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DIRECTORS PAGE HURRICANE CHARLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY-SOTVO
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP
HURRICANE CHARLEY PUNTA GORDA-SOTVO TOPS TCMON HURRICANE CHARLEY ARCADIA-BNC VOWIPE
HURRICANE CHARLEY PUNTA GORDA-PKG HURRICANE CHARLEY ARCADIA-SOTVO
HURRICANE CHARLEY PUNTA GORDA-TCMON CHARLEY FMB LESSONS LEARNED-BNC VOWIPE
DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP CHARLEY FMB LESSONS LEARNED-SOTVO
POLICE SHOOT MAN IN FERGUSON-VO SANIBEL TREES-TCMON VOWIPE
FLOODING ACROSS THE NATION-ANIBOX SANIBEL TREES-SOTVO WIPE
a) or flash flooding kills one-vo CHARLEY JEB BUSH-NATVOTOPS WIPE
b) long island flooding-vo CHARLEY JEB BUSH-SOTVO
c) baltimore flooding-vo MONTY'S REOPENING-VOWIPE
CAR BOMB IN IRAQ-BNC VO WIPE MONTY'S REOPENING-SOTVO
BORDER SMUGGLING DEATHS-TRX VO CHARLEY JIM REIF DEDICATION-VOWIPE
4 YEAROLD MAULED BY DOG-TCMON VO CHARLEY JIM REIF DEDICATION-SOTVO
FL LOVE TRIANGLE TRIAL-TCMON SOTVO FMB TOWN PLAN-VOWIPE
GA SHOOTING CARJACKING-SOTVO FMB TOWN PLAN-SOTVO
GA SHOOTING CARJACKING-SOTVO GROWHOUSE BUST-VO
WHITE FLAG STUNT-VO CAR INTO CVS-VO
STEUBENVILLE LATEST-VO HIT AND RUN DEATH FOLLOW-SS-VO-WIPE
STEUBENVILLE LATEST-SOTVO WIPE HIT AND RUN DEATH FOLLOW-SOTVO
SHIP COLLISION-TRX VO CHARCO SIDEWALK ISSUE-VOWIPE
POLICE CAR HITS SUSPECT-VOWIPE CHARCO SIDEWALK ISSUE-SOTVO
POLICE CAR HITS SUSPECT-SOTVO NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA-VOWIPE
EBOLA DOCTOR OUT OF QUARANTINE-VO NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA-SOTVO
EBOLA DOCTOR OUT OF QUARANTINE-SOTVO OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING-VOWIPE
LESBIAN COUPLE DENIED CAKE-VO OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING-SOTVO
LESBIAN COUPLE DENIED CAKE-SOTVO NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP
CO POT MAKING LESS-VO TEASE ONE
CO POT MAKING LESS-SOTVO TZ1 A VENOM CANCER-VOTOPS
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ1 B DROPPED FROM HEALTHCARE-VOTOPS
TEASE FOUR------------ WX TEASE-WXWALL
TZ4 A CRAVING-SOTVO CHARLEY BUMP 3-SOTVO
TZ4 B GOOD WILL CAMERA-VOTOPS DAVID WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
WEATHER TEASE-WXWALL WEATHER-PWC
CHARLEY BUMP 1-SOTVO WEATHER-WXWALL
DAVID WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP SALT AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-OTS VO
FORECAST-PHC VENOM STOPS CANCER GROWTH-OTS VO
FORECAST-WXWALL DROPPED FROM HEALTHCARE-VO
CRAVING-TCMON COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP
CRAVING-PKG TEASE TWO-POP
JUSTIN BIEBER LATEST-VO TZ2 SPORTS-VO
GIANT SEA TURTLE RESCUED-VO WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT
GOODWILL CAMERA MEMORIES-VOWIPE TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP
GOODWILL CAMERA MEMORIES-SOTVO TZ 7 1) FL ROAMING BEARS-VOTOPS-WIPE
NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP TZ 7 2) CHARLEY ANNY-VOTOPS
TEASE FIVE------------ SPORTS OPEN-CLIP
TZ5 A JUDGE DRESS CODE-VO TB BUCS-POPMON
CHARLEY BUMP 2-SOTVO TB BUCS-VOTOPS
JUDGE DRESS CODE-VO TB BUCS-SOTTOPS
JUDGE DRESS CODE-SOTVO SAMMY FIRST PITCH-VOTOPS
RECORD DIVORCE SETTLEMENT-VO SAMMY FIRST PITCH-SOTTOPS
NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP REDSKIN-VOTOPS
COMING UP AT 6PM------------ LEBRON MIAMI-POPMON
TZ 6 1) HIT AND RUN DEATH-VOTOPS TWINS ASTROS-VOTOPS
TZ 6 2) CHARCO SIDEWALK FIGHT-VOTOPS RED SOX REDS-VOTOPS
TZ 6 3) VENOM CANCER-VOTOPS FGCU VOLLEYBALL-VOTOPS
CLOSE-2SHOT FM AD-VOTOPS
BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS
HURRICANE CHARLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY-SOTVO TOPS POP GOODBYE-4SHOT
HURRICANE CHARLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY-VOTOPS WIPE  


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HURRICANE CHARLEY PUNTA GORDA-SOTVO TOPS TCMON


0524 "You need to take protective measures now to protect your life and the life of your loved ones."

OUR BIG STORY TONIGHT AT 530 --

REMEMBERING HURRICANE CHARLEY -- AND ITS IMPACT ACROSS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

GOOD EVENING -- I'M JEFF BUTERA.

THANKS FOR WATCHING A-B-C 7 TONIGHT, THE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY CHARLEY MADE LANDFALL.

YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT PLEA FROM A-B-C 7 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST JIM REIF THAT DAY.

HE CHARLEY TURNING TOWARD US --

AND HAD PUNTA GORDA AS ITS BULLEYE.

ABC7'S GEORGE SOLIS WENT BACK TO THAT CHARLOTTE COUNTY A DECADE LATER. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY PUNTA GORDA-PKG


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00:03:18 " The last thing we heard Jim Reif say Charlotte County hunker down and then the power when out."

02:12:24 "that's the historic clock on Marion Avenue"

14:34:09 "It was quite a deviated community at that time." Howard Kunik, Punta Gorda City Manager

02:13:23 " The clock is still standing but many of the businesses that stood here are demolished"

14:41:10 " That was Friday of course, Friday the 13th" Debbie Bales, Punta Gorda Ace Hardware

THE DAY HURRICANE CHARLEY MADE LANDFALL IN PUNTA GORDA TEN YEARS AGO.

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14:34:22 "I don't think any of us were prepared. I mean we'd been living a charmed life here in Southwest Florida for many years, we thought we were insulated." Kunik

PUNTA GORDA CITY MANAGER HOWARD KUNIK WAS IN CAPE CORAL DURING THE STORM.

CAUGHT OF GUARD LIKE MANY ​BY ​ITS SEVERITY

A FEELING THAT RESONATED WITH RESIDENTS AS MUCH AS THE DAMAGE AND DEBRIS

14:41:10 " We were sitting in our house, on the concrete floor feeling the floor shake and hearing our ears pop." Bales

DEBBIE BALES OWNS AND OPERATES THE ACE HARDWARE OF WEST MARION AVENUE

THE STORM SPARED HER HOME- BUT SHE FEARED THE WORST FOR HER BUSINESS

14:41:53 " All the stores and everything around us 360 was destroyed but our store was intact." Bales

AS YOU CAN IMAGINE HAVING A HARDWARE STORE OPEN IN THE WAKE OF DEVASTATION MEANT MANY BUSY​,​ UNCOMFORTABLE HOURS.

