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HEADLINES------------- NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP
HL1) INSURANCE SCAM-trxSOTVO GM INITION SWITCH-2SHOT POP
HL2) PREGNANCY RULES-trxVOTOPS GM INITION SWITCH-PKG
HL3) HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-trxNATSVO GM-PKG
STORMWARN-CLIP USED VEHICLES FOR TEENS-OC VO CG(3) OC
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL FLIGHT TURBULANCE-OC VO
BREAKING-CLIP GA CASINO BOAT STRANDED-VOTOPS-WIPE
INSURANCE SCAM BUST-TCMON VO WIPE GA CASINO BOAT STRANDED-SOTVO
INSURANCE SCAM BUST-SOTVO VEGAS MALL SHOOTING-OC-SOTVO-WIPE
BIRTH CONTROL-BNC VEGAS MALL SHOOTING-SOTVO
PREGNANCY IN THE WORKPLACE RULES-BNC VO WIPE RUSSIA DAY OF MOURNING-OC VO
PREGNANCY IN THE WORKPLACE RULES-SOTVO TOP STORIES-CLIP
PREGNANCY AND DRUGS-TCMON NATSVO WIPE TS1) INSURANCE SCAM BUST-VIDBOX TOPS
PREGNANCY AND DRUGS-SOTVO TS2) MOSQUITO SPRAY-VIDBOX TOPS
SPIEGEL IN COURT-OTS SS VO WIPE TS 3) BONITA BEACH ROAD-VIDBOX TOPS
SPIEGEL IN COURT-SOTVO WIPE HILLARY CLINTON ON THE DAILY SHOW-OTS SOTVO WIPE
ROBERT MOORE IN COURT-TRX VO TOPS HILLARY CLINTON ON THE DAILY SHOW-SOTVO
CHILD PORN ARREST-SS VO WIPE RUBIO SOUTH CAROLINA-OC VO
CHILD PORN ARREST-SOTVO BERGDAHL GETS A LAWYER-OC VO
TAMPA TEEN RETURNS-OC VO CAPE CORAL BANK ROBBERY-OTS VO
MOSQUITO SPRAY TESTING-OTS VO WIPE TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-OC VO WIPE
MOSQUITO SPRAY TESTING-SOTVO TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-SOTVO
LIGHTNING PROTECTION-POP VO WIPE GA HOT CAR DEATH MOM-TCMON
LIGHTNING PROTECTION-SOTVO GA HOT CAR DEATH MOM-PKG
COLLIER FLOOD MEETING-OC VO KID LEFT IN PARK WHILE MOM WAS AT WORK-OC VO WIPE
BONITA CROSSWALK PROJECT-OC VO WIPE KID LEFT IN PARK WHILE MOM WAS AT WORK-SOTVO
bonita-sotvo ZOO JEANS-VO IN POP
BONITA CROSSWALK PROJECT-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
BMW RECALL-OTS VO TEASE FOUR------------
NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ4 A NINE YEAR OLD STEALS CAR-SOTVO
TEASE ONE------------ TZ4 B GOODWILL DIAMOND RING-VO
TZ1 A FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY-NATSVO JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
TZ1 B PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS-VOTOPS FORECAST-PHC
BYU FLOODING-NATSVO TOPS FORECAST-WXWALL
JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP 9 YEAR OLD STEALS CAR AGAIN-OC
FORECAST-PHC 9 YEAR OLD STEALS CAR AGAIN-PKG
FORECAST-WXWALL 9 YEAR OLD STEALS CAR AGAIN-ONCAM
FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-OC NATSVO WIP KENNEDY BURGLAR LOOKING FOR KATY PERRY-VOTOPS
FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-SOTVO CASEY KASEM'S BODY-OC-SOTVO
GENES DETERMINE FRIENDSHIPS-OC VO NEW FDNY CALENDAR INCLUDES FIRST WOMAN-OC VO-WIPE
PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS-TCMON VO WIPE NEW FDNY CALENDAR INCLUDES FIRST WOMAN-(3)SOTSVO
PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS-SOTVO GOODWILL DIAMOND RING-OC VO
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
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TZ3 A HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-VOTOPS-WIPE TZ5 A NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY-SOTVO
TZ3 B ZOO JEANS-VOTOPS COMCAST APOLOGY-OC, SOT, CG
HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-2SHOT NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY-SOT TOPS 2SHOT
HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-PKG NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY-PKG
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
TEASE THREE------------ COMING UP AT 6PM------------
TZ3 A GM IGNITION SWITCH-VOTOPS TZ 6 1) VICTIM ROUTINE WATCHED-VOTOPS
TZ3 B KID HIT BY LIGHTNING-VO TZ 6 2) NEW CROSSWALK-VOTOPS
TZ3 C GA HOT CAR DEATH-SOTVO TZ 6 3) NEW PREGNANCY RULES-VOTOPS
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145039 we have 27 identify theft victims in 25 states across the country.5

FAKING IT TO GET WORK--

BREAKING AT 5--

THE MAJOR IDENTITY THEFT RING BUSTED RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA--

SOME OF THE VICTIMS ARE DEAD.

PLUS --

PREGNANCY RULES!

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30-YEARS--

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED NEW GUIDELINES PROTECTING PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE.

NOW AT 5 --

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

AND--

the greeting of girl giggling, hugging and saying 'HI Dad"

DADDY, DAUGHTER DATE--

SUPPORTERS SAY IT'S SWEET--

NAYSAYERS CALL IT NAUSEATING--

YOU DECIDE, RIGHT NOW AT 5.

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HL2) PREGNANCY RULES-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-trxNATSVO


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


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BREAKING-CLIP


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INSURANCE SCAM BUST-TCMON VO WIPE


BREAKING NEWS AT 5 --

THE STATE JUST RAIDED A NAPLES BUSINESS WHERE ABOUT 170 PEOPLE WORK.

AND THEY'RE SAYING 146 OF THEM --

USED FAKE I-D'S TO GET THEIR JOBS.

LET'S SHOW YOU THE SCENE --

AT "INCREDIBLE FRESH" ON MERCANTILE AVENUE IN NAPLES.

WE SAW WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES CRYING AFTER HEARING NEWS OF THE RAID.

ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF INSURANCE FRAUD --

146 OUT OF THE COMPANY'S 168 EMPLOYEES WERE USING STOLEN OR FAKE IDENTITIES AT WORK.

STATE INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY USED THE FAKE I-D'S TO GET THE JOB --

AND SOME WERE THEN INVOLVED IN WORKMAN'S COMP FRAUD.

44 ARE IN CUSTODY TONIGHT.

BUT INVESTIGATORS ADMIT --

THE PEOPLE MAKING THE FAKE I-D'S ARE STILL OUT THERE. Return to index of stories...


INSURANCE SCAM BUST-SOTVO


Major Geoffrey branch/ Florida division of insurance fraud 144832 our end goal is to ultimately find the people that are producing these fraudulent documents and have them criminally charged as well. 7

MAJOR GEOFFREY BRANCH SAYS -- AFTER THE 146 FAKE I-D OFFENDERS GO THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE FRAUD INVESTIGATION --

IMMIGRATION WILL LOOK AT CASE TOO.

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BIRTH CONTROL-BNC


NEW AT 5-

SENATE LAWMAKERS JUST VOTED DOWN A BILL TO REVERSE THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING ON BIRTH CONTROL.

THE LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE FORCED COMPANIES WHO OBJECT TO BIRTH CONTROL FOR RELIGIOUS REASON TO PROVIDE WOMEN FREE CONTRACEPTION.

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PREGNANCY IN THE WORKPLACE RULES-BNC VO WIPE


FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS THE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION ISSUED NEW PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION GUIDELINES.

HARASSING A PREGNANT EMPLOYEE IS NOW ILLEGAL AND CONSIDERED A FORM OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION.

THE NEW GUIDELINES PROHIBIT EMPLOYERS FROM FORCING PREGNANT WORKERS TO TAKE LEAVE--

INSTEAD, EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE LIGHT DUTY.

AFTER CHILDBIRTH --

LACTATION IS NOW COVERED AS A PREGNANCY RELATED MEDICAL CONDITION.

EMPLOYERS HAVE TO ALLOW A FLEXIBLE WORK SCHEDULE AND A PRIVATE PLACE TO PUMP BREAST MILK.

