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DIRECTORS PAGE JUDGE CANDIDATES-SOTVO
HEADLINES------------- AUGUST BUYING CARS-OC VO
HL1) SHAVING CREAM-trxVOTOPS NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL2) BEAR WALKS LIKE HUMAN-trxVOTOPS TEASE ONE------------
HL3) BIKINI MOMS-trxSOTVO TZ1 BEAR WALKS LIKE HUMAN-VOTOPS
BREAKING NEWS-CLIP TZ1 B RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN-VOTOPS
PORCH SHOOTING-VO TOPS WIPE JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
PORCH SHOOTING-SOTVO BNC FORECAST-PHC
WASHINGTON CHILD'S BODY-VO TOPS FORECAST-WXWALL
BIG STORY-CLIP BEAR WALKS LIKE A HUMAN-VO TOPS
DOZIER NEW INFORMATION-OTS VO WIPE LOCAL STUDENT MAKES PROSTHETIC HAND-OC VO WIPE
DOZIER NEW INFORMATION-oc LOCAL STUDENT MAKES PROSTHETIC HAND-SOTVO
BACK TO SCHOOL-ANIBOX TOPS RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN-VO IN TCMON WIPE
a) bus routes-vo1 RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN-SOTVO
b) fire drills-vo2 NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
TEACHER ORIENTATION-VO TOPS WIPE TEASE TWO------------
TEACHER ORIENTATION-SOTVO WIPE TZ2 A BIKINI MOMS-VOTOPS-WIPE
FIRE DRILLS-VO TOPS WIPE TZ2 B GOVERNOR SCOTT O0N NSAKE ENCOUNTER-VOTOPS
BUS ROUTES-VO TOPS BNR BIKINI MOMS-POP
CAR IN POND 911-OC SOTVO BIKINI MOMS-PKG
BODY NEAR I75 ID-OTS SS VO SS GOVERNOR SCOTT ON SNAKE ENCOUNTER-OC VO WIPE
BULLETS INTO HOUSE-OC VO WIPE GOVERNOR SCOTT ON SNAKE ENCOUNTER-SOTVO
BULLETS INTO HOUSE-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
MISSING ADULT-OC SS WIPE TEASE THREE------------
NAPLES HS SHAVING CREAM-TRX VO TOPS OC TZ3 A HAWAII HURRICANES-VO
FL STOLEN CREDIT CARD PIC-VO TOPS WIPE TZ3 B CHURCH COLLAPSE-VO
FL STOLEN CREDIT CARD PIC-SOTVO TZ3 C FL POISONING TRIAL-VO
FL SPECIAL SESSION BEGINS-OTS VO FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS
JUDGE CANDIDATES-OC VO WIPE  


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


NEW AT 5-

CONTAMINATION CONCERNS.

THE HIGH SCHOOL PRANK THAT'S CAUSING A RUCKUS AT A FLORIDA STATE PARK.

AND THE LOCAL STUDENTS INVOLVED.

PLUS --

LOOK AT THIS BEAR STROLLING!

ABC7'S MUST-SEE VIDEO IS COMING UP.

FIND OUT THE SAD REASON HE MIGHT BE WALKING. LIKE A HUMAN.

our bodies are amazing, they grow babies we run marathons we do all these amazing things and all we care about it is how it looks."

MOMS BARE THEIR BODIES IN BIKINIS.

WHY THEY SAY WOMEN OF ANY SIZE SHOULD BE ABLE TO WEAR WHAT THEY WANT TO THE BEACH.

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


HL1) SHAVING CREAM-trxVOTOPS


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HL2) BEAR WALKS LIKE HUMAN-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) BIKINI MOMS-trxSOTVO


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BREAKING NEWS-CLIP


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PORCH SHOOTING-VO TOPS WIPE


YOUR NEWS AT 5 WITH BREAKING NEWS!

HE'S GUILTY.

A JURY DECIDED A DETROIT MAN *MURDERED* AN UNARMED WOMAN --

BANGING ON HIS DOOR AT FOUR IN THE MORNING.

