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Connecticut cops search reservoir in Jennifer Dulos investigation

Police searching for missing Connecticut mother of five Jennifer Dulos scoured a reservoir near the home of her estranged husband Wednesday.

New Canaan police said in a statement that members of the Connecticut State Police K-9 unit searched the property of the Metropolitan District Commission reservoir in West Hartford “as a part of the ongoing criminal investigation” into Dulos’ disappearance.

MISSING CONNECTICUT MOM JENNIFER DULOS’ FAMILY, FRIENDS, DENY HER CASE IS A ‘GONE GIRL’ DISAPPEARANCE

The statement did not say what investigators were searching for or what, if anything, they found. The Hartford Courant reported that the western edge of the reservoir is just a half-mile away from Fotis Dulos’ residence in Farmington.

Jennifer Dulos has not been seen since May 24, when she dropped off her children at school in New Canann. Fotis Dulos has denied having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance, a claim he repeated in an interview that aired Tuesday night.

FOTIS DULOS MAINTAINS INNOCENCE IN FIRST SIT-DOWN INTERVIEW SINCE WIFE’S DISAPPEARANCE

Fotis Dulos told WNBC-TV that while he and Jennifer had their differences during their divorce and child custody case, he wished no harm upon her.

“Statistically when this [a spouse disappearance]  happens,” Dulos said, “90 or 95 percent [of the time] it’s the spouse.”

Dulos claimed he belongs “in the 5 or 10 percent” of spouses who are innocent.

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Jennifer Dulos has been missing since May 24 when she was last seen dropping off her children at school. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

Fotis Dulos also put out a statement Tuesday night asking the public to “keep my children and Jennifer in your thoughts.”

“My children are the center of my world. I worry about them and Jennifer, and I would tell them that I know it is hard now but everything IS going to be alright [sic] eventually,” he said. “I understand the public’s perception of me as a monster given the little they know about the case, but I trust the system and the process and ask the public to do the same.”

SISTER OF JENNIFER DULOS’ ESTRANGED HUSBAND SAYS HE’S ‘NOT THE PERSON THEY SAY HE IS’

Fotis Dulos’ sister told Fox 61 many relatives and friends don’t believe Fotis Dulos was capable of harming his wife.

Rena Dulos, who lives in Greece, described her brother as someone who wanted to “have a big family under his paternal ‘wings'” and also “lovingly spontaneous to the core when it comes down to lifting other peoples’ spirits around him.”

Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges. Police allege the couple discarded items containing Jennifer Dulos’ blood in Hartford.

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Prosecutors have consistently hinted more charges were likely, but have yet to file any other counts. Fotis Dulos is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2.

Fotis and Jennifer Dulos’ five children, who are aged 8 to 13 and include two sets of twins, have been staying with Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, in New York City. Both Farber and Fotis Dulos are seeking custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Carolina man accused of Twitter threat to lynch Muslim lawyer

A North Carolina man has been charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Virginia-based Muslim lawyer and political candidate by posting an image of a man hanging from a rope.

Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 52, of Balck Mountain, N.C. was indicted on June 20 and charged with issuing a threat via interstate commerce to Qasim Rashid, an activist and Democratic Virginia Senate candidate.

Vandevere appeared in court Wednesday, according to the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. During his court appearance, authorities also accused Vandevere of making anti-Semitic threats in February 2018 on a Florida synagogue’s Facebook page under the name “Bob Smith.” Vandevere has not been charged for allegedly threatening the synagogue.

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Qasim Rashid poses in this campaign photo. (Marion Meakem Photography/Quasim Rashid Campaign via AP)

Rashid, 36, posted a screenshot of the threatening Tweet in March 2018 and reported it to the FBI and Twitter, which suspended Vandevere’s account. The post included the phrases “inbred Muslim scum,” and “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.” The post was accompanied by a black-and-white image of the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, a Jewish man who had been convicted of murdering a young girl in Georgia.

Most researchers believe Frank was wrongfully convicted and he was pardoned posthumously in 1986.

MAN CHARGED WITH CYBER THREATS AGAINST JEWS, MUSLIMS, BLACKS

Rashid, who moved with his family to the United States from Pakistan in 1987, said he’s experienced threats aimed at his religion before.

“I don’t know if my experience is necessarily unique,” he told the New York Times. “As a person of color, as an immigrant and as a Muslim, to speak publicly about your faith and to receive death threats is not uncommon.”

