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Orlando marks 1 month since Pulse attack with vigil

Jul 12, 2016 10:45 PM EDT

In a solemn event Tuesday, 49 handmade, white wooden crosses, representing the 49 victims of the Pulse attack, were removed from outside of Orlando Regional Medical Center and moved to the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando. 

  • 49 wooden crosses are used to represent the victims who died in the terror shooting
  • For many, the hate crime feels like it was just yesterday

The ceremony marked one month since the early morning massacre on June 12.

Staff members and volunteers will keep the crosses safe until they’re ready to be displayed as a part of permanent memorial.

Laly Santiago-Leon attended the ceremony to remember her cousin Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon and his partner, Jean.

“I wanted to be part of this, to see that Dani and Jean were together," said Santiago-Leon.

Each cross bears the name of a victim. 

“It’s been a month and today was just one of those days. It’s been a difficult time and I wanted to be in the spirit of community and family," added Santiago-Leon.

It was also a moving display for community leaders.

“When you are a parent, it’s like every one of these kids is yours. They could be and in some ways they are," shared Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

The One Orlando Collection Initiative is tasked with documenting the impact and legacy of the Pulse tragedy.

“We collect history, good and bad," said Jeff Jakubik, who serves as the board president for the Historical Society of Central Florida.

"A 100 percent commitment that everyone who is touched by this will be involved in how the History Center permanently remembers this moment in time," Mayor Jacobs said.

Santiago-Leon says that memorial can’t come soon enough.

“It’s very important. I believe that our community and our world needs to continue learning and keep hearing their stories," Santiago-Leon explained.

Local leaders say it’s still too early to make any decision on a permanent memorial but they’re dedicated to collecting items for any future Pulse memorials.

“It’s also about making sure that what we do with this moment in time, projects positively into the future,” Jacobs said. “That we take this horrendous, horrific act of hatred and we respond to it, with such a compelling sense of unity and love that we change the future, right here in this moment in time.”

A month may have passed, but for many, like Jordan Morrissey, the victims will not be soon forgotten.

“If you knew somebody like I did, you try to just remember the better memories, you don’t want to think about that night and that sum up your relationship with them,” said Morrissey, who lost two friends in the shooting.

Makeshift memorials for the victims continue to grow, especially in front of the nightclub.

“I can’t believe it has been a month already, it was so tragic, it feels like it was just yesterday,” said Martinez.

Families, survivors, gather at Pulse memorials

Family members of the victims were invited to a candlelight vigil outside the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando Tuesday.

Forty-nine wooden crosses made by an Illinois artist were displayed there for the last time before being made into a permanent memorial.

Earlier, people gathered outside of Pulse, like Orlando Torres, who is still wearing the hospital bracelet from the night of the tragedy. 

Torres says he was trapped inside during the massacre on June 12 and made a special visit Monday night. 

“I brought my friend that I was with in the bathroom stall that night. We spent three hours with the gunman,” he said.

While people gathered outside of Pulse, others, like Ana Bateman, visited the memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center. 

“It’s hard to want to celebrate something but we have to celebrate the fact that this city has come together,” she said.

Organizers say the memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center will be moved at the end of the month and will also eventually be on display with the crosses at the History Center.

Many, like these people here, pack up the crosses so they can be moved. (Vincent Earley, Staff)

Rick Scott's Trump, Clinton poll prompts skepticism

Jul 12, 2016 06:33 PM EDT

Amid a flurry of disappointing Florida polls for Donald Trump, a new survey shows the presumptive Republican nominee in a strong position. The survey, however, is prompting skepticism given its source: Gov. Rick Scott.

  • Rick Scott's poll shows Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Florida
  • Majority of recent Florida polls have found Clinton leading Trump

The governor, through his 'Let's Get to Work' political committee, released the poll this week. It was conducted from June 26-28 and shows Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Florida, 47-45.

