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Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2016

What it’s like to be queer and Latinx in Orlando now

A gunman walked into Orlando’s packed gay nightclub Pulse during Latin Night in the early hours of June 12 and unleashed a siege of terror that would ultimately kill 49 people and wound 53. The people who left us forever included an accountant, a bouncer, college students, dancers, a perfume salesman, salon owners and mothers and fathers. And it’s important to note that although the victims were from different races and sexual identities, they were overwhelmingly composed of queer Latinos, Latinas and Latinxs, a gender-nonspecific term. Nearly half of them were Puerto Rican, but there were Mexicans, Dominicans and Cubans, too, and several were undocumented. Locally, LGBTQ Latinxs, like Equality Florida’s Carlos Guillermo Smith, are grappling with the fact that ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

What ‘Chu Know About Juno?

Its been five years since Juno launched from Cape Canaveral. Once it enters its polar orbit, were going to learn so much about the make-up of the planet, as well as key scientific findings that will help us better understand how planets and solar systems form.
Published in Are We There Yet, Space

How the Shooting Is Affecting Orlando’s Top Tourism Market: Brazilians

The South American powerhouse, Brazil, draws more than 700,000 tourists to Orlando each year, making Brazilians Orlandos most coveted group of Latin American tourists. This is a look into how the Pulse nightclub shooting and the death of a two-year-old by an alligator on Disney property are affecting Brazilians travel plans to the City Beautiful.
Published in Central Florida News, Pulse Shooting

Florida Wildlife Officials Consider Next Bear Hunt

A bear hunt this fall would be broken into three, four-day periods, with hunters applying on a first-come, first-served basis. Those are some staff recommendations that are before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission today.
Published in Central Florida News