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BREAKING NEWS CLIP TZ4 PHONY CALL-SOTVO
ANCHOR SUPERS CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX
HEADLINES------------- NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL1) VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-VO-WIPE NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS
HL2) CLAWSON RESPONSE-SOTVO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS
HL3) CELL PHONE STORY-VOTOPS TS1) PLANE CRASH-TC MON, VO
WX HL-WX WALL TS2) TRACEY PERKINS MEETING-VOTOPS
NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS TS3) SINKHOLE-TC MON, VO
VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-2 SHOT, BOXES DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP
VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-LIVE CRISIS IN GAZA-VOTOPS
VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-SS, VO COSTA CONCORDIA IN ITALY-ONCAM, VO
VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-SOTVO CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-VOTOPS, BNR
VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-LIVE SEVERE WEATHER-TRX, VOTOPS
DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
LUXXOR ROBBERY UPDATE-ONCAM, VO, SS(2) NEW FL POT POLL-OTS, TRX
FMB LIGHTNING-TRX, SSTOPS, VO NEW FL POT POLL-TC MON
CA LIGHTNING STRIKES-OTS, VO NEW FL POT POLL-CG, OC, VO, OC
DROWNING VICTIM ID-WIPE, SSTOPS, VO RED TIDE FISH KILL-OTS
DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP SOUTH FLORIDA NATIONAL PARK-ONCAM, CG
GMA: FSU MURDER-VO IN TC SEN RUBIO MOBILE OFFICE HOURS-OTS, CG
GMA: FSU MURDER-PKG BIT COIN BANKING-ONCAM, VO
MCGREGOR SINKHOLE-EANIBOX, VO BIT COIN BANKING-SOTVO
MCGREGOR SINKHOLE-SOTVO TRAFFIC CLIP-CLIP
NEW FL POT POLL-OTS, VO, BNR NERITA ST. BEACH ACCESS-SSTOPS
CLAWSON TALKS ABOUT GAFFE-ONCAM, SOTVO CHARCO TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX, SSTOPS
CLAWSON TALKS ABOUT GAFFE-SOTVO NAPLES WATER CHANGES-OTS
TRACEY PERKINS MEETING-TRX, SSTOPS, VO CURRENT GAS PRICES-ONCAM, CG, TAG
VOTE CLIP-CLIP NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
VOTER REGISTRATION-ONCAM, BNR STUDENTS BUILD BIONIC ARM-2 SHOT, VO
CAPE DOMESTIC PARTNER PUSH-ONCAM, VO STUDENTS BUILD BIONIC ARM-SOTVO
LEE TRAN FEE INCREASE-ONCAM, VIDBOX TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT
TEASE ONE-2-SHOT TZ5 NAKED THE NEW TREND-SOTVO
TZ1 TRAVELING WITH PETS-ONCAM TZ5 CELL PHONE-VO-WIPE
WEATHER TEASE-WX ID WEATHER TEASE-WX ID
KIDS AND VEGGIES-OTS, VO NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
FIST BUMP GERMS-WIPE, VOTOPS, BNR GMA: CELL PHONE FIRE??-2-SHOT-PUSH
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP GMA: CELL PHONE FIRE??-PKG
TRAVELING WITH YOUR PETS-ONCAM NAKED THE NEW TREND??-ONCAM, VO
TRAVELING WITH YOUR PETS-BNC, CG(2), TAG NAKED THE NEW TREND??-SOTVO
ESSIE NAIL POLISH VENDOR-TRX, VOTOPS ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP
TEASE TWO-2-SHOT CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST
TZ2 SHARK SHIELD-VO FORECAST-WX WALL
TZ2 SAFE AT THE BEACH-VO GMA: PHONY CALL-2 SHOT
KEYS TURTLE CAM-TOWERCAM, NATSVO GMA: PHONY CALL-PKG
ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP HONDA PLUG IN-OTS, VO
CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST NISSAN RECALL-ONCAM, CG, TAG
FORECAST-WXWALL JULY JOB NUMBERS-OTS
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP BIG MAC SHORTAGE IN CHINA-ONCAM, VO
FL SHARK SHIELD-POP TEASE SIX-2-SHOT
FL SHARK SHIELD-PKG1.25 TZ6 SIMPSON & FAMILY GUY-NATSVO
FL SHARK SHIELD-OTS TZ6 BOX OFFICE-VO
SWFL DIRTY BEACH WATER-ONCAM, VIDBOX FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL
SWFL DIRTY BEACH WATER-SOTVO NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP
BEACH DANGERS: SAND HOLES-TRX, VOTOPS SIMPSON AND FAMILY GUY PREVIEW-NATSVO
BEACH DANGERS: SAND HOLES-SOTVO COMIC CON-TRX, VOTOPS
TEASE THREE-2-SHOT BOX OFFICE NUMBERS-ONCAM, VO
TZ3 BACK TO SCHOOL-VO-WIPE SARAH PALIN CHANNEL-ONCAM
HARBORSIDE BACKPACKS-ONCAM, VO LEBRON JAMES #23-WIPE, VOTOPS
HARBORSIDE BACKPACKS-SOTVO TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS
KOHLS BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-CGTOPS TS1) PLANE CRASH-VOTOPS
LOOK AHEAD FREE TAX WEEKEND-OTS, CGTOPS TS2) TRACY PERKINS-VOTOPS
TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT TS3) SINKHOLE-VOTOPS
TZ4 FL MARIJIUANA POLL-VO-WIPE TS4) NAPLES KID-VOTOPS
TZ4 BITCOIN BANKING-VOTOPS-WIPE CLOSE-2SH-AWS ANI


BREAKING NEWS CLIP


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ANCHOR SUPERS


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


A FATHER IS DEAD, HIS 9 YEAR OLD CHILD IN CRITICAL CARE

ALL AFTER A SMALL PLANE MAKES AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON A VENICE BEACH

TODAY THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. AND WE'RE LEARNING ANOTHER TRAGIC TWIST THE MILESTONE THE FAMILY WAS CELEBRATING.

I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing. Can I have that?"

IT'S THE POLITICAL GAFF BEING HEARD ACROSS THE NATION. AND IT INVOLVES SOUTHWEST FLORIDA'S NEWEST CONGRESSMAN.

WHAT CURT CLAWSON HAS TO SAY AFTER MISTAKING U-S OFFICIALS FOR FORIEGNERS

AND A WARNING.

DON'T FALL ASLEEP WITH YOUR CELL PHONE

HOW A TEEN WOKE UP TO FIND A FIRE, AND HER BED SCORCHED. Return to index of stories...


HL1) VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-VO-WIPE


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HL2) CLAWSON RESPONSE-SOTVO


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HL3) CELL PHONE STORY-VOTOPS


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WX HL-WX WALL


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-2 SHOT, BOXES


ALL NEW DETAILS OVERNIGHT ON THAT DEADLY PLANE CRASH ON CASPERSEN BEACH IN SARASOTA COUNTY.

A FATHER WAS KILLED WHEN A SMALL PLANE MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING SUNDAY.

HE WAS WALKING ALONG THE BEACH WITH HIS NINE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHEN THEY WERE HIT.

THE PLANE LANDED RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE BEACH, BARELY IN THE WATER.

ABC-7 IS WORKING TO FIND OUT HOW THINGS WENT SO WRONG.

WE KNOW THE PILOT REPORTEDLY LOST POWER. BUT WAS THERE ANY OTHER OPTION TO AVOID HITTING PEOPLE?

ABC-7S SAM SWEENEY IS LIVE ON CASPERSEN BEACH--- SAM? Return to index of stories...


VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-LIVE


THIS IS A HEART WRENCHING STORY--- A MAN AND HIS 9 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER PLAYING at THE WATERS EDGE--ENJOYING THEIR VACATION when THEY WERE RUN OVER BY a PLANE. Return to index of stories...


VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-SS, VO


THE SINGLE ENGINE PIPER SENT A DISTRESS CALL AROUND 230 SUNDAY. IT REPORTEDLY LOST POWER AND COULDN'T MAKE IT TO THE NEARBY venice AIRPORT.

THE TWO MEN INSIDE THE PLANE WALKED AWAY uninjured---

BUT NOT 36 YEAR OLD Ommy Irizarry--- OR HIS DAUGHTER OCEANA. OMMY DIED--- HIS DAUGHTER IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE.

JUST HOURS BEFORE THE ACCIDENT OMMY WROTE ON FACEBOOK HOW MUCH HE LOVED HIS WIFE AND HOW EXCITED HE WAS TO SPEND THE NEXT 100 YEARS TOGetHER. THE COUPLE WAS HERE VISITING FROM GEORGIA for their 9th wedding anniversary.

WITNESSES SAY OMMY'S WIFE SAW IT HAPPEN. Return to index of stories...


VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-SOTVO


18:50:08 "When I looked a little farther, a couple feet down the beach, there was medics helping out what seemed to be the father, and he had blood on his face and they seemed to be doing CPR." 18:50:16 Return to index of stories...


VEHICLE PLANE CRASH-LIVE


THIS MORNING IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHY THE PILOT DID NOT EXERCISE BETTER EMERGENCY LANDING TECHNIQUES.such as ditching the plane in the shallow water rather than on the beach where people were. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP


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LUXXOR ROBBERY UPDATE-ONCAM, VO, SS(2)


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING.

