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Georgia women charged after authorities rescue 43 pups living in ‘deplorable conditions’: police

Two Georgia women face a slew of charges after authorities found more than 40 neglected dogs – including seven with their bottom jaws missing – living in what authorities described as “deplorable conditions.”

Brandi Louis Marzka and Lynda Susan Cummings were arrested Monday after authorities discovered a puppy mill in Barnesville, about an hour’s drive south of Atlanta, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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Brandi Louis and Lynda Susan Cummings have been charged with animal abuse. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities began investigating the abandoned home after a citizen alerted the Towaliga District Attorney’s Office and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department,  Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

Deputies reportedly contacted Cummings after conducting a welfare check of the home. She eventually surrendered all the dogs to the sheriff’s office, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“No one was living at the house. She was periodically coming and checking on the dogs,” said Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman. “Obviously, because at some point they had had food and water.”

At least one Maltipoo puppy was found dead, according to the paper. The 43 other Maltipoo pups were rescued by the Atlanta Humane Society.

“For the majority of the dogs, homes will be found for them and they will be taken care of,” Freeman said.

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The Society told The Journal-Constitution that the bottom jaws of seven dogs were missing entirely because of neglected dental care. Others were matted and some had skin or eye issues, The Journal-Constitution reported.

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Cummings faces seven counts of maliciously causing physical harm to an animal by serious disfigurement and one count of maliciously causing the death of an animal – both felonies. Both women face 36 counts of animal neglect. They were booked into the Monroe County Jail.

An investigation is ongoing.

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DNA leads to identity of suspect in 1972 murder of California girl, 11

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DNA testing and genetic genealogy helped police in Southern California crack a 47-year-old cold case wide open and identify the man who raped and murdered an 11-year-old girl who was taken from her home on Thanksgiving Day.

The body of Terri Lynn Hollis was found naked except for a T-shirt on a cliff below the Pacific Coast Highway in Oxnard on Nov. 24, 1972. Terri was last seen leaving her home in Torrance to go on a bike ride.

Hollis had been strangled and sexually assaulted, Torrance Police Chief Eve Irvine said during a press conference Wednesday.

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Despite an extensive investigation by authorities at the time, including 2,000 interviews and DNA searches, attempts to find Hollis’ killer were unsuccessful.

More than four decades later, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department submitted DNA found at the crime scene to Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs Inc., which conducted a genetic genealogy analysis of public databases and helped authorities track down a relative of the match, Jake Edward Brown.

Brown had already died in 2003 in Arizona, but authorities exhumed his body and confirmed that his DNA was a match to the evidence, Irvine said.

“DNA Labs International was successful in extracting DNA evidence from the bones collected by the detectives and they were able to confirm that the bone remains of Jake Edward Brown were a one in 20 septillion match to the evidence collected from Terri Lynn Hollis,” Irvine said.

Brown, who was 36 years old at the time of Hollis’ murder, had previously been arrested in connection with two rape cases that occurred after her death.

Irvine said Brown “had prior arrests for narcotics, robbery and two rapes that occurred after the murder of Terri Lynn. The first rape occurred in 1973 and the second in 1974. Under these very unfortunate circumstances, we are still proud to say that this case has been solved, but detectives will continue to investigate to see if he was involved in any other unsolved crimes.”

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“This crime is what nightmares are made of, and no family should ever have to go through such a tragedy,” Irvine added.

Hollis’ brother, Randy, who was 16 years old at the time of Terri’s death, described the findings as “amazing” and said, “I only wish that my parents were still alive to see this.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Guatemalan teen was forced to work at Texas restaurant to pay off $10G smuggling debt, authorities say

A Texas man faces child trafficking charges, accused of forcing a 15-year-old Guatemalan girl to work at a restaurant to pay off a $10,000 debt she incurred to be smuggled into the U.S., authorities said Tuesday.

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said the teen was rescued at a fast-food restaurant in Southlake – about 20 miles north of Fort Worth – while she was working the night shift.

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Cesar Valdez-Perez is accused of forcing a Guatemalan teen to work at a fast-food restaurant to pay off her smuggling debt. (Tarrant County Jail)

The sheriff’s office said the teen complained about her situation to a friend ,who notified police. The Southlake Police Department opened an investigation with assistance from the TCSO Human Trafficking Unit, CBS DFW reported.

Investigators discovered that a suspect, 36-year-old Cesar Valdez-Perez, was picking the teen up and dropping her off at the restaurant while pretending to be her father. The restaurant employees reportedly never became suspicious because her documents were well forged.

