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DIRECTORS PAGE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY REPAIRS-OTS VO
HEADLINES------------- NEXT AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
HL1) NAPLES HOSPITAL-trxVOTOPS TEASE ONE------------
HL2) INSANE CLOWN POSSE-trxSOTVO TZ1 A INSANE CLOWN POSSE FORT MYERS-NATSVO
HL3) GMA KID HOME ALONE-trxSOTVO TZ1 B BETTER BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST-VOTOPS
BREAKING-CLIP KRISTA INTRO-3SHOT (CAM 9)
PRESIDENT ON FERGUSON-VO TOPS JP WEATHERATE OPEN-CLIP
I75CRASH-VO TOPS FORECAST-PHC
NAPLES HOSPITAL CYBER ATTACK-2SHOT POP FORECAST-WXWALL
NAPLES HOSPITAL CYBER ATTACK-SOTVO INSANE CLOWN POSSE FORT MYERS-TCMON NATSVO WIPE
CAPE MACHETE ATTACK-POP SS VO WIPE INSANE CLOWN POSSE FORT MYERS-SOTVO
CAPE MACHETE ATTACK-SOTVO CAN YOU AFFORD TO HAVE A BABY-OC VO
BACK TO SCHOOL SETUP-SOTTOPS OC BETTER BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST-TCMON VO
BACK TO SCHOOL SETUP-ANIBOX TOPS NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
a) LEE COUNTY SCHOOLS-a) vo TEASE TWO------------
b) COLLIER SCHOOLS-b) vo TZ2 A GMA KID HOME ALONE-SOTVO-WIPE
BACK TO SCHOOL CAUTION ON THE ROAD-POP TZ2 B TARGET LONGER HOURS-VOTOPS
LEE COUNTY APP-VO TOPS GMA KID HOME ALONE-OC
FMHS PRANKS-VO IN TCMON GMA KID HOME ALONE-PKG
FMHS PRANKS-SOTVO GMA KID HOME ALONE-OC TAG
NAPLES COACH DUI-OTS SS OC TARGET LONGER HOURS-OTS VO WIPE
LIVE OAK BOY'S BODY IDENTIFIED-OC VO FAMILY DOLLAR-TRX VO TOPS
WALGREENS ROBBERY-OC VO NEW AT 5:00 OPEN-CLIP
PEDICAB UPDATE-OTS VO TEASE THREE------------
FMB CRAFT BEER-OTS VO WIPE TZ3 A MISSOURI UNREST-NATSVO
FMB CRAFT BEER-SOTVO TZ3 B BREAST FEEDING NURSE IN-VO
FIRE MERGER-OC VO TZ3 C FL PURSE SNATCHER-SOTVO
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HOSPITAL CYBER ATTACK

4 MILLION PEOPLE HIT-

WHY YOU COULD BE ONE OF THEM.

03;31;37I know i'm going to stay home that night.

SHOCKFEST-

A CONTROVERSIAL RAP GROUP IS COMING TO FORT MYERS.

WHY ONE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS THE EVENT COULD BRING GANGS DOWNTOWN.

Why do you think you are ready to be alone? I'm mature.

7-YEAR-OLD, HOME ALONE!

NOW AT 5--

HOW HIS MOTHER DEFENDS HER ACTIONS.

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


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PRESIDENT ON FERGUSON-VO TOPS


WE BEGIN WITH BREAKING NEWS.

JUST A HALF HOUR AGO --

PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED THE U-S ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL HEAD TO FERGUSON, MISSOURI.

ERIC HOLDER WILL TRAVEL TO THE MIDWEST --

AS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LAUNCHES AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF TEENAGER MICHAEL BROWN.

POLICE SHOT BROWN MORE THAN A WEEK AGO --

LEADING TO RIOTS, LOOTING, AND VIOLENT CLASHES BETWEEN PROTESTORS AND OFFICERS.

THE PRESIDENT SAID TODAY THAT LOOTING AND ATTACKING POLICE UNDERMINES THE PROTESTORS' MESSAGE.

HE'S CALLING FOR "UNDERSTANDING" RATHER THAN, QUOTE, "HOLLERING AT EACH OTHER." Return to index of stories...


