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DIRECTORS PAGE SIZE DISCRIMINATION-TC MON
HEADLINES-SOT SIZE DISCRIMINATION-PKG
FIRST WEATHER CLIP-CLIP SIZE DISCRIMINATION-TAG
FIRST WEATHER-WXWALL cape bank robbery-mitto
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP MAGIC TANK-VO
GAS PUMP STRIPS-SOTVO RESCUED TODDLER-VO
GAS PUMP STRIPS-OC VO GRIEVING FATHER REMEMBERS DAUGHTER-VO
GAS PUMP STRIPS-SOTVO DNA DATING WEBSITE-SS(2)
GAS PRICES GOING DOWN-VIDBOX THOR NOW A WOMAN-SS
DEP LAWSUIT-OTS, VO COMCAST APOLOGY-OC, SOT, CG
DEP LAWSUIT-SOTVO COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
LEHIGH DRILLING SITE-VO MOTHER SON DANCE-VOTOPS
BIKERS HIT ON FMB-VOWIPE TEASE TWO-POP
BIKERS HIT ON FMB-SOTVO TZ2 A-VO
FMPD PHONE SCAM-NATVO NIGHTLINE TEASE-BLK-SOT
FMPD PHONE SCAM-SOTVO SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
WATER MINERAL SPRINGS UPDATE-VO ALLSTAR GAME-POPMON
CAPE POLICE INVESTIGATION-OC, NATSVO, OC ALLSTAR GAME-VOTOPS
FM BLIND FIREFIGHTER-VOWIPE ALLSTAR GAME-CGTOPS
FM BLIND FIREFIGHTER-SOTVO SAMMY WATKINS-POPMON
LOTTERY SCHOOL FUNDING-VO, BNR SAMMY WATKINS-VOTOPS
CYPRESS LAKE HS RESIGNATION-SS, VO SAMMY WATKINS-SOTTOPS
PG WIRE FRAUD GUILTY PLEA-OTS DALLAS CRAWFORD-VOTOPS
WAWA GROUND BREAKING-EANIBOX, VOFULL MIAMI HEAT-VOTOPS
NEXT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP MCKNIGHT-VOTOPS
TEASE ONE------------ BRITISH OPEN-POPMON
TZ1A RESCUED TODDLER-NATSVO BRITISH OPEN-VOTOPS
TZ1B COMCAST DISASTER-NATSVO BRITISH OPEN-SOTTOPS
JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP MO MARTIN-VOTOPS
WEATHER-PWC MO MARTIN-SOTTOPS
WEATHER-WXWALL FUN SPORTS
TZ EXTRA------------ TOSS TO BREAK-POP
A) SIZE DISCRIMINATION-VOTOPS MOTHER SON DANCE-NATVO
B) MAGIC TANK-VOTOPS CLOSE 11PM-4 SHOT
EXTRA AT 11 OPEN-CLIP  


DIRECTORS PAGE


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HEADLINES-SOT


'nats of hammering'

MUST-SEE VIDEO AT 11!

WHY THIS WINDOW HAMMERING --

MAY HAVE *SAVED* A CHILD'S LIFE!

PLUS --

GAS PUMP *CHESS MATCH!*

HOW CROOKS ARE NOW TRYING TO *DESTROY* --

THE WAY DEPUTIES ARE TRYING TO *PROTECT* YOU FROM THIEVES.

TRIO TAKEN DOWN.

ALSO NEW TONIGHT --

HOW *THREE* LEE COUNTY BIKERS *ALL* GOT HIT BY A CAR SATURDAY.

THE CHANGE THEY WANT.

"I'm a big girl, i'm proud, and i post lots of body love."

SHE LOVES HER BODY.

INSTAGRAM DOESN'T.

WHY SHE SAYS THEY'RE *SIZE*-DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HER --

RIGHT NOW ON ABC7 NEWS AT 11! Return to index of stories...


FIRST WEATHER CLIP-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WXWALL


It was a stormy start to the day across Southwest Florida, but a sun-filled finish with highs in the mid to upper 80s. An isolated shower will be possible this evening inland, otherwise expect dry conditions and temps in the 70s. We'll see overnight lows in the mid 70s.

More storms are expected for Wednesday. Once again, activity will build overnight in the Gulf of Mexico and push onshore in the morning hours. Rain and storms will be likely through much of the morning time frame, with the activity pushing inland in the early afternoon. Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Another round of morning showers and storms will again be possible on Thursday. The activity will again push inland in the PM hours with highs in the low 90s.

Our winds begin to transition back to the east on Friday, bringing a better chance for storms later in the day. Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.

The more typical AM sunshine-PM storms routine kicks into high gear for the weekend, with highs both days in the low 90s.

There are some indications that tropical moisture may move in early next week, which would increase the rain and storm chances across Southwest Florida.

TROPICAL UPDATE

It is still nice and quiet across the tropics today. Some forecast models are indicating the atmosphere becoming more conducive for development, but no major development is expected at this point.

No major activity is expected over the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


BIG STORY OPEN Return to index of stories...


GAS PUMP STRIPS-SOTVO


RYAN PATTERSON/ Driver - "it's crazy, just another thing you've got to watch out for."

