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DIRECTORS PAGE WEDDING DRONES-SOTVO
HEADLINES------------- NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL1) HOT AIR BALOON-NATSVO TEASE ONE------------
HL2) CHILD ABUSE-trxVOTOPS TZ1 A BALLOON EXPLOSION-VOTOPS
HL3) WEDDING DRONES-NATSVO TZ1 B PEDICABS-VOTOPS
HURRICANE SEASON-CLIP JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL FORECAST-PHC
DEVELOPING-CLIP FORECAST-WXWALL
CHILD ABUSE-SSTOPS POP SS VO WIPE HOT AIR BALLOON HITS POWER LINES-NATSVO TOPS WIPE
CHILD ABUSE-SOTVO HOT AIR BALLOON HITS POWER LINES-SOTVO
I75 CRASH-OTS VO WIPE FM PEDICABS-TCMON VO WIPE
I75 CRASH-SOTVO FM PEDICABS-SOTVO
ID THEFT FOLLOW-OC VO WIPE MILLENNIALS NO TO MARRIAGE-OC VO
ID THEFT FOLLOW-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
AMY YOUNG SHOT-OC SS TEASE TWO------------
FM STANDOFF-OTS SS VO TZ2 A GMA FITNESS TRACKER-VOTOPS-WIPE
ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-OC SS VO WIPE TZ2 B FGCU SMARTEST CLASS-VOTOPS
ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-SOTVO GMA FITNESS TRACKERS-2SHOT POP
FL BOY THROWN FROM CAR-OC VO WIPE GMA FITNESS TRACKERS-PKG
FL BOY THROWN FROM CAR-SOTVO FGCU SMARTEST CLASS-OTS VO WIPE
THREE WORKERS HURT FORT LAUDERDALE-OC VO FGCU SMARTEST CLASS-SOTVO
CAPE MEETING-OTS NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
WAVE POOL ARREST-SS TOPS TEASE THREE------------
DISNEY PIRATES RIDE CHANGES-TCMON TZ3 A MALASYIAN PLANCE CRASH
FL SINKHOLE TOURIST ATTRACTION-VO IN TCMON TZ3 B FL PLANE CRASH
FL SINKHOLE TOURIST ATTRACTION-SOTVO TZ3 C PIT BULL MAULING
THE BENEFITS OF GOSSIP-SOTVO TOPS OC FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS
WEDDING DRONES-VO IN TCMON  


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


'nats of hot air balloon fireball

HOT AIR HORROR STORY!

NOW AT 5 --

WHAT WENT WRONG *MID-AIR* TO SPARK FIREBALLS --

AND HOW THE SIX PEOPLE ON-BOARD THE HOT AIR BALOON, INCLUDING A GRANDMOTHER, ARE DOING TONIGHT!

PLUS --

NEIGHBORHOOD SHOCKED!

A CAPE CORAL INFANT'S IN THE HOSPITAL --

BADLY *SHAKEN.*

WHY THE FATHER *ADMITS*. HE DID IT!

nats of drones starting

AND FROM WAR ZONES. TO WEDDING CEREMONIES!

HOW SOUTHWEST FLORIDA COUPLES ARE USING *DRONES* --

TO ENSURE A MAGICAL MOMENT THE DAY THEY GET MARRIED. Return to index of stories...


HL1) HOT AIR BALOON-NATSVO


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HL2) CHILD ABUSE-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) WEDDING DRONES-NATSVO


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HURRICANE SEASON-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


SOME RAIN TONIGHT WITH STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be bubbling up in Southwest Florida through the late afternoon and evening time frame.

The most widespread coverage of the activity will mainly be for areas along and to the east of the I-75 corridor.

Based on radar trends with any downpours and storms this evening, one can expect them to be rather slow moving. The slower the movement of rain and thunder the better the chances are for spots of locally heavy rainfall in areas seeing rain.

Lingering radar activity will begin diminishing later tonight, with conditions calming down after midnight.

For Tuesday and Wednesday, the atmosphere over Southwest Florida will have a good deal of moisture available. That should translate into a fairly widespread coverage of showers and storms, especially during the late afternoon and evening time parts.

Temperatures on Tuesday should reach seasonal levels. Highs are expected at 92 for Fort Myers, with communities in closer proximity to the Gulf of Mexico staying a touch cooler.