Valdez-Perez was arrested on charges of child trafficking and forging government documents, Fort Worth’s KXAS-TV reported.

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Valdez-Perez was booked into the Tarrant County Jail and released on bond. Federal immigration agents immediately took him into custody after he was freed, the sheriff’s chief of staff told The Dallas Morning News.

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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More than two dozen fake NBA championship rings seized at LA airport, CBP says

Authorities in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit National Basketball Association championship rings, which could have cost potential buyers more than half a million dollars.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents at Los Angeles International Airport discovered the 28 fake rings in a shipment from China that was bound for Arizona. CBP said in a statement that the rings were apparently meant to be sold as a collection, and added that if genuine,  they would have had an estimated retail value of $560,000.

$3.4M IN FAKE GUCCI, HERMES, NIKE ITEMS SEIZED AT LA AIRPORT, CBP SAYS

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit NBA championship rings, with an estimated retail value of more than half a million dollars, authorities said Wednesday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection )

“Scammers take advantage of collectors and pro-basketball fans desiring to obtain a piece of sports history,” said CBP’s director of field operations in Los Angeles, Carlos Martel. “This seizure illustrates how CBP officers and import specialists protect not only trademarks, but most importantly, the American consumer.”

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Import specialists confirmed that the designs violated trademarks by the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Air Jordan and the NBA, according to the agency.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in California recently seized more than two dozen counterfeit NBA championship rings, with an estimated retail value of more than half a million dollars, authorities said Wednesday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection )

Officials said an authentic NBA championship ring typically costs between $10,000 and $40,000. In some cases, the rings can be sold for more than $200,000.

“Transnational criminal organizations are shipping illicit goods to the United States via small express parcels in an attempt to circumvent U.S. laws,” said CBP’s port director at LAX, Donald Kusser.

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A CBP spokesperson told Fox News no arrests have been made.

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Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions

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In a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending a nationwide injunction that had blocked the White House’s ban on asylum for anyone trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by transiting through a third country.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshaped into a more moderate court by the Trump administration – handed the Trump administration a partial victory on the matter on Monday, by ending the nationwide injunction. But the 9th Circuit kept the injunction alive within the territorial boundaries of the circuit.

The Supreme Court’s order was not a final ruling on the merits, but it at least temporarily ends the injunctions everywhere, and allow the policy to proceed nationwide while lower courts in the 9th Circuit address the case.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.

“Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution,” Sotomayor and Ginsburg wrote.

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The legal challenge to the new policy has a brief but somewhat convoluted history. Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the new policy from taking effect in late July. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed Tigar’s order so that it applied only in Arizona and California, states that are within the 9th Circuit.

That left the administration free to enforce the policy on asylum seekers arriving in New Mexico and Texas. Tigar issued a new order on Monday that reimposed a nationwide hold on asylum policy.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals then narrowed Tiger’s his order again on Tuesday by issuing an administrative stay. The stay blocked Tiger’s order nationally, but ruled it still had could take effect within the 9th Circuit’s boundaries.

The high-court action leaves the administration free to impose the new policy everywhere while the court case against it continues.

The Trump administration has reason for optimism now that the case is back in the 9th Circuit. The San Francisco-based appellate court has seven Trump-appointed federal judges — more than any other federal appellate bench. The radical transformation of the court, which has 29 seats, is largely the result of Trump’s push to nominate conservative judges and bypass traditional consultations with Senate Democrats.

Thirteen of the 29 seats are now occupied by GOP-appointed judges. Last year, that number stood at six.

“Thanks to Trump, the liberal 9th Circuit is no longer liberal,” The Washington Post noted earlier this year.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida man arrested in death of Canadian military member

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing a Canadian servicemember stationed in the United States, authorities said.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office took Justin Timmons, 23, of Tallahassee, into custody following an investigation into the death of Martin Liam Brayman, 33, a master corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City.

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Canadian Master Cpl. Martin Brayman, 33, died Monday from an assault outside his Florida home, authorities said.  (Canadian Department of National Defense )

Investigators said Timmons was part of a group that met Brayman on Sept. 7 at a nightclub. Brayman invited the group back to his Panama City Beach home but asked them to leave when his girlfriend said she became uncomfortable.

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“Brayman apologized and told the group they would get together later,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The group returned to the home to get Brayman’s contact information and spoke with him outside.

“According to witnesses, as the driver of the white Mercedes stood outside the vehicle and got Brayman’s contact information, Timmons, one of the passengers, seemed to grow agitated as he waited in the car,” the release stated.

