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DIRECTORS PAGE MILITARY BRIDES-POP VO WIPE
HEADLINES------------- MILITARY BRIDES-SOTVO
HL1) POLICE CHASE-trxVOTOPS NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL2) MOTHER ABANDONS BABY-trxNATSVO TEASE ONE------------
HL3) DIAGON ALLEY-trxNATSVO TZ1 A DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-VOTOPS
STORMWARN-CLIP B TZ1 B NASAL SPRAY ALZHEIMERS-VOTOPS
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
BREAKING-CLIP FORECAST-PHC
FORT MYERS POLICE CHASE-VO IN TCMON WIPE FORECAST-WXWALL
FORT MYERS POLICE CHASE-SOTVO DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-VO TOPS 2SHOT
HOME INVASION-VO TOPS DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-PKG
MIDPOINT CRASH-OC VO DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-OC
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY-OC VO WIPE FL LOTTERY-OTS VO
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY-SOTVO NASAL SPRAY FOR ALZHEIMER'S-TCMON VO WIPE
WATER MAIN BREAK-OC VO WIPE NASAL SPRAY FOR ALZHEIMER'S-SOTVO BNR
WATER MAIN BREAK-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
STORY UPDATES-OC ANIBOX TEASE TWO----------
a) KFC girl-vo TZ2 A BABY ABANDONED ON SUBWAY-NATSVO-WIPE
b) Cape Tax Office-vo TZ2 B KILAMINJARO DAD-VOTOPS
c) puppies update-vo BABY ABANDONED ON SUBWAY-OTS NATSVO WIPE
OIL DRILLING-OC VO WIPE BABY ABANDONED ON SUBWAY-SOTVO OC
OIL DRILLING-SOTVO MT. KILAMANJARO DAD-OC VO WIPE
ISLAND PARK ROAD BURGLARIES-OTS VO WIPE MT. KILAMANJARO DAD-SOTVO
ISLAND PARK ROAD BURGLARIES-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
PILOT ARRESTED-OC SS TEASE THREE------------
SEX OFFENDERS-OC VO WIPE TZ3 A OBAMA BORDER CRISIS-SOTVO
SEX OFFENDERS-SOTVO TZ3 B FACEBOOK MURDER CONFESSION-VO
GATOR IN THE OCEAN-OTS TZ3 C FOOD STAMPS TO DEAD PEOPLE-VO
ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENT-VO TOPS FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS
ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENT-SOTVO  


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


BREAKING NEWS AT 5--

A TRAFFIC STOP--

LEADS TO A NINE MILE CHASE THROUGH LEE COUNTY--

TONIGHT TWO MEN ARE IN CUSTODY--

AFTER HITTING A DEPUTY'S CAR.

ABC 7 IS GETTING BRAND NEW INFORMATION FROM THE SCENE.

THEN THIS--

why did you leave your baby on a subway platform?

OFFICERS SAY THAT MOM --

TOOK HER BABY GIRL TO A NEW YORK SUBWAY STATION.

AND LEFT HER.

NOW AT 5--

WHY SHE SAID SHE HAD NO CHOICE.

AND--

I feel like I'm a wizard in a wizard world

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED AMUSEMENT RIDES IS READY--

BUT ARE YOU READY FOR THE EIGHT HOUR WAIT FOR HARRY POTTER'S DIAGON ALLEY.

ABC 7 NEWS AT 5 STARTS RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


HL1) POLICE CHASE-trxVOTOPS


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HL2) MOTHER ABANDONS BABY-trxNATSVO


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HL3) DIAGON ALLEY-trxNATSVO


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STORMWARN-CLIP B


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


It's been a much sunnier scenario so far today across Southwest Florida with dry weather through the first part of the day.

Look for that to change, however, as we go through the afternoon and evening. Pockets of rain will start to develop by the early to mid afternoon, particularly for areas close to I-75 and U.S. 41.

Later in the afternoon, more storms will form and build deeper inland, and this is where the highest rain chances will be during the afternoon and evening hours.

We still could see a few storms cells drift back toward the coast by the evening and into tonight, so we'll all be fair game for rain for the balance of this Tuesday.

Coastal showers will be possible late tonight into the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, but the highest rain chances will continue to shift deeper inland by Wednesday afternoon.