COMPANIES THAT OFFER PARENTAL LEAVE NOW HAVE TO EQUALLY PROVIDE THAT TO WOMEN *AND* MEN. Return to index of stories...


PREGNANCY IN THE WORKPLACE RULES-SOTVO


Peggy Mastroianni -- Legal Counsel for the EEOC

00:09:09 "If you protect pregnant workers you're protecting families and that protects both men and women." 00:09:16

THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION CALLS THIS A VICTORY AND THE FIRST STEP TO KEEPING PREGNANT WOMEN ON THE JOB. Return to index of stories...


PREGNANCY AND DRUGS-TCMON NATSVO WIPE


THIS WOMAN IS THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY TO NOW FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES --

FOR USING DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT.

TENNESSEE JUST MADE IT ILLEGAL FOR WOMEN TO USE DRUGS WHILE PREGNANT --

THEY CALL IT ASSAULT ON THE BABY.

BUT SOME DOCTORS SAY THE WAY THE LAW IS WRITTEN COULD PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING HELP.

NAT SOUND

HERE'S HOW.

METHADONE AND BU-PREN-NORPHINE ARE COMMON DRUGS DOCTORS PRESCRIBE TO HELP PEOPLE DEALING WITH ADDICTION.

BUT THE WAY THE LAW IS WRITTEN --

WOMEN TAKING IT WHILE PREGNANT COULD STILL BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME --

EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE UNDER A DOCTOR'S CARE.

SOME SAY THESE WOMEN NEED HELP, NOT JAIL TIME. Return to index of stories...


PREGNANCY AND DRUGS-SOTVO


."It's pretty much changed, changed and saved my life."

"Which is one of our big goals is to keep moms and babies together."

THAT DOCTOR SAYS PRESCRIPTION OPTIONS ARE CRITICAL.

BUPRENORPHINE BLOCKS THE BRAIN'S CRAVING

FOR OPIOIDS -- MAKING IT LESS ADDICTIVE THAN METHADONE.

PATIENTS REPORT FEELING NORMAL --

NOT "HIGH" WHEN ON IT.

SHE HOPES OTHER STATES WON'T FOLLOW IN TENNESSEE'S FOOTSTEPS. Return to index of stories...


SPIEGEL IN COURT-OTS SS VO WIPE


A MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS EX-WIFE AND HER FIANCE JUST DAYS BEFORE THEY WERE SET TO GET MARRIED WAS IN COURT THIS MORNING.

INVESTIGATORS SAY MICHAEL SPIEGEL KILLED MARILYN SPIEGEL AND HARRY CARLIP ON THEIR BOAT NEAR SALTY SAMS MARINA ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

DEPUTIES SAY HE SHOT BOTH OF THEM ON THE BOAT, THEN SET IT ON FIRE.

SPEIGELS ATTORNEYS ARE GOING THROUGH THE EVIDENCE IN THE CASE, AND WORKING TO SET UP INTERVIEWS WITH 80 STATE WITNESSES. Return to index of stories...


SPIEGEL IN COURT-SOTVO WIPE


Neil McLaughlin: "It takes time to depose all those witnesses, several are in MI and NY. It also depends on if we need experts, all these things take time."

ANOTHER HEARING IS SET FOR SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


ROBERT MOORE IN COURT-TRX VO TOPS


A LEE COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH SECRETLY RECORDING RENTERS ON FORT MYERS BEACH WAS ALSO IN COURT TODAY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY ROBERT MOORE RECORDED SEVERAL FAMILIES IN PRIVATE MOMENTS IN THE BEDROOM AND BATHROOM.

THAT INCLUDES CHILDREN WHO WERE NAKED.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED HIM IN APRIL FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND VIDEO VOYEURISM.

HE IS OUT ON BOND RIGHT NOW. TODAY HIS ATTORNEYS SAID THEY WILL INTERVIEW 14 WITNESSES.

MOORE WILL ALSO BE BACK IN COURT IN SEPTEMBER. Return to index of stories...


CHILD PORN ARREST-SS VO WIPE


A CONVICTED CHILD PREDATOR IS BACK BEHIND BARS IN LEE COUNTY TONIGHT --

THIS TIME ACCUSED OF HAVING CHILD PORN.

F-D-L-E AGENTS ARRESTED 31-YEAR-OLD JAMES CORPORAL.

IN AN UNDERCOVER ONLINE INVESTIGATION, THE CYBER HIGH-TECH SQAUD SAYS THEY FOUND CORPORAL DOWNLOADING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

AGENTS BUSTED HIM AT WORK.

HE WORKS AT THIS GOLD SHOP OFF SAN CARLOS BOULEVARD.

THEY FOUND 10 VIDEO FILES OF CHILDREN ENGAGED IN SEXUAL CONDUCT ON HIS THUMB DRIVE.

THEY ALSO CONFISCATED HIS WORK COMPUTER AND PERSONAL LAPTOP.

A NEARBY BUSINESS OWNER SAW THE ARREST. Return to index of stories...


CHILD PORN ARREST-SOTVO


WINDY HESS

TATTOO SHOP OWNER

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"Police showed up, they had a warrant for our neighbor who has the internet connection that everyone was sharing. They checked the hard drives and they took him away. They said they've been watching him for a while.but it's still scary to have someone that creepy so close."

WE DUG DEEPER INTO CORPORAL'S PAST.

IT'S DISTURBING.

HE WAS CONVICTED SEXUAL BATTING SOMEONE YOUNGER THAN 12 --

BACK IN 2005.

HE'S NOW IN THE LEE COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND. Return to index of stories...


TAMPA TEEN RETURNS-OC VO


A TAMPA TEEN SEVERELY BEATEN BY ISRAELI OFFICERS IS EXPECTED TO RETURN HOME TO FLORIDA TONIGHT.

15-YEAR-OLD TARIQ KHDEIR IS THE COUSIN OF A PALESTINIAN TEEN WHO WAS ABDUCTED AND KILLED IN JERUSALEM EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THIS VIDEO SHOWS TWO OFFICERS BEATING HIM DURING PROTESTS OVER HIS COUSIN'S DEATH.

WAS HOSPITALIZED.

ONE OF THE OFFICERS WAS SUSPENDED FOR TWO WEEKS.

THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS SAYS THE TAMPA TEEN SERVED HOUSE ARREST, AND HAS BEEN RELEASED. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITO SPRAY TESTING-OTS VO WIPE


MOST PEOPLE LIKE THAT LOCAL COMMUNITIES SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES.

BUT --

IS IT RUINING OUR ECOSYSTEM IN THE PROCESS?

THAT'S THE FOCUS OF A NEW STUDY F-G-C-U IS RUNNING.

THE FLORIDA AG DEPARTMENT --

GAVE THE UNIVERSITY 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS --

TO FIGURE OUT IF THE PESTICIDE BEING USED IS KILLING OTHER INSECTS TOO.

IT'LL TAKE MONTHS FOR SCIENTISTS TO FIND ANSWERS. Return to index of stories...


MOSQUITO SPRAY TESTING-SOTVO


"I appreciate being able to go out at night and not donate blood to a swarm of mosquitos, but i also know we are depending on an important environment."

F-G-C-U SCIENTISTS SAY IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THE PESTICIDE WOULD *NOT* BE HAVING OTHER IMPACTS --

BUT THEY WON'T KNOW FOR SURE UNTIL THEY INVESTIGATE FURTHER. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING PROTECTION-POP VO WIPE


FLORIDA IS THE LIGHTNING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD-

SO HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR HOUSE-

AND YOUR ELECTRONICS FROM NATURE'S WRATH?

ABC 7 DISCOVERED THERE ARE LOTS OF GADGETS THAT PROMISE TO KEEP YOUR TELEVISIONS, OVENS AND DRYERS SAFE.

BUT NOTHING IS 100 PERCENT CERTAIN. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING PROTECTION-SOTVO


5021 you get inside and get a ups or a surge protector, those are going to work some of the time, but they're not going to work all of the time.

5042 a lot of damages that happens to television comes through the cable, not just the power source

FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT ENERGY SERVICES DIVISION HAS A TYPE OF SURGE PROTECTOR YOU CAN GET PUT ON YOUR METER TO HELP PROTECT YOU.

SOME HOME-OWNERS INSURANCE AGENCIES ALSO OFFER WHAT'S CALLED EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN COVERAGE. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER FLOOD MEETING-OC VO


IN JUST A FEW MINUTES --

PEOPLE IN COLLIER COUNTY WILL WEIGH IN ON HOW THE COUNTY WANTS TO DEAL WITH THE FLOODING.