14:42:29 "No power, no water, it was very very tough didn't have air conditioning for about 5 weeks" Bales

"the day Charley hit- time stood still for many in Punta Gorda. We were here as a community came together before, during, and after the devastation. But, as you can see ​,​ time has marched on and ten years later- the devastation is gone but never forgotten." George Solis

14:34:36 " It could happen again, if it does, we're more prepared for it now" Kunik

IN THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED ​, THE DOWNTOWN TRANSFORMED​ ​- NEW SHOPS, HOTELS, AND A NEW CONVENTION CENTER WENT UP.

THAT'S IN ADDITION TO REBUILDING AND HOMES​ AND THE HISTORIC CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL​. ​ ​

BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY ​, BUILT TO CODES TO WITHSTAND A​NOTHER STORM LIKE CHARLEY.

PROGRESS - THAT OTHERWISE MAY HAVE NEVER EXISTED.

14:36:21 "It's tough to say to say that, but, we couldn't have accomplished this with almost a clean slate." Kunik

EVEN NOW WORK STILL CONTINUES ON IMPROVING THE CITY-

CREWS ARE IN THE FINAL PHASES OF COMPLETING THE STREET RE-BRICKING, PART OF THE CITY'S NEW FLOOD MANAGEMENT PROJECT.

14:36:55 " So, in a weird sense, in some way of form you could almost say Charley may have been the best thing to happen to this city in terms of getting where it is today? Yes, some people might say that." Kunik

DEBBIE BALES IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE- PROOF THAT TIME​.

14:44:46 " It looks great now, everything is good we got a lot of great people in town and they just pulled together

​.​HEALS ALL WOUNDS

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HURRICANE CHARLEY PUNTA GORDA-TCMON


THANKS GEORGE.

OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE CONTINUES AT SIX.

WE'LL HEAR ABOUT LESSONS LEARNED FROM THAT STORM.

PLUS HEAR FROM SOME OF OUR LEADERS THAT DAY.

INCLUDING CHARLOTTE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR - WAYNE SALLADE -- AND FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR -- JEB BUSH. Return to index of stories...


DEVELOPING NEWS OPEN-CLIP


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POLICE SHOOT MAN IN FERGUSON-VO


A DEVELOPING SITUATION TONIGHT IN MISSOURI -- THERE'S BEEN ANOTHER OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN FERGUSON -- DAYS AFTER AN UNARMED TEEN WAS SHOT AND KILLED.

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT -- POLICE SAY, FOUR MEN IN SKI MASKS, ARMED WITH SHOTGUNS, APPROACHED A CROWD.

POLICE ARRIVED TO A FLEEING CROWD OF PEOPLE, AFTER SEVERAL SHOTS WERE FIRED.

INVESTIGATORS SAY, A GUNMAN POINTED HIS HANDGUN AT A OFFICER -- THAT'S WHEN THE OFFICER SHOT HIM.

THE SUSPECT IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

POLICE DO *NOT* BELIEVE THE VIOLENCE WAS RELATED TO PROTESTS JUST BLOCKS AWAY -- SURROUNDING THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 18-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL BROWN. Return to index of stories...


FLOODING ACROSS THE NATION-ANIBOX


FLOODING CONCERNS ARE WIDESPREAD TONIGHT --

NOW AT 530 -- ABC7 TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT AREAS OF THE U-S THAT ARE DEALING WITH SEVERE FLOODING.

IN OREGON -- A HIKER IS DEAD, AFTER RUSHING WATER CARRIED A SMALL BRIDGE HE WAS STANDING ON INTO FAST-MOVING WATERS.

THE MAN'S BODY WAS RECOVERED A MILE DOWNSTREAM.

RESCUE CREWS WERE ABLE TO GET NEARLY TWO DOZEN PEOPLE ACROSS THE RIVER TO SAFETY.

IN THE NORTHEAST --

A NUMBER OF COMMUTERS HAD A ROUGH RIDE TO WORK THIS MORNING, ALONG LONG ISLAND.

TONIGHT -- THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR SEVERAL AREAS --

THAT'S AFTER MORE THAN 5-INCHES FELL ACROSS THE REGION.

AND IN BALTIMORE --

SOME AIR TRAVELERS WILL BE COMING BACK TO A RUINED CAR.

FLOODING SWAMPED A BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PARKING LOT.

EXPERTS SAY -- SIX INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN THE D-C AREA, TUESDAY. Return to index of stories...


a) or flash flooding kills one-vo


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b) long island flooding-vo


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c) baltimore flooding-vo


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CAR BOMB IN IRAQ-BNC VO WIPE


DEVELOPING OVERSEAS --

AT LEAST NINE PEOPLE ARE DEAD TONIGHT --

AND DOZENS ARE HURT --

AFTER TWO SEPARATE CAR BOMBINGS IN BAGDHAD.

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS VIDEO.

YOU CAN SEE PLUMES OF SMOKE RISING ABOVE THE CITY.

ONE CAR BOMB WAS DETONATED NEAR AN OUTDOOR MARKET.

ANOTHER RIGHT NEAR A HOSPITAL. Return to index of stories...


BORDER SMUGGLING DEATHS-TRX VO


U-S BORDER PATROL SAYS -- TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS DIED TUESDAY DURING WHAT THEY'RE CALLING A "SMUGGLING INCIDENT."

AUTHORITIES SAY THE TWO MEN WERE FOUND IN THE TRUNK OF A CAR.

THEY WERE TRYING TO ENTER THE U-S THROUGH A BORDER CROSSING IN SAN DIEGO.

BOTH THEY WERE FOUND UNCONSCIOUS AND NOT BREATHING.

CREWS ATTEMPTED TO PERFORM C-P-R -- BUT THEY WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.

THE 41-YEAR-OLD DRIVER TRYING TO SMUGGLE THEM ACROSS --

COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


4 YEAROLD MAULED BY DOG-TCMON VO


IN NEWS FROM ACROSS THE STATE TODAY -- A MIAMI BOY IS DEAD TONIGHT AFTER BEING MAULED BY AT LEAST ONE DOG.

THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND DEAD IN SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY.

THE CHILD WAS FOUND IN A FIELD AROUND 10-30 THIS MORNING.

INVESTIGATORS SAY MORE THAN ONE DOG MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE ATTACK.

RIGHT NOW -- OFFCIERS HAVE THREE DOGS CONTAINED.

THEY'RE STILL TRYING TO DETERMINE IF THE DOGS ARE STRAYS OR BELOING TO SOMEONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Return to index of stories...


FL LOVE TRIANGLE TRIAL-TCMON SOTVO


THE FLORIDA MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS FORMER BEST FRIEND -- TOOK THE STAND, TODAY.

SOT/Pedro 15:38:29 "He got out of the car and I fought him and after that I

remember going in the car and I remember seeing him in my rear view mirror

while I was driving away."

PROSECUTORS SAY -- PEDRO BRAVO WAS PROVOKED BY JEALOUSY TO MURDER HIS BEST FRIEND.

BRAVO IS ACCUSED OF DRUGGING AND STRANGLING HIS FORMER FRIEND CHRISTIAN

AGUILAR INSIDE HIS SUV IN 2012 -- THEN LEAVING HIS BODY IN REMOTE WILDERNESS.

DETECTIVES SAY -- THEY FOUND A SIRI SEARCH ON HIS PHONE READING "I NEED TO HIDE MY ROOMMATE."

THE 20-YEAR-OLD HAS PLED NOT GUILTY. Return to index of stories...


GA SHOOTING CARJACKING-SOTVO


NEW TONIGHT --

WE'RE HEARING FROM THE GEORGIA MAN WHO CALLED 9-1-1 -- AFTER A MAN WENT ON A SHOOTING SPREE NEXT-DOOR.

"We heard gunshots we ran outside to see what it was and seen a man laying in front of the steps. We ran over there and he, he was gone."

TWO PEOPLE IN GEORGIA ARE DEAD TONIGHT AFTER A SHOOTING SPREE.

