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DIRECTORS PAGE BREAKING UPDATE-VOTOPS
HEADLINES-SOTTOPS EXTRA AT 11 OPEN-CLIP
LIVE POWERBALL DRAWING-IRD5 LIVE OVERBOARD SWIMMER-TC MON VO
BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP OVERBOARD SWIMMER-PKG
HOUSTON STANDOFF-LIVE- VO OVERBOARD SWIMMER-ONCAM
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP JCREW SMALL SIZES-VO-OC
ESTERO SHOOTING-VOTOPS-TC MON FORD'S GARAGE TEAMS WITH FORD-SS-VO
ESTERO SHOOTING-VOTOPS MANGO MELTDOWN-VO-WIPE
ESTERO SHOOTING-SOTVO-TC MON MANGO MELTDOWN-SOTVO
ALTA JOBS TO SWFL-TRX-SOTVO CANCER PATIENT GUILTY OF DRUGS-VO
ALTA JOBS TO SWFL-VIDBOX-WIPE COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
ALTA JOBS TO SWFL-SOTVO-OC-BNR DESTINATION GRADUATION-VOTOPS
SUNRISE COMMUNITY CLOSING-BNC-CG-WIPE TEASE TWO-POP
SUNRISE COMMUNITY CLOSING-SOTVO TZ2 A SPORTS TEASE-VO
WARM MINERAL SPRINGS CLOSING-TRX-VOTOPS NIGHTLINE TEASE-BLK-SOT
FIREWATCH OPEN-CLIP SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
COLLIER LIGHTNING FIRE-VOTOPS-SS CHRIS SALE-POPMON
NAPLES FIRE MERGER-TC MON-VO CHRIS SALE-VOTOPS
NAPLES FIRE MERGER-SOTVO RAYS ROYALS-VOTOPS
HERTZ MEETING-VO-WIPE MARLINS DBACKS-VOTOPS
HERTZ MEETING-SOTVO MIRACLE BASEBALL-VOTOPS
SHARK FEEDING FRENZY-TRX-NATSVO MIRACLE BASEBALL-SOTVO
NEXT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP WORLD CUP-POPMON
TEASE ONE------------ WORLD CUP-VOTOPS
TZ1A OVERBOARD SWIMMER-SOTVO WORLD CUP-SOTTOPS
TZ1B JCREW-VOTOPS MIAMI HEAT-POPMON
NINJA ROBBER FOLO-VO MIAMI HEAT-VOTOPS
JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP FGCU HAWAII-VOTOPS
WEATHER-PWC FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
WEATHER-WXWALL TOSS TO BREAK-POP
TZ EXTRA------------ DESTINATION GRADUATION-VOTOPS
A) OVERBOARD SWIMMER-VOTOPS DESTINATION GRADUATION-SOTVO
B) FORDS GARAGE-VOTOPS CLOSE 11PM-4 SHOT


DIRECTORS PAGE


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HEADLINES-SOTTOPS


"oh my god."

NEXT AT 11 --

FEEDING FRENZY!

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A FORT MYERS MAN SPOTTED A SCHOOL OF SHARKS!

IT'S MUST-SEE.

PLUS --

THERE'S BREAKING NEWS!

SIX PEOPLE DEAD AFTER A SHOOTING TONIGHT -- INCLUDING FOUR KIDS!

WHAT HAPPENED IN HOUSTON --

AFTER POWERBALL! Return to index of stories...


LIVE POWERBALL DRAWING-IRD5 LIVE


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BREAKING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


BREAKING NEWS OPEN Return to index of stories...


HOUSTON STANDOFF-LIVE- VO


YOUR NEWS AT 11 STARTS WITH BREAKING NEWS!

SIX PEOPLE ARE DEAD -- INCLUDING FOUR CHILDREN -- AFTER TERROR IN TEXAS TONIGHT.

YOU'RE LOOKING LIVE FROM A CHOPPER IN HOUSTON.

THAT'S WHERE SOMEONE OPENED FIRED IN A NORMALLY QUIET SUBURB.

LAW ENFORCEMENT FOUND TWO ADULTS AND THREE KIDS DEAD INSIDE A HOUSE.

