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‘Do Something’: Grief, Anger Overtake Uvalde as Community Mourns Victims




Twenty-one names, each written on white crosses standing on the lawn of Robb Elementary School — each one a son, a daughter, a teacher, a life that was senselessly taken away.

“There’s no words to tell the moms, the dads,” said Guadalupe, whose client lost a family member in the mass shooting Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.

There’s also nothing that can wash away the sorrow.

Still, in Uvalde, the community is trying to remain strong, holding events like barbecues and car wash fundraisers for the families.

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Anna Turner, who said she lost family in the shooting, stopped by the elementary school Thursday to drop off flowers.

Her grief has turned to anger.

“They expect us to just keep taking it and living it every (expletive) day in this stupid country,” Turner said. “We’re supposed to be the best country in the world, and our kids can’t even go to school without getting shot. Do something!”

One couple drove from San Antonio to drop off a cross with a red banner with “Beloved Angels” printed on it.

“We had a hard time figuring out what to put in the banner, so we put beloved angels, because to me and I know to their families, even the teachers, they were angels, gone too soon.”

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Air Force pilot shares passion for flight ahead of Hyundai Air and Sea Show




OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A U.S. Air Force pilot is preparing to take to the skies above Miami Beach this holiday weekend to take part in an annual celebration of military prowess.

The Hyundai Air and Sea Show will take flight Sunday and Monday. More than a dozen of the U.S. military’s biggest and fastest jets will rip across the ocean.

7News caught up with U.S. Air Force Capt. Aimee Fiedler in Opa-Locka, Thursday. She will be among the daredevils zipping above spectators.

“For me, as a pilot, flying these air shows, it’s very exhilarating, very fun,” she said.

Fiedler will lead the F-16 Fighting Falcon Team. She comes with six years of experience in the Air Force.

Fiedler goes by the call sign ‘Rebel.”

“The standing tradition is, if you want to know a pilot’s call sign, like, the story behind it, you owe them a drink at the bar so that they can actually sit down and give you the full story,” she said.

After consulting with his wife, 7News reporter Brandon Beyer concluded that the story behind “Rebel” is going to remain a mystery.

But what is certain is that Fiedler was born to fly. She has been in the air since she was 16 years old.

“Pretty much, once I got in the air, I knew that’s all I wanted to do,” she said.

The F-16 she flies can do just about anything.

“It’s capable of air-to-air missions and air-to-ground missions, so we call it a multi-role fighter, because we’re pretty much capable of doing any missions that are out there,” said Fiedler.

And the mission this Memorial Day weekend is to put on a show.

“Our main mission is to show the public – it’s bringing a little piece of the Air Force to the public they might not otherwise have access to,” said Fiedler.

The show takes place on the same weekend “Top Gun: Maverick,” the long-awaited sequel to the iconic 1986 film starring Tom Cruise, opens in theaters.

“Go see ‘Top Gun 2’ and then come see how cool pilots are in real life,” said Fiedler.

For more information about the Hyundai Air and Sea Show, click here.

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Oklahoma governor signs transgender bathroom bill




OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill requiring public school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate.

About a dozen conservative states have passed laws targeting the transgender population over bathroom use, participation in school sports, and gender-affirming treatments or surgery for young people.

The bill passed overwhelmingly in the Republican-controlled House and Senate last week, and Stitt signed it on Wednesday.

“It’s about safety, it’s about protection, it’s about common sense,” said Republican Rep. Danny Williams, the House author of the bill. “The goal of this bill is to protect our children.”

Democrats who opposed the bill said it singles out and targets transgender students, putting them at risk of ridicule.

The bill was proposed after Stillwater Public Schools declined to change a policy allowing students to use the bathroom that agrees with their gender identity unless forced by law to do otherwise.

Nicole McAfee, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma which supports the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and queer people, said the bill violates federal law and she is discussing legal action with other organizations, including the ACLU and Lambda Legal.

“This law is unconstitutional, a violation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, and more than anything it is unnecessarily cruel for the sake of cruelty,” McAfee said in a statement. “Over the last day we’ve heard people talk about school safety over and over again. But with a flick of his pen, Governor Stitt said that safety doesn’t extend to already vulnerable transgender and Two Spirit young people.”

Stitt, a Republican running for reelection, earlier this year signed bills to prevent transgender girls from playing on female sports teams in public schools or universities and to prohibit transgender people from changing their birth certificate.

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