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DIRECTORS PAGE HL3) MIROMAR FIREWORKS-SOTVO
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP BIG STORY-CLIP
WOLRD CUP OVERPASS COLLAPSE-SSTOPS HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-BNC-SS-VO-WIPE
DEVELOPING STORY OPEN-CLIP HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SOTVO
HURRICANE ARTHUR-NATVOTOPS TCMON MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SS(2)-VO-WIPE
HURRICANE ARTHUR-PKG MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SOTVO
IMMIGRATION REFORM-NATVO OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-VOWIPE
IMMIGRATION REFORM-SOTVO OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-SOTVO
VET DIES WAITING FOR AMBULANCE-OTS VO CAPE BANK ROBBERY-VO
VA OFFICIAL OUT-TRX VO BABY FORMULA ARRESTS-(3) SS
TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP SAME SEX MARRIAGE IMPACT-VOWIPE
TODAY'S OTHER TOP STORIES-CG RVL SAME SEX MARRIAGE IMPACT-SOTVO
KFC GIRL UPDATE-VO CITRUS CANKER LAWSUIT DELIBERATIIONS-OTS VO
JUNE JOBS REPORT-VOWIPE FDOT BONITA BEACH RD STUDY-VO-WIPE
MORTGAGE RATES DROP-TRX VO FDOT BONITA BEACH RD STUDY-(2)SOTSVO
TEEN TERROR SUSPECT ARRESTED-VO ALGAE ON FMB-VOWIPE
TEEN TERROR SUSPECT ARRESTED-SOTVO ALGAE ON FMB-SOTVO-WIPE
CHILD RESCUED-VO SANIBEL ALGAE-VOTOPS
CHILD RESCUED-SOTVO FIREWORKS MIROMAR-VOWIPE
STOLEN MINIVAN KILLS GIRL-VO FIREWORKS MIROMAR-SOTSS
STOLEN MINIVAN KILLS GIRL-SOTVO MIROMAR PARKING HELP-FSSTOP
SWORD, BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-VO TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP
SWORD, BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-SOTVO CAPE BRDGE CLOSES FOR FIREWORKS-VIDBOXTOP
UNRULY PASSENGER-VO FIREWORKS LEGALITY-VOWIPE
UNRULY PASSENGER-SOTVO FIREWORKS LEGALITY-SOTVO
BROOKLYN BRIDGE DAMAGE-VOTOPS NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
MANATEES NOT ENDANGERED-VO TEASE ONE
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ1 A GA HOT CAR-SOTVO
TEASE FOUR------------ TZ1 B FL TEEN LOSES FAMILY-VOTOPS
TZ4 A PROTECTING YOUR EYES-VO WX TEASE-WXWALL
TZ4 B LETTER ARRIVES 83 YEARS LATER-VO FIREWORKS SCROLL
WEATHER TEASE-WXWALL BRACING FOR ARTHUR-VOTOPS
JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
FORECAST-PHC WEATHER-PWC
FORECAST-WXWALL WEATHER-WXWALL
ABC HURRICANE TRACKER-SEE JP GA HOT CAR DEATH FOLO-VO-WIPE
PROTECTING YOUR EYES-TCMON GA HOT CAR DEATH FOLO-SOTVO
PROTECTING YOUR EYES-PKG FL TEEN LOSES FAMILY-VO
PROTECTING YOUR EYES-OC TAG DRIVING WHEN DROWSY-VO
BAD TIP FIRING-VOWIPE COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
BAD TIP FIRING-SOTVO TEASE TWO-POP
TV STATION POWER OUTAGE-VO TZ2 SPORTS-VO
TOWN FOR SALE-VO WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
LETTER ARRIVES 83 YEARS LATE-VOWIPE TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
LETTER ARRIVES 83 YEARS LATE-SOTVO TZ 7 1) GOOGLE ADS-VOTOPS-WIPE
COTTON CANDY SODA-VO BNR TZ 7 2) TARGET GUNS-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
TEASE FIVE------------ DION JORDAN-VOTOPS
TZ5 A GATOR ATTACK-SOTVO NFL ELITE IGNITION NAPLES-POPMON
GOOGLE BANNING ONLINE PORN-VOTOPS NFL ELITE IGNITION NAPLES-VOTOPS
GATOR ATTACK-VOWIPE NFL ELITE IGNITION NAPLES-SOTVO
GATOR ATTACK-SOTVO WORLD CUP-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP WORLD CUP-SOTTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ WIMBLEDON-POPMON
TZ 6 1) SAME SEX MARRIAGE IMPACT-VOTOPS WIMBLEDON-VOTOPS
TZ 6 2) LEGALITY OF FIREWORKS-NATSVO RYDER CUP-VOTOPS
TZ 6 3) FL ORPHAN UPDATE-VOTOPS RYDER CUP-SOTTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT NBA FREE AGENCY-VOTOPS
HEADLINES FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
HL1) HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-VOTOPS GOODBYE-4SHOT
HL2) OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-VOTOPS  


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BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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WOLRD CUP OVERPASS COLLAPSE-SSTOPS


BREAKING NEWS AT THE SITE OF THE WORLD CUP.

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND TEN ARE INJURED AFTER AN OVERPASS COLLAPSED.

YOU CAN SEE A BUS AND OTHER CARS TRAPPED IN THE RUBBLE.

THE OVERPASS WAS PART OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE WORLD CUP. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY OPEN-CLIP


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HURRICANE ARTHUR-NATVOTOPS TCMON


nats of wind

THE FIRST HURRICANE OF THE SEASON IS BARRELING UP THE EAST COAST TONIGHT.

EMERGENCY OFFICIALS ARE ORDERING A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF HATTERAS ISLAND ALONG NORTH CAROLINA'S OUTER BANKS.

WE'VE BEEN WATCHING.

HEAVY RAINS ARE POUNDING MUCH OF THE CAROLINA COAST TONIGHT --

AS ARTHUR TRACKS NORTH TOWARD VIRGINIA.

LET'S SHOW IT TO YOU.

A-B-C'S KIRK HAWKINS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL --

HUNKERED DOWN IN NAGS HEAD, NORTH CAROLINA. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE ARTHUR-PKG


AS HURRICANE ARTHUR MAKES ITS WAY UP THE EAST COAST.

NATS: leaving

VACATIONERS ON NORTH CAROLINA'S COAST ARE PACKING UP AND LEAVING.

Nicole Specht, Visitor from Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

"My parents are frustrated. My family is frustrated

ON HATTERAS ISLAND DRIVERS ARE STOCKING UP ON GAS AND LINING UP AT THE

FERRY. AFTER A MANDATORY EVACUATION WAS ISSUED TODAY.

NATS PPLE IN CAR: "better safe than sorry"

BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE PLAN ARE PLANNING TO RIDE OUT THE STORM. MELISSA SHUTLER

SAYS SHE KNOWS HOW TO STAY SAFE

SOT/SHOT BY KIRK/DAWN - "as long as we stay away from the waves we should be

OK."

THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER PREDICTS ARTHUR WILL STENGTHEN TO A CATEGORY *

TWO* HURRICANE AS IT SMACKS THE OUTER BANKS WITH over 100-MILES-PER HOUR

WINDS TOMORROW NORTH CAROLINA'S GOVERNOR IS ASKING EVERYONE TO PLAY IT SAFE

SOT: 10:0514 "we want you to be prepared with safety packages the amount of

water and lighting. flash lights."

EARLIER TODAY ARTHUR SKIRTED PAST FLORIDABUT LEFT BEHIND A HIDDEN DANGER FOR

MILLIONS OF HOLIDAY BEACHGOERS.

SOT/FLORIDA/RIP CURRENT "off shore movement is going to create a lot of

swells and disturbances in the water."

THE RIP CURRENT RISK FROM ARTHUR WILL AFFECT MOST OF THE EAST COAST. WITH

RED FLAGS FLYING ALONG 500 MILES OF SHORELINE.

IN VIRGINIA THEY ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE HURRICANE. BUT STAYING

POSITIVE.

