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HL1) COLLIER COUNTY FIRE-trxVOTOPS TZ1 A SCARY SUN VIDEO-VOTOPS
HL2) SCARY SUN VIDEO-trxVOTOPS TZ1 B SEAWORLD CHANGE-VOTOPS
HL3) FATKINI-trxSOTVO DAVID OPEN-CLIP
STORMWARN-CLIP FORECAST-PHC
FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL FORECAST-WXWALL
BIG STORY-CLIP SCARY SUN VIDEO-POP VO
COLLIER COUNTY FIRE-VO IN POP SHARKS AND GATORS-ANIBOX TOPS
COLLIER COUNTY FIRE-SOTVO A) FL GATOR-VO
FL MISSING BOY BODY FOUND-OC VO B) CA SHARKS-FLY VO WIPE
UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS NAILED -OTS SS OC BNR B) CA SHARKS-SOTVO WIPE
GATOR SHOOTING-OC VO WIPE SEA WORLD BIGGER ENCLOSURE-TRX VO TOPS
GATOR SHOOTING-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-TCMON VO WIPE TEASE TWO------------
BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-SOTVO TZ2 A FATKINI TREND-VOTOPS-WIPE
GETTING IN BACK TO SCHOOL MODE-TCMON NATSVO TZ2 B FL HERO LION-NATSVO
UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS-OTS SS FATKINI TREND-BNC
ALTA JOB FAIR-OC VO CG FATKINI TREND-PKG
RED TIDE LATEST-OC VO WIPE FL NUDISTS VS BIRDS-OC VO WIPE
RED TIDE LATEST-SOTVO FL HERO LION-TRX VO TOPS WIPE
ALICO ROAD RAMP-OTS SS VO WIPE FL HERO LION-NATSVO
ALICO ROAD RAMP-SOTVO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HANSON TO SR 82-OC VO WIPE TEASE THREE------------
HANSON TO SR 82-SOTVO TZ3 A FERGUSON LATEST-NATSVO
breaking-OTS TZ3 B NH SMACKED OVERDOSES-VO
LEE TRAN PRICE HIKE-OC VO TZ3 C RABBI MURDERED VEHICLE DESCRIPTION-SOTVO
THINGS TO DO-CG(3) FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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NOW AT 5 AND ONLY ON 7 --

INCREDIBLE VIDEO OF A HOUSE BURNING IN EAST NAPLES.

A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER --

INSIDE WHEN THE FLAMES STARTED.

HEAR HOW THEY MANAGED TO GET OUT SAFELY.

SHOCKED AND BEWILDERED-

THINK YOU CAN SKIP THE SUNSCREEN?

THINK AGAIN.

THE PROOF IS IN THE PICTURES-

THE TECHNOLOGY USED IN THIS VIRAL VIDEO TO SHOW US INVISIBLE SIGNS OF AGING JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE.

"I think I'm a little hottie with my

curves and I feel like I wear it well."

THEY'RE PROVING YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SIZE TWO TO WEAR A BIKINI!

NOW AT 5 --

HOW THESE WOMEN ARE CHANGING THE FUTURE OF BIKINIS!

YOUR NEWS STARTS NOW! Return to index of stories...


HL1) COLLIER COUNTY FIRE-trxVOTOPS


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HL2) SCARY SUN VIDEO-trxVOTOPS


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HL3) FATKINI-trxSOTVO


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STORMWARN-CLIP


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FIRST WEATHER-WX WALL


Weekend rain chances

An onshore wind flow pattern will continue tonight pushing scattered showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico toward Southwest Florida.

Through this evening areas of rain and thunder will continue, with the activity becoming increasing isolated in coverage toward midnight.

For the upcoming weekend, we will again bear the chance of a shower or storm in the morning on Saturday, compliments of the continued onshore wind flow. By the afternoon the greatest coverage of rain and thunder should mainly be along and east of Interstate 75, with an isolated risk remaining in the forecast for communities closer to the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.

Temperatures on Saturday are expected to range from the upper 80s along the beaches to low 90s for communities inland.

On Sunday, a wedge of drier air will begin working into the mid-levels of the atmosphere. This air will help to cut back significantly on our rainfall opportunities with rain chances falling to around 20% during the afternoon.

With less rain on the radar temperatures should be able to warm up near 94 degrees just after lunchtime.