I75CRASH-VO TOPS


AND WE'VE JUST LEARNED MINUTES AGO THAT A CRASH THAT CAUSED BACKUPS ON I-75 IS CLEANED UP.

THE NORTHBOUND LANES NEAR MILEMARKER 141 IN NORTH FORT MYERS WERE CLOSED AFTER A FLATBED TRUCK AND A VOLKSWAGON JETTA COLLIDED.

A CALLER TELLS US THE CAR WENT UNDER THE TRUCK.

NO ONE IS HURT.

THE ROAD IS NOW BACK OPEN. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HOSPITAL CYBER ATTACK-2SHOT POP


OUR BIG STORY TONIGHT-

IF YOU. OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN TO A HOSPITAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

A LOT OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION MAY NOW BE IN THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS.

GOOD EVENING, I'M KRISTA FOGLESONG.

AND I'M COURTNEY ROBINSON.

CYBER CRIMINALS ATTACKED THE COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEM'S WEBSITE.

LET ME BREAKDOWN WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU:

IF YOU'VE BEEN TO PHYSICIANS REGIONAL'S TWO LOCATIONS IN COLLIER COUNTY --

BAYFRONT HEALTH IN PORT CHARLOTTE AND PUNTA GORDA-

OR LEHIGH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER-

YOU COULD BE AT RISK.

COMPANY REPS SAY CHINESE HACKERS STOLE PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM 4 AND A HALF MILLION OF ITS PATIENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE THIEVES GOT SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, NAMES, ADDRESSES, BIRTHDAYS, AND PHONE NUMBERS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES HOSPITAL CYBER ATTACK-SOTVO


Jennifer Welty, Physicians Regional Patient - "There's got to be something that can be done because my identity's been stolen before. What was it like when your identity was stolen? Emptied out my bank account."

THE HACK LIKELY HAPPENED BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE.

IF YOU'RE A VICTIM, THE COMPANY SAYS IT WILL NOTIFY YOU BY THE END OF THE MONTH. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MACHETE ATTACK-POP SS VO WIPE


HERE'S A CRAZY STORY.

NEW AT 5-

CAPE CORAL POLICE SAY A MAN WITH A BASEBALL BAT AND A MACHETE ATTACKED A COUPLE IN THEIR HOME.

POLICE ARRESTED LORENZO BUSTAMANTE.

THEY SAY HE WAS VISITING A HOME ON SOUTHEAST 19TH PLACE ON FRIDAY.

HE GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH A COUPLE RENTING THE HOME.

THE COUPLE HID IN A BEDROOM.

THEN POLICE SAY HE USED A BASEBALL BAT AND A MACHETE TO TRY TO GET THROUGH THE DOOR.

WE TALKED WITH BUSTAMANTE'S MOTHER WHO CLAIMS IT HAPPENED DIFFERENTLY-- AND SHE SEES BLAME ON ALL SIDES. Return to index of stories...


CAPE MACHETE ATTACK-SOTVO


5352 these people were asked numerous times to leave. they hadn't paid the rent. an argument ensued and neither party done what should have been done.

DET. SGT. DANA COSTON, CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPT.

0805 getting us involved before it escaltes into a crime is much more preferable than to calling us after a crime was committed.

BUSTAMANTE IS IN THE LEE COUNTY JAIL TONIGHT ON A NUMBER OF CHARGES, INCLUDING ASSAULT, BURGLARY, AND BATTERY. Return to index of stories...


BACK TO SCHOOL SETUP-SOTTOPS OC


42:05-42:11 "We are going to kindergarten. We want to learn."

Natalie Duenas, parent

00:53-1:00 "I'm hoping for her to learn more and have new friends."

THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WENT BACK TO SCHOOL TODAY.

IT WAS THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OUR AREA. Return to index of stories...


BACK TO SCHOOL SETUP-ANIBOX TOPS


ABC7 HAS TEAM COVERAGE FROM LEE AND COLLIER COUNTIES.

IN LEE COUNTY-

WE FOLLOWED SUPERINTENDENT NANCY GRAHAM AS SHE TOURED TROPIC ISLES ELEMENTARY.

STUDENTS ARE DEALING WITH NEW BUS ROUTES -

THE DISTRICT STILL NEEDS ABOUT 120 MORE DRIVERS.

