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HEADLINES-TRIPLE ANIBOX NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
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HL2) HOT PHONE-vo TZ1 A GMA HOT PHONE-SOTVO
HL3) PLAYDATES-vo TZ1 B HOLE ON MCGREGOR-VOTOPS
DEVELOPING-CLIP JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
CASPERSEN BEACH PLANE CRASH-SS VO SS WIPE FORECAST-PHC
CASPERSEN BEACH PLANE CRASH-SOTVO FORECAST-WXWALL
PLANE CRASH PILOT-BNC VO BNC GMA HOT PHONE-ANIBOX VO WIPE
PLANE CRASH PILOT-SOTVO GMA HOT PHONE-SOTVO
LIGHTNING VICTIM OPENS EYES-OTS SS(2) HOLE ON MCGREGOR-OC VO
TEEN DROWNS-OC SS VO WIPE DOLLAR TREE FAMILY DOLLAR-OTS VO
TEEN DROWNS-SOTVO SMART PEOPLE BUY GENERIC-OC VO
C SECTION CONTROVERSY-OC VO WIPE NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
C SECTION CONTROVERSY-SOTVO TEASE TWO------------
CAPE STREETLIGHT-SS VO WIPE TZ2 A GMA PLAY DATES-VOTOPS-WIPE
CAPE STREETLIGHT-SOTVO TZ2 B FIRE CHALLENGE-VOTOPS
CAPE DOMESTIC PARTNER SHIP-OC VO GMA PLAY DATES-POP
SHELL FACTORY SAVED-OC VO WIPE GMA PLAY DATES-PKG
SHELL FACTORY SAVED-SOTVO FIRE CHALLENGE-OC VO WIPE
POND TESTING-OC VO WIPE FIRE CHALLENGE-SOTVO
POND TESTING-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
Q POLL MARIJUANA-OTS SS TEASE THREE------------
VOTER REGISTRATION-ONCAM, BNR TZ3 A VA REFORM-VO
LOOK AHEAD FREE TAX WEEKEND-TCMON CG BNR TZ3 B EBOLA OUTBREAK-VO
FIST BUMPS BETTER THAN HANDSHAKES-OC VO TZ3 C GIRL LEFT ON BUS-VO
EXTREME BEAUTY TREATMENTS-TCMON VO WIPE FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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HEADLINES-TRIPLE ANIBOX


CRASH LANDING--

A MAN KILLED--

HIS DAUGHTER CRITICAL--

NEW AT 5--

THE PLANE IS LIFTED FROM THE SAND-

AND ABC 7 GETS NEW INFORMATION ON THE INVESTIGATION.

PLUS --

HOT PILLOW TALK!

BUT NOT WHAT YOU THINK!

A TEEN'S SMARTPHONE BURNS UP.

HOW SHE ESCAPED --

AND THE WARNING TONIGHT ABOUT PUTTING *YOUR* PHONE UNDER *YOUR* PILLOW.

BANNISH THE PLAYDATE--

HOW A DADDY BLOGGER SAYS IT WILL BENEFIT CHILDREN AND PARENTS.

RIGHT NOW AT 5.

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


HL1) BEACH PLANE CRASH-vo


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DEVELOPING-CLIP


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CASPERSEN BEACH PLANE CRASH-SS VO SS WIPE


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OUR BIG STORY AT 5 --

TRAGEDY ON THE BEACH.

WE'RE LEARNING NEW INFORMTION --

ABOUT A DEADLY PLANE CRASH *ONTO* A SARASOTA COUNTY BEACH SUNDAY.

ABC7 FOUND OUT THE 36 YEAR OLD MAN KILLED. WAS A SOLDIER BASED AT FORT STEWART IN GEORGIA.

ABC CAMERAS WERE THERE AS CREWS USED A CRANE TO REMOVE THE PLANE FROM THE BEACH TODAY.

SEARGEANT FIRST CLASS OMMY IRIZARRY DIED.