MOS/VA: It's supposed to be here Friday that's all what I know about it

S/UP: AS ARTHUR BARRELS UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD. 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS

DISPLAYS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CANCELED ON THE OUTER BANKS AND IN BOSTON, THEY

WERE FORCED TO MOVE UP THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS TO TODAY, TO AVOID A JULY

4TH WASHOUT.

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IMMIGRATION REFORM-NATVO


LOOKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW -

MORE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS COULD ARRIVE IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOWN OF MURRIETA.

TONIGHT - SOME PEOPLE FEAR THE PROTESTS COULD BE UGLIER THAN THEY WERE EARLIER THIS WEEK.

nats from:11-:18

PROTESTS CONTINUED LAST NIGHT IN A HEATED TOWN HALL MEETING.

PEOPLE PACKED THE AUDITORIUM.

THEIR CHEERS DROWNED OUT ANY OPPOSITION TO THE TOWN'S STANCE AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S BUSING-IN OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY.

THOUSANDS ARE CRAMMED INTO FACILITIES IN TEXAS -- THEY'RE BEING MOVED TO CALIFORNIA TO MAKE SPACE.

MANY ARE CHILDREN WHO CAME HERE ON THEIR OWN. Return to index of stories...


IMMIGRATION REFORM-SOTVO


"This is an invasion. Why is not the National Guard not out there stopping them from coming in."

A TOTAL OF 60 TO 80 THOUSAND CHILDREN WITHOUT PARENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ILLEGALLY CROSS THE BORDER THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


VET DIES WAITING FOR AMBULANCE-OTS VO


A NEW MEXICO V-A HOSPITAL IS REVIEWING ITS POLICIES TONIGHT --

AFTER A VETERAN DIED INSIDE THAT FACILITY.

IT'S THE LATEST BLOW TO THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT --

EMBROILED IN SCANDAL RIGHT NOW.

THIS VETERAN COLLAPSED IN THE V-A'S CAFETERIA.

HE APPEARED TO BE HAVING A HEART ATTACK.

STAFF CALLED 9-1-1 AND WAITED FOR THE AMBULANCE TO TAKE HIM TO THE E-R, FOLLOWING RULES.

BUT THE E-R WAS JUST 500 YARDS AWAY.

BY THE TIME THE AMBULANCE GOT THERE, THE MAN WAS DEAD.

WALKING HIM THERE -- WHICH WOULD HAVE TAKEN US FOUR MINUTES --

MAY HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE. Return to index of stories...


VA OFFICIAL OUT-TRX VO


AND MORE FALLOUT TONIGHT FROM THE V-A SCANDAL

ANOTHER TOP OFFICIAL IS OUT.

CHIEF MEDICAL INSPECTOR JOHN PIERCE HAS RETIRED.

BUT HIS RETIREMENT COMES AFTER AN INDEPENDENT REPORT SHOWED HIS OFFICE DOWNPLAYED COMPLAINTS ABOUT PROBLEMS AT V-A HOSPITALS. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIP


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TODAY'S OTHER TOP STORIES-CG RVL


NOW FOR A QUICK LOOK AT SOME OF THE TOP STORIES MAKING NEWS AROUND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

A HORRIBLE CASE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN LEE COUNTY.

INVESTIGATIORS SAY SHAWN LEWIS WAS FORCING A YOUNG MOTHER TO HAVE SEX WITH PEOPLE -- ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THEY SAY HE MADE HER WORK FOR HIS ESCORT SERVICE.

TONIGHT -- BOTH THE VICTIM AND HER TWO-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ARE IN A SEX VICTIM RECOVERY PROGRAM.

A CAPE CORAL BANK ROBBER IS ON THE LOOSE.

THE ROBBERY HAPPENED AT THE BUSEY BANK ON DEL PRADO BOULEVARD.

THE ROBBER WIELDED A GUN.

WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT IF HE GOT AWAY WITH ANY CASH.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS START TONIGHT IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

LIVE MUSIC AND ACTIVIIES FOR KIDS START IN JUST A FEW MINUTES AT SIX.

FIREWORKS CAP OFF THE NIGHT ABOUT 9-30. Return to index of stories...


KFC GIRL UPDATE-VO


AN UPDATE NOW ON THE THREE-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO'S FAMILY SAYS WAS ASKED TO LEAVE A K-F-C BECAUSE HER FACE WAS SCARING OTHER CUSTOMERS.

HER FAMILY SAYS THEY WON'T DIRECTLY ACCEPT A 30-THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION FROM THE CHAIN.

THE FAMILY PLANS TO GIVE THE MONEY TO THE FRANK STILE FOUNDATION.

STILE IS A LAS VEGAS DOCTOR WHO HAS OFFERED TO HELP THE GIRL AFTER A PITBULL MAULED HER FACE.

THE RESTAURANT OFFRED THE MONEY TO HELP WITH THE GIRL'S MEDICAL BILLS - EVEN THOUGH IT SAYS AN INVESTIGATION SHOWS THE GIRL WAS NEVER TOLD TO LEAVE.

HER FAMILY STANDS BEHIND THEIR CLAIMS. Return to index of stories...


JUNE JOBS REPORT-VOWIPE


TONIGHT - JOB SEEKERS HAVE SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE.

THE JUNE JOBS REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SHOWS THE U-S ECONOMY ADDED 288-THOUSAND JOBS.

JUNE MARKS THE FIFTH STRAIGHT MONTH EMPLOYERS HAVE ADDED AT LEAST 2-HUNDRED-THOUSAND JOBS.

THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED WAS IN 19-99.

THE REPORT ALSO SHOWS A SLIGHT DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT --

IT'S DOWN FROM 6-POINT-3 PERCENT TO 6-POINT-1 PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


MORTGAGE RATES DROP-TRX VO


MORTGAGE RATES ALSO DROPPED THIS WEEK.

ACCORDING TO FREDDIE MAC THE INTEREST RATE FOR A 30-YEAR FIXED RATE LOAN IS AT 4-POINT-12 PERCENT.

THE RATE HASN'T BEEN THAT LOW SINCE LAST OCTOBER WHEN IT WAS 4-POINT-10 PERCENT.

THE DROP SURPRISED SOME EXPERTS.

THEY EXPECTED RATES TO RISE ONCE THE FED BEGAN TO CUT BACK ON ITS PURCHASES OF TREASURY BONDS AND MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES. Return to index of stories...


TEEN TERROR SUSPECT ARRESTED-VO


A TEENAGER IN COLORADO IS FACING CHARGES --

SHE TRIED TO HELP ISLAMIC RADICALS IN SYRIA.

AND HER FRIENDS ARE NOW SAYING THEY NOTICED HER DRESSING DIFFERENTLY RECENTLY.

F-B-I AGENTS BUSTED SHANNON CONLEY, AS SHE WAS TRYING TO BOARD A FLIGHT FOR GERMANY.

NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW -- THE CERTIFIED NURSE'S AID FELL IN LOVE WITH AN ISLAMIC RADICAL ONLINE.

AND PEOPLE SHE KNOWS SAY SHE WAS ACTING STRANGELY. Return to index of stories...


TEEN TERROR SUSPECT ARRESTED-SOTVO


SOT brenda herrera / NEIGHBOR

I would see her walk to school, she would have a head covering like a burka

--BUTT SOT--

pastor george morrison/faith bible chapel

she said things like I am pursuing the Muslim faith. So we said fine. /

00:07:27:36 But that's when she began to act very strange

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THE F-B-I SAYS, CONLEY TOLD INVESTIGATORS SHE LIKED THE IDEA OF GURIELLA WARFAR -- AND REFERED TO U-S BASES AS TARGETS.

WHEN AGENTS WARNED HER TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT HER ACTIONS SHE SAID "I'D RATHER BE IN PRISION THAN DO NOTHING." Return to index of stories...


CHILD RESCUED-VO


A GAS STATION CLERK IS BEING HAILED A HERO IN ARIZONA --

AFTER HELPNIG FIND A MISSING BABY.

