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What Hillary and Donald say about Orlando | Vigils and memorials | Remembering the 49 victims | and more

Fifty dead. 53 injured. Dozens of families and groups of friends in unimaginable pain. Americans--especially those in the LGBTQ community--left afraid and confused. This was not an indiscriminate massacre: A homophobic gunman specifically targeted the gay community. That's today's Big Story, and the rest of the news from today is below.

Person of the Day

These are the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting


A vigil in Orlando for the 49 people killed this weekend. (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

June 12 saw the worst mass shooting in American history when a gunman opened fire at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. He killed 49 people and injured another 53 before being shot and killed by the police.

The city now has the difficult task of informing the next of kin and the list of victims might see more additions as a few injured victims are in critical condition.

For now, #PrayForOrlando and the victims' families:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34--Worked as the national brand manager for Al and Chuck Travel, self-described as "part of America's largest gay-owned company."

Stanley Almodovar III, 23--Worked as a pharmacy technician.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20--Liked dancing.

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22--Recently began attending the University of Central Florida.

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36--Was originally from Puerto Rico and had been married to his husband for one year.

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22--Worked at UPS.

Luis S. Vielma, 22--Worked at Universal Studios in Orlando.

Kimberly Morris, 37--Was a bouncer at the nightclub.

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30--An accountant who loved to eat and work out.

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29--Was a financial aid officer at Keiser University.

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32--Worked at the club.

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25--Used to perform in drag as Alanis Laurell.

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37--Had been visiting the club with his partner, Jean Carlon Mendez Perez, another victim.

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35--A professional dancer and performer for "Disney Live!"

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25--Worked for Speedway convenience stores while studying at Mendez University.

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 and Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26--Were partners who had just bought a home together.

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25--Studying at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and was down in Florida for vacation.

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19--A student at Southern Technical Institute.

Cory James Connell, 21--Was studying sports journalism at Valencia Community College.

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 and Luis Daniel Conde, 39--At the club to celebrate a friend's birthday.

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33--A singer with the band Frequency Band.

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25--Was there with his partner Xavier Serrano, who also died.

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24--Worked for the Telemundo network as an assistant producer.

Quote of the Day

Let’s compare what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had to say about the Orlando shooting

While Hillary Clinton called for unity and stricter gun control laws following this weekend's massacre in Orlando, Donald Trump focused on immigration. Both presidential candidates had a different take on the issue while sympathizing with the LGBT community.

In her first public speech since the shooting, Hillary outlined her plans for national security and what she would do to combat terrorism, while showing support to the LGBT community.

"We must also take decisive action to strengthen our international alliances and combat acts of terror, to keep weapons of war off our streets, and to affirm the rights of LGBT Americans -- and all Americans -- to feel welcome and safe in our country... From Stonewall to Laramie and now Orlando, we’ve seen too many examples of how the struggle to live freely, openly, and without fear has been marked by violence. We have to stand together. Be proud together. There is no better rebuke to the terrorists and all those who hate."

She placed a special emphasis on any anti-Muslim rhetoric.

"We cannot demonize Muslim people. Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror. It’s no coincidence that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques tripled after Paris and San Bernardino. Islamophobia goes against everything we stand for as a nation founded on freedom of religion, and it plays right into the terrorists’ hands.

We’re a big-hearted, fair-minded country. We teach our children that this is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all -- not just for people who look a certain way, or love a certain way, or worship a certain way."

Trump spoke in New Hampshire. He had a a different take.

"A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation."

He then spoke about the gunman's background and how weak immigration policies made it easy for anyone to slip into the country.

"The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here... I called for a ban (on immigration from countries where terrorism is a threat) after San Bernardino, and was met with great scorn and anger but now, many are saying I was right to do so -- and although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on."

Image of the Day

These vigils of #OrlandoUnited will probably make you cry. Look at them anyway.

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An Orlando vigil. (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

Candlelight vigils, rainbow colors on landmarks and tons of tributes marked the evening of June 12 as countries around the world stood in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting.

From the World Trade Center in New York to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, here's how the world united against terror.

And then the rest of the world also did the same.


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Number of the Day

Microsoft just bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion


Apparently not much is going to change. (classdeperiodismo / Flickr)

In big tech news, Microsoft announced they will be buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion by the end of the year. That's around $196 a share.

How will the deal work out?

LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner will stay on and report to Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO. The deal went through peacefully and little is expected to change in both companies.

Weiner is pretty chill about the whole deal.

"In order to pursue our mission and vision, and to do so in a way consistent with our culture and values, we need to control our own destiny... At this point, some of you may be thinking this sounds completely counterintuitive: How will we be more likely to control our own destiny after being acquired? The answer lies in both the way in which the world has been evolving and the unique way in which this deal will be structured."

How does Microsoft benefit from this?

Microsoft is shifting to becoming an online services company. The PC business isn't looking so hot and their smartphones are pretty much bust. LinkedIn focuses on helping professionals connect and Microsoft wants more business customers, so a win-win.

LinkedIn has already seen some benefits from the deal.

Place of the Day

The Pittsburgh Penguins finally bring the #StanleyCup home

The Pittsburgh Penguins killed it at the #StanleyCup, racking their fourth victory in the series over the San Jose Sharks. With 62 seconds remaining in Game 6, Patric Hornqvist sealed the Penguins' victory with a score of 3-1.

Captain Sidney Crosby said the first half wasn't easy and momentum was slow to build up during the game.

