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dead birds washing up on a bay area beach. and now some are wondering if sewage pumped into the bay is to blame. we look at the environmental impact and how pinellas county is dealing with it. and how far one woman went to get her boyfriend out of taking a drug test. what she did that landed her behind bars. and this morning, preventing child deaths in hot cars. 8 is on your side with a look at new safety features and an invention from bay area dads. thank you for joining us here on news channel 8 today. i'm gene ramirez. >> and i'm gayle guyardo. let's get you out the door this thursday morning morning. it looks like julia has stalled. f0 >> still stalled off the south carolina coast. now this morning about an hour ago, it was downgraded to a tropical depression, 35 miles per hour winds and thankfully all the rain is pushing off into the atlantic. but look at this forecast track, it's not a track. it just sits there. today, friday, the weekend, by
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so unfortunately for the coastal carolinas, they may continue to see a churned up sea for the next several days. and the tropics are active. tropical storm ian in the central atlantic not posing a problem for anyone. and tropical depression 12 off the african coast. good news, the it's not going to the strengthen much. i will show you that coming up. in the meantime, ann onshore wind for us is a humid -- meantime, an onshore wind for us is a humid wind. and i left in a 10% rain chancea chance at midday. and 40% later in the afternoon. at 6:08, i will go hour-by-hour through your thursday. and leslee lacey has the thursday commute. no delays. that's always nice to start things off. i-4 throughout lakeland, 13 minute commute between each entrance of the polk county. 75 in and out of pasco county, a nice commute. and the hernando county sheriff's office tells me there's an accident the on 75
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in hernando county but no delays. that's a look at weather and traffic. back to gene and gayle. > all the rain from hurricane hermine overwhelmed bay area waste water plants sending sewage flooding into tampa bay. and now some are demanding action to stop it from happening again. news channel 8's meredyth censullo is live from the tampa news center this morning. and we all hope something could be done to stop this in the future but it seems to be a far reach. >> reporter: yeah, that's the big question this morning. pinellas county commissioners have launched a county-wide storm water task force to keep 29 million-gallons of raw and partially treated water was dumped into the bay, lake seminole, joes creek and irrigation canals and other places during hurricane hermine. the nasty water could be to blame for the deaths of those birds that you saw now washing up on shore. why does it happen? rain water floods the system through aging pipes and manhole covers and the waste water treatment plants can only hold so much. pinellas commissioners want to
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utility systems to work together and conduct the first- ever sewer study. they hope that study will reveal which parts of the county's sewage system need the most help. there are $70 million budgeted over the next decade for storm water improvements but the county hopes the sewer study could help to figure out how to save money while stopping the sewage for good. so it's a start but to put it in rain term, only a sprinkle. bottom line, will there be solutions before the next big flood? the answer is probably n >> it doesn't seem likely. okay, thank you. right now, ride sharing companies are threatening to pull out of hillsborough if a new set of rules passed by the public transportation commission are enforced. news channel 8's mary mcguire is tracking the story for us in tampa. mary, the ptc and the ride sharing companies have been at it for years here in hillsborough county. >> reporter: they sure have
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f0 we are actually riding in an uber right now. i wanted to get reaction from drivers to see what impact the rules and regulations would have on them. the big vote took place yesterday morning and before the vote took place, uber and lyft drivers protested outside of the county building. the ptc considered rules that would require a minimum fare and minimum wait time for rides and fingerprint background checks. one driver this morning is against that fingerprint requiremt. >> ultimately, it doesn't prove that anyone is anymore more safer because there are people that have committed crimes for the first time as first-time offenders. >> reporter: now uber still maintains they'll pull out of hillsborough county if the new rules are actually enforced but those in favor of the requirement, they maintain that it's a public safety measure and ensures that the riders in
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who are against the new requirement. they say they might even move to other areas, maybe pinellas county to do the their work because of the enforce. s, gene. >> it's not over yet. all right, mary, thank you. this morning, more dead imals are found in tampa. this time along the hillsborough river. >> that's really gross. and usually the animals will be like a plastic bag or a box. sometimes we will just find a dead animal but it's not like ot it's been placed there. you can tell. >> angela found a dead chicken in a box along the river. earlier this week, animals were found along the courtney campbell causeway. tampa detectives are trying to find out if the two cases are part of a sick prank or a religious ritual. new information in the death investigation in brandon. it's a story we first brought you as breaking news yesterday. deputies tell us donald wood was fighting with his girlfriend when a neighbor intervened.