SIX-MONTH-OLD LAYLANI MOSELY WAS WITH HER GRANDMOTHER -

WHO HAS A HISTORY OF MENTAL ISSUES.

FAMILY MEMBERS REPORTED THE CHILD MISSING AND AN AMBER ALERT WAS ISSUED.

THE GAS STATION CLERK'S INSTINCTS KICKED IN, TO SAVE THE BABY. Return to index of stories...


CHILD RESCUED-SOTVO


"On the phone and my boss sent me the picture on Google of the Amber Alert of the grandma and the daughter and I'm like. that's her."

INVESTIGATORS DESCRIBED THE GRANDMOTHER AS ACTING DISORIENTED --

CLAIMING TO BE THE BABY'S MOTHER. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN MINIVAN KILLS GIRL-VO


I WANT TO SHARE A TRAGIC STORY OUT OF NEW YORK CITY WITH YOU.

OFFICERS IN BROOKLYN SAY -- THE PERSON DRIVING A STOLEN MINIVAN HIT A FAMILY AND KILLING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL.

HER MOTHER AND SISTER ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

ACCORDING TO OFFICERS THE DRIVER OF THE VAN HOPPED THE CURB AND HIT THE FAMILY.

THE DRIVER RAN.

WITNESSES TRIED TO SAVE THE YOUNG GIRL. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN MINIVAN KILLS GIRL-SOTVO


"We seen the car crash. We seen two girls laying down on the floor by the car. A lot of blood. Then, we realized that somebody else was under the car, so me and a couple of my friends pushed the car over and then started to pick up the girl or whatever to see if she was OK."

OFFICERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING AND LOOKING FOR THE DRIVER. Return to index of stories...


SWORD, BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-VO


ALSO NEW --

A BIZARRE REASON -- FOR A TRULY BIZARRE FIGHT.

INVESTIGATORS IN PENNSYLVANIA SAY TWO EXES STARTED ARGUING OVER A SIX-DOLLAR WALMART GIFT CARD.

THE WOMAN'S NEW HUSBAND TRIED TO INTERVENE.

THAT'S WHEN SHE SAYS -- HER EX ATTACKED HIM WITH A SWORD AND CUT HIM.

HER HUSBAND USED A GRILL BRUSH TO FIGHT BACK. Return to index of stories...


SWORD, BBQ BRUSH FIGHT-SOTVO


Once right across the head

Reporter: And that's all it took?

That's all it took.

Soon as I cracked him he was gone.

OFFICERS ARRESTED HIS WIFE'S EX-HUSBAND.

HE'S FACES A NUMBER OF CHARGES INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. Return to index of stories...


UNRULY PASSENGER-VO


AN UNRULY PASSENGER DERAILED AN AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT.

THE PLANE WAS HEADING FROM SAN DIEGO TO DALLAS, BUT WAS FORCED TO STOP IN PHOENIX.

THE PASSENGER WAS ESCORTED OFF THE PLANE AND TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY. Return to index of stories...


UNRULY PASSENGER-SOTVO


they told us that they had to get gas and that the plane was heavy so that they had to check the plane. OK Check it for what? Yeah. So we just sat there, and they handcuffed him and they didn't have incident and they got him outside.

THE QUESTION IS --

WHAT DID THIS PASSENGER DO?

WE'RE WORKING TO FIND OUT --

BUT INVESIGATORS ARE TIGHT-LIPPED. Return to index of stories...


BROOKLYN BRIDGE DAMAGE-VOTOPS


THE FACADE OF A DECORATIVE WALL UNDERNEATH THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE HAS COLLAPSED.

THAT HURT 500 PEOPLE LAST NIGHT.

THANKFULLY, NO ONE WAS TRAPPED.

THE VICTIMS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE A FULL RECOVERY.

INVESTIGATORS SPENT TODAY TRYING TO FIND OUT WHY IT COLLAPSED. Return to index of stories...


MANATEES NOT ENDANGERED-VO


GOOD NEWS FOR FLORIDA'S GENTLE GIANTS.

THE MANATEES' NEARLY FIVE-DECADE RUN AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES COULD SOON BE OVER.

MANATEES HAVE BEEN ON THE LIST SINCE IT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 19-67.

RIGHT NOW --

THE U-S FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS CONDUCTING A STATUS REVIEW.

THE REVIEW COMES AFTER A PETITION AND LAWSUIT FROM A LEGAL GROUP, REPRESENTING FLORIDA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS.

OFFICIALS SAY A STATUS CHANGE WILL NOT MEAN A CHANGE IN FEDERAL PROTECTIONS FOR THE ANIMAL. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


YOU PROTECT YOUR SKIN -- BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR EYES.

ABC7 HELPS YOU SEE WHAT THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SUN IS DOING TO YOUR VISION--

ESPECIALLY IF YOUR EYES ARE BLUE, GREEN OR HAZEL.

AND MORE THAN EIGHT DECADES IN THE MAKING.

THE LETTER THAT JUST ARRIVED AFTER 83 YEARS.

WHAT IT SAYS AND WHO IT WAS FOR.

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


TZ4 A PROTECTING YOUR EYES-VO


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TZ4 B LETTER ARRIVES 83 YEARS LATER-VO


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WEATHER TEASE-WXWALL


HOT AND MOSTLY DRY FOR JULY 4TH

It was another hot and humid day across the region, with temps pushing into the low 90s. A few scattered showers did develop inland and this activity will diminish this evening, with temps only falling into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows only down in the mid to upper 70s.

Independence Day

It's shaping up to be a mostly dry - but hot - July 4th for Southwest Florida. Dry air will remain in place courtesy of Hurricane Arthur, and the result will be reduced rain chances. A couple isolated showers will be possible in the morning time frame with onshore flow continuing.

Most of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with the exception of a few isolated showers inland. Highs for Independence Day will be in the low 90s, with temps for the fireworks shows in the 80s.

Moisture does slowly return to the area starting Saturday. This will bring slightly better rain and storm chances to the area, although many locations will likely stay dry. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture works in on Sunday, and this will be our best chance for rain and storms over the holiday weekend. The rain and storms should hold off until the afternoon and early evening hours, with temps holding in the low 90s.

The typical morning sunshine-PM storms weather pattern returns by next week, with temps in the low 90s.

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur remains a strong Category 1 hurricane in the 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts of 115 mph. Arthur is now 225 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The hurricane is still expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm this evening before impacting the eastern coastline of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of coastal North Carolina.

Winds approaching 100 mph and storm surge of 3 to 5 feet will be possible with Arthur as it slides across coastal areas of North Carolina.

Arthur will exit quickly early Friday morning, and may cause some impacts to the Cape Cod area of New England before heading toward Eastern Canada. Return to index of stories...


JP WEATHERATE 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


HOT AND MOSTLY DRY FOR JULY 4TH

It was another hot and humid day across the region, with temps pushing into the low 90s. A few scattered showers did develop inland and this activity will diminish this evening, with temps only falling into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows only down in the mid to upper 70s.

Independence Day

It's shaping up to be a mostly dry - but hot - July 4th for Southwest Florida. Dry air will remain in place courtesy of Hurricane Arthur, and the result will be reduced rain chances. A couple isolated showers will be possible in the morning time frame with onshore flow continuing.

Most of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with the exception of a few isolated showers inland. Highs for Independence Day will be in the low 90s, with temps for the fireworks shows in the 80s.

Moisture does slowly return to the area starting Saturday. This will bring slightly better rain and storm chances to the area, although many locations will likely stay dry. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture works in on Sunday, and this will be our best chance for rain and storms over the holiday weekend. The rain and storms should hold off until the afternoon and early evening hours, with temps holding in the low 90s.

The typical morning sunshine-PM storms weather pattern returns by next week, with temps in the low 90s.

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur remains a strong Category 1 hurricane in the 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts of 115 mph. Arthur is now 225 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The hurricane is still expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm this evening before impacting the eastern coastline of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of coastal North Carolina.