THREE OTHERS ARE RECOVERING FROM CRITICAL INJURIES.

AUTHORITIES SAY -- A MAN OPENED FIRE IN A HOUSE -- BEFORE STEALING A CAR AND EVENTUALLY TAKING HIS OWN LIFE. Return to index of stories...


GA SHOOTING CARJACKING-SOTVO


"We're hoping that the two that have been life flighted will survive so that we can get better statements because we don't have any statements other than what we got here at this scene."

AUTHORITIES SAY THE SHOOTER KNEW HIS VICTIMS.

AS FAR AS A MOTIVE -- INVESTIGATORS SAY IT WAS DRUG-RELATED.

BUT THEY'RE STILL STUMPED ON WHY THE MAN WENT ON THE SHOOTING SPREE. Return to index of stories...


WHITE FLAG STUNT-VO


IT WAS US!

THERE'S A POSSIBLE BREAK IN THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE MYSTERY TONIGHT.

TWO GERMAN ARTISTS TOLD THE NEW YORK TIMES --

IT WAS THEM WHO SCALED THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND SWAPPED OUT AMERICAN FLAGS FOR WHITE FLAGS.

THEY DON'T GET THE OUTRAGE.

THEY THINK THIS WAS ART.

THE DUO SHARED A 30-SECOND VIDEO --

TRYING TO PROVE THEY PULLED OFF THE SWAP.

THEY MAKE THINK IT WAS ART --

BUT IT EXPOSED SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY IN NEW YORK CITY. Return to index of stories...


STEUBENVILLE LATEST-VO


A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER -- CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL TWO YEARS AGO -- IS NOW BACK ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD.

WHEN 18-YEAR-OLD MALIK RICHMOND WAS CONVICTED OF RAPE IN STEUBENVILLE, OHIO --

IT IGNITED A NATIONAL FIRESTORM.

HE WAS SENTENCED TO A YEAR AT A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER.

MALIK SERVED NINE MONTHS.

HE WAS RELEASED IN JANUARY.

TONIGHT --

HIS PROBATION OFFICER IS DEFENDING THE SCHOOL'S DECISION TO ALLOW HIM BACK ON THE TEAM. Return to index of stories...


STEUBENVILLE LATEST-SOTVO WIPE


SOT Fred Abdalla Jr., Jefferson County, OH Chief Probation Officer: "I think

the boy should be allowed to play. Malik Richmond has done everything the

court has asked him since he's been sentenced."

THE CASE SPARKED OUTRAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA --

AFTER THIS PICTURE WENT VIRAL.

YOU CAN SEE RICHMOND AND ANOTHER TEEN CARYING THE GIRL, WHO APPEARS TO BE UNCONSCIOUS.

DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH ABC'S 20-20 -- RICHMOND TOLD ELIZABETH VARGAS HE DIDN'T RAPE THE TEEN -- AND DIDN'T WITNESS A RAPE HAPPENING. Return to index of stories...


SHIP COLLISION-TRX VO


TWO SHIPS WERE NOT PASSING IN THE NIGHT.

THEY COLLIDED.

THE CRASH HAPPENED LAST NIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER --

OUTSIDE NEW ORLEANS.

A SHIP HAULING GRAIN LOST POWER --

AND PLOWED INTO A DOCKED VESSEL CARRYING PETROLEUM.

SOME OF THE OIL SPILLED INTO THE WATER

WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH.

THE U-S COAST GUARD IS INVESTIGATING. Return to index of stories...


POLICE CAR HITS SUSPECT-VOWIPE


SHOCKING VIDEO TONIGHT OF A MAN BEING HIT BY A POLICE CRUISER IN UTAH.

THE MAN WAS SPOTTED RUNNING AWAY FROM A PHARMACY -- THAT OFFICERS SAY -- HE BROKE INTO TO STEAL PAIN PILLS.

WHEN THE OFFICER ARRIVED -- HE COULD SEE A MAN COMING OUT THE DRIVE THRU WINDOW.

YOU CAN SEE THE IMPACT AS THE BURGLAR JUMPS OUT THE WINDOW RIGHT INTO THE PATH OF THE ARRIVING OFFICER.

JUST SECONDS EARLIER SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS CAPTURE THE BREAK IN.

THE OWNER SAYS THE THIEF WAS PAIN MEDS -- BUT COULDN'T FIND THEM. Return to index of stories...


POLICE CAR HITS SUSPECT-SOTVO


Phil Icard, Pharmacist "We're making a lot of changes. Putting the medications away where they can't be found. I've done everything I can possibly do to keep these things from happening."

A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA OUTSIDE SHOWS THE BURGLAR TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM POLICE.

THE OFFICER CHASED THE SUSPECT THROUGH A YARD BEFORE HE JUMPED A FENCE AND TOOK OFF IN POSSIBLY AN SUV.

POLICE THINK THE MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANOTHER PHARMACY BREAK-IN, BACK IN MAY.

HE'S STILL ON THE RUN, TONIGHT. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA DOCTOR OUT OF QUARANTINE-VO


A RETIRED TENNESSEE DOCTOR WHO CAME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IS OUT OF QUARANTINE AND TALKING ABOUT HIS ORDEAL.

ALAN JAMISON CAME OUT OF ISOLATION SUNDAY.

HE QUARANTINED HIMSELF FOR 21 DAYS -- WAITING TO SEE IF HE'D SHOW SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA.

DURING THAT TIME, JAMISON SAID HE MISSED DOING THE LITTLE THINGS, LIKE EVERYDAY CHORES. Return to index of stories...


EBOLA DOCTOR OUT OF QUARANTINE-SOTVO


Dr. Alan Jamison/Retired Pediatrician

"I lost contact with what time it was, the time of day or night and so it was somewhat difficult having people away from me so much."

--BUTTED WITH--

"I enjoy just going to the grocery store and seeing the store and doing some shopping, of course going to my grandson's birthday party

THE AID GROUP JAMISON WORKS FOR FLEW HIM BACK FROM WEST AFRICA LAST MONTH.

JAMISON SAYS HE WOULD GO BACK TO HELP EBOLA PATIENTS IN LIBERIA IF HE COULD. Return to index of stories...


LESBIAN COUPLE DENIED CAKE-VO


NEW AT 530 --

A POPULAR PENNSYLVANIA BAKERY IS THE HUB OF CONTROVERSY TONIGHT.

THEY TURNED AWAY A SAME-SEX COUPLE.

BETHANY PETRICH AND HER WIFE, JENNIFER, WERE PLANNING A CEREMONY TO RENEW THEIR VOWS.

THEY WANTED TO BUY A CAKE FROM THIS BAKERY.

BUT THE OWNER SAID -- SORRY, CAN'T HELP YOU, YOUR LIFESTYLE CONFLICTS WITH MY RELIGIOUS VIEWS. Return to index of stories...


LESBIAN COUPLE DENIED CAKE-SOTVO


"They had called and said to her they were a Christian bakery and the owner talked to Jesus for two weeks and that because it was two females getting married she couldn't bake our cake."

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"I'm not sorry for my decision and I feel strong. I know that I'm doing the right thing."

THE OWNER STANDS BY HER DECISION --

BUT ADDS SHE'S SORRY IF THERE WERE ANY HURT FEELINGS. Return to index of stories...


CO POT MAKING LESS-VO


COLORADO IS NOT MAKING *NEARLY* WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD --

OFF MARIJUANA TAXES.

AFTER THE STATE LEGALIZED MARIJUANA, THEY ASSUMED THEY'D MAKE SIGNIFICANT MONEY OFF THE POT TAX.

BUT TURNS OUT --

IT'S LESS THAN HALF THAN THEY PROJECTED.

PART OF THE ISSUE IS --

MORE PEOPLE THAN EXPECTED ARE USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, WHICH IS CHEAPER THAN RECREATIONAL. Return to index of stories...