"It wasn't easy getting here, especially the way things started out... Everyone has a part in this. It feels really good to win your last game of the season."

Crosby also accepted the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

The last Penguin victory was in 2009 when Michel Therrien took over to score the final goal.

Word of the Day

Trump, Obama and Clinton all take stances on the term ‘radical Islam’


Trump thinks we should use the phrase "radical Islam." (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, Donald Trump is doubling down on the term "radical Islam."

Trump called out Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and other Democrats for not using the term enough on June 12th.

"In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'radical Islam.' For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the presidency. ... Radical Islam advocates hate women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans."

Then he took to Twitter about it.

In a later interview, he spoke about how people are afraid of the term.

"The first thing you need is a president that will mention the problem. And [Obama] won't even mention what the problem is. Unless you're going to say that, you're never going to solve it."

He then said Clinton also doesn't use the term enough.

"… [Clinton is] afraid to use [the term] because President Obama doesn't want her to."

However, Clinton had just used the term before Trump's June 13th interview, on the same show.

"From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say and it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we--whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing. but I won't demonize an entire religion, that plays into ISIS' hands."

Obama has said they don't use terms like "radical Islam" and "Islamic extremism" because this would grant the terrorist movement religious legitimacy. The White House has clearly differentiated between terrorism and religion.

"They are not religious leaders--they're terrorists and we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Even Clinton has spoken against the term before.

Video of the Day

Watch: the 3 key moments from the 2016 Tony Awards

You might've heard this, but the Broadway theater awards, the Tony's, were on last night. Here's 3 things you need to know about them (in case you missed it).

  1. It was a #Hamiltonys kind of night with Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical “Hamilton” dominating the evening with 11 awards--the most this year. However, "Ham" didn't break the record set by "The Producers" in 2001: They had 12 wins in 2001.

    It also drove the awards to have the best ratings in 15 years.

  2. For the first time in history #TonySoBlack was an actual thing as all the musical acting awards went to performers of color.

    The winners were: Cynthia Erivo, lead actress, "The Color Purple"; and the "Hamilton" cast winners were Leslie Odom Jr., lead actor; Renée Elise Goldsberry, featured actress; and Daveed Diggs, featured actor.

    Also, there was a lot of diversity on stage and in the nominations.


  3. Tributes poured in for the Orlando tragedy, with host James Corden dedicating the evening to the victims.

    "Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity. All we can say is you're not on your own right now. Your tragedy is our tragedy. Hate will never win. Tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle."

    There were ribbons in remembrance of the shooting.

    And the “Hamilton” performance left their muskets out of their performance.

    Miranda also read out a sonnet on his win that had a few people in tears.

Tweet of the Day

Wondering what happened at the Apple WWDC 2016? We’ve got you covered.

A techies dream come true, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 kickstarted in San Francisco with new product announcements. In his keynote address, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced iOS 10 officially and even spoke about new apps in production.

In true techie fashion, here's the entire day 1, in tweets.

And there's something for kids too.

Controversy of the Day

Donald Trump just added The Washington Post to his media blacklist

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The Washington Post just got onto Donald Trump's blacklist. (maxmborge/Flickr)

Donald Trump just blacklisted The Washington Post. As in, revoked their press credentials. Meaning, WaPo reporters no longer have access to his events to cover them.

Even Richard Nixon, while he was president of the United States, didn’t ban The Washington Post while they were investigating him--and deep-sixing his presidency--during Watergate.

Why WaPo?

Because they reported that Trump had hinted, darkly, that President Obama had some kind of ulterior motive in his response to terrorism. This is what he said:

"Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind. And the something else in mind -- you know, people can't believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."

Trump did not like how The Post covered these remarks.

This isn't the first time Trump has banned reporters and news outlets

So far during the campaign, Trump has also banned The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, Univision, Fusion, The Des Moines Register, Mother Jones. (As well as all Muslims, but right now we're talking about media outlets.)

Reaction from The Post and others

Executive Editor Marty Baron defended the First Amendment:

Many journalists, historians, and others are remarking that Trump's growing media blacklist is more evidence that he has a serious problem with the First Amendment and could pose a threat to fundamental Constitutional rights in this country.

Issue of the Day

The death rate from gun violence in the US is off the charts


Legal. (Upstate Options Magazine / Flickr)

Gun homicides are so common in the US--and so uncommon in most other places--that the US surgeon general just called guns a public health issue.

This weekend's 49 deaths in a single incident, along with the 20 schoolchildren shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, and the San Bernardino shooting deaths of 14 people in 2015, have made the conversation around guns even more urgent.

In other countries, like Germany, the chances of being murdered with a gun are equivalent to the chances of a person in the US getting killed by a falling object.

In Japan, the chances of being a gun homicide victim is one in 10 million, the same as an American's chances of being hit by lightning. The death rate in the US is around 31 per million people--that works out to 27 people shot dead every day.

In 2016 alone, there have been 136 mass shootings.

Gun control advocates have tried getting more detailed background checks and preventing unstable people from accessing a gun. But the Second Amendment has proved to be a little hard to get around.

The NRA, the Supreme Court, and members of Congress have worked hard to ensure Americans still have the right to bear arms--under almost any circumstances.

Only in parts of Central America, Africa and the Middle East is the rate of gun violence even higher than in the US.

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What Hillary and Donald say about Orlando | Vigils and memorials | Remembering the 49 victims | and more

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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