THE MEETING STARS STARTS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES --

AT THE "GROWTH MANAGEMENT DIVISION" ON NORTH HORSESHOE DRIVE IN NAPLES.

THE COUNTY IS EXPLAINING HOW THEY'LL CONFRONT FLOODING HAZARDS, STORMWATER FLOODING, COASTAL FLOODING, SEVERE STORMS AND REPETITIVE FLOODING.

BUT THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT PEOPLE THINK.

*AND* -- HAVING THESE MEETINGS -- ALLOWS THEM TO KEEP GETTING FEMA EMERGENCY DISASTER FUNDING. Return to index of stories...


BONITA CROSSWALK PROJECT-OC VO WIPE


ALL NEW AT 5-

CREWS JUST STARTED WORK TO MAKE A DANGEROUS INTERSECTION IN BONITA BEACH SAFER.

IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AT HICKORY BOULEVARD AND FORESTER DRIVE.

- THE RIGHT TURN LANE IS BEING FIXED AFTER SOME VERY CLOSE CALLS BETWEEN DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS.

NOT ONLY ARE CREWS IMPROVING MARKINGS ON THE ROAD TO WARN DRIVERS, BUT DRIVERS WILL ALSO BE FORCED TO STOP AN ADDITIONAL 20 FEET BACK FROM THE CROSSWALK IF THEY'RE HEADING NORTH TOWARD FORT MYERS BEACH Return to index of stories...


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BONITA CROSSWALK PROJECT-SOTVO


:10 Dana Gould, Crossing to Bonita Beach "People will be coming around the turn and they don't realize it's going to turn into one lane, so they'll hurry up and cut somebody off which also at that time they may not see people trying to cross the road."

THIS IS WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE WHEN THEY'RE FINISHED WITH THE 12,000 DOLLAR PROJECT.

THE PROJECT ENGINEER TELLS CONSTRUCTION IS ONLY GOING TO TAKE A FEW DAYS. Return to index of stories...


BMW RECALL-OTS VO


B-M-W IS RECALLING MORE MODELS BECAUSE OF AN AIRBAG PROBLEM.

THE GERMAN AUTOMAKER IS RECALLING 1-POINT-6 MILLION 3-SERIES CARS FROM

2000 TO 2006.

THAT'S MORE THAN HALF A MILLION CARS IN THE U-S ALONE.

AUTOMAKERS USING SIMILAR SYSTEMS HAVE REPORTED PROBLEMS.

THE AIRBAGS CAN RUPTURE CAUSING THEM TO NOT WORK DURING A CRASH. Return to index of stories...


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


Pastor:You can believe all you want. You just think all

these three women have the same

A FLORIDA PASTOR FLIPS OUT.

WHAT THREE WOMEN CLAIM HE DID TO THEM IN A SHELTER AND WHAT HAPPENED AFTER A REPORTER CONFRONTED HIM.

PAYCHECKS FOR OUR PATRIOTS.

THE MAJOR EVENT IN FLORIDA --

HOW IT HELPS GET OUR VETERANS BACK TO WORK. Return to index of stories...


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BYU FLOODING-NATSVO TOPS


the MC is completely flooded right now

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!

LOOKS LIKE A RIVER OVERTAKING A BUILDING ON THE B-Y-U IDAHO CAMPUS.

HERE'S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.

A THUNDERSTORM THAT MOVED LIKE A LAZY SNAIL --

PLODDED THROUGH AND CAUSED FLASH FLOODING.

SOME PARTS OF THE TOWN WERE DOUSED WITH SIX FEET OF WATER.

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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


SHOWERS AND STORMS CONTINUE TONIGHT

The weather pattern for the rest of tonight and tomorrow will continue to feature passing showers and thunderstorms. Upper level winds are still out of the west and will push the rain from the Gulf of Mexico, across the beaches, and toward the east coast. Most of the time we can count on rain to generally occur in the late day. This pattern will deliver showers at any time of day or night. It looks like this will last through Friday.

Expect brief downpours, gusty winds and lightning as the storms move through this evening and again tomorrow morning. Temperatures will continue to be in the mid 70's and lower 90's through the end of the week.

The westerly winds shift by the weekend and we will return to 'normal' July weather with quiet mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. The tropics are quiet and no storms are expected to develop for the next 3 to 5 days. Return to index of stories...


FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-OC NATSVO WIP


A FLORIDA PASTOR FACES CHARGES TONIGHT FOR SEXUALLY BATTERING WOMEN LIVING IN HIS FAITH-BASED SHELTER.

WHEN A REPORTER CAUGHT UP WITH HIM WALKING OUT OF JAIL-

HIS TEMPER FLARED.

WATCH.

they were afraid you were going to kick them out of the shelter if they didn't have sex with you

Pastor:You can believe all you want. You just think all

these three women have the same

HE IS KNOWN AS PASTOR PETE IN EUSTIS, FLORIDA. BUT HIS REAL NAME IS PEDRO CUSTDIO

THREE WOMEN CLAIM HE THREATENED TO KICK THEM OUT OF A HOMELESS SHELTER IF THEY DIDN'T HAVE SEX WITH HIM.

AN ELDER AT THE CHURCH NEXT DOOR-

ARNOLDO THRASH-

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FL PASTOR SEXUAL BATTERY THROWS MIKE-SOTVO


Arnold Thrash, Church Elder

naturally the window was open has no shade and i'm looking out

it's at night and he comes in here with girls

CUSTODIO CALLS THE CLAIMS LIES AND TOLD US THE WOMEN ARE ONLY

TRYING TO GET MONEY OUT OF HIM.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


GENES DETERMINE FRIENDSHIPS-OC VO


WE THINK WE'RE DRAWN TO OUR FRIENDS BY THEIR SENSES OF HUMOR, THEIR GENORISTY, MAYBE WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON WITH THEM.

BUT A NEW STUDY SAYS WE ALL MAY BE GENETICALLY LINKED TO OUR FRIENDS TOO.

THE RESEARCH APPEARS IN THE MOST RECENT "PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE."

THE RESEARCHERS FOUND WE ALL SHARE ABOUT 1 PERCENT OF OUR GENES WITH OUR FRIENDS.

THAT MEANS --

WE'RE ALL AS GENETICALLY SIMILAR TO OUR FRIENDS AS WE ARE TO OUR 4TH COUSINS --

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PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS-TCMON VO WIPE


A HUGE EVENT TO HELP FLORIDA VETERANS GET JOBS.

THE SECOND "PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS" EVENT HAPPENED TODAY ACROSS THE STATE.

DOZENS OF VETERANS SHOWED UP TO THE CAREER SOURCE CENTER IN NAPLES TO MEET WITH EMPLOYERS OFFERING EVERYTHING FROM RETAIL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS.

ORGANIZERS TELL ABC 7 VETERANS MAKE UP 20% OF OUR COUNTRY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.

JESSIE VELLOS SERVED OVERSEAS IN THE MARINE CORP FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.

HE SAYS HE'S STRUGGLED TO FIND A JOB SINCE RETURNING HOME. Return to index of stories...


PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS-SOTVO


Jessie Vellos

Marine Veteran

They told us basically you're joining the military well pay for your school you'll get too jobs. Well guess what guys. I find myself in this situation today. But I haven't given up and I won't give up.

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


NATS Hi dad. When did you get so cute?

ON A DATE WITH DAD.

THIS FATHER'S LOVE LESSON FOR HIS 3-YEAR OLD--

AHEAD WHY SOME FIND IT HEARTWARMING AND OTHERS INAPPROPRIATE.

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HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-2SHOT


A VIRAL VIDEO STARRING A DAD AND HIS ADORABLE THREE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.

SOUNDS INNOCENT ENOUGH.

IT'S A DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE THAT'S GONE VIRAL.

EIGHT MILLION VIEWS.

BUT AS ABC'S LINSEY DAVIS REPORTS --

WHILE MOST FIND IT ENDEARING, SOME FOUND IT INAPPROPRIATE. Return to index of stories...


HOW A DATE SHOULD BE-PKG


NATS I am actually pretty nervous. It has been a while.

It starts out like any ordinary first date

NATS I am going to have people set up dinner on the back porch.

Only this oneposted by Aaron Dicksonhas been viewed nearly 8 million times -

- and it's all because of who comes to the door.