TROPICAL UPDATE

An area of disturbed weather in the open Atlantic Ocean is near tropical depression status. Dubbed Invest AL92 as of Monday afternoon, the feature was moving west-northwest between 15 and 20 mph. It's current location is around 1,200 miles away from the Lesser Antilles island chain in the Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center is pegging this feature with a 70% chance of further formation over the next two days. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING-CLIP


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CHILD ABUSE-SSTOPS POP SS VO WIPE


YOUR BIG STORY AT 5 --

A DISTURBING CASE OF CHILD ABUSE IN CAPE CORAL.

THIS IS OWEN -- JUST SIX WEEKS OLD.

AND TONIGHT --

HE'S LYING IN A BED --

AT MIAMI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BATTLING SERIOUS HEAD AND BRAIN INJURIES.

AND HIS FATHER --

IS ACCUSED OF ABUSE.

AND ABC 7 HAS LEARNED --

IT MAY NOT BE THE FIRST TIME.

GOOD EVENING, I'M JEFF BUTERA.

POLICE SAY THE BABY'S FATHER -- JAMES BUDAY ADMITS HE JUST "SNAPPED" AND SHOOK OWEN --

BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT STOP CRYING.

THE POLICE REPORT SHOWS -- WHEN BUDAY RETURNED TO THE CRIB -- OWEN WAS LIFELESS.

BUDAY THEN BROUGHT OWEN TO THE CAPE CORAL FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THEY RUSHED OWEN TO HEALTHPARK HOSPITAL AND THEN FLEW HIM TO MIAMI CHILDRENS HOSPITAL.

WE'VE LEARNED OWEN SUFFERED PERMANENT DAMAGE.

NEIGHBORS SAY THE BUDAYS SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT FAMILY. Return to index of stories...


CHILD ABUSE-SOTVO


DEBBIE WAINEY

NEIGHBOR

:22

"I was very extremely stunned. Because just a young couple obviously

proud of their home, their family, always doing family centered

things. No arguments. Just always around with their little boy. Very

patient and kind to him. So to think like something like that would

happen, we were jus very stunned."

D-C-F TELLS ABC 7 --

THEY'RE INVESTIGATING THE FAMILY AND THE COUPLES OTHER

SON HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE PARENTS FOR THE TIME BEING. Return to index of stories...


I75 CRASH-OTS VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 ABC 7 IS HEARING FROM ONE OF THE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN A TRAGIC CRASH THAT KILLED AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY.

THIS IS VIDEO OF THE SCENE YESTERDAY MORNING ON ALLIGATOR ALLEY IN COLLIER COUNTY.

TROOPERS SAY SIX PEOPLE WERE INSIDE THIS S-U-V WHEN IT DRIFTED OFF THE ROAD-HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE AND FLIPPED.

KEN PISEL AND HIS WIFE WERE DRIVING IN THE SECOND VEHICLE-AND SAY THE S-U-V SLAMMED INTO THE JEEP THEY WERE TOWING. Return to index of stories...


I75 CRASH-SOTVO


PHONER

Ken Pisel

Accident Victim

:33-:39

Even though you don't know anybody you still feel bad for the family.

8-YEAR-OLD ANDRES NARANJO DIED AT THE SCENE.

HIS 11-YEAR-OLD BROTHER IS RECOVERING IN THE HOSPITAL.

RIGHT NOW-- TROOPERS ARE LOOKING INTO WHETHER OR NOT THE BOYS WERE WEARING SEAT BELTS. Return to index of stories...


ID THEFT FOLLOW-OC VO WIPE


ONLY SIX OF 105 -- ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON FRAUD CHARGES IN COLLIER COUNTY -- ARE STILL IN JAIL TONIGHT.

THOSE 105 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FROM INCREDIBLE FRESH --

A PROCESSING PLANT.

STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT SAYS THEY USED FAKE IDENTITIES TO GET HIRED --

THEN SOME COMMITTED WORKERS' COMPENSATION FRAUD.

TODAY -- ONLY SIX ARE STILL IN JAIL.

EVERYONE ELSE BONDED OUT.

AND "INCREDIBLE FRESH" IS NOW HIRING AGAIN.

THE COMPANY HAS A TABLE SET UP OUTSIDE WITH JOB APPLICATIONS. Return to index of stories...