AND WHEN YOU'RE PAYING AT THE PUMP. IT'S IMPORTANT TO WATCH.

IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- THIEVES PUT IN CARD SKIMMERS AT GAS PUMPS TO STEAL YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION AND YOUR IDENTITY.

YOU CAN'T SEE THE SKIMMERS AND SOME STATIONS DON'T CHECK. Return to index of stories...


GAS PUMP STRIPS-OC VO


SINCE MAY DEPUTIES HAVE FOUND FOUR AT LEE COUNTY STATIONS.

THAT CAUSED A BIT OF A PANIC AT THE PUMP.

SOME STATIONS TRIED TO STOP THE CRIMINALS WITH A NEW SECURITY MEASURE.

THEY'RE PUTTING SECURITY TAPE LIKE THIS ON CARD READERS TO LET YOU KNOW THE PUMP IS SAFE AND THE READER HAS NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITH.

WE FOUND OUT CRIMINALS HAVE ALREADY FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET AROUND THAT BY CUTTING THE TAPE.

IF IT'S CUT - YOU WON'T KNOW IF THE READER IS SAFE.

YOU CAN STILL SWIPE YOUR CARD AND FILL UP.

DON'T. Return to index of stories...


GAS PUMP STRIPS-SOTVO


rene Latigo/ Southern Tank & Pump - "Go to the next pump and tell the clerk your tape's cut up on the card reader and I didn't use the pump."

YOU CAN ALWAYS JUST PAY INSIDE USING YOUR CARD TO BE SAFE. Return to index of stories...


GAS PRICES GOING DOWN-VIDBOX


THERE IS *GOOD* NEWS IF YOU'RE FILLING UP.

PRICES ARE FALLING.

DRIVERS ARE PAYING THE LEAST SINCE APIL.

ON AVERAGE IT'S $3.60 A GALLON.

VIOLENCE IN IRAQ KEPT SUMMER PRICES HIGHER THAN NORMAL.

ECONOMISTS EXPECT FLORIDA DRIVERS WILL PAY 20 CENTS LESS PER GALLON OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. Return to index of stories...


DEP LAWSUIT-OTS, VO


BIG NEWS IN COLLIER COUNTY --

A CONTROVERSIAL WELL IS NO LONGER PUMPING OIL

IN A SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS AFTERNOON --

THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY SAID IT'S SHUTTING IN THE COLLIER-HOGAN WELL NEAR IMMOKALEE.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME JUST MINUTES BEFORE THE STATE D-E-P ANNOUNCED ITS SUING THE COMPANY --

THAT'S ACCUSED OF USING FRACKING-LIKE TECHNIQUES AT THE SITE.

THE COMPANY INSISTS THEY FOLLOWED ALL FLORIDA LAWS.

BUT ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY THAT MERELY MEANS FLORIDA LAWS ARE OUTDATED. Return to index of stories...


DEP LAWSUIT-SOTVO


we're gonna see more and more of this and we need to be ready and we need to prepare. this has only highlighted the need to update our laws and regulations to these newer extreme extraction techniques in Florida

THE DAN A HUGHES COMPANY SAYS THEY WILL COOPERATE WITH THE LAWSUIT --

AND DEFEND THEIR ACTIONS.

THE COMPANY SAYS IT'S POSSIBLE THEY WILL RE-OPEN THE COLLIER-HOGAN WELL IN THE FUTURE. Return to index of stories...


LEHIGH DRILLING SITE-VO


AND YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED SOME ACTIVITY AT A DIFFERENT OIL WELL.

THIS ONE IN LEHIGH ACRES --

NEAR SUNSHINE ELEMENTARY.

BUT ABC7 CONFIRMED WITH THE OIL COMPANY -- AND WITH THE STATE D-E-P --

THAT THE WORK YOU SAW WAS JUST ROUTINE MAINTENANCE.

THE COMPANY -- CALLED BREITBURN ENERGY -- IS REPLACING ONE OF ITS PUMPS.

THEY SAY THEY'VE NEVER USED ANY KIND OF FRACKING TECHNIQUES THERE.

THE WELL HAS BEEN OPERATIONAL SINCE THE 70S. Return to index of stories...


BIKERS HIT ON FMB-VOWIPE


A MORNING OF FUN TAKES A TRAGIC TURN.

SEVERAL BIKERS ARE HIT IN LEE COUNTY BY ONE CAR OVER THE WEEKEND.

DEPUTIES SAY 84-YEAR-OLD LESTER LEE WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL WHEN HE

STRUCK THREE BIKERS SATURDAY MORNING.

ANOTHER BIKER WAS INJURED WHILE JUMPING OUT OF HARMS WAY.

IT HAPPENED ON SAN CARLOS BOULEVARD NEAR THE MATANZAS PASS BRIDGE.

DEPUTIES BELIEVE THE DRIVER HAD A MEDICAL PROBLEM BEHIND THE WHEEL.

HE TOLD DEPUTIES HE WAS ON HIS WAS TO PLAY BRIDGE.

BIKERS SAY A LANE JUST FOR THEM IS HEAVILY NEEDED AFTER THEIR LIVES

FLASHED BEFORE THEM. Return to index of stories...


