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a military veteran brutal beeten in the middle of the day in a busy parking lot. and now police need your help to get this attacker behind bars. and futures put on hold. a hillsborough county colleg after itt tech campuses shut down suddenly. and fingers are crossed that apple will reveal a new iphone today. we will show you all the features the iphone 7 will have and when you can get your hands on one. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. let's get you out the door with a check on the weather with leigh spann. >> you know, it's not too bad.
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air. yeah, it's still around but the blue and green, the humidity, farther to the south is trying to creep back in. it's not going to feel as nice as yesterday. but for this time of year, it feels good. rain chances just 20% through the afternoon. and that's mostly for areas south of i-4. we need another day to dry out. the anklet river reached stage. cyprus creek, peace river, arcadia, all areas still under flood warnings along the river. in weather and traffic on the 8s, i have an eight-day temperature trend to get you through the weekend. and leslee has the commute. we have an accident in tampa at broadway and 50th. seminole, we have a road closure that's kicked off. northbound, some of the lanes blocked in the middle between east bay and ulmerton.
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take starkey road and avoid the mess. meanwhile, no delays right now because traffic is light or all. and again, that quick reminder to you, out in sarasota county, state road 72 is closed both directions between state park road over to seidel road. that's through the park area. and you can jump up seidel, clay gully over the fruitville. or state road 70 or 75 to the south. that's a look at weather and traffic. and now back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, leslee. police need your help finding the person who beat up a disabled war veteran last friday. this happened in broad daylight in front of a busy store. jamel lanee' is live from st. petersburg. jamel, a disturbing story. >> reporter: a very disturbing story, gene. good morning. and police say the person who did this is still out there. now it happened right here in front of this walmart on 34th
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hardman says he was attacked in front of the store. he says he was in the parking lot on his way into the store when the suspect stopped him and asked him for the time. he told him it was 1:00 and that's when he says he was attacked. >> got on top of me and he grabbed me around the neck and started hitting and hitting and hitting. and finally gets me to the ground and he takes my walker and starts hitting me with the walker. >> reporter: and the thief got away his wallet and even his walker. police say they have a lead though. detectives say they believe the suspect took off in this blue dodge. a witness said the license began with the letters gka. and police believe that it was a random act. they say the robber is a man between the age of 29 to 35 years old, 6 feet the tall, 200 pounds and was wearing dark
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>> hopefully someone will come forward. jamel lanee', thank you. two bay area scammers off the streets this morning and won't get their hands on our personal information any time soon. one will spend eight years and six months in federal prison. the second will spend four years in prison. they were found guilty of putting skimmers on several gas stations in hillsborough, pinellas and sarasota counties. two residents in a polk county -- in never own animals again. that's the ruling from the judge after deputies seized more than 170 animals from a rescue. what you are about to see is extremely disturbing. this is undercover video from peta at darling darling animal rescue. the owners will facing more than 100 animal negligent charms. the animals are now being treated by vets. happening today, we are expected to learn more about an
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due to negligence by a pinellas county nursing home. >> this happened back in may at gracewood rehab nursing care in pinellas county. news channel 8's meredyth censullo is in the tampa newsroom this morning. meredyth, what's the latest in this case? >> reporter: well, today we will hear from the man who was appointed as the health care proxy or guardian for wilbert moten. he is frustrated no one has been held accountable for death. the 65-year-old man suffered second degree burns and dehydration when he was allegedly left outside in 90- degree heat for hours. he has no living relatives, mobility issues and psychiatric problems. he lived at the facility for years. police say he died from heart failure. the guardian seen in an interview with news channel 8 now wants legislation that prevents such negligence from
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state representatives and he will lay out the proposed legislative changes today. news channel 8 will be there and we will have more after this morning's press conference. you will find that on wfla.com. gene and gayle -- >> very important. thank you, meredyth. well, thousands of itt tech students are trying to figure out their next move after their school shut down. now one college many hillsborough county stepping in to help. this morning country including the -- campuses across the country including the one in tampa are locked up tight. they are helping students transfer into programs at hcc that might lead to a degree. we spoke with one tampa student who was just about to finish her nursing degree. >> whatever reason they had for closing, i just -- just let the students that really want their career finish.