HE WAS WALKING ON THE BEACH WITH HIS NINE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.

THE GIRL IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN TAMPA TONIGHT.

THESE ARE PICTURES FROM RIGHT AFTER THE CRASH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

THE PILOT RADIOED A DISTRESS CALL AND LANDED ON THE SAND - HITTING IRIZARRY AND HIS DAUGHTER OCEANA.

ONE OF THE MEN WHO RUSHED TO HELP SECONDS AFTER IT HAPPENED TALKED WITH US. Return to index of stories...


CASPERSEN BEACH PLANE CRASH-SOTVO


phoner Take sot

Bryan Gifford

553-8

I'm holding her head and neck to stabilize her and keep her airway open.

906-15

She's a year younger than my son and we were two seconds of flight time from this being us.

OCEANA IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION.

THE NTSB IS TAKING THE LEAD AND WILL TAKE THE PLANE TO A SECURE FACILITY.

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PLANE CRASH PILOT-BNC VO BNC


ABC7 HAS TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT.

WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE PILOT -

KARL KOKOMOOR.

HE'S THE PRESIDENT OF DMK ASSOCIATES, AN ENGINEERING FIRM IN VENICE.

KOKOMOOR DID NOT ANSWER HIS DOOR AND HASN'T RETURNED OUT CALLS.

HIS COMPANY DID RELEASE A STATEMENT.

IT READS, IN PART--

ALL OF US AT DMK ASSOCIATES ARE PRAYING FOR OCEANA'S RECOVERY AND FOR THE COMFORT OF THE FAMILY IN THIS LOSS.

KARL KOKOMOOR IS ASSISTING THE FAA AND RELATED AGENCIES WITH THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION.

HIS NEIGHBORS SAY THEY CAN'T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED TO HIM. Return to index of stories...


PLANE CRASH PILOT-SOTVO


Ed Smith, Neighbor

nice guy, that's all I can say, he always has time to talk to you, and say hello and whatever

HE AND THE PASSENGER DAVID THEEN LIVE ON THE SAME STREET -- NEXT TO BUCHAN AIRPORT.

IT'S A SMALL COUNTY-OWNED AIRSTRIP.

NEIGHBORS SAY THE PLANE IS KEPT IN THIS HANGAR ON THEEN'S PROPERTY. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING VICTIM OPENS EYES-OTS SS(2)


A LEE COUNTY MOTHER HAS A GLIMMER OF HOPE TONIGHT --

AFTER HER SON WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING LAST WEEK.

ZACHARY LATAWIEC'S MOM SAYS HE OPENED HIS EYES TODAY AND EVEN SMILED.

SHE ADMITS --

IT'S HARD TO TELL WHAT THAT MEANS.

AND DOCTORS SAY HE STILL HAS A LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY AHEAD.

BUT THIS WAS SOMETHING.

ZACH'S STILL IN THE CRITICAL I-C-U TONIGHT.

HE WAS WALKING ON THE BEACH WITH HIS GIRLFRIED CHELSEA GILL LAST TUESDAY --

WHEN HE WAS STRUCK.

CHELSEA'S NOW OUT OF THE HOSPITAL.

ANOTHER MAN NAMED SCOTT WILCOX --

ONE OF CHELSEA'S FAMILY FRIENDS --

DIED AT THE SCENE. Return to index of stories...


TEEN DROWNS-OC SS VO WIPE


TONIGHT AT FIVE -

COLLIER DEPUTIES ARE STILL INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A TEEN.

THE 16-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND FLOATING IN A POND IN NORTH NAPLES ON SATURDAY MORNING.

A WOMAN WALKING AROUND THE POND EARLY SATURDAY SAW THE BODY OF 16-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN CASTALDO.

HE WAS A STUDENT AT GULF COAST HIGH SCHOOL.

SHE CALLED FOR HELP AND ANOTHER MAN CAME RUNNING.

