW FOUND THE BODY OF A MISSING FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT.

RYAN UHRE VANISHED SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.

THE F-S-U STUDENT PLANNED TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL.

HE INTERNED FOR A STATE REP.

BUT THEN HE WAS GONE.

UNTIL TODAY.

WE LEARNED OFFICERS WERE SEARCHING AN AREA BECAUSE UHRE WAS SEEN ON SURVEILLANCE VIDEO NEARBY.

THEY FOUND HIS BODY IN A BUIDLING.

THEY DON'T THINK VIOLENCE WAS INVOLVED.

THEY'RE DOING AN AUTOPSY TO SEE HOW UHRE DIED. Return to index of stories...


VEHICULAR HOMICIDE-VO


A MAN DEPUTIES SAY KILLED TWO PEOPLE IN NOVEMBER WENT BEFORE A JUDGE TODAY.

REMIJIO SALDANA PEREZ IS CHARGED WITH NEGLIGENT MANSLAUGHTER AFTER A DRUNK DRIVING CRASH.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE WAS DRUNK AND RAN A STOP SIGN ON NOVEMBER 26TH ON STATE ROAD 82 AND COLUMBUS BOULEVARD.

THEY SAY HE SLAMMED INTO AN S-U-V AND CAUSED IT TO FLIP INTO A CANAL.

THE TWO PEOPLE INSIDE DIED ON THE SCENE.

PEREZ IS BEING HELD ON 100 THOUSANDS DOLLARS BOND. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH CARJACKING-OTS VO


THREE PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY AFTER DEPUTIES SAY THEY CARJACKED SOMEONE IN LEHIGH ACRES.

THIS IS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM THE SCENE AFTER THAT CAR WAS PULLED OVER --

LATER IN FORT MYERS

DEPUTIES TELL US THEY WERE SEARCHING FOR THIS CAR AFTER A CALL CAME IN OF AN ARMED CAR JACKING IN LEHIGH.

THEY FOUND IT DRIVING THE WRONG WAY DOWN A ONE-WAY.

DEPUTIES CAUGHT THREE PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY.

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DUNN NEW AUDIO-TCMON


NEW AUDIO RELEASED IN THE MICHAEL DUNN LOUD MUSIC CASE.

JAILHOUSE RECORDINGS CAPTURE DUNN SPEAKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THE DAY HE SHOT AND KILLED JORDAN DAVIS -- AND ABC'S RYAN OWENS HAS MORE ON WHAT THEY REVEAL. Return to index of stories...


DUNN NEW AUDIO-PKG


11'13.51. MD:

"I say you're not gonna kill me you son of a b---- and I shot."

The jury heard from Michael Dunn for four hours but even they HEARD NOTHING

LIKE this!

"I'm the f-----g victim here. I was the one who was victimized.

**********Like they attacked me, I'm the victim. I'm the victor but I was

the victim too."

THE STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE JUST RELEASED Jailhouse calls between the

software developer and his fiance--Who later testified against him.

Sot Dunn's Fiance

Attorney: "What did the defendant say?"

Fianc: I hate that thug music."

Dunn also suggests the young men he shot at must be criminals.

4:02

When the police said these guys didn't have a record I wonder if they were

just flying under the radar.

RIGHT

Because they were bad.

In hours of calls with his fiance and his parents, Dunn repeatedly claims the

state has no case against him.

1016 MD: Im JUST YOU KNOW super confident if they take this to trial it will

be a short deliberation.

That's not how it worked out--jurors deliberated for more than 30 hours

before finding Dunn guilty of three counts of ATTEMPTED second-degree murder

for firing into an SUV full of teens at this jacksonville gas station.

Even with a mistrial on the murder count, Dunn

will spend the next 60 years in prison. On the tapes, he talks a lot

about life behind bars.

CALL 3:

450

MD: SO I WAS IN a room w 3 black guys.

R: Oh no

MD: you know 2 were kids and one was an old man. And they asked me what I

was in for, and I told them and gave them a little details, and they were

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DUNN NEW AUDIO-ONCAM


RYAN OWENS REPORTING.

THE JURY DIDN'T AGREE WITH DUNN--AND NOW HE WILL LIKELY SPEND THE REST OF

HIS LIFE IN PRISON.

THIS CASE-NOT OVER YET.