NATS Hi dad. When did you get so cute? Mommy

did that for me.

His three year old daughter Analynneso thrilled with her date

NATS kiss

she kisses him before it even begins.

SOT AARON DICKSON, FATHER -- it's

just a chance to remember this moment when I have a three year old and a two

year old and to encourage other fathers out there that they can do it too.

While some viewers find the roses, the pulling out the chair, the waiter

filling her sippy cup with water and the dinner of strawberries and peanut

butter sandwiches/ heartwarming

Aaron: who did I open the door to?

Analynne: for me

Aaron: for you right?

Analynne: yea

Aaron: yeah! And what did we do Anne?

Analynne: we had dinner and go to the park!

There are others who call the video "nauseating" naysayers posting

messages like "it doesn't seem right. Very creepy."

SOT DR. ROBYN SILVERMAN, PARENTING EXPERT -- I think that the video could be controversial only because some

people will assign romance to the term date, but really this is about a

father and a daughter spending beautiful time together, bonding together,

respecting one another and having a really good time.

But Dickson is hoping this video will last as a reminder to show his

daughter how she should be treated by a man.

SOT -- ANALYNNE we walked in the park

after eating peanut butter sandwiches, strawberries, and carrots/ I love my

daddy so much!

The joy of the playground and a piggyback ride.all setting a high bar for

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


FRESH ACCUSATIONS AGAINST GENERAL MOTORS--

VICTIM'S FAMILIES CLAIMING THE CEO WON'T MEET WITH THEM--

AND MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY THE AUTOMAKER DELAYED RECALLING THE DEFECTIVE VEHICLES.

PLUS --

LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVOR!

ABC7 SHOWS YOU THE ONE THING DOCTORS THINK SAVED THIS YOUNG BOY.

AND--

Detective Stoddard:she didn't show any emotion when they asked her well actually when they notified her of Cooper's death.

BREAKING HER SILENCE--

THE MOM OF THE BOY WHO DIED IN A HOT CAR--

AFTER HIS DAD LEFT HIM FOR HOURS IS TALKING TONIGHT.

HOW THE GEORGIA MOTHER IS DEALING WITH HER SON'S DEATH. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A GM IGNITION SWITCH-VOTOPS


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TZ3 B KID HIT BY LIGHTNING-VO


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TZ3 C GA HOT CAR DEATH-SOTVO


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FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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

MARY BINSKI VANHOUTEN OF PUNTA GORDA

THANKS FOR WATCHING MARY.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO BE OUR FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY HEAD TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND LIKE US. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


SHOWERS AND STORMS CONTINUE TONIGHT

The weather pattern for the rest of tonight and tomorrow will continue to feature passing showers and thunderstorms. Upper level winds are still out of the west and will push the rain from the Gulf of Mexico, across the beaches, and toward the east coast. Most of the time we can count on rain to generally occur in the late day. This pattern will deliver showers at any time of day or night. It looks like this will last through Friday.

Expect brief downpours, gusty winds and lightning as the storms move through this evening and again tomorrow morning. Temperatures will continue to be in the mid 70's and lower 90's through the end of the week.

The westerly winds shift by the weekend and we will return to 'normal' July weather with quiet mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. The tropics are quiet and no storms are expected to develop for the next 3 to 5 days. Return to index of stories...


NEWS AT 5:00 PM OPEN-CLIP


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GM INITION SWITCH-2SHOT POP


OUR BIG STORY AT 530 --

A COLD SHOULDER.

GENERAL MOTORS C-E-O MARY BARRA HEADS TO WASHINGTON TOMORROW --

TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT THE COMPANY'S DEADLY IGNITION SWITCH PROBLEM.

AND NOW COMES WORD THAT SHE IS *REFUSING* TO MEET WITH VICTIMS' FAMILIES.

ABC'S MARCI GONZALEZ EXPLAINS. Return to index of stories...


GM INITION SWITCH-PKG


SCRIPT:

MORE OUTRAGE - TOWARDS GENERAL MOTORS-

SOME SURVIVORS- AND FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN CRASHES LINKED TO FAULTY

GM IGNITION SWITCHES -

ARE IN WASHINGTON D.C FOR TOMORROW'S SENATE HEARING IN WHICH GM'S CEO MARY

BARRA WILL AGAIN TESTIFY.

AS SHE PREPARES TO FACE MORE INTENSE QUESTIONING ABOUT THE AUTOMAKER'S DELAY

IN RECALLING DEFECTIVE VEHICLES -

SOME OF THOSE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES SAY - BARRA.WON'T MAKE TIME TO MEET

WITH *THEM.

THEIR ATTORNEY WRITING TO GM - "Part of healing always includes knowing your

loved one is acknowledged---more so here given your company's role in their

tragedy."

BARRA - DID MEET WITH FAMILIES BEFORE TESTIFYING BACK IN MARCH-

BARRA FILE SOT 15:36:00 all accidents are very tragic and deeply sorry for

those.

BUT THAT WAS *BEFORE GM ISSUED ITS OWN INTERNAL REPORT, DETAILING THE WRONG

DOING

TODAY - FRESH ACCUSATIONS-

THE NEW YORK TIMES - SAYING IT HAS DOCUMENTS THAT APPEAR TO SHOW GM WAS NOT

OPEN WITH FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS-

AND AVOIDED GIVING EXPLANATIONS FOR SOME OF THE CRASHES THAT KILLED AT LEAST

13 PEOPLE-

A NEW BILL INTRODUCED TODAY - IS AIMED AT STOPPING SOMETHING LIKE THIS FROM

HAPPENING AGAIN.

THE "HIDE NO HARM ACT" WOULD MAKE IT A CRIME FOR ANYONE WORKING FOR A

COMPANY TO KNOWINGLY CONCEAL INFORMATION THAT A PRODUCT COULD BE HARMFUL OR

DEADLY.

BLUMENTHAL

Corporate concealment can kill. and the corporate officers who engage in

concealment must be held accountable 120120

STANDUP-

GM TELLS ABC NEWS - THEY ARE TAKING RESPONSIBILITY AND MAKING SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES.

A SPOKESPERSON ALSO TELLS US- THAT BARRA IS *WAITING TO MEET WITH VICTIMS -

UNTIL AFTER GM'S PROGRAM TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES - IS UP AND

RUNNING.

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GM-PKG


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USED VEHICLES FOR TEENS-OC VO CG(3) OC


NEW AT 5-

A REPORT FOR PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN ARE STARTING TO DRIVE.

THE INSURANCE INSTITUE HAS NOW PROVIDED A LIST--

OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS ABOUT CARS FOR NEW DRIVERS.

FIRST.STAY AWAY FROM HIGH HORSEPOWERS CARS--

THIS ALLOWS TEENS TO TEST SPEED LIMITS.

NEXT-

CHOOSE SOMETHING THAT'S SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN A MINICAR,

SMALLER CARS HAVE LESS CRASH PROTECTION.

FINALLY--

CHECK TO SEE IF THE CAR COMES WITH ELETRONIC STABILITY.

THIS HELPS IN CASE OF SLIPPERY ROADS AND SHARP CURVES.

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CAR AND DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Clip 1: Parents and teens shopping for used vehicles

Clip 2: Teens around vehicles

Clip 3: Moderate overlap front crash test 40 mph-- 40 percent overlap

Clip 4: 38 mph obstacle avoidance maneuver without and with electronic

stability control

Clip 5: Traffic

SUPERS:

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

LENGTH: 2:32

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled its

first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens after new research

from IIHS shows that teens are more likely to drive less safe vehicles

. Anne McCartt, senior VP for research at The Insurance Institute for Highway

Safety, said that in addition to teen immaturity, the type of car a teen

drives may contribute to the high crash rate among young drivers.

SCRIPT: Many teenagers are driving vehicles that don't offer good crash

protection and lack important safety technology, new research by the

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.

83 percent of

those who bought a vehicle for their teenagers said they bought it used.

With that reality in mind, the Institute has compiled a list of affordable

used vehicles that meet important safety criteria for teen drivers. There

are two tiers of recommended vehicles with options at various price points,

ranging from less than $5,000 to nearly $20,000, so parents can buy the most

safety for their money, whatever their budget.

The recommendations on teen vehicle choice are guided by four main

principles:

Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more

powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.

Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash. There are no minicars

or small cars on the recommended list. Small SUVs are included because their

weight is similar to that of a midsize car.