HE RAN INTO THE POND HOPING TO RESCUE THE BOY.

IT WAS TOO LATE. Return to index of stories...


TEEN DROWNS-SOTVO


Don Paullin - witness

184107 this kid was i could tell he was built and he was strong and i couldnt' figure out how he would actually drown in that shallow of water. 10

DEPUTIES ARE WAITING ON THE AUTOPSY FOR THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH.

TONIGHT - FRIENDS SAY IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

THEY RELEASED BALLOONS IN HIS MEMORY LAST NIGHT. Return to index of stories...


C SECTION CONTROVERSY-OC VO WIPE


ABC7 UNCOVERED NEW INFORMATION --

ON A STORY WE'VE BEEN FOLLOWING CLOSELY!

A CAPE CORAL MOTHER WHO SAYS SHE WAS FORCED TO HAVE A C-SECTION.

SHE'D ALREADY HAD THREE, BUT WANTED A NATURAL DELIVERY ON CHILD NUMBER FOUR.

SUNDAY --

DOZENS OF WOMEN PROTESTED AT PORT CHARLOTTE'S BAYFRONT HOSPITAL --

BACKING HER CAUSE.

TODAY --

WE TALKED A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM.

THEY SAY FEWER THAN 40 BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN THROUGH NATURAL DELIVERY THIS YEAR IN THEIR HEALTH SYSTEM --

IF THE MOTHER HAD ALREADY UNDERGONE A PREVIOUS C-SECTION.

ABC 7 ALSO TRACKED DOWN A DOCTOR IN LEHIGH ACRES WHO SAYS -- THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FORCED SURGERY. Return to index of stories...


C SECTION CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


MD Sarah Digiorgi/Women's Health Services

25:05-18

If that woman says no way I refuse to have a c section then you cannot take that person to the operating room but they need to know your baby may not survive.

THE CAPE CORAL MOTHER -- AT THE CENTER OF THIS CONTROVERSY -- DID RELEASE A STATEMENT AFTER GIVING BIRTH BY C-SETION.

IT SAYS --

"I WELCOMED MY SON INTO THE WORLD AFTER LABORING, CONSENTING TO SURGERY WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT THAT IT WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE LABOR WAS NOT PROGRESSING."

THE NATIONAL ADVOCATES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN ADMIT THERE IS A HIGHER RISK OF COMPLICATION DURING A NATURAL BIRTH IF THE MOTHER HAS HAD A PRIOR C-SECTION. Return to index of stories...


CAPE STREETLIGHT-SS VO WIPE


CAPE CORAL CITY LEADERS WANT TO MAKE A BUS STOP SAFER FOR CHILDREN-

BY PUTTING IN A STREETLIGHT.

THE AREA WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS AT THE CORNER OF JACARANDA PARKWAY AND OLD BURNT STORE ROAD.

A DARK AND DESOLATE AREA AT NIGHT AND EARLY IN THE MORNING.

A YEAR AGO-

PEOPLE RALLIED AT CITY HALL TO GET

A LIGHT INSTALLED AT THE INTERSECTION-

IT WAS DEFEATED BY COUNCIL-

TONIGHT-

THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE LIGHT HOPE THAT DECISION WILL BE REVERSED. Return to index of stories...


CAPE STREETLIGHT-SOTVO


00:24:55 "It's taken a little longer that I've would have liked,

but the new council is doing a good job" Denis Catalano

.

THERE ARE ALSO OTHER PENDING PROJECTS DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF THE FIRE SERVICE ASSESSMENT RULING.

BUT AT LEAST ONE COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS HE'S CONFIDENT THAT IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS YOU'LL SEE A LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION. Return to index of stories...


CAPE DOMESTIC PARTNER SHIP-OC VO


STAYING IN CAPE CORAL.

WE'RE EXPECTING ANOTHER BIG DECISION FROM TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING.