We're in store for a pretty routine summer pattern from Thursday into the upcoming weekend, featuring morning sunshine and scattered storms during the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will top out in the low to mid 90s during the day and settling into the mid 70s at night.

In the tropics, there are no areas of concern at this time and development in not likely within the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


BREAKING-CLIP


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FORT MYERS POLICE CHASE-VO IN TCMON WIPE


WE START WITH BREAKING NEWS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.

DEPUTIES ARE STILL ON SCENE TONIGHT --

AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDED WITH A CRASH IN LEHIGH ACRES.

TWO MEN WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY OFF STATE ROAD 82 --

RIGHT AT THE CORNER OF HAVILAND AVENUE SOUTH.

THE SUSPECT'S CAR HIT A TREE ENDING THE CHASE THERE.

BUT IT BEGAN --

A FULL EIGHT MILES AWAY.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY TRIED TO MAKE A TRAFFIC STOP AT THE CORNER OF TICE STREET AND ORTIZ AVENUE.

BUT THEY SAY THE SUSPECTS DIDNT STOP AND INSTEAD RAMMED THEIR CAR INTO A DEPUTY SQUAD CAR BEFORE SPEEDING OFF.

LATER-

THE SUSPECTS RAN INTO THE WOODS -

BUT DEPUTIES TRACKED THEM DOWN USING THEIR K9 UNIT.

DEPUTIES WOULDNT SAY WHY THEY WERE MAKING THE TRAFFIC STOP OR WHO THESE MEN ARE JUST YET.

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


FORT MYERS POLICE CHASE-SOTVO


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HOME INVASION-VO TOPS


AND FORT MYERS POLICE ARE ALSO STILL INVESTIGATING A HOME INVASION FROM OVERNIGHT.

IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 10 ON CENTRAL AVENUE.

POLICE SAY A COUPLE WAS TIED UP AND HELD AT GUNPOINT BY TWO PEOPLE.

THE TWO MEN TOOK THEIR VICTIMS' MONEY CLOTHES, SHOES AND CELL PHONES.

ONCE THEY LEFT, THE COUPLE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE TO A RELATIVE'S HOUSE TO CALL POLICE.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING, CALL FORT MYERS POLICE. Return to index of stories...


MIDPOINT CRASH-OC VO


AN UPDATE ON A BREAKING STORY ABC7'S FOLLOWED FOR YOU ALL DAY.

RIGHT NOW - THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE IS BACK OPEN.

THIS MORNING - IT WAS SHUTDOWN AND CREATED A TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE FOR CAPE CORAL COMMUTERS.

A SEVEN CAR CRASH FORCED THE BRIDGE TO CLOSE.

IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE EIGHT THIS MORNING.

AROUND 12:30 THE EASTBOUND LANES RE-OPENED.

PARAMEDICS TOOK SEVERAL PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES.

ABC7 IS WORKING TO FIND OUT HOW THEY'RE DOING TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


PEDESTRIAN SAFETY-OC VO WIPE


LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES FOCUSED THEIR DAY ON MAKING THE STREETS SAFER FOR WALKERS AND BIKERS.

ON PALM BEACH BOULEVARD TODAY --

THEY STOPPED 16 CARS, THREE BIKERS AND ONE PEDESTRIAN.

THEN THEY ISSUED A TOTAL OF 15 TICKETS --

FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE LAW WHEN IT COMES TO CARS AND WALKERS CO-EXISTING.

DAN MOSER WITH BIKE-PED MATTERS ALSO HANDED OUT MORE THAN A DOZEN LIGHTS TO CYCLISTS --

SINCE A MAJORITY OF THEM DIDN'T HAVE PROPER LIGHTING. Return to index of stories...


PEDESTRIAN SAFETY-SOTVO


dan Moser/ 06:37:50 I'd say about 25% of the people I came up had lights. Their bikes were equipped with lights. 06:37:56

SADLY, FLORIDA RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION WHEN IT COMES TO PEDESTRIANS BEING KILLED CROSSING ROADS. Return to index of stories...


WATER MAIN BREAK-OC VO WIPE


A NUMBER OF PORT CHARLOTTE RESIDENTS GOT A WET AND DARK START TO THEIR MORNING AFTER A WATER MAIN BROKE NEAR U-S 41 AND VETERANS BOULEVARD.