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you want to make a better life for yourself. you want to reach that goal. and it's hard when somebody just takes it away from you like that. >> itt tech claims they closed because of major financial problems. in a few months, construction will start on a rope adventure and zip line course in largo. city commissioners approved a deal a company to build the new attraction. we flew drone 8 over the highlands recreation complex where the course will this is what the zip line looks like in bradenton. visitors are tethered to a harness and riders zip from platform to platform. the owner promises people will love it. >> we will be a great neighbor. we are excited about the project. i understand people's concerns. there's always concern when there's change. but we are a quiet activity. >> the owner of the zip line wants to open soon after the new year starts. well, walt disney world is
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before you make the trip. kids between ages 3 and 9 will be asked to scan their finger at park gates. adults and older kids have been doing this for years but disney says the tickets for younger kids were more easily transferable because they were vulnerable to misuse and theft. parents uncomfortable with the new policy can have their own finger scanned instead of having their kid's scan their finger. share your thoughts with us page. let's get a check on the weather with weather and traffic on the 8s. >> still feels nice thankfully. holding on to lower humidity which we don't get to talk about very often in early september but fall isn't so far away. through the day, watch how temperatures climb from 7 -- how temperatures climb. by your lunch break, it's 86 and afternoon high of 91. still hot just that the rainfall potential is slim to none due to the drier air. between now and 9:00 tonight,
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potential of rain, sarasota, highlands county, far to the south. and more moisture is around. we keep it nice and sunny for you with the sunglasses today and tomorrow at 91. 92 friday. and 91 on saturday. and 90 on sunday and monday. and by the way, we are right at the peak of hurricane season. officially call it around september 10th. and here's some good news, most of the atlantic basin pretty quiet. there's one wave off africa, a 70% chance of developing in five days. but nice to only one thing. and we will check with traffic on the 8s because i'm sure there's more things you're watching. it's not a perfect morning but it's good. bay area bridges look good. good news first, a great drive through lakeland, i-4 no delays, roughly 14 minute commute here. and in and out of pasco county, looking good. wesley chapel, state road 52 to 275, 11 minutes on the commute. this road construction project
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closures here and the northbound lanes. that's not going to be wrapped up until the middle of september. so take starkey or ridge road instead seminole just past ulmerton. might save you time during rush hour. and sarasota again, i will say this, the overnight construction around university eastbound i-75, that's clear. but we still have state road 72 closed from state road over to seidel road. it's due to road work going on. how do you get around it? , state park out there. but seidel road will link up with clay gully and that hits fruitville. if you know your way around there, i know it's dark in the the area but that's a alternate. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. apple fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the iphone 7 release but if you feel like you can't wait longer, we have something for you. >> yes, all the expected highlights when we give you a sneak peek at the potential
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terrified in their own home. coming up, the scary encounter of a boy who was home alone with this guy. you're watching news channel 8
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a scary situation for a 12- year-old in south florida. a burglar breaks into the home while the child is inside and. >> take a look at the video from inside and the home. the crook slips inside and through a window and snatches a laptop, jewelry and some passports. the boy says he was inside and his room watching tv when he heard a knock at the front door. he saw the burglar break in and ran into the bathroom.
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him to stay there. when the boy felt safe, he dialed 911. the mother didn't want to be identified and now she says she is scared to be at home. >> i'm jumpy myself. you know, in my own house which it shouldn't be that way. >> the good news is the boy was not hurt. there are no arrests in this case. the crooks stole about $1,000 worth of items. >> he must have been so scared. a man is using everything from social media to word of mouth to try to find the owner of a flag side of the road. the mission is going viral. he was driving on u.s. 19 when he spotted the flag. it's folded in that triangle fashion, a professional fold, proper fold. the man pulled over, picked it up. he believes it probably belonged to a veteran who served our country. >> for some people it's spiritual. it's a spiritual relationship i'm sure. and to lose something like that would be devastating.
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and macdill air force base are offering to help find the owner. now to stories making headlines across america this morning. an alarming milestone no city wants to reach. chicago had 500 homicides so far this year. new information is out showing august was the city's deadliest month in two decades. since monday morning, 31 people were shot. city officials are blaming repeat offenders and the 500 homicides in chicago are more than new york and los angeles combined. no, you need to get out. you need to get out. >> no, i don't. >> you need to get out. >> i actually don't. >> do you remember this? the university of missouri professor was caught on camera threatening to have a journalist removed from campus during student protests last fall. she was fired but now she has a
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washington state is facing backlash for hiring her. hundreds of people left negative comments on the school's facebook page. the amish are known for having simple life styles but this morning a group of amish teens are behind bars for throwing a wild underage drinking party. not only are they facing charges of drinking underage, some are charged with resisting arrest two. at least two people were related illnesses. and a story that will give you goose bumps this morning. a third clown sighting in north carolina. a man says he spotted a clown in a wooded area behind an apartment complex. he claims the clown was wearing a halloween mask with a yellow polka dot shirt. police don't know if the sightings are connected to others in south carolina. officials say the clowns tried to lure kids into the woods.