TROPICAL UPDATE

No tropical cyclones are active in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. None are expected to be able to develop within the next two days as well.

Despite the lack of any organized tropical activity, tropical waves off the coast of Africa continue to move along in the Atlantic. There continues to be a good deal of dry and dusty air over the water, and that is helping to keep conditions relatively quiet. Return to index of stories...


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COLLIER COUNTY FIRE-VO IN POP


NEW AT 5-

INCREDIBLE VIDEO OF AN EAST NAPLES HOUSE ENGULFED IN FIRE.

ABC7 RECORDED AS FLAMES SHOT AT LEAST 15 FEET INTO THE AIR.

A MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER WERE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE ON POINSETTIA AVENUE WHEN THE FIRE STARTED.

IT HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON.

THE PAIR SAY THEY HEARD A LOUD BANG AND THEN SAW WILD FLAMES.

BOTH ESCAPED.

ROUGHLY 30 FIREFIGHTERS FROM EAST NAPLES, GOLDEN GATE, AND NORTH NAPLES FOUGHT THE FIRE FROM ALL SIDES.

THEY WERE WORRIED BECAUSE THE HOUSE IS JUST FEET FROM A GAS STATION. Return to index of stories...


COLLIER COUNTY FIRE-SOTVO


Tina Howard, neighbor - "What is it like to see all these flames? It's horrible. It's horrible and it's intense.

Edith Sanchez, neighbor - "There was flames everywhere and I was just, I was scared because the cars started burning up."

THE NORTH NAPLES FIRE MARSHAL IS STILL ON THE SCENE AT FIVE TRYING TO FIND WHAT CAUSED THIS FIRE. Return to index of stories...


FL MISSING BOY BODY FOUND-OC VO


IN THE LAST TWO HOURS --

POLICE SAID THEY HAVE DISCOVERED A BODY --

WHILE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING 9-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH AUTISM.

BUT POLICE IN LIVE OAK -- NORTH OF GAINESVILLE -- AREN'T CONFIRMING IF THE BODY IS THAT OF LEO WALKER.

THEY DO SAY IT'S A BOY.

LEO HAS BEEN MISSING FROM HIS HOUSE IN LIVE OAK SINCE WEDNESDAY MORNING.

HIS MOTHER SAYS SHE FELL ASLEEP FOR 15 MINUTES --

AND WHEN SHE WOKE UP --

LEO WAS GONE.

THIS BODY WAS FOUND IN A POND NEAR HIS HOUSE. Return to index of stories...


UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS NAILED -OTS SS OC BNR


NEW AT 5-

DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE PEOPLE RENOVATING OR DOING WORK ON OR IN YOUR HOUSE?

LEE COUNTY DEPUTIES JUST BUSTED 14 UN-LICENSED CONTRACTORS.

HERE THEY ARE AND THEY MIGHT LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU.

DEPUTIES SAY ALL 14 WORKED ON HOUSES WITHOUT STATE LICENSES.

LEE COUNTY SET UP AN UNDERCOVER STING.

THEY WENT ON SITES SUCH AS PORCH DOT COM AND CRAIGSLIST TO HIRE THESE PEOPLE FOR CONSTRUCTION SERVICES.

WHEN THEY SHOWED UP WITHOUT A LICENSE - THEY GOT ARRESTED.

HERE'S HOW TO MAKE SURE THE CONTRACTOR YOU HIRE ARE UP TO CODE AND IT'S SIMPLE:

THERE'S A STATE DATABASE ONLINE.

WE HAVE A LINK TO THE WEBSITE ON OUR WEBSITE-

JUST GO TO ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON SITES ON 7. Return to index of stories...


GATOR SHOOTING-OC VO WIPE


NEW AT 5 --

A NAPLES MAN IS UNDER ARREST FOR SHOOTING AN ALLIGATOR NEAR HIS OWN PROPERTY.

72-YEAR-OLD NILE DUPPSTADT IS OUT ON BOND RIGHT NOW.

DEPUTIES ARRESTED HIM THURSDAY.

HE SAYS HE WAS TIRED OF SEEING A SMALL ALLIGATOR IN THE WEEDS NEAR HIS PROPERTY.

IT WAS JUST TWO-AND-A-HALF FEET LONG.