BIKERS HIT ON FMB-SOTVO


SOT

1:45:15-1:45:28

Ken Dillman/ biker

"We've got light traffic. Perfect visibility. Beautiful day. This is

about as safe as it ever gets on a bicycle. Less than a minute later,

I felt a hard impact and I was down on the ground."

ONE BIKER REMAINS IN THE HOSPITAL.

THE DRIVER WAS CITED FOR CARELESS DRIVING AND AN EXPIRED TAG. Return to index of stories...


FMPD PHONE SCAM-NATVO


THERE'S A NEW SCAM TAKING OVER SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

CALLERS POSE AS LOCAL DETECTIVES --

AND THREATEN TO ARREST YOU IF YOU DON'T GIVE THEM MONEY.

IT HAPPENED TO A LEHIGH ACRES WOMAN.

THE CALLER SAID HE WAS FROM THE FORT MYERS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND SO DID THE CALLER ID ON HER PHONE.

Nats of phone call

"My name is investigator Stephanie wright with the fraud division. I need you to give me a call back immediately."

THE SO-CALLED INVESTIGATOR TOLD THE WOMAN -- SHE HAD TILL 5PM TO PAY THEM NEARLY 800 DOLLARS--

OR SHE WOULD GO TO JAIL. Return to index of stories...


FMPD PHONE SCAM-SOTVO


Sot-Jean Harrell

1:26:45-1:26:58

she said, There was federal money that was deposited into a bank account that I supposedly had and when they went to go withdraw the money it was a

closed account.

AUTHORITIES SAY, ANYONE CAN DISGUISE THEIR PHONE NUMBER, SIMPLY BY DOWNLOADING A SOFTWARE.

FORT MYERS POLICE SAY THEY WOULD NEVER CALL AND DEMAND MONEY.

THEY ARE INVESTIGATING. Return to index of stories...


WATER MINERAL SPRINGS UPDATE-VO


NEW DETAILS AT 11 --

ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE WARM MINERAL SPRINGS IN NORTH PORT.

WE JUST GOT WORD --

SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO *SELL* THEIR STAKE IN THE WARM MINERAL SPRINGS TO THE CITY OF NORTH PORT.

THEY'RE STILL FINALIZING DETAILS.

BUT ABC7 PREVIOUSLY REPORTED THE COUNTY WAS LOOKING TO SELL FOR JUST MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS.

From North Port Mayor Jim Blucher:

The Commission voted to have the North Port staff work with Sarasota County on the details for North to buy the Sarasota County portion of Warm Mineral Springs. It was a 4 to 1 vote with I voting against.

Blucher tells me that he voted against it because he doesn't think the City has the money. He says they'll be paying $7.5 million just to go swimming. Return to index of stories...


CAPE POLICE INVESTIGATION-OC, NATSVO, OC


TONIGHT ABC7 HAS NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAPE CORAL OFFICERS A FAMILY ACCUSES OF POLICE BRUTALITY.

NATS OF SCREAMING

TRAVIS ROBEY'S PARENTS SAY THIS VIDEO SHOWS OFFICERS BEATING THEIR SON DURING HIS ARREST LAST MONTH.

ABC7 FOUND OUT TWO OF THE OFFICERS IN THIS HAVE BEEN REPRIMANDED IN THE PAST.

OFFICER HUGH ESTERLE WAS SUSPENDED IN 2011 FOR IMPROPER USE OF A TASER.

OFFICER GEORGEANN LYTLE HAS HAD SEVERAL RUN-INS OVER THE PAST DECADE.

THAT INCLUDES THIS JAILHOUSE VIDEO.

A WOMAN ARRESTED FOR D-U-I CLAIMS IT SHOWS LYTLE THROWING HER INTO A WALL.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS IS INVESTIGATING THE MOST RECENT CASE.

THE CHIEF WILL MAKE THE RESULTS PUBLIC. Return to index of stories...


FM BLIND FIREFIGHTER-VOWIPE


A FORT MYERS FIREFIGHTER SAYS THE CITY WON'T PROMOTE --

BECAUSE OF HIS EYE.

BILL MILLER HAS WORKED FOR THE FORT MYERS FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR ALMOST SIX YEARS.

BUT HE SAYS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WON'T LET HIM PROGRESS UP THE LADDER --

BECAUSE HE ONLY HAS ONE EYE.

MILLER LOST HIS OTHER EYE TO CANCER WHEN HE WAS FIVE.

MILLER SAYS THE DEPARTMENT STARTED TREATING HIM DIFFERENTLY IN 2010. Return to index of stories...


FM BLIND FIREFIGHTER-SOTVO


Bill Miller, Fort Myers Firefighter

:56:29 I want to go through the rest of my career with the fire

department like anyone else. I want to take the test to show that I

can compete- to test and drive, I just want a chance to compete.

AND HE SAYS HE'S NOT GETTING IT.

WE DIDN'T GET A RESPONSE FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TODAY TO THESE ALLEGATIONS.

BUT MILLER'S ATTORNEY SAYS THEY'RE MEETING WITH THE CITY AND A JUDGE TOMORROW --

HOPING TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT. Return to index of stories...


