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Linda Stewart locks in $2.5 million for PTSD, psychological trauma care

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State Sen. Linda Stewart locked in millions of dollars in the Florida Senate budget to help people suffering psychological trauma, including veterans and victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The Orlando Democrat has secured reinstatement of $2.5 million to heal some of the lingering trauma and psychological damage. The restored funding will be used for the UCF RESTORES Trauma Management Therapy program, an innovative treatment program at the University of Central Florida for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “No amount…

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Orlando City Soccer stadium unveils 49 rainbow-colored seats as tribute to Pulse victims

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The soon-to-open Orlando City Soccer stadium will have a section of seats painted in bright, proud rainbow colors to celebrate and memorialize the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. There will be 49 seats painted that way in total – one for each person lost in the shooting. They’ll all be emblazoned with the hashtag “Orlando United, ” and they’re placed in section 12, as the shooting happened on June 12 last year. The rest of the seats are purple…

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Men and women of cloth and rainbow unite in Orlando

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Orlando-area clergy, politicians, and leaders of the LGBT community came together Wednesday afternoon at the Orange County Administration Building to preach scripture, love and unity as the city prepares for its 49 Pulse funerals. In what some called a nationally unprecedented showing, dozens of Central Florida clergy representing faiths including the Roman Catholic Church, mainline protestant churches, evangelical churches, Hispanic evangelical churches, African American churches, synagogues and mosques all heeded Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ call to pledge support for…

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Joe Henderson: Love is perfect message on day of horror

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(Editor’s note: We bring this column to highlight an important viewpoint on Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.) The sermon Sunday morning in my house of worship was about love. In light of current events that seems odd, doesn’t it? We woke to the news that a gunman with apparent ties to radical Islam murdered at least 50 people during a shooting rampage in Orlando. Pastor Patina Ripkey acknowledged the horror 90 miles to the east. And then spent the next…

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Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for Orange County after Orlando shooting

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Orange County after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub Sunday morning, which has so far claimed 50 lives and is the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. In an executive order issued Sunday, Scott declared that Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen would be the State Coordinating Officer for the duration of the emergency. In the order, Scott announced that Swearingen has the authority to direct the state’s…

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