Timmons got out the car and struck Brayman in the head multiple times, authorities said. The group then fled.

Brayman was taken to a hospital and died Monday night from his injuries. An investigation led authorities to Timmons. He is being held in the Bay County jail.

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Justin Timmons, 23, was arrested in the death of Martin Brayman, a member of the Canadian military stationed in Florida.  (Bay County Sheriff’s Office )

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Brayman joined the Canadian armed forces in 2006 and worked as a NORAD air controller, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. He is the second Canadian military member to die outside the country this year.

The other member died in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria in June.

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‘Psychic’ Florida woman who promised to lift family curse sentenced for $1.6M scheme

A woman in Florida who claimed to be a psychic fortune teller has been sentenced to over three years in prison for scamming a Texas woman out of $1.6 million to lift a made-up curse on her and her family.

Sherry Tina Uwanawich, who also goes by Jacqueline Miller, first met the unidentified victim in 2007 when she lived in Houston, federal prosecutors said in a news release Monday.

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The 28-year-old Uwanawich became the woman’s confidante and used her trust to convince her that her family was in supernatural trouble, according to the statement.

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Uwanawich moved from Texas to South Florida, where she continued to scam her victim out of $1.6 million dollars until she came clean in 2014. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The victim, a medical student, had been suffering from depression after her mother’s death, The New York Times reported. Uwanawich reportedly blamed her mother’s death on a witch’s curse.

Bob Nygaard, a retired New York police officer and psychic fraud private investigator, told the paper confidence crimes that exploit a victim’s fears are common across the country.

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“Don’t look down on the victim,” he said. “Credit the con.”

The fictitious fortune teller claimed she needed “large sums of money” to buy crystal balls, candles and other items for meditation ceremonies to lift the curse, prosecutors said. The victim was led to believe that harm would come to her and her family if she didn’t pay.

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The scheme continued on for years, even after Uwanawich moved to South Florida, investigators said. The scheme ended in 2014 after Uwanaich told the woman she had made up the curse.

Uwanawich previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced last week in Miami, over a decade after the scheme began, according to the statement. She must also pay restitution.

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Jerry Falwell asks FBI to investigate alleged ‘criminal conspiracy’ against him by former Liberty U officials

Liberty University President  Jerry Falwell Jr. said he’s asked the FBI to investigate a “criminal conspiracy” against him that he alleges has been orchestrated by disgruntled former board members and employees of the evangelical Christian college.

Falwell said Tuesday he has evidence the former members shared emails belonging to the Lynchburg, Va.university with reporters in an attempt to damage his reputation.

“Our attorneys have determined that this small group of former board members and employees, they’re involved in a criminal conspiracy, are working together to steal Liberty property in the form of emails and provided them to reporters,” Falwell told The Hill.

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The accusations come after Politico published a story Monday, citing unnamed sources only described as current or former officials or associates of Falwell, alleging the university president “presides over a culture of self-dealing” that has inappropriately benefited him and his family.

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Jerry Falwell Jr., pictured here in November 2016, said Tuesday he has asked the FBI to investigate what he called a “criminal” smear campaign against him by former Liberty University board members and employees. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Falwell, one of President Trump’s earliest and staunchest supporters, has also come under increased scrutiny recently over his personal life and business investments, including his involvement in a Miami hostel.

Falwell claimed the emails were leaked as part of an “attempted coup” to oust him as school president, in part because of his support for Trump and the school’s financial stress following the death of his father — Rev. Jerry Falwell, the evangelist who founded Liberty and served as Moral Majority leader before dying in 2007 — as “leverage to take over.”

Speaking to the Associated Press, Falwell said he’s “not going to dignify the lies that were reported yesterday with a response, but I am going to the authorities and I am going to civil court.” He referred to the reporter who wrote the story as a “little boy.”

Falwell added Liberty University has hired “the meanest lawyer in New York,” whom he declined to identify, to pursue civil cases. Falwell also declined to identify the people he said were spreading the emails.

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“Liberty owns every single one of those emails. It’s our property. They were working for us when they used our server,” he told the AP. “Our policies make it clear every email sent on our server is owned by Liberty and if anybody shares it with anybody outside Liberty, it is theft. And so that’s the underlying crime.”

