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KEY LIST LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER
NEWS OPEN-CLIP TS 1) CONGRESSIONAL MAPPING-VOTOPS
LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER TS 2) RESTARANT RAID-VOTOPS, SS
HL1) CONGRSSIONAL REMAP-VOTOPS-WIPE STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP
HL2) BACK TO SCHOOL-VOTOPS-WIPE WEATHER-WX CTR
HL3) WALKING AND TEXTING-VOTOPS DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP
STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP EBOLA LOCAL HOSPITALS-TCMON, WIPE VO
BERTHA TRACKING EBOLA LOCAL HOSPITALS-SOTVO
FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR BABY COURTS-VO-WIPE
NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP BABY COURTS-SOTVO
REDISTRICTING CHANGES-VO-WIPE BONITA HOME INVASION-OTS-VO-WIPE
REDISTRICTING CHANGES-SOTVO BONITA HOME INVASION-SOT-SS
IMMIGRATION-TRX-VOVIDBOX-OC UNSOLVED MURDER ANNIVERSARY-trxSSTOPS, VO
MILLAGE RATES-OTS- OC TEXTING AND WALKING-WIPE VO
NEWS UPDATE-CLIP TEXTING AND WALKING-SOTVO
RAUSCHENBURG RULING-VO TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-ZM-SS(2)
LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM-OTS-SS GAZA CEASEFIRES-ONCAM
RESTAURANT RAID FOLO-VO-WIPE GAZA CEASEFIRES-PKG
RESTAURANT RAID FOLO-SOTVO-SS CAPE BREW PUSH-TRX-VOTOPS-OC
CRIME VAN ARSON-SS-VO-OC CAPE BREW PUSH-SOTVO
CRIME VAN ARSON-SOT-SS THINGS TO DO-CLIP
STOLEN DEBIT CARDS-OTS-SSTOPS(3) FSW SPECIAL HOURS-OTS- trxCGVIDBOX
SHARE THE ROAD-EANIBOX-FLY FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES-CGTOPS
SHARE THE ROAD-SOTVO FM ELITE RUNNER GRAND OPENING-CGTOPS
DTFM PARKING CHANGES-ONCAM NOW SHOWING: GUARDIANS OF THE GALEXY-trxVOTOPS
DTFM PARKING CHANGES-PKG NOW SHOWING: GET ON UP-trxVOTOPS
LATCH ON EVENT NAPLES-VO CG COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
SALES TAX HOLIDAY-trxVOTOPS-BNR TEASE FOUR---
MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-trx VOTOPS-WIPE TZ4 A LOVE THAT DRESS-VOTOPS
MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-SOTVO TZ4 B JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-VOTOPS
THINGS TO DO-CLIP WEATHER TEASE-WX CTR
MIROMAR FASHION SHOW-CGTOPS LOTTERY NUMBERS-CG (2)
BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE-CGVIDBOX STORMWARN OPEN-CLIPTOPS
COMING UP NEXT CLIP-CLIP MAIN WEATHER-2SHOT
TEASE ONE--- MAIN WEATHER
TZ1 A SPORTS TEASE-SOTTOPS LOVE THAT DRESS-VO-WIPE
WEATHER TEASE-WX CTR LOVE THAT DRESS-SOTVO-BNR
STORMWARN CLIP-CLIPTOPS JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-ONCAM
WEATHER JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-PKG
SPORTS PKG-PKG JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-ONCAM
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP COMING UP NEXT-CLIP
TEASE TWO--- TEASE FIVE--
TZ2 A BABTISM FOUNTAIN PROBLEM-SOTTOPS TZ5 A CHILDREN AND OBESITY-VOTOPS
BAPTISM FOUNTAIN HEALTH CONCERNS-POPVO OBESITY IN CHILDREN-TC MON
BAPTISM FOUNTAIN HEALTH CONCERNS-PKG OBESITY IN CHILDREN-PKG
BAPTISM FOUNTAIN HEALTH CONCERNS-ONCAM TOP STORIES-CLIPTOPS
SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-trxVOTOPS TS1) CONGRESSIONAL MAPPING-VOTOPS
SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-SOTVO TS2) RESTAURANT RAID-VOTOPS,SS
COMING UP NEXT-CLIP TS3) TEXTING & WALKING-VOTOPS
TEASE THREE---- TS 3) DTFM PARKING CHANGES-VOTOPS
TZ3 A) EBOLA ILLNESS-VOTOPS-WIPE FINAL WEATHER-WXCOMP
TZ3 B) TEXTING AND WALKING-VOTOPS CLOSE-OC-WEB ANI
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NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER


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HL1) CONGRSSIONAL REMAP-VOTOPS-WIPE


NOW ON ABC 7 NEWS --

DRAWN ILLEGALLY!

THATS WHAT ONE JUDGE DECLARED --

AS HE EXAMINED A MAJOR VOTING FLAW IN CONGRESSIONAL MAPS.

NOW ---

FLORIDA ELECTION SUPERVISORS MUST FIX THE PROBLEM IN TIME FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


HL2) BACK TO SCHOOL-VOTOPS-WIPE


AND --

SHOP TILL YOU DROP!

LOCAL SHOPPERS ARE OUT AND ABOUT TODAY --

LOOKING TO SNAG SOME DEALS --

AS TAX FREE WEEKEND CONTINUES.

WE HAVE MORE --

AS WELL AS OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP GET KIDS READY FOR SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


HL3) WALKING AND TEXTING-VOTOPS


AND LOOK OUT FOR THAT CAR!

THE DANGERS OF WALKING --

WHILE TEXTING.

WHOS GUILTY OF DOING IT --

AND WAYS TO KEEP YOUR TEEN SAFE.

ABC7 NEWS AT 7-A-M STARTS NOW! Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN CLIP-CLIP


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BERTHA TRACKING


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...


FIRST WEATHER-WX CTR


STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


NEW THIS MORNING-CLIP


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REDISTRICTING CHANGES-VO-WIPE


GOOD MORNING SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

IM LUCAS SEILER.

ALL NEW THIS MORNING -

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS HAVE AT LEAST TWO WEEKS --

TO RE-SUBMIT A MAP OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS FOR FLORIDA VOTERS.

LAST MONTH --

A JUDGE RULED THE DISTRICTS WERE ILLEGALLY DRAWN IN 2012.

THEY FAVORED REPUBLICANS.

LAWMAKERS ASKED JUDGE TERRY LEWIS TO USE THE OLD MAP FOR THIS FALL'S ELECTION --

CLAIMING THERE WASN'T ENOUGH TIME TO CHANGE IT.

THE GROUP THAT BROUGHT THE LAWSUIT BEGS TO DIFFER. Return to index of stories...


REDISTRICTING CHANGES-SOTVO


"The legislature has the ability, and quite frankly the responsibility, to draw constitutionally sound district maps.

Now, they have a second bite at the apple, a second chance to do that, and we're looking forward to seeing the result."

THE JUDGE ORDERED THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS TO SUBMIT A DRAFT SCHEDULE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION.

HE ALSO SCHEDULED ORAL ARGUMENTS FOR AUGUST 20TH --

THAT'S JUST SIX DAYS BEFORE FLORIDA'S REGULARLY-SCHEDULED PRIMARY ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


IMMIGRATION-TRX-VOVIDBOX-OC


AND IN WASHINGTON --

LAWMAKERS ARE LEAVING FOR THE AUGUST RECESS.