CO POT MAKING LESS-SOTVO


I think we're going to want to do is address the issues, make sure the medical marijuana is truly being used for the people who are using it for medical purposes.

THERE'S A SUSPICION SOME PEOPLE ARE USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA THAT DON'T NEED IT FOR MEDCIAL REASONS.

IT'S POSSIBLE, BUT UNLIKELY, THE STATE COULD GET RID OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA ALTOGETHER, SO ALL MARIJUANA USE WOULD BE THE SAME, AND TAXED THE SAME. Return to index of stories...


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TEASE FOUR------------


"It could mean you're bored; you're dehydrated or thirsty."

ICE.

COFFEE.

PIZZA.

BURGERS.

CAKE.

WE ALL HAVE CRAVINGS AND THOSE CRAVINGS HAVE HIDDEN MEANINGS.

STAY WITH US FOR THE BIG REVEAL.

THE BIRTH OF A CHILD.

PRECIOUS FAMILY MOMENTS.

MEMORIES THEY'LL NEVER GET BACK WERE CAUGHT ON CAMERA AND THEN LOST FOREVER.

TONIGHT - WHERE ONE MAN FOUND THIS CAMERA AND HIS NEW SERACH FOR THE FAMILY IN THIS PHOTOS.

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


TZ4 A CRAVING-SOTVO


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TZ4 B GOOD WILL CAMERA-VOTOPS


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WEATHER TEASE-WXWALL


We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY BUMP 1-SOTVO


8/13 11AM - 1PM CHARLEY

REPORTERS SHOWING THOSE THAT STILL HAVE POWER A LOOK INTO THE GULF AS CHARLEY APPROACHES.

03:06:47 what I do want to show you right now - take a look out there, you can see the skies are darkening, we can barely see Sanibel. What's more impressive you follow the sand line you can see the ocean making its way toward where we're standing right now. 03:07:01 Return to index of stories...


DAVID 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


We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Return to index of stories...


CRAVING-TCMON


CHOCOLATE -- PIZZA - ICE CREAM.

DEFINITELY ITEMS MANY OF US CRAVE.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT - WHAT DO THOSE CRAVINGS REALLY MEAN?

A-B-C'S ABBIE BOUDREAU TELLS US -- THE FOODS YOU THINK YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT -- COULD ACTUALLY BE YOUR BODY TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. Return to index of stories...


CRAVING-PKG


SCRIPT:

Could your CRAVINGS be CLUES that something's EATING at

you?

Let's start with the oh-so common caffeine craving.

ABBIE BOUDREAU:

"A lot of people CRAVE caffeine. So, what does it say about

them?"

RACHEL BELLER, nutritionist

"It might say they might just need some satisfaction. Maybe

something's

going on in their life that they think that's gonna be the

pick-me-up. There's

nothing wrong with coffee, in moderation."

Beller says craving caffeine indicates a need for energy,

and a LULL could mean you're actually DEHYDRATED.

ABBIE BOUDREAU:

"Instead of coffee or sodas, all day long, what is a better

option?"

RACHEL BELLER, nutritionist

"You might just need some water to quench your thirst."

ABBIE BOUDREAU:

"Mm."

RACHEL BELLER, nutritionist, as she trades Abbie: water for

coffee

"And that might be a good trade-off."

What about if you crave ICE?

DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

"It could mean you're bored; you're dehydrated or thirsty;

you just consumed a hot beverage and want to cool your

mouth

off. But there HAVE been some case reports of people

craving ice

when they have iron deficiency anemia."

And, are you quick to order mashed potatoes and mac and

cheese?

RACHEL BELLER, nutritionist

"It might mean that you're lacking some serotonin, which is

a feel-good hormone. Sometimes

a treadmill can do that - it increases serotonin and that's

why we encourage exercise."

Beller says: turn to HEALTHY comfort foods, like whole wheat

pasta and yams. Or, even try

getting a massage! Cravings for fatty food might be your brain

telling you:

don't go COLD TURKEY!

RACHEL BELLER, nutritionist

"It's better to have a little bit of good, healthy FATS

which could prevent you from

wanting the UNhealthy fats."

ABBIE BOUDREAU:

" So, THIS is my craving.

So, what does it say about me?"

RACHEL BELLER, nutritionist

"It says that you might just be lacking some fat in your

diet.

A few is fine to have. It's ok to have a little fun!"

Food for thought - in MODERATION!

For Good Morning America, Abbie Boudreau, ABC News, Los

Angeles. Return to index of stories...


JUSTIN BIEBER LATEST-VO


POP STAR JUSTIN BIEBER ACCEPTED A PLEA DEAL TODAY.

THE SINGER PLED GUILTY IN MIAMI THIS MORNING --

TO MISDEMEANOR CARELESS DRIVING AND RESISTING ARREST.

THOSE ARE LESSER CHARGES FROM HIS ARREST IN JANUARY ON D-U-I.

HERE'S WHAT THE PLEA DEAL MEANS FOR THE BIEBS.

NO JAIL TIME.

ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES.

AND A 50-THOUSAND DOLLAR DONATION TO CHARITY. Return to index of stories...


GIANT SEA TURTLE RESCUED-VO


THE U-S COAST GUARD IS NOT USED TO MAKING THESE KINDS OF RESCUES.

TAKE A LOOK!

A NEW JERSEY RESCUE TEAM --

SAVED THIS GIANT SEA TURTLE OFF THEIR COAST.

A BOATER SAW THE ANIMAL STRUGGLING --

IT WAS TRAPPED AND TANGLED IN FISHING LINES.

A COAST GUARD CREWMAN CLIMBED IN THE WATER ALONGSIDE THE TURTLE.

THEN HE CAREFULLY REMOVED THE KNOTTED MESS.

WE'RE HAPPY TO REPORT --

THE 800 POUND SEA TURTLE SWAM AWAY SAFELY. Return to index of stories...


GOODWILL CAMERA MEMORIES-VOWIPE


TONIGHT -- ONE INDIANA MAN IS ON A MISSION TO HELP A FAMILY REGAIN SOME OF THEIR MEMORIES.

THE ONLY THING IS -- HE DOESN'T KNOW WHO OR WHERE THEY ARE.

THE MAN WAS AT A GOODWILL STORE LOOKING FOR A WORKING VIDEO CAMERA.

HE CAME ACROSS A CASE WITH ONE THAT WAS FROM ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO.

FOR 5 BUCKS HE TOOK IT HOME AND FOUND SOME OLD TAPES -- WITH FAMILY FOOTAGE OF A BABY'S BIRTH -- AND HALLOWEEN 7 MONTHS LATER. Return to index of stories...


GOODWILL CAMERA MEMORIES-SOTVO


Joe Lynch/Clarksville:"I guess my mission right now is to find out who these tapes belong to so I can get 'em back to 'em."

SO THAT'S WHAT HE'S DOING.

SO FAR -- HE'S FIGURED OUT THAT THE BABY WAS BORN AT A HOSPITAL IN OKLAHOMA

HE'S POSTED SOME OF THE VIDEO TO FACEBOOK -- BUT NO RESPONSE FROM THE VIDEO'S RIGHTFUL OWNER -- YET. Return to index of stories...


NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 5 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE FIVE------------


HE WEARS A ROBE

BUT THE PEOPLE IN HIS COURTROOM WEAR PAJAMAS AT BEST.

COMING UP --

THAT JUDGE'S RULING ON UNDERWEAR! Return to index of stories...


TZ5 A JUDGE DRESS CODE-VO


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CHARLEY BUMP 2-SOTVO


8/13 4PM-5PM CHARLEY

MORE FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF THE DESTRUCTION AND WRATH OF MOTHER NATURE.

07:01:40 watching the gulf it was 500 yards away from us as the day started. As you look these lots are like rivers right now. There's a current to this water and debris flying around. Screens broke loose, blew away -- how fast the wind is blowing. 07:02:13 Return to index of stories...


