onePULSE Foundation launches Pulse memorial survey, schedules town hall

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation launched the final phase of the Pulse Memorial Survey Sept. 13 asking for opinions on how the memorial should be constructed.

The survey launched over the summer for victims’ families and survivors, as well as first responders from law enforcement and healthcare. The final phase is currently open to anyone around the world who would like to provide input on the future memorial.

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The GLBT Center of Central Florida celebrates its new renovation with ribbon cutting, open house

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ORLANDO | The GLBT Center of Central Florida reopened their doors after a nearly three year renovation with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house Aug. 31.

The event was well attended by local and state officials, members of the community and media as Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy spoke to the crowd and then cut the ribbon officially opening The Center.

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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WANZIE: What I did over the summer

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School is back in session so as routine dictates it’s time to report – What I did over the summer:

I’m not a student, so the only thing that made me aware school was out in June was my inability to skip haphazardly though a theme park with carefree abandon – as I have been known to do from time to time. Instead I was reduced to a vigilant crawl carefully navigating and calculating every step so as not collide with another god damned stroller. Never-the-less, I thoroughly enjoyed my “Flight of Passage” on the back of a banshee in the new land of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I must admit all my pent up resentment over the fact the ride was nothing more than a cross utilization of the already existing “Soarin’” technology was quickly allayed about five seconds into this spectacular experience. It was actually worth the 90-minute wait.

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Security firm says it had nothing to do with Pulse gunman

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A British conglomerate being sued by survivors of the Florida nightclub shooting says it had nothing to do with the gunman’s “terrible actions,” according to a response to the lawsuit filed this week.

G4S PLC says it never directly employed gunman Omar Mateen as a security guard; its subsidiary, G4S Secure Solutions, did. The conglomerate argued in the response filed Aug. 21 that it should be dropped from the lawsuit.

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Defense team for Pulse shooter’s widow receives warning

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has warned the legal team defending the widow of the Pulse nightclub shooter not to miss any more court deadlines.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul G. Byron decided Thursday not to sanction lawyers defending Noor Salman after they explained why they missed an Aug. 1 deadline to present expert witnesses.

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Come Out With Pride announces 2017 theme

By : Rick Claggett
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced the theme for the 2017 Orlando Pride celebration in a statement Aug. 15.

The theme, “#KeepDancingOrlando,” is a continuation from last year’s rallying cry “Celebrate, Honor, Heal” when the community came together for Pride just four months after Pulse, the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

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Orlando’s Overheard: Love, honor and remember

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Earlier this year we mentioned that MegaCon Orlando —the Southeast’s largest comics, sci-fi and gaming event —in conjunction with comic book writer Marc Andreyko of DC Comics hosted the “Love is Love” fundraiser in honor of the victims from the Pulse tragedy.

Andreyko, you may recall, was the project organizer for the graphic novel Love Is Love, the oversize comic containing tributes to the victims of Pulse and celebrating the LGBTQ community.

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Pulse gunman’s wife plans to say she suffered PTSD

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The wife of the shooter in the Pulse massacre plans to say she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder when she goes on trial next year, according to court documents.

Noor Salman intends to present a defense that shows she suffered a mental condition that has a bearing on the issue of guilt, according to the documents filed last week.

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From Sarasota to Pulse, Tampa Bay filmmaker Sandi Hulon looks at the life of Eddie Sotomayor in ‘One of 49: A Legacy of Love’

By : Jeremy Williams
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In the middle of the night on June 12, 2016, documentarian and filmmaker Sandi Hulon was doing the same thing as many of us throughout Orlando, Tampa Bay and across the world: sitting with eyes glued to the TV in horror as we watched the outside of Pulse nightclub covered in blinking blue and red lights from emergency vehicles on the national news.

There was a shooting. By the morning we would know that 49 were killed and 53 injured in the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern times. But in those early hours, waiting to find out what happened, we got the identity of the first confirmed victim. He was a 34-year-old male from Sarasota. His name was Eddie Sotomayor.

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Salt Lake City mayor’s post-Pulse security costs raising questions

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – More than a year has passed since Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski was appointed two personal bodyguards in wake of the massacre at Pulse in Orlando.

The Deseret News reported July 28 some City Council members think it may be time to evaluate the cost of the security detail and whether it’s necessary.

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7.27.17 Founder’s Forum: Remembering Billy Manes

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Billy Manes wore sweaters on the hottest summer days, often with a scarf and beret. He was quirky in that and so many other ways.

With his gangly body and loose-limbed walk, and that shock of peroxide blonde hair, he was like an elfin Muppet. Strange in a stylish and wonderfully appealing way. Disarmingly honest. Transparently vulnerable. Self-effacing to a fault. But also passionate and courageous when moved by injustice.

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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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