Winds approaching 100 mph and storm surge of 3 to 5 feet will be possible with Arthur as it slides across coastal areas of North Carolina.

Arthur will exit quickly early Friday morning, and may cause some impacts to the Cape Cod area of New England before heading toward Eastern Canada. Return to index of stories...


ABC HURRICANE TRACKER-SEE JP


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PROTECTING YOUR EYES-TCMON


THE SUN IS A MAJOR PART OF OUR LIVES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

YOU LIKELY LATHER UP EVERYDAY -- OR YOU SHOULD -- BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PROTECT YOUR EYES?

IF YOU DON'T YOU'RE INCREASING YOUR RISK FOR EYE DISEASES AND CANCER -- YEARS DOWN THE ROAD. Return to index of stories...


PROTECTING YOUR EYES-PKG


A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DON'T HAVE ALL THE FACTS WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING THEIR EYES FROM ULTRAVIOLET RAYS, ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY.

IT SHOWS MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE THAT CERTAIN THINGS CAN CAUSE PEOPLE TO BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO UV DAMAGE, INCLUDING:

-SOME MEDICATIONS

AND

-HAVING A LIGHT EYE COLOR -- BLUE, GREEN OR HAZEL.

KNOWING THE FACTS IS IMPORTANT TO PREVENT THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS, SAY DOCTORS.

TUMORS CAN DEVELOP ON THE SURFACE OF THE EYE, WHICH CAN BE CANCEROUS. IN ADDITION.

You can get skin cancers and skin growths on your eyelids just like other areas of skin And internally, you can get issues that are related to, um, excess amounts of sun and UV light.

ISSUES LIKE MACULAR DEGENERATION- CENTRAL VISION LOSS- OR CATARACTS.

THE ACADEMY SAYS THERE ARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE RIGHT NOW FOR PROTECTION.

Wear your sunglasses, a big pair of sunglasses

-LOOK FOR ONES LABELED, "100 PERCENT UV PROTECTION," MEANING THEY PROTECT AGAINST UVA AND UVB RAYS. THEY MAY ALSO SAY "UV400."

-WEAR THEM EVEN IF IT'S CLOUDY.

-ALSO PUT ON A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT.

-DON'T USE CONTACT LENSES AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROTECTING THE ENTIRE EYE. Return to index of stories...


PROTECTING YOUR EYES-OC TAG


ONE MORE THING TO REMEMBER --

THIS DOESN'T JUST APPLY TO ADULTS.

CHILDREN NEED THE SAME PROTECTION. Return to index of stories...


BAD TIP FIRING-VOWIPE


A WOMAN WHO TOOK TO FACEBOOK TO VENT ABOUT HER BAD DAY AT WORK --

JUST GOT FIRED FOR IT.

SHE WORKS AS A WAITRESS AT A RESTAURANT.

AND SHE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE BAD TIPPERS ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE.

SHE DIDN'T REALIZE -

ONE OF HER FACEBOOK FRIENDS WAS ONE OF HER CUSTOMERS.

THE FRIEND PRINTED OUT A SCREEN SHOT OF THE STATUS UPDATE --

AND TOOK IT TO THE RESTAURANT MANAGER. Return to index of stories...


BAD TIP FIRING-SOTVO


SOT Kelly says, "They told me that I knew what I was doing when I posted

that, and they would have to let me go because a customer came in, print off

a screenshot of it, and they were really upset."

THE WAITRESS CALLS THIS A HARD LESSON TO LEARN.

BUT SHE SAYS SHE'LL MORE CAREFUL THE VENUE SHE CHOOSES TO VENT IN -- IN THE FUTURE. Return to index of stories...


TV STATION POWER OUTAGE-VO


FOR A NEWS TEAM IN OREGON -- THE LIGHTS MAY GO OUT -- BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED DURING THEIR MORNING SHOW.

THE UTILITY COMPANY SAYS A SQUIRREL GNAWED AT SOME ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.

THEY ESTIMATE MORE THAN NINE-THOUSAND CUSTOMERS -- INCLUDING THE T-V STATION -- WERE LEFT IN THE DARK.

IT TOOK THREE HOURS TO GET BACK ON. Return to index of stories...


TOWN FOR SALE-VO


A SMALL TOWN IN SOUTH DAKOTA IS MAKING INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES THIS WEEK.

SWETT -- IS IN THE SOUTHWEST PART OF SOUTH DAKOTA.

ONLY TWO PEOPLE LIVE THERE AND THE TOWN IS FOR SALE.

THAT'S RIGHT -- THE ENTIRE TOWN -- FOR SALE.

THERE ISN'T A LOT TO DO IN SWETT ASIDE FROM THE LOCAL TAVERN.

A NUMBER OF BUYERS FROM CHINA ARE TRYING TO BUY IT.

IT'S JUST A FEW HOURS FROM MOUNT RUSHMORE.

THE TOWN SITS ON SIX ACRES OF LAND -- WITH A TAVERN -- HOUSE -- THREE TRAILERS -- AND A GARAGE.

IT'S LISTED AT 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


LETTER ARRIVES 83 YEARS LATE-VOWIPE


A LETTER SENT FROM A MOTHER TO HER DAUGHTER IS BRINGING NEW MEANING TO -- SNAIL MAIL.

THE LETTER WAS INTENDED FOR ANN MACMICHAELS GRANDMOTHER -- BACK IN 1931.

THE NINE PAGES DETAIL THE LIFE OF A 23-YEAR OLD IN NORTHERN MAINE WITH DREAMS OF BOSTON.

SHE WAS PIANIST AND WROTE ABOUT HER TIME AT A MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH ONE OF HER PROFESSORS -- SHE DIDN'T LEAVE OUT ANY DETAILS. Return to index of stories...


LETTER ARRIVES 83 YEARS LATE-SOTVO


.he would say for instance, for god's sakes you stupid fools can't you even read the notes?"

THE LETTER WAS MARKED WITH A 2-CENT STAMP.

IT JUST ARRIVED AT THE TOWN'S POST OFFICE.

NO ONE KNOWS WHERE IT CAME FROM -- BUT AFTER 83 YEARS. YES MORE THAN EIGHT DECADES IT FINALLY WAS DELIVERED TO THE CORRECT ADDRESS. Return to index of stories...


COTTON CANDY SODA-VO BNR


HOW DO YOU THINK THIS WILL TASTE?

DETROIT'S FAMOUS *FAYGO* BEVERAGE COMPANY IS LAUNCHING A NEW FLAVOR -- COTTON CANDY SODA.

RIGHT NOW --

YOU'LL ONLY FIND IT IN THE MIDWEST, OR ONLINE.

EVENTUALLY, IT'LL LAUNCH TO THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

TO CELEBRATE THE NEW PRODUCT -- FAYGO IS RUNNING A CONTEST THIS MONTH WHERE YOU CAN WIN A BIKE AND OTHER PRIZES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOG ONTO OUR WEBSITE -- A-B-C DASH 7 DOT COM.

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NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


Monica Valdez/Witness - "As soon as the alligator faced me my instinct was to run."

ATTACKED BY AN ALLIGATOR.

AHEAD - WHY A MAN GOT TOO CLOSE TO THE GATOR AND HOW OTHERS SAVED HIS LIFE. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A GATOR ATTACK-SOTVO


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GOOGLE BANNING ONLINE PORN-VOTOPS


GOOGLE SAYS NO MORE PORN.

STARTING THIS WEEK --

THEY'RE BANNING PORNOGRAPHY FROM THEIR ONLINE ADS.

THEY WILL NOT ALLOW ADDS THAT INCLUDE WHAT THEY CALL SEXUAL IMAGERY, HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY, OR GRAPHIC SEX ACTS.

THE PORN AD BAN COMES A YEAR AFTER GOOGLE DECIDED TO REMOVE BLOGS --

FROM ITS BLOGGER NETWORK --

THAT ALSO CONTAINED ADVERTISEMENTS FOR ONLINE PORN SITES. Return to index of stories...