LOTTERY SCHOOL FUNDING-VO, BNR


MORE THAN FIVE BILLION DOLLARS.

THAT'S HOW MUCH THE FLORIDA LOTTERY MADE IN SALES LAST YEAR.

TONIGHT - SOME ARE DISAPPOINTED THAT ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF THAT WILL GO TO EDUCATION.

STATE COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND THE 67 PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL SPLIT ONE AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS.

SO HOW MUCH WILL SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SCHOOLS GET?

LEE COUNTY WILL SEE ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS --

COLLIER -- ALMOST THREE MILLION.

WE HAVE MORE ON THE LOTTERY SPLIT ON OUR WEBSITE ABC-7.COM Return to index of stories...


CYPRESS LAKE HS RESIGNATION-SS, VO


WE'VE NOW *LEARNED* WHY A LEE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PRINICPAL IS RESIGNING.

THE LONG-TIME CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IS BLAMING ISSUES WITH THE DISTRICT.

TRACY PERKINS REQUESTED TO STAY ON THROUGH EARLY AUGUST.

BUT IN HER RESIGNATION LETTER, PERKINS SAYS INTERACTION WITH DISTRICT LEADERS REVEALED SHE WASN'T SEEN AS FIT TO LEAD THE HIGH SCHOOL.

SO SHE OFFERED HER RESIGNATION.

THE DISTRICT WON'T COMMENT OR SAY WHO'S REPLACING PERKINS. Return to index of stories...


PG WIRE FRAUD GUILTY PLEA-OTS


NEW AT 11.

A PUNTA GORDA MAN FACES 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR STEALING MORE THAN SIX-MILLION DOLLARS FROM INVESTORS.

MICHAEL DEFEO LIED TO INVESTORS -- SAYING HIS GRAVEL AND FILL DIRT COMPANY HAD BEEN CONTRACTED TO IMPROVE I-75.

HE TOOK THE MONEY AND SPENT IT ON HIMSELF.

DEFEO PLEADED GUILTY TODAY. Return to index of stories...


WAWA GROUND BREAKING-EANIBOX, VOFULL


GET READY FOR SOME FAMOUS HOAGIES, COFFEE AND MORE!

THE SUPER-CONVENIENCE STORE -- WAWA -- IS EXPANDING TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

THE COMPANY BROKE GROUND IN FORT MYERS TODAY.

WA-WA'S A PENNSYLVANIA-BASED CHAIN --

THAT OPERATES AS A GAS STATION, COFFEE BAR AND RESTAURANT ALL-IN-ONE.

THEY'RE BUILDING THREE STORES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

COLONIAL AND FOWLER IN FORT MYERS.

US-41 AND COLLEGE PARKWAY IN FORT MYERS.

DEL PRADO AND PINE ISLAND IN THE CAPE.

THEY'LL OPEN BY EARLY NEXT YEAR. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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


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


'nats of hammer to the window'

THEY'RE NOT VANDALS.

THEY'RE NOT BURGLARS.

THEY'RE.HEROES!

CAUGHT ON CAMERA --

WHY THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE *HAMMERED* THEIR WAY INTO THIS S-U-V.

1:38 into call "why is it that you're not wanting to have the #1 internet service, the #1 tv service?"

PLUS --

CUSTOMER *DISSERVICE!*

YOU *HAVE* TO HEAR HOW BADLY A *COMCAST* REP BUNGLES THIS CALL.

IT'S 20 MINUTES OF THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE YOU'VE EVER HEARD --

AND IT'S NEXT.

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


TZ1A RESCUED TODDLER-NATSVO


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TZ1B COMCAST DISASTER-NATSVO


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JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


JP WEATHERATE OPEN Return to index of stories...


WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


It was a stormy start to the day across Southwest Florida, but a sun-filled finish with highs in the mid to upper 80s. An isolated shower will be possible this evening inland, otherwise expect dry conditions and temps in the 70s. We'll see overnight lows in the mid 70s.

More storms are expected for Wednesday. Once again, activity will build overnight in the Gulf of Mexico and push onshore in the morning hours. Rain and storms will be likely through much of the morning time frame, with the activity pushing inland in the early afternoon. Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Another round of morning showers and storms will again be possible on Thursday. The activity will again push inland in the PM hours with highs in the low 90s.

Our winds begin to transition back to the east on Friday, bringing a better chance for storms later in the day. Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.

The more typical AM sunshine-PM storms routine kicks into high gear for the weekend, with highs both days in the low 90s.

There are some indications that tropical moisture may move in early next week, which would increase the rain and storm chances across Southwest Florida.

TROPICAL UPDATE

It is still nice and quiet across the tropics today. Some forecast models are indicating the atmosphere becoming more conducive for development, but no major development is expected at this point.

No major activity is expected over the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


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


FOR SKINNY GIRLS --

IT'S FINE.

FOR BIGGER GIRLS --

IT'S NOT.

THE CYBER *SIZE* DISCRIMINATION --

THIS TEEN IS ACCUSING OF INSTAGRAM OF TONIGHT

PLUS --

IS IT MAGIC?

HOW THIS LIQUID -- *THAT'S NOT GAS* -- COULD SAVE YOU, IF YOU RUN OUT OF GAS!

