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President Barack Obama cancels today's Orlando event in wake of Colorado shootings



imag0304.jpgPresident Barack Obama is in Florida this morning ahead of a planned grassroots rally in Fort Myers. White House officials say he will address the shootings in Aurora, Colo., during that event.

But the final event of Obama's two-day campaign swing through Florida -- scheduled for this afternoon in Winter Park -- has been canceled. Instead, the president will return to the White House to monitor the news.

Alex Leary of the Times is with Obama in Fort Myers. Follow him @learyreports

At right, Will Cook of Orlando, an employee with American Audio Visual, takes down the hunting after receiving word that Obama had canceled his appearance in the Alford Center on the campus of Rollins College. (Times photo by Joseph Garnett Jr.)

[Last modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 10:14am]


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