THE DISTRICT'S ALSO CONSIDERING OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTING THIS YEAR.

COLLIER COUNTY'S SUPERINTENDENT WAS AT PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

SHE STARTED OFF HER DAY THERE BECAUSE PARKSIDE WENT FROM A GRADE "F" TO A GRADE "C" LAST YEAR.

IT'S ONE OF ONLY TWO SCHOOLS IN FLORIDA TO MAKE THAT A DRASTIC JUMP.

PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY REMAINS ONE OF SEVEN COLLIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ON THE "LOW 300" LIST--

THAT'S A LIST OF THE SCHOOLS WITH THE LOWEST READING GRADES.

IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE STUDENTS READING SKILLS STUDENTS WILL SPEND AN EXTRA HOUR AT SCHOOL EVERY DAY. Return to index of stories...


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BACK TO SCHOOL CAUTION ON THE ROAD-POP


A REMINDER TONIGHT TO BE CAREFUL ON THE ROADS-

NOW THAT STUDENTS ARE BACK IN CLASS-

MAKE SURE YOU'RE WATCHING FOR THEM WHEN THEY'RE HEADED TO AND FROM SCHOOL.

POLICE ARE URGING DRIVERS TO SLOW DOWN IN SCHOOL ZONES AND WATCH FOR SCHOOL BUSES. Return to index of stories...


LEE COUNTY APP-VO TOPS


PARENTS IN LEE COUNTY --

DON'T FORGET THERE'S A NEW RESOURCE FOR YOU FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR --

HEAD TO THE GOOGLE PLAY OR THE APP STORE IF YOU HAVE AN I-PHONE OR I-PAD AND TYPE IN LEE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL.

THE FREE APP WILL SHOW YOU SCHOOL EVENTS, SCHEDULES, MESSAGES FROM THE TEACHER, MENUS, CALENDARS, WHATEVER YOU NEED IS THERE. Return to index of stories...


FMHS PRANKS-VO IN TCMON


TOILET PAPER -- SHAVING CREAM -- EVEN FECES.

CITY EMPLOYEES WERE FORCED TO PICK UP THAT AND MORE AFTER A HIGH SCHOOL PRANK THAT STUDENTS TOOK TOO FAR.

FORT MYERS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR BACK TO SCHOOL JOKES.

THIS YEAR -- THE MESS STRETCHED ALONG MCGREGOR BOULEVARD TO THE WAY TO THE MIDPOINT BRIDGE.

IT TOOK THE ENTIRE DAY TO CLEAN.

IT ALSO MEANT TEN PARK EMPLOYEES COULDN'T DO THEIR REGULAR JOBS.

WHILE THE CITY IS UPSET -- PARENTS WE TALKED TO DON'T THINK IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL. Return to index of stories...


FMHS PRANKS-SOTVO


MIKE BURNS/PARENT

49:00-05

They didn't do that much this year -- I think the police were out last night and stopped a few of them

ABC 7 ASKED LEE COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HOW THEY'LL HANDLE THIS.

WE HAVE YET TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT MEMBERS ARE WRITING AN APOLOGY ON BEHALF OF THE SENIORS.

FORT MYERS POLICE OFFICERS TELL US THEY'RE NOT INVOLVED BECAUSE THERE ARE NO VICTIMS. Return to index of stories...


NAPLES COACH DUI-OTS SS OC


BUSTED FOR D-U-I -

THAT'S THE CHARGE AGAINST A NAPLES HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT BASEBALL COACH.

EARLY SATURDAY MORNING DEPUTIES ARRESTED MICHAEL DOWDY.

A DEPUTY SAYS HE PULLED HIM OVER FOR SPEEDING.

THE CLAIMS WHEN ASKED FOR HIS LICENSE AND REGISTRATION, DOWDY GAVE THE DEPUTY RANDOM PAPERS.

THE DEPUTY THEN SAYS HE SMELLED ALCOHOL.

DOWDY FAILED A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST.

ABC 7 CHECKED WITH THE DISTRICT-

THEY'RE TALKING WITH DOWDY ABOUT THE ARREST.

AS OF NOW - HE IS ON THE JOB.

