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  • Children receive swim lessons to prevent summer tragedies
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    WSVN 7 (FOX MIAMI)Children receive swim lessons to prevent summer tragediesHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Swim safety is on the minds of many South Florida leaders and parents as summer approaches.Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Dem.-Fla., joined members of several agencies at the Driftwood Community Pool in Hollywood.Kids were given free swimming lessons at the event to stop any preventable tragedies at the pool.A mother who attended passed on some emotional words of warning. “Always have in ... Read more

  • AR-15 assault rifle used in Orlando nightclub massacre, other mass shootings
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    LOCAL 10 (WPLG ABC MIAMI)AR-15 assault rifle used in Orlando nightclub massacre, other mass shootingsHollywood gun store owner defends 'weapon of war'By Bob Norman - Investigative ReporterHOLLYWOOD, Fla. - What do the mass shootings at Pulse Orlando, Sandy Hook Elementary, San Bernardino and Aurora have in common?The shooters all chose an AR-15 assault rifle, considered the deadliest weapon on the market.Pulse shooting suspect Omar Mateen bought his AR-15 and a pistol from a Port St. Lucie gun d... Read more

  • South Florida hosts blood drive for Orlando shooting victims
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    ASSOCIATED PRESSSouth Florida hosts blood drive for Orlando shooting victimsHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - South Florida is showing its support by donating blood after a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club took the lives of 49 and injured 53, Sunday.Outpourings of love and support took place hours after the shootings in Orlando, and South Florida is no different. Hundreds gathered, Monday, to donate blood at a drive in Hollywood. “Well, I know I’m type O, so I know my blood definitely helps out with ... Read more

  • Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival Will Go On
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2016 | Preview rr

    CBS4 (WFOR MIAMI)Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival Will Go OnWILTON MANORS (CBSMiami) – In the wake of the Orlando massacre targeting the gay community, organizers are evaluating their security measures for the upcoming Wilton Manors Stonewall Festival and Parade.“The situation is fluid and evaluation is ongoing. Security and safety remains our top priority, said Wilton Manors Mayor Gary Resnick in a statement. “Throughout the planning process, the Wilton Manors Police Department and others have ... Read more

  • Miami Beach gay community, elected leaders come together for Orlando shooting vigil
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    LOCAL 10 (ABC WPLG MIAMI)Miami Beach gay community, elected leaders come together for Orlando shooting vigilDebate about whether gay men should be able to donate blood draws applauseBy Carlos SuarezMIAMI BEACH, Fla. - The sound of John Lennon's "Imagine" brought tears to many in the crowd who gathered Sunday night in Miami Beach to mourn the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting massacre.Hundreds attended a vigil to remember the victims of the massacre, including Roger Lords, whose friend, J... Read more

  • Orlando Jews Call for Unity With Muslims as Nation Reels From Nightclub Massacre
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Orlando Jews Call for Unity With Muslims as Nation Reels From Nightclub MassacreBy Nathan GuttmanORLANDO — Central Florida’s Jewish community started laying the groundwork for interfaith cooperation with Muslims Monday as the nation reeled in grief and anger after an anti-gay gunman killed 50 people in the worst-ever mass killing in recent U.S. history.Rabbi Steven Engel of the Congregation for Reform Judaism, the largest synagogue in Orlando, and Imam Muhammad Masri, president of the Islamic So... Read more

  • Jewish Leaders Denounce Gun Violence After Orlando Mass Killing
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    FORWARDJewish Leaders Denounce Gun Violence After Orlando Mass KillingBy Forward StaffDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders led a chorus of Jewish political, religious and cultural leaders who expressed outrage at gun violence after the mass shooting that killed 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando.“All Americans are horrified, disgusted and saddened by the horrific” mass killing, Sanders said.Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz planned to attend a Sunday night Miami gay pride ev... Read more

  • Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacre
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    Tension over LGBT angle to Orlando massacreBy Nahal ToosiAs lawmakers from both parties rushed to condemn the mass shooting that left 50 dead in Orlando, Republicans appeared to shy away from noting the LGBT connection, while Democrats explicitly brought it up.Officials say the shooting, the deadliest such attack in U.S. history, occurred at a gay-themed nightclub and is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism. The alleged shooter, who was killed by police, was a U.S. citizen ... Read more

  • Florida Senators: Orlando Shooting Appears to Be Terror Attack
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    ROLL CALLFlorida Senators: Orlando Shooting Appears to Be Terror Attack50 people killed in gay nightclub, deadliest mass shooting in U.S. historyBy Bridget BowmanFlorida's two U.S. senators say the nightclub shooting in Orlando that appears to be the nation's worst in history, appeared to be related to radical Islamic terrorism. “Right now there’s a lot of indications that this has some link to radical Islam,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN on Sunday. “I think we have to continue to explai... Read more

  • Talks on a Zika bill in Congress to start soon, but that's not fast enough for Floridians
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr

    TC PALM.COMTalks on a Zika bill in Congress to start soon, but that’s not fast enough for FloridiansBy Ledyard King, USA TODAY NETWORKLawmakers are expected to start ironing out the details of a spending bill to combat Zika in the coming week, more than four months after President Barack Obama first asked Congress for nearly $2 billion to fight the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to birth defects and paralysis.A final compromise still could be weeks away and is expected to be far belo... Read more