JUDGE DRESS CODE-VO


A PENNSYLVANIA JUDGE HAS HAD ENOUGH!

THE DISTRICT COURT JUDGE GOT FED UP WITH THE WAY PEOPLE WERE DRESSING IN HIS COURTROOM.

SO NOW --

A NEW DRESS CODE.

YOU CAN'T WEAR PAJAMAS IN HIS COURTROOM.

AND ANY MONEY PULLED OUT OF UNDERGARMENTS -- THINK STUFFED IN A BRA -- HE WON'T ACCEPT. Return to index of stories...


JUDGE DRESS CODE-SOTVO


Marisa Wilson / York

"My husband and I have this discussion all the time about money being taken

out of your undergarments."

--BUTT SOT--

Alicia Hilley / York

"There's a little bit of a gross factor there, I wouldn't take any money

like that."

A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE REPORTERS TALKED TO SUPPORT THE DRESS CODE.

SOME EVEN THINK IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. Return to index of stories...


RECORD DIVORCE SETTLEMENT-VO


AN OKLAHOMA OIL TYCOON COULD SOON MAKE DIVORCE COURT HISTORY.

AN ATTORNEY NOT INVOLVED IN THE DIVORCE SAYS -- IT'S POISED TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN HISTORY.

ACCORDING TO RESEARCH FRIM, WEALTH-X -- THE 68-YEAR-OLD IS WORTH AN ESTIMATED 20-POINT-2 BILLION DOLLARS.

A JUDGE SEALED MOST RECORDS ABOUT THE DIVORCE TRIAL TO PROTECT SENSITIVE INFO. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


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COMING UP AT 6PM------------


ALL NEW TONIGHT AT 6 --

POLICE MAKE ANOTHER ARREST IN A DEADLY HIT AND RUN CRASH IN FORT MYERS.

SEE WHY A BOYFRIEND AND GIRLFRIEND ARE ACCUSED OF COVERING UP THE CRIME.

A NEIGHBORHOOD --

SPLIT BY A SIDEWALK.

THE BIG CONCERN THAT HAS LEADERS PASSING ON A WALKING PATH IN PUNTA GORDA.

SCIENTISTS -- AT WORK --

LOOKING FOR A CURE FOR CANCER --

AT 6 --

WHY THEY THINK THEY'VE MADE A BREAKTHROUGH. Return to index of stories...


TZ 6 1) HIT AND RUN DEATH-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 2) CHARCO SIDEWALK FIGHT-VOTOPS


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TZ 6 3) VENOM CANCER-VOTOPS


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CLOSE-2SHOT


AD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...


BIG STORY OPEN-CLIP


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HURRICANE CHARLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY-SOTVO TOPS POP


THE NBC2 WEATHER TEAM PREDICTS THE TURN TOWARDS LEE AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES -- A WORST CASE SCENARIO IS COMING TRUE.

03:08:37 We're looking at a two hour trend where this hurricane is no longer moving straight to the north. It seems to be taking a track more to the NNE and that's a turn that concerns us very greatly. 03:08:53

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY -- ONE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING STORMS TO HIT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CAME ASHORE.

TONIGHT -- WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE CHARLEY -- AND WHAT IT TAUGHT US ABOUT BEING PREPARED.

GOOD EVENING -- I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

AND I'M JEFF BUTERA.

THANKS FOR WATCHING A-B-C 7 NEWS AT 6.

HURRICANE CHARLEY SWEPT THROUGH AS A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE -- PACKING A MASSIVE PUNCH.

IT DOLED OUT 14 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.

AT THE TIME, THE SECOND MOST IN HISTORY.

ONE OF THE MANY AREAS IT WIPED OUT --

THE CITRUS INDUSTRY. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY-VOTOPS WIPE


IN ARCADIA -- STEVE SORRELLS LOST MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF HIS GROVE THAT DAY.

TEN YEARS LATER --

HE STILL SEES SIGNS OF THE DEVASTATION.

HIS SON, JUSTIN, NOW HEADS THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY CITRUS GROWERS.

HE SAYS CHARLEY OFTEN COMES UP IN CONVERSATION. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY CITRUS INDUSTRY-SOTVO


you'll go back and say that's one of the trees that fell over during Charley and it just lived this long.

citrus growers are dealing with a lot from Mother nature to pests and diseases and Charley is always in the convo.

SORRELS SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELPED KEEP HIS INDUSTRY AFLOAT IN THE MONTHS FOLLOWING THE STORM. Return to index of stories...


TEAM COVERAGE-CLIP


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HURRICANE CHARLEY ARCADIA-BNC VOWIPE


OUR TEAM COVERAGE OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE CHARLEY CONTINUES AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT ONE OF THE CITIES THAT BORE THE BRUNT OF VHARLEY -- ARCADIA.

YOU'LL REMEMBER THESE IMAGES.

ARCADIA'S ICONIC WATER TOWER - REDUCED TO RUBBLE.

WELL OVER HALF OF ALL HOMES IN ARCADIA WERE DESTROYED.

90 PERCENT OF ALL HOMES IN THE CITY GOT SOME SORT OF DAMAGE -

WHICH HOUSED 12-HUNDRED PEOPLE THE DAY THE STORM SWEPT THROUGH.

BUT BEGAN FALLING APART WHEN WINDS HIT 80 MILES PER HOUR. Return to index of stories...


HURRICANE CHARLEY ARCADIA-SOTVO


me professionally I was shocked - I could not believe that building was coming apart and personally? I felt like I had sent my friends to their deaths.

TODAY -- FOLKS IN ARCADIA ARE STILL REBUILDING.

THE UNDERGROUND SEWER AND WATER SYSTEM TOOK A BIG HIT IN 2004.

TO ENSURE IT HOLDS UP IF ANOTHER HURRICANE HITS -- OFFICIALS ARE WORKING ON PLANS TO RE-ENFORCE THAT NOW. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY FMB LESSONS LEARNED-BNC VOWIPE


ARCADIA WAS JUST ONE OF THE PLACES HIT HARD BY CHARLEY -- FORT MYERS BEACH ANOTHER -- BOTH BY THE DEVASTATION FROM THE STORM -- AND THE POLITICAL FALL OUT.

RESIDENTS WERE OUTRAGED AFTER BEING FORCED TO EVACUATE -- AND NOT LET BACK ON THE ISLAND FOR DAYS.

THE NATIONAL GUARD BLOCKED THE BASE OF THE BRIDGE.

EMERGENCY CREWS WORKED TO CLEAN UP THE DAMAGE AND REMOVE PILES OF SAND

FROM THE STREET.

THEN TOWN MANAGER -- MARSHA GEORGE -- WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE SHORTLY AFTER THE DISASTER.

TEN YEARS LATER - THE TOWN SAID IT'S LEARNED ITS LESSONS FROM HURRICANE CHARLEY. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY FMB LESSONS LEARNED-SOTVO


Summer Stockton, Fort Myers Beach Town Council

:12:09 i think we just didn't take it seriously, because we never

experienced it, but now we know and now i think as citizens and a

government, were more prepared.

NOW THE TOWN ISSUES RESIDENTS "RE-ENTRY PASSES."

THEY'LL ALLOW PROPERTY OWNERS TO CHECK ON THEIR HOUSES AFTER AN EMERGENCY.

THERE'S ALSO A CODE RED ALERT SYSTEM TO HELP GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS COMMUNICATE WITH RESIDENTS ON THEIR PHONES DURING AN EMERGENCY.

RESIDENTS NEED TO SIGN UP FOR BOTH. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL TREES-TCMON VOWIPE


SOUTHWEST FLORIDA LOST HOUSES.

CARS.

BUSINESSES.

AND PROPERTY THAT DAY 10 YEARS AGO.