A majority of recent Florida polls, including the Bay News 9/News 13 exclusive statewide poll, have found Clinton leading Trump.

The disparity in the results has prompted some political strategists to dismiss the Scott poll as an outlier unrealistically weighted to favor heavy Republican turnout, though the poll's methodology notes it was "stratified to reflect historic voter trends."

The numbers, though, could turn heads inside Trump's campaign, which has been slow to deploy resources in Florida. The state has largely taken a back seat to Trump's strategy of targeting Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states with large populations of economically disaffected middle-class voters. An indication that the real estate mogul is gaining ground in Florida has the power to prompt a reassessment.

"There's no question that this poll is, if it's not a push poll, it's a demographically-skewed poll to try to show Donald Trump winning when every other poll, everyone you ask, walk around any town, you know that Hillary Clinton is by far leading (in) Florida," said Democratic strategist Kevin Cate.

As for what Scott might have to gain from the poll, Cate believes the answer is obvious.

"Rick Scott wants to be in the conversation because he's a sitting governor of a swing state and Donald Trump is not paying him any attention for vice president, which shows you how toxic Rick Scott's numbers have to be," Cate suggested.

While many surveys have shown the governor grappling with deep unpopularity, Scott's poll shows he's doing significantly better, with a 51 percent approval rating.

Outside SB lane of Skyway Bridge to stay closed overnight after tanker fire

Jul 12, 2016 06:30 PM EDT

The outside southbound lane of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will remain closed overnight after a tanker crash and diesel-fuel fire shut down traffic on the bridge in both directions for hours Tuesday.

  • NB reopened, outside SB lane closed overnight
  • Tanker's tire blew out; diesel fuel caught fire
  • Driver escaped with minor injuries

Troopers said a tractor trailer fuel tanker's tire blew out on the southbound side of the bridge at about 10:40 a.m., causing the driver to crash and 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel to catch on fire. The 2007 Mack Truck's fuel burned on the Dick Misener approach to the main part of the bridge. A large plume of dark smoke billowed into the sky near the bridge.

Firefighters said the driver did a good job escaping on his own.

"Where he ended up with the crash, he knew that the product, if it was coming out of the tank, was going to go down the bridge. So he had the smarts to go up," St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Steven Lawrence said.

The driver, Ulises Hernandez-Fernandez, 48, of Tampa was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash closed down both lanes for hours. The northbound lanes reopened a couple of hours after the crash. But drivers going south toward Manatee County had to take the long way home.

"I spent one hour over there, and now I spent three hours here and maybe another two hours to go back,” motorist Juan Guzman said.

Brothers Frederico Carvalho (left) and Judel Sanchez decided to make the best of the situation and began fishing from the top of the Sunshine Skyway.

Carvahlo said he wasn't sure his line would make it about 200 feet down to the water.

"As soon as the lines actually hit the water, everyone's looking at us like, 'These guys are crazy,' ” Carvalho said. “We got some nibbles, and I ended up catching a nice little snapper. But the funny part was just trying to actually bring it up. I didn't think there was any way we were going to bring it up, but it did."

The men posed with a black drum and mangrove grouper that they threw back.

"It was definitely a form of extreme fishing,” Sanchez said.

"I feel like it's a privilege,” Carvalho said, "because I don't think a lot of people have been able to be at the very top of the Skyway Bridge and say they actually caught something."

People like Dan Dennis were trying to keep their cool about the delays by sitting in the air conditioning and relying on a sense of humor.

"I'm going to swim across. No, I'm joking,” he said. “I'll probably, you know, call around making other arrangements and probably drive the Gandy to the Crosstown."

Local charity makes big donation to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

Jul 12, 2016 05:54 PM EDT

A local charity's act of kindness is paying off in a big way.

CHS Drives just donated $20,000 to the Child Life Team at St. Joseph's Children Hospital. The funds were raised at the non-profit's annual golf tournament.