THE POWER JUST CAME BACK ON ABOUT AN HOUR AGO.

BUSINESS OWNERS WERE FORCED TO GO OUT AND BUY BOTTLED WATER.

THEY'RE STILL UNDER A BOIL WATER NOTICE.

CREWS HAD TO SHUT OFF WATER AND POWER TO FIX THE DAMAGED PIPE. Return to index of stories...


WATER MAIN BREAK-SOTVO


CHRIS DWYER/owner of Murdock stone"No phones no electricity our office is about 110 degrees. Normally it's summer and it's slow to begin with now it's exceptionally slow because of this situation."

THE BREAK AFFECTED A NUMBER OF BIX BOG STORES INCLUDING WALMART AND TARGET.

IT ALSO IMPACTS A NUMBER OF RESTAURANTS LIKE BURGER KING AND APPLEBEES. Return to index of stories...


STORY UPDATES-OC ANIBOX


ABC7 ALWAYS MAKES SURE TO FOLLOW-UP ON STORIES --

SO YOU SEE HOW THEY END.

TONIGHT --

THREE UPDATES FOR YOU!

FIRST --

VICTORIA WILCHER.

SHE'S THE LITTLE GIRL MAULED BY A PITBULL AND LOST HER EYE.

TODAY --

SHE MET WITH A NAPLES EYE SPECIALIST.

HE'S OFFERING 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF SERVICES TO HER AT NO CHARGE.

SHE'S EXPECTED TO HAVE A PROSTHETIC EYE BY FRIDAY.

HER STORY GAINED NATIONAL ATTENTION WHEN HER FAMILY CLAIMED SHE WAS KICKED OUT OF A K-F-C.

THE COMPANY SAYS THE STORY'S NOT TRUE.

THE CAPE CORAL TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE RE-OPENED TODAY.

A WATER PROBLEM FLOODED THE PLACE --

CLOSING IT YESTERDAY.

DRYERS ARE STILL RUNNING THOUGH.

AND --

A MOTHER DOG AND HER SEVEN PUPPIES -- RECENTLY RESCUED FROM A HOT TRUCK -- CAN NOW BE PUT IN FOSTER CARE.

FORT MYERS OFFICERS PULLED THEM FROM A HOT TRUCK WHEN IT WAS 97 DEGREES.

TWO WERE NEARLY DEAD.

RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE ALL HEALTHY.

IF THEY DON'T GET A FOSTER FAMILY--

LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES WILL ADOPT THEM OUT ONCE THEY'RE OLD ENOUGH. Return to index of stories...


a) KFC girl-vo


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b) Cape Tax Office-vo


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c) puppies update-vo


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OIL DRILLING-OC VO WIPE


A COLLIER COUNTY OIL DRILLING COMPANY WAS A NO-SHOW AT TODAY'S COMMISSION MEETING.

THE D-E-P ASKED REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY TO ADDRESS COMMISSIONERS AS PART OF A LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPANY TO CONTINUE TO DRILL AT A SITE NEAR LAKE TRAFFORD.

THE D-E-P MADE EIGHT OTHER DEMANDS THE COMPANY MUST MEET BY NEXT WEEK.

THE REQUIREMENTS CAME AFTER THE AGENCY FOUND THE COMPANY TOOK PART IN ILLEGAL DRILLING.

MEMBERS OF THE CONSERVANCY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ADDRESSED COMMISSIONERS TODAY.

THEY WANT THE D-E-P TO DO MORE TO TEST WHETHER COLLIER COUNTY'S DRINKING WATER IS SAFE AFTER DRILLING. Return to index of stories...


OIL DRILLING-SOTVO


ROB MOHER, CONSERVANCY OF SWFL PRESIDENT

12:41:07-:11

If we're not looking in the right place how are we going to find what it is we're looking for?

BUTT TO

HERSCHEL VINYARD, DEP SECRETARY

12:24:58-:04

The Hughes Company has until July 15th. When that deadline passes, we're going to evaluate what they did and what they didn't do and ultimately we're going to hold them accountable.

THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY HAS UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY TO MEET ALL OF THE D-E-P'S DEMANDS.