THAT'S JUST 60 SECONDS AWAY AFTER LOTTO! Return to index of stories...


A) SIZE DISCRIMINATION-VOTOPS


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B) MAGIC TANK-VOTOPS


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EXTRA AT 11 OPEN-CLIP


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SIZE DISCRIMINATION-TC MON


IN TONIGHT'S A-B-C 7 EXTRA --

AN OHIO TEENAGER IS SCREAMING "DOUBLE STANDARD."

SHE SAYS ONE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE TREATS SKINNY GIRLS --

VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN LARGER GIRLS.

AND SHE LEARNED THAT THIS WEEKEND. WITH A PICTURE OF HER NOT WEARING MANY CLOTHES. Return to index of stories...


SIZE DISCRIMINATION-PKG


DON'T KID YOURSELF --

SAMM NEWMAN KNOWS SHE'S NOT A PAPER THIN SUPERMODEL.

"I'm a big girl, i'm proud, and i post lots of body love."

BUT WHAT SHE HATES --

IS THAT HER BODY LOVE --

GOT HER BOOTED OFF INSTAGRAM.

"how confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don't want to look at you?"

THIS 19-YEAR-OLD FOUND HER CONFIDENCE AND HER SUPPORT ONLINE --

EMBRACINGA A BODY POSITIVITY MOVEMENT ON INSTAGRAM.

IT'S A GROUP OF LADIES USING HASHTAGS LIKE "BODY LOVE" AND "PIZZA SISTERS 4 LYFE" --

POSTING PICTURES AND COMPLIMENTS.

AND BASICALLY NOT HIDING BECAUSE OF THEIR SIZE.

"it was my safe place, because when i went there, i could share anything."

NOT EVERYTHING.

OVER THE WEEKEND --

SAMM POSTED A PIC OF HER WEARING BOY SHORTS AND A BRA.

INSTAGRAM YANKED IT DOWN --

SAYING IT VIOLATED THEIR GUIDELINES AGAINST NUDITY.

"i didn't find them or the bra at all inappropriate. they covered me entirely, and i've seen pictures like that all over instagram."

SHE IS RIGHT.

INSTAGRAM DOES ALLOW PICTURES OF GIRLS IN THEIR UNDERWEAR.

SO --

THE SIZE 24 TEEN SAYS THIS IS SIZE DISCRIMINATION --

AND SHE'S FIGHTING IT. Return to index of stories...


SIZE DISCRIMINATION-TAG


A FIGHT SHE'S NOW WON!

INSTAGRAM JUST RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING, IN PART, WE MADE A MISTAKE.

WE WRONGLY REMOVED CONTENT.

WE'RE WORKING TO FIX THAT.

AND WE APOLOGIZE. Return to index of stories...


cape bank robbery-mitto


CAPE CORAL POLICE NEED YOUR HELPING FINDING A BANK ROBBER.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS GUY.

YOU CAN SEE A MAN WITH A GUN JUMPING OVER THE TELLER'S COUNTER.

IT HAPPENED AT THE BUSEY BANK ON DEL PRADO TWO WEEKS AGO.

WITNESSES SAY HE MAY HAVE DISGUISED HIS FACE WITH PANTYHOSE IN ADDITION TO A TOWEL. Return to index of stories...


MAGIC TANK-VO


IT'S A TERRIBLE FEELING -- YOU'RE MILES FROM A GAS STATION AND YOU'RE ON E.

UH-OH.

PRETTY SOON -- YOU MAY NOT HAVE TO WORRY.

A NEW PRODUCT CLAIMING TO "WORK LIKE GASOLINE -- IS BEING TESTED RIGHT NOW.

IT'S CALLED 'MAGIC TANK.'

IT'S NON-FLAMMABLE AND WON'T HURT YOUR ENGINE.

HERE'S THE REAL KICKER --

ITS SHELF LIFE IS 10 YEARS AND YOU CAN KEEP IT IN YOUR CAR. Return to index of stories...


RESCUED TODDLER-VO


AN INCREDIBLE STORY OUT OF TEXAS --

SHOPPERS IN HOUSTON TOOK MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AFTER THEY SAW TWO CHILDREN TRAPPED IN A HOT CAR.

IT'S ALL ON CAMERA.

YOU CAN SEE PEOPLE TRYING TO GET TO THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD AND THREE-YEAR-OLD.

THEY TRIED TO SMASH OPEN THE WINDOWS OF THE S-U-V.

ULTIMATELY THEY USED A SLEDGEHAMMER TO BREAK THE WINDOW.

A WOMAN CLIMBED IN TO OPEN THE DOOR.

THE MOTHER ACCIDENTALLY LOCKED HER CHILDREN IN THE CAR AND ASKED PEOPLE TO HELP HER.

BOTH OF HER CHILDREN ARE OKAY.

Shoppers who noticed two young children trapped inside a hot car in Houston smashed open the vehicle's windows to rescue them, witnesses said. Gabriel Del Valle, who was working in a store at the strip mall where the incident occurred, said someone came rushing into his store Monday, saying there were children stuck in a parked car.