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR TWO MEN WHO ROBBED A LEHIGH ACRES CASINO GAMES SHOP AT GUNPOINT, AND

DEPUTIES NEED YOUR HELP TRACKING THEM DOWN.

IT HAPPENED SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE LUXXOR GAMES SHOP ON LEE BOULEVARD.

TWO MEN WENT IN WITH GUNS, ONE OF THEM SHOT UP THE PLACE, DEMANDED CASH AND TOOK OFF.

TAKE A LOOK AT THESE SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS.

THEY ARE A LITTLE BLURRY.

BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON WHO THESE MEN ARE. YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


FMB LIGHTNING-TRX, SSTOPS, VO


THIS MORNING ABC-7 IS WORKING TO GET AN UPDATE ON A TEEN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

ZAC LATAWEIC IS IN CRITICAL CONDITON IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA.

THIS IS VIDEO AS PARAMEDICS WORKED TO KEEP HIM ALIVE. PERFORMING C-P-R ON THE BEACH.

ZAC'S GIRLFRIEND SURVIVED THE STRIKE.

ANOTHER MAN, SCOTT WILCOX, WAS KILLED. Return to index of stories...


CA LIGHTNING STRIKES-OTS, VO


MEANWHILE ABC-7 IS MONITORING ANOTHER BEACH TRAGEDY IN CALIFORNIA.

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AND 13 OTHERS INJURED AFTER THEY WERE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING ON VENICE BEACH.

MANY OF THE VICTIMS WERE ON THE PIER WHEN THE STORM ROLLED IN SUNDAY.

WE KNOW AT LEAST ONE OTHER VICTIM IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT THIS HOUR.

NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED. Return to index of stories...


DROWNING VICTIM ID-WIPE, SSTOPS, VO


THE MOTHER OF A NAPLES TEEN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A POND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING IS DEMANDING ANSWERS.

OUR NEWS GATHERING PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS GOT THIS PICTURE OF 16 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN CASTALDO.

THEY TALKED TO HIS MOTHER.

SAYS SHE BELIEVES THIS IS NOT AN ACCIDENT AND WANTS A FULL INVESTIGATION.

CHRISTIAN'S BODY WAS FOUND IN THE GATED *ISLAND WALK* COMMUNITY AROUND 7:30 SATURDAY MORNING

INVESTIGATORS STILL AREN'T SAYING IF THE DROWNING WAS AN ACCIDENT OR SUSPICIOUS. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP


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GMA: FSU MURDER-VO IN TC


THIS MORNING ABC-7 HAS NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THAT MYSTERIOUS MURDER OF A FLORIDA STATE LAW PROFESSOR.

DAN MARKEL.

HIS FRIENDS ARE SPEAKING OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME.

ABC'S MATT GUTMAN IS TRACKING THE INVESTIGATION FROM MIAM Return to index of stories...


GMA: FSU MURDER-PKG


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ABC NEWS HAS LEARNED EXCLUSIVLEY THAT AS PROFESSOR DAN MARKEL PULLED HIS

BLACK HONDA ACCORD INTO HIS DRIVEWAY IN THIS COZY TALLAHASSEE NEIGHBORHOOD

TWO FRIDAYS AGO AN ASSASSIN LAY IN WAIT.

GRFX

A SOURCE TELLING ABC NEWS THE KILLER WAITED FOR MARKEL IN THE DRIVEWAY THEN

FOLLOWED HIM INTO THE GARAGE SHOOTING HIM IN THE SIDE OF THE HEAD THROUGH

THE WINDOW OF HIS CAR A BULLET ENTERING JUST BENEATH THE JAWLINE. POLICE SAY

MARKEL WAS ALIVE WHEN COPS ARRIVED, KEYS IN THE IGNITION. BEFORE BEING

PRONOUCNED DEAD AT THE HOSPITAL HOURS LATER.

Tamara I can not imagine a person wanting to hurt him, I don't think any of

his friends can.

ABC NEWS HAS ALSO LEARNED MARKEL, A BELOVED LAW SCHOLAR, HARVARD GRADUATE

AND BLOGGER WAS APPARENTLY ON THE PHONE AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING -

TELLING THE PERSON ON THE PHONE - SOMEONE WAS IN THE DRIVEWAY

GRFX INCIDENT REPORT

THIS MORNING, THIS POLICE REPORT NOW UNRAVELING MORE OF THE MYSTERY, SAYING

THAT A NEIGHBOR APPARENTLY NOT THE PERSON ON THE PHONE HEARD A SINGLE BANG

GUNSHOT THAT NEIGHBOR CALLED CALL 911 AND REPORTED SEEING WHAT COULD BE THIS

SILVER PRIUS DRIVE AWAY FROM THE SCENE

GRFX LEGAL BLOG

JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE HE DIED, MARKEL POSTED A BLOG TO HIS WEBSITE ABOUT THE

DEATH PENALTY - THE SAME WEBSITE ON WHICH HE RECEIVED THREATENING COMMENTS

IN 2012 AFTER A WRITER ALLEGED HE HAD CENSORED ANONYMOUS COMMENTS.

Reggie So is it possible his scholarship and literature created some enemies

? It's as possible as any of the other scenarios.

MARKEL LEFT BEHIND TWO SONS UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE AND AN EX WIFE, WENDI JILL

ADELSON, ALSO AN FSU PROFESSOR. FRIENDS TELL ABC NEWS MARKEL DESCRIBED THE

DAY SHE LEFT HIM AS HIS "PEARL HARBOR". MARKEL TOLD FRIENDS THAT WITHOUT

WARNING, ADELSON HAD PACKED UP THE HOUSE AND THE KIDS AND LEFT WHILE HE WAS

AWAY ON A BUSINESS TRIP. Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR SINKHOLE-EANIBOX, VO


MATT GUTMAN REPORTING.

A HEADS UP FOR DRIVERS THIS MORNING.

THERE'S A LARGE HOLE ALONG MCGREGOR THAT'S GETTING BIGGER AND SLOWING DOWN TRAFFIC.

THE HOLE, NEAR THE FORT MYERS COUNTRY CLUB, STARTED OUT ABOUT THE SIZE OF CAR TIRE.

BUT AT LAST CHECK. I'S ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP AND FOUR FEET WIDE.

PUBLIC WORKS CREWS HAVE BLOCKED OFF THE NORTHBOUND LANE.

NEIGHBORS SAY THEY ARE WORRIED IT'S GOING TO KEEP GROWING. Return to index of stories...


MCGREGOR SINKHOLE-SOTVO


SOT

23:06:07-23:06:14

GLENDA HUSZ/ NEIGHBOR

"If you go over there and look in it, you can see middle earth. It's

kind of scary. And you don't see it coming when you're driving, that's

even more frightening."

NO WORD ON WHEN THE HOLE WILL BE FIXED.

WORKERS JUST DID DRAINAGE REPAIRS IN THAT EXACT SPOT SEVERAL WEEKS BACK. Return to index of stories...


NEW FL POT POLL-OTS, VO, BNR


ALL NEW THIS MORNING. .

A NEW QUINNIPIAC POLL HAS BEEN RELEASED ON HOW FLORIDA VOTERS FEEL ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

88 PERCENT SAY THEY ARE IN SUPPORT WHILE 10 PERCENT ARE OPPOSED.

THE POLL INCLUDED 12-HUNDRED VOTERS.

IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR.

WE BREAK DOWN THE NUMBERS EVEN FUTHER.

AND TELL YOU HOW THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR FEEL ABOUT THE ISSUE. Return to index of stories...


CLAWSON TALKS ABOUT GAFFE-ONCAM, SOTVO


IT'S THE POLITICAL GAFFE THAT'S PUT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ON THE INTERNATIONAL MAP.

"just as your capital is welcome here to produce good-paying jobs in the US, I'd like our capital to be welcome there.

I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing. Can I have that?"

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED FRIDAY WHEN FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE CURT CLAWSON MISTOOK TWO U-S OFFICIALS FOR PEOPLE FROM INDIA.

CLAWSON TALKED WITH A-B-C SEVEN ABOUT HIS BLUNDER. Return to index of stories...


CLAWSON TALKS ABOUT GAFFE-SOTVO


22:52:49 - It was an airball from the foul line. It was a big blooper and of my most silly mistakes. I've apologized to both of them and I apologize to anyone I might have offended. I take full responsibility for it as well. 22:53:11

CLAWSON WENT ON TO SAY HE STILL HAS A LOT TO LEARN AND HE'S EDUCATING HIMSELF ABOUT THE SITUATION RIGHT NOW IN ISRAEL AND UKRAINE, SO HE CAN TAKE ACTION. Return to index of stories...


TRACEY PERKINS MEETING-TRX, SSTOPS, VO


THIS MORNING ABC-7 IS LOOKING AHEAD TO AN IMPORTANT MEETING HAPPENING TODAY.

A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD IS DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RESIGNATION OF POPULAR CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL -- TRACY PERKINS.

PERKINS SUDDENLY STEPPED DOWN RECENTLY.

HER RESIGNATION LETTER LEFT MANY PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

MARY FISCHER IS SET TO MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TODAY. Return to index of stories...