THEODORE WAFER SHOT AND KILLED 19-YEAR OLD RENISHA MCBRIDE ON HIS FRONT PORCH.

SHE WAS DRUNK, HAD CRASHED HER CAR, AND WAS POUNDING ON HIS DOOR FOR HELP.

WAFER CLAIMED HE FEARED FOR LIFE AND THAT'S WHY HE SHOT.

BUT MCBRIDE'S NEVER BOUGHT THAT ARGUMENT. Return to index of stories...


PORCH SHOOTING-SOTVO BNC


Monica McBride

Victim's Mother"Justice needs to be served. You did cold blood murder. That was murder. That was no accident. That was not self defense. He did murder."

JURORS ALSO REJECTED WAFER'S SELF DEFENSE CLAIM.

THEY CONVICTED HIM OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER.

WAFER COULD FACE UP TO LIFE IN PRISON.

BUT IT'S LIKELY HIS ACTUAL SENTENCE WILL BE MUCH SHORTER. Return to index of stories...


WASHINGTON CHILD'S BODY-VO TOPS


ALSO BREAKING AT 5 --

OFFICERS SEARCHING FOR A MISSING 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN WASHINGTON STATE --

SAY THEY HAVE FOUND A CHILD'S BODY.

IT'S NEAR A MOBILE HOME PARK --

WHERE JENISE WRIGHT VANISHED OVER THE WEEKEND.

THEY HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED THE REMAINS YET.

THEY WILL DO AN AUTOPSY TO FIGURE OUT THIS CHILD DIED.

JENISE WAS LAST SEEN SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN SHE WENT TO BED. Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY-CLIP


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DOZIER NEW INFORMATION-OTS VO WIPE


NEW AT 5-

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA RESEARCHERS SAY THEY HAVE USED D-N-A TESTING TO IDENTIFY THE REMAINS OF A BOY BURIED AT THE DOZIER SCHOOL FOR BOYS

THEY SAY GEORGE OWEN SMITH OF POLK COUNTY WAS 14 WHEN HE DISAPPEARED FROM THE SCHOOL IN THE PANHANDLE.

THEY DON'T KNOW HOW HE DIED.

HIS SISTER SPOKE AT A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON.

THEY USED HER D-N-A TO IDENTIFY HIM.

SHE SAYS SHE IS HAPPY TO FINALLY HAVE SOME CLOSURE.

RESEARCHERS HAVE SPENT FOUR MONTHS EXCAVATING THE GRAVEYARD AT THE SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


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THERE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE 31 BODIES AT THE SITE- BUT THEY FOUND THE REMAINS OF 55 PEOPLE.

FORMER STUDENTS FROM THE 1950S AND 1960S HAVE ACCUSED EMPLOYEES AND GUARDS AT THE SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE. Return to index of stories...


BACK TO SCHOOL-ANIBOX TOPS


THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS JUST 11 DAYS AWAY --

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

ABC 7 IS YOUR STOP FOR BACK TO SCHOOL NEWS-

INCLUDING HOW SCHOOLS ARE PREPARING FOR THE STUDENTS' ARRIVAL.

PLUS --

NEW BUS ROUTES ARE OUT TONIGHT.

WE'LL TELL YOU HOW TO FIND WHICH ONE YOUR CHILD IS USING.

PLUS-THE LATEST ON INCREASING THE SAFETY OF THE SCHOOLS-

INCLUDING NEW FIRE DRILL PROCEDURES. Return to index of stories...


a) bus routes-vo1


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b) fire drills-vo2


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TEACHER ORIENTATION-VO TOPS WIPE


BUT FIRST --

MORE THAN 500 NEW TEACHERS ARE GETTING READY TO HEAD TO LEE COUNTY CLASSROOMS.

ALL OF THEM -- ENTERING ORIENTATION FOR THE FIRST TIME. Return to index of stories...