THE CITY COULD BECOME THE SECOND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TO RECOGNIZE DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS.

THE RULING WOULD GIVE UNMARRIED COUPLES WHO LIVE TOGETHER CERTAIN RIGHTS INCLUDING MAKING MEDICAL DECISIONS IF THEIR LOVED ONE IS IN THE HOSPITAL.

IT WOULD APPLY TO BOTH GAY AND STRAIGHT COUPLES.

PUNTA GORDA IS CURRENTLY THE ONLY CITY WITH AN ORDINANCE LIKE THIS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


SHELL FACTORY SAVED-OC VO WIPE


SUPPORTERS HAVE *SAVED* A SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTION --

SLATED TO SHUT DOWN.

THE GROUP POOLED RESOURCES TO SAVE THE HISTORIC SHELL FACTORY AND NATURE PARK IN FORT MYERS.

BACK IN APRIL, THE OUTLOOK SEEMED GRIM.

A 1-POINT 2 MILLION DOLLAR MORTGAGE NOTE WAS DUE ON THE 76-YEAR-OLD ATTRACTION.

THE OWNER COULDN'T SECURE FINANCING.

SO THE GROUP CREATED A LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION.

THEN THEY RAISED THE MONEY THEY NEEDED --

TO SAVE THE PARK. Return to index of stories...


SHELL FACTORY SAVED-SOTVO


Mike Geml, Shell factory LLC Manager

03:04 "we decided if it doesn't fit your appetite, bankers, we're going to put together our own ground of people that will bailout and generate the necessary funds to save the Shell Factory." 03:17

THE PARK SAYS ATTENDANCE HAS GONE UP THIS YEAR --

REVENUE HAS TOO.

THEY PARTIALLY CREDIT A NEW ZIP LINE THEY ADDED BACK IN MAY. Return to index of stories...


POND TESTING-OC VO WIPE


A NEW PROJECT AT THE NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT COULD REDUCE BIRD STRIKES.

THERE'S A LOT OF CONSTRUCTION NEAR THE POND.

IT'S BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND AIRPORT ROAD.

WE FOUND OUT IT'S A MAJOR WATER FILTRATION PROJECT THAT COULD HAVE IMPACTS NATIONWIDE.

THE BARRIERS HELP GUIDE THE WATER THROUGH HUGE BASKETS OF ROCKS.

THEY FILTER THE WATER BEFORE IT MAKES ITS WAY OUT TO THE GORDON RIVER.

PROJECT MANAGER SAYS THIS SYSTEM IS ALSO KEEPING BIRDS AWAY! Return to index of stories...


POND TESTING-SOTVO


SCOTT BRADY, PROJECT MANAGER

12:06:09-:15

Our preliminary information is already that the number of birds is less. Birds and airplanes don't mix too good.

SCIENTISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA WILL START TESTING THE WATER QUALITY AND FLOW NEXT WEEK. Return to index of stories...


Q POLL MARIJUANA-OTS SS


ALMOST NINE IN EVERY 10 FLORIDA VOTERS --

NOW SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

THAT'S THE STORY --

AFTER QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY JUST RELEASED THEIR NEW POLL.

88 PERCENT SUPPORT IT.

10 PERCENT OPPOSED.

TWO PERCENT ON THE FENCE.

AND NO OTHER FACTOR MATTERED.

SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA WAS STRONG --

IN BOTH PARTIES --

ALL AGE GROUPS --

AND BOTH GENDERS.

THE POLL ALSO FOUND 55 PERCENT OF VOTERS BACKED LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL USE OF MARIJUANA. Return to index of stories...


VOTER REGISTRATION-ONCAM, BNR


TODAY MARKS THE LAST DAY FOR YOU TO REGISTER FOR THE AUGUST PRIMARY.

REMEMBER --

FLORIDA'S A CLOSED PRIMARY STATE.