A FOURTH CHILD DIED AT THE HOSPITAL.

THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER IS PINNED DOWN RIGHT NOW --

SURROUNDED BY DEPUTIES.

THE STANDOFF IS ONGOING.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


BIG STORY OPEN Return to index of stories...


ESTERO SHOOTING-VOTOPS-TC MON


NOW TO OUR BIG STORY IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

ONE NAPLES POLICE OFFICER IS DEAD.

ANOTHER IS IN THE HOSPITAL.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE TWO WERE DATING AND LIVING TOGETHER IN ESTERO.

ABC7 IS FOLLOWING THIS DEVELOPING STORY --

OFFICER LUIS MONROIG, JUNIOR DIED.

SEARGEANT AMY YOUNG WAS SHOT IN THE FACE - ACCORDING TO OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS.

SHE'S IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO SHOOTING-VOTOPS


IT HAPPENED AROUND ONE THIS MORNING AT THE COUPLE'S HOUSE IN THE LAKES OF ESTERO COMMUNITY.

DEPUTIES WILL NOT TELL US WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER.

FAMILY MEMBERS SAY YOUNG HAS TWO DAUGHTERS -- AGES EIGHT AND 10 FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE.

ABC7 SPOKE TO NEIGHBORS WHO SAY MONROIG WAS A GOOD MAN.

THEY SAY THEY NEVER SAW SIGNS OF ANY TROUBLE WITH BETWEEN THE COUPLE. Return to index of stories...


ESTERO SHOOTING-SOTVO-TC MON


35:59-36:02

Reece Gardner/ Family Friend - "It's absolutely devastating, I feel really bad for them."

Chief Tom Weschler / Naples Police Department - "It's all about like I said recovery and making sure everybody here and their families are taken well care of."

ABC7 WENT THROUGH DETECTIVE MONROIG'S PERSONEL FILE -- IT SHOWS MULTIPLE AWARDS.

MONROIG WENT THOUGH COUNSELING AFTER HE USED AN UNMARKED TRUCK DURING A PURSUIT.

HE WAS FIVE DAYS FROM CELEBRATING 11 YEARS WITH THE NAPLES POLICE FORCE.

SERGEANT AMY YOUNG ALSO RECEIVED ACCOLADES AND WAS THE SUBJECT OF NUMEROUS INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS.

THOSE INCLUDE ALLEGATIONS THAT SHE HAD SEX ON DUTY, THREATENED TO SHOOT SOMEONE TO DEATH, LIVED WITH A SUBORDINATE AND USED A CITY-OWNED VEHICLE WITHOUT PERMISSION.

ALL CLAIMS WERE UNFOUNDED.

IN 2003 SHE WAS SUSPENDED FOR SLEEPING ON THE JOB. Return to index of stories...


ALTA JOBS TO SWFL-TRX-SOTVO


"14:57 anything that will get me money I'm up for anything like that

sounds good to me"

CALLING ALL JOB SEEKERS --

HUNDREDS OF JOBS ARE HEADED TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


ALTA JOBS TO SWFL-VIDBOX-WIPE


ALTA RESOURCES PLANS TO HIRE 900 PEOPLE BEFORE THE YEAR IS OVER.

THE COMPANY HANDLES CUSTOMER SERVICE AND HEALTH INSURANCE CALLS FOR LARGER COMPANIES.

THEY'RE OFFERING HOURLY CUSTOMER SERVICE JOBS --

OR ABOUT 150 LICENSED SALES JOBS --

THE COMPANY PAYS FOR YOU TO GET YOUR LICENSE.

PLUS -- LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITH A SALARY.

COLLEGE STUDENTS SAY THIS COULD BE THEIR BIG BREAK INTO THE WORKFORCE. Return to index of stories...


ALTA JOBS TO SWFL-SOTVO-OC-BNR


Payne

:15:44 something like that is definitely would help me, especially

with my resume, better than some retail job.

THE COMPANY WILL DO A BIG CHUNK OF THE HIRING BY MID TO LATE AUGUST.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN ONE OF THE JOBS --

WE HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ON OUR WEBSITE.

ABC-DASH-7.COM.