When Del Valle emerged from the store, he saw a group of people banging on the windows and doors of a Jeep, trying to smash them or pry the door open, he told ABC News today.

"Pretty much I'm just working like a normal day and a guy comes in rushing and he's like 'somebody left their kids in their car,'" Del Valle said.

"The guys had to break the window, they had to bring a big sledge hammer and break the window and then a lady had to climb in to open the door," he added.

The mother of the children had accidentally locked the kids inside the vehicle and had been seeking help to get them out.

Inside the car were two children, ages 3 and 5, Del Valle said.

"Texas is famous for being hot so just imagine after rain, it's real humid over here. I don't know if it was 100 but it was close to that. It's good to see that people wanted to help," he said.

No one called police, though Del Valle said they did discuss it.

"After she left people wanted to call the cops, but we said, no, she made a mistake, you've got to learn from your mistakes. You don't know the situation she's under, you know, she could be a single mom or something," he said.

Del Valle said he filmed the scene because it seemed so relevant to other current news stories about children being left in hot cars, including the Georgia father who was arrested earlier this month after his son was found dead in the car. Return to index of stories...


GRIEVING FATHER REMEMBERS DAUGHTER-VO


THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE --

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

AN OHIO FATHER FOUND THAT OUT --

WHILE MOURNING THE DEATH OF HIS NEWBORN DAUGHTER.

HE ASKED PEOPLE ON THE WEBSITE REDDIT --

TO PHOTOSHOP PICTURES OF HIS BABY.

WHAT HE WANTED WAS A PHOTO WITHOUT THE TUBE SHE WAS SO DEPENDENT ON DURING HER SHORT LIFE.

THE RESPONSE -- WITH PHOTOS AND WORDS OF SUPPORT -- OVERWHELMED HIM.

LITTLE SOPHIA DIED LAST WEEK DUE TO PRESSURE ON HER ORGANS FROM A LIVER MASS.

SHE ONLY LIVED SIX WEEKS.

BUT HER PARENTS SAY THIS JUST SHOWS HOW AWESOME PEOPLE CAN BE.

And the outpouring of support from strangers who submitted beautiful photos has surprised and touched the father, Nathen Steffel.

"I never expected to get the response I did from Reddit," Steffel told ABC News. "This story just goes to show how awesome people can be."

And the outpouring of support from strangers who submitted beautiful photos has surprised and touched the father, Nathen Steffel.

"I never expected to get the response I did from Reddit," Steffel told ABC News. "This story just goes to show how awesome people can be."

Sophia, Steffel's daughter, had a hepatic hemangioma in her liver. Born at 34 weeks on May 30, her condition was extremely unstable.

"It was an emotional rollercoaster but it was the best 6 weeks of our life," Steffel said.

Sophia died on July 10 due to pressure on her organs from the liver mass. Return to index of stories...


DNA DATING WEBSITE-SS(2)


USING YOUR DNA TO FIND YOUR PERFECT MATCH --

IT'S THE LATEST TREND IN ONLINE DATING.

THE WEBSITE SINGLED OUT DOT COME CLAIMS TO BE THE FIRST TO MAKE A MATCH WITH D-N-A.

IT PARTNERED WITH INSTANT CHEMISTRY -- A SERVICE THAT TESTS DNA FOR "BIOLOGICAL COMPATIBILITY" IN A LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS --

YOU GET A DNA KIT IN THE MAIL -- YOU SEND IN A SAMPLE OF YOUR SALIVA AND GET THE RESULTS WITHIN A WEEK.

YOU'RE MATCHES ARE POSTED ON YOUR DATING PROFILE --

THE PRICETAG FOR THIS KIND OF LOVE -- UP TO 300 DOLLARS.

The site partners with Instant Chemistry, a service that tests DNA for "biological compatibility" in a long-term relationship.

How it works: You get an Instant Chemistry DNA kit in the mail when you sign up for a SingldOut membership. Membership prices are $199 for three months, $249 for six months or $299 for 12 months. Members also take a psychological assessment. Return to index of stories...


THOR NOW A WOMAN-SS


A COMIC BOOK CHARACTER IS UNDERGOING A SEX CHANGE.

MOVING FORWARD --

THOR WILL NO LONGER BE A MAN.

MARVEL IS MAKING THOR. A WOMAN.

THEIR FUTURE STORIES WILL FEATURE THE GOD -- NOT GODDESS -- OF THUNDER. AS A WOMAN.

IT'S NOT TEMPORARY.

SHE'S NOW THE ONE AND ONLY THOR.

MARVEL SAYS THIS MAKES ITS 8TH TITLE STARRING A FEMALE CHARACTER.

the female depiction will still wield Thor's weapon of choice:

Thor's character was introduced in 1962.

According to a release by Marvel:

"The inscription on Thor's hammer reads 'Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.' Well it's time to update that inscription," Marvel editor Wil Moss said in a release. "The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!"

Marvel said this would be its 8th title to star a female character Return to index of stories...


COMCAST APOLOGY-OC, SOT, CG


COMCAST IS APOLOGIZING TONIGHT AFTER ONE OF ITS REPRESENTATIVES KEPT A CUSTOMER CAPTIVE ON THE PHONE FOR NEARLY 20 MINUTES -- DEMANDING TO KNOW WHY HE WANTED A DIFFERENT PROVIDER.