TEACHER ORIENTATION-SOTVO WIPE


Sara Kohlhauff/Golden Apple Teacher

25:52-26:04

tthey're kin of in a learning curve situation and watching then come out and break through and have those ah-has

BUT ABC 7 IS LEARNING -- 500 PLUS TEACHERS MAY NOT BE ENOUGH.

WITH TWO WEEKS TO GO -- 90 TEACHING SPOTS ARE STILL OPEN.

THE DISTRICT TELLS US 490 TEACHERS LEFT THE DISTRICT LAST SPRING --

INCLUDING 100 THAT RETIRED.

THEY'RE STILL CONFIDENT THEY CAN FILL THE POSITIONS BY THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


FIRE DRILLS-VO TOPS WIPE


PRINCIPALS IN LEE COUNTY OFFICIALLY STARTED NEW FIRE DRILL TRAINING TODAY.

THAT'S BECAUSE MORE THAN FORTY PERCENT OF SCHOOLS EITHER MISSED OR DIDN'T REPORT REQUIRED FIRE DRILLS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

THE BIGGEST OFFENDERS WERE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

NOW, LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL FOLLOW THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S FIRE DRILL RECOMMENDATIONS -

THAT MEANS TWO DRILLS WILL BE DONE DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL AND ONE EACH MONTH AFTER THAT.

THE OLD POLICY CALLED FOR ONE DRILL IN THE FIRST 30 DAYS. Return to index of stories...


BUS ROUTES-VO TOPS BNR


AND THE LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RELEASED THEIR NEW BUS ROUTES TODAY.

FOR THE MOMS AND DADS OUT THERE --

WE PUT THE DETAILED MAPS ON OUR WEBSITE.

THAT WAY YOU CAN SEE YOUR CHILD'S ROUTE.

JUST LOG ON TO ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM.

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


CAR IN POND 911-OC SOTVO


ABC 7 HAS THE 911 CALL FROM THE MOMENTS AFTER A CAR PLUNGED INTO A NAPLES POND.

LISTEN

23-25 There's a car in the lake here and it just sank.

33-40 I was driving down Santa Barbara and I see taillights facedown in the lake

THAT DRIVER WAS PASSING BY AS THE CAR WAS SINKING TUESDAY NIGHT.

HE TOLD THE OPERATOR THE DRIVER MUST HAVE BEEN GOING PRETTY FAST BECAUSE THE CAR WAS AT LEAST 25 YARDS INTO THE POND OFF SUNSET BOULEVARD.

TROOPERS SAY 44 YEAR OLD YVON JEAN BAPTISTE WAS PULLED FROM THE VEHICLE.

HE LATER DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


BODY NEAR I75 ID-OTS SS VO SS


WE NOW KNOW THE NAME OF THE WOMAN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND JUST FEET FROM I-75 ON TUESDAY.

THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE SAYS IT'S 43- YEAR OLD PENY SEEVERS.

A LAWN CARE COMPANY SPOTTED HER BODY NEAR THE COLONIAL BOULEVARD RAMP.

DEPUTIES ARE STILL NOT SAYING IF THE DEATH IS SUSPICIOUS.

ABC 7 DID SOME DIGGING INTO SEEVERS' PAST.

WE UNCOVERED SHE HAS A LENGTHY CRIMINAL HISTORY, AND HAS BEEN IN JAIL NEARLY A DOZEN TIMES IN LEE COUNTY

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BULLETS INTO HOUSE-OC VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

A LEHIGH FATHER WOKE UP --

AND FOUND BULLET HOLES IN HIS SON'S SECOND-FLOOR WINDOW!

LET ME GIVE YOU A LOOK AT THE HOUSE.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT ABC7 OBTAINED TODAY --

FOUR PEOPLE WERE INSIDE THE HOUSE.

THE FATHER TOLD OFFICERS THE GUNSHOTS PUT THE GAPING HOLES IN HIS SON'S BEDROOM --

THEN RICOCHETED INTO THE HALLWAY.

THANKFULLY NO ONE WAS HIT.