THAT'S THE SAME DAY THE COMPANY PLANS TO TAKE US ON A TOUR OF ITS DRILLING LOCATION. Return to index of stories...


ISLAND PARK ROAD BURGLARIES-OTS VO WIPE


TONIGHT --

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARE TRACKING DOWN WHOEVER BROKE INTO AT LEAST SIX CARS IN AN UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND IT'S WHAT THEY TOOK THAT'S A LITTLE STRANGE.

THE RASH OF BREAK-INS HAPPENED IN THE UPSCALE COMMUNITY OF ISLAND PARK.

PART OF WHAT THEY TOOK, YOU WOULD EXPECT.

C-DS.

GARAGE DOOR OPENERS.

G-P-S DEVICES, VERY POPULAR WITH THIEVES RIGHT NOW.

BUT STRANGELY --

THEY ALSO SNATCHED VEHICLE REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE CARDS.

THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE TELLS ABC7 --

THIS IS HIGHLY UNUSUAL FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND FAMILIES DON'T LIKE IT. Return to index of stories...


ISLAND PARK ROAD BURGLARIES-SOTVO


DAWN MATHEWS

VICTIM

:00-:04

Luann Brutus

Victim

:05-10

"It does give you a little eary feeling that somebody went through

your personal things."

"Creepy. You know, everybody knows everybody here. That's what's so strange."

DEPUTIES TELL US THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANCE OR VALUE BEHIND STEALING

REGISTRATIONS OR INSURANCE CARDS.

NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITH THE PAPERS.

THEY'RE SPECIFIC TO EACH CAR.

SO THEY'RE BAFFLED.

OF NOTE, THOUGH, IT'S A REMINDER TO LOCK YOUR DOOR AND DON'T KEEP THE TITLE TO YOUR CAR, IN YOUR CAR. Return to index of stories...


PILOT ARRESTED-OC SS


TONIGHT -

A U-S AIRWAYS PILOT FACES CHARGES AFTER COLLIER DEPUTIES SAY HE WAS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

ON SUNDAY NIGHT - THEY PULLED OVER JIMMY CARRILLO ON VANDERBILT BEACH ROAD.

ACCORDING TO DEPUTIES -- THE PILOT FAILED A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST.

THEY SAY HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT WAS POINT-ZERO-NINE-FIVE.

THE LEGAL LIMIT IN FLORIDA IS POINT ZERO EIGHT. Return to index of stories...


SEX OFFENDERS-OC VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

COLLIER COUNTY MAY STRETCH THE DISTANCE BETWEEN SEX OFFENDERS AND YOUR CHILDREN.

RIGHT NOW --

COLLIER FOLLOWS STATE LAW.

MEANING --

SEX OFFENDERS MUST LIVE ONE-THOUSAND FEET AWAY FROM SCHOOLS, PARKS OR PLAYGROUNDS.

THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERING BOLSTERING THOSE LAWS --

THE SAME WAY MIAMI-DADE OR SANIBEL ALREADY HAVE.

THEY HAVE FORCED SEX OFFENDERS TO STAY 25-HUNDRED FEET -- ALMOST HALF A MILE -- FROM SCHOOLS, PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS. Return to index of stories...


SEX OFFENDERS-SOTVO


Felicia Scaton, Parent/Teacher:14 "As a teacher I'm concerned about my students on campus having sex offenders close by and having two kids also it's really important that we know where they are and they're as far away as possible from our kids."

THIS IS JUST IN THE PLANNING STAGES.

IT COULD TAKE A FEW MONTHS BEFORE COMMISSIONERS VOTE ON IT. Return to index of stories...


GATOR IN THE OCEAN-OTS


THIS WAS A SCARE FOR MANY NEAR DAYTONA BEACH.

PEOPLE SPOTTED AN ALLIGATOR SWIMMING IN THE ATLANTIC.

WHEN SOMEONE SHOUTED THERE WAS AN ALLIGATOR EVERYONE SCRAMBLED FOR THE SAND.

THE GATOR VANISHED IN THE SURF.

WILDLIFE OFFICERS SAY ALLIGATORS PREFER FRESH WATER BUT CAN TOLERATE SALT WATER FOR HOURS OR DAYS. Return to index of stories...


ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENT-VO TOPS


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS-

A SCARY RIDE AT SIX FLAGS AMUSEMENT PARK IN CALIFORNIA

PASSENGERS WERE LEFT DANGLING FOR HOURS.

THE "NINJA" ROLLER COASTER WAS GOING 55-MILES-PER HOUR WHEN THE LEAD CAR HIT A TREE.

THE TREE FELL ACROSS THE TRACKS.

FOR THREE HOURS 22 RIDERS WERE LEFT HANGING ABOUT 30 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. Return to index of stories...


ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENT-SOTVO


SOT DEP. Josh Dublin

"There is obviously a lot of panic, confusion when something like this

happens"

SOT: Carsten Sondergaard, Park Goer

It made me a little bit uncomfortable because if stuff happens on ride, it might happen on the ride I'm on.

RESCUERS USED A HUGE CHAIN TO SECURE THE DANGLING CAR AND THEN BROUGHT DOWN RIDERS ONE AT A TIME.

REPS FOR SIX FLAGS SAY FOUR PEOPLE SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


MILITARY BRIDES-POP VO WIPE


A LOCAL BOUTIQUE IS SAYING THANK YOU TO OUR MILITARY COUPLES --

BY OFFERING SOMETHING WHITE.

STARTING TODAY-- CHARLOTTES BRIDAL IN PORT CHARLOTTE IS OFFERING FREE WEDDING DRESSES TO MILITARY-BRIDES-TO-BE.

THEY'RE TAKING PART IN THE NATIONWIDE "OPERATION WEDDING GOWN."

CHARLOTTES BRIDAL HAS BEEN DONATING WEDDING DRESSES FOR YEARS. Return to index of stories...


MILITARY BRIDES-SOTVO


Lynn Atkins, Charlottes Bridal Owner

"47:48 it's a great feeling. its such a great feeling , makes y ou all

warm and fuzzy. gives you goosebumps when you see them in their

wedding down. We have one beautiful bride here this morning, we got

her a free gown so were rolling and ready to go.

butt sot

Juline Magloire, Port Charlotte

:42:37 I look amazing! haha and I thank you brides across america for

making my dreams come true!

OPERATION WEDDING GOWN LASTS THREE DAYS IN PORT CHARLOTTE.

IT'S APPOINTMENT ONLY AT CHARLOTTE'S BRIDAL.

BUT THEY DO HAVE PLENTY OF SPOTS AVAILABLE.

THERE ARE SOME QUALIFYING FACTORS AND PAPERWORK REQUIRED FOR THE

BRIDES WHO ARE INTERESTED.

SO THE BEST THING TO DO IS CALL THE BOUTIQUE. Return to index of stories...


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


GET READY TO HIT HOGWARTS IN FLORIDA

ABC7 TAKES YOU TO ORLANDO AND ITS ALL NEW HARRY POTTER RIDE.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND HOW LONG PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR THIS ROLLER COASTER.

PLUS -

PRESERVING YOUR MEMORIES WITH NASAL SPRAY.

HOW IT WORKS TO PREVENT ALZHEIMERS. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B NASAL SPRAY ALZHEIMERS-VOTOPS


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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


It's been a much sunnier scenario so far today across Southwest Florida with dry weather through the first part of the day.

Look for that to change, however, as we go through the afternoon and evening. Pockets of rain will start to develop by the early to mid afternoon, particularly for areas close to I-75 and U.S. 41.

Later in the afternoon, more storms will form and build deeper inland, and this is where the highest rain chances will be during the afternoon and evening hours.

We still could see a few storms cells drift back toward the coast by the evening and into tonight, so we'll all be fair game for rain for the balance of this Tuesday.

Coastal showers will be possible late tonight into the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, but the highest rain chances will continue to shift deeper inland by Wednesday afternoon.

We're in store for a pretty routine summer pattern from Thursday into the upcoming weekend, featuring morning sunshine and scattered storms during the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will top out in the low to mid 90s during the day and settling into the mid 70s at night.

In the tropics, there are no areas of concern at this time and development in not likely within the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-VO TOPS 2SHOT


STARTING EARLY THIS MORNING -- THOUSANDS LINED UP TO BE THE FIRST TO GET INTO THE NEW HARRY POTTER ATTRACTION AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO.

DIAGON ALLEY OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY.