HE IS NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE ANYONE.

AS YOU KNOW, BASEBALL IS A SPRING SORT SO HE WON'T BE COACHING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. Return to index of stories...


LIVE OAK BOY'S BODY IDENTIFIED-OC VO


POLICE IN LIVE OAK, FLORIDA SAY A BODY FOUND IN A SWAMP LAST WEEK IS THE 9-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO DISAPPEARED THREE DAYS EARLIER.

9-YEAR-OLD LEO WALKER DISAPPEARED EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

HIS MOTHER SAYS SHE FELL ASLEEP FOR 15 MINUTES-

AND WHEN SHE WOKE UP-

LEO WAS GONE.

LAST WEEK-

A DOZEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND MORE THAN 100 VOLUNTEERS SEARCHED FOR LEO.

THEY FOUND A BODY IN A POND NEAR HIS HOME.

POLICE SAY THEY DON'T SUSPECT FOUL PLAY. Return to index of stories...


WALGREENS ROBBERY-OC VO


DEPUTIES IN LEE COUNTY ARE WORKING TO FIND THE PERSON WHO FORCED TWO STORE EMPLOYEES INTO A FREEZER DURING A ROBBERY.

IT HAPPENED AT THE WALGREENS STORE NEAR SUMMERLIN ROAD AND PINE RIDGE.

ABC 7 SPOKE TO THE CASHIER'S HUSBAND WHO WAS WORKING INSIDE AT THE TIME.

HE TELLS US A MAN WALKED IN WITH A HANDGUN SHORTLY BEFORE IT CLOSED. AND FORCED HIS WIFE AND THE STORE MANAGER INTO A FREEZER.

HE SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT.

SO FAR-

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PEDICAB UPDATE-OTS VO


PEDI-CABS COULD SOON BE A STAPLE IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS --

IT'S AN UPDATE TO A STORY ABC7 FIRST BROUGHT YOU LAST MONTH.

PEDI-CABS ARE OFTEN FOUND IN LARGER CITIES.

TONIGHT, THE CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE TO ALLOW THEM ON CERTAIN STREETS IN DOWNTOWN.

A FORT MYERS P-E TEACHER HAS TRIED FOR MONTHS TO START THE BUSINESS.

IF PASSED TONIGHT - THERE WOULD BE REGULATIONS.

THOSE INCLUDE - ONLY ALLOWING TWO PEDICAB BUSINESSES IN THE CITY --

EACH BUSINESS WOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE TWO PEDICABS.

ABC7 WILL LET YOU KNOW THROUGHOUT THE EVENING WHAT COUNCIL DECIDES. Return to index of stories...


FMB CRAFT BEER-OTS VO WIPE


A CRAFT BREWERY FESTIVAL IS CLOSER TO COMING TO FORT MYERS BEACH --

THERE'S A CATCH -- A MAJOR CONDITION FROM TOWN LEADERS.

TODAY THE TOWN OKAYED THE BAY OAKS REC CENTER TO PLAN ITS BREW FEST.

IT WILL BE THE FIRST FOR THE ISLAND.

THE REC CENTER HOPES IT WILL RAISE MONEY FOR YOUTH AND SENIOR PROGRAMS.

THE MAYOR THINKS IT'S A GREAT IDEA --

AS LONG AS IT'S PROMOTED TASTEFULLY. Return to index of stories...


FMB CRAFT BEER-SOTVO


Anita Cereceda, FMB Mayor

:28:33 they need to be careful about the words that they use. I used the example you hear about a wine tasting and there is a level of sophistication associated, you think about beer drinking and its

quite the reverse.

THE TOWN IS CONCERNED ABOUT LIABILITY AND WHETHER TO MAKE IT AN AGE-RESTRICTED EVENT.

THE BREW FEST IS SET FOR NOVEMBER.

THE PARK DIRECTOR WILL HAVE TO MEET WITH TOWN COUNCIL AGAIN TO GET A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT. Return to index of stories...