GATOR ATTACK-VOWIPE


A TEXAS FISHERMAN IS RECOVERING TONIGHT AFTER THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE.

HE GOT INTO A BRAWL WITH A GATOR!

AN 8-FOOT ALLIGATOR TO BE EXACT.

THE HOUSTON AREA MAN WAS FISHING IN A POND WHEN THE GATOR SURFACED.

THE GATOR WAS HOOKED.

IT LET THE MAN GET THE HOOK OUT AND THEN SNAPPED.

OTHERS WHO WERE NEARBY RAN.

THE MAN TRIED TO RUN AND TRIPPED.

THE GATOR BIT HIS HAND AND OTHERS RAN BACK TO HELP HIM. Return to index of stories...


GATOR ATTACK-SOTVO


Laura Valdez/Witness

when he went like that, the alligator bit him in the hand. so i stopped, ran back, and pulled him up and ran with him

THAT WOMAN RAN TO HELP THE MAN -- SHE GOT HIM AWAY FROM THE ALLIGATOR.

DOCTORS TREATED THE MAN FOR THE BITES. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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


IS FLORIDA READY FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE?

WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE COURT BATTLE RAGING RIGHT NOW.

BUT AT SIX --

ABC7 UNCOVERS WHETHER WE'RE PREPARED FOR A RUSH OF WEDDINGS.

"fireworks"

THEY'RE ILLEGAL --

BUT YOU CAN SET THEM OFF ANYWAY.

AT 6.

THE LOOPHOLE THAT LETS YOU BUY FIREWORKS --

AND WHY AUTHORITIES AREN'T ENFORCING THE LAW.

PLUS --

HE WON AMERICA'S HEARTS --

AND AN OHIO FAMILY TOOK THIS FLORIDA ORPHAN IN.

UNFORTUNATELY IT DIDN'T WORK OUT.

WE EXPLAIN -- AT SIX. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) SAME SEX MARRIAGE IMPACT-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 2) LEGALITY OF FIREWORKS-NATSVO


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TZ 6 3) FL ORPHAN UPDATE-VOTOPS


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CLOSE-2SHOT


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HEADLINES


A YOUNG MOTHER FORCED TO BE A SEX SLAVE--

NOW AT SIX--

THE MAN DETECTIVES SAY FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

AND WHY IT TOOK A YEAR TO ARREST HIM.

PLUS --

THE HEAT IS ON!

IN JUST ONE WEEK--

66 DRUG RELATED ARRESTS IN ONE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COUNTY.

NOW AT SIX--

HOW CHARLOTTE COUNTY DID --

AND THEIR SHERIFF'S TOUGH MESSAGE FOR THE DEALERS.

people running around and kids running around- its a lot of fun

INDEPENDENCE DAY EVE!

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO GET TO THE BIG CELEBRATION--

FROM PARKING--

TO FOOD--

AND THE BIG FIREWORKS SHOW--

ABC 7 HAS YOU COVERED.

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HL1) HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-VOTOPS


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HL2) OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-VOTOPS


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HL3) MIROMAR FIREWORKS-SOTVO


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BIG STORY-CLIP


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HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-BNC-SS-VO-WIPE


OUR BIG STORY AT 5 --

A YOUNG SOUTHWEST FLORIDA MOTHER BLACKMAILED INTO PROSTITUTION.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SHE WAS GROOMED FOR A YEAR --

THEN FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

BUT TONIGHT --

SHAWN LEWIS IS FACING HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE LEE COUNTY MAN --

USED A HOTEL ROOM IN COLLIER COUNTY FOR HIS ESCORT SERVICE.

HE CALLED IT "PERFECT 10 COMPANIONS."

ACCORDING TO DETECTIVES --

LEWIS MET THE 21-YEAR OLD WOMAN THROUGH FACEBOOK.

INVESTIGATORS SAY HE FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX IN SEVEN FLORIDA CITIES, PLUS NEW JERSEY AND NEVADA.

COLLIER COUNTY SAYS IT TOOK A YEAR TO BUILD THEIR CASE. Return to index of stories...


HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARREST-SOTVO


DET. ANDREW HENCHESMOORE, CCSO

"It's very serious, it's someone holding somebody against their will and making them a slave. It's almost as serious as it can get in my opinion. It's a first degree felony punishable up to 30 years."

THE VICTIMS SAYS LEWIS THREATENED TO SEND SEXUAL VIDEOS OF HER TO HER FAMILY AND THE STATE --

TELLING HER IT WOULD MAKE THEM TAKE HER TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SS(2)-VO-WIPE


A LEHIGH ACRES WOMAN CONVICTED OF CHILD NEGLECT AND NEGLIGENCE AFTER THE DROWNING DEATH OF A TWO-YEAR-OLD BOY WILL SPEND EIGHT MONTHS IN JAIL.

LAST YEAR -

CHRISTIAN BYRD DROWNED IN A KIDDIE POOL IN THE BACKYARD OF MELISSA SMITH'S DAYCARE.

SMITH LEFT THE BOY AND THREE OTHER CHILDREN ALONE AS SHE WENT INTO HER HOUSE TO USE THE BATHROOM.

DURING TODAY'S SENTENCING --

THE BOY'S FAMILY PLEADED FOR THE JUDGE TO SENTENCE SMITH TO THE MAXIMUM FIVE YEARS IN PRISON.

THEY FILLED THE COURTROOM WEARING T-SHIRTS AND HOLDING POSTERS OF CHRISTIAN'S PICTURE.

THE TODDLER'S MOTHER SAYS SHE WILL NEVER FORGET THE PHONE CALL SHE GOT TELLING HER THAT HER SON WAS DEAD. Return to index of stories...


MELISSA SMITH SENTENCED-SOTVO


I received a life sentence as a grieving mother and my son received the death sentence

SMITH WILL SERVE FIVE YEARS PROBATION WHEN SHE'S RELEASED FROM JAIL. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-VOWIPE


THE HEAT IS ON IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.

IN ONE WEEK DEPUTIES ARRESTED 66 PEOPLE ON MORE THAN 360 DRUG RELATED CHARGES.

SHERIFF BILL PRUMMEL SAYS IT'S ALL PART OF WHAT HIS OFFICE CALLS "OPERATION SUMMER HEAT"

THE ROUNDUP STARTED LAST THURSDAY -- BUT THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN MONTHS AGO.

ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS THE BIGGEST DRUG PROBLEM IS METH.

SHERIFF PRUMMELL SAYS MOST DRUGS COME FROM OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTY.

HE HAS A MESSAGE FOR USERS AND DEALERS WHO MIGHT BE ON THE STREET. Return to index of stories...


OPERATION SUMMER HEAT-SOTVO


"They can either straighten up, get their act together, become a part of our community. Or, they can go to jail. Or quite frankly they can get the hell out of my county because we don't want 'em here, none of us want them here."

DEPUTIES ARE WORKING ON CASES TO TARGET LARGE DEALERS WHO ARE SUPPLYING THE DRUGS.

20 MORE CASES ARE STILL PENDING IN THE OPERATION. Return to index of stories...


CAPE BANK ROBBERY-VO


A-B-C 7 CAN SHOW YOU SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS TONIGHT --

OF A BRAZEN BANK ROBBERY IN CAPE CORAL.

CHECK IT OUT.

A MAN WITH A GUN JUMPED UP ON THE TELLER'S

COUNTER --

DEMANDING CASH.

IT HAPPENED AT THE BUSEY BANK ON DEL PRADO.

THIS MAN'S ATTIRE WAS BIZARRE.

WITNESSES SAY HE MAY HAVE BEEN WEARING A TOWEL ON HIS HEAD --

AND DISGUISING HIS FACE WITH PANTYHOSE.

NO ONE GOT HURT.

CALL POLICE IF YOU SEE HIM. Return to index of stories...


BABY FORMULA ARRESTS-(3) SS


NEW AT SIX --

IF YOU EVER WONDER WHY BABY FORUMLA IS LOCKED UP AT GROCERY STORES, HERE'S WHY.