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researchers say more people are cutting gluten out of their diets. experts at rutgers university report about 2 million americans have celiac disease but the amount of gluten-free eaters without that condition tripled. researchers believe americans are going gluten-free because of the perceived health benefits and the growing number of gluten-free products. it's hard to find time to sit down for dinner. >> tired to list off the things to do. it makes eating out sound good. we have ideas to help avoid take-out though. we usually forget to grab our lunches so we grab whatever we can. they suggest plan ago head so packing the day of is not a headache. >> three or four containers ready to go for the week that you grab and go in the morning. it's great. >> if you don't have time for
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deliver to the door. now to an update for tech junkies. later today, apple will unveil the latest device widely rumored to be the iphone 7. it's possible they'll introduce fast charging in the upcoming iphone 7 and 7 plus. the new phone could be water proof. and it may include a dual rear camera which gives extra focus happen at 1:00 p.m. and historically preordered for new iphones start after day after the launch. a top reporter says the phone will arrive in stores on september 16th. on top of the holiday shopping list. >> i got dibs on the blue one, leigh. that's what i want. >> i'm still interested to see if they take away the headphone jack. that's been the rumor where you will have to use blue tooth headphones if that happens.
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75degrees. still holding on to some slightly drier air, less humid air. 86degrees at noon. and hot, 91 degrees with the dry area keeping the rain chance at 20%. and that's south of i-4. driest air north north. 71 brooksville. polk county, 73. n bartow and lakeland. -- pack, 73 in bartow lakeland. -- polk county, 73 in bartow and lakeland. almost all the clouds and all the rain south of i-4. i have shaded it here in green. and even that is not a big rain chance, just where the most moisture is. the moisture forecast, red color is dry air. and it's with us for most of the day, especially along and north of i-4. this is the humid air and it makes its way farther and farther north through the day tomorrow and especially into friday.
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tomorrow. higher rain chances toward the weekend. leslee, how about traffic on the 8s? at the roadway, it remains a good drive across the bay area bridge, howard frankland bridge about six minutes either direction. and roughly 10 across the courtney campbell causeway. and that's from pinellas county to memorial highway. and let's take a live look here. you can see it's a beautiful drive no. delays on the howard frankland bridge -- drive, no delays on the howard frankland bridge and so is the sunshine skyway bridge. 275 right at kennedy, moving into do as well. and let's go back to the maps now. and a quick look through new port richey and palm harbor, up to speed on state road 54 from u.s. 19 to the sun coast parkway, just 12 minutes. and 13 minutes through palm harbor on 19. and that's between state road 54 over to tampa road. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you very much, leslee. the summer olympic games
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%f0 international olympic he and member patrick hickey was questioned in a tickets scalping case. he was jailed during the games and freed last week after a
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the investigation. police say he helped transfer tickets illegally to a non- authorized vendor that was selling them for higher fees. in receive, in honor of the paralympic game, the torch was held by the christ the redeemer statue. it received the blessing of rio's archbishop who said all the allege heats competing have already won the medal of hope. well, a snapped in a beautiful location is going viral and now the photographer is trying to find the couple. >> yeah, a tourist captured the breathtaking photo of this couple standing on the cliffs of the national park right at sunset as you can see here. the photographer posted the picture on social media hoping to find this mystery couple. the pair hasn't come forward yet but i bet they would love that picture. >> scary to look at. >> too close to the edge.
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decades for -- their families for decades are now finding it easier to travel to cuba. first, a live look outside this morning of beautiful downtown the tampa lit up along the hillsborough river. it's wednesday morning. weather and traffic on the 8s is just three minutes away. there's nothing like trying something new. especially when it comes to snacking. that's why we're introducing cheese dippers.
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time for weather and traffic on the 8s. clear skies towercamera in downtown tampa over the beautiful lit up skyline. 76degrees. the dew point is 72. that's higher than yesterday. the higher the dew point the more humid it feels. but the drier air will continue in the upper portions of the atmosphere so only a couple showers and the high of 91. how about traffic on the 8s? a look at 75 through the palmetto area, manatee county. southern apex, 275 and 75 meet at the southern end, and that
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and looking good away from sarasota county into manatee county, clark road to state road 70, 10 minutes. sunshine skyway bridge great
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talk about low. a disabled veteran beat and robbed outside a local walmart. >> grabbed me around the neck and started hitting and hitting and hitting. >> still ahead, the key of evidence police hope will track down the thug who robbed a man and left him helpless. dozens of guns stolen from a bay area store and out on the streets. where the investigation stands this morning and why investigators believes the thieves are no amateurs. plus, the changing relationship between the united states and cuba. what is taking flight from south florida and now making it easier to visit the island. welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo.

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