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What you need to know for Monday, July 4

Christopher Hansen, who was in the Orlando gay nightclub "Pulse" when a shooter killed 49 and wounded many others, is seen wearing his "Governor's Freedom Award" medal at a memorial in downtown Orlando. Hansen, who was wearing the pictured shirt on the night of the shooting, was awarded with the medal for assisting wounded clubgoers instead of leaving the scene. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Christopher Hansen, who was in the Orlando gay nightclub "Pulse" when a shooter killed 49 and wounded many others, is seen wearing his "Governor's Freedom Award" medal at a memorial in downtown Orlando. Hansen, who was wearing the pictured shirt on the night of the shooting, was awarded with the medal for assisting wounded clubgoers instead of leaving the scene. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

• Look out for scattered storms today, most of which should wind down tonight as firework celebrations are getting going. Today's highs will break 90 degrees, 10Weather WTSP reports.

• Happy Fourth of July! Here are the top things to do today in Tampa Bay to celebrate.

• This holiday weekend's traffic has been busy — and deadly . Drive safe out there.

• Oh, do we Americans love wearing our flag. There's hardly a boutique, kiosk or truck stop in the land that doesn't sell American flag T-shirts, snapbacks, bikinis or belt buckles. Designers from Givenchy to Polo to Joe Boxer have incorporated the flag. Stars and stripes are like Nike Swooshes, so prevalent we often forget that they're there. Here's what some had to say about the message we send when we wear it.

• Campground hosts are typically retirees, people who have spent their lives working to reward themselves with laidback RV living. That's not quite the case with the Ortalizes, a family of five who make their home at various spots in the Florida State Park system. Find our latest Gulf and Bay offering mid-morning at tampabay.com/sports

What you need to know for Monday, July 4 07/04/16 [Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2016 10:56pm]
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