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


SUNRISE COMMUNITY CLOSING-BNC-CG-WIPE


FORTY FAMILIES ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIND A NEW ADULT DAYCARE FACILITY TONIGHT.

THIS WEEK --

THE BOARD OF SUNRISE COMMUNITY ADULT DAY CARE CENTER ANNOUNCED IT'S CLOSING.

THE BLAME THE STATE FOR CHANGING THE WAY IT REIMBURSES FACILITIES ACCEPTING MEDICAID.

RATHER THAN RECEIVING THE NORMAL 80-DOLLARS PER PERSON, PER DAY.

SUNRISE NOW RECEIVES ABOUT 50 UNDER THE NEW MANAGED CARE PROGRAM. Return to index of stories...


SUNRISE COMMUNITY CLOSING-SOTVO


Les Leech Jr -- CEO & President of Sunrise Community

05:43 "We're losing so much money, it'd be unrealistic to close the gap."05:46

Susan Kroll / Mother Attends Sunrise

12:59:03 I was in shock, and disappointed" 12:59:07

THE FACILITY PLANS TO CLOSE ITS DOORS IN SEPTEMBER.

LEE COUNTY HAS FIVE OTHER ADULT DAY CARE FACILITIES.

BUT MANY OF THEM HAVE LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Return to index of stories...


WARM MINERAL SPRINGS CLOSING-TRX-VOTOPS


SOME SAY IT'S THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.

TONIGHT -- WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE WARM MINERAL SPRINGS IN NORTH PORT.

SARASOTA COUNTY COMISSIONERS JUST VOTED TO SELL THEIR STAKE IN THE SPRINGS TO THE CITY OF NORTH PORT -- FOR MORE THAN 2 MILLION DOLLARS.

NORTH PORT LEADERS WILL MEET MONDAY MEETING TO DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL SALE.

WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED. Return to index of stories...


FIREWATCH OPEN-CLIP


FIREWATCH OPEN Return to index of stories...


COLLIER LIGHTNING FIRE-VOTOPS-SS


NEW SINCE 7 --

LIGHTNING LIKELY SPARKED THIS FIRE IN EAST NAPLES TONIGHT.

IT GREW TO ABOUT THREE ACRES --

BEFORE CREWS CONTAINED IT.

IT SPARKED NEAR COLLIER BOULEVARD AND SABAL PALM ROAD.

BUT IT DID NOT THREATEN HOUSES OR BUSINESSES. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES FIRE MERGER-TC MON-VO


SAVING MONEY AND SAVING LIVES.

THAT'S WHAT OFFICIALS SAY MERGING TWO FIRE DISTRICTS IN COLLIER COUNTY WILL DO.

THEY WANT TO COMBINE NORTH NAPLES FIRE DISTRICT WITH THE BIG CORKSCREW ISLAND FIRE DISTRICT.

BOTH SIDES THINK JOINING FORCES WILL SAVE MONEY --

AND WON'T HURT RESPONSE TIMES.

MAY EVEN HELP THEM.

THAT'S BECAUSE THEY PLAN TO ADD MORE FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRE STATIONS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES FIRE MERGER-SOTVO


As a resident we should want more people on the ground coming and helping the residents with their homes and saving the folks

BUT NOW IT'S UP TO THE PUBLIC.

THEY CAN WEIGH DURING PUBLIC MEETINGS NEXT MONTH.

AND THIS COULD BE A QUESTION ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. Return to index of stories...


HERTZ MEETING-VO-WIPE


AFTER MONTHS OF DISCUSSION AND PLANNING --

HERTZ MAY BE BACK AT THE DRAWING BOARD.

THE CAR RENTAL COMPANY UNVEILED PLANS FOR ITS ESTERO HEADQUARTERS LAST YEAR.

TONIGHT HERTZ MET WITH THE ESTERO DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE AGAIN -- HOPING TO MOVE FORWARD.

INSTEAD -- THE COMMITTE E OBJECTED TO A PARKING GARAGE.

THE COMMITTEE GETS THE FINAL SAY ON THE DESIGN --

SINCE THE MULTI-MILLION CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS WON'T FIT IN WITH THE AREA'S MEDITERRANEAN STYLE. Return to index of stories...