SO IF YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR A PERSON IN A SPECIFIC PARTY, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THAT PARTY.

BUT YOU CAN'T DO THIS ONLINE.

THEY MUST MAIL YOUR REGISTRATION IN.

WE PUT MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE --

ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM.

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LOOK AHEAD FREE TAX WEEKEND-TCMON CG BNR


GET READY SHOPPERS -

THIS WEEKEND WILL BE THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING AND SAVINGS.

THE SALES TAX HOLIDAY STARTS FRIDAY.

CLOTHING AND SHOES, 100 DOLLARS OR LESS, ARE TAX EXEMPT.

YOU CAN ALSO SAVE ON COMPUTERS AND OTHER SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

THIS YEAR, NO SALES TAXES WILL BE COLLECTED ON THE FIRST $750 OF ANY COMPUTER AND RELATED GEAR, REGARDLESS OF THE OVERALL COST.

THE STATE EXPECTS SHOPPERS WILL SAVE AT LEAST 40-MILLION DOLLARS.

FOR FULL LIST OF ITEMS.

WE POSTED A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE.

JUST HEAD TO ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM. AND CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


FIST BUMPS BETTER THAN HANDSHAKES-OC VO


FORGET FIRM HANDSHAKES.

PERHAPS A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION WILL SOON INCLUDE A SOLID FIST BUMP!

A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS --

FIST BUMPS ARE BETTER THAN HANDSHAKES OR HIGH FIVES.

WHY?

BECAUSE THEY SPREAD LESS GERMS.

AND IT'S A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE.

RESEARCHERS SAYS FIST BUMPS SPREAD ONLY ONE-TWENTIETH THE AMOUNT OF BACTERIA THAT HANDSHAKES DO.

AND, HIGH-FIVES PASS ALONG ABOUT HALF THE GERMS HANDSHAKES DO. Return to index of stories...


EXTREME BEAUTY TREATMENTS-TCMON VO WIPE


LAST YEAR, AMERICANS SPENT NEARLY TWELVE-BILLION DOLLARS ON SKIN REJUVENATION.

AND SOME ARE TAKING IT TO AN EXTREME.

THIS WOMAN'S FACE IS DRIPPING WITH BLOOD.

SHE'S HOPING TO LOOK YOUNGER WITH MICRO

-NEEDLING- Return to index of stories...


EXTREME BEAUTY TREATMENTS-SOTVO OC


"I'm hoping to achieve uh,smaller pores,um,the fine lines around my lips to

improve over this process."

AND SHE'S NOT ALONE.

HERE ARE JUST SOME EXTREME BEAUTY TREATMENTS: THE BEE VENOM FACIAL.

THE VAMPIRE FACIAL-MADE FAMOUS BY KIM KARDASHIAN-

PLASMA IS TAKEN FROM YOUR BLOOD AND INJECTED BACK INTO YOUR SKIN.

THE PLACENTA FACIAL USES STEM CELLS FROM A SHEEP'S PLACENTA TO BOOST COLLAGEN.

AND-

POSSIBLY THE GROSSEST ONE-

URINE THERAPY.

IT INVOLVES USING YOUR OWN URINE ON YOUR FACE.

SOME SAY IT CAN CLEAR UP PSORIASIS, ECZEMA AND ACNE.

THAT ONE'S FREE IF YOU DO IT YOURSELF AT HOME.

BUT THE REST OF THESE TREATMENTS COME WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG.

MICRO NEEDLING COSTS ABOUT 350 DOLLARS A POP.

THE BEE VENOM FACIAL ABOUT 30 DOLLARS.

AND THE VAMPIRE FACE-LIFT-

ABOUT 6-HUNDRED DOLLARS.

ALL IN THE NAME OF BEAUTY. Return to index of stories...


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


Thomas Tollfree 193700 - "It was like a surreal scene to realize there was a smoldering fire in your child's bedroom."