Electronic Stability Control is a must. This feature, which helps a driver

maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk

on a level comparable to safety belts.

- Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible.

are two tiers of recommended vehicles with options at various price points,

ranging from less than $5,000 to nearly $20,000, so parents can buy the most

safety for their money, whatever their budget. Return to index of stories...


FLIGHT TURBULANCE-OC VO


ONE PASSENGER SAID IT FELT LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD.

SEVERE TURBULENCE SENT PASSENGERS FLYING FROM THIER SEATS ON A RECENT FLIGHT.

LET ME SHOW YOU PICTURES OF THIS SCARE IN THE AIR.

165 PEOPLE WERE FLYING SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS.

OVER MALAYSIA, THEY HIT TURBULENCE.

IT JOSTLED THE PLANE.

SOME PASSENGERS WERE SLAMMED INTO THE CEILING.

ONE SMACKED HIS HEAD ON THE OVERHEAD COMPARTMENT SO HARD--

HIS HEAD LEFT A HOLE IN IT.

TWO PEOPLE ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

MANY WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS. Return to index of stories...


GA CASINO BOAT STRANDED-VOTOPS-WIPE


THE FIRST PASSENGERS STRANDED OVERNIGHT ON THIS CASINO BOAT TWO MILES OFF THE GEORGIA COAST --

JUST ARRIVED BACK TO SHORE.

THE BOAT CALLED THE "ESCAPADE" RAN AGROUND AND GOT STUCK ON SOME ROCKS.

THE DEVICE THAT TELLS THE CAPTAIN HOW DEEP THE WATER IS MALFUNCTIONED. Return to index of stories...


GA CASINO BOAT STRANDED-SOTVO


Walter Rhame/Helping in Rescue Effort

"there were people yelling to me and waving white hankerchiefs, i don't feel like anyone was in danger, i don't know what they were saying either, the waves were making noise & my motor was making noise

THE GOOD NEWS --

NO ONE GOT HURT.

BUT THEY COULDN'T BE RESCUED UNTIL NOON --

AFTER HIGH TIDE.

AND AGAIN, ARE JUST MAKING IT BACK TO THE DOCK. Return to index of stories...


VEGAS MALL SHOOTING-OC-SOTVO-WIPE


A TRIP TO THE MALL TURNS INTO A RUN FOR THEIR LIVES--

SHOPPERS ARE LEFT LOOKING FOR COVER--

THE SHOOTERS ARE ON THE RUN--

THE VICTIM WON'T TALK--

AND DOZENS ARE JUST GLAD THEY'RE ALIVE.

3 SHORT SOTS, NO SUPER

I was praying.

Loud noise and everybody started running.

Falling and screaming, locked in Forever 21.

POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO A POSSIBLE GANG CONNECTION.

ONE WOMAN SAYS SHE LITERALLY RAN INTO THE SHOOTER AT THE FASHION SHOW MALL IN VEGAS. Return to index of stories...


VEGAS MALL SHOOTING-SOTVO


Shara

Witness

I looked at the gun, dropped the drink, smacked him with my purse, the gun, and took off running and the gun shot off in that direction and I didn't want to look back.

THE VICTIM RAN AWAY AFTER BEING SHOT.

POLICE LATER FOUND HIM AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL, BUT HE'S NOT TALKING.

THE SHOOTER AND ACCOMPLICE ARE STILL ON THE RUN. Return to index of stories...


RUSSIA DAY OF MOURNING-OC VO


FAMILIES IN MOSCOW ARE MOURNING TONIGHT --

AFTER YESTERDAYS DEADLY TRAIN ACCIDENT.

22 PEOPLE DIED IN THE ACCIDENT.

NEARLY 140 PEOPLE REMAIN IN THE HOSPITAL --

OF THOSE, 42 ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

INVESTIGATORS SAY A NEW RAIL SWITCH WAS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED DURING REPAIR WORKS.

AND ITS BEING BLAMED FOR CAUSING THE TRAIN TO LEAVE THE TRACKS.

1. Woman laying flowers outside Park Pobedy metro station

2. Close of flowers

3. Close of subway sign

4. Traffic passing entrance to metro station

5. Russian Emergency Situation Office set up on street

6. Sign reading: "Dear Passengers! Station is closed due to

technical problems."

7. Entrance to Slavyansky Bulvar metro station

8. Moscow metro logo

9. Flowers outside station

10. People donating blood at blood donation centre

11. People in queue to give blood

12. Close of documents

13. Woman sitting in chair to give blood

14. Tourniquet on woman's arm

15. Man giving blood

16. Close of blood bag in nurse's hand

17. Nurses working in donation centre

18. Nurse preparing full blood bags

19. SOUNDBITE Vladimir Potapsky, Deputy Head Doctor at Moscow

Station for Blood Donations:

"The majority of people have come here because of the tragedy that took

place yesterday. Some of them are from the organising group that works under

the Department of Transport. They alone sent sent us some 120 people, and

now they are giving blood."

20. Close of blood vials

21. People waiting in hallway to register to give blood

22. Person holding registration form

23. SOUNDBITE Tatiana Tsivlina, Student:

"I was profoundly shocked by yesterday's events, and the only thing I can do

is come here today and give blood. It is the contribution that every

healthy person can make, who wants to help those who were injured yesterday.

"

24. People walking into room to give blood

Moscow residents left flowers outside metro stations across the Russian

capital on Wednesday, after 22 people died in a train derailment in the city

on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people queued up to give blood in a drive to help the 136 people

who sustained injuries, many of them life-threatening, in the crash.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated from the train, which was stuck

between two stations in Moscow's west, in a rescue operation that lasted

more than 12 hours.

Student Tatiana Tsivlina, 22, was among those waiting to donate blood on

Wednesday.

"I was profoundly shocked by yesterday's events, and the only thing I can do

is come here today and give blood. It is the contribution that every

healthy person can make, who wants to help those who were injured yesterday,

" she said.

Of the 136 people hospitalised, at least 42 were in a grave condition,

health officials said on Tuesday.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement on Wednesday that they have

detained the head of the track department and his deputy.

Investigators said a new rail switch at the point where the train left the

tracks was not properly installed during repair works in May and was in fact

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TOP STORIES-CLIP


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TS1) INSURANCE SCAM BUST-VIDBOX TOPS


HERE'S A LOOK AT OUR TOP STORIES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TONIGHT.

THE STATE SAYS THEY BUSTED AN IDENTITY THEFT RING AT A NAPLES BUSINESS.

OFFICERS SAY 146 OUT OF "INCREDIBLE FRESH'S" 168 EMPLOYEES WERE USING STOLEN OR FAKE IDENTITIES AT WORK.

RIGHT NOW-

44 PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY Return to index of stories...


TS2) MOSQUITO SPRAY-VIDBOX TOPS


F-G-C-U IS STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF MOSQUITO SPRAYING.

RESEARCHERS WANT TO KNOW IF THE PESTICIDE USED TO KILL MOSQUITOES IS ALSO KILLING THINGS LIKE BUTTERFLIES AND BEES.

IT'LL BE A FEW MONTHS BEFORE THEY HAVE ANSWERS. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) BONITA BEACH ROAD-VIDBOX TOPS


AND CONSTRUCTION STARTED TODAY ON A DANGEROUS INTERSECTION IN BONITA BEACH.

THE RIGHT TURN LANE IS BEING FIXED AFTER SOME VERY CLOSE CALLS BETWEEN DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS.

THE WORK WILL ONLY TAKE A FEW DAYS TO COMPLETE. Return to index of stories...


HILLARY CLINTON ON THE DAILY SHOW-OTS SOTVO WIPE


HILLARY CLINTON APPEARED ON THE DAILY SHOW TO PROMOTE HER BOOK AND SHE CAME PRETTY CLOSE TO ANNOUNCING A RUN AT THE OVAL OFFICE.

JON STEWART BEGAN BY SAYING THAT HILLARY CLINTON WAS GOING TO MAKE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON HIS SHOW.

WATCH.

STEWART

She is here solely for one reason: to publicly and definitively declare

her candidacy for the President of the United States.

WHEN SHE CAME ON STAGE SHE DIDN'T MAKE ANY DELCARATIONS BUT MADE CERTAINLY HINTED AT IT.