  • CHS Drives raised $20K for St. Joseph's Children Hospital
  • Child Life Team is designed to help children relax and acclimate during long hospital stays

The Child Life Team's mission is to help make hospital stays a little easier for patients like 3-year-old Jacoby Johnson, who has been at the hospital for several days while doctors run tests.

"He doesn't really like needles and everything," said Jacoby's father, "but he still is a big boy and was able to take it."

Child Life specialist Karlyn Crawford said her team focuses on providing interaction and education during hospital stays.

"Our role is really just helping them cope with being here," started Crawford. "So that might mean a lot of medical play and teaching for our patients, a lot of developmental support and play.

"All of the floors have different playrooms," she continued, "we have tons of toys that are donated that they can play in the playroom or play in their room with just to really help them still be a kid while they're here."

Child Life donations help fund the different toys, games and activities for the patients. It also helps with annual parties and parades.

According to staffers like Crawford, the $20,000 recently raised will go a long way.

"It just helps their spirits be lifted and helps them be more happy and cheerful while they're here," she said. "We've really seen a difference that it helps them get better faster."

For more information on the Child Life Team at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, visit their website.

Lowry Park Zoo celebrates summer sunsets with extended hours

Jul 12, 2016 05:22 PM EDT

Lowry Park Zoo’s Sunset Celebrations offer extended hours for animal viewing Friday and Saturday nights through August 6.

  • Sunset Celebration runs through Aug. 6
  • Guests see wildlife in a whole new light
  • Night is capped off with laser show finale

"We're able to give people more opportunity to interact with the animals and with each other,” said Scott Swenson, Lowry Park Zoo’s creative director for the Sunset Celebrations.

These interactions are improved by shedding new light on animal habitats. Soft, unobtrusive lighting can be found in the Orangutan living quarters

Lightning Supply facility struck by lightning, destroyed in fire

Jul 12, 2016 04:45 PM EDT

Lightning is believed to be the cause after a large fire destroyed an RV supply facility in Thonotosassa Monday night.

  • Fire destroys RV supply facility
  • Witness says building hit by lightning
  • No injuries reported

According to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the fire broke out after 8 p.m. at the Lightning RV Supply facility located at 10449 Harney Road.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames through the roof of the 10,000 square foot facility. Crews fought the fire defensively from outside of the steel building.

Owner Brad Green was on vacation when he was called about the fire. He drove 10 hours from South Carolina on Tuesday to assess the damage.

"We just thank god nobody got hurt," Green told our reporters. On a daily basis, Green said up to a dozen people could be found working at the warehouse, though none were there when the fire broke out.

A witness said the business was hit by lightning. The Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was still working to confirm the claim.

"(The witness) feels there was three lightning bolts in succession," Green said, "and there was a direct hit that started something in the warehouse that just took off."

Officials said there were propane tanks and packing material inside of the facility.

There were no injuries reported.

US Capitol briefly locked down, 2nd time in week

Jul 12, 2016 04:45 PM EDT

The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly locked down Tuesday, the second time in a week amid nervousness over recent shootings.

  • The lockdown lasted about 25 minutes, officials said
  • Officers were alerted to a man with a gun near Fort McNair

District of Columbia police spokeswoman Alice Kim said officers were alerted to a man with a gun near Fort McNair in Southwest Washington, about a mile and a half south of the Capitol, shortly after 4 p.m. Officers then stopped a person at the intersection of 1st and D Streets, Northwest, which is two blocks from the Capitol and outside the Labor Department, Kim said.

No shots were fired, she said.

The Capitol lockdown began at 4:20 p.m. and the all clear was given over a loudspeaker at 4:45 p.m. Police had sent an email to congressional staff advising them to close and lock doors and stay away from external doors and windows.

Both the House and Senate were in session, with House members voting. In the Senate, lawmakers were delivering speeches from the floor.

Tourists sat in the visitors' gallery in the Senate, apparently unaware of what was transpiring.