NEIGHBORS SAY IT'S NORMALLY A QUIET COMMUNITY --

BUT THEY FEAR THE WORST. Return to index of stories...


BULLETS INTO HOUSE-SOTVO


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UNNAMED NEIGHBOR

034218 It's really surprising to hear that.

JERRY MARSH, Works across the street

020417 it's happening all over lehigh.

021027 gunshots, people getting shot and killing, all kinds of things.

WE CHECKED WITH THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

THEY HAVEN'T NOTICED ANY INCREASE IN THESE CRIMES, BUT THEY'RE LOOKING INTO THIS ONE. Return to index of stories...


MISSING ADULT-OC SS WIPE


DEPUTIES NEED YOUR HELP FINDING A MISSING MENTALLY HANDICAPPED MAN.

INVESTIGATORS SAY 59-YEAR-OLD DONALD RINEHART WALKED AWAY FROM HIS HOME ON PINE DROP LANE IN NORTH FORT MYERS AROUND MIDNIGHT. HE'S 6 FOOT ONE, 140 TO 150 POUNDS.

THEY SAY HE WALKS WITH A LIMP. IF YOU KNOW WHERE RINEHART IS, YOU'RE ASKED TO

CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HS SHAVING CREAM-TRX VO TOPS OC


COATED IN SHAVING CREAM WHILE TAKING A DIP AT A NATIONAL PARK.

NOW A GROUP OF NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COULD BE IN HOT WATER.

TAKE A LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS SOMEONE ANNONYMOUSLY SENT INTO OUR NEWSROOM

YESTERDAY THE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM WAS AT GOLD HEAD BRANCH STATE PARK IN NORTH FLORIDA.

YOU CAN SEE THEY'RE COVERED IN SHAVING CREAM AND RINSING OFF IN THE LAKE.INSTEAD OF SHOWERING.

ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS SAY SHAVING CREAM CAN BE HARMFUL, ESPECIALLY TO FISH.

AND THE PARK TELLS US THE GROUP DID NOT LISTEN THE FIRST TIME THEY WERE TOLD TO GET OUT OF THE WATER.

STATE PARK OFFICIALS SAY THE WATER IS NOW BEING TESTED.

AND THE A LETTER IS BEING WRITTEN TO THE NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, EXPRESSING THEIR DISSAPPOINTMENT. Return to index of stories...


FL STOLEN CREDIT CARD PIC-VO TOPS WIPE


TAKE A LOOK AT HER!

POLICE SAY THIS FLORIDA WOMAN USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD --

TO BUY 400 DOLLARS WORTH OF HAIR EXTENSIONS!

SHE'S A REGULAR AT THE "BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE" IN OCALA.

BUT THE CLERK GREW SUSPICIOUS --

AFTER SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE.

SO HE SNAPPED THIS PHOTO.

IT'S COME IN HANDY. Return to index of stories...


FL STOLEN CREDIT CARD PIC-SOTVO


She kept saying you know me, you know me, and I said we know your face, we know that you come in here and you're friendly, but we don't know your name so I'm not gonna take your card without ID.

I thought that would scare her into saying I don't want this anymore but she you saw the picture she smiled for it.

OCALA POLICE POSTED THE PICTURE TO FACEBOOK MONDAY.

THEY'VE RECEIVED NUMEROUS TIPS.

BUT HAVEN'T FOUND OUT WHO THE WOMAN IS --

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FL SPECIAL SESSION BEGINS-OTS VO


A SPECIAL SESSION IS UNDERWAY FOR LEGISLATORS IN TALLAHASSEE.

THEY HAVE UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY TO REDRAW THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS.

IN JULY, A JUDGE RULED TWO DISTRICTS WERE DRAWN ILLEGALLY TO BENEFIT REPUBLICANS.

THE NEW MAP WILL FOCUS PRIMARILY ON THOSE TWO DISTRICTS-

ONE THAT RUNS FROM JACKSONVILLE TO ORLANDO AND ANOTHER IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


JUDGE CANDIDATES-OC VO WIPE


JUDICAL RACES ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED, BUT THINGS ARE REALLY HEATING UP THIS YEAR.