AND HE SHOT IT.

THAT'S A FELONY IN FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


GATOR SHOOTING-SOTVO


NILE DUPPSTADT

ADMITTS SHOOTING THE ALLIGATOR

SOT 2156 I regret I did it it was sort of a, i don't know, crime of passion or something like that I just, had enough

DUPPSTADT ALSO FACES CHARGES OF FIRING A GUN IN PUBLIC. Return to index of stories...


BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-TCMON VO WIPE


SOME PARENTS CAN'T WAIT TO SEND THEIR KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL COME MONDAY.

BUT A FORT MYERS DAD IS DREADING IT.

THAT'S BECAUSE A RARE DISEASE MAKE IT HARD FOR HIM AND HIS ELEMENTARY STUDENT TO GET TO THE BUS STOP.

COREY YEOWARD ASKED BOTH THE SCHOOL AND THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO CHANGE THE ROUTE.

BUT AS ABC 7 FOUND OUT THE FATHER SAYS IT COULD TAKE WEEKS BEFORE THE ROUTE IS CHANGED. Return to index of stories...


BUS STOP CONTROVERSY-SOTVO


Corey Yeoward/Parent

18:48-56

This isn't just about me. This is about all the disabled parents who possibly need to have something done for them so that then can get their kids to school

AFTER MULTIPLE EMAILS -- LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS TOLD US THE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR WASN'T AVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW TODAY.

THEY DID NOT TELL US IF THEY'RE REVIEWING THIS CASE, BUT DID SAY -- **LEGITIMATE REQUESTS WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE TRANSPORTATION STAFF FOR REVIEW. Return to index of stories...


GETTING IN BACK TO SCHOOL MODE-TCMON NATSVO


MOST STUDENTS IN OUR AREA HEAD BACK TO CLASS ON MONDAY-

BUT THERE'S TILL TIME TO GET PREPARED FOR THAT FIRST DAY.

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UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS-OTS SS


NEW UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE OUT TONIGHT.

THEY SHOW FLORIDA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HELD STEADY IN JULY.

SIX-POINT-TWO PERCENT.

BUT THE NEWS IS NOT GOOD IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPED IN ALL OF OUR COUNTIES.

HENDRY COUNTY POSTS THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE --

ABOUT 12 PERCENT.

CHARLOTTE, COLLIER, AND LEE ARE ALL ABOVE THE STATE AVERAGE --

AT 6-POINT-6 PERCENT. Return to index of stories...


ALTA JOB FAIR-OC VO CG


LOOKING AHEAD --

YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND A JOB THIS WEEKED IN FORT MYERS.

ALTA RESOURCES IS HOLDING A CASUAL -- COME AS YOU ARE -- JOB FAIR UNTIL 7 TONIGHT AND ALL DAY TOMORROW!

ALTA RESOURCES PROVIDES CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SALES FOR OTHER COMPANIES.

THEY'RE FILLING 700 POSITIONS.

THIS JOB FAIR RUNS UNTIL SEVEN TONIGHT AT ALTA'S FORT MYERS CAMPUS IN GATEWAY.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, CREATE A PROFILE AND APPLY ONLINE BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE CAREER FAIR.

FOR MORE INFO ON THAT -- HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE, ABC-DASH-7-DOT-COM. Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE LATEST-OC VO WIPE


ABC 7 UNCOVERED A MASSIVE RED TIDE BLOOM IS MOVING FURTHER SOUTH TOWARD SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AND CLOSER TO THE SHORE.

ABC 7 HAS BEEN TRACKING THE LARGE ALGAE BLOOM FOR THREE WEEKS --ALONGSIDE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE AND MOTE MARINE IN SARASOTA.

SAMPLES WERE FIRST DETECTED 20 MILES OFF HERNANDO COUNTY.

THE LATEST REPORT FROM F-W-C TODAY-- SHOWED THE BLOOM CONTINUES TO MOVE FURTHER SOUTHEAST ---

AS IT MOVES--IT'S BECOMING PATCHIER AND MORE SPREAD OUT.

A SMALL CONCENTRATION OF THE BLOOM HAS BEEN DETECTED--10 MILES *CLOSER TO THE SHORE IN PINELLAS COUNTY.