CAPE CORAL POLICE HELPED BUST A TWO MILLION DOLLAR BABY FORMULA THEFT RING.

ALICIA TONDREAU-LEVE -- FROM ROCKLEDGE - IS ACCUSED OF OPERATING A BUSINESS ON CRAIGSLIST NAMED "FORMULA MOM."

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE SHE RECRUITED *THIS WOMAN FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA -- AND ANOTHER FROM THE TAMPA BAY AREA.

THEY HELPED STEAL A LOT OF BABY FORMULA, THEN SHIP IT TO NEW YORK -- WISCONSIN - AND CALIFORNIA.

THE RING LEADER IS ACCUSED OF MAKING UP TO TWO MILLION DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


SAME SEX MARRIAGE IMPACT-VOWIPE


A FLORIDA JUDGE WILL SOON RULE ON WHETHER TO OVERTURN THE STATE'S BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE.

ABC7 WANTED TO KNOW IF THAT HAPPENS WILL COURT CLERKS STATEWIDE BE READY.

WE SPOKE WITH THE LEE COUNTY CLERK OF COURT AND FOUND OUT EVEN IF MORE PEOPLE COME IN TO GET MARRIED - THE OFFICE WILL NOT ADD EXTRA EMPLOYEES.

WE WERE TOLD EMPLOYEES IN THE RECORDING DEPARTMENT ARE CROSS-TRAINED.

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SAME SEX MARRIAGE IMPACT-SOTVO


4:18 - 4:29

I don't think it would be much different for us. IT would just be a few wording changes here and there and we would kind of go about business as usual.

CLERKS ALREADY RECEIVED A PROPOSED SCRIPT TO DELIVER DURING A SAME SEX CEREMONY.

IT REFERS TO PEOPLE TYING THE KNOT AS "FIRST SPOUSE" AND "SECOND SPOUSE" RATHER THAN HUSBAND OR WIFE. Return to index of stories...


CITRUS CANKER LAWSUIT DELIBERATIIONS-OTS VO


THOUSANDS OF FLORIDIANS WILL GET PART OF AN 8-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT.

IT'S TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR THE GOVERNMENT CUTTING DOWN THEIR CITRUS TREES.

EARLIER THIS YEAR --

A JUDGE RULED FLORIDA DID NOT FULLY COMPENSATE THE HOMEOWNERS FOR THE TREES THEY REMOVED.

THE STATE GOT RID OF ROUGHLY 34-THOUSAND TREES IN LEE COUNTY ALONE AS CREWS WORKED TO COMBAT CANKER --

THE DISEASE DESTROYS FRUIT.

THE STATE OFFERED HOMEOWNERS GIFT CARDS THAT WERE NOT NEARLY THE SAME VALUE AS THE LOST TREES.

THIS EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS WILL BE SPLIT AMONG ABOUT 25-THOUSAND HOMEOWNERS. Return to index of stories...


FDOT BONITA BEACH RD STUDY-VO-WIPE


NOW TO AN ABC 7 UPDATE ON A CONTROVERSIAL TRAFFIC STUDY.

TONIGHT WE'VE LEARNED THE MILLION DOLLAR STUDY FOR A BONITA SPRINGS INTERSECTION IS ON HOLD.

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS STOPPING THE STUDY ON BONITA BEACH ROAD AND U-S 41

THAT'S AFTER A HEATED COUNCIL MEETING JUST LAST NIGHT WHEN MANY PEOPLE BEGGED THEM TO.

RESIDENTS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS OPPOSE A FLYOVER--

WHICH IS JUST ONE OPTION TO HELP EASE CONGESTION.

THE STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO LOOK AT OTHER ALTERNATIVES -- BUT PEOPLE FEARED THE RESULTS WOULD SAY AN OVERPASS WAS THE BEST OPTION. Return to index of stories...


FDOT BONITA BEACH RD STUDY-(2)SOTSVO


Larry McCoy

Manager, vacuum depot

45:16 45:23

Not only is it an eyesore but te businesEs usually around it within a very short period of time they wind up disappearing

Debbie tower

Florida department of transportation

39:04 39:16

Wih last nights city council vote and the tremendous interest there secretary hattaway made the decision to stop activity on the study until the lee MPO vote

THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION WILL VOTE AT ITS NEXT MEETING AT THE END OF AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


ALGAE ON FMB-VOWIPE


A HARMFUL ALGAE BLOOM IS TAINTING OUR COAST TONIGHT.

RED, GREEN AND BROWN DRIFT ALGAE IS PLAGUING FORT MYERS BEACH.

LARGE BLOOMS HAVEN'T BEEN THERE SINCE 2006.

RESEARCHERS SAY THIS BLOOM COULD BE THE RESULT OF LAST YEAR'S FRESH WATER RELEASES FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE.

PEOPLE ON THE BEACH TODAY TOLD ABC7 -- YOU CAN'T SEE THE ALGAE, BUT YOU FEEL IT WHEN YOU GET IN THE WATER.

THEY SAY IT'S SLIMY. Return to index of stories...


ALGAE ON FMB-SOTVO-WIPE


08 Stephen Wheeler, Fort Myers Beach "It's like a brown, yogurt-based stuff floating by and I even asked some of the guys - I said, what is that stuff? Nobody. we did not know what it was."

THE WATER IS SAFE FOR YOU TO SWIM.

THE BIG CONCERN IS FOR MARINE LIFE IN THE GULF. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL ALGAE-VOTOPS


NOW TO THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY WHERE THE SLIMY AND SMELLY ALGAE BLOOM WE TOLD YOU ABOUT EARLIER THIS WEEK IS GROWING.

THE SANIBEL CAPTIVA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION SAYS THE RELEASES LAST SUMMER DID CAUSE THIS.

THE ALGAE IS JUST NOW FLOATING TO THE SURFACE.

IT IS OKAY TO SWIM IN THE WATER--

JUST DON'T SWIM RIGHT INTO THE ALGAE BLOOM BECAUSE OTHER BACTERIA CAN BUILD ON TOP OF IT AND MAKE YOU SICK. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS MIROMAR-VOWIPE


JUST MINUTES AGO --

LIVE MUSIC STARTED AT ONE OF LEE COUNTY'S BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOWS.

IT'S THE 15TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE EVE CELEBRATION AT MIROMAR OUTLETS.

MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT.

THE FUN STARTED AT NINE THIS MORNING--

THERE ARE DOZENS OF VENDORS SELLING FOOD AND BEVERAGES--

BANDS--

AND THE MAIN EVENT--

A COMPUTERIZED, 22-MINUTE FIREWORKS SHOW.

3-THOUSAND FIREWORKS WILL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY!

AND THERE'S A BIG SURPRISE ON THE WATER TOO. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS MIROMAR-SOTSS


Mackenzie Hammett, Estero

:12:53 everyone comes out here and like tailgates and people running

around and kids running around- its a lot of fun. there's golf carts

and RV it's really fun.

:08

butt sot

Sue Hewitt, Estero

:09:05 big party! all the kids are having fun, playing ball- its just

a great family time.

:07

KIDS ACTIVITES -- BALLOON ANIMAL AND FACE PAINTING JUST GOT UNDERWAY AT 6--

ALONG WITH LIVE MUSIC.

NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED-

YOU CAN BRING COOLERS LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS. Return to index of stories...


MIROMAR PARKING HELP-FSSTOP


HERE'S SOME HELP WITH PARKING--

TRY THE LOT AT THE MALL, BUT IF IT'S FULL--

HEAD ACROSS THE STREET TO MIROMAR DESIGN CENTER--

OR GERMAN ARENA. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC ALERT-CLIP


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CAPE BRDGE CLOSES FOR FIREWORKS-VIDBOXTOP


A TRAFFIC ALERT FOR DRIVERS HEADING IN AND OUT OF THE CAPE FOR THE RED WHITE AND BOOM CELEBRATION --

THE CAPE CORAL BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED STARTING AT SIX TOMORROW MORNING FOR THE YEARLY FREEDOM 5-K RUN --

THE BRIDGE WILL RE-OPEN AT THREE SATURDAY MORNING. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS LEGALITY-VOWIPE


ON THE EVE OF CELEBRATING AMERICA'S INDEPENDENCE --

MANY OF YOU ARE GETTING READY TO SHOW YOUR U-S-A PRIDE BY SETTING OFF FIREWORKS.