LISTEN TO PART OF THE CALL --

:10 CUSTOMER: OK WE'D LIKE TO DISCONNECT.

COMCAST REP: HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DONT WANT FASTER INTERNET.

CUSTOMER: HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY YOU CAN'T JUST DISCONNECT US?:20

COMCAST ISSUED THIS STATEMENT.

THEY SAY THEY'RE EMBARRASSED BY THE EMPLOYEE'S BEHAVIOR AND HOW HE TALKED WITH A CUSTOMER.

THEY CALL IT UNACCETABLE AND ARE INVESTIGATING.

MAKE SURE TO CATCH GMA TOMORROW MORNING --

THEY'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS CABLE DISPUTE.

WE PUT THE ENTIRE CALL ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE -- ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

The customer happened to be Ryan Block, co-founder of tech site Engadget. He and his wife said they wanted to cancel their Comcast account over the phone after they switched to another provider, Astound. But when Block's wife was transferred to Comcast's customer retention agent, the employee wouldn't accept that for an answer and repeatedly demanded that they explain further why they would want to switch providers.

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"I started the call by saying that we were moving, and that we needed to cancel our service," Block's wife, Veronica Belmont, wrote in the description of the recording on SoundCloud.com. "He asked if we wanted to move our current service. I said no, thank you, but we've already signed up for Astound."

"The representative continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone," Block wrote in the audio description. "Overhearing the conversation, I knew this would not be very fun."

A Comcast spokeswoman provided the following statement to ABC News today about the recording: "We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and are contacting him to personally apologize. The way in which our representative communicated with him is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives. We are investigating this situation and will take quick action. While the overwhelming majority of our employees work very hard to do the right thing every day, we are using this very unfortunate experience to reinforce how important it is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect."

The customer happened to be Ryan Block, co-founder of tech site Engadget. He and his wife said they wanted to cancel their Comcast account over the phone after they switched to another provider, Astound. But when Block's wife was transferred to Comcast's customer retention agent, the employee wouldn't accept that for an answer and repeatedly demanded that they explain further why they would want to switch providers. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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MOTHER SON DANCE-VOTOPS


TRADITION MEAN *NOTHING* TO THIS GROOM AND HIS MOM.

STILL TO COME AT 11 --

SEE HOW THEY'RE ABOUT TO BLOW THE *TRADITIONAL* MOTHER-SON WEDDING DANCE. OUT OF THE WATER! Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-POP


TIGER WOODS-- SAYS HE'S GETTING BACK TO NORMAL--- AND DON'T BE SURPRISED IF HE WINS THE BRITISH OPEN

PLUS CHRIS SALE--- MAKING HIS 3RD ALL-STAR APPEARANCE-- -- LET YOU KNOW HOW HE DID-- COMING UP NEXT IN SPORTS--- Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A-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...


ALLSTAR GAME-POPMON


TWO YEARS AGO YANKEE STAR DEREK JETER SOLD HIS PENTHOUSE APARTMENT IN THE TRUMP TOWERS FOR 15.5 MILLION DOLLARS. IT SEEMS LIKE JETERS ENTIRE CAREER HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE PENTHOUSE.--- 5 WORLD SERIES TITLES--- 3-THOUSAND HITS. AND TONIGHT HIS 14TH AND FINAL ALL-STAR GAME --- THE CAPTAIN-- STEALING THE SHOW AT THE 85TH MID-SUMMERS CLASSIC---- Return to index of stories...


ALLSTAR GAME-VOTOPS


LETS GO TO MINNEAPOLIS-- FOR THE ALLSTAR GAME--- JETER GETTING A STANDING O

AND IN TRUE JETER FASHION-- THE GUY LEADS OFF THE GAME WITH A DOUBLE DOWN THE LINE--- JETER WENT 2- FOR 2 ON THE NIGHT---

A FEW BATTERS LATER--- MIGUEL CABRERA -- A 2-RUN HOMER-- JUST LIKE THAT IT'S 3-0 AMERICAN LEAGUE----

4TH INNING -- FGCU GREAT CHRIS SALE ON THE MOUND-- HE GETS CARLOS GOMEZ SWING-- SALE PITCHED ONE INNNING-- AND GAVE UP A RUN--- Return to index of stories...


ALLSTAR GAME-CGTOPS


AND IN TRUE JETER FASHION-- HE LED OFF THE GAME WITH A DOUBLE AND LATERED SCORED---

HE WENT 2-FOR-2-- IN HIS ALL-STAR FINALE---

MEANWHILE FGCU GREAT CHRIS SALE -- GAVE UP 1 RUN, IN ONE INNING-- STRIKING OUT ONE-- Return to index of stories...


SAMMY WATKINS-POPMON


WE ARE 51 DAYS FROM THE KICKOFF OF THE NFL SEASON-- IF YOU'RE LIKE ME--- THAT'S 51 DAYS TOO MANY--- YOU CAN BET SAMMY WATKINS WILL BE USING ALL THOSE DAYS-- TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE BILLS BACK PLAYOFFS--- IT'S BEEN A WHILE---- Return to index of stories...