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claims wood tried to attack him with a knife. that's when deputies believe the neighbor opened fire killing wood. for the neighbor, investigators do not plan to charge him. a polk county woman is accused of going too far to keep her boyfriend from getting in trouble. she is accused of calling in a bomb threat. listen to the part of the 911 call. >> what's the name of the building? >> the probation office at winter haven. someone is threatening to blow it up. >> okay, one moment please. are you there right now? >> investigators claim she confessed to making the call about the probation office. she told detectives he did it to get her boyfriend jason drake out of giving a iron sample for a drug test. both are in jail this morning. a polk county bus driver is off the job this morning after
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listen to this. f0 investigators claim he pulled out in front of a puck up truck tuesday. 8 on your side discovered this isn't his first crash. in fact, it's his third since starting with the district just this year. he resigned. this morning, florida state university is dealing with an outbreak of hand, foot and crews are wiping down all dorms. this time it's college students being diagnosed. it spreads through contact with unwashed hands or surfaces causing sores, skin rashes and fever and there is no treatment. >> yikes. the 2016 heart walk is right around the corner and news channel 8 is committed to raising $100,000.
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first $50,000 we raise. f0 that's two dollars for every one dollar you donate. the walk is november 12th at raymond james stadium. go to for details. it is a humid start to this thursday. feeling like mid-august than mid-september. we have tropical depression julia that's weather pattern because of the counterclockwise wind flow. it bring the moisture off the gulf of mexico. maybe a stray shower along the coast the first few hours of the day but most of you will be dry and sweaty. 81degrees 9:00 a.m. 89 at 3:00 p.m. during the afternoon, the rain chances is better at 40%. and those storms will push east of 75. in the headlines, julia stalls, actually through the weekend and next week off south carolina's coast. and leading to an onshore wind
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heading inland during the day. seasonal temperatures too, upper 80s to near 90. the rain chance at 50%, excuse me, 40% today but 30% friday, saturday and sunday. and we will check with traffic on the 8s. i know people want to head out early. a little built of trouble in hernando county. that's look at this accident here. it's southbound 75, past cortez which is known as state road 50. and looks like injuries involved but it's off to the shoulder and downtown brooksville looks good in the area, 301 looks good. south tampa, just a quick reminder here between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a closure here on west shore boulevard. and just north of bay to bay. and also coming through there now, just a lot of construction. still might want to go around instead. a live look here. great drive across the courtney campbell causeway. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you, lissette
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into flames. >> why he believes the smart phone is to blame. and in a poof of smoke, a man's purse explodes. what was inside and that caused this problem. plus, saving children left in hot cars. 8 is on your side with a look at new technology that could help save young lives. you're watching news channel 8 today. i wore a badge for 38 years knowing how much you trusted us to keep you safe. yet when a officer was killed in action florida was not doing enough to give their families the help they desperately needed. dana young understood. that was wrong, so we changed that law. to ensure these families get the
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8 is on your side looking at the deadly trend of young kids left in hot cars. a palm harbor case on friday is the latest example. >> yeah, in that case a 23- month-old boy was left in his dad's pickup truck for hours. and now many companies are looking for solutions. >> news channel 8's leslee lacey has the story. >> reporter: we have experienced record heat this summer in the tampa bay area. nationwide, 29 children have already died from heat stroke this year after being left in a vehicle. but there are some companies, both large and small, working on ways to get parents to check the backseat. general motors and buick have rolled out a 2017 vehicle that includes a rear seat reminder. >> you put something in. you close the door. you will get in the front seat. we will start it up. you go somewhere. you reach your destination.