VOTE CLIP-CLIP


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VOTER REGISTRATION-ONCAM, BNR


TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR TO REGISTER FOR THE AUGUST PRIMARY.

FLORIDA IS A CLOSED PRIMARY STATE, SO IF YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR A PERSON IN A SPECIFIC PARTY, YOU MAY BE REGISTERED AS A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT.

MORE INFORMATION IS ON OUR WEBSITE --

ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM.

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CAPE DOMESTIC PARTNER PUSH-ONCAM, VO


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

CITY LEADERS WILL TALK ABOUT THE ISSUE AT A MEETING TODAY.

THE RULING WOULD GIVE UNMARRIED COUPLES WHO LIVE TOGETHER CERTAIN RGHTS LIKE THE ABILITY TO MAKE MEDICAL DECISIONS IF THEIR LOVED ONE IS IN THE HOSPITAL.

IT WOULD APPLY TO BOTH GAY AND STRAIGHT COUPLES. Return to index of stories...


LEE TRAN FEE INCREASE-ONCAM, VIDBOX


LEE TRAN IS LOOKING FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE BUS FARE PRICES.

THE PROPOSED FARE INCREASE WOULD GO UP 25 CENTS.

THAT MEAN'S YOU'D NEED A BUCK-FIFTY TO RIDE FOR ADULTS.

DISABLED PASSENGERS WHO USE A DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE WOULD SEE A 50 CENT HIKE.

THERE ARE TWO MEETINGS LEFT WHERE YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PLAN --

THE NEXT ONE IS TUESDAY NIGHT AT 5:30 AT THE LEE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IN FORT MYERS.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE SET A PUBLIC HEARING AND VOTE FOR NEXT MONTH.

Tuesday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Lee County Administration Building

2115 Second St., Fort Myers

Wednesday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m.

Cape Coral-Lee County Library

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TEASE ONE-2-SHOT


PLANNING A VACATION CAN BE A HASSLE.

ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE BRINGING ALONG YOUR PETS.

THIS MORNING ON ABC-7. WE BRING YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ENSURE YOU BOTH HAVE A SAFE AND FUN TRIP. Return to index of stories...


TZ1 TRAVELING WITH PETS-ONCAM


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WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


KIDS AND VEGGIES-OTS, VO


PARENTS.

ARE YOU STILL TRYING TO GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT THEIR VEGETABLES??

STUDIES SHOW YOU MAY WANT TO TELL THEM."THEY'RE BAD FOR THEM."

IN A FIVE FOOD EXPERIMENT. RESEARCHERS FOUND KIDS WILL EAT LESS VEGETABLES WHEN THEY HEAR HOW HEALTHY IT IS.

BUT WOULD EAT MORE IF THEY AREN'T PITCHED WITH A HEALTHY ANGLE.

RESEARCHERS SAY YOU'RE ACTUALLY BETTER OFF NOT SAYING ANYTHING AND JUST SERVE IT. Return to index of stories...


FIST BUMP GERMS-WIPE, VOTOPS, BNR


AND THIS STORY HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING THIS MORNING.

AND MAY CHANGE THE WAY WE GREET EACH OTHER.

A NEW STUDY SAYS FIST BUMPS ARE BETTER THAN HANDSHAKES AND HIGH FIVES.

WHY?

BECAUSE THEY SPREAD LESS GERMS.

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...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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TRAVELING WITH YOUR PETS-ONCAM


THE SUMMER SEASON IS ALMOST OVER.

BUT MANY ARE STILL PLANNING LAST MINUTE VACATIONS.

AND IF YOU PLAN TO TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU.

HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE COMFORTABLE. Return to index of stories...


TRAVELING WITH YOUR PETS-BNC, CG(2), TAG


NUMBER ONE.

BEFORE YOU PACK. GO SEE YOUR VET.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, YOU'LL NEED A HEALTH CERTIFICATE.

IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL BY CAR.

KEEP YOUR DOG IN THE BACK SESAT.

DRIVING WITH THEM IN THE FRONT CAN BE UNSAFE.AND ILLEGAL IN SOME PLACES.

COORDINATE REST STOPS.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING BY PLANE.

RESEARCH YOUR AIRLINE'S REGULATIONS.

SOME WILL ALLOW YOU TO TAKE SMALL DOGS OR CATS ON BOARD.

AND IF YOU CAN. FLY DIRECT, IN THE EARLY MORNING OR LATE EVENING DURING THE SUMMER. TO AVOID PEAK HEAT HOURS.

LASTLY. FEED YOUR PET 3 TO FOUR HOURS BEFORE THE FLIGHT.

A TIP. SOME OWNERS FREEZE WATER INSIDE A DISH INSIDE THE DOG CRATE SO THEIR PET CAN LICK WHEN THEY'RE THIRSTY.

Planning to take your pet with you during your summer travels? There are a few things you should know, first. Cats are generally bad travelers, so it's best to leave them with a sitter or board them at a kennel. But if you have a pup, here's how to prep for a trip:

BEFORE YOU GO…

Research emergency vets. Find several veterinarians at your destination or along your route.

Related: 3 Pet Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

IN THE CAR…

Keep your dog in the back. Driving with her in the front is unsafe-and illegal in some places.

Coordinate rest stops. Each time you pull over for a bathroom or water break, be sure to extend the same courtesy to your dog.

Consider your pet's comfort. If it's hot, park in the shade and leave water out and the AC running-cars can warm up rapidly in hot temperatures, resulting in fatal heatstroke. Likewise, in extremely cold temps, keep the heater turned up to prevent your pooch from freezing.

Related: 5 High-Tech Ways to Keep Your Pets Entertained

In a minivan, SUV, or station wagon: A crate is a smart choice, says Christie Hyde, automotive/driver safety spokesperson for AAA National. Even a divider between the backseat and trunk/cargo area isn't enough to protect your pet in a crash. Make sure the crate is large enough for her to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around-but not so large that she can pace. Place the crate in the back, facing forward. Pick a hard crate for safety and unclip her leash to prevent dangerous tangling.

In a sedan or sporty two-door model: A crate might not fit in the backseat. A seatbelt harness, available at pet stores for about $20, will keep her secure. Look for one with a broad front, lots of padding, sturdy metal hardware, and wide straps that are made of a seatbeltlike material.

Related: How to Take Your Dog on a Road Trip

ON A PLANE…

Investigate airline regulations. Each carrier has its own set of policies-make sure you know the requirements weeks in advance so that you have adequate time to prepare.

Carry on your small breed. Some airlines will allow you to take little dogs or cats on board in a soft-sided carrier. The fee is usually $100 each way, and your pet must stay in the carrier under the seat at all times.

Related: What Your Dog's Breed Says About You

Fly direct if possible. And choose early morning or late-evening flights in the summer to avoid peak heat hours.

Feed your pet 3 to 4 hours before the flight and make sure he relieves himself. Some owners freeze water in a dish that attaches inside the crate so their pet can lick it when thirsty. Return to index of stories...


ESSIE NAIL POLISH VENDOR-TRX, VOTOPS


LADIES YOU MAY LOVE THIS.

IF YOU CATCH YOURSELF WITH CHIPPED NAILS WHILE YOU'RE TRAVELING.

HAVE NO FEAR.

THE COSMETICS COMPANY ESSIE HAS A SOLUTION.

IT'S A VENDING MACHINE!

FILLED WITH ALL OF YOU FAVORITE NAIL POLISHES.

IT'S FULL STOCKED WITH 48 DIFFERENT SHADES.

ESSIE SAYS YOU CAN SOON FIND THEM IN AIRPORTS AND MALLS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. Return to index of stories...


TEASE TWO-2-SHOT


EVER WORRY ABOUT SHARKS AT THE BEACH??\

WELL THERE MAY BE A WAY TO SWIM RIGHT NEXT TO THEM.

WITHOUT THEM HARMING YOU.

UP NEXT HOW ONE COMPANY IS BRINGING THEIR NEW INVENTION TO FLORIDA.

THEY SAY IT COULD PREVENT SHARK ATTACKS.

PLUS. AS MILLIONS OF US FLOCK TO BEACHES DURING THESE HOT SUMMER DAYS.

THERE ARE NEW CONCERNS OVER OTHER DANGERS AT THE BEACH.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY ARE NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SHARK SHIELD-VO


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TZ2 SAFE AT THE BEACH-VO


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KEYS TURTLE CAM-TOWERCAM, NATSVO


nd it's sunshine, blue eyes, tan lines,

GREAT VIDEO TO SHARE WITH YOU HERE FROM THE FLORIDA KEYS.

CHECK THIS OUT, IT SHOWS 100 BABY SEA TURTLES HATCHING LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.

THE LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLES HATCHED AND MADE THEIR WAY TO THE OCEAN.

THE THREE-INCH-LONG BABIES WILL GROW TO ABOUT THREE FEET IN LENGTH.

THE WEBCAM IS PART OF EFFORTS IN THE KEYS TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE NEED TO PROTECT SEA TURTLES. Return to index of stories...


ALLYSON WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK INTO WX-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WXWALL


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.LIMITED RAIN CHANCES TODAY

Monday will again be dominated by an onshore wind flow. That means we have the chance for a few showers to move in from the Gulf of Mexico early this morning through the midday time frame. Coverage of rain should remain isolated and located mainly in areas west of Interstate 75, but you will want to note that in your plans, especially if headed to the beaches.