The FBI subpoenaed Facebook records associated with the “Bob Smith” account after a rabbi at Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Plantation, Fla. reported the anti-Semitic comment, which called for “public arrests and executions” of “dual citizen Jews.” Responses to the Facebook subpoena and a separate subpoena to telecommunications company Charter Communications linked the account to Vandevere, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

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“The review of the Facebook search warrant results disclosed that the Facebook account was used by Vandevere mainly to harass other people,” the affidavit said, noting that Vandevere called it his “attack dog” account.

An “open source search” using Vandevere’s telephone number linked him to the same Twitter account – with the handle “DaDUTCHMAN5” – that posted the threat against Rashid, according to the affidavit.

The FBI obtained a warrant to search Vandevere’s apartment and seize records related to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Rasid, who works on immigrant rights cases, won the Democratic primary for the District 28 seat in the Virginia state Senate last month. He will challenge Richard Stuart, the Republican incumbent, in November.

Vandevere was released on $25,000 bond and is expected to appear in court July 15. He faces up to five years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Lawsuit accuses Georgia of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver’s license applicants

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A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a Puerto Rico-born man living in Georgia claims the state discriminates against driver’s license applicants from the island territory by subjecting them to increased scrutiny compared to mainland-born applicants.

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, alleges the state Department of Driver Services (DDS) seizes identification documents from Puerto Ricans applying for state driver’s licenses and often fails to return them and make a decision in a timely manner. The lawsuit was filed by LatinoJustice, a New York-based civil rights group, and the Southern Center for Human Rights, which are seeking class-action status.

Kenneth Caban, the plaintiff, applied for a driver’s license in October 2017 after moving to Hinesville, Ga. It’s been over 600 days without the return of his Puerto Rico driver’s license, birth certificate and Social Security card, the lawsuit said. He was told he would be notified when he could pick them up.

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“Puerto Ricans who are trying to start a new life in Georgia deserve access to the same benefits that are afforded to other citizens of the United States,” said Jorge Vasquez, associate counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “We believe that across Georgia there are many Puerto Ricans who face the same kind of intimidation that Kenneth experienced, and we cannot allow for this kind of overt discrimination to take place.”

The department holds on to the applicants’ documents to have them flagged for review, the lawsuit said. A DDS spokesperson did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said he’s asked DDS Commissioner Spencer Moore to open an investigation into the claims of discriminatory treatment.

“Governor Kemp expects state employees to follow the law and treat every constituent with dignity and respect,” spokeswoman Candice Broce told Fox News in an email. “Our team has spoken with DDS Commissioner Spencer Moore and asked him to conduct a full investigation into these claims. Given that this matter involves pending litigation, we will decline to further discuss any specifics involving this case.”

Caban’s lawsuit said he received a text message from a DDS employee to visit the department’s Savannah office for an interview sometime after his documents were taken. When he arrived, he was arrested and later charged with forgery and providing false documents, the suit said.

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The charges are pending.

In addition to scrutinizing Puerto Rico-born applicants, the department makes them undergo extra driver’s testing and requires them to answer questions from a Puerto Rico interview guide to prove their origins, according to the lawsuit.

Some of the questions pertained to the island’s food and geography and naming the indigenous frog that inhabits Puerto Rico — the coqui. Applicants were also required to translate certain words into Spanish, according to a copy of the interview guide LatinoJustice provided to Fox News.

In January 2018, Caban obtained a new birth certificate from Puerto Rico and was issued a state identification card in January, the lawsuit said. Without a driver’s license, he has not been able to find a job in his construction field and has difficulty completing everyday tasks such as shopping, taking his daughter to medical appointments and going to church.

The department hasn’t provided an explanation for why the documents he provided were not sufficient to grant him a driver’s license.

In Hinesville, where Caban lives, tensions have flared between local residents and an influx of Puerto Ricans displaced from their island home by Hurricane Maria. Many newcomers said they’ve experienced poor service and discriminatory treatment from local government agencies, The Savannah Morning Times reported.

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Two Puerto Rican men applying for driver’s licenses had their documents — the same kind that Caban provided — taken after staffers at the Liberty County Department of Motor Vehicles thought they were forgeries. They were forced to take an oral test to prove they were from the island.

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New Jersey truck accident snarls holiday eve traffic out of NYC

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An overturned garbage truck in New Jersey blocked a major route out of New York City during the afternoon commute Wednesday, one of the biggest travel days of the year.

The orange Union City Department of Public Works truck flipped over a stone wall and landed upside down on an embankment on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.

