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ICYMI: Pulse memorial, bird murder, baby talk and other stuff you may have overlooked last week



Mayor wants the city to purchase Pulse:

Almost two months after the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says the city should purchase the property and eventually create a memorial. Pulse owner Barbara Poma has also said that there will be some kind of memorial there, but what exactly will happen remains unknown.

Orlando man accused of throwing and killing a flamingo:

In an inexplicable crime, Tampa Police allege Joseph Corrao, 45, picked up "Pinky the Dancing Flamingo" at Busch Gardens and then slammed her to the ground so badly that she had to be euthanized. The Tampa Bay Times reports authorities don't know why Corrao attacked the 19-year-old bird in front of his mother and three children, but a witness says the Orlando man laughed afterward.

Rubio doesn't think women infected with Zika should get abortions:

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told Politico that he was "going to err on the side of life" and come out against abortions for pregnant women infected with the Zika virus, even if they believe the child will be born with microcephaly: "I'm strongly pro-life. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life." Sounds like he only cares about some lives: those of the unborn fetuses, not the women who may be carrying severely disabled children.

Study ranks Florida near the bottom of all 50 states to have a baby:

Even discounting Zika, a Wallethub survey shows data suggesting that Florida's not a great place to give birth, based on 17 different metrics including infant mortality, number of pediatricians per capita and annual infant-care costs. Florida was dead last in one category: We have the highest hospital delivery charges out of all 50 states. 

Central Florida GOP leaders sign resolution to ban LGBT discrimination:

Led by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, a group of more than 20 Central Florida Republican officials signed a resolution promising to support legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification. A little late, but it's still some welcome progress after June 12.


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