By the afternoon, the impacts of some relatively drier air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere will help to keep much of the region rather dry compared to what is considered normal for a late July day. Any stray rain or thunder that would be able to develop on Monday would most likely be in communities well to the east of the I-75 corridor. The vast majority of us will see mostly sunny skies this afternoon.

Temperatures on Today will range from the upper 80s along the coastal cities like Naples, to the low and mid 90s in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda.

Communities like Lehigh Acres, Immokalee and Golden Gate will have a better opportunity for seeing temperatures top 94 on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday's weather could again be met with a morning shower or two along the coastline, but once again a good chunk of the afternoon should remain rather dry.

Showers and a few thunderstorms return to the forecast by Wednesday with a highs in the lower 90s in the afternoon.

TROPICAL UPDATE

A tropical wave noted on satellite 550 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands will be monitored for possible development this week. As of now, the National Hurricane Center is giving this disturbance a 30% chance of development in the next two days. However, the feature is moving into an area of the Atlantic Ocean that is a bit more favorable for storms. Over the next 5 days, there is a 70% chance for this system to develop. We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates throughout the week.

Other than the previously mentioned tropical wave, there are no tropical cyclones active in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea and none are expected to develop within the next two days. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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FL SHARK SHIELD-POP


A NEW PRODUCT TO KEEP SHARKS AWAY WHILE YOU'RE AT THE BEACH IS BEING SOLD RIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA.

IT'S CALLED THE SHARK SHIELD.

ONE AUSTRAILIAN BASED COMPANY IS BRINGING IT TO THE TAMPA AREA.

ASHLEY JEFFERY EXPLAINS HOW IT WORKS. Return to index of stories...


FL SHARK SHIELD-PKG1.25


WHEN YOU PLAN YOUR DAY AT THE BEACH -- THE ONLY THINGS ON YOUR MIND ARE THE SAND AND THE WATER.

BUT IF YOU'RE LIKE CHAD CAMPBELL AND PLAN TO DIVE A LITTLE BIT DEEPER --

GREAT WHITE SHARKS MAY ALSO BE ON YOUR MIND.

"They might come in but just close enough to where you could see them then go away and stay on the outer perimeter of us."

THAT'S BECAUSE OF THIS DEVICE CALLED A "SHARK SHIELD."

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER -- USERS CAN BUY IT FROM IT'S FIRST U-S STORE.

LOCATED RIGHT HERE IN TAMPA BAY.

"You wear this on your ankle and this antenna trails behind you in the water. Inside this antenna we've got two electrodes."

AND THOSE ELECTRODES CREATE AN UNDERWATER ELECTRIC FIELD -- LIKE THE ONE SEEN IN THIS VIDEO.

WHEN A SHARK COMES CLOSE TO SOMEONE WEARING THE SHARK SHIELD -- THE DEVICES CAUSES SPASMS AND KEEPS THE SHARKS AWAY.

"OFFICIALS SAY WHAT'S ALSO INTERESTING ABOUT SHARK SHIELD IS EVEN THOUGH IT REPELS THE SHARKS, IT DOESN'T HURT THEM."

"It doesn't cause any long term damage. It just causes the muscular contraction of their snout. As soon as they're outside of the field, that spasm stops."

AND THAT'S GOOD NEWS FOR WATER LOVERS LIKE CHAD.

HE SAYS HE AND OTHER DIVERS HAVE HAD FAR TOO MANY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH SHARKS WITHOUT THE DEVICE.

BUT NOW THEY FEEL SAFER DIVING TO NEW DEPTHS.

"Well it definitely worked and I'm not getting in the water without it anymore for a safety precaution."

IN PINELLAS COUNTY, ASHLEY JEFFERY BAY NEWS 9. --SUPERS--

Saturday

Madeira Beach, FL

:15-:22

Chad Campbell

Suncoast Dive Shop

:35-:39

Amanda Wilson

General Manager, Shark Shield

:52-:55

Ashley Jeffery

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FL SHARK SHIELD-OTS


ASHLEY JEFFERY REPORTING.

THE PRICE TAG ON THE SHARK SHIELD STARTS AROUND SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


SWFL DIRTY BEACH WATER-ONCAM, VIDBOX


A HEADS UP FOR BEACH GOERS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

MORE THAN A DOZEN BEACHES COULD MAKE YOU SICK.

A WATER ADVOCACY GROUP WANTS THE EPA TO STEP UP ITS PATROL.

RESEARCHERS FROM THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL SAY THERE'S TOO MUCH BACTERIA SWIMMING NEAR FAMILIES.

THEY RELEASED NUMBERS FROM LAST YEAR.

RESEARCH SHOWS SEVEN BEACHES IN COLLIER, FIVE IN LEE, AND SIX IN CHARLOTTE ALL HAVE HIGHER THAN NORMAL LEVELS OF BACTERIA.

AND THEY FEAR IT' LL ONLY INCREASE THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


SWFL DIRTY BEACH WATER-SOTVO


22:10:15-22:10:27

Teresa Mcfall/boater

"I'm okay. I don't get sick sick from it. You always have to watch out

for bacteria like not shave your legs or anything before you get in

the water and things like that."

LEE COUNTY HEALTH LEADERS SAY IT'S NORMAL TO HAVE SOME BACTERIA IN ALL OF OUT WATERS.

ALWAYS TRY TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

AVOID GOING TO BEACH WITH AN OPEN SORE.

AND PLUG YOUR NOSE WHEN GOING IN THE WATER.

A FULL LIST OF BEACHES RAISING EYEBROWS IS ON OUR WEBSITE ABC-7.COM. Return to index of stories...


BEACH DANGERS: SAND HOLES-TRX, VOTOPS


AND THIS MORNING ABC-7 WANTS TO LET YOU KNOW.

IT'S NOT JUST THE WATER YOU SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR AT THE BEACH.

BEWARE OF SANDHOLES.

LAST WEEK A MAN DIED AFTER BEING TRAPPED INSIDE A 10 FOOT DEEP HOLE HE DUG IN THE SAND.

THE TUNNEL ACCIDENTLY COLLAPSED ON TOP OF HIM.

LIFEGUARDS SAY BE CAUTIOUS.

TWO THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU'RE OUT ON THE SAND.

WHEN DIGGING A HOLE.KEEP IT KNEE DEEP.

AND NUMBER TWO ALWAYS COVER THE HOLE ONCE YOU LEAVE. Return to index of stories...


BEACH DANGERS: SAND HOLES-SOTVO


SOT CV: you could be covered in minutes? LIFEGUARD? seconds. and it usually

happens in seconds***/ LIFEGUARD as long as you can hold your breath is

about how much time you have."

TWO THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU'RE OUT ON THE SAND.

WHEN DIGGING A HOLE.KEEP IT KNEE DEEP.

AND NUMBER TWO ALWAYS COVER THE HOLE ONCE YOU LEAVE. Return to index of stories...


TEASE THREE-2-SHOT


IT MAY NOT FEEL LIKE IT.

BUT THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

AND IT'S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING.

AFTER THE BREAK.WHEN YOU ARE GUARANTEED TO SAVE MONEY AT RETAIL STORES. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 BACK TO SCHOOL-VO-WIPE


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HARBORSIDE BACKPACKS-ONCAM, VO


THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS ONLY THREE WEEKS AWAY,

THIS WEEKEND THOUSANDS OF LOCAL FAMILIES WERE GIVEN SOME MUCH NEEDED HELP GETTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

THE LINE WRAPPED AROUND HARBORSIDE EVENT CENTER FOR THE ANNUAL BIG BACKPACK EVENT PUT ON BY THE MULTICULTURAL CENTRE OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

ORGANIZERS HANDED OUT 25-HUNDRED BACKPACKS FULL OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO STUDENTS AND THEY ALSO GOT FREE HAIR-CUTS. Return to index of stories...


HARBORSIDE BACKPACKS-SOTVO


Christopher Bryant, Father of 4

22:30:03-12

"there are so many other deterrents that can stop kids from having an education. School supplies shouldn't be one of them."

THIS WAS THE 15TH YEAR FOR THE EVENT. MORE THAN 12 THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED UP. Return to index of stories...


KOHLS BACKPACK GIVEAWAY-CGTOPS


LOOKING AHEAD.

THURSDAY, THE FORT MYERS MIRACLE ARE HOSTING A BACKPACK GIVEAWAY.

THE 1ST 500 FANS, 12 AND UNDER WILL GET A BACKPACK FILLED WITH SUPPLIES AND OTHE GREAT DEALS TO GET READY FOR SCHOOL.

THE TEAM PLAYS CLEARWATER.

1ST PITCH AT 7:05. Return to index of stories...


LOOK AHEAD FREE TAX WEEKEND-OTS, CGTOPS


AND A HEADS UP! NEXT WEEKEND WILL BE THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOME BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING.

THE SALES TAX HOLIDAY STARTS ON 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 OF THE PIECE OF ELECTRONICS.

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...


TEASE FOUR-2-SHOT


STRAIGHT ON ABC-7 NEWS AT NINE.

WE ARE TAKING AN IN DEPTH LOOK AT THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROPOSAL THAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER HERE IN FLORIDA..

