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ICYMI: Another mass shooting in Orlando, a report from the ACLU on Florida's response to 'guacamole' algae, and more



Five victims killed in Orlando workplace by disgruntled ex-employee:

Five people were killed last week by a "disgruntled" former employee of Fiamma Inc., an awning manufacturer on Forsyth Road, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The victims are Brenda Montanez-Crespo, 44; Robert Snyder, 69; Kevin Lawson, 47; Jeffrey Roberts, 57; and Kevin Clark, 53. Deputies say the shooter, John Robert Neumann Jr., 45, killed himself before they arrived. Neumann walked into Fiamma with a semi-automatic handgun and opened fire on specific employees, leaving at least eight survivors uninjured. He had been fired from the company last April and was the subject of a workplace violence incident in 2014, when he allegedly battered a fellow employee.

ACLU says Florida failed to warn public of danger during toxic algae bloom crisis:

Florida health officials failed to adequately warn the public of the dangers associated with last summer's toxic blue-green algae bloom on the Treasure Coast, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union. The algae scum that caked the St. Lucie River and its estuary was so thick that local residents started calling it "guacamole," and it gave off a noxious smell that caused "burning eyes, headaches, flu-like symptoms, respiratory problems [and] rashes." The report says state agencies were slow to respond to the toxic bloom and to release information to the public. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health responded to the ACLU report by saying their agencies kept the public informed in a timely manner.

Florida lawmakers strike a deal on medical marijuana:

After failing to reach a deal during the spring legislative session, Florida's Republican leaders finally agreed on a medical marijuana plan during a special session. The state will have 10 additional marijuana growers, and each company will be limited to 25 retail stores across the state. A ban on smoking medical cannabis remains in the proposal.

Orlando marks the one-year remembrance of the Pulse massacre:

After a year filled with grief, anger, tears, hugs and love, the City Beautiful marked the one-year remembrance of the mass shooting where a gunman killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse on Latin night with ceremonies honoring the dead and a promise to continue to be there for families and survivors. After all this time, we're still here.


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