FIRE MERGER-OC VO


FIRE CREWS IN COLLIER COUNTY ARE WORKING HARDER THAN THEY HAVE IN YEARS-

AND THEY SAY IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF HOW FAST THE AREA IS GROWING.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE POPPING UP ALL OVER THE PLACE-

AND MORE PEOPLE MEANS MORE CALLS TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

THE PROPOSED MERGER HAS ALREADY SAVED THEM A COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS-

AND ALL THE TAX REVENUE FROM THE NEW DEVELOPLMENTS WILL ALSO HELP WITH THE BUDGET.

BUT IT STILL NEEDS TO CUT COSTS.

THE CHIEF SAYS NO ONE WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO ASK FOR ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS TO HELP COVER THE AREA. Return to index of stories...


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SANIBEL CAUSEWAY REPAIRS-OTS VO


AN ABC7 TRAFFIC ALERT FOR YOU TONIGHT -

CONSTRUCTION STARTED TODAY ON THE SANIBEL CAUSEWAY.

CREWS ARE REPAIRING THE CRACKS ON THE BRIDGE.

THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WORKERS SAYS THE CAUSEWAY IS STILL SAFE.

CREWS WILL WORK MONDAY THROGUH FRIDAY NINE AM TO 4;30 PM.

THE CAUSEWAY IS STILL OPEN, BUT EXPECT DELAYS. Return to index of stories...


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


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THEY'RE CALLED THE INSANE CLOWN POSSE--

AND THEY'RE SET TO PERFORM IN FORT MYERS.

TONIGHT - WE EXPLAIN THE CONCERN FROM POLICE, DEPUTIES, THE COMMUNITY AND THE F-B-I.

THIS MORNING AS YOU RUSHED YOUR KIDS BACK TO SCHOOL. WAS BREAKFAST TOO FAST -- NOT SO HEALTHY?

COMING UP - ABC7 HELPS YOU PREP THE BEST BACK-TO-SCHOOL BREAKFASTS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

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


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KRISTA INTRO-3SHOT (CAM 9)


YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED A NEW BUT FAMILIAR FACE-

KRISTA FOGELSONG HAS JOINED THE ABC 7 NEWS TEAM.

SO WE JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO WELCOME KRISTA.

AD LIB WELCOME

SHORT ADLIB ABOUT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

YOU CAN WATCH ME AT 5-5:30-6 AND 11 WITH JEFF COURTNEY AND J-P. Return to index of stories...


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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


FORECAST: ISOLATED RAIN AND HOT TEMPS

A few isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible in Southwest Florida through the late afternoon and evening timeframe.

Area-wide coverage of activity able to develop will remain below 20% of our region.

Overnight temperatures should range from near 80 degrees along the immediate coastline to upper 70s along the US 41 corridor.

On Tuesday we are expecting another hot, humid and somewhat dry day across the west coast of the peninsula.

Like today, temperatures are forecast to top out near 95 at Fort Myers, 94 at Port Charlotte and 93 at Naples.

Though a good deal of the day should be rather dry, keep in mind like today we could once again see a few isolated showers, downpours or thunderstorms develop especially in the afternoon.

Rain and thunder on Tuesday should be isolated, with the area-wide coverage remaining at 20% or less. This is well below what we typically see in mid-August.

TROPICAL UPDATE

Several tropical waves are being noted on satellite off Africa's west coast but shwoing no signs of concerning development. At this time no tropical cyclones are active in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean. None are expected to develop in the next two days.

Conditions remain somewhat hostile toward cyclone organization at the moment with masses of dry air over regions of the ocean and unfavorable wind sheer near the Caribbean. Return to index of stories...


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A CONTROVERSIAL BAND IS HEADED TO HARBORSIDE EVENT CENTER--

THIS. IS THE INSANE CLOWN POSSE.

THE RAP DUO IS SET TO APPEAR IN DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS IN OCTOBER-

BUT, TONIGHT. ONE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE CROWD THEY DRAW.

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THAT'S BECAUSE THE HARDCORE FANS OF THIS GROUP WERE LABELED BY THE FBI AS A GANG --

THEY CALL THEMSELVES JUGGALOS --

THE BAND AND THE PROMOTER FOR THIS CONCERT DENY ANY GANG AFFILIATION --

BUT THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SAYS THE CITY NEEDS TO MAKE SURE THIS ISN'T A MISTAKE. Return to index of stories...