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and it's saying, rear seat reminder look in the rear seat. >> reporter: now the safety features are dependent on the back door opening and shutting but there are other technologies that work differently. this is created by two tampa dads. it's a two-part wireless system that actually sees when the door is open ands the weight in your child's car seat. >> this reads the presence of the child. it requires two pounds of pressure. right underneath the child. the bear is the child today. >> reporter: the sensor goes under the driver's seat and when you exit the car -- >> object detected in car seat. please remove child from the seat. >> reporter: and then if i don't remove the child -- >> you get an app alert. after a couple minutes, an emergency contact is made to a parent or a care giver you designate. >> reporter: and there are other products available which sounds your car alarm when you
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starting next summer and the 2017 vehicles with the rear reminder feature are the buick lacrosse and the gmc arcadia. >> you hear all the time from parents saying it would never happen from me. and you hear from parents that it happened to and they say, you get caught up and so busy. f0 and i'm glad these dads came up with the idea. >> they're hoping by next year to have it. hopefully it will really be -- >> a big thank you. authorities in st. lucie county believe they have caught the man who torched a force pierce mosque sunday ght. he faces arson and hate crime charges and could face 30 years behind bars. investigators say anti-islamic posts filled his social media accounts. the pulse nightclub shooter to omar mateen occasionally attended that mosque. check in thunder sleet out, a samsung galaxy 7 is suspected of starting this car fire.
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>> then i see the flames come up. and from that, bigger flames. and i pull over and the flames expand. >> that's clifford samuels describing the fire that turned his hyundai into a charred metal mess. he was charging his phone on the front seat when he saw fire. and now investigators are testing the charred remains to determine if the phone was the cause of the fire. and the suspect in the murder of nba star's dwayne wade's cousin are will appear in court. f0 the ot with first degree murder for the death. she was fatally shot in chicago while walking to register her kids for school. thorities allege the two brothers meant to hit another man. f0 first it was the ncaa and now it's the acc. they said all championships in north carolina will be moved. it's due to north carolina's house bill 2 law.
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people use restrooms at schools and government buildings that correspond with their birth certificates. police found 29 packets of heroin in a 5-year-old's lunch. the discovery was made at a trendton, new jersey charter school. investigators aretrying to figure out where the boy got the drugs. and talk about a scary moment for a wo purse explodes. cameras at a store captured a puff of smoke billowing from her purse. is happened as she was shopping in new jersey. she emptied the purse and she found the battery on her personal vaporizer burned up. luckily no one was hurt. f0 >> i hope it wasn't real because they are expensive. >> yeah, hopefully wasn't too much damage but it will smell like smoke. yikes. let's see what's happening out there.
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this is a live look from the hyundai of new port richey camera. people heading to work and school this morning. 76degrees. but 92% humidity. it's a little bit oppress they've morning. and we still have -- oppressive this morning. and we still have tropical depression julia off the south carolina coastline. there was a lot of flooding yesterday. but look at the forecast, glad it isn't happening here. it's going to sit there and remain a tropical depression but all the way seas and keeping winds at 30 to 35 miles per hour. and there's tropical depression 126789 i mentioned this earlier -- depression 12. i mentioned this earlier. it takes it until next week before it strengthens into tropical storm karl. it's something we're watching. this morning, maybe a spotty shower along the coast. the bigger news is the humidity. 79degrees at 8:00 a.m. 86 at noon. a couple storms then with a 40%
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and look at this, tampa, st. pete, 81. 75 in plant city. there's julia stalled. helping to create this onshore wind flow and that's why i expect the showers near the shoreline. and pushing inland, 40% chance today. and similar pattern tomorrow but only a 30% rain chance. and 30% through the weekend. all right. downtown tampa, more vehicles as you can see here. but traffic still is moving at very good speeds. we're at about 45, 50 miles per let's take another look here, the courtney campbell causeway great drive between clearwater right now and tampa. no delays. all right, let's move over and look at the veterans expressway. up to speed coming through odessa down into tampa. and looks wonderful. even up on the sunshine skyway bridge over in pasco county, up to speed. and bay area bridge, i told you courtney campbell causeway looks good. howard frankland bridge, only six minutes to cross it. gandy bridge, looking at about four minutes. the sunshine skyway bridge about 10 minutes between the toll plazas.