BY DOING THAT -- YOU'RE BREAKING THE LAW.

THAT'S RIGHT- CONSUMER FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA.

FOR CLOSE TO 60 YEARS --

A LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW HAS ALLOWED FARMERS TO BUY THEM.

SO WHY ISN'T MORE BEING DONE TO CRACK DOWN ON FIREWORK FRAUD?

ABC7 DISCOVERED IT COMES DOWN TO MANPOWER. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS LEGALITY-SOTVO


Lt. Victor Medico, FMPD

00:47:17 "It comes down to the call volume, you see how busy these

tents are and how much they start selling the stuff month in advance,

we use every resource to the maximum handing the calls for service is

primary"

THE STATE HAS PUT OUT A LIST OF APPROVED FIREWORKS.

REMEMBER IF YOU'RE GOING TO SET OFF FIREWORKS -- BE SAFE.

KEEP A BUCKET OF WATER OR A HOSE NEARBY.

ENJOY YOUR FOURTH! Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE ONE


He was saying it out of hurt and disappointment, desparation.

He was saying, oh my God, oh my God, my son is dead, oh my God, my son is dead.

BUT WAS IT JUST CROCODILE TEARS AND PHONY EMOTIONS?

NEW, UNBELIEVABLE DETAILS ABOUT THE FATHER ACCUSED OF LEAVING HIS TODDLER SON IN A HOT CAR.

TROUBLE TONIGHT FOR A FLORIDA TEEN.

HE WAS JUST LOOKING FOR A FAMILY TO CALL HIS OWN -- NOW HIS ACTIONS MAY ARE CAUSING HIM TO BE ALONE -- ONCE AGAIN.

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


TZ1 A GA HOT CAR-SOTVO


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TZ1 B FL TEEN LOSES FAMILY-VOTOPS


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WX TEASE-WXWALL


HOT AND MOSTLY DRY FOR JULY 4TH

It was another hot and humid day across the region, with temps pushing into the low 90s. A few scattered showers did develop inland and this activity will diminish this evening, with temps only falling into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows only down in the mid to upper 70s.

Independence Day

It's shaping up to be a mostly dry - but hot - July 4th for Southwest Florida. Dry air will remain in place courtesy of Hurricane Arthur, and the result will be reduced rain chances. A couple isolated showers will be possible in the morning time frame with onshore flow continuing.

Most of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with the exception of a few isolated showers inland. Highs for Independence Day will be in the low 90s, with temps for the fireworks shows in the 80s.

Moisture does slowly return to the area starting Saturday. This will bring slightly better rain and storm chances to the area, although many locations will likely stay dry. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture works in on Sunday, and this will be our best chance for rain and storms over the holiday weekend. The rain and storms should hold off until the afternoon and early evening hours, with temps holding in the low 90s.

The typical morning sunshine-PM storms weather pattern returns by next week, with temps in the low 90s.

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur remains a strong Category 1 hurricane in the 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts of 115 mph. Arthur is now 225 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The hurricane is still expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm this evening before impacting the eastern coastline of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of coastal North Carolina.

Winds approaching 100 mph and storm surge of 3 to 5 feet will be possible with Arthur as it slides across coastal areas of North Carolina.

Arthur will exit quickly early Friday morning, and may cause some impacts to the Cape Cod area of New England before heading toward Eastern Canada. Return to index of stories...


FIREWORKS SCROLL


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BRACING FOR ARTHUR-VOTOPS


HURRICANE ARTHUR IS GETTING STRONGER --

THE CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE IS MAKING ITS WAY UP THE EAST COAST.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ARE IN PLACE IN PARTS OF COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT.

FORECASTERS EXPECT ARTHUR TO WHIP PAST THE OUTER BANKS TOMORROW WITHOUT MAKING LANDFALL.

IT WILL MOVE TOWARD NEW ENGLAND AND FORECASTERS THINK IT COULD MAKE LANDFALL IN CANADA. Return to index of stories...


JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


HOT AND MOSTLY DRY FOR JULY 4TH

It was another hot and humid day across the region, with temps pushing into the low 90s. A few scattered showers did develop inland and this activity will diminish this evening, with temps only falling into the 80s. Expect another very warm overnight, with lows only down in the mid to upper 70s.

Independence Day

It's shaping up to be a mostly dry - but hot - July 4th for Southwest Florida. Dry air will remain in place courtesy of Hurricane Arthur, and the result will be reduced rain chances. A couple isolated showers will be possible in the morning time frame with onshore flow continuing.

Most of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with the exception of a few isolated showers inland. Highs for Independence Day will be in the low 90s, with temps for the fireworks shows in the 80s.

Moisture does slowly return to the area starting Saturday. This will bring slightly better rain and storm chances to the area, although many locations will likely stay dry. Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Even more moisture works in on Sunday, and this will be our best chance for rain and storms over the holiday weekend. The rain and storms should hold off until the afternoon and early evening hours, with temps holding in the low 90s.

The typical morning sunshine-PM storms weather pattern returns by next week, with temps in the low 90s.

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur remains a strong Category 1 hurricane in the 2 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, with sustained winds of 90 mph and gusts of 115 mph. Arthur is now 225 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The hurricane is still expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm this evening before impacting the eastern coastline of North Carolina. Hurricane Warnings remain in effect for much of coastal North Carolina.

Winds approaching 100 mph and storm surge of 3 to 5 feet will be possible with Arthur as it slides across coastal areas of North Carolina.

Arthur will exit quickly early Friday morning, and may cause some impacts to the Cape Cod area of New England before heading toward Eastern Canada. Return to index of stories...


GA HOT CAR DEATH FOLO-VO-WIPE


TONIGHT WE'RE LEARNING THE LITTLE GEORGIA BOY WHO DIED IN A HOT CAR RECENTLY --

DIED A PAINFUL DEATH.

A DETECTIVE TESTIFIED TODAY --

THE 22-MONTH OLD HAD SCRATCHES ON HIS FACE AND THE BACK OF HIS HEAD.

HIS FATHER IS CHARGED WITH KILLING HIM BY LEAVING HIM IN A HOT CAR.

AND THIS DETAILS EMERGED TODAY TOO.

THE DETECTIVE SAYS HARRIS AND HIS WIFE HAD TWO INSURANCE POLICIES ON THEIR SON--

ONE FOR TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS--

ANOTHER FOR 25-THOUSAND.

AND THAT HARRIS LED A DOUBLE LIFE--

HAD MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES--

AND WAS SEXTING WITH MULTIPLE WOMEN WHILE HIS SON WAS DYING IN THE HOT CAR. Return to index of stories...


GA HOT CAR DEATH FOLO-SOTVO


Det Phil Stoddard

Cobb County Police

Stoddard: He was having up to 6 different conversations with different women, it appeared, from the messages from Kick mostly, which is a messaging service.

PRIOR TO THE BOY'S DEATH, POLICE SAY HARRIS AND HIS WIFE MADE SEVERAL INTERNET SEARCHES, INCLUDING HOW HOT A CAR NEEDED TO BE TO KILL A CHILD--

AND HARRIS VISITED A SITE ON LIVING A CHILD FREE LIFE.

HE HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY -- ALTHOUGH A JUDGE HASN'T DECIDED IF HIS CHARGE WILL BE MURDER OR CHILD CRUELTY.

THE JUDGE DID SAY NO BOND. Return to index of stories...


FL TEEN LOSES FAMILY-VO


A DEVASTATING SETBACK FOR A FLORIDA TEEN-

LAST YEAR *DAVION ONLY* MADE AN EMOTIONAL PLEA FOR A FAMILY TO ADOPT HIM.