BUT WE ALSO LOST TREES.

CHARLEY DESTROYED THE FAMED TREE CANOPY ON SANIBEL ISLAND.

AUSTRALIAN PINES USED TO TOWER ABOVE PERIWINKLE WAY.

BUT THE EXOTIC TREES COULDN'T WITHSTAND CHARLEY'S 140-MILE-AN HOUR WINDS.

NOW --

THE CANOPY IS SLOWLY GROWING BACK IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

THE CITY PLANTED THOUSANDS OF NATIVE TREES.

30 DIFFERENT SPECIES --

TO GUARD AGAINST INSECT INFESTATION OR ANOTHER STORM.

BUT BUSINESS OWNERS ALONG PERIWINKLE KNOW THEY'll NEVER RE-CREATE THE PAST. Return to index of stories...


SANIBEL TREES-SOTVO WIPE


No, no that is in our minds. The old canopies. Maybe in some old

postcards. Even though that won't be back, I think it's just as pretty. It's more

tropical now.

SANIBEL'S CITY MANAGER SAYS 97-PERCENT OF THE TREES PLANTED HAVE SURVIVED.

THERE'S NOW A MONUMENT NEXT TO THE ISLAND COW RESTAURANT THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE RESTORATION. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY JEB BUSH-NATVOTOPS WIPE


1:44:38 ---nats of him saying hello.

FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB BUSH RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME --

RETURNING TO PUNTA GORDA TONIGHT.

CHARLEY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED HALF THE BUSINESSES IN PUNTA GORDA.

BUT THE GOVERNOR WHO LED THE STATE THROUGH CHARLEY --

WAS AMAZED AT HOW MUCH PUNTA GORDA HAS CHANGED. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY JEB BUSH-SOTVO


JEB BUSH: 1:52:08 everytime i come back here. i just marvel and how quicKly this commuity recovered, it is a tribute to the work you do day in and day out.

GOVERNOR BUSH CAME TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA TWO DAYS AFTER THE STORM.

HE HAS RETURNED 7 MORE TIMES -- TO SEE THE PROGRESS PUNTA GORDA HAS MADE. Return to index of stories...


MONTY'S REOPENING-VOWIPE


AS THE REBUILDING FROM CHARLEY CONTINUES FOR SOUTHWEST FLORIDA -- ONE PUNTA GORDA BUSINESS IS MAKING TODAY VERY SPECIAL.

MONTY'S RESTAURANT WAS SHUT DOWN TEN YEARS AGO DUE TO THE STORM.

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS IN A TEMPROARY LOCATION -- OWNER DIANE CAPUTO REBUILT -- AND TODAY HELD A GRAND REOPENENIG ON THE SITE OF THE ORIGINAL RESTAURANT.

ALTHOUGH IT'S A NEW BUILDING -- CAPUTO SAYS SHE KEPT WHAT SHE COULD FROM THE OLD. Return to index of stories...


MONTY'S REOPENING-SOTVO


Diane Caputo, Owner, Monty's Restaurant

"In the storm that's what happened to it and it actually

suffered a little damage and we left it damaged for the character and

we hung it right here."

MONTY'S ACTUALLY OPENED IN NOVEMBER -- BUT THEY WANTED TO HOST THE GRAND OPENING ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLIE.

ONE OF TODAY'S SPECIALS -- A DRINK CALLED THE MONTY HURRICANE. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY JIM REIF DEDICATION-VOWIPE


METEOROLOGIST JIM REIF SAVED THE LIVES OF MANY 10 YEARS AGO WHEN HURRICANE CHARLEY HIT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

AT THE TIME -- HE WAS ABC7 CHIEF METEROLOGIST.

HE AND ROBERT VAN WINKLE FAMOUSLY REPORTED THE SHIFT THE CATEGORY 4 STORM MADE SENDING IT RIGHT FOR US.

REIF DIED IN APRIL AFTER A BICYCLING ACCIDENT.

TODAY HE WAS HONORED FOR HIS WORK IN PUNTA GORDA.

HIS NEPHEW AND FIANCÉ UNVEILED THE PLAQUE AT 4:25 THE SAME TIME CHARLIE WAS RIGHT OVER PUNTA GORDA 10 YEARS AGO. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY JIM REIF DEDICATION-SOTVO


"As long a there's people around who remember hurricane

Charley and what it did to this community and what it did for this

area Jim's name will be brought up over and over again and with good

reason and we love him for it."

A PROCLAMATION WAS ALSO READ AT TODAY'S TRIBUTE NAMING TODAY JIM REIF DAY IN PUNTA GORDA.

LEE COUNTY HAS ALSO NAMED TODAY JIM RIEF DAY. Return to index of stories...


FMB TOWN PLAN-VOWIPE


IN OTHER NEWS --

A-B-C 7 EXPOSED AN OUTDATED EMERGENCY PLAN ON FORT MYERS BEACH --

IF ANOTHER HURRICANE HIT.

WELL, TODAY, ONE COUNCIL WOMAN CALLED IT A NIGHTMARE TO LOOK THROUGH THE 170-PAGE PACKET.

IT'S SUPPOSED TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

BUT WE UNCOVERED LAST MONTH --

SOME OF THE INFORMATION IS WRONG.

SOME OF THE BUSINESSES LISTED, DON'T EVEN EXIST ANYMORE..

TODAY - WE FOUND OUT --

THERE ARE EVEN MORE INACCURACIES THAN FIRST REPORTED.

SAFETY LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION ARE OUTDATED.

PLUS THERES AN ISSUE WITH WHO DOES WHAT IN CERTAN SITUATIONS. Return to index of stories...


FMB TOWN PLAN-SOTVO


Bradley Cordrey, Fort Myers Beach

:29:50 'you would think somebody would have to be on top of that, like

that would be a main priority during the summer.":03

BUTT SOT

Rexann Hosafros, Fort Myers Beach Town Council

Hosafros

:18:43 "I found it to be a much bigger project than I anticipated. It's

been a very long time since we've redone the plan and lots of things

need to be addressed."

THE COUNCIL RE-DRAFTING THE PACKET.

THE SAFETY COMMITTEE WILL TALK ABOUT IT AGAIN IN A COUPLE WEEKS.

IN THE MEANTIME -- RESIDENTS CAN USE THE TOWN'S WEBSITE FOR SAFETY INFORMATION. Return to index of stories...


GROWHOUSE BUST-VO


NEW AT SIX --

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES SAY THEY BUSTED A MARIJUANA GROWHOUSE --

AT A HOUSE WHERE TWO TEENAGERS LIVED.

THIS IS THE HOUSE ON PANGOLA DRIVE.

THEY SAY THEY FOUND MORE THAN 500 POT PLANTS IN THE GARAGE.

THEY ARRESTED BRENDA AND TODD NELSON ON DRUG CHARGES. Return to index of stories...


CAR INTO CVS-VO


RIGHT NOW A PHARMACY IS CLOSED AFTER SOMEONE DECIDED TO MAKE THEIR OWN DRIVE-THRU.

TAKE A LOOK!

THIS S-U-V CRASHES RIGHT INTO THE FRONT OF A C-V-S IN LEE COUNTY.

SOMEHOW THE DRIVER WENT THROUGH THE DOORS AND EVEN DOWN AN AISLE.

ALL THIS HAPPENED ALONG SAN CARLOS BOULEVARD NEAR FORT MYERS BEACH TODAY.

WE'RE TOLD THE DRIVER LET HIS FOOT OFF THE BRAKE.

PEOPLE INSIDE THE STORE HAD TO SCRAMBLE TO SAFETY. Return to index of stories...


HIT AND RUN DEATH FOLLOW-SS-VO-WIPE


ANOTHER ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN A DEADLY HIT AND RUN CRASH IN FORT MYERS.

POLICE PICKED UP BRADLEY STIDHAM YESTERDAY.