BUT BEFORE THEY GO --

THEY ARE TRYING TO PASS A BILL TO FIX THE BORDER CRISIS.

THE 694 MILLION DOLLAR BILL ADDS MORE IMMIGRATION JUDGES, HOLDING FACILITIES AND NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ON THE BORDER.

WHILE ALSO SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS TO SEND HOME UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN.

BUT THERE IS A BIG PROBLEM -

THE SENATE LEFT BEFORE VOTING.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE WILL ACT ON HIS OWN. Return to index of stories...


MILLAGE RATES-OTS- OC


BACK HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL NOT RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE.

THAT'S THE AMOUNT YOU PAY IN PROPERTY TAXES.

THE COUNTY MANAGER --

RECOMMENDS THE RATE STAY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

COMMISSIONERS WILL SET THE MAXIMUM RATE THIS COMING MONDAY.

THE FINAL RATE WILL BE DECIDED IN SEPTEMBER.

THE BOARD RAISED IT LAST YEAR TO HELP WITH THE BUDGET DEFICIT. Return to index of stories...


NEWS UPDATE-CLIP


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RAUSCHENBURG RULING-VO


A FAMOUS ARTIST'S ESTATE --

RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

NOW HAS A NEW OWNER.

AFTER A LEGNTHY DISPUTE.

A JUDGE JUST AWARDED MILLIONS TO FRIENDS OF THE LATE ROBERT RAUSCHENBURG.

RAUSHENBURG DIED IN 2008.

HE PUT HIS FRIENDS IN CHARGE OF THE ESTATE.

BUT THEY CLAIMED THEY DESERVED 60 MILLION DOLLARS FOR GROWING THE ESTATE SINCE RAUSHENBERG PASSED.

THE FOUNDATION, THOUGH, SAYS THEY SHOULD ONLY GET A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE JUDGE ULTIMATELY DECIDED THEY DESERVED 24 POINT 6 MILLION --

MINUS THE 8 MILLION THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED. Return to index of stories...


LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM-OTS-SS


GOOD NEWS THIS MORNING --

IN THE RECOVERY OF ONE OF THE TEENS WHO WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING ON FORT MYERS BEACH.

14-YEAR-OLD ZAC LATAWEIC'S MOTHER TELLS ABC7 --

HE SPOKE FOR THE FIRST TIME YESTERDAY.

SHE SAYS HE EVEN GAVE HER A HUG AND KISS.

LAST WEEK - SHE TOLD US SHE WASN'T SURE HER SON WOULD SURVIVE.

ABC7 WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU POSTED ON HIS RECOVERY. Return to index of stories...


RESTAURANT RAID FOLO-VO-WIPE


WE HAVE NEW DETAILS THIS MORNING ON A NAPLES RESTAURANT

THE STATE ACCUSES OF RUNNING A GAMBLING OPERATION.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'VE BEEN WATCHING "CASTAWAYS BACKWATER CAFE" FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW.

THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF ALCOHOL, BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO CONFISCATED SIX GAMBLING MACHINES THURSDAY.

A-B-T AGENTS NOTICED THE MACHINES BACK IN FEBRUARY.

AND HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING EVER SINCE.

WE TALKED TO CUSTOMERS --

WHO SAID THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE MACHINES WERE ILLEGAL. Return to index of stories...


RESTAURANT RAID FOLO-SOTVO-SS


Jack Stroube / customer- 053947 I mean if a machine is there and you put your money in and you play it, you don't question where it came from. 5

Dale Romberg/ customer-503411 I've seen the machines I didn't realize that anything was against the law or anything like that. 6

A RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE INSISTS --

THEY NEVER KNEW THEY WERE DOING ANYTHING WRONG.

ALFRED RUSSILLO --

THE OWNER --

IS OUT OF JAIL ON 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. Return to index of stories...


CRIME VAN ARSON-SS-VO-OC


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING -

INVESTIGATORS SAY A MAN SET A CRIME SCENE VAN ON FIRE IN GOLDEN GATE ESTATES.

COLTON SMITH IS FACING ARSON CHARGES.

THE VAN WAS GONE FROM THE ORANGE TREE COMMUNITY BEFORE ABC7 GOT THERE.

BUT WHAT WE DID FIND WAS A CHARRED DRIVEWAY AND BURNED GRASS.

DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND A RED GAS CAN ON FIRE -- AND SMITH RIDING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD ON HIS BIKE SMELLING LIKE FUEL.

NEIGHBORS TELL ABC7 --

THEY WOKE UP TO HELICOPTERS CIRCLING OVERHEAD --

AND COULDN'T GET ANSWERS FROM DEPUTIES ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON. Return to index of stories...


CRIME VAN ARSON-SOT-SS


19:54:09-:14

Scary because I was locking my doors because I'm scared. I said "I'm going to check the door."

SUMMERS

19:55:29-:35

He goes 'Well you could say that there was a fire involved.' I said 'What happened?' He goes 'I can't say anymore than that. I can't tell you.'

THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME SMITH WAS ARRESTED.

HE WAS RECENLTY TAKEN IN THIS PAST SUNDAY.

THAT TIME --

THEY CAUGHT HIM SPEEDING WHILE HE WAS DRUNK. Return to index of stories...


STOLEN DEBIT CARDS-OTS-SSTOPS(3)


ABC7 HAS A CRIME ALERT TO PASS ALONG --

WE RECEIVED THESE PICTURES YESTERDAY.

THEY SHOW THREE MEN USING SOMEONE ELSE'S DEBIT CARD --

TO BUY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF STUFF.

LEE COUNTY DETECTIVES GOT THESE SURVEILLANCE PICTURES FROM THE WAL-MART AT SIX MILE CYPRESS --

*ONE* OF THE PLACES THE MEN USED THE CARD.

THE VICTIM SAYS SHE HAD HER CARD WITH HER AT ALL TIMES.

DETECTIVES DON'T KNOW YET IF THE CROOKS CLONED HER CARD.

IF YOU RECOGNIZE THESE GUYS, CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


SHARE THE ROAD-EANIBOX-FLY


RECENTLY ABC 7 TOLD YOU ABOUT HOW DANGEROUS

THE ROADS CAN BE FOR PEOPLE ON BIKES, ESPECIALLY IN FLORIDA.

THE STATE LEADS THE NATION IN BICYCLE DEATHS.

TAKE A LOOK --

THESE 80 BIKERS GATHERED IN NAPLES --

HOPING TO CHANGE THAT REPUTAITON.

THEY DRESSED IN NEON GREEN --

TO REMIND DRIVERS TO SHARE THE ROAD.

ACCORDING TO STATE LAW --

DRIVERS MUST LEAVE AT LEAST THREE FEET BETWEEN THEIR CARS AND BICYCLISTS. Return to index of stories...


SHARE THE ROAD-SOTVO


Jane Cheffy / President, Naples Pathways Coalition

20:35:07 We want them to try and look for us, because sometimes you're texting, god forbid, and you don't see the cyclist. 20:35:15

Erik Keller / Bicyclist

20:41:21 It gives you a reasonable safe distance, that if somebody needs to, there is an ability to react. 20:41:26

THE NAPLES PATHWAY COALITION ORGANIZED THE EVENT.