SUPERS:

JON STEWART/HOST, THE DAILY SHOW

HILLARY CLINTON/FMR SECRETARY OF STATE

STATION PROVIDING:

COURTESY:

GMA

LENGTH:

SUGGESTED INTRO:

THE LATEST NOW ON HILLARY CLINTON -- HER SUMMER LONG BOOK TOUR HAS ALL THE

TRAPPINGS OF A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN -- AND LAST NIGHT WITH JON STEWART SHE

DROPPED HER BIGGEST HINTS YET ABOUT A REAL RUN -- ABC'S JON KARL WAS

WATCHING -- HE JOINS US NOW WITH THE DETAILS

SCRIPT:

JON STEWART BEGAN BY SAYING THAT HILLARY CLINTON WAS GOING TO MAKE A BIG

ANNOUNCEMENT ON HIS SHOW

STEWART

She is here solely for one reason: to publically and definitively declare

her candidacy for the President of the United States.

WHEN SHE CAME ON STAGE SHE DIDN'T MAKE ANY DELCARATIONS BUT AMIDST ALL THE

JOKING SHE CAME PRETTY CLOSE.

SOT STEWART/CLINTON

I think I speak for everyone when I say no one cares we just want to know

whether or not you're running for President.

/

HILLARY: I was going to make an announcement. But, I saw, I mean you kind

of spoiled it for me. The big spoiler, so I'm going to have to reconsider

where I go do it.

/

JS: Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office? What's your

uh -- HRC: You know I've commuted so long to work I prefer a home office.

/

JS: Would you like it to have corners or would you like it not to have

corners? HRC: Umm, you know, I think that the world is so

complicated, the fewer corners that you can have the better.

BUT HILLARY'S MEDIA BLITZ HASN'T BEEN ALL LAUGHS

nats HILLARY LAUGHING

SHE'S COME UNDER FIRE FOR TAKING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN

SPEAKING FEES FROM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WHERE STUDENTS ARE FACING

TUITION HIKES

AND SHE'S BEEN CALLED TONE DEAF FOR SAYING THIS TO DIANE SAWYER

SOT WITH DIANE SAWYER

We came out of the White House not only dead broke but in debt.

/

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HILLARY CLINTON ON THE DAILY SHOW-SOTVO


HILLARY: I was going to make an announcement. But, I saw, I mean you kind

of spoiled it for me. The big spoiler, so I'm going to have to reconsider

where I go do it.

BUT THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HAS NOT BEEN ALL LAUGHS.

SHE HAS BEEN RECENTLY CRITICIZED FOR SAYING SHE LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE IN DEBT AND FOR TAKING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN

SPEAKING FEES FROM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WHERE STUDENTS ARE FACING

TUITION HIKES. Return to index of stories...


RUBIO SOUTH CAROLINA-OC VO


SENATOR MARCO RUBIO IS HOPING TO SWAY SOME REPUBLICAN VOTERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

RUBIO SAYS THAT HE AND A POSSIBLE WHITE HOUSE CONTENDER--

WILL VISIT THE STATE TO BRING IN SOME OF THE PARTYS MOST LOYAL VOTERS.

A G-O-P SOURCE HAS CONFIRMED RUBIO WILL BE A KEYNOTE SPEAKER--

AT AN ANNUAL FAITH AND FREEDOM B-B-Q IN AUGUST.

--VOSCRIPT--

FLORIDA SENATOR MARCO RUBIO AND POSSIBLE WHITE HOUSE CONTENDER WILL COURT SOME OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S MOST CONSERVATIVE VOTERS WITH A VISIT TO SOUTH CAROLINA NEXT MONTH.

A GOP SOURCE FAMILIAR WITH THE PLANS TOLD CNN THAT RUBIO HAS BEEN BOOKED AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE ANNUAL FAITH AND FREEDOM BARBECUE IN ANDERSON.

THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 25TH. Return to index of stories...


BERGDAHL GETS A LAWYER-OC VO


A CONTROVERSIAL AMERICAN P-O-W IS NOW GETTING HELP FROM A LAWYER.

BOWE BERGDAHL'S WORKING WITH RENOWNED MILITARY AFFAIRS ATTORNEY EUGENE FIDELL.

FIDELL'S WORKING FOR FREE.

BERGDAHL SPENT FIVE YEARS IN A TALIBAN PRISON --

BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA TRADED FOR HIS RELEASE.

HE RETURNED TO ACTIVE DUTY THIS WEEK.

AND BERGDAHL IS EXPECTED TO TALK TO INVESTIGATORS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban POW who was just returned to active duty, has lawyered up, asking prominent military affairs attorney Eugene Fidell to take his case.

Fidell, who teach military justice at Yale Law School, told ABC News today that he has been representing Bergdahl for about a week and is working pro bono.

"I think it's important that people, particularly people who have been vilified, have proper representation, and every lawyer has a responsibility to represent even unpopular clients and that's why I'm involved in this," Fidell told ABC News. Bergdahl also has an Army lawyer who will be representing him, but he approached Fidell for additional help, Fidell said.

The Army said when it put Bergdahl back on regular duty this week that it would continue to investigate the details of his capture by the Taliban in 2009. He was freed in a controversial swap of Taliban prisoners being held in Guantanamo earlier this year.

Defense officials say an initial investigation completed in 2009 determined that Bergdahl had voluntarily left his outpost, though it could not determine his intent.

Fidell met with Bergdahl last week, but won't comment on his condition. Fidell also would not discuss whether he has spoken with Bergdahl's parents. Since his return to the U.S. Bergdahl has declined to speak with his parents, defense officials said.

The lawyer said that Bergdahl has not yet been interviewed by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl who is heading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's disappearance from his Afghanistan outpost. Fidell said he spoke with Dahl Tuesday and they had a "cordial and professional" conversation and he looks forward to meeting him. He doesn't anticipate Dahl will conduct substantive interviews with Bergdahl for a couple of weeks, and he'll be present for the interviews.

Bergdahl, 28, recently completed a lengthy reintegration process with the Army. He has been assigned a desk job at the headquarters of U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He has not been charged with any crimes and not been read his rights in anticipation of any charges, defense officials said this week. Return to index of stories...


CAPE CORAL BANK ROBBERY-OTS VO


NEW PICTURES ARE IN OF A BANK ROBBERY IN CAPE CORAL.

THESE ARE NEW SURVEILLANCE PICTURES OF THE ROBBER.

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 AND A TOWEL.

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


TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-OC VO WIPE


THE RUBBER SOLES IN A PAIR OF SHOES --

MAY HAVE SAVED A YOUNG BOYS LIFE!

DAVID PARRIS WAS WITH HIS MOM MONDAY IN PENNSYLVANIA.

THAT'S WHEN A BOLT OF LIGHTNING SENT VOLTS OF ELECTRICITY THROUGH DAVID'S BODY --

WHILE HE WAS LEAVING THE HOUSE.

STATUS: Pre-lim

LOCATION/STORY: Glenolden, PA: Teen struck by lightning out of hospital.

Source: WPVI/ABC

***REPORTER / Sharrie Williams

ADVISORIES/RESTRICTIONS/EMBARGOES: NONE

FORMAT: 16x9 PKG

SUPERS:

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: WPVI-Philadelpia/ABC

LENGTH: 1:48

SUGGESTED INTRO:

SCRIPT:

-- The teen boy who was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware

County has been released from the hospital.

It happened around 8:00 p.m. Monday on the unit block of East Ashland Avenue

.

"I'm just happy to be alive. I can't believe this happened," said David

Bodkin-Parris.

The 14-year-old was just leaving his mother's home when the lightning hit.

"I just walked to my friend's car, I was running and I heard it. Then I was

shocked and shaking and bleeding everywhere," he said.

David was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center and later transferred to A.

I. Dupont Hospital where he was released Tuesday afternoon.

His mother says doctors told her that the rubber soles of David's shoes

probably helped protect him from even more injury.

David says he just got the shoes recently from a friend. Return to index of stories...


TEEN TALKS ABOUT BEING HIT BY LIGHTNING-SOTVO


"I just walked to my friend's car, I was running and I heard it. Then I was

shocked and shaking and bleeding everywhere,"

BUT IT WAS THE RUBBER IN THE SHOES HE WAS WEARING -- SHOES HE JUST GOT FROM A FRIEND -- THAT MAY HAVE SAVED HIS LIFE.

DAVID SPENT TWO DAYS AT THE HOSPITAL, BUT SURVIVED.