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hernando county southbound 75 past cortez boulevard. and it's off to the shoulder but with injuries. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. so they say cats have nine lives and you might just believe it after this story. >> oh, yeah. the heart warming ending to the so-called zombie cat. remember him? plus, coming to the rescue of manatees stuck in a golf course pond. that's happening today to give the sea cows a new chance at ee
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if they pass a health assessment, off they'll go. bart the so-called zombie cat, remember him? he's getting a new home. a family just adopted him. he made headlines back in january 2015 when he was hit by a car and then bury add live. the owner thought the cat was dead -- buried alive. the owner thought the cat was dead but he clawed his way out. >> they were having a good time, popping bottles and celebrating. that's fantastic. >> i don't get that home. >> no. presidential candidates are releasing medical records. >> what we are learning about the health of hillary rodham clinton and donald trump. and the future of killer whales at sea word. the government order that could end the theme park's shows. first, a live look outside. weather and traffic on the 8s
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still dark out there. this is the way it looks from the veterans ford looking up the veterans expressway. 77degrees but 93% humidity. and more like mid-august rather than mid-september. high humidity. stray shower along the coast this morning. most of you will be dry. 79degrees when the kids get picked up at 2 bus stop and dropped degrees with a 40% rain chance. 89 is average for today. 89 tomorrow and 90 saturday and sunday. leslee, how is traffic on the 8s? we still have a good drive 275, i-4 to the howard frankland bridge, about five minutes. and bearss avenue to i-4, busier moving into downtown the tampa but we're still looking good, about an 11 minute commute there. and 275 at fowler avenue, just starting to see a slow down here southbound. this wasn't here just a few minutes ago, so something going on here.
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but 275, a little bit slow and go. aisle be keeping an eye on that for and you that will continue to get slower towards rush hour. i wore a badge for 38 years knowing how much you trusted us to keep you safe. yet when a officer was killed in action florida was not doing enough to give their families the help wrong, so we changed that law. to ensure these families get the benefits they are entitled to and the honor they deserve. dana young has our back and she has yours. dana young for the florida senate.
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> a ride share rule controversy. hillsborough county wants background checks for uber and lyft drivers and now those the drivers might drive right out of town. also, the search is on for a serial thief targeting lr the pictures deputies want to you see next. plus, fit for the oval office. medical records out today for both donald trump and hillary rodham clinton. what doctors are saying about them and how it could impact the race for the white house. good morning. and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. thank you for waking up with on this thursday morning. f0 leigh spann has the latest on the weather. >> that's right. new this morning, tropical storm julia has been downgraded
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brought to south carolina. some areas saw close to 6 inches of rain. and this morning, there's concern that anymore rainfall could lead to flash flooding and isolated tornadoes. this video from mount pleasant which is where i used to live and i talked to the friends that live there still and they are excited the rain is not coming down this morning. hundreds of people without power. and you can see what's happening. all of the rain is pushed offshore right now. around the eastern side of the center of circulation. everyone along the carolina coastline is glad to not have the rain but not getting to say good-bye to jewel. why it's a tropical depression, yes, but it's going to sit and spin off the carolina coast until monday. so we have tropical depression julia. but the tropics are very active. tropical storm ian in the central atlantic. thankfully heading north. not a problem for anyone. and we have tropical depression 12 off the african coastline. and now good news with this, even though it's going to head west which is concerning, it's
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for a longtime. that's good news. and locally, it's dry. sun is just about to start coming up. but we have the onshore wind flow which means not only is it humid but there's a small rain chance along the coast this morning. the storms push inland through the day as the rain chances climb to 40%. at 6:38, i have an eight-day temperature trend for you. and leslee has the roads this morning. >> busier as we move into downtown tampa. let's take a look at what's going on. here is a look, 75 right at let's move over now to 275. and you can see southbound, it was in pockets of congestion. it's eased itch since the last time i showed you the picture. but a look at the maps. and we've got about a 13 minute commute now. look at the bottom, bearss avenue down to i-4. and that's southbound on 275. there's where it's getting slow, in the orange there. and no accidents but there's one at the fletcher avenue on- ramp off to the shoulder. that's a look at weather and traffic.