THEY PLAN TO DO THIS EVERY YEAR. Return to index of stories...


DTFM PARKING CHANGES-ONCAM


WE KNOW THAT PARKING IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS --

CAN BE SOMEWHAT OF A HASTLE AT TIMES.

AND SOON --

IT MAY COST YOU MORE TO PARK AT THE METERS!

ABC7S TY RUSSELL DISCOVERED WHAT THE NEW PROPOSED CHANGES COULD LOOK LIKE. Return to index of stories...


DTFM PARKING CHANGES-PKG


LEANDRA CARRIERO DOESNT WANT DRIVERS TO PAY MORE FOR PARKING IN

DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

8:20:36-8:20:37

Leandra CARRIERO/ driver

"That might be a little chaotic."

MOST METERED SPOTS ARE 25 CENTS AN HOUR.

THE NEW PROPOSED RATE IT 75 CENTS AN HOUR.

IF CITY COUNCIL APPROVES THE NEW RATE, THE WAY YOU'LL PAY WILL BE DIFFERENT.

8:20:23-8:20:31

Leandra CARRIERO/ driver

"In big cities where I'm from at least, as soon as you can find a spot

you, that's your spot. There's not really a big thing on meters."

CREWS ARE PLANNING ON TOSSING OUT THESE OUTDATED METERS FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

ITS AN ELECTRONIC METER THATLL TAKE CASH OR CREDIT.

YOU CAN EVEN PAY ON YOUR PHONE.

THE EXTRA MONEY YOURE DISHING OUT WILL HELP PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE

REVENUE FUND AFTER CREWS PAY FOR THE MACHINES.

8:22:21-8:22:24

Ray RACILA/ lawyer

"They still want to park close, so they'll park in the street if they can."

RAY RACILA IS A LAWYER IN DOWNTOWN.

HIS CLIENTS PREFER STREET PARKING THAN THE GARAGES BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER.

IF RACILA IS ONLY STOPPING BY HIS OFFICE FOR A SHORT TIME, HE PREFERS

STREET PARKING TOO, BUT THE FREE SPOTS.

8:21:56-8:21:59

Ray RACILA/ lawyer

"that way, I don't have to walk all the way to the garage."

THESE FREE PARKING SPACES ARE CALLED ZIP ZONES.

DRIVERS CAN KEEP THEIR CARS HERE FOR UP TO TWO HOURS.

BUT CITY COUNCIL MAY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF FREE SPOTS DURING THE PARKING OVERHAUL.

AND YOU DONT WANT TO BE THERE FOR TOO LONG.

8:21:00-8:21:03

Leandra CARRIERO/ driver

"It's like $20 even if you're like a minute over."

THAT TOO MAY CHANGE.

DRIVERS MAY BE FINED 30-DOLLAR TICKETS.

BUT PAYING IT OFF EARLY WILL BE CHEAPER.

NO WORD YET ON WHEN CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON THE PROPOSED CHANGES. Return to index of stories...


LATCH ON EVENT NAPLES-VO CG


TODAY --

BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CAN TAKE PART IN A NATIONWIDE EVENT

IT'S CALLED THE BIG LATCH ON.

IT''S A SYNCRONIZED EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK.

MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN CAN PARTICIPATE AT THE N-C-H NORTH NAPLES HOSPITAL.

IT BEGINS AT NINE A-M THIS MORNING -

AND RUNS UNTIL 12-30 P-M.

WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM.

NCH HOSTS BABY FAIR AND "THE BIG LATCH ON"

The NCH Healthcare System is hosting a "Baby Fair" on Saturday, August

2, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at the NCH North Naples Hospital, Brookdale Center,

11190 Healthpark Blvd. off of Immokalee Road.

Individuals who are pre-conception, currently pregnant, newly delivered, breast feeding,

or have children up to two years of age are invited to attend this free, educational,

entertaining event.

Participants will learn about the women's and children's services NCH offers in the

community and can attend presentations on topics about pregnancy, delivery, and

healthy children. New mothers who are nursing will have the opportunity to participate

in the national initiative called "The Big Latch On."

Topics to be presented include: "Safe Sleep for your Baby" by Harry Moreau, M.D.,

Neonatologist; "Breast Feeding Basics and the Big Latch On" by Dorothy Horn, RN,

IBCLC; "Immunizations", and more. Refreshments will be provided. Return to index of stories...


SALES TAX HOLIDAY-trxVOTOPS-BNR


ALSO HAPPENING TODAY --

THE ANNUAL SALES TAX HOLIDAY IS STILL IN EFFECT FOR BACK TO SCHOOL ITEMS.

IT RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

THIS IS THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT SHOPPING SEASON BEHIND CHRISTMAS.

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS ON THE EVENT --

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE --

WE HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED ON ABC-7.COM

CLICK ON SITES ON SEVEN. Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-trx VOTOPS-WIPE


WHILE YOU'RE OUT SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND --

YOU CAN ALSO HELP LESS FORTUNATE KIDS GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR.

MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ARE COLLECTING NEW SUPPLIES --

LIKE NOTEBOOKS, MARKERS AND PENCILS.

YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR DONATIONS AT THE BIG YELLOW BOXES INSIDE. Return to index of stories...


MCDONALD'S SCHOOL DRIVE-SOTVO


Michael Tregunno, Local McDonald's Owner

"I feel there's a huge need for it. And being a mcdonalds owner in the area and having two kids myself, I feel proud to have the opportunity to give back to the local community and the children in the areas with through the school supply drive. "

THE DRIVE ENDS SUNDAY.

ALL OF THE SUPPLIES WILL GO TO STUDENTS IN LEE, COLLIER, CHARLOTTE AND HENDRY COUNTIES. Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO-CLIP


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MIROMAR FASHION SHOW-CGTOPS


SOME MORE THINGS TO DO.

MIROMAR OUTLETS ARE PREPPING KIDS FOR SCHOOL!

THE OUTLETS ALONG WITH ENVY MODELS AND TALENT MODELS --

WILL BE HOSTING A FASHION SHOW.

DISPLAYING ALL THE LATEST FASHION TRENDS --

IT'LL BE FROM ONE P-M TO TWO. Return to index of stories...


BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE-CGVIDBOX


THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IS JOINING FORCES --

WITH BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS TO HOST A BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE EVENT.

IT WILL BE FROM 10 A-M TO EIGHT P-M

AT GATOR LANES IN FORT MYERS.

THE EVENT WILL ALSO HAVE FACE-PAINTING, RAFFLES --

AND SEVERAL OTHER EVENTS.

ITS TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS TO REGISTER.

AND BOWLERS ARE ASKED TO R-S-V-P ON THE ADDRESS ON YOUR SCREEN. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT CLIP-CLIP


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TEASE ONE---


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TZ1 A SPORTS TEASE-SOTTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX CTR


STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN CLIP-CLIPTOPS


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WEATHER


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.