ID THEFT FOLLOW-SOTVO


Salberio Valdez/ Salberio Valdez

0402 I JUST HEARD THAT THEY Need a lot of people because immigration came and took the people.

BUT IT WASN'T IMMIGRATION --

IT WAS ACTUALLY THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF INSURANCE FRAUD.

BUT IMMIGRATION WILL BE LOOKING INTO THE CASE TOO.

MANY OF THE PEOPLE ARRESTED LAST WEEK FROM THAT FACILITY ARE DUE BACK IN COURT AUGUST 11TH. Return to index of stories...


AMY YOUNG SHOT-OC SS


A NAPLES POLICE OFFICER SHOT DURING A DOMESTIC DISPUTE IS STILL IN I.C.U AT LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.

AMY YOUNG AND OFFICER LUIS "DAVE" MONROIG LIVED TOGETHER IN ESTERO.

MONROIG- A 10 YEAR VETERAN ON THE NAPLES FORCE- WAS KILLED IN THE SHOOTING EARLIER THIS MONTH.

RIGHT NOW, IT'S STILL NOT CLEAR WHO PULLED THE TRIGGER. THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING. Return to index of stories...


FM STANDOFF-OTS SS VO


A LEE COUNTY MAN IS BEHIND BARS TONIGHT --

FACING ASSAULT CHARGES --

AFTER AN OVERNIGHT STANDOFF.

IT TOOK SEVERAL HOURS --

BUT DEPUTIES FINALLY ARRESTED TRAVIS DIENST.

THE SWAT TEAM CAME TO THE PROVINCE-TOWN CONDOS LAST NIGHT --

RIGHT NEAR COLLEGE PARKWAY AND SUMMERLIN ROAD.

THEY SAY DIENST WAS THREATENING TO HURT HIMSELF --

AND NOT ALLOWING HIS GIRLFRIEND TO LEAVE.

NOW HE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES -- INCLUDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT. Return to index of stories...


ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-OC SS VO WIPE


SHOTS RING OUT ON I-75 IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY AFTER DEPUTIES SAY A DRIVER LET ROAD RAGE GET THE BEST OF HIM.

SHERIFFS DEPUTIES SAY 20 YEAR OLD JOEY PINHEIROS FIRED A GUN AT A TRUCK THAT WOULDN'T LET HIM PASS.

DEPUTIES SAY PINHEIROS KEPT SPEEDING UP AND CUTTING OFF THE TWO GUYS IN THE TRUCK NEAR MILEMARKER 161.

THE VICTIMS SAY HE EVEN WAVED A GUN AT THEM AS HE PASSED.

MICHAEL WOOD IS ONE OF THOSE MEN --

HE SAYS PINEIROS SHOT AT THEM CAUSING THE TRUCK TO SWERVE INTO THE GRASS -- Return to index of stories...


ROAD RAGE SHOOTING-SOTVO


Michael wood/ passenger in truck

"He peppered the whole side of the car, I know it's a cliche but he could've shot our eyes out."

NO ONE WAS HURT-

IT TURNS OUT THE WEAPON WAS A BB GUN -

DEPUTIES SAY PINHEIROS SHOT OUT THE WINDOW OF WOODS TRUCK --

AND IS FACING SOME SERIOUS CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


FL BOY THROWN FROM CAR-OC VO WIPE


HAPPENING RIGHT NOW --

POLICE ARE TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THE PERSON WHO THREW A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY OUT OF A CAR IN TAMPA.

WITNESSES FOUND THAT BOY IN CRITICAL CONDITION SUNDAY NIGHT.

THEY TOLD POLICE HE MAY HAVE BEEN TOSSED FROM THE CAR.

AND THAT FOUR YEAR OLD LATER DIED. Return to index of stories...


FL BOY THROWN FROM CAR-SOTVO


Andrea Davis Tampa Police Dept.

"Obviously, we're looking at cameras up and down this stretch to see what we can find in video evidence, but we're just trying to figure out exactly how this little boy ended up in the road."

INVESTIGATORS THINK THEY MAY HAVE A PINPOINTED A CAR THE BOY WAS IN.

AND IF YOU'RE WONDERING --

WHERE WAS THE MOTHER.

SHE HAD GONE OUT FOR THE NIGHT.

DIDN'T COME HOME TIL FOUR IN THE MORNING.