Last Friday, the U.S. Capitol was briefly locked down after reports that a woman with a gun was attempting to enter the building. It turned out to be a false alarm.

Polk helicopter pilots rescue pilot of downed small plane

Jul 12, 2016 04:13 PM EDT

Two Polk County Natural Resources helicopter pilots became rescue heroes Monday.

  • 'Mayday' call went over airwaves in Polk on Monday
  • 2 helicopter pilots were nearby and were able to respond quickly
  • They rescued plane pilot James Melton, who suffered head injury

They were spraying weeds on a lake when they heard another pilot on their radio making a mayday call.

"From the tone of the "mayday, mayday," we knew that pilot was desperate,” Pepper Keller said.

Keller and fellow pilot Nick Harboe quickly started to search an area near Bartow Municipal Airport. They had almost given up finding the downed plane when they spotted something in a marshy area about a mile from the airport.

"I really didn't expect to find a survivable accident,” Harboe said.

But when their chopper got closer to the crash site, they spotted an injured pilot, James Melton, sitting on the wing of his plane. Melton had a head injury, but he was OK.

Keller and Harboe landed near the crash site, got Melton into a back seat and flew him to the airport. Melton was treated and released at a local hospital.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

"We were definitely, exactly in the right place at the right time,” Keller said.

President Obama, fmr. President Bush speak at Dallas memorial

Jul 12, 2016 03:25 PM EDT

At a memorial for slain police officers, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that a week of deeply troubling violence has appeared to expose "the deepest fault lines of our democracy." But he insisted the nation is not as divided as it seems and called on Americans to search for common ground in support of racial equity and justice.

  • Memorial service in Dallas for 5 fallen police officers
  • Interfaith service
  • President Obama, former President Bush spoke at the service

Obama acknowledged Americans are unsettled by another mass shooting on their streets and are seeking answers to the violence that has sparked protests in cities and highlighted the nation's persistent racial divide.

Five Dallas officers were killed last Thursday while standing guard as hundreds of people protested the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week.

"It's hard not to think sometimes that the center might not hold, that things might get worse," Obama said. "We must reject such despair."

He joined politicians, police officers and families of the fallen in the wake of the shocking slaying by a black man who said he wanted revenge for the killings of blacks by police.

"The soul of our city was pierced," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, as he welcomed Obama to a memorial service. The group had assembled because to combat "a common disease" of violence and honor those who fight it, "our men and women in blue, our peacemakers in blue."

Rawlings spoke steps from five empty chairs and five portraits of the dead officers.

A call for national and solidarity was reinforced by several speakers at the interfaith service, including former President George W. Bush, a Dallas resident, who attended with his wife, Laura.

"At times it feels like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together," Bush said. "Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose."

Bush called on Americans to reject the unity of grief and fear.

"We want the unity of hope, affection and higher purpose," he said.

Obama has denounced the shooting as a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement" by a "demented" individual. And he has argued that, despite the heated public outcry of the past week, the country is not as divided as it may seem.

Obama's choice of traveling companions underscored the theme. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California joined Obama him on Air Force One for the flight to Dallas. Republican Sen. John Cornyn, attended and spoke at the service but did not travel with the president.

He described the attack as deeply personal.

"Being a Texan doesn't describe where you're from it, describe who your family is," the senator said.

The White House said president worked late into the night writing his speech and consulting scripture for inspiration.

Just a few weeks ago, Obama spent hours in Orlando, Florida, consoling the loved ones of 49 people who were killed in a shooting rampage at a nightclub.

The Dallas attack ended with the gunman, Micah Johnson, 25, blown up by a bomb delivered by a police robot. The black Army veteran portrayed his attack on the officers as payback for the fatal police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban Minneapolis.

Portions of both shootings were videotaped and broadcast nationwide, leading to fresh outrage, protests and scores of arrests. The killings also put the country on edge, heightened racial tensions and pushed the issue of the use of deadly force against black males by white police to the forefront.