NOW HE SPORTS A SMALL MARK ON HIS HAND --

A PERMANENT REMINDER OF WHAT HAPPENED..

"I'm just happy to be alive. I can't believe this happened," said David

Bodkin-Parris.

The 14-year-old was just leaving his mother's home when the lightning hit.

"I just walked to my friend's car, I was running and I heard it. Then I was

shocked and shaking and bleeding everywhere," he said.

David was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center and later transferred to A.

I. Dupont Hospital where he was released Tuesday afternoon.

His mother says doctors told her that the rubber soles of David's shoes

probably helped protect him from even more injury.

David says he just got the shoes recently from a friend. Return to index of stories...


GA HOT CAR DEATH MOM-TCMON


NEW INFORMATION ON THE GEORGIA TODDLER WHO DIED AFTER BEING LEFT IN A HOT CAR.

ABC'S RYAN OWENS REPORTS-

THE BOY'S MOTHER IS SPEAKING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME -- AS HER HUSBAND STANDS TRIAL FOR MURDER. Return to index of stories...


GA HOT CAR DEATH MOM-PKG


Nats we have no comment

FOR WEEKS, SHE HAS SILENTLY STOOD BY HER MAN. HER HUSBAND, JUSTIN ROSS

HARRIS ACCUSED OF MURDERING THEIR LITTLE BOY COOPER BY LEAVING HIM TO DIE IN

AN SUV ON A SCORCHING JUNE DAY IN ATLANTA.

BUT THIS MORNING, LEANNA HARRIS IS BREAKING HER SILENCE.

GRFX

RELEASING A STATEMENT THROUGH HER ATTORNEY "for Leanna, Cooper's death has

been devastating.she will never again be able to tuck him into bed at

night and return later to check on him."

LEANNA HARRIS HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME AND HER HUSBAND HAS PLEADED

NOT GUILTY. BUT HER ACTIONS AND HER WORDS SINCE COOPER DIED LAST MONTH HAVE

GOTTEN THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC--AND INVESTIGATORS.

Detective Stoddard:she didn't show any emotion when they asked her well

actually when they notified her of Cooper's death.

POLICE SAY LEANNA SOMEHOW KNEW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SON WHEN SHE WENT TO

PICK HIM UP FROM DAYCARE THAT JUNE EVENING.

Detective Stoddard:all of a sudden she states Ross must have left him in the

car.

THIS CASE HAS FOCUSED AMERICANS ATTENTION ON CHILDREN IN HOT CARS THIS

SUMMER.

Nat Window bashing

IN 96 DEGREE HOUSTON, GOOD SAMARITANS ARMED WITH A HAMMER SHATTERED THE

WINDOWS OF THIS JEEP MONDAY EVENING TO RESCUE TWO KIDS AFTER THEIR MOTHER

SAYS SHE ACCIDENTALLY LOCKED THEM INSIDE!

BUT PROSECUTORS SAY LITTLE COOPER'S DEATH WAS NO ACCIDENT. HIS MOTHER'S

STATEMENT DOES NOT MENTION HER HUSBAND OR THE CHARGES HE FACES.

GRFX

HER ATTORNEY SIMPLY SAYS "She mourns Cooper's death deeply, in her own

private way.

FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA, RYAN OWENS ABC NEWS DALLAS. Return to index of stories...


KID LEFT IN PARK WHILE MOM WAS AT WORK-OC VO WIPE


POLICE SAY A SOUTH CAROLINA MOTHER --

DECIDED SHE DIDN'T NEED A DAYCARE.

SHE JUST LEFT HER 9-YEAR-OLD AT THE PARK ALL DAY BY HERSELF.

AND THIS IS REALLY UNBELIVABLE.

IT WASN'T THE FIRST TIME.

DEBRA HARELL CONFESSED TO LEAVING THE GIRL ALONE.

THE GIRL TOLD OFFICERS SHE WOULD WALK TO A MCDONALD'S INSIDE A WALMART FOR LUNCH.

THAT'S ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF WALK FROM THE PARK.

THEN SHE'D GO BACK.

AND THE GIRL TOLD POLICE HER MOTHER LEFT HER THERE ALL THE TIME. Return to index of stories...


KID LEFT IN PARK WHILE MOM WAS AT WORK-SOTVO


I understand the mom may have been in a difficult situation but at the same time you've got to find somebody.

Second woman: What if a man would have just come up and snatched her?

HARRELL FACES A CHARGE OF UNLAWFUL CONDUCT TOWARD A CHILD.

AND THE STATE TOOK OVER CUSTODY OF THE GIRL. Return to index of stories...


ZOO JEANS-VO IN POP


WOULD YOU WEAR PANTS --

THAT A LION HAD CHOMPED ON?

THIS LOOKS LIKE THE LIONS ARE JUST HAVING FUN.

BUT TURNS OUT IT'S SERIOUS BUSINESS.

CUSTOMERS ARE DOLING OUT BIG MONEY --

FOR A PAIR OF THESE CUSTOM "ZOO JEANS."

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS --

TOOK A BREAK FROM SCARING LITTLE GIRLS ON THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD IN OZ --

TO PLAY WITH TOYS, WRAPPED IN DENIM.

THE DENIM'S THEN TRANSFORMED INTO CUSTOM JEANS --

COMPLETE WITH HOLES AND RIPS THE ANIMALS CAUSED.

THE JEANS WERE THEN AUCTIONED OFF TO BENEFIT A ZOO IN JAPAN.

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


:47 - I looked over and I was like what the hell

BECAUSE A KID WAS DRIVING.

IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME HE'S BEEN BEHIND THE WHEEL.

HEAR THE NUMEROUS CALLS TO 9-1-1 AND WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE KIDDIE CAR THIEF.

A SERIOUS STEAL!

THE HUGE DIAMOND RING DONATED TO GOODWILL AND HOW MUCH IT JUST SOLD FOR.

IT'S MUST-SEE!

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


TZ4 A NINE YEAR OLD STEALS CAR-SOTVO


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TZ4 B GOODWILL DIAMOND RING-VO


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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


SHOWERS AND STORMS CONTINUE TONIGHT

The weather pattern for the rest of tonight and tomorrow will continue to feature passing showers and thunderstorms. Upper level winds are still out of the west and will push the rain from the Gulf of Mexico, across the beaches, and toward the east coast. Most of the time we can count on rain to generally occur in the late day. This pattern will deliver showers at any time of day or night. It looks like this will last through Friday.

Expect brief downpours, gusty winds and lightning as the storms move through this evening and again tomorrow morning. Temperatures will continue to be in the mid 70's and lower 90's through the end of the week.

The westerly winds shift by the weekend and we will return to 'normal' July weather with quiet mornings and afternoon thunderstorms. The tropics are quiet and no storms are expected to develop for the next 3 to 5 days. Return to index of stories...


9 YEAR OLD STEALS CAR AGAIN-OC


A DANGEROUS DEJA VU--

FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A MONTH, TWO YOUNG CHILDREN STOLE A CAR AND WENT ON A JOY RIDE--

ABC'S REENA NINAN HAS THE INCREDIBLE 911 CALLS. Return to index of stories...


9 YEAR OLD STEALS CAR AGAIN-PKG


:09 - Hi I just passed a car that looked like about a 10 year old was

driving it

IT WAS THE 911 CALL THAT SENT POLICE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, WISCONSIN INTO

OVERDRIVE.REPORTS OF 2 CHILDREN TAKING A JOY RIDE.

:18 - it looked like they were looking through the steering wheel. They

barely were tall enough to see. It looked like two kids were in the vehicle

THE DRIVER? A 9 YEAR OLD WHO'D APPARENTLY STOLEN HIS STEPFATHER'S CAR AND

WAS TOO SHORT TO FULLY SEE OVER THE WHEEL AND RIDING SHOT GUN? A 4 YEAR OLD

RELATIVE

:47 - I looked over and I was like what the hell and they were kind of

driving a little sporadically / like weeving

AT ONE POINT-THE KIDS WERE EVEN DRIVING IN THE WRONG LANE.

EVENTUALLY-A DEPUTY CAUGHT UP WITH THEM BUT NOT BEFORE THE BOY JOY RIDER

DROVE THE CAR STRAIGHT INTO A DITCHTHESE TIRE TRACKS-MARKING THE SPOT.

THE BOYS WEREN'T HURT AND THE CAR WAS UNDAMAGEDBUT IT TURNS OUTTHIS WASN'T

THE YOUNG DUO'S FIRST ROAD TRIP.