SHE SAYS SHE LEFT THE FOUR YEAR OLD WITH HIS 17 YEAR OLD BROTHER. Return to index of stories...


THREE WORKERS HURT FORT LAUDERDALE-OC VO


ONE PERSON IS DEAD, TWO OTHERS ARE HURT AFTER AN ACCIDENT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN FORT LAUDERDALE.

IT HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 8 THIS MORNING AT THIS FUTURE BMW DEALERSHIP.

POLICE SAY A BEAM FELL HITTING THE WORKERS.

OSHA IS INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MEETING-OTS


CAPE CORAL CITY LEADERS ARE BACK TO WORK AFTER THEIR 5 WEEK LONG SUMMER BREAK.

THEY HAVE A FULL AGENDA TO GET THROUGH TONIGHT

THE BIG DISCUSSION- THE CITY'S BUDGET.

A TOTAL JUST OVER 146-MILLION.

THE PROBLEM-

IS THE CONTROVERSIAL FIRE SERVICE ASSESSMENT TAX.

THE FATE OF THE F-S-A IS STILL IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE SUPREME COURT.

CITY LEADERS SAY IF ITS NOT APPROVED BEFORE THE BUDGET DEADLINE THE CITY COULD BE LOOKING AT A 11 TO 18 MILLION SHORTFALL. Return to index of stories...


WAVE POOL ARREST-SS TOPS


NEW AT 5 --

THIS MAN FACES ACCUSATIONS HE MOLESTED WOMEN --

IN A WAVE POOL AT DISNEY WORLD.

FOUR WOMEN TOLD ORANGE COUNTY DEPUTIES --

TOUCHED THEM INAPPROPIRATLY AT DISNEY'S TYPHOON LAGOON.

THE WOMEN SAY HE WOULD GRAB THEM --

WHEN A BIG WAVE SWEPT THROUGH. Return to index of stories...


DISNEY PIRATES RIDE CHANGES-TCMON


YOUR WAIT TO GET ON DISNEY'S PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN RIDE --

MAY DRAG ON EVEN LONGER NOW.

THAT'S BECAUSE GUESTS CAN NO LONGER SIT IN THE BACK ROW OF THE BOATS.

A TOURIST LOST TWO FINGERTIPS TWO WEEKS AGO ON THE RIDE.

AND A NEW REPORT SHOWS A 12-YEAR-OLD SUFFERED CUTS TO HIS FINGERS IN APRIL TOO.

A DISNEY SPOKESPERSON SAYS BOTH OF THOSE PEOPLE WERE SITTING IN THE BACK ROW OF THIS RIDE.

SO FOR NOW --

IT'S OFF LIMITS. Return to index of stories...


FL SINKHOLE TOURIST ATTRACTION-VO IN TCMON


FROM FLORIDA'S MOST POPULAR ATTRACTION --

TO FLORIDA'S NEWEST ATTRACTION.

A SINKHOLE HAS TURNED INTO A MAGNET FOR ONLOOKERS THE LAST FEW DAYS IN SPRING HILL, FLORIDA.

CHECK IT OUT.

THE SINKHOLE HAS GROWN TO 40 FEET WIDE TONIGHT --

IN THIS TINY NORTH OF TAMPA.

CREWS TAPED IT OFF WITH YELLOW CRIME TAPE --

BUT CROWDS ARE STILL GATHERING TO TAKE PICTURES. Return to index of stories...


FL SINKHOLE TOURIST ATTRACTION-SOTVO


SOT MOS girl: "It looks cool but dangerous."

SOT-Cate Carter: " I thought about

putting a lemonade stand out here, a beer stand, something out

there, charging them, ha-ha."

A CONTRACTOR IS EXAMINING THAT SITE TODAY.

THE CITY SAYS IT'S POSSIBLE THEY WILL FILL IT WITH CEMENT TO TRY TO KEEP IT FROM SPREADING. Return to index of stories...


THE BENEFITS OF GOSSIP-SOTVO TOPS OC


why were you talking to Janis Ian? I don't know she's so weird. She just came up to me and started talking to me about crack. She's so pathetic.

THIS CLIP FROM MEAN GIRLS SHOWS THE BAD SIDE OF GOSSIP.

IT CAN BE HURTFUL AND OFTEN UNTRUE.

BUT GET THIS,GOSSIP ISN'T ALWAYS A BAD THING.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF POSITIVE GOSSIP?

