Atlanta United fan sparks outrage over Pulse comment days before first game

By : Rachel Dececco
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In the spirit of competitive sports, banter between rival teams is expected, but one Atlanta United fan is sparking outrage over a comment made on a Facebook post.

The comment was screenshot and posted in a tweet by Ruckus, an independent Orlando City supporters club, July 19. The comment read “think of [the upcoming game between Atlanta and Orlando] as Pulse part 2.”

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Judge won’t dismiss count against Pulse gunman’s wife

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge won’t dismiss an obstruction charge against the wife of the man who massacred 49 people at Pulse nightclub.

The judge denied a request from Noor Salman July 18 to dismiss one of the two criminal charges she faces.

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Orlando officer who responded to Pulse massacre to get early retirement

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A city pension board has granted early-retirement benefits to an Orlando police officer who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he responded to the shooting massacre at Pulse.

The Orlando Police Pension Board granted the benefits to 37-year-old Officer Gerry Realin July 13 after a hearing.

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Orange County Regional History Center launches One Orlando Collection’s Pulse exhibit, digital gallery

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Orange County Regional History Center has displayed hundreds of Pulse memorial items in an exhibit for the One Orlando Collection. The exhibit can be viewed at the History Center from June 12-17. Admission to the History Center has been waived during this period.

The collection can also be viewed in their digital gallery, currently at more than 600 pieces and continuing to grow every day. The online gallery can be viewed at OneOrlandoCollection.com.

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Tampa has a night of remembrance one year after the Pulse tragedy

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Tampanians gathered at Centennial Park Station in Tampa June 12 to remember and honor those lives lost at the hands of a gunman one year earlier at Pulse in Orlando.

The gathering had local performers and speakers as well as a candlelight vigil.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Hate signs, Digital Pulse and the new Center

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From drag queens to bears, we know what to expect at a Pride event. Some of those expectations are the religious fanatics usually protesting in their designated sections.

Unfortunately, on Monday, June 12, a day of remembrance for the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting, approximately three “Christians” showed up with hateful signs and words.

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Wet Hot Gay Summer! Orlando’s big gay weekend succeeds despite the weather and a year of mourning

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – It was the best of times, it was the wettest of times.

Whether it was a pool party or a thunderstorm, the underlying theme beneath the gray skies of Orlando’s resort area in its big gay weekend occupying June’s first week was one of water falling, often with thunder and lightning included.

For 27 years, GayDayS Inc., One Magical Weekend and Girls in Wonderland have been tourism drivers for the area, growing from simple notions of red shirts at theme parks all the way to huge circuit parties and even bigger profits. In economic development parlance, the annual June event brings hundreds of millions of dollars to the region.

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Anti-gay protester arrested near Pulse during one-year remembrance

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – An anti-gay protester faces misdemeanor charges after his arrest next-door to Pulse nightclub as hundreds of people remembered the massacre of 49 club patrons.

Daniel Maguire was arrested June 12 near Pulse nightclub. He’s charged with breach of peace and resisting an officer without violence.

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Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band and Color Guard presented “We. Are. Americans.”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Central Florida Sounds of Freedom and Color Guard held their spring concert, “We. Are. Americans.” at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando June 11.

The band, faturing special guest performers from the Impact Drum & Bungle Corps., played a variety of music from patriotic standards to Broadway classics while the color guard danced with flags and ribbons in all the colors of the rainbow.

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Pulse Remembrance with Music & Poetry

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Local band Sugar City will perform their song “World of Love,” which was inspired by the Pulse tragedy and recorded at the Melrose Center. Local poets will read poems they composed in memory of the events of June 12, 2016.

Looking back on a gay nightclub that almost wasn’t; looking forward after a massacre

By : Alma J. Hill
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The news coverage of Pulse is a 24-hour cycle of tragedy. Again and again, readers are forced to relive chaos and carnage. Images of the battered wall fill our news feeds, and the faces of the 49 float in and out of our consciousness on a regular basis. Bodies in corners, mothers crying in cars, candles in the rain; remembering Pulse has come to almost exclusively mean reliving the events of June 12th.

Rarely is the legacy of the club discussed. As an LGBTQ friendly space that had been operational for well over a decade, Pulse represented many firsts for Orlando. It was the first Orlando nightclub to feature a space even remotely similar to its famed futuristic white room (that changed colors). In 2013, it became one of the first gay clubs in Central Florida to give a Saturday night home to a Latin night. The club’s opulent interior garnered national attention, earning Pulse coverage in both Club and Mondo magazines.

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How the Orange County Regional History Center is helping preserve the memories from the Pulse shooting

By : Alma J. Hill
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It’s hard to wrap your mind around the Pulse massacre if you’ve lived in Orlando for any amount of time, but especially over the past year. On April 29, representatives from the Orange County Regional History Center – including executive director Michael Perkins and curator of exhibitions and collections Pamela Schwartz, among others – spoke to the difficulties of preserving the integrity and the heart of the tributes left outside of Pulse Orlando: the flowers, the candles, the messages and photographs.

If candles melted onto fabric, electric irons were employed to remove the wax. Dilapidated flowers, washed words, stuffed animals, so many pictures and flags and feelings had to be gathered to commemorate those who were killed in plain view, killed in a nightclub, killed for being LGBTQ or at least being friendly with those who were. It would be a delicate task of peeling photos from frames, flowers from vases and quilts from fences.

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