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS PKG-PKG


HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE--- WHICH MEANS THE WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE-- THAT'S IF IT HASN'T STARTED ALREADY-- IF YOU ARE HITTING THE LINKS THIS WEEKEND-- HERE'S SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT-- ACCORDING TO GOLF DIGEST-- ONLY 2 PERCENT OF ALL GOLFERS CAN BREAK 80-- WHICH TELLS YOU HOW GOOD THE PROS ARE-- EVERYONE BROKE 80 TODAY AT THE BRIDGESTONE INVITATIONAL

PGA GUYS MAKE IT LOOK EASY----

LIKE SERGIO GARCIA--- HE BIRDIED THE FINAL 7 HOLES OF THE DAY --- TO TIE A COURSE RECORD -- GARCIA 9 UNDER FOR THE DAY 11 UNDER FOR THE TOURNAMENT - AND LEADS BY 3 STROKES----

WHAT ABOUT TIGER WOODS-- HIS PUTTER LET HIM DOWN TODAY--- MISSING A COUPLE-- PAR SAVING PUTTS---

--- TIGER-- 10 SHOTS BACK AT 1 UNDER PAR-----

ON THURSDAY -- PGA GOLFER -- DUSTIN JOHNSON SAID HE WAS TAKING A LEAVE OF ABSCENSE-- TO DEAL WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM---

TODAY WE HAVE LEARNED-- JOHNSON FAILED 3 TEST IN HIS CAREER--- TWICE FOR COCAINE IN 2012 AND 2014----

THE PGA IS CLARIFYING THAT JOHNSON HAS NOT BEEN SUSPENDED-- IT WAS HIS CHOICE TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE---

FINAL ROUND OF HE HENKE BERG JUNIOR MASTERS

LANDON WEBER AND MARTIN JENSEN WERE TIED WITH TWO HOLES TO PLAY IN THE BOYS 16-18 DIVISION.

. AFTER JENSEN BOGIED THE EIGHTH. WEBER GETS THE PAR TO GO UP ONE----

THEN AFTER HITTING IT THROUGH SOME TREES ONTO THE GREEN AT NINE. WEBER MAKES ANOTHER PAR TO WIN BY ONE.

IT'S HIS FOURTH HENKE-BERG TITLE.

BLAKE WHEELER HAD THINGS A LITTLE EASIER IN THE BOYS 13-15 DIVISION.

WHEELER WAS ON TOP OF HIS GAME AGAIN. NICE CHIP AT THE SECOND. HE'D GET A PAR THERE.

WHEELER-- WINS BY 11 STROKES -----

ON THE GIRLS SIDE---

BRITTANY SHIN TRAILED SYDNEY SHRADER BY ONE--- WITH ONE TO PLAY

---- SHIN--- THE FORMER CHAMP. NOT READY TO CALL IT A DAY JUST YET. GETS THE BIRDIE ON 9. TO FORCE A THREE-HOLE PLAYOFF.

THIS WENT TO A FOURTH PLAYOFF HOLE. AFTER HITTING THE FLAG STICK WITH HER APPROACH. SHRADER BIRDIES TO WIN.--- CONGRATS TO ALL 3

SPEAKING OF YOUNG--- LOCAL STARS--

IT'S A BIG WEEK COMING UP FOR THE BIG LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAM FROM FORT MYERS---

THESE 17 AND 18 YEAR OLD GIRLS ARE OFF TO THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES IN DELEWARE-----

THEY ARE MAKING THEIR 3RD STRAIGHT TRIP TO THE WORLD SERIES AND WILL FACE LATIN AMERICA BEGINING SUNDAY---

ABSOLUTE SADNESS-- THAT IS HOW DAVID PRICE DESCRIBED BEING TRADED TO DETROIT ON THURSDAY-- NOTHING AGAINST MO-TOWN-- BUT PRICE SAYS HE LOVED HIS TEAMMATES AND LEAVING THEM--- IS HARD TOO PUT INTO WORDS-- IT'S NOT ONLY A TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW FOR PRICE -- BUT THE RAYS AS WELL-- WHO HAVE CLIMBED RIGHT BACK IN THE WILDCARD RACE

RAYS TAKING ON THE ANGELS---

AND THE HALO'S -- NOT FOOLING AROUND-- MIKE TROUT ---- THIS THING GETS OUT IN A HURRY-- 2- RUN SHOT-- JUST LIKE THAT -- 2-0 ANGELS IN THE FIRST---

RAYS LOADED THE BASES IN THE 9TH WITH NO OUTS-- BUT COULD NOT SCORE-- THEY LOSE 5-3

HEAT GUARD DWAYNE WADE-- IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE FEW GUYS IN MIAMI -- THAT STILL LIKES LEBRON JAMES--

WADE-- WAS TALKING TODAY A HIS BASKETBALL CAMP IN HOLLYWOOD - FLORIDA-- AND SAYS HE SUPPORTS LEBRON'S DECISION TO RETURN HOME TO OHIO AND PLAY FOR THE CAVS---

CANNONBALL-----

FINAL STOP-- SCOTLAND--- GRANT NEL OF AUSTRAILA ---- DID NOT EXACTLY NAIL THIS DIVE---

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TEASE TWO---


we just always assumed that it was a pool

IT WAS A PROBLEM FOR ONE LOCAL CHURCH.

BUT NOW --

THAT ASSUMPTION MADE BY SEVERAL PEOPLE --

RESULTED IN THIS FOUNTAINS WATER BEING SHUT OFF!

WE HAVE THE DETAILS --

BUT FIRST --

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YOU CAN BE --

BY DOWNLOADING OUR NEWS AND WEATHER APPS.

OR HEAD TO ABC DASH SEVEN DOT COM --

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TZ2 A BABTISM FOUNTAIN PROBLEM-SOTTOPS


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BAPTISM FOUNTAIN HEALTH CONCERNS-POPVO


SEVERAL HAVE SEEN IT --

SOME EVEN MAY HAVE PUT THEIR HANDS AND FEET IN IT.

BUT NOW -

THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SHUT DOWN THIS BAPTISM FOUNTAIN IN CAPE CORAL.

MEANING NO MORE HOLY BAPTISMS FOR NOW.

ABC7'S LAURA ROBERTS FOUND OUT WHY THE COUNTY --

CONSIDERED TWO FEET OF WATER. A HAZARD. Return to index of stories...


BAPTISM FOUNTAIN HEALTH CONCERNS-PKG


In this brutal summer heat --

** nat sound splash pad **

kids and their parents are just looking for a way to cool off.

A quick run through Cape Fellowship Park's splash pad usually does the trick.

But some kids preferred running over to this fountain.

Katharina Genter

Cape Coral

38:21 38:26

my 7 year old would go swimming in it all the time with other kids and they would have a blast

The problem is -- it's not made for swimming -

It was designed and built up to code to be a baptismal fountain for the fellowship.

Katharina Genter

Cape Coral

38:35 38:37

we just assumed the whole time that it was a pool

It turns out a lot of people made that assumption -

Brett Furlong

Executive Pastor, Cape Christian Fellowship

25:04 25:06

it was hard to police 24 hours a day

So many that the city of Cape Coral and the Lee County Health Department noticed

Furlong

25:37

we have signs up we've done everything the city and health department has asked us to do:41

STAND UP - Laura Roberts

9 secs

the fellowship was still using the fountain for baptisms until friday morning when the health department came and put up this sign shutting down the fountain entirely

Furlong

26:31 26:37

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BAPTISM FOUNTAIN HEALTH CONCERNS-ONCAM


THAT WAS LAURA ROBERTS REPORTING.