HE'S ACCUSED OF TRYING TO COVER UP THE CRIME.

HIS GIRLFRIEND -- JACQUELINE HOGAN WAS ARRESTED THIS WEEKEND.

SHE'S ACCUSED OF DRIVING THE CAR AND LEAVING THE SCENE FRIDAY.

THOMAS DESOTO DIED AT THE INTERSECTION OF FOWLER AND SIMPSON STREETS.

A TIP LED POLICE TO A TRAILER IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

THEY FOUND THE CAR THERE.

THEY SAY HOGAN ADMITTED TO THE CRIME.

IN THE ARREST REPORTS -- DETECTIVES SAY SHE AND STIDHAM CLEANED THE BLOOD OFF THE CAR,

THREW AWAY THE WINDSHIELD AND REMOVED THE TAGS. Return to index of stories...


HIT AND RUN DEATH FOLLOW-SOTVO


Mario Michaud, Friend of Victim

"I know she was probably scared. But he's a person at the end of the day. he didn't deserve that, to die alone, you know?'

WE DID SOME CHECKING AND FOUND OUT BOTH OF THE SUSPECTS HAVE BONDED OUT OF JAIL.

THEY ARE DUE BACK IN COURT NEXT MONTH. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO SIDEWALK ISSUE-VOWIPE


A NEIGHBORHOOD SPLIT BY A SIDEWALK.

SOME SAY ADDING ONE WOULD IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.

OTHERS WORRY IT WOULD RUIN THEIR PROPERTY.

IF THE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX PASSES IN NOVEMBER - THE CITY OF PUNTA GORDA WILL RECEIVE 2 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR SIX YEARS.

THEY REACHED OUT TO THE COMMUNITY FOR IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE MONEY.

IN APRIL AFTER HEARING FROM RESIDENTS -- CONSTRUCTION OF A SIDEWALK ALONG MACEDONIA DRIVE IN BURNT SORE ISLES - WAS PLACED ON THE PROJECT LIST.

BUT NOT ALL NEIGHBORS WANT ONE. Return to index of stories...


CHARCO SIDEWALK ISSUE-SOTVO


"A lot of the concern is that people won't even be able to park their automobile in their own driveway because you'll have the path breaking up the drive."

RESIDENTS WHO DON'T MIND THE SIDEWALK SAY IT'LL IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO REMOVE THE MACEDONIA PROJECT FROM THEIR PROPOSED LIST. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA-VOWIPE


NAPLES CITY LEADERS POSTPONED A BIG RECOMMENDATION TODAY --

ON REGULATING MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

THE CITY PLANNING BOARD SAYS THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO RESEARCH THE CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC.

IN NOVEMBER -- FLORIDA VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

NAPLES IS DECIDING WHERE TO ALLOW DISPENSARIES, IF VOTERS SAY YES.

BUT NO RECOMMENDATION YET. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES MEDICAL MARIJUANA-SOTVO


Ben Pollera, United for Care Campaign Manager

23:24:45-:55

More so I think I'm seeing pretty productive conversations occurring. To my knowledge Naples is the first city that has proposed banning dispensaries.

THAT'S ONE OPTION.

ANOTHER, LIMIITED THEM TO CERTAIN MEDICAL ZONES.

THE PLANNING BOARD DISCUSSES THIS AGAIN NEXT MONTH.

BUT YOU CAN WEIGH IN TONIGHT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING-VOWIPE


LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS COULD BECOME THE FIRST DISTRICT IN FLORIDA TO GET RID OF STANDARDIZED TESTING.

PARENTS HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE IDEA TO THE DISTRICT.

AND IT LOOKS LIKE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE BEGINNING TO AGREE.

BUT THEY WANT TO KNOW THE RAMIFICATIONS OF NOT PUTTING STUDENTS THROUGH THE STATE'S ASSESSMENT TESTS. Return to index of stories...


OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING-SOTVO


25:08-21 Mary Fischer/District 1 Lee County School Board

I think that the ramifications are going to be that we need to start looking at doing things that are common sense - that are good for kids - that are going to help them develop and learn skills that they need/

31:10-14 Tess Brennan/Parent

There are other options to assess our children and to determine if they're ready to move on

THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS STATE REGULATIONS ARE NOT CLEAR.

BUT THERE COULD BE A LOOP HOLE.

IF ENOUGH PARENTS OPT OUT OF TESTING - AND SCHOOLS DON'T MEET THE 95 PERCENT PARTICIPATION RATE - THEY THINK LEGALLY -- THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY PUNISHMENT. Return to index of stories...


NEXT AT 6 OPEN-CLIP


NEXT AT 6 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TEASE ONE


BEES -- SNAKES - AND SCORPIONS.

ALL THREE CAN BE DEADLY.

BUT NOW SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO USE THEM TO STOP CANCER.

WE'LL EXPLAIN -- COMING UP.

PLUS --

WHY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE -- COVERED BY OBAMACARE --

MAY SOON GET DROPPED.

WE INVESTIGATE THAT NEXT.

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


TZ1 A VENOM CANCER-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B DROPPED FROM HEALTHCARE-VOTOPS


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WX TEASE-WXWALL


We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Return to index of stories...


CHARLEY BUMP 3-SOTVO


TRENT AERIALS --

AERIALS FROM THE CHOPPER ALONG FMB SHOW JUST HOW POWERFUL AND DESTRUCTIVE MOTHER NATURE IS. ROOFS RIPPED OFF AND SAND OVER THE ROADS.

02:07:13 how about that, you can actually see inside this room. You see a lone lamp standing there. 02:07:18 Return to index of stories...


DAVID WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP


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WEATHER-PWC


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WEATHER-WXWALL


We're tracking a few downpours and even a few storms roaming across Southwest Florida this afternoon and into the evening, but the bulk of the rain will tend to stay over our inland areas through the evening.

Aside from a passing downpour or two, we'll see a warm and muggy conclusion to our Wednesday with a mostly clear sky through the overnight period.

As we approach the early morning hours Thursday, some downpours will develop over the Gulf and head toward the coast of Southwest Florida, so plan for the possibility for some scattered showers during the morning hours.

By the late afternoon hours on Thursday, the highest concentration of rain will likely be over interior portions of the peninsula, but a few isolated showers will still be possible closer to the coast.

Our rain chances will start to drop off a little more from Friday into the upcoming weekend, keeping lots of sun and warm temperatures in our forecast. A few passing showers will be possible early in the day, but the rain that develops during the afternoon will primarily impact areas away from the coast and deep inland.

Tropical Update

Other than a couple tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, the tropics continue to stay very quiet. Tropical activity is not expected for the next few days, but we're getting close to the time of year when we normally see an increase in tropical development. Return to index of stories...


SALT AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-OTS VO


A SPRINKLE HERE -- A PINCH THERE.

SALT IN OUR DIETS ADDS UP -- AND UP -- AND UP.

TODAY -- A NEW STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SUGGESTS THE TASTE FOR SALT COULD BE KILLING NEARLY 2 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE -- EVERY YEAR.

THE STUDY SAYS THESE LIVES COULD BE SAVED IF WE ALL STUCK TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION'S

RECOMMENDATION OF NO MORE THAN TWO GRAMS OF SODIUM A DAY -- CUTTING OUR RISK OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

ON AVERAGE -- AMERICANS CONSUME ALMOST TWICE THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT *DAILY. Return to index of stories...


VENOM STOPS CANCER GROWTH-OTS VO


POTENTIALLY GREAT NEWS FOR MILLIONS OF CANCER PATIENTS.

SCIENTISTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS BELIEVE THEY MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO STOP CANCER CELL GROWTH -- USING VENOM.

THE PROCEDURE USES THE VENOM FROM BEES -- SNAKES AND SCORPIONS.