Liberty was founded in 1971 with just 154 students, but now boasts an enrollment of more than 100,000, including those in its massive online education program. It has become an influential hub of conservative politics, frequented by candidates courting evangelical voters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man who lost wife in 9/11 recalls fight to help survivors and victims in her honor

The roar of a plane flying low over his downtown Manhattan apartment on Tuesday, Sept.11, 2001, sent chills through Charles Wolf.

“I knew in that fraction of a second it was a twin-engine jet going full-throttle. I ran out onto the balcony which faced north – and it was dead silent,” Wolf, 65, told Fox News. “I stepped back through the sliding glass door, and all I heard was ‘Ka-boom.’ Then someone on the street said, ‘Oh my God, a plane has gone into the World Trade Center,’ and I yelled back, ‘Are you kidding me? My wife works there.’”

The days that followed passed in an agonizing blur for the musician, pilot, and businessman. Every time the phone rang, his heart leaped into his throat, and he scrambled in anticipation. But Friday came, and there was still no word from his bride, Katherine.

“I decided I need to help myself, so I decided to go to the barber and for a manicure. I’m a wreck,” Wolf remembered. “He couldn’t take me for a haircut, so I ran out the door without my umbrella. I could not speak my name.”

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Katherine Wolf worked for financial strategy firm Marsh & McLennan, located on the 97th floor of Tower One, the North Tower. She had been on the job just two weeks. A few days earlier, her boss asked if she would mind starting at 8.30 am instead of nine – putting her right in the terrorists’ flight path.

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Katherine Wolf, right, a victim of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, in Manhattan, New York.  (Charles Wolf)

That Friday afternoon, Wolf impulsively ran from his barber and over to the firm’s midtown office. He was quickly escorted to a meeting where other anguished co-workers, loved ones and friends of missing employees were passing a microphone around and asking desperate questions. He found the answer.

“Finally, someone asks what the highest floor anybody got out of was? And then the magic words,” Wolf recounted, adding that an executive had informed them that regardless of media reports, he had checked with other companies and nobody above the 91st floor had been found alive. “When I heard that, I said she is gone. She is gone.”

There was an odd comfort Wolf felt in facing such a painful truth. Out-of-turn, he stood back up to face the sea of strange and sobbing faces before him.

“So, I stood up… I don’t know where this came from, but I wanted to say something positive. I said, ‘As far as I am concerned, our people were vaporized.’ Everyone gasped, like a Greek chorus,” Wolf went on. “And I said, ‘Furthermore, we need to thank God that our people didn’t need to make the decision to stay there and burn, or to jump.’ And I sat down.”

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Cars smoulder in the street as the destroyed World Trade Center burns in New York on September 11, 2001. Two hijacked commercial planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center causing both 110-story landmarks to collapse in thunderous clouds of fire and smoke. REUTERS/Peter Morgan

Gradually, others deep in shock and sadness approached Wolf with questions. In those moments, he said, he went from grieving to offering comfort. It also marked the beginning of a protracted journey – one that would last almost 18 years – to ensure suffering families were adequately taken care of by the federal government.

In the ensuing months, with the smoke of the twin towers fading into memory, Wolf learned that some 2,200 men and 600 women were in the buildings, prompting a critical question. The imbalance indicated hundreds of widows were out there, left to care for their families.

“Who is left over? The women. What are the women going to be doing? Taking care of the family, that is their priority. The kids,” Wolf asserted. “They aren’t going to be focusing on the financial aspect of things. I said, ‘I am going to do this for the widows because they are going to wake up four or five years later and say, ‘Why didn’t we do something?” I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I did it. I said the press is going to be my megaphone.”

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, otherwise known as the VCF, had just been established to provide financial support “for any individual or a personal representative of a deceased individual who suffered physical harm or was killed as a result of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001 or the debris removal efforts that took place in the immediate aftermath of those crashes.”

At the time, Wolf recounted, the process for seeking financial compensation was wrapped up in a web of red-tape and political posturing. Some in the media were conflating charity with victim compensation, he noted, and groups were even accusing women of being “greedy grieving widows.” In June 2002, he took it upon himself to create www.fixthefund.org as an advocacy organization to “fix the problems in the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund of 2001” and assist others in wading through “the mess.”

“The first incarnation (of the fund) had a two-year limit for application but no monetary limit, Congress had to appropriate the money. The second time, they did put a time limit on it and a monetary limit,” Wolf said. “As we all know, cancer has a gestation period, and then the cancer started coming like a roar.”

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Smoke rises from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crashed into the towers in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP)

The passage of time has brought thousands more victims, as first responders continue to be stricken by cancer and respiratory diseases. The attacks unleashed dangerous chemicals into the Manhattan air – asbestos, dioxins, and all kinds of carcinogenic materials.