The accident happened around 1 p.m., a Port Authority spokesman said, according to NorthJersey.com. As a result, vehicles heading west on Route 495 were held at the tunnel as crews worked to clear the accident.

The New York Post reported that at least 12 people were injured in the accident. Officials told the Associated Press that one person was in critical condition.

Bus service from a major New York City hub, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, was initially suspended but resumed at around 5 p.m. Cars were being diverted to the Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge, causing widespread delays on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Officials said passengers from New York should use PATH, New Jersey Transit and ferries to cross the Hudson River into New Jersey; drivers should use the Holland Tunnel as an alternate route.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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Rwandan man gets 8 years in jail for lying in asylum bid about role in 1994 genocide

A Rwandan man was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison Monday after he was convicted of deceiving immigration officials about his involvement in his nation’s 1994 genocide, the deadliest the world had seen since World War II.

Prosecutors said that Jean Leonard Teganya, 47, participated in at least seven murders and five rapes during the genocide, in which Hutu extremists slaughtered Tutsis and Hutus who tried to protect them. Approximately 800,000 people were murdered during the 100-day bloodletting.

U.S. District Court Judge F. Denis Saylor IV sentenced Teganya to 97 months in prison in Boston federal court Monday after a jury convicted him in April of two counts of immigration fraud and three counts of perjury. The judge also found that Teganya had also obstructed justice by committing perjury in his trial testimony. Teganya will face removal proceedings after serving his sentence, authorities say.

“Based on the evidence admitted at trial, the defendant committed horrendous crimes during the Rwandan genocide and then sought to deceive U.S. immigration authorities about his past,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in a statement. “Especially in the context of genocide, American laws exist to protect the persecuted – not the persecutors,”

In 1994, Teganya was a medical student who belonged to the Hutu-dominated MRND political party, which the Justice Department described as a “genocidal regime.” During the genocide, authorities said, Teganya helped soldiers find Tutsis who were hiding at a hospital in Butare so they could be killed or raped, and participated in some of those killings and rapes himself.

He fled Rwanda after the genocide ended and went to Canada, where he was denied refugee status because of his role in the massacre, prosecutors said. He was arrested by U.S. border agents in 2014 when he illegally crossed into Maine and claimed asylum, authorities say.

On his asylum application, authorities said, Teganya concealed his membership in the MRND and falsely claimed he had not persecuted any Tutsis.

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Prosecutors had asked the judge to give Teganya 20 years in prison, claiming that he not only lied on his asylum application but also in court, painting his victims as the liars and dressing “himself in the garb of the persecuted rather than the persecutor.”

“These are the most significant, most corrosive, most morally culpable lies possible,” Garland said. “They deserve the most serious penalty.”

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Jean Leonard Teganya is seen in this undated photo.U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts/Handout via REUTERS

Teganya’s public defender, Scott Lauer, requested that his client receive about five years behind bars. In court documents, Lauer described Teganya as a religious father of two who has led a “quiet and unassuming life” over the past 25 years. Lauer also noted that Teganya was not charged with any of the crimes attributed to him during the genocide.

“It is not the place of this court to transform itself into a tribunal to punish that conduct,” Lauer said.

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Saylor said he struggled with his sentencing decision, noting the enormity of the tragedy and the allegations against Teganya, but also that the man was not charged in his courtroom of the rapes and murders.

“The basic question is: Do I sentence him as a liar or do I sentence him as a murder, or a rapist, or genocide participant?” Saylor asked.

Saylor said he ultimately believed the appropriate prison term was within the sentencing guidelines for the crimes with which Teganya was convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sept. 11 first responders advocate Luis Alvarez hailed as a hero at funeral

A former New York City police detective who fought to extend health benefits for first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks up to the final days of his life was hailed as a hero at his funeral Wednesday.

Luis Alvarez, 53, died Saturday after a three-year battle with colorectal cancer, an illness he attributed to the three months he spent digging through the rubble of the World Trade Center.

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Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Wednesday that Alvarez was one of many first responders who did not hesitate to serve following the terrorist attacks.

“These heroes responded to calls for help. They did not hesitate. That’s who they were and still are,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said during the service at the Immaculate Conception Church in Queens. “He and they viewed their efforts as an obligation that they promised long ago to the people we serve.”

The Star-Spangled Banner played as hundreds of uniformed officers stood at attention outside the church and police helicopters soared overhead. Hundreds of NYPD officers saluted Alvarez’s flag-draped casket as it was brought into the church before the service.