SAMMY WATKINS-VOTOPS


--- SAMMY-- OF COURSE -- WAS THE 4TH OVERALL PICK BY THE BILLS THIS YEAR--

--- TRAINING CAMP BEGINS THIS FRIDAY---

--- HE'S BEEN WORKING OUT WITH THE TEAM SINCE HE WAS DRAFTED-- AND SAYS HE LIKES WHAT HE SEES--- Return to index of stories...


SAMMY WATKINS-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


DALLAS CRAWFORD-VOTOPS


BIG HONOR FOR SAMMY'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE--- DALLAS CRAWFORD---

CRAWFORD-- NOW A SAFTEY FOR THE MIAMI HURRICANES-- HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM---

--- HE IS ONE OF A NUMBER OF STUDENT ATHLETES THAT ARE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR POSITIVE WORK IN THE COMMUNITY---

-- AMONG CRAWFORD'S CONTRIBUTIONS-- HE IS THE TEAM REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE AUTISM SPEAKS PROGRAM AND IS THE TEAM LEADER FOR THE MARROW DONOR DRIVE--- Return to index of stories...


MIAMI HEAT-VOTOPS


THE MIAMI HEAT ARE NOT THROWING IN THE TOWEL AFTER LEBRON JAMES DECIDED TO SKIP TOWN---

TODAY--- THEY BROUGH BACK ONE ALL-STAR AND ADDED ANOTHER----

DWYANE WADE --- MR. MIAMI -- WILL SIGN A TWO YEAR DEAL WORTH 34 MILLION----

-- THE HEAT ALSO-- SIGN LOUL DENG TO A TWO YEAR DEAL- WORTH 20 MILLION --- Return to index of stories...


MCKNIGHT-VOTOPS


STICKING WITH HOOPS---

FORMER FGCU BIG MAN-- ERIC MCKNIGHT WAS HOPING TO PLAY FOR THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER THIS WINTER -- BUT THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN--

--- MCKIGHT -- HAS ALREADY GRADUATED FROM FGCU-- AND WAS HOPING TO GET A TRANSFER WAIVER--- SO HE COULD PLAY RIGHT AWAY AT TENNESSEE---

--- INSTEAD-- THE SEC CONFERNCE HAS DENIED HIS TRANSFER WAIVER---

--- AS A RESULT MKNIGHT IS LEAVING TENNESSEE--- Return to index of stories...


BRITISH OPEN-POPMON


IN 2013 TIGER WOODS WAS THE PGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR---- SO HIS GAME HIS STILL THERE-- IS HEATH--- IS NOT-- A BAD BACK-- SOME BAD KNEES AND A 38 YEAR OLD FRAME---- HAS TAKE HIM FROM THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE -- TO A WORLD OF PAIN---- BUT TIGER WOODS IS HOPING TO PUT FATHER TIME ON HOLD-- PLAYING HIS FIRST MAJOR THIS YEAR--- Return to index of stories...


BRITISH OPEN-VOTOPS


TIGER HASN'T WON A MAJOR IN 6 YEARS

DESPITE THAT DROUGHT-- WOODS IS CONFIDENT HE WILL WIN AGAIN-- AND FEELS HE HAS A CHANCE THIS WEEK---

-- WOODS RETURNS TO ROYAL LIVERPOOL-- THE SAME COURSE HE WON THE 2006 BRITISH OPEN---

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BRITISH OPEN-SOTTOPS


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MO MARTIN-VOTOPS


FRESH OFF HER WIN AT THE BRITISH OPEN-- NAPLES RESIDENT--- MO MARTIN IS TAKING HER GAME TO NORTHWEST OHIO FOR THE MARATHON CLASSIC --

SHE PICKED A GREAT TIME TO WIN HER FIRST TOURNAMENT ON THE LPGA TOUR-- AND SAYS SHE'S KIND OF AT A LOSS FOR WHAT TO DO KNOW Return to index of stories...


MO MARTIN-SOTTOPS


WAIT Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS


BACK TO BASEBALL---- AND WE ARE SHELLING OUT SOME MAJOR LEAGUE CASE-- FOR SOME MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY--

THE BASEBALL GLOVE--- OF LATE GREAT--- LOU GERHIG--- SOLD FOR 287-THOUSAND DOLLARS--- Return to index of stories...


TOSS TO BREAK-POP


THAT'S A LOOK AT SPORTS.

UP NEXT --

A TWIST ON WEDDING TRADITION THAT MADE M-C HAMMER PROUD.

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


MOTHER SON DANCE-NATVO


WE'RE USED TO THE TRADITIONAL MOTHER-SON SLOW DANCE AT WEDDINGS --

BUT ONE GROOM DECIDED TO PUT HIS OWN TWIST ON THE TRADITION --

TAKE A LOOK --

NATS OF MUSIC. JUMP ON IT. JUMP ON IT

THE DUO WALKED ON TO THE DANCE FLOOR WITH A SONG BY CELINE DION AT FIRST --

THEN SURPRISED THEIR GUESTS WITH A WHOLE CHOREOGRAPHED DANCE ROUTINE -- Return to index of stories...


CLOSE 11PM-4 SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...