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ICYMI: Central Florida helps Puerto Rico, Kaepernick kraziness and other things you may have missed this week 

Pulse massacre no longer America's worst shooting in modern history:

On Monday morning, more than 50 people were killed and at least 400 people were wounded in Las Vegas at an outdoor concert by a gunman who fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to immediate reports. In 2016, when a gunman killed 49 people at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, it was America's worst mass shooting in modern times. In a statement, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, "Terrible to wake up to the horrific news from Las Vegas. Our community stands with Las Vegas during this difficult time."

Orlando's Puerto Rican community gathers donations for relief:

Days after Hurricane Maria decimated buildings, flooded homes and knocked out power for the entire island, Central Florida's Puerto Rican community gathered tons worth of supplies for the island. As they worried about loved ones, hundreds of volunteers stacked piles of bottled water, organized canned goods, separated clothing and collected heaps of pampers for the 3.4 million American citizens in the U.S. territory. The devastation from Maria left Puerto Rico on the brink of a "humanitarian crisis," according to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The island is predicted to be without electricity for four to six months.

Florida prepares for influx of evacuees from Puerto Rico:

After a storm that devastated the entire island, Florida officials expect many people from Puerto Rico to evacuate to the Sunshine State either permanently or while they wait for the island to recover. Gov. Rick Scott says Florida is in "a good financial position" to help Puerto Ricans fleeing months of no electricity and potable water. Florida Democrats have asked the governor to set up relief centers to help Puerto Ricans in their transition as they migrate to Florida.  

Lakeland restaurant installed little Kaepernick jerseys in urinals:

Owners of a Lakeland restaurant are so triggered by NFL players kneeling during the national anthem that they have installed stickers in the shape of Colin Kaepernick's jersey in the urinals. Bill Alcock, who owns the self-described "politically incorrect" Lakeland's Winners Circle Sportsbar & Grill, told WFLA he thought Kaepernick's decision was "disrespectful." The disrespect continued when he allowed his patrons to pee on Kaepernick's tiny jersey without acknowledging the intent of his protest: to call attention to police brutality and racial injustice.

Rick Scott wants a three-day limit on opioid prescriptions:

In light of Florida's pressing opioid crisis, Gov. Rick Scott has proposed committing $50 million to combat opioid abuse, and setting a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, unless strict conditions are met for a seven-day supply. The governor is also considering laws requiring healthcare professionals who prescribe medication to be listed in a statewide database that monitors controlled substance prescriptions.


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