Orlando creating a permanent memorial to victims of the Pulse massacre

This memorial to the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre was set up at Orlando's Lake Eola Park. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

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

Florida wildlife officials: alligator attacks are “very rare”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says despite the abundance of lakes in Central Florida, alligator attacks are rare.

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

Freeline Media Review: “Blonde Poison”

Carol Adams plays Stella Goldschlag in the play "Blonde Poison."

Carol Adams plays Stella Goldschlag in the play “Blonde Poison.”


ORLANDO — From the start, it’s clear that Stella Goldschlag is smart, cultured, well educated, the kind of person who always comes off in public as being impressively elegant and charming.
But there’s also something about Stella that seems instantly off-putting. As she addresses the audience, she keeps returning to her mirror, making sure every strand of hair is in place, that there are no hints of pudge on her waist. She brags about watching what she eats and maintaining her figure, frets about having a stray piece of spinach between her teeth, and insists that she could easily pass for 40. On a dark day, she adds, she could even pass for 30.
Stella is a woman rather obsessed with how others perceive her — she wants to be seen as someone to be admired for her beauty, her classy ways, her appeal to men. And as Stella continues talking about her life, a few things become apparent. She is not from a wealthy family, and she has a certain degree of resentment toward those who are — particularly, she freely admits, those fellow Jews who were born into the kind of privilege she never had. Continue reading

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