BUT- GET THIS-

THE WAIT TODAY TO GET ON SOME OF THE NEWEST RIDES -

SIX HOURS!

DENEIGE BROOM REPORTS-

MUGGLES RUSHED THE GATES TO BE THE FIRST ONES TO EXPERIENCE THE NEW WIZARDING WORLD. Return to index of stories...


DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-PKG


The grand opening of Universal Orlando's newest attraction, Diagon Alley, officially opened Tuesday morning.

"This is absolutely insane," a visitor said as she cried. "We met opening day 2010. We've been best friends ever since."

WFTV reporter Deneige Broom was there when excited fans lined up at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A countdown and fireworks officially ushered in the second phase of Harry Potter's Wizarding World.

Thousands of people were waiting by the time 8 a.m. rolled around, and staff had to let them into Diagon Alley in groups. It took about an hour to get everyone inside. But once they made it, fans said it was all worth it.

Diagon Alley, the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will double the size of the attraction.

"We continue to grow our destination and we bring incredible new experiences to life at a pace that no one else in our industry can match," said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando.

A train called the Hogwart's Express connects Diagon Alley with the original Harry Potter attraction, located at Islands of Adventure.

"We have Harry Potter tattoos. We're huge fans. We're very critical, so, for us to say they did it, like they did it," said one fan.

At one point, the wait time for Escape From Gringotts was 350 min, which is almost six hours.

Visitors will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London's King's Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.

Universal officials won't say how many people they can accommodate in Diagon Alley, but they say when they hit capacity, people will have to come back at a later or possibly assigned a time. Return to index of stories...


DIAGON ALLEY OPENS-OC


DENEIGE BROOM REPORTING.

AND REMEMBER-

IF YOU WANT TO VISIT BOTH HARRY POTTER ATTRACTIONS-

YOU'LL NEED PARK TO PARK TICKETS.

FOR A FLORIDA RESIDENT-

THAT'S 136 DOLLARS FOR ONE DAY AND 130 DOLLARS FOR CHILDREN. Return to index of stories...


FL LOTTERY-OTS VO


MORE PEOPLE ARE PLAYING THE FLORIDA LOTTERY AND THAT MEANS MORE MONEY FOR THE STATE.

THE FLORIDA LOTTERY REPORTED 5-POINT-36 BILLION DOLLARS IN SALES FOR GAMES IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR.

SALES STOOD AT ABOUT FIVE BILLION DOLLARS BEFORE THAT.

LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASED SALES STEM FROM SCRATCH OFF TICKETS.

THOSE MAKE UP NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF ALL LOTTERY SALES.

WHERE DOES THAT MONEY GO?

60 PERCENT IS PAID TO WINNERS -- AND WHAT'S LEFT OVER GOES TO THE EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT TRUST FUND. Return to index of stories...


NASAL SPRAY FOR ALZHEIMER'S-TCMON VO WIPE


IN TONIGHT'S ABC7 HEALTHY LIVING --

DOCTORS HAVE MADE A BREAKTHROUGH IN TREATING ALZHEIMERS.

A NEW NASAL SPRAY COULD HELP PEOPLE KEEP THEIR MEMORIES.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS.

INSULIN PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE MANAGING YOUR BODY'S BLOOD SUGAR.

BUT IT'S ALSO CRUCIAL IN BRAIN FUNCTION.

THE SPRAY WILL DELIVER INSULIN DIRECTLY TO YOUR BRAIN. Return to index of stories...


NASAL SPRAY FOR ALZHEIMER'S-SOTVO BNR


"So if we learn how to modulate the sugar issue and learn how sugar interacts

with the brain for brain function. Then we have a good chance of slowing down

the rates of developing dementia which is the ultimate goal."

THE FOLKS BEHIND THE SNIFF STUDY ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR THIS.

YOU QUALIFY IF YOU'RE NOT DIABETIC --

AND DOCTORS HAVE DIAGNOSED YOU WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT.

OR IF YOU'RE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE STUDY --

LOG ON TO ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


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


why did you leave your baby on a subway platform?

SHE LEFT HER BABY ALONE --

THIS WOMAN ABANDONED HER DAUGHTER IN THE NEW YORK SUBWAY SYSTEM.

WHY OFFICERS SAY SHE DID IT.

