At gay pride parades, a year to weave sorrow and celebration

Celebrations planned around such themes as supporting transgender people and pressing for economic justice have quickly taken on new meanings. Parade-goers will see increased security, anti-violence messages and tributes to those killed in Orlando.

Arizona abandons use of sedative as a lethal-injection drug

Executions in Arizona were put on hold after the July 2014 death of convicted killer Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was given 15 doses of midazolam and a painkiller and who took nearly two hours to die. His attorney says the execution was botched.

Report: Lead levels higher in Flint kids after water switch

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report said the likelihood a child would have a concerning blood-lead level — at least 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood — was about 50 percent higher after the April 2014 switch from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River.

Officials: No evidence Orlando gunman was gay

The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men as saying that Omar Mateen had reached out to them on gay dating apps and had frequented the gay nightclub where the June 12 massacre took place.

Police driver acquitted in Freddie Gray case

25-year-old Freddie Gray was fatally injured after officers bound his hands and feet and Officer Caesar Goodson left him unprotected by a seat belt that prosecutors say would have kept him from slamming into the van’s metal walls.

House Dems, Republicans nearly come to blows during sit-in for gun control

More than 30 Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. John Lewis (R-Ga.), seized the House floor today just before afternoon recess, demanding a vote on gun control legislation in the wake of mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. After C-SPAN feeds were cut, leaders took to social media to share the proceedings and their positions the issue at hand.