PEOPLE WORLDWIDE CONTACTED THE STATE TO ADOPT HIM.

HE MOVED FROM FLORIDA TO OHIO TO BE WITH A FAMILY FOR A 90-DAY TRIAL PERIOD.

THE ADOPTION AGENCY SAYS THE TEEN HAD A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION WITH THE FATHER AND A CHILD IN THE FAMILY.

HE'S BEEN TAKEN FROM THE HOUSE AND IS BACK IN FLORIDA.

THE AGENCY WILL STILL WORK TO FIND HIM A FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


DRIVING WHEN DROWSY-VO


AN ABC7 ALERT FOR DRIVERS TONIGHT.

MANY OF US PUT OURSELVES AND OTHERS AT RISK BY DRIVING DROWSY.

ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C FOUR PERCENT OF DRIVERS ADMIT THEY'VE FALLEN ASLEEP BEHIND THE WHEEL.

RESEARCH SHOWS DROWSINESS CAUSES YOU TO TAKE MORE TIME TO REACT -- YOU'RE LESS ATTENTIVE AND YOU HAVE IMPAIRED DECISION MAKING SKILLS.

EVERY YEAR -

ROUGHLY 75-HUNDRED DEADLY CRASHES INVOLVE A DROWSY DRIVERS. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


THE MIAMI DOLPHINS HAVE ALREADY STARTED THE 2014 SEASON ON THE WRONG FOOT--- TALK ABOUT THAT

PLUS-- NFL'S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR--- IN NAPLES THIS WEEK-- SHOOTING COMERCIALS AND WORKING OUT 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) GOOGLE ADS-VOTOPS-WIPE


IT'S A *SPECIAL TYPE OF PROMOTION --

THAT YOU'LL NO LONGER SEE ON GOOGLE.

AFTER WORLD NEWS --

WHY THE SEARCH ENGINE IS SHYING AWAY FROM RISKY, SEXUALLY-DRIVEN ADS. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) TARGET GUNS-VOTOPS


PLUS --

TARGET IS ASKING SHOPPERS TO LEAVE THEIR GUNS AT HOME--

TONIGHT WHY SOME LOCALS SAY IF THEY CAN'T PACK HEAT--

THEY WON'T SHOP THERE.

THAT'S IN JUST 30-MINUTES AFTER WORLD NEWS. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


DION JORDAN-VOTOPS


WE START WITH BAD NEWS FOR THE MIAMI DOLPHINS-- THEY HAVEN'T PLAYED A GAME YET-- BUT THEY'VE ALREADY LOST---

LAST YERS FIRST ROUND PICK-- DION JORDAN-- HAS BEEN SUSPENDED THE 1ST FOUR GAMES OF THE SEASON-- FOR VIOLATING THE NFL'S POLICY ON PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS----

JORDAN HAD JUST 2 SACKS HIS ROOKIE SEASON--- BUT CAME INTO THE OFF-SEASON WORKOUTS-- 17 POUNDS HEAVIER---

JORDAN --- RELEASED A STATEMENT TODAY-- APOLOGIZING TO HIS TEAMMATES-- AND ACCEPTED FULL RESPONSIBILITY Return to index of stories...


NFL ELITE IGNITION NAPLES-POPMON


THE NFL. FOR MOST PLAYERS. THAT STAND FOR. NOT FOR LONG. THE AVERAGE SHELF LIFE OF AN NFL PLAYER. JUST 3 YEARS. WHICH MEANS-- YOU BETTER MAKE THE MOST OF YOU'RE TIME WHILE YOU'RE IN THE LEAGUE---- Return to index of stories...


NFL ELITE IGNITION NAPLES-VOTOPS


A HANDFUL OF N-F-L PLAYERS ARE DOING JUST THAT---- SPENDING THE WEEK IN NAPLES. GETTING READY FOR TRAINING CAMP.

THEY WERE ON THE FIELD THIS MORNING AT NORTH COLLIER REGIONAL PARK. TAKING PART IN THE ELITE IGNITION SPORTS TRAINING PROGRAM.

LAST YEAR'S N-F-L DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. LUKE. SAYS NAPLES IS THE PERFECT SPOT TO TRAIN--- WITH CLIFF MARSHALL-- AND IT'S THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR. Return to index of stories...


NFL ELITE IGNITION NAPLES-SOTVO


NIKE REPS WERE IN NAPLES WEDNESDAY TO SHOOT AND HIS TRAINING ROUTINE---

---- HE'LL BE PART OF A NEW SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE NIKE PRODUCTS. Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-VOTOPS


THE WORLD CUP MAY BE OVER FOR THE UNITED STATES-- BUT IT IS NOT OVER---

ON FRIDAY -- THERE ARE 2 MONSTER MATCH UPS IN THE ROUND OF 8---

FRANCE AND GERMANY WILL PLAY AT NOON--- FOLLOWED BY THE HOST COUNTRY BRAZIL--- TAKING ON COLUMBIA---- Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


WIMBLEDON-POPMON


WOMEN ONLY TODAY AT WIMBLEDON. AND IN HONOR OF THE LADIES. HERE'S A LITTLE FUN FACT. NO MARRIED WOMAN HAS WON A WIMBLEDON TITLE SINCE CHRIS EVERETT LLYOD DID IT BACK IN 1981. MAYBE THAT'S WHY THEY CALL IT SINGLES TENNIS. Return to index of stories...


WIMBLEDON-VOTOPS


LET'S GOT TO WIMBLEDON-- WE HAVE REACHED THE SEMI-FINALS

EUGENIE BOUCHARD--- IS MOVING ON TO THE FINALS-- WITH A STRAIGHT SETS WIN OVER SIMONA HALEP----

THIS YEAR BOUCHARD-- LOST IN THE SEMI-FINALS AT BOTH THE AUSTRALIAN AND FRENCH OPEN-- BUT BREAKS ON THROUGH TODAY---

BOUCHARD WILL FACE -- PETRA KVITOVA---

KVITOVA WILL --- TOOK DOWN--- FELLOW COUNTRYMAN-- LUCIE SA-FA-RO-VA----

THE FINALS WILL BE PLAYED ON SATURDAY Return to index of stories...


RYDER CUP-VOTOPS


GOLF LEGEND TOM WATSON --- IS THE CAPTAIN OF THIS YEARS --- RYDER CUP TEAM--- WHICH COMES YOUR WAY FROM SCOTLAND AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER---

9 PLAYERS AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY FOR THE TEAM -- THROUGH POINTS STANDINGS ON THE PGA TOUR---

-- BUT WATSON --- GETS TO PICK 3 ADDITIONAL PLAYERS -- HIMSELF---

--- WHICH MEANS HE HAS A DECISION TO MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO TIGER WOODS-- WHO JUST PLAYED HIS FIRST TOURNAMENT IN MONTHS-- FOLLOWING BACK SURGERY Return to index of stories...


RYDER CUP-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


NBA FREE AGENCY-VOTOPS


NBA FREE AGENCY IS STARTING TO HEAT UP----

THE MIAMI HEAT ---- WERE HOPING TO LAND TORONTO POINT GUARD KYLE LOWERY-- IN HOPES OF ENTICING THE BIG 3 TO STAY IN MIAMI---

HOWEVER ESPN IS REPORTING THAT LOWERY -- IS GOING TO STAY IN TORONTO-- AND SIGN WITH THE RAPTORS---

--- MEANWHILE-- CARMELO ANTHONY-- CONTINUES-- HIS NATIONAL TOUR-- TODAY HE WAS IN LOS ANGELES-- LISTENING TO THE LAKERS SALES PITCH---

-- HE IS ALSO MEETING WITH THE NEW YORK KNICKS-- WHO ARE SAID TO BE THE FRONT RUNNERS AT THIS POINT Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


BEER HERE-----

CHECK OUT THIS BEER VENDER-- IN DETROIT--- CATCHES THE FOUL BALL IN HIS COOLER----

NO BUD LIGHTS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS HIGHLIGHT--- Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


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