THE STATE ATTORNEY SAYS HER OFFICE WILL CONSIDER SEEKING A RETRIAL.

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WATER RALLY-VO


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

PEOPLE PUSHING FOR CLEAN WATER JUST FINISHED MEETING WITH GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S STAFF IN TALLAHASSEE.

THEY'RE PLEADING WITH POLITICIANS TO SIGN THE "FLORIDIANS' CLEAN WATER DECLARATION."

THIS GROUP FROM SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SPENT TEN HOURS MAKING THE HIKE --

TO GET TO TODAY'S RALLY.

THEIR BUS DRIVER OVERSLEPT.

THE BUS BROKE DOWN.

BUT THEY MADE UP.

NOW THEY'RE HOPING TO CONVINCE LAWMAKERS TO DO MORE --

TO PREVENT WATER RELEASES THAT TURN OUR BEAUTIFUL BLUE WATER INTO AN UGLY, MURKY, BROWN MESS. Return to index of stories...


NEW HOTEL-OTS


THE PLAN TO BRING A NEW HOTEL TO DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS IS EVER CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY.

TODAY CITY LEADERS HEARD A NEW PROPOSAL FROM A VERY INTERESTED DEVELOPER WHO WANTS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

ABC7'S GEORGE SOLIS WAS AT THE MEETING WHERE THE PLAN GOT MIXED REVIEWS. Return to index of stories...


NEW HOTEL-LLPKG


AFTER THE LAST PROPOSED PLAN TO BRING A HOTEL TO HARBORSIDE FELL THROUGH.

CITY LEADERS ARE BEING CAUTIOUS WITH THIS LATEST PROPOSAL.

TAKE VO:

TODAY THE NEW DEVELOPER WESTERN NATIONAL CAPITAL PARTNERS TOLD CITY LEADERS TP REST EASY.

THEY SAY THEY'RE IN FOR THE LONG HAUL.

THEY TOLD CITY LEADERS THERE PLAN IS TO CONSTRUCT A 250 ROOM FULL SERVICE SHEARTON HOTEL WITH A PARKING STRUCTURE.

THEY CATCH- THE CITY NEEDS TO FUND RENOVATIONS FOR HARBORSIDE AND PROVIDE THE LAND

THE TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO COST JUST OVER 53 MILLION DOLLARS.

TAKE SOT:

"If the city has the will to remodel and modernize the Harborside Center the hotel gets built, it needs a hotel, I hate to over cliche the statement but if you build it they will come."

TAKE GEORGE:

BOTH THE DEVELOPER AND CITY LEADERS WILL MEET AGAIN IN A MONTH TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO ENTER INTO A BINDING AGREEMENT TO GET THE BALL ROLLING ON THIS PROJECT.

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SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IMPACT FEES-VO-WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL NOT ALTER IMPACT FEES.

THAT'S WHAT DEVELOPERS PAY --

AS THEIR PRICE TO BUILD IN THE COUNTY.

THE MONEY COVERS THINGS LIKE ROADS, PARKS, AND SCHOOLS.

THERE WAS A PUSH TO RAISE THEM --

MAKE DEVELOPERS PAY MORE --

SO THE COUNTY COULD COVER THE COST OF NEW SCHOOLS. Return to index of stories...


SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IMPACT FEES-SOTVO


21:15:18 would it solve our problems entirely? No, but it would go a long way to helping. 21:15:23

BUT COMMISSIONERS DECIDED IT WASN'T THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

IMPACT FEES WILL STAY WHERE THEY ARE FOR AT LEAST A YEAR.

DEVELOPERS IN THE COUNTY SAY THAT LOWER FEE --

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ABOVE GROUND POOLS-ONCAM


IT'S LED THE TOWN MANAGER TO STEP ASIDE. FUELED ALLEGATIONS OF BRIBERY. AND DIVIDED THE TOWN OF FORT MYERS BEACH.

TONIGHT -- THE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE OF ELEVATED POOL STRUCTURES COULD BE ONE STEP CLOSER TO A RESOLUTION.

ABC 7'S MATT WRIGHT HAS THE LATEST FROM FORT MYERS BEACH TOWN HALL. Return to index of stories...


ABOVE GROUND POOLS-LLPKG


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LOOK LIVE

AT A MEETING TONIGHT -- COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO RESPOND TO A LAWSUIT CENTERING ON ELEVATED POOLS.

