The OneOrlando Fund reaches for public transparency, mourns the deaths from the Pulse massacre

By : Billy Manes
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“Every time we’ve done one of these compensation programs, it is a horror,” attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, the recently appointed leader of the National Compassion Fund, told a crowd of victims, their families and the media at one of two town halls scheduled at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. “We are here to serve the community. Like most Americans, we step up when asked.”

Feinberg, of course, was referring to the ongoing emotional and legal maze plaguing victims of the June 12 Pulse massacre in which 49 were killed and another 53 injured. While the city of Orlando has become a hotbed of discussion for media in search of angles – some ephemeral, some grounded in the enormity of an international tragedy – the families were given a moment to sort out their affairs in a quiet manner, away from the sunshine, media tents and flowers. This was the time for questions.

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Health Department refutes claims over revised HIV case data

By : Jamie Hyman
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The Florida Department of Health is at odds with the media regarding numbers of new HIV cases in the state.

On March 26, the Tampa Bay Times published a story noting that the Health Department quietly lowered the numbers of new HIV cases logged in 2014, from 6,147 to 4,613. The original numbers put Florida at the top of the U.S. when it comes to new HIV cases and as a result, the state surgeon general was sharply criticized for cutting staff and spending as HIV cases skyrocketed.

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Gay conversion therapy claims are fraud says N.J. judge

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A judge in New Jersey has ruled that claims of gay conversion therapy that describe being gay as a curable mental disorder are fraud.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso Jr. ruled Feb. 10 in the case involving the Jersey City-based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing and said that those claims are illegal based on the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. Bariso also said it’s fraudulent to offer “success statistics” because “there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics.”

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