THE BLOOM HAS KILLED THOUSAND OF FISH- BUT THERE ARE STILL NO REPORTS OF COASTAL IMPACTS.

WE ASKED F-W-C IF WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE AN IMPACT ON OUR SHORES. Return to index of stories...


RED TIDE LATEST-SOTVO


Brandon Basino, Florida Fish and Wildlife Spokesman

:16:31 possibly but not necessarily given that the concentration

detected 10 miles off shore are at such low concentration. Certainly

Not High Enough to produce the red tide coloring of the water and not

high enough to kill fish or potentially irritate human health.

:20

F-W-C- SAID THE PATCHIER- LESS CONCENTRATED THE BLOOM IS-- THE LESS HARMFUL IT WILL BE.

WHICH MEANS- WE MAY NOT SEE ANY COASTAL IMPACTS AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE AND BREAK APART. Return to index of stories...


ALICO ROAD RAMP-OTS SS VO WIPE


HERE'S AN ABC 7 TRAFFIC ALERT TONIGHT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

STARTING SUNDAY NIGHT AT 11 --

CREWS WILL PERMANENTLY CLOSE THE SOUTHBOUND I-75 EXIT RAMP AT ALICO ROAD.

SUNDAY NIGHT --

YOU'LL HAVE TO GET OFF AT DANIELS THEN TAKE BEN HILL GRIFFEI SOUTHBOUND.

MONDAY MORNING STARTING AT 5 --

THE NEW ALICO SOUTHBOUND RAMP WILL BE LOCATED ONE-POINT-SEVEN MILES NORTH OF THERE.

THERE WILL BE A POSTED DETOUR.

THIS IS ALL PART OF THE AIRPORT DIRECT CONNECT PROJECT THAT STARTED EARLIER THIS YEAR. Return to index of stories...


ALICO ROAD RAMP-SOTVO


Blanca Ochoa

Owner, Dos Sabores Restaurant

3633-3640

I think it's more of a hassle, especially for the parents whose kids are over here in middle school and elementary.

SEVERAL SIGNS ARE POSTED ON THE INTERSTATE TO DIRECT DRIVERS DURING THE TRANSITION.

STILL-- THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS WARNING DRIVERS TO PAY ATTENTION AND BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS-

ESPECIALLY BECAUSE BUSES WILL BE BACK ON THE ROADS. Return to index of stories...


HANSON TO SR 82-OC VO WIPE


YOUR MORNING COMMUTE MIGHT GET EASIER IN FORT MYERS.

THE CITY NOW WANTS TO COMPLETE THE EXTENSION OF HANSON STREET.

IT WOULD EXPAND TO RUN FROM VERONICA SHOEMAKER EAST TO STATE

ROAD 82 --

RIGHT NEAR I-75.

CITY LEADERS BELIEVE THAT WOULD EASE TRAFFIC ON PALM BEACH BOULEVARD, M-L-K,

AND COLONIAL BOULEVARD.

BUSINESSES ON HANSON STREET ADD --

THEY NEED MORE TRAFFIC. Return to index of stories...


HANSON TO SR 82-SOTVO


SOT

10:15:30-10:15:40

Mike McCauley/ business owner

"11 years now and I've seen it drop. It has dropped a lot when the

economy started to drop, we dropped a lot. And I don't see much

driving traffic as I used to. So, I think it will help a lot."

THE CITY ESTIMATES THE TWO-YEAR PROJECT WOULD COST 16-MILLION DOLLARS.

THEY'VE BEEN MULLING IT OVER SINCE 2001.

WORKERS ARE MEETING WITH CITY COUNCIL NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS HOW THEY WILL FOOT THE BILL FOR THE PROJECT. Return to index of stories...


breaking-OTS


BREAKING NEWS IN NORTH FORT MYERS.

DEPUTIES TELL ABC7 -- ONE PERSON HAS BEEN STABBED AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

IT HAPPENED AT A HOME ON BARTHOLOMEW DRIVE

NEIGHBORS SAY IT WAS A PARTY HOUSE --

AND THEY'VE SEEN AUTHORITIES THERE BEFORE.

WE HAVE A CREW ON SCENE TALKING TO DEPUTIES --

AND GETTING MORE INFORMATION --

WE'LL BRING IT TO YOU WHEN IT'S AVAILABLE. Return to index of stories...


