This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).
ORLANDO — The City of Orlando
has started the process of creating a permanent memorial that pays lasting tribute to the victims of the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting.
“As the Central Florida community continues to heal from this tragic event, the city stands committed to creating a permanent space that will preserve the memory of those who lost their lives, provide comfort to those who seek it and honor the spirit and love of our great city,” noted a news release issued by the city’s press secretary, Cassandra Anne Lafser on Friday.
As part of that, she noted, the city government has started a partnership with the Orange County Regional History Center
to collect and preserve items that had been intended to pay tribute to the Pulse victims, including letters, notes, and signs placed at temporary memorial sites.
The Orlando region continues to work on recovering from the devastating massacre that happened on Sunday June 12, when a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub near downtown Orlando.
The deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, the assailant was later identified as Omar Mateen, 29. He was killed by Orlando police after a three hour standoff. Continue reading
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says despite the abundance of lakes in Central Florida, alligator attacks are rare.
LAKE BUENA VISTA — The state has closed its investigation into an attack by an alligator on a toddler, after noting that wildlife officials had captured and euthanized the alligator responsible for the killing.
The state’s top wildlife and conservation agency also sent out a message to Florida residents and its many visitors – but it was not a warning to be on the lookout for gator attacks.
Instead, the state noted simply, “Alligator attacks are a very rare occurrence in Florida,” and that a program is in place to protect people in the Orlando area.
On Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced it had suspended alligator trapping activities in the area where 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed.
The toddler and his family had been visiting Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and were at the beach by the Seven Seas Lagoon when Lane was attacked by an alligator and dragged into the water. Continue reading
This pup named Ginger Rogers have demonstrated a talent for tap dancing.
ORLANDO — Social media has been successfully used by people across the globe in a variety of ways — to advance political causes, to hunt for jobs or find new employees, to introduce original art and music to the world.
As it turns out, social media can go a long way toward helping a stray puppy as well.
Consider the case in Orlando
of Ginger Rogers.
That’s the name given by Orange County Animal Services
to a shelter dog — and for good reason. This stray quickly proved she had a unique skills — and has demonstrated that by dancing excitedly in her kennel, which the shelter’s staff is convinced was definitely a way for the pup to find herself a new home.
As a result, the shelter staff dubbed the pup Ginger Rogers.
“As staff, volunteers and shelter visitors walk by Ginger Rogers’ kennel, she stands up on her back two paws and hops around in circles,” noted Carolina Devine, the marketing and public relations coordinator for Orange County Animal Services. Continue reading