AND BREAKING DOWN HOW FLORIDA VOTERS FEEL ABOUT THE ISSUE.

AND ITT'S THE FIRST FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

BUYINIG A HOME WITH DIGITAL MONEY.

HOW DOES IT WORK NEXT.

PLUS.

Julius Lupowitz: "There's definitely someone gonna get shot. Please!

Please! Wingate and Hollywood. Please!"

AND A MAN GOES TO EXTREME MEASURES TO GET OUT OF A SPEEDING TICKET.

IT'S THE 9-1-1 CALL YOU HAVE TO HEAR. Return to index of stories...


TZ4 FL MARIJIUANA POLL-VO-WIPE


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TZ4 BITCOIN BANKING-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ4 PHONY CALL-SOTVO


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CROSSTALK WX TEASE-2SH-WX GFX


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NEWS AT 9:00 OPEN-CLIP


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NY STOCK EXCHANGE OPEN-SAT 3 TOPS


ABC SEVEN IS ALWAYS ON TOP OF THE LATEST BUSINESS NEWS.

YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE WHERE THE TRADING DAY IS JUST BEGINNING.

Investors are hoping for some improvements today after Friday dropped 123 points. Now back below 17,000.

But asian stocks were up today, apparently no longer worried about russian sanctions. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPS


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TS1) PLANE CRASH-TC MON, VO


TAKING A LOOK AT YOUR TOP STORIES THIS MORNING.

A FATHER IS DEAD.

AND HIS NINE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER A PLANE CRASHED INTO THEM ON CASPERAN BEACH.

RIGHT NOW ABC-7 IS WORKING TO FIND OUT WHY THE PILOT LANDED ON THE BEACH WHERE THERE WERE PEOPLE, AND WHAT CAUSED THE EMERGENCY LANDING IN THE FIRST PLACE.

REPORTS SHOW THE PILOT LOST POWER. Return to index of stories...


TS2) TRACEY PERKINS MEETING-VOTOPS


A LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IS DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RESIGNATION OF A LOCAL PRINCIPAL.

CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TRACY PERKINS SUDDENLY STEPPED DOWN THIS MONTH.

HER RESIGNATION LETTER LEFT MANY PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

BOARD MEMBER MARY FISCHER IS SET TO MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TODAY.

COUNT ON ABC-7 TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Return to index of stories...


TS3) SINKHOLE-TC MON, VO


A TRAFFIC ALERT AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR.

ABC-7 IS LEARNING ABOUT A SINKHOLE ALONG MCGREGOR BOULEVARD.

THE HOLE IS NEAR THE FORT MYERS COUNTRY CLUB.

AT LAST CHECK, IT'S ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP AND FOUR FEET WIDE.

PUBLIC WORKS CREWS HAVE BLOCKED OFF THE NORTHBOUND LANE.

NO WORD ON WHEN IT WILL GET FIXED. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING CLIP-CLIP


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CRISIS IN GAZA-VOTOPS


DEVELOPING OVERSEAS THIS MORNING.

VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN GAZA AFTER HAMAS MILITANTS BROKE A CEASEFIRE BY FIRING ROCKETS INTO SOUTHERN ISRAEL.

ISRAELI FORCES RESPONDED BY RESUMING THEIR OPERATION IN GAZA.

MORE THAN ONE-THOUSAND AND THIRTY PALESTINIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE 20 DAYS SINCE THE ISRAELI OFFENSIVE BEGAN.

FORTY-THREE ISRAELI SOLDIERS HAVE DIED IN COMBAT, WHILE THREE ISRAELI CIVILIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED BY ROCKETS. Return to index of stories...


COSTA CONCORDIA IN ITALY-ONCAM, VO


NEW THIS MORNING.

THE CRIPPLED COSTA CONCORDIA CRUISE SHIP HAS FINISHED IT'S FINAL VOYAGE.

SALVAGE CREWS COMPLETED THE 280-MILE JOURNEY FROM ITS WRECKAGE SITE TO THE ITALIAN PORT OF GENOA OVER THE WEEKEND.

CREWS WILL NOW SPEND THE NEXT TWO YEARS SLOWLY TAKING THE RUINED SHIP APART.

MOST OF THE MATERIAL WILL BE RECYCLED OR SOLD AS SCRAP.

THE COSTA CONCORDIA SHIPWRECKED.TWO YEARS AGO

32 PEOPLE DIED.

AND AT A COST OF ONE-AND-A-HALF BILLION DOLLARS, IT'S BEING CALLED THE LARGEST AND MOST-EXPENSIVE SALVAGE OPERATION EVER. Return to index of stories...


CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-VOTOPS, BNR


THIS MORNING ABC-7 IS MONITORING A MAJOR WILDFIRE IN CALIFORNIA.

FIREFIGHTERS ARE STILL TRYING TO CONTAIN THE BLAZE THAT HAS DESTROYED 13 HOMES AND FORCED HUNDREDS OF EVACUATIONS IN THE SIERRA NEVADA FOOTHILLS.

THE BLAZE ALSO HAS DESTROYED 38 OUTBUILDINGS AND IS ABOUT 50 PERCENT CONTAINED.

FIRE OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN 500 HOMES ARE STILL AT RISK. Mariposa County, CA Return to index of stories...


SEVERE WEATHER-TRX, VOTOPS


POWERFUL STORMS ARE SWEEPING ACROSS THE EASTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

ON SUNDAY AT LEAST 10 HOMES WERE DESTROYED IN TENNESSEE.

LUCKILY NO INJURIES.

AND IN LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY.

20-THOUSAND HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE LEFT IN THE DARK OVERNIGHT.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SEVERE ACROSS THE OHIO VALLEY AND THE MID-

ATLANTIC STATES THROUGH THIS MORNING.

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NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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NEW FL POT POLL-OTS, TRX


NEW THIS MORNING.

HERE ON ABC-7 WE ARE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

A BIG DECISION IS COMING IN NOVEMBER, AND THIS MORNING A NEW POLL RELEASED.

GIVING US A BETTER IDEA WHERE VOTERS STAND ON THE ISSUE.

AMY IS BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS THIS MORNING. Return to index of stories...


NEW FL POT POLL-TC MON


ON NOVEMBER 4TH VOTERS WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS AND VOTE.

ON WHETHER TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN OUR STATE.

THIS MORNING A NEW QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL SHOWS FLORIDA VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THE IDEA OF LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Return to index of stories...


NEW FL POT POLL-CG, OC, VO, OC


THE POLL SHOWS 88 PERCENT OF VOTERS SUPPORT IT.

COMARED TO THE 10 PERCENT THAT OPPOSE IT,

AND EVEN MORE SURPRISING. 55 PERCENT SAY THEY WOULD APPROVE THE RECREATIONAL USE OF MARIJUANA.

44 PERCENT OPPOSE THAT IDEA

POLLSTERS FOUND THAT SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA WAS STRONG REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION, AGE OR GENDER.

NOW THIS POLL DIDN'T SPECFICALLY ASK ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

IT JUST ASKED ABOUT THE IDEA IN GENERAL.

BUT THE BILL ON THE BALLOT WILL LIMITED USE OF MARIJUANA FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM SEIZURES.

LISTEN TO HOW OUR POLITICIANS STAND.

CHARLIE CRIST HAS ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH THE AMENDMENT - WHICH HELP HIM BY DRAWING MORE PROGRESSIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS.

ACCORDING TO HIS WEB SITE-- HE WILL BE VOTING FOR THE AMENDMENT.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT SAYS HE PERSONALLY OPPOSES LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND THE BALLOT INITIATIVE THE BILL ALLOWS LIMITED USE OF MARIJUANA FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM SEIZURES.

HERE'S WHERE OUR LOCAL POLITICIANS STAND:

CHARLIE CRIST HAS ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH THE AMENDMENT - WHICH HELP HIM BY DRAWING MORE PROGRESSIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS.

ACCORDING TO HIS WEB SITE-- HE WILL BE VOTING FOR THE AMENDMENT COME NOVEMBER.

IT ALSO SAYS HE BELIEVES IT IS AN ISSUE OF COMPASSION, TRUSTING DOCTORS AND TRUSTING THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA.

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT SAYS HE PERSONALLY OPPOSES LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND THE BALLOT INITIATIVE.

HE SAID QUOTE "I'VE WATCHED DRUG USE; I'VE WATCHED ALCOHOLISM-- I'VE SEEN HOW IT AFFECTS FAMILIES. I CAN'T SUPPORT IT." Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE FISH KILL-OTS


NEW INFORMATION THIS MORNING ABOUT A LARGE FISH KILL IN THE GULF.

BIOLOGISTS SAY IT'S CAUSED BY RED TIDE. THE ALGAE BLOOM.

PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH LIKE GROUPER, HOGFISH AND SNAPPER AS WELL AS SEA TURTLES AND CRABS NEAR PASCO COUNTY.

THEY PLAN TO RE-TEST THE WATER TODAY. Return to index of stories...


SOUTH FLORIDA NATIONAL PARK-ONCAM, CG


A NEW REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SAYS MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE VISITED THE NATIONAL PARKS IN SOUTH FLORIDA LAST YEAR.