FELLLOWSHIP LEADERS REALIZE THE POOL IS WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS.

AND THEY'LL STILL BE ABLE TO USE IT FOR BAPTISMS.

SO THEY'RE PLANNING THE POOL --

ALTHOUGH IT WILL COST 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

MONEY THEY HOPE TO RAISE THROUGH --

ALL OF THOSE - SORRY THE FOUNTAIN CLOSED. Return to index of stories...


SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-trxVOTOPS


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS --

THE SALVATION ARMY OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA RECEIVED A NEW PLAYGROUND FOR THEIR HOMELESS SHELTER.

VOLUNTEERS FROM B-B-AND-T BANK HELPED ASSEMBLE IT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT THE FORT MYERS SHELTER ON EDISON AVENUE. Return to index of stories...


SALVATION ARMY DONATED PLAYGROUND-SOTVO


Chris Everett"Just because a child is homeless doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to be a child and get out and have fun. And so doing things like this really allows us to give back and really better those communitites and those families while they transition into their next phase in life."

THE IDEA FOR THE PLAYGROUND CAME AFTER SOMEONE NOTICED THE OLD EQUIPMENT WAS RUNDOWN AND NOT SAFE. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE THREE----


EBOLA!

IT'S A DEADLY DISEASE THATS SWEEPING ACROSS THE AFRICA --

KILLING HUNDREDS IN ITS PATH.

NOW --

SEE HOW OUR LOCAL HOSPITALS ARE WOULD HANDLE THE VIRUS IF IT WAS HERE.

AND WE HAVE HEARD OF TEXTING AND DRIVING --

BUT HOW ABOUT TEXTING -- WHILE WALKING?

THE RISKS AND WHAT AGES OF KIDS ARE GUILTY OF DOING IT. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A) EBOLA ILLNESS-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ3 B) TEXTING AND WALKING-VOTOPS


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NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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LIVE DOPPLER-DOPPLER


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TS 1) CONGRESSIONAL MAPPING-VOTOPS


A FEW OF YOUR TOP STORIES THIS MORNING --

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS HAVE TWO WEEKS TO RE-SUBMIT A MAP OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

LAST MONTH --

A JUDGE RULED THE DISTRICTS WERE ILLEGALLY DRAWN IN 20-12 --

THE JUDGE ORDERED THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS TO SUBMIT A NEW DRAFT SCHEDULE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION.

SIX DAYS BEFORE FLORIDA'S REGULARLY-SCHEDULED PRIMARY ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


TS 2) RESTARANT RAID-VOTOPS, SS


AND A NAPLES RESTAURANT --

IS ACCUSED OF RUNNING A GAMBLING OPERATION.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'VE BEEN WATCHING "CASTAWAYS BACKWATER CAFE" FOR MONTHS.

SIX GAMBLING MACHINES WERE CONFISCATED THURSDAY.

ALFRED RUSSILLO -- THE OWNER -- IS OUT OF JAIL ON 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. Return to index of stories...


STORMWARN OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-WX CTR


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.

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING STORY-CLIP


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EBOLA LOCAL HOSPITALS-TCMON, WIPE VO


DEVELOPING THIS MORNING. U-S HOSPITALS ARE GETTING READY --

JUST IN CASE.

AN EBOLA OUTBREAK HAS ALREADY KILLED MORE THAN 700 PEOPLE IN AFRCIA.

AN AMERICAN AID WORKER INFECTED WITH THE DEADLY DISEASE IS NOW COMING TO THE U-S FOR TREATMENT.

SO COULD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA HOSPITALS HANDLE THE VIRUS, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT IT BECOMES AN ISSUE HERE?

WE CALLED HOSPITALS IN CHARLOTTE, LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES TODAY ASKING THAT QUESTION.

PHYSICIANS REGIONAL AND TWO OF THE BAYFRONT LOCATIONS SENT US A STATEMENT SAYING THEY WILL FOLLOW C-D-C GUIDELINES.

LEE MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEMS SAID THEY'RE PREPARED AS WELL. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA LOCAL HOSPITALS-SOTVO


Stephen Streed, Lee Memorial Health Systems Epidemiologist

01:42:25 "For the individual that has it it's very dangerous. For transmition likelihood much less dangerous if you know what you're dealing with in advance." 01:42:32

THIS MORNING --

ABC7 FOUND OUT HEALTHCARE WORKERS MUST WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR WHILE DEALING WITH INFECTED PATIENTS.

THEY ALSO HAVE ISOLATION ROOMS.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE C-D-C RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THEY DO NOT ANTICIPATE THIS WILL SPREAD IN THE U-S. Return to index of stories...


BABY COURTS-VO-WIPE


FLORIDA IS ON ITS WAY TO PUT A BABY'S NEED'S -- BEFORE OTHERS.

THE STATE IS DEVELOPING SPECIALIZED "BABY COURTS."

JUDGES, LAWYERS AND CASEWORKERS WILL BE ABLE TO FOCUS MORE ATTENTION ON TRAUMATIZED INFANTS.

THAT'S BECAUSE 90 PERCENT OF CHILDREN COMING INTO THE CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO TRAUMA. Return to index of stories...


BABY COURTS-SOTVO


Mimi Graham, Director, FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy

"We really believe, and the science substantiates, that baby courting can really transform these families so we can stop the whole intergenerational cycle."

CHILDREN IN POVERTY EXPERIENCE ALMOST DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF EARLY TRAUMAS.

CHILDCARE EXPERTS SAY THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN COMING INTO FLORIDA'S CHILD-WELFARE SYSTEM HAS RISEN BY 10-THOUSAND IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. Return to index of stories...


BONITA HOME INVASION-OTS-VO-WIPE


A COUPLE CRIME ALERTS TO PASS ALONG THIS MORNING --

A BONITA SPRINGS COUPLE --

BOTH TIED UP AND ROBBED BY MASKED MEN --

WANT ANSWERS!

BUT INVESTIGATORS DON'T HAVE ANY SUSPECTS.

SINCE THE CRIME AT THIS GATED COMMUNITY --

PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE SAY THEY'VE SEEN MORE SECURITY.

POLICE TOLD US THIS DID NOT SEEM LIKE A RANDOM CRIME --

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BONITA HOME INVASION-SOT-SS


Tony Schall

Lee Co. Sheriff's Office

Suspects like this, they'll go out seeking victims that they think have more money or more jewelry and that looks like this was the case here.

ALTOGETHER --

THIEVES GOT AWAY WITH 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWELRY --

AND THATS NOT ALL!

THEY ALSO GOT AWAY WITH CASH. Return to index of stories...


UNSOLVED MURDER ANNIVERSARY-trxSSTOPS, VO


AND TWO YEARS AGO YESTERDAY --

JOSEPH GODCHARLES WAS FOUND STABBED TO DEATH IN HIS BEDROOM.

BUT THIS MORNING --

HIS SUSPECT IS STILL MISSING!

IT HAPPENED IN THE GATED COMMUNITY OF KEY ROYAL VILLAS OFF IMMOKALEE ROAD.

DETECTIVES SAY NOTHING WAS STOLEN FROM HIS HOUSE.

THEY THINK GODCHARLES KNEW HIS KILLER.

IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION ABOUT HIS MURDER -- CALL CRIMESTOPPERS. Return to index of stories...


TEXTING AND WALKING-WIPE VO


WE KNOW DRIVING DISTRACTED HAS IT'S DANGERS --

BUT SO DOES WALKING DISTRACTED.

AND THIS MORNING WE HAVE NEW FIGURES TO PROVE IT IN A FIRST OF ITS KIND STUDY.

THE RESEARCH-- DONE BY SAFE KIDS --

SHOWS TEENS ARE MOST AT RISK OF GETTING HIT BY CARS.

DATA SHOWS ONE IN EIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOLERS WERE DISTRACTED BY TEXTING AND WALKING.

HIGHSCHOOLERS WERE WORSE - THEY RANK ONE AND FIVE.

A MAJORITY OF THE TEENS IN THE STUDY SAID THEY DIDNT CONSIDER THEIR AGE GROUP AT RISK. Return to index of stories...


TEXTING AND WALKING-SOTVO


Mackenzie Fraley, Fort Myers Highschool

:33:17 i always think that. Im not going to get hit, Im not going to

hit somebody, nothings going to happen to me. It could!

Jennifer Fraley, Fort Myers Mom

:39:43 I told Mackenzie the other day when she was walking to the

stores, always be aware of what's around you. if youre texting, youre

not.

THE STUDY ALSO SHOWED TEENS WERE DISTRACTED BY HEADPHONES AND GAMES.

SAFE KIDS SAYS BEFORE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS --

WARN YOUR STUDENT OF THE DANGERS OF WALKING WHILE DISTRACTED. Return to index of stories...


TEEN KILLED IN CRASH-ZM-SS(2)


STATE TROOPERS SAY THE DRIVER WHO CAUSED A CRASH THAT KILLED A TEENAGER LATE THURSDAY NIGHT --

WAS DRINKING AND SPEEDING.

IT HAPPENED AT THE CORNER OF LOGAN BOULEVARD AND PINE RIDGE ROAD.

TROOPERS SAY JUSTINO CIRONE RAN A RED LIGHT AND SLAMMED INTO A JEEP.

IT CAUSED A FIVE CAR PILE UP.

A PASSENGER IN THE JEEP --16-YEAR OLD DYLAN HEISTON -- DIED ON THE SCENE.

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GAZA CEASEFIRES-ONCAM


OVERSEAS THIS MORNING --

A DAY THAT BEGAN WITH A 72-HOUR TRUCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST --

QUICKLY TURNED VIOLENT.

ALL LESS THAN 90-MINUTES AFTER IT BEGAN.

ABC'S CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT TERRY MORAN REPORTS FROM GAZA. Return to index of stories...


GAZA CEASEFIRES-PKG


This morning, when the cease-fire took hold, there was quiet in Gaza.you

could hear the birds chirp.

NATS BIRDS

And so the people of this battered land emerged from hiding to return home.

.to what was left of their homes.

Then.

NATS AIRSTRIKE

It was on again.

NATS TANK SHOOTING

Each side accusing the other of violating the cease-fire.

NATS: ISRAELI GOES INTO TUNNEL

It happened at one of those Hamas tunnels Israel has vowed to destroy.

Israeli officials saying an army unit had been ambushed as they were

clearing a tunnel.after the cease fire commenced.two soldiers killed.

and one, apparently, captured.

The nightmare scenario for Israel.The missing soldier: Twenty-three year

old Lieutenant Hadar Goldin.engaged to be married.his twin brother in

the army, too.and his father, confident.

NATS: DAD: "WE ARE CERTAIN THE ARMY WILL NOT STOP.he said. AND WILL BRING

HADAR BACK HOME, SAFE AND SOUND"

President Obama today.demanding Lieutenant Goldin's return.

OBAMA:

"THAT SOLIDER NEEDS TO BE UNCONDITIONALLY RELEASED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE."

We saw firsthand this week how wary Israeli forces are of these tunnels.

guns drawn.pointing down the shaft.ready for anything.

TM: But you won't go in?

CI: No.

TM: Assumption booby tapped

CI: Assumption booby trapped and maybe terrorists inside*

VO MORAN AT SHELTER:

But today, at a UN shelter here in Gaza, Palestinians told us.the capture

of an Israeli is a triumph.

Guy:

I think this is a right for Palestinian to defend themselves.

Now.with Israeli forces pressing hard, looking for their comrade.the war

is intensifying.

with no end in sight.

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CAPE BREW PUSH-TRX-VOTOPS-OC


THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL WANTS MORE CRAFT BEER ON TAP --

IN THE COMING WEEKS --

CITY LEADERS WILL LOOK AT WAYS TO MAKE THE CAPE MORE ALCOHOL FRIENDLY.

RIGHT NOW THERE IS ONLY ONE CRAFT DISTILLERY IN THE CITY.

WICKED DOLPHIN.

IT SPECIALIZES IN HOMEGROWN RUM. Return to index of stories...


CAPE BREW PUSH-SOTVO


00:13:17 "The response in our area has been tremendous not just here in Lee County but all throughout Florida."

WE ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES SEEING THE IMPACT.

NATIONWIDE --

THE CRAFT BREWERY AND DISTILLERY BUSINESS IS BOOMING.

IN ORDER FOR CAPE CORAL TO GET IN ON THE ACTION THEY HAVE TO CHANGE CITY CODE.

IT WILL BE MONTHS BEFORE COUNCIL CONSIDERS THAT CHANGE.

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FSW SPECIAL HOURS-OTS- trxCGVIDBOX


IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW THINGS TO DO TODAY --

ABC7 HAS YOU COVERED.

WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT ALL MORNING -

BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON --

IT'S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

FLORIDA SOUTH-WESTERN STATE COLLEGE --

WILL BE HOLDING SPECIAL HOURS TODAY AT ALL THEIR COLLEGES.

IT WILL BE FROM NINE A-M TO NOON.

DURING THIS TIME -

STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FINISH ANYTHING THEY NEED

TO GET READY FOR THE UPCOMING FALL SEMESTER.

July 24, 2014 - Fort Myers, FLA - Florida SouthWestern State College will offer special Saturday hours at all locations from 9am - 12pm on Saturday, August 2. All enrollment service offices will be open during these times to assist students in completing any unfinished business for Fall enrollment at FSW. Specific locations are as follows:

· Thomas Edison Campus, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, Building S

· Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, Building J

· Collier Campus, 7505 Grand Lely Drive, Naples, FL 34113, Building M

· Hendry/Glades Center, 1092 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Building A

"We know that sometimes it is hard to stop by the college during the week to complete the necessary paperwork for enrollment and the opportunity to register for classes," said Mark Bukowski, Director of Admissions at Florida SouthWestern State College. "By offering Saturday hours on August 2, FSW is welcoming those who are in the process to finish what they need to and ask questions. We also welcome anyone interested in starting the admissions process as well during this time frame."

During the special Saturday hours, students and applicants can submit documents necessary to complete the admissions process, finalize course registration, pay for classes, meet with financial aid representatives and ask questions related to the admission and registration process. Return to index of stories...


FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES-CGTOPS


KIDS WHO NEED SCHOOL SUPPLIES --

THERE'S A BACK PACK GIVEAWAY HAPPENING TODAY --

IT WILL BE AT THE SOUTHSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN FORT MYERS --

THEY WILL GIVE 200 CHILDREN SUPPLIES --

PLUS A NEW BACKPACK, SHIRTS, SHORTS AND MORE --

YOUR CHILD CAN ALSO GET A FREE HAIRCUT --

REGISTRATION STARTS AT 8:30 A.M. AND THE EVENTS RUN UNTIL THREE.

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Southside Christian Church in Fort Myers will hold its first back-to-school "Southside Mall" event Saturday, August 2, at the church located at 7800 College Parkway. The complimentary giveaway will provide 200 children with many of the supplies required by the School District of Lee County, as well as new backpacks, shirts, shorts and undergarments. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and bibles will also be given away, and haircuts will be available for children at their parent or guardian's request. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., there is no paperwork or income-verification, and the event runs through 3 p.m. or while supplies last, whichever is earlier.

Every child will have a personal shopper assigned as they "shop" from clothing racks and tables in the gymnasium-turned-marketplace, picking out their choices. Organizers will then fill each child's backpack with supplies such as composition books, pens, pencils and crayons as they enter the checkout counter. Adults accompanying the children will wait for them in a meeting room as their little ones explore the "mall." Return to index of stories...


FM ELITE RUNNER GRAND OPENING-CGTOPS


AND IF YOU'RE A RUNNER --

THERE IS A NEW SHOP YOU MIGHT ENJOY.

THE ELITE RUNNER IS HELD THEIR GRAND OPENING THIS MORNING.

IT'S AT THE INTERSECTION OF MCGREGOR AND COLLEGE IN FORT MYERS.

THEY OPENED AT SEVEN A-M.

ALL RUNNERS ARE WELCOME TO COME AND CHECK OUT THEIR VARIETY OF SHOES!

August 2nd

come join us for our Grand Opening August 2nd at The Elite Runner! We are a specialty

retail running store for all the top brand shoes and accessories. We are located in Fort

Myers behind Rene's restaurant at the intersection of McGregor Blvd. and College Pkwy.

Join us the morning of the Grand Opening for a Free 5k. The event will start at 7am. This

will be a timed event with popsicles sticks handed out at the finish. The course will be

1.55 miles out and back along McGregor. A course map will be available in the store.

The roads will not be shut down so please be aware if you are bringing a child or you are

pushing a stroller. All types of runners and walkers are welcomed!

High Fives and words of encouragement will be passed out at the finish for awards=

Participating in the 5k will enter you in a drawing for a chance to win a pair of free

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NOW SHOWING: GUARDIANS OF THE GALEXY-trxVOTOPS


AND IF YOU'RE IN THE MOOD TO CATCH A NEW MOVIE TODAY --

MARVELS NEW MOVIE --

GUARDIANS OF THE GALEXY IS OUT.

THE NEW FLICK --

FEATURES A GROUP OF CRIMINALS WHO MUST SAVE THE UNIVERSE.

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NOW SHOWING: GET ON UP-trxVOTOPS


AND "GET ON UP" --

THE STORY OF LEGENDARY SINGER JAMES BROWN.

THE MOVIE TRACES HIS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS --

AND HIS RISE TO SUPER STARDOM

IT TOO IS RATED P-G-13. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FOUR---


ITS AN EVENT THAT BENEFITS TROUBLED YOUNG GIRLS --

AND IT ALL STARTS WITH HELP --

FROM YOU --

PUTTING ON THAT FANCY WHITE GOWN.

AND AN AMAZING STORY OF SPORTSMEN-SHIP OUT OF PUNTA GORDA --

THAT HAS TWO BROTHERS --

AND HIS FAMILY VERY EXCITED!

BUT FIRST. HERE'S A CHECK OF THIS MORNING'S WINNING LOTTERY NUMBERS.

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TZ4 A LOVE THAT DRESS-VOTOPS


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TZ4 B JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WX CTR


STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


LOTTERY NUMBERS-CG (2)


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STORMWARN OPEN-CLIPTOPS


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MAIN WEATHER-2SHOT


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MAIN WEATHER


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.

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS-VO-WIPE


CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS!

TICKETS FOR "LOVE THAT DRESS" ARE NOW ON SALE.

THOUSANDS OF NEW AND GENTLY WORN DONATED DRESS ARE UP FOR GRABS -- FOR EXTREMELY LOW PRICES.

ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO THE PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS IN LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES. WHICH HELPS AT RISK GIRLS STAY IN SCHOOL.

TICKETS ARE 30 DOLLARS. Return to index of stories...


LOVE THAT DRESS-SOTVO-BNR


Meg Geltner, Pace Center for Girls

"By honoring that female spirit.it's our premiere event of the year. "

THE GOAL THIS YEAR IS RAISE 135-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE CENTER IS COLLECTING DRESSES RIGHT NOW.

FOR A LIST OF PLACES YOU CAN DROP OFF DRESSES AND TO BUY YOUR TICKET--

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JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-ONCAM


FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS --

THE PUNTA GORDA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN OFFERING FREE SUMMER BASKETBALL PROGRAMS FOR KIDS.

IT BEGAN AS A WAY TO REACH OUT TO AT RISK CHILDREN.

THE COACHES WILL TELL YOU---

EVERY NOW AND THEN A KID COMES THROUGH THE PROGRAM THAT TEACHES THEM A THING OR TWO.

ABC7'S CHRIS GILMORE GOT A FIRST HAND LOOK. Return to index of stories...


JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-PKG


11 YEAR OLD COLE AND DYLAN BISSONETTE ARE ABOUT AS CLOSE AS TWO BROTHERS CAN BE.

THEY'RE TWINS, BORN JUST TWO MINUTES APART.

THEY HAVE SIMILAR INTERESTS ---SCHOOL​, VIDEO GAMES

AND​. THEY GET ON EACH OTHERS NERVES.

sound supporting the statement about getting on each other's nerves.

BUT THERE'S ONE THING THAT REALLY BRINGS THE TWO TOGETHER

BASKETBALL.

WITH THAT IN MIND, MOM NAOMI SIGNED THE TWO UP FOR THE PUNTA GORDA POLICE JAMMERS SUMMER LEAGUE.

AT A GAME 2 WEEKS AGO, COLE DID SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE CONSIDER NORMAL.

SOUNDS FROM GAME

COLE SCORED A POINT. HIS FIRST ONE EVER.

04:03:48-53

"I had a feeling he would make one because that's all he would talk about."

YOU SEE, THERE'S ONE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWINS.

NEED SOMEONE SAYING HE HAS CEREBRAL PALSY. MOM?

COLE'S CONDITION SEVERELY LIMITS THE USE OF HIS LEFT SIDE AND CAUSES SEIZURES.

04:47:23-26

"It's very hard."

BUT IT D ​OESN'T STOP HIM FROM WANTING TO PLAY BASKETBALL.

04:34:32-36

"I did not want to sit on the bench, I wanted to get in there and make a shot."

HE DIDN'T SCORE ON HIS FIRST ATTEMPT OR HIS SECOND.

04:35:39-46

"I was almost. I was close to making the first shot and the 5th shot, I made it."

​THEN. ​COLE HAD HIS MOMENT. AND THE CROWD WENT WILD.

04:34:05-08

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JAMMERS BASKETBALL PLAYER-ONCAM


THAT WAS CHRIS GILLMORE REPORTING.