ALTHOUGH VENOM CAN HURT ALL CELLS -- THIS TECHNIQUE WILL IN THEORY -- ONLY TARGET CANCER CELLS.

THE WORK IS IN ITS EARLY STAGES -- BUT IT HAS SHOWN SUCCESS IN STOPPING BREAST CANCER AND MELANOMA CELL GROWTH IN LAB TESTS. Return to index of stories...


DROPPED FROM HEALTHCARE-VO


MORE THAN 3-HUNDRED-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP FOR OBAMACARE -- COULD SOON LOSE COVERAGE.

WHY?

BECAUSE THEY CAN'T PROVE THEY'RE LEGAL RESIDENTS.

IT'S NOT NECESSARILY AN IMMIGRATION STATUS PROBLEM -- BUT A DATA-MATCHING ISSUE.

THE INFORMATION THEY PROVIDED WHEN THEY ENROLLED FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT --

DID NOT MATCH WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD ON FILE.

THE GOVERNMENT'S TRYING TO FIX THE DISCREPANCIES.

BUT THAT HAS TO BE DONE BY SEPTEMBER 5TH --

OR THESE PEOPLE LOSE COVERAGE SEPTEMBER 30TH. Return to index of stories...


COMING UP NEXT OPEN-CLIP


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TEASE TWO-POP


BUFFALO BILLS WIDE RECEIVER SAMMY WATKINS TELLS US HOW HE WENT FROM SOUTH FORT MYERS TO THE NFL

PLUS--- THE NBA JUST GAVE MIAMI HEAT FANS A CHRISTMAS GIFT THEY WILL EITHER LOVE OR HATE-- OR BOTH--- WE'LL EXPLAIN Return to index of stories...


TZ2 SPORTS-VO


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WORLD NEWS TEASE-BLK-SOT


WORLD NEWS TEASE Return to index of stories...


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN-CLIP


TONIGHT AT 7 OPEN Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 1) FL ROAMING BEARS-VOTOPS-WIPE


THE FAMILY OF BEARS -- THAT GOT PRETTY CLOSE TO OUR ABC NEWS CAMERAS.

NEW AT SEVEN --

WHAT RESIDENTS IN THIS CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARE DOING, TO GET THE BOLD BEARS OUT. Return to index of stories...


TZ 7 2) CHARLEY ANNY-VOTOPS


PLUS --

WE'RE CONTINUING OUR COVERAGE ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE CHARLEY.

THE DAMAGE --

THE RECOVERY --

AND WHAT ONE CITY IS DOING, AFTER OUR INVESTIGATION EXPOSED OUTDATED EVACUATION PLANS.

THAT'S TONIGHT -- AT 7:00. Return to index of stories...


SPORTS OPEN-CLIP


SPORTS OPEN Return to index of stories...


TB BUCS-POPMON


BACK IN 1995 MALCOM GLAZER BOUGHT THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FOR THE BARGAIN PRICE OF 192 MILLION DOLLARS --- HE THEN-- QUICKLY TRANSFORMED THE BUCS -- FROM THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE NFL -- TO SUPER BOWL CHAMPS-- RAISING THE LOMBARDI TROPHY BACK IN 2002--- Return to index of stories...


TB BUCS-VOTOPS


LOVIE SMITH WAS A PART OF THAT WINNING CULTURE-- AS AN ASSISTANT COACH-- AND IS HOPING TO BRING IT BACK AS THE HEAD COACH---

THE BUCS-- CONTINUE THEIR WORKOUTS THIS SUMMER DURING TRAINING CAMP

-- AND WILL FACE THE DOLPHINS-- THIS SATURDAY IN THEIR SECOND PRESEAONS GAME AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM---

----- COACH SMITH SAYS--- THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY NEED TO SHOW IMPROVEMENT AGAINST THE FINS Return to index of stories...


TB BUCS-SOTTOPS


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SAMMY FIRST PITCH-VOTOPS


SOUTH FORT MYERS GREAT SAMMY WATKINS CONTINUES TO GET HIS FEET WET IN THE NFL---

ON FRIDAY-- WATKINS MADE HIS FIRST CATCHES OF THE PRESEASON--- IN THE BILLS GAME VERSUS CAROLINA---

WATKINS AND THE BILLS PLAY PITTSBURGH THIS SATURDAY IN ANOTHER PRESEASON GAME---- AND SAYS--- A BIG REASON HE'S MADE IT THIS FAR-- HIS BACKYARD BATTLES WITH HIS BROTHER-- NOW PHILADELPHIA EAGLES CORNERBACK --- JAYLEN WATKINS--- Return to index of stories...


SAMMY FIRST PITCH-SOTTOPS


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REDSKIN-VOTOPS


WASHINGTON REDSKINS OWNER--- DANIEL SNYDER HAS RECEIVED A TON OF HEAT FOR REFUSING TO CHANGE THE NAME OF HIS TEAM-- WHICH MANY CONSIDER DEROGATORY---

IN RESPONSE TO ALL THE CRITISM -- A GROUP-- SPONSORED BY THE REDSKINS-- HAS PUT OUT A VIDEO--- DEFENDING THE NAME AND LOGO----

THE VIDEO FEATURES--- NATIVE AMERICANS-- SUPPORTING THE REDSKINS--- Return to index of stories...


LEBRON MIAMI-POPMON


LEBRON JAMES-- LEAVING MIAMI HAS BEEN THE STORY OF THE SUMMER-- LEBRON JAMES RETURN TO MIAMI -- FIGURES TO BE THE STORY OFF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON--- TODAY THE NBA RELEASED IT'S SCHEDULE FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON-- HEAT FANS CIRCLE DECEMBER 25TH ON YOUR CALENDER-- THAT'S WHEN LEBRON AND THE CAVALIERS COME TO MIAMI FOR THE FIRST TIME Return to index of stories...


TWINS ASTROS-VOTOPS


LET'S PLAY SOME BASEBALL---

JOE MAUER AND THE TWINS-- HANING OUT IN HOUSTON TODAY---

THIS IS A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES---- MAUER WITH THE LASER SHOT TO THE BULLPEN-- SOLO HOMER--- HIS 3RD OF THE YEAR---

TWINS GET THE WIN 3-1 Return to index of stories...


RED SOX REDS-VOTOPS


RED SOX IN CINCINNATI TAKING ON THE REDS---

5TH INNING-- HERE'S YOUR BALL GAME-- MIKE NAPOLI--- ABOUT TO LEAVE THE BUILDING--- 2 RUN SHOT TO MAKE IT 5-3 BO SOX--

THEY HANG ON AND WIN 5-4 Return to index of stories...


FGCU VOLLEYBALL-VOTOPS


THE PRESEASON POLL IS OUT AND THE FGCU VOLLEYBALL TEAM HAS BEEN PICKED TO FINISH 3RD IN THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE

THE EAGLES ARE LED BY PRESEASON -- ALL CONFERENCE SELECTION--- OLIVIA MESNER---

THE LADIES OPEN THE SEASON AUGUST 29TH AT HOME VERSUS FLORIDA A&M Return to index of stories...


FM AD-VOTOPS


FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL IS SCRAMBLING TO FIND A NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR-----

DAVID BURNS--- HELD THE POSITION THE LAST 3 YEARS BUT FAILED TO RENEW HIS TEACHING CERTIFICATE THAT WOULD ALLOW HIM TO CONTINUE HIS POST AS AD---- Return to index of stories...


FUN SPORTS-VOTOPS


FINAL STOP-- WRIGLEY FIELD----

CHECK OUT THIS CUBS FAN----- THE FULL STRETCH-- AND CATCH----

----- THANK GOODNESS FOR THE RAILING---

IS WIFE -- NOT REAL IMPRESSED-- THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU'VE BEEN MARRIED -- 40 YEARS Return to index of stories...


GOODBYE-4SHOT


4SHOTAD LIB GOODBYE Return to index of stories...