ON HER MATTRESS AND HER PILLOW ALL BECAUSE THIS TEEN GIRL FELL ASLEEP WITH HER PHONE.

ABC7 REVEALS THE POTENTIALLY DEADLY DANGERS OF SLEEPING WITH YOUR CELLPHONE.

PLUS -

A MAJOR MESS ON MCGREGOR.

WHAT'S CAUSING THE ROAD TO CAVE IN AND HOW IT'S AFFECTING TRAFFIC.

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


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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


If you've been in Lee County today, it's been quite the soggy and stormy start to our Monday thanks to a train of tropical downpours that moved in from the Gulf of Mexico.

For those of us across Charlotte and Collier County, it's a different story; we've seen plenty of sunshine along with temperatures in the low to mid 90s.

Now that the rain has faded across Lee County, most of us will be in store for a mainly dry and sunny afternoon. A few stray downpours will be possible, but these should be few and far between.

The evening hours and overnight should be pretty quiet with only a couple spots of rain drifting in from the Gulf.

By Tuesday morning, we'll keep the door open for another round of isolated morning showers or even a thunderstorm, and a few of these downpours may linger into the afternoon on Tuesday.

Aside from a few passing downpours, expect a mix of sunshine and clouds with temperatures warming into the low to mid 90s.

We'll another uptick in rain chances by Wednesday as more moisture builds in from the north, and with our winds coming in from the Gulf, rain will be possible during the morning hours as well.

We continue with scattered rain and storms in our forecast from Thursday into the weekend, but the weekend activity likely won't affect us until the afternoon and evening.

TROPICAL UPDATE

We're tracking a tropical wave in the central Atlantic that's been becoming better organized over the last couple of days.

It's a good possibility that this feature will develop into a tropical depression or perhaps a tropical storm by the middle of the week.

The track through the end of the week will be west, taking this feature toward the Windward Islands by the weekend.

Most forecast models suggest this storm eventually recurve to the north by next week, but it's still too soon to know for sure. We'll continue tracking this tropical wave throughout the week in the NBC 2 First Alert Hurricane Tracker Center. Return to index of stories...


GMA HOT PHONE-ANIBOX VO WIPE


RIGHT HERE YOU'RE LOOKING AT A CHARRED PILLOW -- A BURNED MATTRESS.

THE BED OF A TEENAGE GIRL.

HER CELLPHONE STARTED A FIRE UNDER HER PILLOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

HER PHONE MELTED.

THE TEXAS TEEN IS OKAY.

SHE AND HER MOM ARE TALKING ABOUT THE DANGERS OF SLEEPING WITH YOUR PHONE. Return to index of stories...


GMA HOT PHONE-SOTVO


Thomas Tollfree 193700 - TVU 03 HD LITHIUM ION BATTERY VICTIM 50MB

It was like a surreal scene to realize there was a smoldering fire in your

child's bedroom. Made you feel sort of sick to know something like that

happened.

Ariel Tollfree 192740/192722

I have learned not to keep my phone in my bed. / Just put it next to you,

on the floor or on the nightstand.

THE GIRL SAYS SHE USED A REPLACEMENT LITHIUM ION BATTERY IN HER PHONE.

THAT OVERHEATED.

LISTEN TO THIS --

A SURVEY LAST YEAR FOUND 63% OF THOSE 18 TO 29 SLEEP WITH THEIR PHONE OR TABLET IN THE BED.

29% OF THOSE 30 TO 44 DO THE SAME. Return to index of stories...


HOLE ON MCGREGOR-OC VO


NEW AT 5 --

A GIANT HOLE IS GROWING TONIGHT IN FORT MYERS --

STALLING TRAFFIC ON MCGREGOR BOULEVARD.

THE GOOD NEWS IS --

IT'S NOT A SINKHOLE.

WE INVESTIGATED TODAY.

AND LEARNED THE TRUE CULPRIT IS A CRACKED DRAINAGE PIPE.