COLE AND DYLAN'S TEAM WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE JAMMERS TOURNAMENT THAT STARTS TODAY.

The Punta Gorda Police Department's Jammers Youth Basketball League will wrap‐up the 2014

summer season with a final tournament on Saturday, August 2nd, at the South County Regional

Park Gymnasium located at 670 Cooper Street in Punta Gorda.

Games will begin around 9:00 a.m. As teams are eliminated from contention,

the players will be presented with trophies commemorating the season. The

final game likely will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a pizza

party for the kids celebrating another successful season. The public is

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TEASE FIVE--


AHEAD ON ABC 7.

CHILDHOOD OBESITY.

ITS A NEGATIVE TREND HAPPENING WITH KIDS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

BUT NOW --

HOW ARE PARENTS EVALUATING THEIR CHILDRENS WEIGHT -

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TZ5 A CHILDREN AND OBESITY-VOTOPS


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OBESITY IN CHILDREN-TC MON


CHILDHOOD OBESITY -

ITS BECOMING A MAJOR HEALTH TREND FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.

BUT NOW --

A NEW STUDY IS FINDING PARENTS ARE UNDERESTIMATING THEIR CHILDRENS

WEIGHT.

ABC'S PAULA FARRIS HAS MORE. Return to index of stories...


OBESITY IN CHILDREN-PKG


29 -:33 DR. KEITH AYOOB / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF

MEDICINE

CALL IT THE AUGUSTUS GLOOP EFFECT.

nats Willy Wonka

I just knew Augustus would find the Golden Ticket! Eating is his habit you

know.

PARENTSSEEMINGLY UNCONCERNED AND IN SOME CASES OBLIVIOUS TO OBESITY IN THEIR

OWN CHILDREN.

IN FACT-A BRAND NEW STUDY SHOWS 25 PERCENT OF PARENTS UNDERESTIMATE THE

WEIGHT OF THEIR CHILDREN.WHILE 27 PERCENT OF CHILDREN AND TEENS

UNDERESTIMATE THEIR OWN WEIGHT.AND EXPERTS SAY THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM!

SOT Dr. Keith Ayoob / Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein

College of Medicine: Parents often feel that their child will outgrow

their overweight and I always tell them not likely to happen so we really

need to make some changes and doing it earlier is much better and much

easier than waiting for something to happen later

THE STUDY CITES SOME STARTLING STATISTICS OBESITY IN AMERICAN CHILDREN HAS

DOUBLED OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS AND TRIPLED IN ADOLESCENTS. AND-AS OF 2010-

NEARLY ONE THIRD OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS LIVING IN THE U.S. WERE

OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE.

SO WHY DO SOME PARENTS SEEM TO TURN A BLIND EYE IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE?

SOT Dr. Keith Ayoob / Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein

College of Medicine: Sometimes it's cultural beliefs, sometimes it may be

that admitting your child is overweight you actually then have to confront

the problem and then do something about it and some parents are reluctant to

do so

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TOP STORIES-CLIPTOPS


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TS1) CONGRESSIONAL MAPPING-VOTOPS


A FEW OF YOUR TOP STORIES THIS MORNING --

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS HAVE TWO WEEKS TO RE-SUBMIT A MAP OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

LAST MONTH --

A JUDGE RULED THE DISTRICTS WERE ILLEGALLY DRAWN IN 20-12 --

THE JUDGE ORDERED THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS TO SUBMIT A NEW DRAFT SCHEDULE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION.

SIX DAYS BEFORE FLORIDA'S REGULARLY-SCHEDULED PRIMARY ELECTION. Return to index of stories...


TS2) RESTAURANT RAID-VOTOPS,SS


AND A NAPLES RESTAURANT --

IS ACCUSED OF RUNNING A GAMBLING OPERATION.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY'VE BEEN WATCHING "CASTAWAYS BACKWATER CAFE" FOR MONTHS.

SIX GAMBLING MACHINES WERE CONFISCATED THURSDAY.

ALFRED RUSSILLO -- THE OWNER -- IS OUT OF JAIL ON 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. Return to index of stories...


TS3) TEXTING & WALKING-VOTOPS


THERE'S NEW RESEARCH THAT SHOWS -- WALKING & TEXTING COULD BE DANGEROUS --

SAFE KIDS DATA SHOWS TEENS ARE MOST AT RISK OF GETTING HIT BY CARS.

THE STUDY FOUND ONE IN EIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOLERS WERE DISTRACTED BY TEXTING AND WALKING.

HIGHSCHOOLERS WERE WORSE - THEY RANK ONE AND FIVE.

A MAJORITY OF THE TEENS IN THE STUDY SAID THEY DIDNT CONSIDER THEIR AGE GROUP AT RISK. Return to index of stories...


TS 3) DTFM PARKING CHANGES-VOTOPS


AND --

PARKING IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS MAY SOON COST YOU THREE TIMES AS MUCH.

CITY COUNCIL MAY RAISE HOURLY RATES FROM 25 TO 75 CENTS.

CITY LEADES ARE ALSO LOOKING AT TAKING AWAY SOME OF THE FREE SPACES.

ITS ALL PART OF CITY LEADERS URGING DRIVERS TO UTILIZE THE PARKING GARAGES MORE.

THE LONG TERM GOAL IS TO BUY NEW "PAY TO PARK" MACHINES. Return to index of stories...


FINAL WEATHER-WXCOMP


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.

STORMS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON

A rather hot and humid day is in store today with showers and thunderstorms expected to begin firing up this afternoon.

Through this morning, conditions should be pleasant with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will be expected to rise through the 80s into the lunch hour.

Though a few showers may be able to develop over the Gulf of Mexico early today, any activity is expected to remain mostly offshore.

This afternoon however, we'll bring back the chance for rain and thunder. At this time it appears our activity will be induced by the seabreeze coming onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. Scattered storms will become likely after 1-2 p.m. today for areas along the US 41 corridor and eastward. As this activity develops, we'll need to leave in the risk for a shower or storm through the evening hours, most especially for areas inland from the immediate coastline.

It's important to note that it will not rain all afternoon and evening. But, activity that is able to develop will be expected to be rather slow moving in nature. Typically the slower the downpour or storm moves, the more rain it's able to drop on any one given location, so some spots of locally heavy rainfall will be possible late this afternoon and early this evening.

For Sunday, there will be more of an onshore component to the wind coming from the Gulf of Mexico. With that in mind we'll stand the chance for a passing shower or downpour early in the day, with another round of late afternoon and evening showers and storms expected.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to churn in the Caribbean Sea. According to data released from the 2 a.m. Saturday morning update from the National Hurricane Center, the storm is located around 140 miles south-southeast of the island of St. Croix. It continues to move at a relatively quick clip to the west-northwest at 22 mph.

Maximum sustained winds have held steady for the past 24 hours at 50 mph.

The tropical storm is expected to move across areas of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic today, before popping back up on the northern side of the island of Hispainola Sunday morning. Bertha is then expected to remain at tropical storm strength on the eastern side of the Bahamas before showing more of a curl out back toward the Atlantic Ocean.

It continues to show no direct threat or impact to our weather in Southwest Florida. Return to index of stories...


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THANKS FOR JOINING US--

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