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21 killed in school shooting

AT LEAST 21 PEOPLE – including 18 children – were killed Tuesday in a shooting in a Texas elementary school (Shutterstock)>

The death toll in today’s shooting at an elementary school in Texas has climbed to 21 people, 18 of them children.

According to The Associated Press, the gunman –who was fatally shot by police – went from classroom to classroom shooting the victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a city about 85 miles from San Antonio.

President Joe Biden raised the issue of gun control in the wake of the worst school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012.

“As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” he said.

According to USA Today, the killer was Salvador Ramos, 18. Other sources said he was suspected of having shot his grandmother before moving on to the school.

Georgia Gov. Kemp wins GOP primary

Despite the endorsement of former president Donald Trump, a challenger fell short of defeating incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in Tuesday’s primary in Georgia.

Kemp drew Trump’s criticism for his refusal to try to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia. He outpolled David Perdue by a ratio of about 3 to 1, according to United Press International. In November he will face Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to him in 2018. Abrams ran unopposed.

Sports: Dodgers, Angels post wins

The Los Angeles Dodgers (29-13)  defeated the Washington Nationals 9-4 Tuesday night. They lead the San Diego Padres by 1.5 games  in the National League West.

Mookie Betts hit two home runs and Trea Turner went deep also in the win. Walker Buehler (6-1) got the win, working six innings and yielding six hits and two earned runs. He struck out three batters and walked two.

The Los Angeles Angels (27-17) also won, defeating the Texas Rangers 5-3 in Anaheim. Noah Syndergaard (4-2) pitched eight strong innings, yielding just one run and four hits. Jared Walsh led the Angel attack with a homer and a double. It was the Halos’ third straight win after losing four in a row. They remain one game behind the Houston Astros (28-16) in the American League West.

Weather: Yes, still partly cloudy

You might be tired of reading this, or looking up and seeing it, but partly cloudy conditions are the forecast for the West Orange County area through Friday. Wednesday’s daytime high should be 75 with an overnight low of 60. Thursday will be a bit cooler with a high of 73 (60) and Friday is expected to be 74 in the day and 60 at night. For the Memorial Day weekend (and the Strawberry Festival) the weather will turn “mostly sunny” through Monday.

Business: Tuesday not like Monday

After a rousing rally yesterday, Wall Street resumed some of its gloomy ways on Tuesday. The S&P 500 dropped by 0.81 percent, and the Nasdaq slid by 2.35 percent. 

But the Dow Jones Average, the largest of the stock exchanges bucked the tråend a bit by posting a modest 0.15 percent gain.

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