First responders today are also afflicted by other illnesses, including heart problems.

According to a study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, a “significant association” has been detected between New York City firefighters who dashed into the burning building and an increased risk of long-term cardiovascular disease.

Medical researchers noted that those firefighters have a 44 percent higher chance of a cardiovascular ailment than even those who arrived at the scene the following day. Such risks range from a heart attack and coronary artery surgery to angina and angioplasty.

Analysts now expect that those who have died and will continue to die as a result of exposure to toxins in the attack aftermath may well outnumber the nearly 3,000 who were killed in the towers that morning.

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The road for relentless advocates like Wolf was a rough one. After fighting for funds the first time, the second reiteration of the bill to help victims and families was re-authorized in late 2010 with $4.2 billion sidelined for survivors and the mandate that it required re-authorization in 2015. After a political melee, the legislation was extended for another five years.

But by early this year, the fund was falling. The money and limitation were slated to run out. Following an intense and emotional campaign – fronted by Jon Stewart this summer – lawmakers signed on to make sure that those in need won’t be neglected.

In late July, President Trump signed the “Never Forget the Heroes” bill that permanently re-authorized the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. The act extended the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and “appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims.”

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Entertainer and activist Jon Stewart lends his support to firefighters, first responders and survivors of the September 11 terror attacks at a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee as it considers permanent authorization of the Victim Compensation Fund, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Wolf’s website now reads, “The Fund is Fixed!” It was a monetary triumph but it was also a moral victory, and an endeavor Wolf knows would have made his late wife “very happy.”

More than 51,000 victims have applied to the fund, and more than $5.5 billion has been extended to those suffering. Wolf encouraged others to come forward.

“A lot of people, the rescue workers, they are tough people. They pull themselves up by the straps, tough people. Real salt-of-the-earth,” Wolf said. “They don’t like to ask for help, which is very admirable. But this is something they did in the service of their country. Inquire, ask if you have any doubt whatsoever.”

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For Wolf, helping others keeps alive the memories of Katherine, whom he met in a church basement thirteen years earlier.

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Katherine Wolf died in the North Tower on September 11, 2001 (Courtesy Charles Wolf)

“When you move on, it doesn’t mean you have forgotten. When you move on, it doesn’t mean you don’t love the person you lost. It’s that time of the year when the emotions can get very raw again,” Wolf said. “One thing that really helped was when the new One World Trade Center peeked its head up from behind the buildings.”

It was a symbol of letting go but remembering at the same time.

“Repair and restoration,” Wolf added. “That is a big part of what I have been about for the past 18 years.”

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Couple who lost 8-year-old son urge parents to ‘Hug your kids. Don’t work too late’

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After losing their 8-year-old son in his sleep last month, an Oregon couple is urging parents to “Hug your kids. Don’t work too late.”

J.R. Storment, a tech mogul, and Jessica Brandes, a physician, were a busy couple living in Portland with their twin 8-year-old boys Wiley and Oliver.

One morning last month, Brandes discovered Wiley had died in his sleep and had to call her husband at work to tell him.

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They shared their story in separate essays on Linkedin.

“My wife and I have an agreement that when one of us calls, the other answers,” Storment wrote, recalling the tragic day. “The next thing I know I’m sprinting out the front door of the office with my car keys in hand, running ferociously across the street.”

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Brandes wrote that after calling 911 she knew she had “approximately 4 minutes to explain to Oliver that his best friend had died.”

Once first responders confirmed Wiley’s death, which is believed to be from SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death of Epilepsy), the parents had a limited amount of time to say goodbye.

“An eerie calm came over me. I laid down next to him in the bed that he loved, held his hand and kept repeating, ‘What happened, buddy? What happened?’” Storment wrote. “We stayed next to him for maybe 30 minutes and stroked his hair before they returned with a gurney to take him away.”

“Our time was limited. It was not the way a parent should have to see their child, but it was all we had,” Brandes added. “I take solace in the fact that it was peaceful. Wiley was warm and happy and asleep in his favorite place next to someone who loved him,” she wrote, referring to Oliver.

“Out of these ashes have come many new and restored connections,” Storment wrote. “And I hope from this tragedy you consider how you prioritize your own time.”

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“When it ends, there’s just photos and leftover things and time is no longer available to you,” Brandes added. “It is priceless and should not be squandered. Take your vacation days and sabbaticals and go be with them. You will not regret the emails you forgot to send.”

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