IT SPAWNED A HOLE FIVE FEET WIDE AND SIX FEET DEEP.

CONTRACTORS WILL FILL THE MEDIA -- JUST SOUTH OF FLORIDA AVENUE -- WITH ASPHALT.

THAT ALLOWS THEM TO RE-DIRECT TRAFFIC TO THE CENTER LANE WHILE CREWS REPLACE THE OLD PIPE.

FOR CONTEXT --

ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NEAR FORT MYERS COUNTRY CLUB.

THE CITY SAYS IT COULD TAKE THREE TO FOUR WEEKS TO REPAIR THE HOLE. Return to index of stories...


DOLLAR TREE FAMILY DOLLAR-OTS VO


NEW AT 5-

BATTLE OF THE DOLLAR STORES.

TONIGHT - A HUGE MERGER

DOLLAR TREE JUST BOUGHT OUT RIVAL -- FAMILY DOLLAR.

THE DEAL COST 8-POINT-5 BILLION DOLLARS.

WITH THE MERGER - DOLLAR TREE BECOMES THE BIGGEST DOLLAR STORE CHAIN WITH MORE THAN 13-THOUSAND LOCATIONS.

DOLLAR STORES GREW DURING THE RECESSION AS PEOPLE ACROSS INCOME GROUPS SHOPPED TO SAVE.

EXPERTS SAY THIS NOW MAKES THE CHAIN COMPETITVE WITH WALMART. Return to index of stories...


SMART PEOPLE BUY GENERIC-OC VO


A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS SMART PEOPLE --

BUY GENERIC!

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS LESS-INFORMED CONSUMERS --

REACH FOR NAME BRANDS.

MORE INFORMED --

PICK GENERIS.

THAT APPLIES TO GROCERIES AND MEDICINE.

FOR EXAMPLE --

THESE RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NETHERLANDS --

FOUND NINE OUT OF TEN PHARMACISTS AND DOCTORS BUY GENERIC --

OVER NAME-BRAND ASPIRIN.

THAT TELLS YOU SOMETHING.

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


BANNING THE PLAY DATE!

ONE FATHER IS STARTING A MOVEMENT TO GET RID OF ORGANIZED KIDDIE GET TOGETHERS.

WHY HE SAYS THEY RUIN IMAGINATION.

PLUS -

SETTING THEMSELVES ON FIRE TO GET ATTENTION ON TWITTER.

THE HORRIFYING FIRE CHALLENGE TEENS ARE TAKING ON.

ABC7 FINDS OUT IF IT'S HAPPENING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


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GMA PLAY DATES-POP


BANNING THE PLAYDATE.

A STAY-AT-HOME DAD SAYS THEY'RE HURTING OUR CHILDREN.

HOW?

HE CLAIMS PLANNED PLAY RUINS A CHILD'S NATURAL SPONTANEITY AND CREATIVTY.

AND IT AFFECTS PARENTS, TOO, BY PUTTING THEM IN AWKWARD SITUATIONS.

LINZIE JANIS EXPLAINS. Return to index of stories...


GMA PLAY DATES-PKG


MODERN FAMILY'S MITCHELL AND CAMERON TAKE LILY ON A PLAY DATES.

EVEN PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE TOOK GEORGE ON ONE DURING THEIR RECENT TRIP TO

NEW ZEALAND.

BUT PENNSYVANIA STAY AT HOME FATHER OF THREE CHRIS BERNHOLDT IS USING

HIS BLOG "DADNCHARGE" TO CALL ON PARENTS TO "BANISH THE PLAY DATE"

01:48:40:46 Playdates take away the creativity that kids are going to

learn from playing on thier own.