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right now, the battle between regulators and ride aring companies could still drive uber and lyft out of hillsborough county for good. news channel 8's mary mcguire is live in tampa. wednesday's vote by the public transportation commission wasn't necessarily a win for either side. >> reporter: the ptc did back off on a couple of the rule changes but they stuck with the requirement that would have uber and lyft drivers fingerprinted. f0 we wanted to get reactions from real drivers to see what the rules and regulations would do for their businesses. in off some of the regulations but they did stick with one that would require drivers to have the fingerprint backgrounds taken. and before the vote took place, there were protests outside of the county building. er and lyft drivers spoke up. the ptc considered rules that would require a minimum fare and a minimum wait time for rides and a fingerprint background check for drivers. in the end, they only went ahead with the fingerprint background check and uber isn't
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f0 >> ultimately, it doesn't prove that anyone is anymore safer because there are many people that have committed crimes for the first time as first-time offenders. >> reporter: uber still says that they'll pull out of the unty if the rules are enforced but the ptc maintains that these are, quote, sensible rules that ensure public safety. f0 >> well, this is not over yet. thank you, mary. happening today, sarasota police will release information a major drug bust late they are morning. police say the undercover sting began back in april and that they have taken a significant number of dealers off the streets. news channel 8 will be there for the police briefing and we will bring you more on this later today. f0 the city of port richey is
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the council passed the measure 3-2. under the measure, police have the discretion to issue a civil citation instead of of a criminal arrest. that would be $155. applies only if the offender is 18 years of age or older and in possession of less than 20- grams of marijuana. in your vote, we are 53 days away from election day. w polls show a tight race between donald trump and hillary rodham clinton here in florida. leading clinton in florida 47% to 44%. another national poll shows clinton leading trump 48% to 43%. n a two-way match-up among likely voters. how important is health when it comes to selecting a president? well, today, hillary rodham clinton returns to the campaign trail after days of rest to recover from pneumonia. >> and the results of donald trump's most recent physical will be revealed today in an
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censullo is here. and both candidates are citing reports from their personal doctors. >> reporter: right. and the key is their personal doctors. there are dualing releases from both campaigns. clinton's and trump's and both are being analyzed this morning. hillary rodham clinton's doctor put out this letter saying the democratic nominee was diagnosed with mild non- contagious bacterial pneumonia. she was evaluated september 2nd. her condition worsened and she developed a cough. a ct scan revealed the pneumonia. she is on medication and has stayed out of the spotlight since that video of her seeming to collapse after leaving a 9/11 event on sunday. and the campaign revealed she is on treatment for an underactive thyroid and a blood thinner. and all other tests including a mammogram are normal. and what can only be described as a trumpish move, the reality
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candidate will reveal the results of a complete health work-up on a talk show. this morning dr. oz who did the interview and looked at the test results will be on the "today" show with his analysis of the 70-year-old's records. >> details from the colonoscopy he had two years back. results from chest x-rays and ekgs plus lab results from last week. >> reporter: meanwhile a source said other than the candidate's body mass index being a little high, trump claims to be in good physical health. >> we will continue to talk about this as we learn more. thank you. keep it here on news channel 8. again, dr. oz will discuss trump's most recent physical during an interview this morning on "today" at 7:00 right after news channel 8
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don't miss that. right now, let's hand it over to leigh for weather and traffic on the 8s. f0 >> well, just starting to see the first looks of daylight through our newest weather camera. famous tate bedding. let me tell you, it is humid. 93%. 78degrees by 7:00 a.m. it heats up. around 83 at 10:00. 86 at and then we come down to 280s toward the evening. but the rainfall potential with the onshore wind flow, that's making it humid. between now and lunchtime, not a lot of rain and if you see some, it will be closer to the coast. and the storms will march east of 75 later today. most of us if not all of us, the rain would be less than an inch. maybe a few pockets. otherwise, steamy. 9 today and tomorrow. and 9 on saturday and sunday.
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traffic on the 8s and make sure everything is moving along. >> it's moving. slow and go away if fouler and fletcher into downtown but that's typical. let's check your travel time at this point. bearss avenue to i-4, now about a 15 minute commute. out towards pinellas from downtown, looks great on 275. look at this, i-4 through ybor city, starting to hit the brakes and 275 coming away from bearss. and just approaching i-4 here, southbound on 75, getting slow. and now hernando county just past cortez boulevard. and looks like that's off to the shoulder. and we've got this one, u.s. 41 at shell point road but it's off to the side. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. still ahead, the government order that make sea world end their shows. and a 13-year-old shot and killed by police.
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plus, a run-away moon wreaks havoc in china. where it came from and how it got loose. you're watching news channel 8
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through the years, millions of sea world guests have watched the killer whales show those shows are likely coming to an end. on tuesday, california governor jerry brown signedded a bill that declares the whales may remain but can only be used for educational presentations. happening today, governor rick scott will visit the bay ea to talk about jobs. the governor will appear in st. petersburg. they'll specialize in filling containers with liquid for companies. an upset crowd got vocal after a miami beach commission
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the insecticide. it's used to fight zika virus- carrying mosquitoes but residents worry about the potential side effects. the miami beach city council argued that officials should find an alternative. a judge revoked the bond for a 19-year-old charged of practicing medicine without a license. you will remember this guy. he was arrested in virginia last week after trying to illegally by a car. he remains jail there had and is not to be released from custodll court proceedings. the world anti-doping agency says russian hackers broke into their database again releasing another batch of athletes' information. while they did not identify the athletes, it comes right after tuesday's hacking when the medica data of 25 athletes from eight countries was released into the public domain.