IT'S WHEN YOU SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE OR YOU'RE JUST SHARING POSITIVE NEWS.

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC SAYS IT CAN HELP YOU TO BUILD CAMARADERIE AND BOND WITH FRIENDS

BUT IF YOU'RE SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT SOMEONE THAT YOU'RE NOT SURE IS TRUE-

IT'S BEST TO KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF. Return to index of stories...


WEDDING DRONES-VO IN TCMON


FROM WAR ZONES TO WEDDING CEREMONIES.

COUPLES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE TURNING TO DRONES --

TO CAPTURE MEMORABLE, AERIAL MOMENTS AS THEY GET MARRIED.

ONE CATCH --

IT'S A LEGAL GREY AREA.

ABC7 DID UNCOVER --

BRIDES AND GROOMS ACROSS THE NATION ARE SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO CAPTURE THEIR WEDDINGS FRO ABOVE.

BUT --

THE F-A-A BANS PAYING HIRING SOMEONE TO FILM AN EVENT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

IT'S ONLY ALLOWED IF YOU ASK A FRIEND OF RELATIVE TO DO IT --

AND THEY DON'T CHARGE YOU. Return to index of stories...


WEDDING DRONES-SOTVO


Bob Gossen, Cape Coral Drone Expert

"If you publish it and a lot of people see it, then the FAA hears about it and sends you a cease and desist letter."

FOR EXAMPLE, A CONGRESSMAN WHO DID THIS IS FACING AN INVESTIGATION RIGHT NOW.

WE CHECKED --

THE SPANISH WELLS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB IN NORTH NAPLES HAS ALREADY BOOKED A COUPLE OF DRONE WEDDINGS.

THE F-A-A IS ALSO SET TO RE-EVALUATE ITS RULES ON COMMERCIAL DRONE FLIGHTS --

IN A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR FROM NOW. Return to index of stories...


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


A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE GOES TERRIBLY WRONG.IT'S INCREDIBLE VIDEO YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELEIVE.

SO DID ANYONE SURVIVE THE FIREY EXPLOSION?

OTHER CITIES IN FLORIDA HAVE THEM? WILL FORT MYERS BE NEXT?

A LOOK AT THE PUSH FOR PEDICABS IN DOWNTOWN Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A BALLOON EXPLOSION-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B PEDICABS-VOTOPS


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JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

IT IS NOT A VERBATIM OF WHAT IS BEING SAID, BUT IS THE FORECAST FOR OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


FORECAST-WXWALL


SOME RAIN TONIGHT WITH STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be bubbling up in Southwest Florida through the late afternoon and evening time frame.

The most widespread coverage of the activity will mainly be for areas along and to the east of the I-75 corridor.

Based on radar trends with any downpours and storms this evening, one can expect them to be rather slow moving. The slower the movement of rain and thunder the better the chances are for spots of locally heavy rainfall in areas seeing rain.

Lingering radar activity will begin diminishing later tonight, with conditions calming down after midnight.

For Tuesday and Wednesday, the atmosphere over Southwest Florida will have a good deal of moisture available. That should translate into a fairly widespread coverage of showers and storms, especially during the late afternoon and evening time parts.

Temperatures on Tuesday should reach seasonal levels. Highs are expected at 92 for Fort Myers, with communities in closer proximity to the Gulf of Mexico staying a touch cooler.

TROPICAL UPDATE

An area of disturbed weather in the open Atlantic Ocean is near tropical depression status. Dubbed Invest AL92 as of Monday afternoon, the feature was moving west-northwest between 15 and 20 mph. It's current location is around 1,200 miles away from the Lesser Antilles island chain in the Caribbean Sea.

The National Hurricane Center is pegging this feature with a 70% chance of further formation over the next two days. Return to index of stories...


HOT AIR BALLOON HITS POWER LINES-NATSVO TOPS WIPE


"People need to move" Nats explosion

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS INCREDIBLE VIDEO OF A FIERY EXPLOSION AS A HOT AIR

BALLOON HITS POWER LINES IN A MASSACHUSETTS NEIGHBORHOOD SATURDAY NIGHT.

THE BALLOON WAS CARRYING 6 PEOPLE- INCLUDING A GRANDMOTHER.

JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE PEOPLE ON BOARD WERE WAVING AND

TALKING TO PEOPLE BELOW.

