OWNER OF GAY NIGHTCLUB HIT BY MASS SHOOTING PLANS MEMORIAL
Barbara Poma owns the Orlando-based Pulse club. She said Tuesday in a statement that she will announce details for a memorial next week. In the months after the massacre, the city of Orlando proposed buying the club for $2.25 million so it could be turned into a memorial, but Poma ultimately turned down that offer. Forty-nine people were killed, and dozens more injured, during the massacre at the gay nightclub last June.
BLUE ANGELS, THUNDERBIRDS MEET FOR RARE JOINT TRAINING IN FLORIDA PANHANDLE
The Thunderbirds landed Monday at “The Cradle of Naval Aviation.” The eight Air Force F-16 pilots and more than 50 other officers and support staff from the Nevada-based Thunderbirds will join the six F/A-18 Blue Angels pilots and support staff at Naval Air Station Pensacola through Wednesday. The U.S. military’s two elite fighter-jet demonstration teams are seldom in the same place.
ZOOKEEPER RECOVERING FROM BURNS, SAVED RHINO FROM WILDFIRE
Local media organizations report NGALA Wildlife Preserve President and CEO Donovan Smith remained at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday after sustaining second-degree burns over 18 percent of his body last week. The fire began to close in Friday on the wildlife refuge in Naples, southwest Florida, burning about 7,000 acres. Smith posted on Facebook that staff members saved all of the more than 40 animals there.
MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF FLORIDA STATE FOOTBALL STAR TRAVIS RUDOLPH’S FATHER
A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office news release says 36-year-old Paul Senat was arrested Tuesday and charged with manslaughter in the death of 55-year-old Darryl Rudolph. Authorities say Rudolph was fixing items at Sugar D’s Adult Club in West Palm Beach on Friday when Senat, another worker, moved a gun off a shelf in an adjacent room, and it fired. The bullet struck Rudolph in the back of the neck.
COAST GUARD: FEWER CUBAN RAFTS TRYING TO REACH US SOIL
Lt. j.g. Kate Webb of Coast Guard Sector Key West said overall interdictions have dropped from as many as 25 a day to about 20 per month since President Barack Obama ended the “wet foot, dry foot” policy Jan. 12. Webb said Tuesday that up to 70 percent of interdictions now involve go-fast boats, not the rustic vessels called “chugs.” The speedboats are towed to shore for law enforcement investigations.