Obama sought to begin bridging those issues with his tribute to the fallen five, who included a former Army Ranger, a Navy veteran and a newlywed starting a second family.

Some police officials blame the president for the rise in racial tension, saying he is insufficiently supportive of law enforcement. In comments since the Dallas shooting, Obama has urged the public to recognize and respect that police officers have a tough job.

Meanwhile, he has been criticized by others for going to Dallas before visiting Louisiana or Minnesota.

As Obama landed in Dallas, spokesman Josh Earnest said the president had telephone the families of Alton Sterling, the man shot by police in Baton Rouge, and Philando Castile, the Minnesota motorist shot by an officer, to offer his and the first lady's condolences.

The president, joined by his wife, Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were also meeting privately in Dallas with families of the slain officers. At least nine other officers and two civilians were injured in the attack.

Tampa leaders meet with police, focus on unity

Jul 12, 2016 03:09 PM EDT

A group of pastors, city leaders and police officers gathered at Tampa City Hall to ask the community to come together.

  • Community members focused on unity and promoting an open dialogue
  • The Beulah Baptist Church will be holding a community forum Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Everyone is invited to the church, located at 1006 W Cypress St, Tampa

Hours after a peaceful protest shut down a city block downtown, everyone asked for unity, though they acknowledge there is still plenty of work to be done.

It was the start of a bigger conversation about law enforcement and race relations.

At the meeting Tuesday, some black leaders talked about their own experiences being racially profiled.

“My point is there are some police officers who spend their time profiling and harassing a segment of the populous instead of policing,” said Dr. Mark Jones with the Center for Manifestation.

Representatives from Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office were on hand to talk about their own training, including sensitivity training.

Those in attendance learned that Hillsborough County deputies receive well over the 40 hours of advance training in a three year period required by law. They also learned how Tampa Police meet with demonstrators before a protest to keep everyone safe.

Both police and black leaders have agreed that coming together with community forums and creating a conversation will help everyone.

“Holding a community forum for our young people in particular so they can better understand how to interact with police officers, whether we like that or not, that’s the reality that we’re dealing with,” said Rep. Edwin Narain.

The Beulah Baptist Church will be holding a community forum this Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss issues facing the black community and the police. Representative from local departments are slated to be there for an open conversation, Councilman Frank Reddick said.

Tampa Bay victims robbed during sale transactions

Jul 12, 2016 03:04 PM EDT

Authorities are investigating two robbery cases in which the victims posted electronics for sale online and were robbed during the transactions.

  • Victims had advertised items online
  • One victim hit by vehicle
  • Police say robber in his 20s

The Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the incidents occurred July 4 and July 5.

In the first case, the victim and robber exchanged text messages and met at about 7:40 p.m. in the 5000 block of Bordeaux Village Place. The man claiming he wanted to buy the woman's phone looked at it inside his vehicle, then backed up the vehicle and hit the woman, knocking her to the ground, police said.

In the second incident, the victim and robber met at about 8:30 p.m. in the 17000 block of Palm Point Drive. The culprit, driving a silver Cadillac, asked to hold the iPad that was for sale. He grabbed the iPad from the victim's hands and fled in his vehicle, police said.

The value of the items stolen was about $1,750.

The robber was described as in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and about 140-150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black shorts with a white stripe down the side, socks and slides.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

4 hospitalized in Merritt Island boating incident

Jul 12, 2016 02:47 PM EDT

Four people, including one child, were hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after they suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while on board a 32-foot boat in Merritt Island, fire officials said.

  • 4 people suffered from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Victims were transported to an area hospital in Brevard County
  • 1 other person aboard the boat refused to be taken to the hospital

Brevard County Fire Rescue tweeted at 2:19 p.m. that five people aboard the same boat in the barge canal in Merritt Island possibly suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. The scene was in the area of 300 Sea Ray Drive.