HERTZ MEETING-SOTVO


joe mcharris --board member

we were a little disappointed in the garage. It did not have any elements that were related to the main building or the community and it had a lot of repetition, And not very well done in my opinion.

21:23:06-21:23:23

THE COMMITTEE SUGGESTED EITHER CHANGING THE GARAGE'S DESIGN ---

OR ADDING MORE LANDSCAPING AROUND THE GARAGE TO PREVENT IT FROM BEING WHAT THEY CALL AN EYESORE.

THE COMMITTEE IS EXPECTED TO MEET AGAIN NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


SHARK FEEDING FRENZY-TRX-NATSVO


"oh my god!!! Ohhh -- a shark."

A BOAT CAPTAIN CLEARLY GOT A KICK OUT THIS.

CHECK OUT THE SHARK FEEDING FRENZY OFF FORT MYERS.

JAY CLARK -- A VIEWER -- SENT US THIS VIDEO.

HE SAYS THE SHARKS WERE FEEDING ON A SCHOOL OF BAIT.

CLARK WAS FINE.

AND WENT HOME WITH A STORY TO TELL. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 11 OPEN Return to index of stories...


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


"if it was me, I would float to Mexico."

BUT STRANDED AT SEA --

A LEE COUNTY MAN CLAIMS HE SWAM SEVEN MILES TO SHORE.

TONIGHT --

HIS HERCULEAN SURVIVAL STORY --

AND WHY SOME SAY IT'S ALL JUST MYTHOLOGY.

PLUS --

COULD YOU WEAR AN EXTRA, EXTRA, *EXTRA* SMALL?

WE REVEAL WHICH COMPANY IS NOW OFFERING CLOTHING IN TRIPLE-ZERO SIZES --

AND WHY SOME ARE SAYING 'STOP THE MADNESS!'

AD-LIB WEATHER TEASE Return to index of stories...


TZ1A OVERBOARD SWIMMER-SOTVO


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TZ1B JCREW-VOTOPS


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NINJA ROBBER FOLO-VO


A SUSPSECTED NINJA ROBBER --

WHO MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SEVERAL COLLIER COUNTY HOME INVASIONS --

WAS DISHING TO DETECTIVES.

TONIGHT --

ABC7 GOT AHOLD OF THIS INTERROGATION VIDEO FROM ORANGE COUNTY.

THAT'S WHERE THREE SUSPECTS WERE CAUGHT -- TRYING TO BREAK INTO A HOUSE.

IN THE VIDEO -- YOU CAN HEAR ONE SUSPECT, FRANK BOWER, CONFESSING TO DETECTIVES.

HE SAYS ANDRES PEREZ WAS THE RING LEADER --

OF THE GROUP THAT SOMETIMES DRESSED LIKE NINJAS TO ROB HOUSES.

BOWER SAYS PEREZ HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR 15 YEARS WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT --

INCLUDING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


JP WEATHERATE OPEN Return to index of stories...


WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


AFTERNOON STORMS

Our typical July weather continues across southwest Florida. For the next several days we will be tracking hot and humid weather with afternoon thunderstorms each day. Overnight lows will drop to the mid 70's and daytime highs will be in the lower 90's. Again - pretty typical weather for July. As we saw today, some areas of southwest Florida will end up with very heavy rain on the order of an inch or more while other places stay dry. The scattered/isolated nature of thunderstorm development this time of year will be very evident through the weekend.

Boating weather looks pretty good through the 7 day forecast period. In general, skies will be partly cloudy and afternoon storms will tend to drift back toward the beaches toward sunset. Winds will be fairly light during the day and an afternoon sea breeze will set up. The Gulf of Mexico water temperature is at 87 degrees today.

The tropics remain quiet and no storms are expected to develop for the next 5 to 7 days. Return to index of stories...


TZ EXTRA------------


DID HE SWIM LIKE A FISH --

OR IS HIS STORY JUST FISHY?

TONIGHT --

HOW AND WHY A MAN SAYS HE SWAM SEVEN MILES TO SANIBEL.

AND WHY HIS SURVIVAL STORY HAS SKEPTICS.

PLUS --

A PARTNERSHIP THAT MAKES SENSE!

HOW "FORD'S GARAGE" IS TEAMING UP WITH THE "FORD MOTOR COMPANY" --

IN JUST 60 SECONDS AFTER LOTTO. Return to index of stories...


A) OVERBOARD SWIMMER-VOTOPS


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B) FORDS GARAGE-VOTOPS


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BREAKING UPDATE-VOTOPS


BREAKING NEWS --

THE SUSPECTED SHOOTER IN SIX DEATHS TONIGHT IN TEXAS HAS SURRENDERED --

AFTER A THREE-HOUR STANDOFF.

POLICE THINIK HE KILLED SIX PEOPLE -- INCLUDING FOUR CHILDREN -- IN A HOUSTON SUBURB.

COUNT ON ABC7 TO LEARN MORE TOMORROW --

AS OFFICERS TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHY THIS HAPPENED. Return to index of stories...


EXTRA AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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OVERBOARD SWIMMER-TC MON VO


A 56-YEAR-OLD LEE COUNTY MAN MAY HAVE PULLED OFF A MIRACLE IN THE WATER LAST NIGHT.

HE SAYS HE FELL OUT OF A BOAT --

THEN SWAM *SEVEN* MILES BACK TO SHORE.

IN TONIGHT'S ABC7 EXTRA --

PEOPLE WE TALKED TO WERE TORN BETWEEN BEING IMPRESSED. AND BEING SKEPTICAL. Return to index of stories...


OVERBOARD SWIMMER-PKG


"I wouldn't want to be that guy -- I don't think I could do it."

CHARTER CAPTAIN RYAN KAYE KNOWS THE GULF LIKE YOU KNEW YOUR MOTHER'S FACE AS A CHILD --

HE SEES IT EVERY DAY.

'nats of water'

AND HE CAN'T BELIEVE PETER WHITING'S STORY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE GULF.

WHITING SAYS HE GOT TOSSED OUT OF A BOAT LAST NIGHT --

SEVEN MILES OFF-SHORE.

HE CLAIMS HE THEN SPENT THE NEXT NINE HOURS SWIMMING THOSE SEVEN MILES BACK TO LAND WITH THE HELP OF A LIFE VEST.

THAT'S LIKE THE DISTANCE FROM R-S-W TO BELL TOWER SHOPS.

"god said, i'm going to help you get in -- that's it. Because it it was me, I would float to Mexico."

WHITING FOUND A HOTEL WORKER THIS MORNING ABOUT FOUR AND EXPLAINED WHAT HAPPENED.

THAT ENDED THE COAST GUARD'S OVERNIGHT SEARCH FOR HIM --

WHICH STARTED WHEN WHITING'S WIFE REPORTED HIM MISSING.

"Hats off to that guy, for him to stay focused and swim that long without giving up, that's something else right there."

MATT ERPENBECK TEACHES SWIMMING ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

HE SAYS SWIMMING SEVEN MILES -- EVEN WITH A LIFE JACKET -- IS DAUNTING.

FATIGUE.

PASSING OUT.

THE TIDES.

ALL WOULD BE ISSUES --

EVEN WITH A LIFE JACKET. Return to index of stories...


OVERBOARD SWIMMER-ONCAM


BUT WHITING WAS FINE WHEN HE WAS FOUND.

HIS BOAT TURNED UP FAIRLY CLOSE TO WHERE HE SWAM ASHORE.

WE TALKED TO A COMPETITIVE SWIMMER TONIGHT --

WHO DOUBTS WHITING ACTUALLY SWAM SEVEN MILES.

HE THINKS THAT'S BORDERLINE IMPOSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY FIGHTING THE TIDES.

REGARDLESS, WHITING IS O-K.

AND HE REFUSED TO TALK TO US WHEN WE ASKED FOR AN INTERVIEW. Return to index of stories...


JCREW SMALL SIZES-VO-OC


THE BLOGOSPHERE IS ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT A NEW SIZE SOLD AT J-CREW.

THE SPECIALTY RETAILER IS OFFERING ITEMS IN TRIPLE ZERO.