ABC 7 HAS LEARNED 4 CANDIATES ARE SPENDING UNPREDENTETED AMOUNTS OF MONEY HOPING TO GET YOUR VOTE.

ONE RACE PUTS INCUMBANT JUDGE AMY HAWTHORN AGAINST ATTORNEY STEVEN LESKOVICH.

THE OTHER RACE PUTS ATTORNEY ROBERT BRANNING AGAINST ATTORNEY MARY EVANS.

CANDIDATES ARE SPENDING MONEY ON BILLBOARDS AND MAIL FLYERS TRYING TO REACH VOTERS. Return to index of stories...


JUDGE CANDIDATES-SOTVO


Laura Weir: Political Expert: "Surprisingly, in the last 5 years we've seen a tremendous amount of money going into these judical races that rivals the amounts that go into congressional races."

CAMPAIGN RECORDS SHOW SPENDING AND CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DOUBLE WHAT THEY WERE 4 YEARS AGO, AND 3 OF THE 4 PLAN TO AIR COSTLY TV SPOTS IN THE FINAL WEEKS OF THE CAMPAIGN. Return to index of stories...


AUGUST BUYING CARS-OC VO


IF YOU WANT TO BUY A NEW CAR --

DO IT NOW.

"TRUECAR" SAYS AUGUST IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GET A DEAL.

THEY SAY PRICES ARE ALMOST TWO-GRAND CHEAPER IN AUGUST --

THAN THEY ARE IN DECEMBER.

NOT EVERYONE AGREES THEY.

SOME STILL BACK THE BUY-IN-DECEMBER IDEA, SINCE DEALERSHIPS ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF INVENTORY. Return to index of stories...


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


NOT ON ALL FOURS--

BUT THE BACK TWO--

THE BEAR CAUGHT ON CAMERA STROLLING ON HIS HIND LEGS.

A FLORIDA TEEN GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE IN THE SAME WEEK.

THE NEXT PURSUIT FOR THIS CHILD PRODIGY--

AND HER MOM'S SECRET TO SUCCESS.

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


TZ1 BEAR WALKS LIKE HUMAN-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN-VOTOPS


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JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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FORECAST-PHC


THIS WEATHERCAST HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE ABC7 WEATHER STAFF.

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


FORECAST-WXWALL


TRACKING SLIGHTLY DRIER AIR

The onshore winds continued on Thursday, with scattered showers and storms developing. This activity may push back into the Urban Corridor later this evening, with temps holding in the 80s. Expect the storms to diminish overnight, with lows in the upper 70s.

Slightly drier air works into the region starting Friday. Winds will shift from the west to the south and east, reducing the threat for morning rain showers. Showers and storms will develop in the PM hours and slowly diminish in the evening. Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s.

The weekend is still looking fairly decent, with most of both days dry. Showers and storms will develop in the afternoon and early evening, but these will be widely scattered. Highs both Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 90s.

Even more dry air works into Southwest Florida to start next week, keeping rain and storm chances low. Only an isolated shower will be possible on Monday, with highs in the mid 90s.

Rain chances do increase as we move through next week, with highs holding in the low to mid 90s.

TROPICAL UPDATE

With Bertha now history, things are very quiet in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the open waters of the Atlantic.

A couple of tropical waves are floating between the Lesser Antilles and Africa, but those will have a difficult time developing.

No major activity is expected in the tropics over the next 5 days. Return to index of stories...


BEAR WALKS LIKE A HUMAN-VO TOPS


VIDEO OF A BEAR HAS EVERYONE TALKING TONIGHT!

HE'S WALKING LIKE A HUMAN -- ON TWO LEGS -- IN THIS NEW JERSEY NEIGHBORHOOD!

CAMERAS CAPTURED HIM STROLLING AROUND --

AND PEEKING INTO A TRASH CAN.

BUT --

THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REPORTS --

THE BEAR MAY BE HURT.