JUNE GFX 1

Caller: "I just watched a car being stolen here" ".by these two little

kids, they can't be more than 8 years old."

IN JUNE POLICE SAY THEY STOLE A DIFFERENT CAR FROM A PARKING LOT BEFORE

DRIVING MORE THAN TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT TO GO TO THEIR GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.

JUNE GFX 3

Caller: ".there's a red Grand Am that is using both lanes, just weaving back

and forth really bad."

THAT TIME. KAIDEN DUCK AND HIS FRIEND PULLED IN FRONT OF THEM TO SLOW THE

CAR TO A STOP

KAIDEN DUCK

"I can't believe they got /back on the road / after they almost got hurt

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9 YEAR OLD STEALS CAR AGAIN-ONCAM


THE BOYS WERE NOT CHARGED IN THE FIRST INCIDENT--

TONIGHT POLICE SAY THEY ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE MOST RECENT CASE AS POSSIBLE CHILD NEGLECT. Return to index of stories...


KENNEDY BURGLAR LOOKING FOR KATY PERRY-VOTOPS


POLICE SAY A MAN WEARING A "CAPTAIN AMERICA" T-SHIRT --

BUSTED INTO A HOUSE THE FAMILY OF "PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY" OWNS.

BUT THIS SUPERHERO WASN'T LOOKING FOR A KENNEDY IN MASSACHUSETTS.

NO, HE SAYS HE WAS TRYING TO FIND THE POP SINGER KATY PERRY.

THE KENNEDYS LEARNED OF HIS BREAK-IN WHEN J-F-K'S NEPHEW CALLED HOME TO CHECK ON HIS SICK TEENAGE SON --

AND THE INTRUDER ANSWERED.

OFFICERS FOUND HIM IN THE KITCHEN.

HE FACES BREAKING-AND-ENTERING CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


CASEY KASEM'S BODY-OC-SOTVO


ONE MONTH AFTER THE DEATH OF RADIO LEGEND CASEY KASEM--

HIS DAUGHTER SAYS HER STEPMOTHER HAS REFUSED TO BURY HIS BODY--

AND SHE WON'T SAY WHERE SHE'S KEEPING IT.

Kerri Kasem; Casey Kasem's Daughter EXCLUSIVE

"My father, my sister, my brother and I believe that when you pass on, you

go. You don't stay with your body. Nobody takes their body to heaven."

AS THE RADIO'S LEGEND'S HEALTH LEGEND DETERIORATED.

KERRI AND HER STEPMOM OFTEN BATTLED IN COURT OVER CASEY'S CARE AND VISITATION

RIGHTS.

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NEW FDNY CALENDAR INCLUDES FIRST WOMAN-OC VO-WIPE


FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER--

A WOMAN IS FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT'S "CALENDAR OF HEROES."

BRONX NATIVE -- DANAE MINES -- BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE FIREFIGHTER TO DEBUT IN THE USUALLY-MALE CALENDAR.

SHE'S FEATURED, APPROPRIATELY, IN MARCH --

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH.

ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE WOMEN WE TALKED TO --

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NEW FDNY CALENDAR INCLUDES FIRST WOMAN-(3)SOTSVO


NO SUPER: That one is sweet chocolate,

NO SUPER: They saved the best for last, here he is

Joe Conforti / FDNY

At first I was a little nervous but it's starting to grow on me right now

THE CALENDARS COST 15 DOLLARS.

ALL THE MONEY GOES TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK FOUNDATION.

THEY TEACH FIRE SAFETY AND PROVIDE TRAINING FOR FIREFIGHTERS. Return to index of stories...


GOODWILL DIAMOND RING-OC VO


A GOODWILL WORKER IN VIRGINIA FOUND A 3-CARAT DIAMOND RING IN A BAG OF DONATIONS.

TAKE A LOOK-

WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS COSTUME JEWELRY WAS AUCTIONED OFF FOR 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS!

THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS AT THE STORE.

THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHO DONATED THE RING-

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


NATS - PHONE CALL

COMCAST: Why is it that you're not wanting to have the number one rated

internet service, number one rated TV service available?

A CABLE GUY'S RANT GOES VIRAL.

HE HOLDS A FAMILY HOSTAGE ON THE PHONE.

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TZ5 A NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY-SOTVO


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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.

Suit: Companies Duped Victims Struggling With Student Loan Debt

"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...


NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY-SOT TOPS 2SHOT


COMCAST: So why is it that you don't want the fastest speed? Help me

understand why you don't want faster internet.

BLOCK: Help me understand why you can't just disconnect us.

THEY SAY BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO --

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE ENDING THAT VERY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN. AND HIS CABLE COMPANY.

THAT CALL HAS GONE VIRAL-

MANY PEOPLE SAYING THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH WITH BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE.

ABC'S RYAN SMITH SHEDS SOME LIGHT ON THE NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY. Return to index of stories...


NIGHTMARE CABLE GUY-PKG


TRACK 1

IN "THE CABLE GUY" JIM CARREY PLAYS A T-V SERVICE TECH WHO GOES FROM BEING A

NUISANCE.

NATS - MOVIE

You were supposed to be here four hours ago.

TRACK 2

TO A FULL-ON NIGHTMARE.

NATS - MOVIE

I just want to hang out!

TRACK 3

NOW, ONE COUPLE'S REAL LIFE RUN-IN WITH AN OVER-THE-TOP CABLE COMPANY

EMPLOYEE IS GOING VIRAL

NATS - PHONE CALL

BLOCK: We'd like to disconnect, please.

COMCAST: So why is it that you don't want the fastest speed? Help me

understand why you don't want faster internet.

BLOCK: Help me understand why you can't just disconnect us.

TRACK 4

TECH JOURNALIST RYAN BLOCK SAYS HE AND HIS WIFE DECIDED TO RECORD THE SECOND

HALF OF A 20-MINUTE CALL TO CANCEL THEIR COMCAST SERVICE. FOR MORE THAN 10

MINUTES, THE CUSTOMER SERVICE REP IS HEARD BADGERING THEM.

NATS - PHONE CALL

COMCAST: Why is it that you're not wanting to have the number one rated

internet service, number one rated TV service available?

TRACK 5

AND INTERROGATING THEM.

NATS - PHONE CALL

COMCAST:.all of a sudden you're moving, and something's making you want

to change. What is it that's making you want to change that?

BLOCK: Because that's what we want to do.

COMCAST: OK, why is that what you want to do?

BLOCK: That's none of your business.

TRACK 6

ALL IN THE NAME OF--THAT'S RIGHT--CUSTOMER SERVICE.

NATS - PHONE CALL

COMCAST: I'm just trying to figure out what it is about Comcast service

that you're not liking, that you're not wanting to keep. Why is it that you

don't want to keep that service?

BLOCK: This phone call is a really actually amazing representative example

of why I don't want to stay with comcast.

*MAY NEED TO BE ADJUSTED IN THE MORNING DEPENDING ON NUMBER OF PLAYS

OVERNIGHT*

TRACK 7

AFTER BLOCK POSTED THE CALL ON SOUND CLOUD, IT'S GOTTEN MORE THAN 2 MILLION

PLAYS

TRACK 8

THIS MORNING, COMCAST SAYS IT'S EMBARRASSED BY THE CALL AND WILL BE

APOLOGIZING TO BLOCK AND HIS WIFE, WRITING IN A BLOG POST"The way in which

our representative communicated with them is unacceptable and not consistent

with how we train our customer service representatives." ADDING THAT WHILE

THEY ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE SITUATION, ".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."

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


WATCHING AND WAITING--

THIEVES BUST INTO A WOMAN'S HOME JUST TWO MINUTES AFTER SHE LEAVES--

WHAT THEY GOT AWAY WITH--

AND WHY AUTHORITIES THINK THE LEE COUNTY WOMAN WAS BEING WATCHED.

FIXING A BLIND SPOT--

THE WORK BEING DONE RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THE TREK TO BONITA BEACH SAFER.

PROTECTING PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE--

THE NEW GUIDELINES FROM THE FEDS AND HOW THEY IMPACT YOU OR SOMEONE YOU WORK WITH.

THAT'S IN TWO MINUTES ON ABC 7 NEWS AT SIX. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) VICTIM ROUTINE WATCHED-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 2) NEW CROSSWALK-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 3) NEW PREGNANCY RULES-VOTOPS


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