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Five things for Monday, August 11

Five things for today in Orlando and Central Florida: back to school in Seminole; go along for the ride as an eagle learns to hunt; and thousands of old coins were found during the demolition of a house.

It's Monday and some of you are heading back to school. Though it won't feel much like fall, as we get another hot day.

1. It feels like school just got out, but today is the first day back to class for some area students. Nearly 65,000 Seminole County students are starting today, and 350,000 more kids in Orange, Lake, Osceola and Volusia counties will head to the classroom in a week.

2. Photographer Red Huber continues his series documenting the rehabilition of an immature bald eagle. Video of the great bird soaring and learning to hunt live prey is great. A camera strapped to the eagle gives us a truely "bird's-eye view" of the what it's like to fly and hunt. Watch it here.

3. When a house in St. Cloud deemed unfit for residence was torn down by the city, a small treasure was found. Stored for decades inside the walls, large glass pickle jars holding the more than 2,000 coins shattered when a crew of city workers leveled a 1915 bungalow. Police Chief Pete Gauntlett speculated the coins were hidden in the walls during the Great Depression when Floridians and others lost faith in banks. Hank Curtis has the story.

4. Topping weekend Sports news is the accident in New York where NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a driver who was on the track after a crash. Video from Saturday night shows Stewart's car striking driver Kevin Ward Jr. on the track. Ward apparently exited his car after a crash, stepped out onto the dirt track and was motioning toward Stewart's car.

4a. UCF football coach George O'Leary denied a Fox Sports report that he intends to resign after the season-opener against Penn State. "I don’t know anything about that stuff and where that came from," O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel late Saturday.

4b. And UCF has selected a quarterback to lead the team.

5. Get out and vote. Early voting is set to begin in some Central Florida counties starting today. And election supervisors, worried that the redistricting brouhaha will confuse voters, have this message: The Aug. 26 primary is still on. Also check out the Orlando Sentinel Election Center.

And some news we are working on for today:
• Police are searching for missing teen in Orange County.
• The woman and boy who died when their boat capsized could be identified today.
• A couple was arrested in Jacksonville for shining a laser in police officer's eyes.
• The baseball diamond at Tinker Field was given landmark status but not the stadium building.
• Orlando city council to consider adding transgender status to non-discrimination policy.

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