VISITORS SPENT 200- MILLION IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

THE REPORT INCLUDES BISCAYNE, EVERGLADES AND DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARKS, ALONG WITH THE BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK AND BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE EACH HOSTED MORE THAN A MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


SEN RUBIO MOBILE OFFICE HOURS-OTS, CG


SENATOR MARCO RUBIO WILL HAVE STAFF MEMBERS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA THIS WEEK.

THEY CAN HELP WITH A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING PROBLEMS WITH SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, AND VETERANS AFFAIRS.

TODAY THE COLLIER COUNTY OFFICE WILL BE STAFFED FROM 12-1. HEAD TO THE MARCO ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONFERENCE ROOM ON NORTH COLLIER BOULEVARD.

THEN FROM 2:30 TO 3:30 THERE WILL BE STAFFERS AT THE LEHIGH ACRES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON HOMESTEAD ROAD. Return to index of stories...


BIT COIN BANKING-ONCAM, VO


IMAGINE BUYING A PRICEY NAPLES HOME WITHOUT USING REAL MONEY, INSTEAD

PAYING FOR IT WITH THE DIGITAL KIND, CALLED BITCOINS.

THIS EAST NAPLES LUXURY HOME NEAR IMMOKALEE ROAD AND COLLIER BOULEVARD IS WORTH ABOUT 16-HUNDRED BITCOINS.

THATS EQUAL TO 970-THOUSAND DOLLARS. POTENTIAL BUYERS TRADE IN THEIR MONEY FOR THE DIGITAL CURRENCY.

THE SALE TAKES PLACE WITH CLICK OF A BUTTON. NO BANKS ARE INVOLVED.

THE PAYMENT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE SELLER. Return to index of stories...


BIT COIN BANKING-SOTVO


SOT

DANIEL WOLKOFF/ sun realty

6:54:54-6:55:03

"Most people don't have very high opinions of banks these days. So, to

be able to cut them out and their fees out, it's pretty interesting

for a lot of people."

THE VALUE OF BITCOINS CHANGES JUST LIKE THE DOLLAR.

REAL ESTATE AGENTS BELIEVE BUYERS OVERSEAS WILL BENEFIT THE BEST.

IT WILL CUT DOWN ON FEES THAT COME WITH CHANGING CURRENCY , WIRING MONEY, AND GOING THROUGH BANKS. Return to index of stories...


TRAFFIC CLIP-CLIP


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NERITA ST. BEACH ACCESS-SSTOPS


A TRAFFIC ALERT IF YOU'RE HEADING TO THE BEACH THIS WEEK.

NERITA STREET BEACH ACCESS ON SANIBEL WILL BE CLOSED FOR ROADWORK STARTING TODAY.

THE PROJECT LASTS UNTIL AUGUST 8TH.

THIS DOES INCLUDE THE NERITA STREET BEACH DUNE WALKOVER.

Nerita Street Beach Access Closed Due to Maintenance Work from July 28th through August 8th

On Monday, July 28, 2014, the City will begin performing maintenance work that will require the closure of the Nerita Street beach dune walkover until August 8, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience experienced due to this necessary repair work. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO TRAFFIC ALERT-TRX, SSTOPS


AND IF YOU'RE IN PUNTA GORDA.

CREWS WILL BE OUT INSTALLING NEW LIGHTS ALONG AQUI ESTA DRIVE.

FROM U-S 41 TO BAL HARBOR.

THEY WILL BE OUT FROM 7 TO 5.

PUNTA GORDA

Beginning Monday, July 28, 2014 through Tuesday, July 29, 2014 the contractor will begin lighting improvement installations of LED fixtures along Aqui Esta Dr. from US 41 to Bal Harbor. The contractor's hours of operation will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

When driving in the area, motorists are encouraged to drive with extreme caution and be alert for workers in the right-of-ways. Please allow additional time as lane closures or temporary delays may occur. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES WATER CHANGES-OTS


IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY OF NAPLES YOU MAY NOTICE A CHANGE IN YOUR WATER TODAY.

THE CITY IS TEMPORARILY CHANGING TO A STRONG DISINFECTANT.

YOU MAY NOTICE A SLIGHT CHANGE IN TASTER, ODOR AND COLOR.

ITS DOESN'T HURT YOU, BUT IF YOUR ON KIDNEY DIALYSIS IT'S BEST TO CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.

ALSO IF YOU HAVE A FISH TANK, CONTACT A PET STORE. Return to index of stories...


CURRENT GAS PRICES-ONCAM, CG, TAG


THIS MORNING ABC-7 IS TRACKING YOUR GAS PRICES.

AND THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS AS YOU HEAD TO THE PUMP.

PRICES HAVE DROPPED NEARLY 9 CENTS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

IT'S THE LARGEST DROP THIS YEAR

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE NOW STANDS AT 3.52

IN FLORIDA 3.45

AND HERE IN SWFL 3.57

THE LOWEST AVERAGE PRICE IS IN TULSA OKLAHOMA.

THEY'RE PAYING $3.23.

THE HIGHEST WAS $4.03 IN SAN FRANCISCO. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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STUDENTS BUILD BIONIC ARM-2 SHOT, VO


INTRO:

FINALLY TONIGHT. HOW CHANGING THE LIFE OF ONE LITTLE BOY. MIGHT SOON

CHANGE THE WORLD OF MEDICINE. A TEAM OF GRADUATE STUDENTS IN FLORIDA HAS

FIGURED OUT A WAY TO SLASH THE COSTS OF A LIFE-CHANGING DEVICE. BY NEARLY

100 TIMES! IT'S SHOWING US TONIGHT. WHY THESE AMAZING GRAD STUDENTS. ARE

AMERICA STRONG.

SCRIPT:

ALEX PRING WAS BORN MISSING PART OF HIS RIGHT ARM.

A smiling little boy - perfectly happy to drive his toy car with one arm.

But his parents - always knew he might ask at some point - if he could

another arm.

hE IS Now 6

And tonight with the help of a team of grad students studying engineering at

the university of central florida -

He has that new arm.

They documented his first moments.

Picking up a football -

nats

And round applause from his fans.

MOM SOT: 01:00:10 "It's a confidence thing. It's going to give him such a

different outlook / He's going to have an idea in his head now that he's

NOT different. because when people pick on him it makes him feel like I can

't do anything about it , but now he'll be able to feel like he can"

The engineering students were determined to make a boy happy. And to prove

something.

That you can build a prosthetic arm ---

And you do it without costing families tens of thousands of dollars.

TEAM LEADER ALBERT MANERO:

SOT Albert Manero,Graduate Student, UCF

"I hope that people look at these other arms that cost 40-thousand dollars if we can do this for just 350 dollars in just 8 weeks - I'm sure

we're going to keep pioneering but I hope people are upset. I mean these

arms should not be costing 40 thousand dollars"

Alex practicing with everything -

A toy duck.

NATS -

"hey I got a toy duck. drops laughs."

His new arm was made ON A 3-D PRINTER much like this one.

RUNNING ON BATTERIES ACTIVATED BY ALEX'S own ARM MUSCLE.

And this afternoon he showed us - what happens when he flexes with his new

arm -

Mom: "can you flex your muscle.

It makes energy opens and close like this. How'sthis.

every day a new milestone.

Offering a wave to world news.

"wave"

But nothing as moving as that first moment-after learning how to control his

new arm.

Turning to his Mom for that first hug with both arms..

ALEX'S MOM: I lost it! I cried

Alyson and Steve Pringe,Alex's Parents "

But Now it's more emotional, because seeing all the things he can do - and

how happy he is - that's a lot. Return to index of stories...


STUDENTS BUILD BIONIC ARM-SOTVO


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TEASE FIVE-2-SHOT


A NEW TREND IS HITTING TV SCREENS.

AND PARENTS ARE NOT HAVING IT.

SOT: AMY PAFFRATH, HOST: Once you remove clothing you remove barriers, which

allows people to feel more vulnerable and you find that people connect on

an a lot deeper level.

NAKED REALITY SHOWS!

THEY'RE POPPINIG UP EVERYWHERE.

WHY MANY SAY THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

A NEW TREND IS HITTING TV SCREENS.

AND PARENTS ARE NOT HAVING IT.

SOT: AMY PAFFRATH, HOST: Once you remove clothing you remove barriers, which

allows people to feel more vulnerable and you find that people connect on

an a lot deeper level.

NAKED REALITY SHOWS!

THEY'RE POPPINIG UP EVERYWHERE.

WHY MANY SAY THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. Return to index of stories...


TZ5 NAKED THE NEW TREND-SOTVO


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TZ5 CELL PHONE-VO-WIPE


A LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IS DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RESIGNATION OF A LOCAL PRINCIPAL.

CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TRACY PERKINS SUDDENLY STEPPED DOWN THIS MONTH.

HER RESIGNATION LETTER LEFT MANY PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

BOARD MEMBER MARY FISCHER IS SET TO MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TODAY.

COUNT ON ABC-7 TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Return to index of stories...


WEATHER TEASE-WX ID


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


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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GMA: CELL PHONE FIRE??-2-SHOT-PUSH


WE'VE ALL DONE IT.

SLEPT WITH THE CELL PHONE BY OUR HEAD.

BUT TODAY A WARNING FOR ALL OF US.

AFTER A TEENAGER FALLS ASLEEP WITH HER PHONE UNDER HER PILLOW

AND IT NEARLY CATCHES FIRE.

