Orlando Shooting

Jacksonville Jaycees

One of the 49 people who died in the June 12 attack on Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub was a member of the Jacksonville Jaycees.

The organization will honor the memory of Darryl “DJ” Burt II with a memorial fundraiser Sunday in Riverside.

Jaycees Vice President Racquel Wood said the goal is to raise $10,000, some of which will go to Burt’s family.

“To help them cover unexpected expenses like travelling," she said. "And we’re doing a memorial for him here in Jacksonville at Willow Branch Park. So that will cover the bench, getting the plaque, installing it.”

Gun Control

Monday night, the U.S. Senate rejected four measures to enact tighter control on firearms in the United States.

The amendments were proposed following the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando last week.

Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties introduced measures they said would have strengthened background checks and prevented suspected terrorists from obtaining weapons.

We discuss last night's vote with Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida.

Media Roundtable

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union columnist; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer.

They join us to examine the latest updates from Orlando in the aftermath of the mass shooting Sunday at the Pulse gay nightclub.

The White House

TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama — in what is becoming an all-too-familiar role as the consoler-in-chief — spent Thursday afternoon in Orlando, comforting the family members of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

LGBT Latino Community

More than 90 percent of the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando were Latino.

Florida has the third-largest Hispanic population in the country, so the attack has sent ripples throughout Latino communities all around the state.

According to a 2013 report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, an estimated 1.4 million Latinos in the United States identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Many of those residents face those challenges up in a culture rooted in machismo, religion and rigid gender norms. As adults, LGBT Latinos can sometimes feel isolated from their families, and from the larger LGBT community as well.

We examine the impact the tragedy is having on the LGBT Latino community with Cindy Watson, executive director of JASMYN, Manny Andrade, Latino outreach coordinator with the Northeast Florida AIDS Network, and Mario DeCuto, who serves on the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

Red Cross Need For Blood In Orlando Met

Jun 15, 2016
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The American Red Cross said its need for blood after the Orlando shooting Sunday has been met, spokeswoman Kristen Stancil confirmed Tuesday.

Tommy Hazouri

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he will introduce new legislation to update the city's human rights ordinance to provide legal protection for LGBT residents.

Hazouri withdrew a similar bill earlier this year because there were not enough votes on the Council to pass the measure.

Now though, as the world mourns the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Hazouri says the HRO has fresh urgency in Jacksonville.

Tommy Hazouri joins us to discuss the issue.

Rick Scott
The Office of Governor Rick Scott

For anyone wanting to help victims of the Orlando night club shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated a state disaster fund to take donations.

Orlando Shooting

Investigators continue their efforts to piece together what led to a shooting rampage Sunday at an Orlando gay nightclub.

The mass shooting is the worst in modern American history, with at least 50 people killed and at least 53 injured.

Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Mateen was killed by police at the Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning after opening fire on clubgoers inside

WMFE reporter Brendan Byrne joins us with the latest from Orlando.

We then hear local reaction from Jimmy Midyette, attorney and member of the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality, Dr. Parvez Ahmed, UNF professor and member of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and Eric Friday, attorney and 2nd Amendment advocate.

Names Of 33 Victims In Pulse Nightclub Shooting Released

Jun 13, 2016

ORLANDO — Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said 48 of 49 victims slain in the mass shooting inside the Pulse nightclub were identified by Monday morning.

The city has released the names of 33 victims after notifying next of kin.