THE BALLOON FINALLY CRASH LANDED IN DENNIS MACDONALD'S BACKYARD.

HE RUSHED TO HELP. Return to index of stories...


HOT AIR BALLOON HITS POWER LINES-SOTVO


SOT dennis / we just helped the people out we brought out ice for their

wounds /they were all shaken up-but they were all walkin'

EVERYONE ON BOARD SUFFERED SERIOUS BURNS.

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FM PEDICABS-TCMON VO WIPE


ORLANDO.

SARASOTA.

KEY WEST.

THEY ALL HAVE PEDI-CABS.

AND FORT MYERS COULD BE NEXT.

PEDICABS ARE BASICALLY RICKSHAWS WITH BIKES.

A LOCAL P-E TEACHER HAS BEEN TRYING TO START A COMPANY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA FOR ABOUT A YEAR.

THE PROBLEM IS --

THE CITY DOESN'T HAVE A LAW ALLOWING FOR THEM.

TODAY --

THAT PROCESS COULD STAR TO CHANGE.

COUNCIL WILL SEE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. Return to index of stories...


FM PEDICABS-SOTVO


Vadis Parson, Tropical Express Carriage Co.

"We'll be available for regular transport, site seeing tours, private rentals for weddings, birthday parties, date nights. I have plans to hopefully expand."

THE LAW RESTRICTS PEDI-CABS SIGNIFICANTLY.

THEY CAN ONLY RUN ON CERTAIN CITIES, ONLY IN DOWNTOWN.

IT EVEN LIMITS THIS TO JUST TWO COMPANIES, RUNNING TWO PEDICABS EACH.

NOTHING IS SETTLED.

WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT CITY COUNCIL DECIDES. Return to index of stories...


MILLENNIALS NO TO MARRIAGE-OC VO


INSTEAD OF SAYING I DO.MORE YOUNG AMERICANS ARE SAYING NO TO MARRIAGE.

TODAY'S YOUNG ADULTS ARE ON TRACK HAVE THE LOWEST RATES OF MARRIAGE BY AGE 40 -- COMPARED TO ANY PREVIOUS GENERATION.

IF THE CURRENT PACE CONTINUES, MORE THAN 30 PERCENT OF MILLENNIAL WOMEN WILL REMAIN UNMARRIED.

A RECENT REPORT SHOWS THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS-

MORE AMERICANS ARE LIVING TOGETHER AND HAVING CHILDREN WITHOUT GETTING MARRIED AND TRYING TO BE MORE FINCIALLY ESTABLISHED BEFORE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE. Return to index of stories...


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


FITNESS BANDS ARE ALL THE RAGE FOR THOSE OF US KEEPING CLOSE TABS ON OUR HEALTH, BUT ARE THEY WORTH THE HEFTY PRICE TAG? WE PUT THEM TO THE TEST.

FGCU IS ABOUT TO HAVE THE SMARTEST FRESHMAN CLASS EVER!

WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE UNIVERSITY IS DOING RIGHT, TO ATTRACT MORE INTELLIGENT STUDENTS. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A GMA FITNESS TRACKER-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 B FGCU SMARTEST CLASS-VOTOPS


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GMA FITNESS TRACKERS-2SHOT POP


EVERYONE WANTS TO BE HEALTH CONSCIOUS NOWADAYS.

AND FITNESS BANDS ARE THE POPULAR NEW WAY TO KNOW *EXACTLY* HOW MUCH YOU'RE MOVING, EATING, AND SLEEPING!

BUT ARE THEY WORTH THE HEFTY PRICE TAG?

ABCS MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO AND DR. RICHARD BESSER PUT THEM TO THE TEST. Return to index of stories...


GMA FITNESS TRACKERS-PKG


WE PUT THREE POPULAR BANDS, ALL RANGING FROM $100-$

200 UP TO A SWEAT CHALLENGE-- THE FITBIT FLEX , THE JAWBONE

UP24 ,AND THE BASIS B1.

Nat Besser: ready to go!

WE WORE All THREE FOR SEVERAL DAYSGIVING THEM TIME TO GET USED TO OUR BODIES

AND EXERCISE ROUTINES

Nat Mara: It is nice to see how much activity you have

THEN-- "ARMED" WITH OUR DEVICES, WE HEADED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL

SURGERY. THIS METABOLIC CART IS OUR GOLD STANDARD CALORIE COUNTER.