AND TAKE UP A NEW ORDINANCE RESTRICTING THEIR CONSTRUCTION -- AFTER MONTHS OF DEBATE.

TAKE VO

DEVELOPER JOE ORLANDINI IS BEHIND THE POOLS -- BUILT TO MATCH THE HIGHER FIRST FLOOR OF NEW MANSIONS.

BUT AFTER THE TOWN GRANTED PERMITS. SOME NEIGHBORS COMPLAINED THE POOLS BLOCK THEIR PRICELESS VIEWS. AND VIOLATE SETBACK CODES.

FORT MYERS BEACH PUT CONSTRUCTION OF THE POOLS ON HOLD.

AND LAST MONTH ORLANDINI FILED SUIT. SAYING THE TOWN SHOULD HONOR THE PERMITS IT ALREADY GRANTED.

HE SAYS THE POOLS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO GO IN.

TAKE SOT

JOE ORLANDINI/DEVELOPER

41:50 right now my doors are essentially shut. i cant move forward and sell what i need to sell and what i should be able to sell 58

CONT VO

COUNCIL MET WITH THE TOWN'S ATTORNEY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THIS AFTERNOON.

IT'S EXPECTED TO OFFER SOME RESPONSE TO THE ISSUE TONIGHT.

TAKE LOOK LIVE

COUNCIL WILL ALSO TAKE UP AN ORDINANCE TO BAN ANY NEW CONSTRUCTION OF THE POOLS.

THAT MEETING IS EXPECTED TO START AT SIX-THIRTY. AND WE WILL BE HERE.

ON FORT MYERS BEACH MATT WRIGHT ABC7. Return to index of stories...


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


YOU CAN SEE THE IMPRINT OF A HAND ON A CHILD'S BACK.

IT CAME FROM SPANKING!

TONIGHT - THE STATE THAT WANTS TO LET ANY ADULT SPANK CHILDREN.

WHY THEY SAY IT WILL TEACH RESPECT.

PLUS A CUP AWAY TO KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY.

FROM HEART DISEASE TO DIABETES AND NOW SKIN CANCER.

WHY ELSE YOU NEED TO ADD COFFEE YOUR DAILY DIET.

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


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TZ1 B COFFEE BENEFITS-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


SUNSHINE RETURNS TOMORROW

Quiet weather will be back again on Wednesday. For the rest of the evening our skies stay clear and our temperatures drop back to the mid and upper 50's. No rain is on the radar and non anticipated tonight.

Mostly sunny weather is on the way again tomorrow with daytime highs in the lower 80's and slightly cooler weather right at the beaches during the day. No rain forecast again tomorrow. By Thursday and Friday our humidity will start to creep back up and a few fair-weather clouds will develop in the afternoon.

In the long-range outlook we will be tracking an approaching cold front over the weekend. The front is forecast to move over the Florida peninsula and hang out for a few days. That would argue for a few showers to post in the forecast late Saturday, Sunday and Monday. At this point it still does not look like a very wet pattern is setting up for the weekend ahead. but plan on a few showers anyway. Return to index of stories...


KANSAS SPANKING-VO-WIPE


SHOULD TEACHERS OR PRINCIPALS BE ALLOWED TO SPANK STUDENTS.

KANSAS LAMMAKERS ARE MULLING A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW IT.

IN FACT, IT GIVES ANYONE THE POWER TO DO IT --

IF THE PARENTS CONSENT.

SUPPORTERS SAY KIDS NEED TO BE TAUGHT RESPECT.

BUT CHILD ABUSE EXPERTS SAY --

THIS BILL IS ANTIQUATED.

AN IDEA FROM A TIME LONG SINCE PASSED. Return to index of stories...


KANSAS SPANKING-SOTVO


20, 30 years ago we didn't sit in car seats and we do now. And so maybe they did spank or were spanked as a child. but now we have research taht shows it is less effective than time out. it tends to lead to more aggressive behavior with a child.

STILL -- BACKERS SAY PARENTS NEED TO BE ABLE TO DISCIPLINE WITHOUT FEAR.

WE CHECKED --

30 OTHER STATES HAVE BANNED CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ALTOGEHTER. Return to index of stories...


HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE-POP-VO-WIPE


A CUP OF COFFEE NOT ONLY PROVIDES A LITTLE PICK-ME-UP, YOU MAY ALSO BE POURING

HEALTH BENEFITS INTO YOUR MUG EACH MORNING.

COFFEE CONSUMPTION HAS BEEN LINKED TO DECREASES IN DIABETES, HEART DISEASE,

EVEN CERTAIN CANCERS.

A RECENT STUDY FOUND A COMPOUND IN COFFEE MAY BLOCK A SUBSTANCE THAT PLAYS A

ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DIABETES.

COFFEE DRINKERS MAY ALSO SLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEMENTIA AND

PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST SKIN CANCER.

EVEN DECAFFEINATED COFFEE APPEARS TO PROVIDE SOME OF THE SAME PROTECTION. Return to index of stories...


HEALTH BENEFITS OF COFFEE-SOTVO


CG: Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D./Cleveland Clinic

"The benefit may be coming specifically from the coffee bean. Right? It has

that rich, dark color. It is a plant-based food. A lot of times we forget about

that, it is a bean.":11

TO GET THE MOST HEALTH BENEFITS KIRKPATRICK SAYS TO DRINK IT BLACK AND AVOID

ADDING LOTS OF SUGAR AND CREAM BECAUSE YOU'RE ONLY ADDING CALORIES. Return to index of stories...


INFANT OBESITY-VO


NEW AT 5 --

IF YOUR BABY HAS A HEALTHY APPETITE --

IT MIGHT SIGNAL THEY'LL BE HEAVY AS AN ADULT.

THAT'S THE TAKEAWAY FROM TWO NEW STUDIES.

ONE SHOWED HEAVIER BABIES AND KIDS WOUND UP MORE LIKELY TO HAVE THE URGE TO EAT WHEN THEY SAW FOOD.

THE SECOND --

FOUND THOSE WITH OBESITY-RELATED GENES WERE MORE LIKELY TO EAT, EVEN IF THEY WERE FULL.

SO WHAT'S YOUR TAKEAWAY IF YOU'RE A MOM OR AD?

WELL, EXPERTS SAY --

DON'T RESTRICT AN INFANT'S FOOD.

BUT WATCH THEM.

AND BE PREPARED TO GUIDE THEM TOWARD HEALTHIER EATING HABITS AS THEY AGE. Return to index of stories...


HOT POCKET RECALL-OTS VO


A FOOD RECALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT.

HOT POCKETS IS RECALLING SOME OF ITS PHILLY STEAK AND CHEESE PRODUCTS.

IT'S PART OF A LARGER MEAT RECALL.

THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SAID THOSE PRODUCTS WEREN'T INSPECTED PROPERLY.

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


"I learned how to be corrupt"

THIS WOMAN IS A CON-ARTIST.

SHE'S SCAMMED DOZENS AND MADE WOMEN HER TARGETS.

TONIGHT SHE REVEALS HER SECRETS.

WHY SHE WENT AFTER WOMEN AND WHAT SHE GOT.

THESE ARE THE OLYMPIC SWEATERS FOR OUR U-S ATHLETES.

DESIGNED BY RALPH LAUREN.

THEY SOLD FOR NEARLY 600-DOLLARS.

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TOSS SMART WOMAN-OTS


TODAY --

A CRIMINAL IS SHARING HER SECRETS.

SHE'S A CON ARTIST --

WHO SAYS SHE TARGETED *WOMEN* --

BECAUSE THEY WERE EASIER TO FOOL.

ABC7'S CHLOE MORRONI'S HERE WITH THIS FASCINATING STORY.

CHLOE. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-TCMON


SCAM ARTISTS CAN PREY ON WOMEN'S EMOTIONS.

WE MET A REFORMED CONVICT WHO HAS ADVICE ON HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF. Return to index of stories...


WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-PKG


NAT SOUND

THE BOOK TELLS IT ALL.

"I just submerged myself in street life. The streets raised me. I wanted to be

with those girls from Brooklyn, that was, you know, the fly girls and they were

getting money. You know, I was fascinated by them."

SHE GOES BY THE NAME "MACK MAMA." TO FIT IN, SHE SHOT VICTIMS,

SOLD DRUGS, SCAMMED THE UNSUSPECTING, AND LEARNED TO

STEAL.

SHE "GAINED" HER VICTIMS TRUST.