Hazmat crews reported high carbon monoxide readings inside the cabin of the boat, Brevard County Fire Rescue said via Twitter.

Multiple agencies were called to the scene. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken over the investigation.

No other information was immediately available.

Lockheed Martin expanding, adding 300 jobs to Titusville site

Jul 12, 2016 01:16 PM EDT

Lockheed Martin plans to expand at its Astrotech Space Operations site in Titusville, creating up to 300 jobs.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

  • Expansion to add up to 300 jobs
  • Company's Florida presence dates 60 years

"Florida is home to one of the largest aerospace and aviation industries in the nation, and we continue to grow," Scott said. "It's exciting that Lockheed Martin continues to expand in Florida, adding hundreds of jobs for our families."

The company's presence in Florida dates back more than 60 years, with a significant presence at Cape Canaveral.

"We have sites across the country, but Brevard County offers a unique blend of skilled people and a growth-friendly business environment that make it a great fit for this project," said Tom Malko, Vice President of Assembly, Test and Launch Operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

The company considered a number of locations across the country before choosing Brevard County.

Florida is a premier aerospace manufacturing and launch location. The state ranks first among states for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness, and is home to nearly 500 industry companies that excel in everything from parts and assembly to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Partners in the planned expansion include Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, North Brevard County Economic Development Zone, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, City of Titusville and CareerSource Florida.

7 rules when catching Pokemon at Legoland Florida

Jul 12, 2016 12:40 PM EDT

Pokémon have made their way to Legoland Florida, prompting the theme park to set some ground rules for guests when playing the popular new app.

  • Legoland issues rules for Pokemon GO quest
  • App has become popular but can be distracting

Legoland rules for a safe Pokemon GO quest:

  1. Even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas. Please don’t climb any fences or follow any Pokémon into employee only areas.
  2. No catch is worth sacrificing your safety.  All play must pause throughout the duration of your ride until you exit the ride.
  3. Be sure not to bump into one of our more than 60 million Lego models

    Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

    Jul 12, 2016 10:47 AM EDT

    It comes as no real surprise to political junkies that Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders endorsed his Democratic rival.

    • Bernie Sanders supports Hillary Clinton for president
    • Sanders does not mention ending his own campaign in speech
    • He admits that Clinton has more delegates than he does to win nomination

    In a speech from New Hampshire on Tuesday, the U.S. Senator from Vermont announced that he will be backing the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    "Together we will continue to fight for a government which represents all of us, not just the 1 percent," Sanders said with Clinton by his side, adding he was proud of his campaign.

    Sanders admitted that Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process and has more delegates than he does.

    "I congratulate her for that," he said. "I intend to do everything I can to make sure she is the next President of the United States."

    Sanders stated that both he and Clinton want to raise the minimum wage and create millions of new jobs.

    While he was building up his once-Democratic challenger to the White House, Sanders was taking shots at another challenger.

    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wants to lower the minimum wage to a "starvation" wage, Sanders told the crowd.

    Sanders said Trump wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act while Clinton wants to give universal health care to Americans.

    Trump also wants to give tax breaks to wealthy Americans, according to Sanders. He called Trump's economic policies "reckless" and said they would contribute to wealth inequality.

    Then the topic turned to the enviroment, where Sanders said that Clinton is concerned about global warming and wants to move away from fossil fuel and adopt sustainable, alternative energy. This will create jobs, Sanders added.

    But he said that Trump is rejecting science and says that climate change is a hoax and wants to expand the use of fossil fuel.

    Sanders also took a shot at Trump's comments about illegal immigrants and Muslims.

    "Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths," Sanders said.

    Sanders admitted to his followers that there are differences between he and Clinton, but turned it into a positive by saying that was the whole point of a democracy: People coming together and sharing different ideas.

    "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president," he said.

    During his speech, Sanders did not say he would suspend his campaign.

    Clinton then took the stage and thanked her the crowd.

    Hours before Sanders and Clinton made their speech, Trump tweeted this: