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June 15, 2016
THE FOLLOWING is a list from the City of Orlando of the names of those killed in the attack on the Pulse nightclub and whose families have been notified. No hometowns have been provided. 1. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23 3. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 4. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 5. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 6. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 7. Luis S. Vielma, 22 8. Kimberly Morris, 37 9. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 10. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 11. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 12. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 13. Anthony Laureanodisla, 25 14. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 15. Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50 16. Amanda Alvear, 25 17. Martin Benitez Torres, 33 18. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 19. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 20. Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35 21. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 22. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 23. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 24. Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 25. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 26. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 27. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 28. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 29. Cory James Connell, 21 30. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 31. Luis Daniel Conde, 39 32. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 33. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 34. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 35. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 36. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 37. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 38. Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 ...
NEWS
June 14, 2016
By Jonathan Capehart One year after celebrating the most joyous pride month in U.S. history with the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in this country, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the nation as a whole are now in mourning. As of this writing, at least 50 people are dead and 53 were injured when a madman unleashed hell inside a gay nightclub in the wee hours of Sunday. This is by far the worst mass shooting in American history.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014
LARRY BRACKINS, the last link to the Soul's 2008 title team, has been traded to Orlando, as the team continues to shape its roster amid injuries and a slow start. Brackins, a 6-5 wide receiver, spent six seasons with the Soul and is the team's all-time leader in touchdown catches. His most memorable play was stretching for a touchdown on the final play as the Soul avoided an upset by New York in the first round of the 2008 playoff run, which ended in the franchise's only championship.
SPORTS
November 29, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The 76ers welcomed Thaddeus Young back to the fold on a night when a former teammate helped to play spoiler. Nik Vucevic recorded his eighth double-double to lead the Magic to a 105-94 victory Wednesday night at the Amway Center. The victory enabled the Magic (6-9) to win consecutive games for the first time since opening the season 3-0. Before Tuesday's win at Atlanta, Orlando had lost four straight and seven of eight. The Sixers (6-10) suffered their second straight setback and have lost 10 of 13. Vucevic's performance overshadowed Young's return after the Sixers forward dealt with the death of his nephew.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Spirit Airlines said Thursday that it will begin daily nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, beginning Oct. 7. Spirit now flies nonstop from Philadelphia International Airport to eight cities: Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Spirit's new non-stop service to Orlando will provide a travel option that our budget-conscious travelers will appreciate," said...
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
More than 600 people gathered at a West Philadelphia church Friday to remember the promising life of West Catholic Prep graduate and star basketball player Akyra Murray, who was among the 49 people killed at Orlando's Pulse nightclub on June 12. Amid the tears and hugs, uplifting songs, dancing, and a few jokes, Murray's friends and family promised to remember her athletic gifts, her academic achievements, and her positive spirit. Many at the four-hour service, including Murray's family, wore red, the young woman's favorite color.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, MUSIC CRITIC
NEW YORK - The streets were closed off around the Beacon Theater, the red carpet was rolled out, but the wind-up to the 70th annual Tony Awards on Sunday was a bit muted, said longtime observers. Celebrities wore elegant silver ribbons. The reason: the Orlando shootings. The festivities didn't stay restrained, as the casts of numerous Broadway shows performed musical numbers out on the street in front of the theater as well as inside onstage. But in an industry with a high percentage of gay men and women, the carnage in Florida was acknowledged in the opening moments, and the awards were dedicated to the victims.
SPORTS
February 15, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - When the 76ers decided they wanted 20 wins before 10 losses, they knew they would have to be successful at the Wells Fargo Center. And they have been. They also knew that if they reached that mark - the team is 20-9 heading into Wednesday night's game with Orlando - sustaining that progress into and out of the all-star break next weekend would be crucial to their success in the second half of the season. The Sixers are 13-5 at home and tied with Miami for the most home wins in the Eastern Conference.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
ORLANDO - They came to this LGBT-friendly downtown bar Sunday night because they needed to weep together - needed to be angry together. Needed to show strength together. They came mostly, they said, because they needed to be somewhere they felt safe as they mourned those killed in a place that had always felt safe. "We are trying to figure out who else has been lost," said Kelvin Hollerman, 35. He sat with friends at a corner table of a restaurant called Ember in Orlando. He had worked for a time at Pulse, the site of the shootings, as a doorman.
