Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

The DayStarter: Senate to vote on four gun measures; preparations under way for St. Pete Pride Festival

Hot and sunny again today, according to 10Weather WTSP, with dry air and a high of 89. Tuesday and Wednesday have similar forecasts.

• When Omar Mateen stormed Orlando's Pulse nightclub, more than 300 people had only a heartbeat to try to survive. Some ducked for cover. Some ran for an exit. Some shut themselves into rooms. In the spray of bullets, lives hinged on which way they turned, who fell in front of them, where they chose to hide. There was no way to know which door he would open. Walk through our 3D model and see exactly how chance and choice collided inside Pulse.

• The Senate, divided over how to respond to the nation's latest mass shooting in Orlando, will vote Monday on four measures supporters say would help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. All of the proposals have failed in votes after previous mass shootings.

• "The whole drive home, he worried about who had died. And how he would he ever feel safe enough to be himself." If you missed it yesterday, here's a story by Lane DeGregory about how the Pulse nightclub shooting is testing the spirit of a young gay man.

• Miss the game last night? Check tampabay.com/sports for more on the Cleveland Cavaliers' first title (and the city's first major sports title since 1964).

• Here are the top things to do this week around Tampa Bay, including the St. Pete Pride Festival and Shark Week at Tampa's aquarium.

• See how a Clearwater company has grown over the years by buying unwanted surgical supplies and re-selling them around the world. The business comes with some risk, but also has buy-low sell-high potential.

• A dog named Titan has helped an Eckerd College rugby player with just two years of experience become one of the best players in the country. Read the story this morning at tampabay.com/sports.

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