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case williams and other female u.s. olympians. f0 yeah, students posted a questionable picture online that could get them kicked out of school. they posed in front of the sign holding plastic gun. the sign read, quote, i have hate everyone. you hate everyone. let's shoot up the school at homecoming. end quote. police were called to the high school. they believe it was a prank where the girls asked the school district is now considering whether to expel the teens from school. in ohio, a suspect is dead after being shot at least once. police officers were reportedly responding to an armed robbery ll involving several suspects. one police officer chased the suspects into the alley. one pulled out i gun. that's when the police officer fired at the suspect several times. he was taken to children's hospital where he later died. crime scene investigators collected the gun and
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a kansas man is struck by lightning and lives to tell the tale. he describes the moment it happened as he walked out of his apartment. he didn't even make to it the truck when the bolt hit. >> i saw the flash of lightning and i thought my life was over. i thought i was a goner. >> rocked by the shock, he finally came to and went back into the apartment. the crazy thing, he originally sported his steel toed boots for work but last minute he says that saved his life. f0 a brazen armed rob we are a major sweet tooth. >> one man left a broward county subway twice with cookies but a third time, he wanted something more. we see it all here on surveillance video. the 24-year-old cashier said the man reportedly threatened her with a gun as she emptied the money from the register and handed it over.
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the gun. when he fled and this time without any cookies, investigators are still searching for the suspect. >> the cookies are delicious there. >> they are. take a look at this. that is a run-away moon. yep, a huge moon-shaped balloon just blowing through a city there in china. it rolled out of control right over cars, people, everything in the path. the balloon was part of a display for autumn festival. a supertyphoon, it blew through and that freed it. >> that's crazy. >> yeah. good thing it doesn't hurt because it's full of air. >> still looks like a nuisance. >> yeah. let's get a check on the weather. >> yeah you don't want to see that. although we have a full moon in the next couple days. we do have what is now tropical depression julia. remaining off the carolina coast. and i say remaining not just
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anywhere else. look at the forecast. again, not causing a lot of problems but any time a tropical system is off the coastline, you are concerned. off the african coast, we have tropical depression 12. and now i would be more concerned as it moves almost due west. but the thing is, it's going to be in a lot of wind sheer or a tough environment for a tropical system which is great because it remains a tropical depression through sunday. and then only becomes a weak tropical storm early next week. so we will it nonetheless but it's not going to get too strong. sun just beginning to come up at the loews don cesar st. pete beach camera. 84% humidity. the wind flow off the gulf of mexico really making it feel humid today. 79degrees. and it could lead to a stray shower along the coast. just not a big chance. the rain chance slightly better at lunchtime. 86degrees. 40%rain chance during the afternoon around 4:00 p.m. when it's 89 degrees.
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brooksville and she says it's 73 at her house. winds from the southwest. so watch the forecast now. we go forward in time. one or two of the showers may sneak onshore. and i left in a 10% chance this morning. and better coverage at noon. and generally when you notice is the rain chances will push inland. 40% chance today. and goes down to 30% friday and the weekend. how about traffic on the 8s? well, traffic is looking good. you know, i thought it was illegal to moon someone in public? maybe not in china. all right, look at this, hitting the brakes. typical, bearss avenue down to i-4, a 19 minute commute. and still looking good towards the howard frankland bridge. south of plant city, state road 60 at highway 93. starring to see a delay at highway 93 approaching highway 60. a crash here, off to the shoulder and injuries involved. you will see activity in the area. and let's move over here. we have a crash south 75 past cortez boulevard to the shoulder no. delays there. and good drive in pasco.