LEE TRAN PRICE HIKE-OC VO


THERE COULD BE A PRICE HIKE FOR LEETRAN RIDERS.

ON TUESDAY LEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED FARES.

THE FARE INCREASE WOULD RAISE THE PRICE ON FIXED ROUTE TICKETS FROM TWO-50 TO THREE DOLLARS.

FOR PARATRANSIT USERS IT WOULD GO UP 25 CENTS TO A DOLLAR 25.

A DECISION WILL NOT BE MADE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

SOME LEETRAN RIDERS SAY THEY ARE ALL FOR THE INCREASE BECAUSE IT WILL BRING MONEY BACK FOR IMPROVEMENTS THAT WAS CUT LAST YEAR. Return to index of stories...


THINGS TO DO-CG(3)


IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA --

ABC 7 HAS YOU COVERED.

FORT MYERS MUSIC WALK IS TONIGHT IN THE RIVER DISTRICT.

IT STARTS AT SEVEN ON FIRST STREET IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS.

SUN SPLASH IN CAPE CORAL HOSTS ITS FINAL "AQUA THEATRE NIGHT" OF THE SEASON TONIGHT.

IT RUNS FROM 6 TO 10.

AND MOMS AND DADS, THEY'RE FEATURING THE MOVIE "FROZEN" --

ON A GIANT INFLATABLE MOVIE SCREEN AT DUSK.

LET IT GO.

AND THE SECOND "GROUPER GRAPPLE OFFSHORE FISHING TOURNAMENT" IS BEING HELD TODAY AND TOMORRO.

THE FISH TALE MARINA ON FORT MYERS BEACH IS HOSTING THAT.

ENJOY FOOD, FUN, LIVE MUSIC AND THE TEAMS' WEIGH-IN ACTION. Return to index of stories...


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


IF I COULD OFFER YOU ONE TIP FOR THE FUTURE.

SUNSCREEN WOULD BE IT.

TONIGHT - SERIOUS PROOF OF THE DAMAGE TO YOUR FACE.

THE MUST-SEE VIDEO AND WHAT HAPPENS WITH A LAYER OF LOTION.

AND -

SEAWORLD IS RESPONDING.

WHAT IT'S DOING FOR ITS KILLER WHALES AND IS THAT ENOUGH TO SILENCE CRITICS? Return to index of stories...


TZ1 A SCARY SUN VIDEO-VOTOPS


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TZ1 B SEAWORLD CHANGE-VOTOPS


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DAVID 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


Weekend rain chances

An onshore wind flow pattern will continue tonight pushing scattered showers and storms from the Gulf of Mexico toward Southwest Florida.

Through this evening areas of rain and thunder will continue, with the activity becoming increasing isolated in coverage toward midnight.

For the upcoming weekend, we will again bear the chance of a shower or storm in the morning on Saturday, compliments of the continued onshore wind flow. By the afternoon the greatest coverage of rain and thunder should mainly be along and east of Interstate 75, with an isolated risk remaining in the forecast for communities closer to the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.

Temperatures on Saturday are expected to range from the upper 80s along the beaches to low 90s for communities inland.

On Sunday, a wedge of drier air will begin working into the mid-levels of the atmosphere. This air will help to cut back significantly on our rainfall opportunities with rain chances falling to around 20% during the afternoon.

With less rain on the radar temperatures should be able to warm up near 94 degrees just after lunchtime.

TROPICAL UPDATE

No tropical cyclones are active in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. None are expected to be able to develop within the next two days as well.

Despite the lack of any organized tropical activity, tropical waves off the coast of Africa continue to move along in the Atlantic. There continues to be a good deal of dry and dusty air over the water, and that is helping to keep conditions relatively quiet. Return to index of stories...


SCARY SUN VIDEO-POP VO


IF THIS NEXT STORY DOESN'T CONVINCE YOU TO WEAR SUNSCREEN --

NOTHING WILL.

A PHOTOGRAPHER USED AN ULTRAVIOLENT CAMERA TO REVEAL THE SUN'S DAMAGE TO YOUR SKIN --

THAT YOU CAN'T SEE WITH THE NAKED EYE.

THE RESULTS WERE SHOCKING.

FRECKLES!

SUN SPOTS!

EVEN PRE-CANCEROUS SPOTS BEGIN TO APPEAR.

MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED THIS ON YOUTUBE.

THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET ARE STARTLED.

BUT THEN --

THE PHOTOGRAPHER HAS THEM PUT ON SUNSCREEN.

UNDER ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT --

IT LOOKS LIKE A BLACK FACE MASK,

BLOCKING THE SUN'S HARMFUL RAYS.

TO WATCH THE WHOLE EYE-OPENING VIDEO-

JUST GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE-

ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


SHARKS AND GATORS-ANIBOX TOPS


GATORS AND SHARKS-

OH MY!

TWO ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS CAUGHT ON TAPE.

IN DORAL FLORIDA-

A SCARE FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS YESTERDAY WHEN THEY SPOTTED THIS GUY.

IT'S AN 8-AND-A-HALF FOOT ALLIGATOR.

HE WAS FLOATING IN THE WATER ALONG A BUSY STREET.

POLICE WRESTLED THE GATOR AND SEALED ITS MOUTH WITH DUCK TAPE UNTIL THE WILDLIFE OFFICERS COULD GET THERE.

THE ALLIGATOR WILL BE RELOCATED.

AND A SCARY SIGHT ON A CALIFORNIA BEACH.

SHARKS SPOTTED JUST FEET FROM SWIMMERS.

LIFEGUARDS WERE ALERTED TO ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE SHARKS, SWIMMING JUST SOUTH OF THE PIER.

THEY DIDN'T CLEAR THE WATER BUT KEPT A CLOSE EYE ON THE SHARKS. Return to index of stories...


A) FL GATOR-VO


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B) CA SHARKS-FLY VO WIPE


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B) CA SHARKS-SOTVO WIPE


: "Once we found out that the animals were eight feet or below, we stood by, we monitored them for about an hour, and when they were found to be non-agressive, we abandoned our activities there. They went their ways and we went out ways."

WHILE THE 1975 FILM, "JAWS," LEFT AN IMAGE IN MANY PEOPLE'S MINDS OF SHARKS BEING MAN-EATERS, EXPERTS SAY SHARKS-- ESPECIALLY THE JUVENILES-- TRADITIONALLY DON'T ATTACK HUMANS. Return to index of stories...


SEA WORLD BIGGER ENCLOSURE-TRX VO TOPS


SEAWORLD IS EXPANDING!

THEY'RE STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW WITH SHRINKING ATTENDANCE NUMBERS --

AND LOUSY P-R.

SO TO COUNTER-ACT, THEY'RE EXPANDING THEIR KILLER WHALE ENCLOSURES.

SHAMU'S HOUSE IS GOING TO GROW.

THE RENOVATIONS START AT THE SAN DIEGO PARK FIRST.

THEN THEY'LL BUILD AT SEA WORLD ORLANDO AND SAN ANTONIO. Return to index of stories...


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


EMBRACING THEIR BODIES AND SENDING A MESSAGE.

THE "HASHTAG" FATKINI MOVEMENT.

SEE WHAT WOMEN ARE DOING WORLDWIDE.

"SAVE THE LION"

A FLORIDA LION CUB WAS NEAR DROWNING -- WHEN MOMMA AND THE PRIDE CAME TO THE RESCUE.

WATCH A LIONESS SAVE HER BABY. NEXT. Return to index of stories...


TZ2 A FATKINI TREND-VOTOPS-WIPE


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TZ2 B FL HERO LION-NATSVO


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FATKINI TREND-BNC


WOMEN ARE EMBRACING A NEW "GIRL POWER MOVEMENT.

HASHTAG FATKINI IS CELEBRATING CURVY BODIES.

ABC'S MARA SCHIAVOCAMPO REPORTS-

THE WOMEN ARE DARING TO BARE AND GETTING PRAISED ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THEIR FEARLESS POSTS. Return to index of stories...


FATKINI TREND-PKG


WHO SAYS YOU NEED TO BE A SIZE TWO --- TO ROCK A TWO PIECE.

SOT Danielle Defronzo / danielleedesiree - "I wear what I want to wear and

what I am comfortable in."

SOT Jessica Ross / jessilero317 - "I think I'm a little hottie with my

curves and I feel like I wear it well."