THE EQUIVALENT OF AN EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA SMALL.

PEOPLE SAY THIS IS A SIGN VANITY SIZING IS OUT OF CONTROL.

THAT'S A PRACTICE SOME RETAILERS USE --

WHEN THEY MANIPULATE SIZES SO SHOPPERS FEEL LIKE THEY WEAR A SMALLER NUMBER.

JCREW SAYS THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH VANITY SIZING.

IT SAYS THE COMPANY IS SIMPLY MEETING THE DEMAND COMING FROM ASIA --

SIZED TEND TO RUN SMALLER THERE.

JCREW WANTS TO PUT THIS WHOLE DEBATE TO REST. Return to index of stories...


FORD'S GARAGE TEAMS WITH FORD-SS-VO


NEW AT 11 --

A FIRST FOR FORD MOTOR COMPANY -- AND FORD'S GARAGE.

THE FORT MYERS CHAIN IS THE FIRST RESTAURANT IN THE COUNTRY --

TO RECEIVE RIGHTS TO USE THE ICONIC BRAND.

FORD'S GARAGE CAN NOW USE FORD'S FAMOUS BLUE LOGO --

HISTORIC PICTURES --

IMAGES OF FORD VEHICLES --

AND ACTUAL MODEL T'S.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY DECIDED THE CHAIN SHOWS PROMISE.

RESTAURANT OWNERS DO HAVE PLANS TO EXPAND OUTSIDE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


MANGO MELTDOWN-VO-WIPE


FARMERS SAY IT'S BEEN A DISAPPOINTING SEASON THIS YEAR FOR MANGOES.

PRODUCTION IS DOWN AND THE TREES ARE MATURING LATE.

THE OWNER OF THE MANGO FACTORY ON PINE ISLAND SAYS ONLY A THIRD OF HIS TREES ARE PRODUCING FRUIT.

HE OWNS A 1-THOUSAND ACRE FARM.

HE SAYS HEAVY RAINS EARLY IN THE SEASON MAY HAVE SET BACK POLLINATION. Return to index of stories...


MANGO MELTDOWN-SOTVO


TAKE SOT--

Doug Flowerree, Owner, The Mango Factory

21:04:14 "As you ride around Pine Island a lot of the places are just going to be closed, they don't have any mangos this year." 21:04:20

PINE ISLAND'S ANNUAL MANGO MANIA CELEBRATION WILL BEGIN IN JUST TEN DAYS.

FARMERS SAY THERE SHOULD BE PLENTY OF MANGO TO TASTE, BUT THERE MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO BUY. Return to index of stories...


CANCER PATIENT GUILTY OF DRUGS-VO


A DYING CANCER PATIENT --

WAS JUST FOUND GUILTY OF DRUG CHARGES.

HIS CRIME --

GROWING POT TO EASE HIS PAIN.

BENTON MACKENZIE CLAIMS HE GREW MARIJUANA FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES.

BUT THE JUDGE IN IOWA RULED HE COULDN'T MENTION THAT MOTIVATION NOR HIS MEDICAL CONDITION --

AT HIS TRIAL.

INVESTIGATORS SEIZED 71 MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM HIS HOUSE LAST YEAR.

AND THE JURY CONVICTED HIM.

SENTENCING IS SET FOR AUGUST. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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DESTINATION GRADUATION-VOTOPS


"DESTINATION GRADUATION" *SOUNDS* LIKE A COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY IN A TROPICAL PARADISE.

ALAS, NO.

BUT.

STILL TO COME AT 11 --

HOW IT *IS* HELPING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TEENS MAKE THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-POP


CHRIS SALES-- MAKING HIS SALES PITCH-- SO TO SPEAK FOR THIS YEAR'S ALL-STAR TEAM---

PLUS ONE NBA INSIDER--- SAYS LEBRON JAMES TO CLEVELAND IS A DONE DEAL--- Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A SPORTS TEASE-VO


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NIGHTLINE TEASE-BLK-SOT


NIGHTLINE TEASE Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


CHRIS SALE-POPMON


RED SOX MANAGER JOHN FARRELL IS ALSO THE MANAGER OF THIS YEAR'S AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM---- AND AS THE MANAGER HE GETS TO PICK THE PITCHERS----CHRIS SALE'S LIKE -- HELLO--- HOW DID YOU FORGET ABOUT ME--- THE FGCU GREAT-- LEFT OFF THE TEAM DESPITE HAVING THE SECOND BEST EARNED RUN AVERAGE IN THE LEAGUE--- TONIGHT -- SALE GOT TO SHOW FARRELL WHAT HE'S MISSING --- AND DID HE EVER--- Return to index of stories...