PLUS -

CLIMBING HIGH.

THE NAPLES GRAD TAKING ON THE ADVENTURE OF HIS LIFE.

WHAT HE HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH AT THE TOP OF MOUNT KILAMANJARO. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A BABY ABANDONED ON SUBWAY-NATSVO-WIPE


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TZ2 B KILAMINJARO DAD-VOTOPS


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BABY ABANDONED ON SUBWAY-OTS NATSVO WIPE


NEW AT 5-

NEW YORK CITY POLICE JUST ARRESTED A MOTHER WHO LEFT HER BABY IN A STROLLER ON A SUBWAY PLATFORM.

why did you leave your baby on a subway platform? Do you love your daughter? Are you a good mom?

FRANKEA DABBS IS CHARGED WITH ABANDONING A CHILD.

WITNESSES SAY THEY WATCHED AS THE SUBWAY DOORS OPENED, AND SHE PUSHED THE STROLLER ONTO THE PLATFORM WITHOUT GETTING OFF THE TRAIN.

SOMEONE RECOGNIZED PICTURES OF DABBS AND CALLED POLICE.

SHE CONFESSED TO LEAVING THE YOUNG GIRL ALONE.

SHE TOLD THEM SHE HAD JUST MOVED TO THE CITY AND COULDN'T CARE FOR THE 10-MONTH-OLD. Return to index of stories...


BABY ABANDONED ON SUBWAY-SOTVO OC


"It's something really, really sad. I feel so sad."

"How could you something to someone so innocent."

TONIGHT -- THE BABY'S IN THE CUSTODY OF CHILDREN SERVICES AND IS OKAY.

JUST LIKE FLORIDA -- NEW YORK HAS SAFE PLACES WHERE YOU CAN LEAVE CHILDREN -- THOSE INCLUDE HOSPITALS, POLICE STATIONS AND CHURCHES.

THERE WERE A NUMBER OF THOSE RIGHT NEXT TO THE SUBWAY STATION. Return to index of stories...


MT. KILAMANJARO DAD-OC VO WIPE


A NAPLES MAN -- WHO HAS NEVER CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN BEFORE --

DECIDED TO START. ON THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN ALL OF AFRICA.

AND HE'S DOING IT FOR HIS MOM.

NICK BALLO -- AN EAST NAPLES HIGH GRAD -- STARTED TREKKING UP MOUNT KILIMANJARO ON SATURDAY.

ALL 19-THOUSAND FEET!

TODAY --

WE SPOKE WITH NICK'S DAD, WHO SAYS HE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET SO MUCH AS A TEXT MESSAGE TO KNOW HIS SON IS OK. Return to index of stories...


MT. KILAMANJARO DAD-SOTVO


Richard Ballo/ Nick Ballo's Father

SOT03:59 Well I can only imagine what he's doing and where he is and what the weather's like and try to imagine what he's thinking and going through, but I can only thing that I won't know until he gets back.

AND HE'S DOING IT FOR A GOOD CAUSE --

BALLO IS ALSO RAISING MONEY FOR A LOCAL NON-PROFIT, "CHILDREN'S GRIEF SUPPORT" AT AVOW HOSPICE.

THEY HELPED NICK WHEN HE WAS FIVE YEARS OLD --

AND HIS MOM DIED. Return to index of stories...


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"These people have been shipped all over the country. They're sick, they're ill."

MANY JUST CHILDREN --

TONIGHT - THE CRISIS ON OUR BORDER.

WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS.

PLUS --

SHE KILLED HER ROOMMATE, THEN POSTED ABOUT IT ON FACEBOOK.

TONIGHT -- THIS FLORIDA WOMAN'S SHOCKING ONLINE CONFESSION.

AND WHAT ELSE SHE TOLD FRIENDS ABOUT THE MURDER.

PLUS - FOOD STAMPS HANDED OUT TO DEAD PEOPLE!

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AIDE GONE.

ABC7 EXPOSES THE FOOD STAMP FRAUD AND HOW IT HAPPENED FOR SO LONG. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A OBAMA BORDER CRISIS-SOTVO


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TZ3 B FACEBOOK MURDER CONFESSION-VO


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TZ3 C FOOD STAMPS TO DEAD PEOPLE-VO


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