BEARS SOMETIMES WALK ON THEIR HIND LEGS TO COMPENSATE FOR THINGS LIKE WOUNDED PAWS AND LEGS. Return to index of stories...


LOCAL STUDENT MAKES PROSTHETIC HAND-OC VO WIPE


THIS IS JUST INCREDIBLE, A COLLIER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT IS TAKING A SCHOOL PROJECT WAY BEYOND THE CLASSROOM.

Stephanie Latoitue

Won Bronze Medal

34:20-34:27

When I push in.the finger that us being controlled folds out of the palm.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS HYDRAULIC HAND - MADE BY STEPHANIE.

IT WON A BRONZE MEDAL IN THE NAACP'S NATIONAL "ACT-SO" STEM COMPETITION IN LAS VEGAS LAST MONTH.

STEPHANIE IS GOING IN TO HER SOPHOMORE YEAR AT GOLDEN GATE HIGH SCHOOL.

SHE SAYS SHE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA ON HER OWN TO CREATE AN AFFORDABLE, FULLY-FUNCTIONING HAND FOR AMPUTEES. Return to index of stories...


LOCAL STUDENT MAKES PROSTHETIC HAND-SOTVO


Stephanie Latoitue

Won Bronze Medal

36:18-36:25

This is different from other science fair projects because I'm using my medical science and bringing it to life.

STEPHANIE SAYS THE PROJECT TOOK A FEW MONTHS AND MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS TO COMPLETE.

SHE PLANS TO BUILD A SECOND MODEL FOR NEXT YEAR'S COMPETITION. Return to index of stories...


RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN-VO IN TCMON WIPE


A FLORIDA 16-YEAR-OLD JUST GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL *AND* COLLEGE IN THE SAME WEEK!

NOW, GRACE BUSH IS STARTING HER MASTER'S DEGREE --

THE SAME AGE HER PEERS ARE MERELY GETTING THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSES.

WE FIGURED --

HER MOM COULD SHARE A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN.

GISLA BUSH IS A MOTHER OF NINE.

AND SHE HOMESCHOOLS EVERY ONE OF THEM. Return to index of stories...


RAISING SMARTER CHILDREN-SOTVO


"I thought it was a good advantage for me because I had my mom, um, teaching me

and so I was able to excel in the way other kids wouldn't be able to excel at

my age."

SHE SHARED THREE SECRETS FOR HELPING YOUR CHILD EXCEL.

ONE --

INTRODUCE THEM TO NEW IDEAS ALL THE TIME.

TWO --

GET THEM INVOLVED.

SIGN THEM UP FOR COLLEGE CLASSES, INTERNSHIPS, COMMUNITY PROGRAMS, VOLUNTEER WORK.

AND THREE --

NURTURE THEIR INTERESTS.

WHATEVER THEY'RE INTO, BUILD TIME IN THEIR LIFE SO THEY CAN EXPLORE IT. Return to index of stories...


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


"I put myself out there. I was vulnerable and you kicked me when I was down."

BUT SHE'S NOT TAKING IT LYING DOWN.

HOW OTHER MOM'S ARE JOINING THIS MOM'S BODY IMAGE BATTLE--

AFTER BACKLASH OVER HER BIKINI.

THE GOVERNOR VERSUS A SNAKE--

WHAT HE'S SAYING TONIGHT ABOUT HIS ENCOUNTER WITH ONE OF FLORIDA'S MOST VENOMOUS SNAKES--

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TZ2 A BIKINI MOMS-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 B GOVERNOR SCOTT O0N NSAKE ENCOUNTER-VOTOPS


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BIKINI MOMS-POP


REMEMBER THIS VIRAL PICTURE?

A CANADIAN MOTHER WAS TAUNTED AT THE BEACH FOR HER BELLY-BARING BIKINI.

SHE FOUGHT BACK ON FACEBOOK.

AND NOW OTHER MOMS ARE STANDING BEHIND HER.THIER GOAL?

TO SEND A POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT BODY IMAGE. Return to index of stories...