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up to i-4. and also, especially 275 starting at bearss and fowler. really slow. this is 75. i just mentioned this at fowler. southbound, very heavy. and then 275 thick from bearss into downtown tampa. all right, let's move over now. u.s. 41 at shell point road. it's off to the side of the roadway. and no delays there. and a quick reminder in south tampa starting at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., west shore northbound is closed near bay to bay. so follow traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> nice joke. work on the timing. >> i like that. a michigan couple lost everything in a house fire. >> their three little girls left without toys. >> but they rebuild and they are feeling the support from the generous community and it was the actions of the 4-year- old that really touched the family. she loaded up her barbie car with toys, meant to be her birthday and chris christmas
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to play with. >> that's sweet. >> very selfless. >> beautiful. >> i love her ride too. police in south florida found themselves wrangling with a slippery suspect at a high school. >> not a teenager. rather a snake. look at the nine foot python found slithering across the street toward homestead senior high school. >> i don't know which is worse, the the teen or the snake. >> officers were called in to capture the creature. and then they posed with the big snake and posted pictur >> that's right. an outbreak on a university campus here in florida. and the debate over ride sharing in the bay area. why one service may steer its way clear of hillsborough county. you're watching news channel 8
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i'm hillary clinton and i approve this message. donald trump says he alone can fix the problems we face. well i don't believe that's how you get things done in our country. it takes democrats and republicans working together.
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ity after 9/11. and got the treaty cutting russia's nuclear arms. we've got to bring people together. that's how you solve problems and that's what i'll do as president. this morning, the future of
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question in hillsborough county. >> news channel 8s a mary mcguire is live with a look at the controversy. >> reporter: well, the ptc debated a whole host of new rules and regulation bus in the end, only stuck with one that would require drivers for ride sharing services like uber and lyft to have their fingerprints taken. before the vote, there was protests going on outside of the county building. the ptc considered rules that would require a minimum fare, a minimum wait time and for the drivers. in the end, they decided only to go ahead with the fingerprint background checks. reporting live in tampa, mary mcguire, news channel 8. st. pete fire crews are investigating a possible arson fire this morning. several small fires broke out inside and a home on 18th avenue south. officials believe the home was undergoing renovations no. one was hurt. and investigators are looking for the homeowner. a call for action.
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nasty sewage was dumped into tampa bay. and commissioners are now asking the water systems to work together on a county-wide storm water task force to address this big problem. and an arrest in the case of a fire at a mosque in fort pierce. investigators put the cuffs on the man. they accuse him of setting the fire to the mosque where the pulse nightclub shooter omar mateen attended. and an outbrake of hand, foot and mouth -- an outb of hand, foot and mouth disease. the university reports college students contracting the highly contagious virus there. and crews are working to wipe down the dorms to hope to stop the spread. wild liar crews plan to rescue a -- wildlife crews plan to rescue a group of manatees in crystal river. they got stuck during hurricane hermine. if they pass the check-up, they'll be released back into the wild.
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in sun city cent, the sun coming up, 75 degrees. and now it is humid out there. and we're at 80 degrees in tampa and st. petersburg. this is more like mid-august. 75degrees in plant city. right now, 72 degrees in bartow. and through rest of the day, a coastal shower is possible this morning. the main thing, it's humid. 86degrees. a couple storms around lunchtime. and then 40% rain chance later today with a high of 89. and similar pattern with the storms pushing inland friday, saturday and sunday, the rain chanth humid. looking at traffic. south of plant city, we've got an accident state road 60 at highway 93. seeing slow downs at the intersection. and leaving plant city on i-4. look at this, a crash now westbound i-4 right before you get to the junction. it's off to the shoulder but slow-and-go in the area. and slow off the howard frankland bridge into tampa. starkey road at 86th avenue, collision with injuries in pinellas county.
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look at the delays and they are right where the accident was. but westbound highway 60 before parsons, starting to see a slow down. and a live look at the cameras. this is westbound i-4 as you move from ybor city up to 275. and hitting the brakes there. and a look at the other camera. look at this. i-75, very slow fowler avenue southbound. >> looks messy. >> thank you. log on to my facebook and twitter. i posted the list of conservative and liberal cities in america. it will surprise you. not what you think. updates during the "today"
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back to his old ways? after days of taking the high road, donald trump takes a shot at hillary clinton's health. >> you think hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour and do this? i don't know. >> as clinton returns to the her medical records, trump brings his doctor's report to a tv medical show. >> your bmi is high. >> this morning, dr. oz joins us live. scandal grows. hackers releasing another batch of data, the private information from at least ten more american olympic athletes exposed. is there more to come? nbc news investigation. the canine teams the tsa relies on to sniff out explosives at


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