INSANE CLOWN POSSE FORT MYERS-SOTVO


COUNCILMAN THOMAS LEONARDO

"We have downtown people for it and against it. We'll discuss it in council. I don't think we did a good job vetting before we rented.'

RIGHT NOW-

THAT CONCERT IS SET FOR OCTOBER 8TH.

BUT ABC 7 FOUND OUT THEIR CONTRACT WITH HARBORSIDE IS STILL PENDING AND COULD BE CANCELLED BY THE CITY COUNCIL. Return to index of stories...


CAN YOU AFFORD TO HAVE A BABY-OC VO


LISTEN TO THIS -

ON AVERAGE IT COSTS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS TO RAISE A CHILD FROM BIRTH TO 18.

THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION.

ACCORDING TO FINANCIAL PLANNERS SAY -- CONSIDER THE COSTS OF HAVING A BABY-

DON'T LET THIS SCARE YOU.

ABC7 FOUND SOME WAYS TO PREPARE.

DETERMINE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR CAREER.

WILL YOU STAY HOME, TAKE UNPAID LEAVE?

ALSO TRACK YOUR INCOME AND FIGURE OUT WHERE YOU'RE SPENDING.

THERE MAY BE AREAS TO MAKE CHANGES SUCH AS GETTING RID OF CABLE.

THE BIGGEST THING EXPERTS ADVISE --

ONCE YOU GET PREGNANT, START LIVING ON THAT SET BUDGET, SO YOU BUILD A SAVINGS CUSHION.

A GENERAL RULE -

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH CASH ON HAND FOR ROUGHLY SIX MONTHS OF LIVING EXPENSES. Return to index of stories...


BETTER BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST-TCMON VO


IN THE RUSH TO GET OUT THE DOOR IN THE MORNING-

YOU MAY BE TEMPTED TO GIVE YOUR KIDS SUGARY CEREALS.

THEY ARE CONVENIENT

BUT DOCTORS SAY THEY AREN'T THE BEST CHOICE FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY

IN ABC 7'S HEALTHY LIVING-

THE TWO KEY COMPONENTS TO A BETTER BACK-TO-SCHOOL BREAKFAST

PROTEIN AND A CARBOHYDRATE.

DIETITIANS SAY THIS IS THE MAGIC COMBINATION TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SATISFIED UNTIL LUNCH.

HERE ARE SOME GREAT OPTIONS-

-GREEK YOGURT AND A HANDFUL OF HIGH-FIBER CEREAL

-A PIECE OF WHOLE WHEAT TOAST WITH SOME PEANUT BUTTER.

-OATMEAL, WITH SOME PEANUT BUTTER OR MIXED NUTS

IF YOU'RE REALLY IN A RUSH-

HAVE THEM DRINK A GLASS OF MILK- AND PACK A BAGGIE OF HEALTHY CEREAL FOR THEM TO EAT ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL. Return to index of stories...


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


simon - "i'm a homebody."

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD HOME BODY!

HE AND HIS MOM SAY HE'S MATURE ENOUGH TO STAY HOME. ALONE -- NO ADULTS, NO BABY-SITTERS.

THE FIERCE DEBATE IN MOMMYLAND.

TARGET LOVERS GET READY TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AS YOU WANT UP AND DOWN THOSE AISLES OF "I DIDN'T-EVEN-KNOW-I-NEEDED-THAT."

WHAT THE MAJOR RETAILER IS DOING TO LET YOU SHOP LATE. Return to index of stories...


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GMA KID HOME ALONE-OC


A MOM IN NEW YORK IS SPARKING A FIERCE DEBATE.

SHE LEFT HER SEVEN YEAR OLD SON HOME ALONE.

ABC'S PAULA FARIS REPORTS-

THIS MOM SAYS LEAVING HIM HOME ALONE TEACHES HIM INDEPENDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY.

OTHERS WORRY ABOUT HIS SAFETY. Return to index of stories...


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IN THE CLASSIC MOVIE 'HOME ALONE', 8-YEAR-OLD MACAULEY CULKIN IS

ACCIDENTALLY LEFT HIM HOME BY HIMSELF

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BUT, SIMON HEISELT'S FAMILY SAYS THEY LEAVE HIM HOME ALONE INTENTIONALLY.

AND HE'S JUST 7!

SOT SIMON-*I'm a home body! Do you know what a home body is? Yes someone who

likes to stay at

Mom - Yeah as a mom you look for ways to have your child grow up and be more

independent./simon is an old soul he is very observant and careful he

likes to understand things and pretty persistent.

LIZZIE HEISELT A BLOGGER AND MOM OF THREE IN BROOKLYN, NY, SAYS *SIMON* IS

THE ONE WHO STARTED ASKING FOR THAT ALONE TIME.

SOT SIMON Why do you think you are ready to be alone? I'm mature.

SO, LIZZIE OCCASIONALLY LEAVES HIM HOME ALONE.WHILE SHE GOES FOR A RUN OR

DURING A QUICK ERRAND AND NEVER FOR MORE THAN 45 MINUTES

SIMON SAYS HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

SOT SIMON If somebody knocks don't answer it. If it is someone I knew I

would go out but if it wasn't I would stay

MOM - We have talked about so many different scenarios he could call someone

go to a neighbor if he needs help

ONLY 3 STATES ACTUALLY DEFINE THE AGE A CHILD CAN STAY HOME BY THEMSELVES.

NEW YORK IS NOT ONE OF THEM MAKING LIZZIE'S DECISION PERFECTLY LEGAL YET /

CRITICS ARE CALLING HER PARENTING CHOICE RIDICULOUS AND CRAZY

SOT MOM it is not a difficult decision / I know my 7 year old and he is

very mature.

SOT SIMON

The square root of 16 is 4

What is pi?!

3.14159 woah!!!!

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GMA KID HOME ALONE-OC TAG


THE AMERICAN RED CROSS TYPICALLY RECOMMENDS YOU DON'T LEAVE CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN EIGHT HOME ALONE -

WE WANT YOU TO WEIGH IN ON THE DEBATE.

HEAD TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ABC7 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA. Return to index of stories...


TARGET LONGER HOURS-OTS VO WIPE


NIGHT OWLS LISTEN UP-

TARGET IS TRYING TO CASH IN ON LATE-NIGHT SHOPPERS.

THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TODAY IT WILL KEEP MANY OF ITS STORES OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

UNTIL NOW, THE CHAIN'S NEARLY 18-HUNDRED U.S. STORES TYPICALLY STAYED OPEN UNTIL 10 ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 ON WEEKENDS.

BUT STARTING NEXT MONTH-

THE NEW HOURS WILL KEEP SOME STORES OPEN UNTIL AS LATE AS MIDNIGHT

IT'S A MOVE TO TRY TO COMPETE WITH WALMART AND ONLINE RETAILERS. Return to index of stories...


FAMILY DOLLAR-TRX VO TOPS


IT'S A WAR BETWEEN DOLLAR STORES-

AND A LOT OF MONEY IS ON THE LINE.

DOLLAR GENERAL HAS OFFERED TO BUY FAMILY DOLLAR FOR 9-POINT-7 BILLION DOLLARS.

IT'S 1-POINT-2 BILLION MORE THAN A PREVIOUS OFFER FROM DOLLAR TREE.

A MERGER COULD MEAN MORE INTENSE COMPETITION FOR WALMART.

NEITHER DOLLAR TREE NOR FAMILY DOLLAR HAS COMMENTED ON THE NEW BID. Return to index of stories...


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


NATS

UNREST IN FERGUSON.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL CANCELLED.

THE NATIONAL GUARD ON PATROL.

AND THE AUTOPSY REPORT--

ABC7 FINDS OUT EXACTLY HOW MANY TIMES AN OFFICER SHOT AT THAT UNARMED TEEN.

"I have no memory of what happened."

VIOLENT ATTACK CAUGHT ON CAMERA--

THREE MEN BEAT THIS ELDERLY FLORIDA WOMAN BLOODY AND UNCONSCIOUS -

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TZ3 A MISSOURI UNREST-NATSVO


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TZ3 B BREAST FEEDING NURSE IN-VO


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TZ3 C FL PURSE SNATCHER-SOTVO


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FACEBOOK WOMAN OF THE DAY-SSTOPS


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DEBBIE FINLEY LLEWELLYN OF PUNTA GORDA

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