CHRIS SALE-VOTOPS


SALE UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS AGAIN TONIGHT---

BLOWS IT BY BROCK HOLT IN THE 5TH-- SALE'S 5TH STRIKE OUT OF THE GAME---

HE LEFT THE GAME IN THE 8TH WITH A 3 RUN LEAD-

AND THE BO SOX WERE HAPPY TO SEE HIM GO--- HOLT WITH SOME REDEMPTION-- WITH THE WALK OF RBI IN THE 9TH

BOSTON WINS 5-4

BY THE WAY SALE CAN STILL MAKE THE ALL-STAR TEAM-- HE IS ONE OF FIVE PLAYERS FANS CAN VOTE IN--- RIGHT NOW HE IS THE LEADING VOTER TO MAKE THE A-L ALL-STAR TEAM Return to index of stories...


RAYS ROYALS-VOTOPS


NEXT STOP THE TROP-- RAYS AND ROYALS---

4TH INNING---- KEVIN OH MY--- GOT ALL OF THAT ---- A GRAND SLAM--- TO MAKE IT 4-2 RAYS---

AND THINGS WERE LOOKING GOOD

BUT THE ROYALS SCORE 3 IN THE 9TH TO WIN 5-4--- Return to index of stories...


MARLINS DBACKS-VOTOPS


MARLINS PLAYING SOME DAY BASEBALL --- IN ARIZONA---

10TH INNING MARLINS UP A RUN--- NOT FOR LONG--- PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT -- SHOOTS THE GAP---- TYING RUN SCORES EASILY---- DAVID PERALTA ON THE FLY--- COMES AROUND TO SCORE THE GAME WINNER--- D'BACKS SCORE 3 IN THE 10TH AND WIN 4-3 Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE BASEBALL-VOTOPS


STICKING WITH BASEBALL

ON FRIDAY THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE WILL HOST ZOMBIE NIGHT AT HAMMOND STADIUM-----

THE MIRACLE WILL WEAR SPECIAL ZOMBIE JERSEY WHEN THEY FACE DUNEDIN---

THE GAME HONORS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOVIE -- DAY OF THE DEAD WHICH WAS FILMED IN FORT MYERS---

FANS WEARING ZOMBIE MAKEUP OR COSTUMES GET IN FREE Return to index of stories...


MIRACLE BASEBALL-SOTVO


CONTINUE VO

PORT CHARLOTTE GRAD -- DAVID HOLMBERG MADE HIS SECOND MAJOR LEAGUE START LAST NIGHT FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS-- BUT GAME UP 3 HOME RUNS IN 3 INNINGS AND HAS BEEN OPTIONED BACK TO THE MINORS--- Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-POPMON


I'M PRETTY SURE COUNTRY OF BRAZIL IS STILL IN SHOCK OVER THEIR SIX GOAL LOSS TO GERMANY IN THE WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS ON TUESDAY-- AND JUST TO ADD A LITTLE SALT TO THEIR WONDS-- THEIR RIVAL-- ARGENTINA-- HAS A CHANCE TO REACH THE FINALS-- ON BRAZILIAN SOIL--- WITH A WIN TODAY OVE THE NETHERLANDS--- Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-VOTOPS


LET'S TO TO SAO PAULO---

A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING FOR THE FIRST 120 MINUTES-- WE WERE SCORELSS HEADING TO A SHOOTOUT---

FIRST PENTALTY KICK FOR THE NETHERLANDS-- DENIED BY SERGIO ROMERO---- ARGENTINA ALL FIRED UP---

TWO KICKS LATER-- ROMERO --- DENIES THE DUTCH ONCE AGAIN----

ARGENTINA SITTING PRETTY-- MAXI RODRIGUEZ--- SENDS ARGENTINA TO THE WORLD CUP FINALS VERSUS GERMANY ON SUNDAY---- Return to index of stories...


