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ICYMI: Pulse updates, our capybara problem, another Florida cannibal and other stuff you may have overlooked this week



One Pulse survivor still fighting in the hospital has improved.

Orlando Regional Medical Center officials say the last hospitalized patient of the shooting has improved, going from "critical condition" to "guarded condition" last week.

Local LGBTQ leaders launch a PAC to end gun violence.

The Pride Fund's biggest goal in Florida this year: making sure U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is not re-elected. "Rubio used the tragic shooting in Orlando as a reason to run for re-election, but has consistently voted against gun violence prevention measures. We have to fire Marco Rubio," says Jason Lindsay, Pride Fund's executive director.

Another cannibal attacks in Florida, but this one was taken in alive.

Martin County deputies faced a grisly scene in the driveway of a Tequesta home last week when they found 19-year-old Austin Harrouff hunched over the body of John Stevens III, ripping pieces of his face off with his teeth. Unlike the 2012 cannibal case in Miami (in which the face-eater was black), law enforcement chose not to fire their guns at the (white) college student, because they didn't want to hit Stevens.

Federal judge kills Florida law defunding women's health services.

A federal judge struck down a Florida law that would have banned abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving about $500,000 a year in taxpayer money for non-abortion services like STI exams and cancer screenings. The sweeping abortion law was supposed to go into effect July 1, but had been placed on hold.

Our state has a capybara problem ... but we're not so sure it's a problem.

The giant rodents native to South America are poised to become our next invasive species after a group was found breeding in the wild of North Florida. That's probably a bad thing, but they look just like big, adorably grumpy guinea pigs so we're not hating it.


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