Bidens to visit Uvalde, NRA convention, Indianapolis 500: 5 things to know this weekend

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Biden to visit Uvalde, Texas and meet with victims' families

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas on Sunday to meet with the families of victims of Tuesday's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 21 dead, including 19 children. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The White House said the Bidens would "grieve with the community that lost 21 lives in the horrific" shooting. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president would meet with the community and religious leaders and victims' families. Biden called on lawmakers to "stand up to the gun lobby" in remarks Tuesday following the shooting. "I had hoped when I became president, I would not have to do this again. Another massacre," Biden added. "Beautiful, innocent second, third and fourth graders."

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As Texas grieves, NRA convention continues in Houston

The National Rifle Association continues its annual convention this weekend in Houston, days after a school shooting across the state in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and 2 adults dead. The nation's largest gun-rights group has been beset by money and legal woes in recent years, but still holds considerable sway. The three-day event, showcasing 14 acres of the latest guns and gear, got under way Friday with a leadership forum with scheduled speakers that included former President Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Both men went after the Democratic party, with Trump accusing Democrats of trying to exploit the tragedy and demonizing gun owners while Cruz railed against Democrats' calls for universal background checks. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had been scheduled to appear in person but opted to go to Uvalde instead. Some featured performers, including "American Pie" singer Don McLean, Lee Greenwood and T. Graham Brown also bowed out.

Vice President Harris is set to attend the last funeral of the Buffalo victims

Vice President Kamala Harris is expected Saturday to attend the last of the funerals for the victims of the May 14 racist mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, New York, as 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield is memorialized. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Buffalo to visit with families and lay flowers at a memorial on May 17. On Friday, three other victims of the attack were laid to rest during a week filled with goodbyes for family and friends. Geraldine Talley, 62, Andre Mackniel, 53, and Margus Morrison, 52, were among the 10 people killed and three wounded when a white gunman opened fire on shoppers and employees at the Tops. Authorities said he chose the grocery store because it's in a predominantly Black neighborhood. "We cannot sit here today and cry for Geraldine and not make sure justice is done for Geraldine," civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton told mourners at Talley's service in Buffalo.

Celtics, Heat match up in Game 7 with a trip NBA Finals on the line

After a hard-fought first six games that has seen both teams taking turns dominating the scoreboard, the Miami Heat will take on the Boston Celtics one final time Sunday in Game 7 the Eastern Conference finals at FTX Arena in Miami (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). The winner will advance to the NBA Finals and take on the Golden State Warriors, the champions of the Western Conference. Holding a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6 Friday, the Celtics were poised to grab a home win and head to the Finals for the first time since 2010. But the Heat staved off elimination with a gutsy 111-103 victory in Game 6 behind a masterful performance from Jimmy Butler who scored 47 points and added nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals. The Heat will now have the chance to make their second Finals appearance in three years if they can win Game 7 at home this weekend. The Celtics, however, have won two of the three games played in Miami and are 6-2 in the road in the 2022 playoffs.

Indy 500: Castroneves drives for victory record

Brazilian racing superstar Helio Castroneves will attempt to make history with a fifth victory at the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (noon ET, NBC). Last year, Castroneves became the fourth driver to take the checkered flag four times, joining A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. But Castroveves will have plenty of competition: Scott Dixon holds the pole position, with Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay lining up beside him. Dixon turned in the second fastest four-lap average in race history in the final round of qualifying at 234.046 mph. Meanwhile, seven-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson makes his Indy 500 debut, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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