BIKINI MOMS-PKG


THESE WOMEN -- MANY OF THEM MOTHERS -- PROUDLY SHOWED OFF THEIR FLAWED BELLIES.

"I wouldn't normally be doing this because it is kind of intimidating being out in public and be showing your tummy."

FOR SOME -- IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THEY'D EVER WORN A BIKINI.

"We have strength in numbers so that's what we thought that moms are gonna feel way more comfortable if we get together and do it so that's why we did it this way."

OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE TO SUPPORT TANIS JEX-BLAKE.

SHE'S THE MOTHER OF FIVE RIDICULED BECAUSE OF THE STRETCH MARKS ON HER STOMACH.

"I put myself out there. I was vulnerable and you kicked me when I was down."

"My mind still goes back there. But the support is helping."

THAT SUPPORT HELPED THE SELF CONSCIOUS MOM STRIP DOWN TO THE SAME PINK BIKINI SHE WAS WEARING THAT HURTFUL DAY AT THE BEACH.

"I think every mom out there is kind of afraid that their turn will come that somebody will be scowling at them whether it's breast feeding in public or showing skin or anything like that."

SCOTT GRAY WAS AT CHURCHILL SQUARE WITH HIS KIDS - NOT FOR THE RALLY. STILL, HE WAS TO SEE IT. HE SAYS THE RIDICULE IS.RIDICULOUS.

"I think women should be allowed to dress with what they want I guess, 46 like I got a wife with 3 kids too and she's got stretch marks big deal. That was just totally nonsense I think."

FOR JEX-BLAKE, THE ATTENTION IS STILL OVERWHELMING.

"I don't know any of these people but they've all come out to show their support and they're all rocking their bikinis I love it."

"We really want people to realize that they should be loving their body for what it can do rather than how it looks cause our bodies are amazing, they grow babies we run marathons we do all these amazing things and all we care about it is how it looks." Return to index of stories...


GOVERNOR SCOTT ON SNAKE ENCOUNTER-OC VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT IS TAKING HIS "BRUSH WITH DEATH" IN STRIDE.

TUESDAY --

THE GOVERNOR MADE A CAMPAIGN STOP AT THE AUDUBON CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY IN COLLIER COUNTY.

WHILE THERE --

HE CAME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE EASTERN DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE --

THE MOST VENOMOUS SNAKE IN NORTH AMERICA!

IT SLITHERED UP TO HIM WHILE HE WALKED THE SANCTUARY GROUNDS. Return to index of stories...


GOVERNOR SCOTT ON SNAKE ENCOUNTER-SOTVO


the rattlesnake was about 6 feet from us. Of course my grandsons loved it. My daughter not so much. My wife.if she sees a snake that long she can't talk.

THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF SAYS NO ONE WAS IN DANGER --

EVEN THOUGH THE SNAKE CAME JUST FEET FROM THE GROUP. Return to index of stories...


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


A STATE OF EMERGENCY TONIGHT IN HAWAII--

PEOPLE PREPARE TO GET POUNDED--

A PAIR OF HURRICANES IS HEADING FOR THE BIG ISLAND--

THE FIRST IN MORE THAN 20-YEARS!

PLUS --

CHAOS AT A CHURCH DAYCARE.

A WALL COMES TUMBLING DOWN WITH CHILDREN INSIDE.

THE DAMAGE LEFT BEHIND AND HOW THE LITTLE ONES ARE DOING TONIGHT.

A DEADLY LOVE TRIANGLE--

THE THREE FLORIDA TEENS INVOLVED--

AND THE TWO EXES FACE EACH OTHER IN COURT FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THAT'S AHEAD ON ABC 7 NEWS AT 5-THIRTY. Return to index of stories...


TZ3 A HAWAII HURRICANES-VO


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TZ3 B CHURCH COLLAPSE-VO


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TZ3 C FL POISONING TRIAL-VO


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FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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

MARIA MERCES SCHMIDT OF CAPE CORAL

THANKS FOR WATCHING MARIA.

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