WORLD CUP-SOTTOPS


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MIAMI HEAT-POPMON


WE HAVE REACHED THE MONTH OF JULY. ALSO KNOWN AS NATIONAL HOTDOG MONTH. IT IS ALSO THE START OF FREE AGENCY IN THE NBA. CARMELO ANTHONY. ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAME OUT THERE. GETTING COURTED BY SEVERAL TEAMS. INLCUDING HIS CURRENT TEAM THE NEW YORK KNICKS. IF MELO DOES STAY IN BIG APPLE. A NEW YORK CITY GENTLEMEN'S CLUB WILL GIVE HIM FREE LAP DANCES FOR LIFE--- Return to index of stories...


MIAMI HEAT-VOTOPS


IN THE MEANTIME-- THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO GET LEBRON JAMES BACK IN CLEVELAND--

IN THE LAST 24 HOURS THE CAVS HAVE FREED UP ENOUGH SALARY SPACE TO GIVE LEBRON THE MAX DEAL---

--- THEY ARE ALSO-- PERSUING TWO OF HIS FAVORITE TEAMMATES -- RAY ALLEN AND MIKE MILLER -- IN HOPES OF ENTICING JAMES BACK TO THE CAVS--

---NBA INSIDER-- CHRIS SHERIDAN-- IS REPORTING THAT JAMES RETURN TO CLEVELAND IS A DONE DEAL----

--- NO MATTER WHERE HE ENDS UP--- AN OFFICIAL DECISION IS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED ON HIS WEBSITE--- LEBRON JAMES.COM--- Return to index of stories...


FGCU HAWAII-VOTOPS


STICKING WITH HOOPS--

MANY MEDIA OUTLETS WERE REPORTING THE FGCU MEN WERE GOING TRAVEL TO HAWAII THIS UPCOMING SEASON TO FACE THE WARRIORS----

--- HOWEVER--- FGCU TOLD US TODAY-- THAT A DEAL HAS NOT BEEN MADE--- SO THAT GAME IS NOT OFFICIAL--- AND NOT ON THE SCHEDULE AS OF NOW Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


IF YOU WANT A PIECE OF BASEBALL HISTORY-- YOU CAN HAVE IT--- BUT IT WILL COST YOU--

THIS FRIDAY WILL MARK THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY SINCE BABE RUTH MADE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT--- IN HONOR OF THAT DAY--- 125 ITEMS WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF--

FROM RUTH'S FIRST HOMERUN BALL-- TO HIS CONTRACT WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX-- WHICH IS ALREADY UP TO 370-THOUSAND DOLLARS -- ON LINE BIDDING Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BREAK-POP


THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS.

UP NEXT --

THE EXTRA *PUSH* THAT HELPED SOUTHWEST FLORIDA STUDENTS MAKE IT TO COLLEGE.

STAY RIGHT THERE! Return to index of stories...


DESTINATION GRADUATION-VOTOPS


THESE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA GRADS ARE OFF TO COLLEGE AND POSSIBLY A NEW CAREER --

AND ITS ALL THANKS TO AN EXTRA PUSH.

THIS AFTERNOON THEY STOOD BEFORE THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

THE GROUP FUNDS THE "DESTINATION GRADUATION" PROGRAM.

THESE STUDENTS MEET WEEKLY WITH MENTORS WHO HELP THEM LAND JOBS,RAISE GRADES,AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BY SHOWING THEY CARE. Return to index of stories...


DESTINATION GRADUATION-SOTVO


I struggled in reading a lot, and my mentor just showed me different

skills and helped me. I just kept pushing and never gave up.

TAYLOR IS NOW OFF TO THE U-S ARMY.

HE'LL SOON LEAVE FOR FORT BENNING IN GEORGIA.

THIS YEAR "DESTINATION GRADUATION" RECEIVED A 500-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT.

IN THE FALL, MENTORS WILL BE IN 15 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOLS. Return to index of stories...


CLOSE 11PM-4 SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...