ABC'S MARA SCHIAVACAMPO HAS MORE ON HOW IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU.

AND THE ONE THING YOU CAN FIX RIGHT NOW. Return to index of stories...


GMA: CELL PHONE FIRE??-PKG


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13-YEAR OLD ARIEL TOLFREE GOT AN UNEXPECTED WAKE UP CALL JUST A

FEW HOURS AFTER FALLING ASLEEP WITH HER CELL PHONE UNDER THE HER PILLOW

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I smelled like a really strong burning smell.

THIS MORNING, THE TEXAS TEEN IS GETTING OVER A TERRIBLE SCARE.AFTER SHE SAYS

HER SMARTPHONE CAUGHT FIRE IN HER BED LAST MONDAY.

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The part where the phone was, /was burned. There's even a whole in my

mattress / So everything was all like charred

LUCKILY, ARIEL SAYS SHE WASN'T HURT. BUT IN ADDITION TO THE DAMAGE TO HER

BED, HER PHONE MELTED. AND WAS DESTROYED.

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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 SAYS SHE WAS USING A REPLACEMENT LITHIUM ION BATTERY IN HER PHONE, AND

SUSPECTS IT OVERHEATED.

GFX:

AT LEAST ONE MAJOR MANUFACTURER WARNS THAT COVERING A DEVICE WITH BEDDING "

poses a possible risk of fire or explosion"

WHILE CASES LIKE ARIEL'S ARE RARE, EXPERTS SAY THEY CAN HAPPEN.

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LAST MONTH'S GMA INVESTIGATES REPORTED ON LITHIUM ION BATTERIES, WHICH ARE

USED IN EVERYTHING FROM CELL PHONES TO TABLETS.

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They're very capable of packing a lot of energy into a small package.

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THESE BATTERIES CAN OVERHEAT.IN THIS CASE GETTING UP TO 350 DEGREES.

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AND IN SOME CASES EVEN EXPLODING.

EXPERTS SAY KEEP LOOSE BATTERIES AWAY FROM EXTREME HEAT.LIQUIDS.AND

METAL OBJECTS, SUCH AS COINS, KEYS OR JEWELRYAND TRY NOT TO DROP YOUR DEVICE

.

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Always make sure that you treat it properly.

IT'S A LESSON ARIEL SAYS SHE'S LEARNED.AFTER HER VERY CLOSE.CALL.

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

on the floor or on the nightstand.

Ariel Tollfree/Phone Caught Fire In Bed

Thomas Tollfree/Ariel's Father

John Drengenberg/Consumer Safety Director, Underwriters Laboratories

STATION PROVIDING:

COURTESY:

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NAKED THE NEW TREND??-ONCAM, VO


THERE'S A NEW TREND HITTING TV SCREENS.

NUDITY!

APPARENTLY SHARING YOUR LIFE STORY.JUST ISN'T ENOUGH FOR REALITY TV.

REALITY SHOWS ARE NOW BARING IT ALL!

TAKE A LOOK.

TLC'S "BUYING NAKED".

DISCOVERY CHANNELS "NAKED AND AFRAID."

THE SHOW EXPOSES THE CONTESTANTS WHILE THEIR IN THE WILD.

AND THEN THERE'S DATING NAKED.

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NAKED THE NEW TREND??-SOTVO


SOT: AMY PAFFRATH, HOST: "People will watch it and see a representation of

themselves on this show and say, if shes comfortable getting naked on this

show then i should be comfortable with my body/ Just accept who you are and

be comfortable in your own skin."

CRITICS ARE BLASTING THESE T-V SHOWS.

ESPECIALLY PARENTS.

EVENT CELEBRITIES ARE RAISING EYEBROWS. Return to index of stories...


ALLYSON WXRATE OPEN-CLIP


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CROSSTALK-CAM 9 WX EST


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FORECAST-WX WALL


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.LIMITED RAIN CHANCES TODAY

Monday will again be dominated by an onshore wind flow. That means we have the chance for a few showers to move in from the Gulf of Mexico early this morning through the midday time frame. Coverage of rain should remain isolated and located mainly in areas west of Interstate 75, but you will want to note that in your plans, especially if headed to the beaches.

By the afternoon, the impacts of some relatively drier air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere will help to keep much of the region rather dry compared to what is considered normal for a late July day. Any stray rain or thunder that would be able to develop on Monday would most likely be in communities well to the east of the I-75 corridor. The vast majority of us will see mostly sunny skies this afternoon.

Temperatures on Today will range from the upper 80s along the coastal cities like Naples, to the low and mid 90s in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda.

Communities like Lehigh Acres, Immokalee and Golden Gate will have a better opportunity for seeing temperatures top 94 on Monday afternoon.

Tuesday's weather could again be met with a morning shower or two along the coastline, but once again a good chunk of the afternoon should remain rather dry.

Showers and a few thunderstorms return to the forecast by Wednesday with a highs in the lower 90s in the afternoon.

TROPICAL UPDATE

A tropical wave noted on satellite 550 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands will be monitored for possible development this week. As of now, the National Hurricane Center is giving this disturbance a 30% chance of development in the next two days. However, the feature is moving into an area of the Atlantic Ocean that is a bit more favorable for storms. Over the next 5 days, there is a 70% chance for this system to develop. We will continue to monitor the situation and bring you updates throughout the week.

Other than the previously mentioned tropical wave, there are no tropical cyclones active in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea and none are expected to develop within the next two days. Return to index of stories...


GMA: PHONY CALL-2 SHOT


THERE'S GETTING OUT A SPEEDING TICKET.

AND THEN THERE'S REALLY MAKING UP A STORY TO GET OUT OF A TICKET.

BUT THIS TALL TALE ENDED IN REAL HOT WATER

AFTER A DRIVER THINKS HE'S OUTSMARTED THE COPS WITH A PHONEY 9-1-1 CALL

THAT CALL CLAIMING MURDER.

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GMA: PHONY CALL-PKG


SCRIPT:

Julius Lupowitz: "There's definitely someone gonna get shot. Please!

Please! Wingate and Hollywood. Please!"

LISTEN TO THIS DESPERATE CALLER, PLEADING WITH 9-1-1, TO RESPOND TO WHAT HE

SAYS IS A POTENTIAL MURDER.

Nat please please!

BUT HOLD THE PHONE. THIS MORNING - INSTEAD OF BEING HERALDED FOR HEROISM,

52-YEAR-OLD JULIUS LUPOWITZ OF FLORIDA IS ACTUALLY ACCUSED OF PHONING IN A

FAKE EMERGENCY- JUST TO GET OUT OF A SPEEDING TICKET.

IT ALL STARTED WHEN LUPOWITZ WAS PULLED OVER THURSDAY FOR SPEEDING. WEST

MELBOURNE POLICE BELIEVE THAT WHEN THE OFFICER'S BACK WAS TURNED, LUPOWITZ

MADE A CALL TO 9-1-1URGING THEM TO SEND POLICE TO THE SCENE OF A GUN-

WIELDING ASSAILANT.

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Julius Lupowitz: I see there's a murder that's gonna happen I swear. There's definitely someone gonna get shot. Please! Please! Wingate

and Hollywood. Please!

Dispatcher: "Okay - sir"

ADDING TO THE SENSE OF PANIC, THE CALL DISCONNECTS, BUT THEN LUPOWITZ CALLS

BACK.

Julius Lupowitz: "I swear there's gonna be a murder any second.

There's a man with a gun. Please! I just called. It's Wingate and

Hollywood. I don't have an address."

Dispatcher: "Ok, what exactly is going on that you think there's gonna be a

murder?"

Julius Lupowitz: "There's a man with a gun. I see him looking at me but I

don't think he sees I'm on a cell phone. I swear I'm so scared I might get

killed myself. Please!"

OTHER OFFICERS QUICKLY RACE TO THE INTERSECTION REPORTED BY THE CALLER.

SOT Lt. Richard Cordeau / West Melbourne Police Dept: "We responded as if

it was real. We don't know any different until we get there."

BUT THE OFFICER WHO HAD STOPPED LUPOWITZ STAYS PUT. QUICK-THINKING

DISPATCHERS TRACK DOWN THE CALLER'S NAME, ANNOUNCING IT OVER POLICE RADIO.

SOT Lt. Richard Cordeau / West Melbourne Police Dept. "our officer was

standing at the door of Mr. Lupowitz' vehicle and realized at that point

that this was the same person that was the making the 9-1-1 calls."

IN THIS CASE, POLICE SAY LUPOWITZ ADMITS HE MADE HIS CALLS IN A DESPERATE

BID TO GET THE OFFICER TO DITCH HIM AND RACE TO THE PHONY EMERGENCY.

BUT HIS HOAX COULD BE COSTLY. INSTEAD OF A 200 DOLLAR SPEEDING TICKET, IF

CONVICTED LUPOWIITZ IS NOW FACING UP TO 5 YEARS IN JAIL.

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HONDA PLUG IN-OTS, VO


HONDA IS JOINING THE ELECTRIC CROWD.

THE AUTOMAKER IS OUT WITH ITS FIRST PLUG-IN HYBRID.

THE 2014 HONDA ACCORD PLUG-IN HYBRID SEDAN HAS MAINSTREAM LOOKS THAT SET IT APART FROM SOME OF THE PLUG-IN COMPETITION.