TO MAKE THINGS INTERESTING, WE THREW IN THIS $20 TIMEX PEDOMETER AND CALORIE

TRACKER

Nat getting pedometer clipped on

Put it right here on my waistband

AND RAN FOR SIX MINUTES. ACCORDING TO THE METABOLIC CART, WE BURNED

01;24;55;09 89 calories total

01;54;48;23 65

NEXT, WE ENTERED OUR RUNS INTO THE FITBIT AND JAWBONE APPS ADJUSTING OUR

INTENSITY LEVELS ACCORDINGLY.

OUR FITBITS WERE OFF BY 4 TO 6 CALORIES OUR JAWBONES- OFF BY 10 TO 16.THE

TIMEX PEDOMETER BY 5 TO 11 CALORIES

WE TOOK OUR BANDS AND THAT TIMEX PEDOMETER TO THE PARK WALKING EXACTLY

100 STEPSCOMPARING THEIR NUMBERS

Nats reading off numbers

AFTER THREE TRIALS DURING ONE OF THEM THE FITBIT WAS THE ONLY DEVICE TO HIT

THE 100 STEP MARK DEAD ON BUT ON ANOTHER TRIAL--

13;59;41;23 DR. BESSER: 125.

THE JAWBONE CONSISTENTLY CAME CLOSE TO 100 IT'S WORST COUNT?

14;49;51;26 MARA: 110 steps

AND THAT $20 TIMEX PEDOMETER?? OVERALL, ITS READINGS WERE SIMILAR TO THE

BANDS.

13;55;30;44 DR. BESSER: my simple pedometer, 97.

THE FITNESS BAND COMPANIES TOLD ABC NEWS. DIFFERENT FACTORS LIKE HOW WE

RECORDED OUR DATA COULD HAVE GIVEN SOME US VARIANCE IN OUR RESULTSBUT AS

FITBIT SAID "While there may be a small difference of a few calories or

steps between tests, ultimately the success of our products comes from

empowering users to accurately see their overall health." Return to index of stories...


FGCU SMARTEST CLASS-OTS VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

THE SMARTEST FRESHMAN CLASS IN THEIR HISTORY --

IS ABOUT TO WALK ONTO THE FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY CAMPUS THIS FALL.

ABC-7 FOUND OUT --

F-G-C-U'S FRESHMAN CLASS THIS FALL SPORTS BETTER TEST SCORES AND G-P-A'S THAN PREVIOUS YEARS.

IN FACT, THEIR TEST SCORES TOP THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.

AVERAGE G-P-A --- 3-POINT-7.

AVERAGE S-A-T -- 1544. OUT OF 24-HUNDRED.

CREDIT THE "DUNK CITY" PHENOMENON PLUS BETTER MARKETING FOR THE SCHOOL --

LED TO MORE APPLICATIONS, ALLOWING F-G-C-U TO BE CHOOSIER WITH WHO THEY ACCEPTED. Return to index of stories...


FGCU SMARTEST CLASS-SOTVO


00-:06 Maven Piniella, Incoming freshman "I graduated early actually, so I worked really hard this year. so if I contributed to that, I'm really flattered, that's great."

:06-:11 Jasmine Murray, Incoming Freshman "I wouldn't even say that we are like really and truly smarter, we just had to work a little harder."

THE SCHOOL'S BRINGING IN ABOUT THREE-THOUSAND FRESHMEN THIS FALL. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


HOSTILE CONDITIONS FOR INVESTIGATORS PIECING TOGTHER THE DEADLY MALAYSIAN AIRLINES CRASH.

WE'LL TAKE YOU TO THE UKRAINE FOR THE VERY LATEST.

PLUS --

A SMALL PLANE GOES DOWN OVER THE FLORIDA KEYS --

KILLING THE PILOT.

WHY TRICKS MAY HAVE CAUSED THE CRASH?

ANOTHER PIT BULL MAULING THIS TIME IN OHIO. AN INFANT IS DEAD AFTER ATTACK.

HOW THE ANIMAL GOT TO THE BABY IN THE FIRST PLACE. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A MALASYIAN PLANCE CRASH


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TZ3 B FL PLANE CRASH


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TZ3 C PIT BULL MAULING


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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

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