BERNHOLDT IS NOSTALGIC FOR HIS OWN CHILDHOOD WHEN PLAY TIME WAS MORE ORGANIC

01:12:30:58 When I was a kid, my mom didn't organize everything. She

would often tell us to go outside and play/ If there was no one to play

with we invented games

HE SAYS HE WORRIES PARENTS ARE DUMBING DOWN KIDS' ABILITY TO BE INDEPENDENT

THINKERS WITH ALL THIS SCHEDULED ACTIVITY. AND THEN WRONGLY BLAMING

THEMSELVES WHEN THEIR KIDS HAVE NOTHING TO DO.

01:14:27:32 in my experience, when they get bored they are going to

constantly come back to you and say I'm bored,

BERHOLDT ALSO SAYS HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE HIS CHILDREN - AGES THREE , SIX AND

NINE - ARE LEARNING HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS ON THEIR OWN.

01:50:24:18 they'll say to me dad you know theres a little boy over

there a little girl over there that I would like to play with and i'll say

we'll it's up to you to go and introduce yourself.

BUT PARENTING EXPERTS POINT TO THE BENEFITS OF PLAY DATES , HELPING KIDS

GROW INTELLECTUALLY AND SOCIALLY , LEARNING HOW TO SHARE AND BE CONSIDERATE

OF OTHERS

THOUGH THIS DADDY BLOGGER SAYS HE CAN SEE THE BENEFITS FOR VERY YOUNG

CHILDREN, HE'S JUST NOT A FAN OF THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE.WRITING.

"IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I SHOULD BE PREPARING A CHEESE PLATE AND SOME

ACTIVITY THAT AS A 'HOST' OUR GUEST KID WILL BE TAKING HOME A FABULOUS

PARTING GIFT.

01:27:17:49 It's the forcing of the parents that is a little awkward.

FOR GOOD MORNING AMERICA, LINZIE JANIS, ABC NEWS, PHILADELPHIA Return to index of stories...


FIRE CHALLENGE-OC VO WIPE


ALSO NEW TONIGHT --

WE'VE DISCOVERED A STARTLING TREND ONLINE AMONG TEENAGERS!

IT'S CALLED THE FIRE CHALLENGE --

AND IT HAS SOME VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES.

TEENS ARE LIGHTING THEMSELVES ON FIRE AND POSTING THE VIDEOS ONLINE.

WE'RE CHOOSING NOT TO SHOW YOU THAT PART HAPPENING.

BUT MANY PEOPLE AGREE THAT IT'S DISTURBING, DANERGOUS, AND SADLY, SHOWING UP MORE AND MORE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Return to index of stories...


FIRE CHALLENGE-SOTVO


"Oh it's entertaining to watch, it's funny because it's funny, but you wouldn't catch myself lighting myself on fire and laughing about it, that's not a laughing situation."

CHARLOTTE COUNTY FIRE AND E-M-S STAFF SAY THE VIDEOS ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER.

THEY WARN FLESH BURNS WITHIN SECONDS AND THOSE INJURIES LAST A LIFETIME. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


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


RELIEF FOR VETERANS.

TONIGHT - THERE'S FINALLY A PLAN FOR A FIX FOR THE V-A HEALTH SYSTEM.

THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LAWMAKERS ARE GREENLIGHTING AND HOW THAT MONEY WILL SAVE THE LIVES OF FORMER SERVICEMEMBERS.

PLUS --

AN OUTBREAK OF ONE OF THE DEADLIEST DISEASES ON EARTH!

EBOLA!

ABC7 INVESTIGATES WHERE IT IS AND WHO'S AT RISK.

WITH SCHOOL WEEKS AWAY FOR SOME --

TONIGHT A WARNING.

THE YOUNG GIRL FORGOTTEN ON A HOT SCHOOL BUS.

HOW IT HAPPENED AND WHO FOUND HER. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A VA REFORM-VO


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TZ3 B EBOLA OUTBREAK-VO


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TZ3 C GIRL LEFT ON BUS-VO


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FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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

MARYJAYNE COYNE OF NAPLES

THANKS FOR WATCHING MARY JAYNE.

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...