Special report on the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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Special report on the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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I hand-picked my newest son from a catalog. His name is Simon, and he's from a town north of Hamburg, Germany. He loves sports (especially soccer, but he's learning about American football, baseball and basketball) and plays the classical guitar. He says, "That sounds great!"
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