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August 11, 2016 | The Inquirer Staff
Playing on his home course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Gregor Orlando scored a hole-in-one on his final hole Tuesday to win medalist honors in the qualifier for next month's U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Orlando, 25, hit an 8-iron on the 169-yard 10th hole at Cricket to record the ace, allowing him to finish with a 4-under-par 66. Because of the configuration at the Flourtown course, the 131 players competing in the qualifier teed off both the first and 11th tees. "The pin was all the way up front so we actually couldn't see it go in," Orlando said.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Spirit Airlines said Thursday that it will begin daily nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, beginning Oct. 7. Spirit now flies nonstop from Philadelphia International Airport to eight cities: Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Spirit's new non-stop service to Orlando will provide a travel option that our budget-conscious travelers will appreciate," said...
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
Jason Nark is a staff writer Bad news might send a text these days or still ask you if you're sitting down before it piles into your ears faster than you can hear. When my dad called me one afternoon last month, he sounded worried and the words he spoke - boiling water , really bad burn - were drowned out by the screaming I heard in the background. Thirty minutes later, I was driving to a hospital, telling my 9-year-old son to squeeze my right hand hard when it was too much while trying to explain it all to his mother.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
Scott P. Charles is the trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital She should have been safe. When I first heard that Akyra Murray, a recent graduate of West Catholic Prep High School in Philadelphia, had become the youngest victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, my immediate thought was, "My God, she should have been safe. " Honor student. Basketball superstar. Odds beater. A rising college freshman from a city that had 280 homicides last year, visiting Orlando, a city that had 37. In fact, the victims who lost their lives at Pulse nightclub that night equaled the total number of homicide victims Orlando lost in 2014 and 2015 combined.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
More than 600 people gathered at a West Philadelphia church Friday to remember the promising life of West Catholic Prep graduate and star basketball player Akyra Murray, who was among the 49 people killed at Orlando's Pulse nightclub on June 12. Amid the tears and hugs, uplifting songs, dancing, and a few jokes, Murray's friends and family promised to remember her athletic gifts, her academic achievements, and her positive spirit. Many at the four-hour service, including Murray's family, wore red, the young woman's favorite color.
NEWS
June 25, 2016
By Taylor Hosking As members of Galaei approached the microphone at Philadelphia's City Hall vigil for Orlando, they asked Latino members of the audience to step toward the front and for non-Latinos to make room. Hesitant at first, the crowd started moving. Speaker Nikki Lopez read a passage by Latina scholar Gloria AnzaldĂșa's "To Live in the Border Lands" connecting queerness to Hispanic heritage. She introduced the passage, using the gender-neutral term Latinx , saying, "oftentimes, because so many of our lives are erased as queer Latinx people, we forget the legacies of those who have fought before us. Queer Latinx people live on the borderlands of many different identities.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - On the heels of the Orlando massacre, bills seeking equal protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents are getting a renewed push in the Capitol. Three bills championed by Senate Republicans would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the list of groups already protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws - and one of the measures could come up for a committee vote as soon as Wednesday. A top aide to Sen. Scott Wagner (R., York)
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee took up a proposal "to deny transfers of firearms to persons known or suspected to be engaged in conduct related to terrorism. " In a party-line vote, Republicans defeated the plan 29 to 17. Nineteen days later, a man whom the FBI had investigated as a possible terrorist went into an Orlando nightclub and, claiming solidarity with the Islamic State, shot 49 people to death with weapons he bought legally. The legislation couldn't have prevented the massacre; it wouldn't have taken effect for months.
NEWS
June 23, 2016
By Jacquelyn Warr-Williams In the aftermath of the Orlando killings, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the victims and their families. But this tragedy has also brought to the surface the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals. This hate is not anonymous, and it is not confined to one group of people. A California pastor openly commented that he was not going to mourn those who died in Orlando. He stated, "Are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?
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June 22, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
Art may or may not be the answer to society's most nettlesome ills. But sometimes in the face of abject destruction, the only thing you can do is to draw yourself up to the beauty of creation as closely as you possibly can, and listen. Sunday afternoon's musical response to the Orlando massacre could have achieved quite a lot with any number of pieces of music, but the repertoire choices were particularly wise. About 300 packed the pews of First Presbyterian Church at 21st and Walnut Streets for the concert by conductor Andrew Senn, a chamber orchestra of mostly freelancers, and a chorus of about three dozen (all donating their time and talent)
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