"Mack Mama"

In::40

Out::44

VO/NARRATION…………….

"With, with just, you know, my innocence, and, and the way I talked."

THE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR LANDED "MACK MAMA" BEHIND BARS.

"Mack Mama"

In::48

Out::59

VO/NARRATION…………….

"It's like you have a Ph.D., you go in for one crime and you come out learning

four more. I learned how to be corrupt, I learned how to, uh, make a, uh, make

a person believe me."

FRAUD DETECTIVES SAY THE GOAL OF THIEVES AND CON ARTISTS IS

ALWAYS TO WIN YOUR TRUST.

CG

Detective Jacqueline Fofana

Fraud/Forgery Dept.

Columbus Ohio Police

In: 1:05

Out: 1:07

VO/NARRATION…………….

"They're professionals. So they seek out people."

DETECTIVE JACQUELINE FOFANA SAYS WOMEN ARE EASY PREY.

Detective Jacqueline Fofana

In: 1:11

Out: 1:15

Covered first 2 seconds

VO/NARRATION…………….

"Once they see that you're vulnerable then that's when they take advantage of

you."

BOTH WOMEN SAY YOU CAN PROTECT YOURELF. HERE'S HOW.

VO/NARRATION…………….

GRAPHIC:

In: 1:18

Out: 1:39

"Mack Mama"

In: 1:39

Out: 1:41

VO/NARRATION…………….

FIRST, DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. DON'T ALLOW THE CON

ARTIST TO MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY. ASK FOR OFFERS IN WRITING.

ASK FOR A MEETING WITH YOUR ACCOUNTANT OR ATTORNEY.

REQUEST REFERENCES. NEVER ACT IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU BELIEVE

YOU ARE BEING TARGETED BY A CON ARTIST, CHECK THEM OUT WITH

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WOMEN AND CON ARTISTS-TCMON


IF YOU THINK YOU'VE BEEN CONNED OR SCAMMED, CONTACT YOUR ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, POLICE DEPARTMENT, OR THE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL FOR HELP.

THAT'S TODAY'S SMART SHOPPER I'M CHLOE MORRONI Return to index of stories...


OLYMPIC SWEATERS FOR SALE-VO


IF YOU WANT TO OWN A PIECE OF OLYMPIC HISTORY-NOW'S YOUR CHANCE.

TEAM U-S-A'S SWEATERS FROM THE OPENING CEREMONIES ARE GOING FOR BIG BUCKS ON EBAY.

SOME OF THEM SELLING FOR HUNDREDS, EVEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

DESIGNER RALPH LAUREN RELEASED 324 LIMITED-EDITION SWEATERS TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE SOCHI GAMES BEGAN.

THOSE SOLD FOR FIVE HUNDRED-95 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


SAVINGS VS. DEBT-VOTOPS


NEW NUMBERS SHOW AMERICANS AREN'T SAVING MONEY WELL.

ONLY ABOUT HALF OF ALL AMERICAS --

HAVE MORE EMERGENCY SAVINGS --

THAN CREDIT CARD DEBT.

THAT FIGURE COMES FROM BANK-RATE-DOT-COM.

THEY ADD --

THOSE IN THEIR "PRIME" EARNING YEARS -- AGES 30 TO 64 -- ARE THE "MOST" LIKELY TO FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY. Return to index of stories...


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


"Get me, my baby and my husband, and get out of here!'"

AMERICANS ON BOARD A PLANE HIJACKED BY A CO-PILOT.

WHAT ELSE THIS WOMAN WAS THINKING AS SHE HELD HER BABY AND HOPED FOR SAFETY.

SHE EXPLAINS THE REAL DANGER IN THE SKY.

THEN -

Joe Boscaglia, City of Naples Arborist

06:39:50-:54 - "It's not a fly at all, it's like a moth."

THIS BUG IS DESTROYING TREES AND BUSHES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

WHAT IT IS, HOW IT WORKS AND WHY ONE CITY WANTS TO SPENDS THOUSANDS TO TRY AND KILL IT.

THAT'S AHEAD ON ABC7 NEWS AT 5:30.

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

DEBRA POPPLE CASPER OF BONITA SPRINGS

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TZ3 A ETHIOPIAN PLANE HIJACKED-SOTVO-WIPE


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TZ3 B SPIRALING WHITE FLY-SOTVO


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