ELECTRIC POWER IS GOOD FOR TRIPS UP TO ABOUT 13 MILES. ANYTHING LONGER, A FOUR-CYLINDER GAS ENGINE KICKS IN.

THE STICKER PRICE FOR THE ACCORD PLUG-IN HYBRID IS MORE THAN 40-K. Return to index of stories...


NISSAN RECALL-ONCAM, CG, TAG


NISSAN IS RECALLING MORE THAN 226-THOUSAND ADDITIONAL VEHICLES THIS MORNING.

ALL DUE TO A DEFECTIVE AIR BAG THAT HAS AFFECTED MUCH OF THE GLOBAL AUTO INDUSTRY.

THE AUTOMAKER IS RECALLING CERTAIN LINES OF ITS INFINITI, MAXIMA, PATHFINDER AND SENTRA CARS FOR THE MODEL YEARS 2002 TO 2004.

IT HAD PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED A RECALL OF MORE THAN 438-THOUSAND VEHICLES.

THE AIR BAG INFLATORS CAN RUPTURE, CAUSING METAL FRAGMENTS TO FLY OUT WHEN THE AIR BAGS ARE DEPLOYED.CAUSING SERIOUS INJURIES. Return to index of stories...


JULY JOB NUMBERS-OTS


LOOKING AHEAD.

THE LABOR DEPARTMENT WILL PUT OUT IT'S JULY EMPLOYMENT REPORT ON FRIDAY.

THE JUNE REPORT SURPRISED MANY.

WITH NEARLY 300-THOUSAND JOBS ADDED.

ANYTHING CLOSE TO THAT COULD GIVE THE MARKETS A REAL LIFT. Return to index of stories...


BIG MAC SHORTAGE IN CHINA-ONCAM, VO


A FOOD SCANDAL IN CHINA IS LEAVING FAST FOOD EATERS WITH FEWER CHOICES THIS MORNING.

MCDONALD'S SAYS SOME OF ITS RESTAURANTS ARE OUT OF BIG MACS AND CHICKEN MCNUGGETS.

AFTER A DISTRIBUTOR ACCUSED OF SELLING EXPIRED AND DIRTY MEAT ISSUED A RECALL.

SHANGHAI HUSI, A SUBSIDIARY OF ILLINOIS-BASED O-S-I GROUP.

SAID IT WOULD SUSPEND SALES AND RECALL ALL FOOD PROCESSED AT ITS FACILITY.

THIS COMES AFTER RECORDINGS SHOWED WORKERS HANDLING MEAT WITH THEIR BARE HANDS.

AND PROCESSING MEAT. THAT HAD FALLEN ON THE FLOOR.

MCDONALD'S SAYS IT WOULD CONTINUE TO DO BUSINESS WITH HUSI, BUT A DIFFERENT PLANT. Return to index of stories...


TEASE SIX-2-SHOT


PICTURE THIS.HOMER SIMPSON.AND PETER GRIFFEN HANGING OUT??

IT'S BECOMING A REALITY!

THE SHOWS ARE CROSSING OVER.

simpson theme music

UP NEXT. WE GIVE YOU A SNEAK PEAK OF THE EPISODE.

PLUS. WHO CAME OUT NUMBER ONE AT THE BOX OFFICE.

THESE STORIES AND MORE UP NET. Return to index of stories...


TZ6 SIMPSON & FAMILY GUY-NATSVO


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TZ6 BOX OFFICE-VO


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FINAL CHECK OF STOCKS-SAT 3 FULL


AND HERE'S A FINAL CHECK OF THE MARKETS THIS MORNING-- Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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SIMPSON AND FAMILY GUY PREVIEW-NATSVO


we're stuck here peter and we don't even know where we are!. here's a sign

IF YOU LOVE THE SIMPSONS AND FAMILY GUY.

THE SHOWS ARE CROSSING OVER!

DURING COMIC-CON THIS WEEKEND FANS GOT A SNEAK PEAK OF THE UPCOMING SHOW.

THE SIMPSONS --FAMILY GUY CROSSOVER EPISODE IS SET TO AIR ON SEPTEMBER 28TH.

THERE ARE ALSO RUMORS THAT WE WILL SEE THE DEATH OF A MAJOR CHARACTER.

WE'VE POSTED A LINK TO THE FULL TRAILER ON OUR WEBISTE. WHEN YOU'RE THERE CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


COMIC CON-TRX, VOTOPS


ALSO AT COMIC CON THIS WEEKEND.

ATTENDERS GOT A SNEAK PEAK OF THE UPCOMING FILM BATMAN VERSUS SUPERMAN".

FEATURING BEN AFFLECK AS THE CAPED CRUSADER.

DIRECTOR ZACH SNYDER EVEN TWEETED GAL GADOT IN COSTUME AS WONDER WOMAN. Return to index of stories...


BOX OFFICE NUMBERS-ONCAM, VO


TAKING A LOOK AT THE BOX OFFICE.

UNIVERSAL'S 'LUCY,' STARRING SCARLETT JOHANSSON, EXCEEDED BOX OFFICE EXPECTATIONS.

TAKING THE NUMBER ONE SPOT.

IN NUMBEER TWO. "THE ROCK" AS HERCULES.

AND AFTER TWO WEEKENDS AT THE TOP, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES SLIPPED TO NUMBER THREE. Return to index of stories...


SARAH PALIN CHANNEL-ONCAM


SARAH PALIN IS STARTING HER OWN SUBSCRIPTION-BASED ONLINE NETWORK.

THE SARAH PALIN CHANNEL, WHICH WENT LIVE ON SUNDAY.

THE CHANNEL BILLS ITSELF AS A "DIRECT CONNECTION" FOR THE FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR AND GOP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WITH HER SUPPORTERS, BYPASSING MEDIA FILTERS.

IT WILL INCLUDE HER OWN POLITICAL COMMENTARY.

OTHER FEATURES FOR SUBSCRIBERS INCLUDE THE ABILITY TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS TO PALIN AND PARTICIPATE WITH HER IN ONLINE VIDEO CHATS. Return to index of stories...


LEBRON JAMES #23-WIPE, VOTOPS


GOOD NEWS FOR CLEVELAND CAVALIERS FANS WHO *DID NOT* BURN THEIR LEBRON JAMES JERSEYS WHEN HE LEFT THE TEAM IN 20-10!

KING JAMES SAYS HE WILL ONCE AGAIN WEAR NUMBER 23 FOR THE CAVS.

HE WORE NUMBER SIX FOR THE LAST FOUR SEASONS IN MIAMI.

LAST MONTH, JAMES SHOCKED THE N-B-A WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HE WAS LEAVING THE MIAMI HEAT TO RETURN TO HIS FIRST TEAM.

LEBRON ALSO WORE NUMBER 23 IN HIGH SCHOOL -- THE SAME JERSEY AS HIS IDOL, MICHAEL JORDAN. Return to index of stories...


TOP STORIES OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) PLANE CRASH-VOTOPS


HERE'S A LAST LOOK AT TODAY'S TOP STORIES.

A FATHER IS DEAD.

AND HIS NINE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER A PLANE CRASHED INTO THEM ON CASPERAN BEACH.

RIGHT NOW ABC-7 IS WORKING TO FIND OUT WHY THE PILOT LANDED ON THE BEACH WHERE THERE WERE PEOPLE, AND WHAT CAUSED THE EMERGENCY LANDING IN THE FIRST PLACE.

REPORTS SHOW THE PILOT LOST POWER. Return to index of stories...


TS2) TRACY PERKINS-VOTOPS


A LEE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IS DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE RESIGNATION OF A LOCAL PRINCIPAL.

CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TRACY PERKINS SUDDENLY STEPPED DOWN THIS MONTH.

HER RESIGNATION LETTER LEFT MANY PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS.

BOARD MEMBER MARY FISCHER IS SET TO MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TODAY.

COUNT ON ABC-7 TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Return to index of stories...


TS3) SINKHOLE-VOTOPS


A TRAFFIC ALERT AS YOU HEAD OUT THE DOOR.

ABC-7 IS LEARNING ABOUT A SINKHOLE ALONG MCGREGOR BOULEVARD.

THE HOLE IS NEAR THE FORT MYERS COUNTRY CLUB.

AT LAST CHECK, IT'S ABOUT SIX FEET DEEP AND FOUR FEET WIDE.

PUBLIC WORKS CREWS HAVE BLOCKED OFF THE NORTHBOUND LANE.

NO WORD ON WHEN IT WILL GET FIXED. Return to index of stories...


TS4) NAPLES KID-VOTOPS


AND THIS MORNING WE ARE WORKING TO FIND OUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER A COLLIER COUNTY TEEN DROWNED THIS WEEKEND IN A POND.

16 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN VINCENT CASTALDO OF GOLDEN GATE WAS FOUND DEAD IN THE ISLAND WALK COMMUNITY IN NORTH NAPLES ON SATURDAY.

OUR PARTNERS AT THE NAPLES DAILY NEWS SPOKE WITH HIS MOTHER -

WHO BELIEVES SOMEONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER SON'S DEATH.

INVESTIGATORS AREN'T SAYING WHETHER THE DROWNING ACCIDENTAL OR SUSPICIOUS. Return to index of stories...


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