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Obama in Orlando: ‘They are our families’

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[Pool report on the visit of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to Orlando, to offer comfort and support to families, employees, first responders and others from the Pulse nightclub massacre, filed by Orlando Sentinel reporter Steven Lemongello]: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were at Amway Center for two hours meeting with family members of victims and survivors, which was closed to media. The White House said in a statement that afterward, they met with…

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Corrine Brown, Alan Grayson call for ban of assault weapons

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Democratic U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Alan Grayson — whose districts include the Pulse nightclub and nearby neighborhoods — made renewed calls Monday for Congress to ban assault weapons. Brown, whose Jacksonville-based 5th Congressional District stretches to Orlando and includes the site of the Pulse massacre scene, said her office is in discussions with that of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, to work up a bill of their own to reinstitute a ban on assault weapons. “Law enforcement officers, other people say, ‘why do…

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The soul of Orlando cries out to America — Give us a moment

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Through the tears, the eyes of Orlandoans speak to each other now of shared pain, loss, deep sadness, disbelief — and support. The eyes meet, and there is an instant and undeniable bonding. Family, friends, acquaintances, total strangers on the street, people sitting in a McDonalds, seeking guidance in a house of worship, in line at a blood bank, dropping flowers at a vigil, delivering pizzas to volunteers around hospitals, mayors, cops, people just out wandering because they don’t know what…

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As the shootings unfolded, a horror for 1 mother via text

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Mina Justice was sound asleep when she received the first text from her son, Eddie Justice, who was in the gay nightclub when a gunman opened fire, leaving 50 dead and more than 50 wounded. This is the conversation she had over text message with her 30-year-old son: “Mommy I love you,” the first message said. It was 2:06 a.m. “In club they shooting.” Mina Justice tried calling her 30-year-old son. No answer. Alarmed and half awake, she tapped out…

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Tony Awards to tribute Orlando victims; Buddy Dyer, Teresa Jacobs send video thanks

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The Tony Awards intend to pay tribute to the victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre Sunday night and Orlando leaders are sending their thanks. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts President Kathy Ramsberger offered video thanks late Sunday afternoon in the middle of the crisis management. “Thank you, Broadway, for standing with us in our time of need,” Dyer says. “Your thoughts, your prayers and your outpouring of love have been felt,…

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