HASHTAG "FATKINI" -- IS MAKING WAVES ALL OVER INSTAGRAM- CURVY WOMEN LIKE

CLAIRE WAKEFIELD- POSTING PHOTOS OF THEIR BIKINI BODS IN A BOLD, BEAUTIFUL

WAY.

SOT Claire Wakefield / clairehateshashtags - "it's hard to find clothes that

are cute and fashionable - let alone bathing suits which are a nightmare

for most women - it's really great embracing your body and not hiding it."

SOT Dr. Robyn Silverman, Body Image Expert"The term 'fatkini' is the plus-

sized community taking that word fat back and saying we're going to

celebrate our bodies as they are."

IT'S A CELEBRATION THAT GOT A BOOST JUST LAST YEAR WHEN PLUS-SIZED BLOGGER

GABI GREGG TEAMED UP WITH A SWIMSUIT RETAILER TO CREATE THE SO-CALLED "

FATKINI" - WHICH SOLD OUT IN ONLY TWO DAYS.AND CREATED THE POPULAR HASH

TAG.

SOT Gabi Gregg / swimsuitsforall.com - "I really wanted to design bikinis

that were stylish, young and fresh."

AND SHE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE TAKING NOTICE OF THE OVERWHELMING DEMAND -

RETAIL STORES - LIKE FOREVER 21 AND H&M ARE POPULAR AMONG "FATKINI"

SHOPPERS.

BUT NOT EVERYONE IS AS ACCEPTING OF THE BIG MOVEMENT - SOME COMMENTS

CRITICIZING THE WOMEN FOR ENCOURAGING OBESITY - ONE POST STATING: "if you're

not healthy, you're not healthy and no amount of self-confidence will help

you deal with the consequences."

SOT Dr. Robyn Silverman, Body Image Expert "They should wear whatever they

want if it makes them feel good."

A HASHTAGAND NOW---- A MOVEMENT.

SOT Jessica Ross / jessilero317 - "I am in a swimsuit and it's a two piece

and I'm showing my tum tum, I'm okay with it and you should too."

SOT Danielle Defronzo / danielleedesiree - "Once you are confident, nothing

else can tear you down." Return to index of stories...


FL NUDISTS VS BIRDS-OC VO WIPE


THIS IS ONE OF THOSE --

"ONLY* IN FLORIDA" STORIES.

IT'S BIRDS VERSUS THE NUDISTS!

PASSAGE KEY IS A POPULAR NUDE BEACH.

BUT IT'S ALSO A FEDERALLY-PROTECTED HABITAT FOR NESTING BIRDS.

ROYAL TERNS.

BLACK SKIMMERS.

OYSTER CATCHERS.

BUT STATE WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY THE NAKED BEACH-GOERS --

ARE SCARING OFF THE RARE BIRDS.

HERE'S THE UPSHOT.

IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO WALK ON THE ISLAND --

CLOTHED OR NOT.

NUDISTS ARE ALLOWED TO WADE IN THE WATER OFF-SHORE. Return to index of stories...


FL HERO LION-TRX VO TOPS WIPE


TAKE A LOOK AT THIS-

A LION CUB AT THE MIAMI ZOO FELL INTO THIS DEEP MOAT.

WORRIED VISITORS STARTED FILMING AS THE MOTHER LION CLIMBED DOWN-

GRABBED HER BABY BY THE SCRUFF AND PULLED HIM TO SAFETY. Return to index of stories...


FL HERO LION-NATSVO


NATS OF CLAPPING AND CHEERING

WHAT A GREAT MOMMA!

THE CUB WAS JUST FINE.

BY THE WAY-

THIS VIDEO YOU JUST WATCHED WAS SHOT BY A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL. Return to index of stories...


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


ALL NEW ON ABC7 --

NOW WE KNOW!

THE FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF REVEALS WHICH OFFICER SHOT A BLACK TEEN TO DEATH --

AND THE *REASON* IT HAPPENED.

STATE OF EMERGENCY!

A DANGEROUS SYNTHETHIC DRUGS IS HITTING THE STREETS.

IT'S CALLED "SMACKED"

HOW IT'S BEING SOLD LEGALLY AND BEING USED TO GET HIGH.

we've never had this kind of a murder in our community.

AND SHOCKING MURDER.

A MIAMI RABBI SHOT TO DEATH IN FRONT OF A TEMPLE.

AHEAD ON 7 --

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