Following the service, pallbearers in police uniforms carried out the coffin. Officers watched in formation as the hearse slowly drove away, carrying Alvarez’s body to a private burial service.

In June, Alvarez appeared before the House Judiciary Committee with former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to plead for a bill that would extend the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, which has been largely depleted. Stewart was among those at the service Wednesday.

“I did not want to be anywhere else but ground zero when I was there,” Alvarez said at the hearing. “Now the 9/11 illnesses have taken many of us, and we are all worried about our children, our spouses and our families and what happens if we are not here.”

O’Neill said more than 200 police who responded to 9/11 have died from serious illnesses in the years since the terrorist attacks. Researchers continue to study whether there is a link between cancer and toxins present during the cleanup.

“Tomorrow, that number could rise,” he said. “In the years ahead, it surely will.”

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The casket of Detective Luis Alvarez is carried from Immaculate Conception Church, in the Queens borough of New York, following his funeral, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

“Luis could have spent his last days and weeks and hours with his family and loved ones, he chose to spend it making a difference,” said John Feal, founder of the Feal Good Foundation, which chose Alvarez to speak before Congress. “We’re here to mourn today, but tomorrow we’re back to fighting again … He’s going to be with us when we’re back in D.C. We’re going to wear him on our sleeve.”

After Alvarez and Stewart’s emotional testimony before Congress, the House Judiciary Committee voted in support of a measure that would extend funding through fiscal year 2090. The bill is awaiting a full House vote.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted her condolences, noting: “Some issues should be above partisanship or delay. We must pass the bill as soon as Congress reconvenes.”

Alvarez was born in Havana and raised in Queens. He served in the Marines before joining the NYPD in 1990 and spent time in the narcotics division and the bomb squad. His survivors include his parents, wife, three sons and three siblings.

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“Before he became an American hero, he was mine,” said Alvarez’s son, David.

Alvarez’s sister Aida Lugo said that on the night before her brother died, he “told me he had been walking, and walking, and walking.” When someone asked where he had been walking, Lugo said: “My brother responded, ‘I was walking to find first responders to make sure they get help.'”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Drug cop loses daughter to overdose, builds sober living house in her honor

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Kevin Simmers locked up drug abusers in western Maryland for years as a narcotics officer for the Hagerstown Police Department. Then, one day, the crisis found a way into his own home.

“I felt like handcuffs and incarceration were the answer to this epidemic,” Simmers said.

Now, he runs a drug treatment program to help addicts. He’s hoping that although he wasn’t able to save his daughter, he could save the lives of others.

“Brooke’s House,” which opens its doors soon Hagerstown, Md., is named after his late daughter, who after a years-long battle with drug addiction, ended up dying from a drug overdose. The program he opened with his wife offers counseling, medically assisted treatment and career training.

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“I’m hoping they leave here with a purpose, live a sober life, and are ready to conquer the world,” Simmers said.

He said his views on drugs and addiction changed in 2013, when his then-18-year-old daughter, Brooke, admitted she was hooked on Percocet, an opioid pain medication.

Simmers, now a retired officer, said he watched his own daughter battle addiction for years. Although he tried to help her, he could not.

Simmers reached out to treatment facilities to try to get her off the street, but was frustrated he couldn’t choose the type of treatment. The insurance companies only authorized outpatient treatment.

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This ultimately failed, as she quit after a few weeks. Brooke told her father she was now shooting heroin, and funding her habit through shoplifting, embezzlement, and selling her body.

The family then tried an inpatient facility option, but bed space wasn’t available for over a week. In that time, Brooke ended up relapsing. She was in and out of treatment facilities, seeking help but then relapsing again. She ended up in the hospital, she ended up in jail. Nothing helped.

She ended up dying from a heroin overdose.

Nationwide, more than 70,200 Americans died from an overdose in 2017, according to the latest data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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A month after Brooke’s funeral, Simmers and his wife realized they needed to fulfill their promise to Brooke and build the sober living home in her honor.

Anytime Simmers and his wife went on vacation, they would visit drug treatment facilities to collect research. They wanted to avoid copying other facility’s bad attributes, such as overcrowding. He didn’t want a place that was co-ed.

After four years, they built Brooke’s House. The women enrolled have three career path options to be trained in — cosmetology, pet grooming and chocolate making. The goal is to give these girls applicable job skills they can utilize after graduating from the program, an opportunity Brooke did not get.

Everyone in “Brooke’s House,” from management to enrollees, are required to participate in the chocolate-making process. Proceeds from chocolate sales will support the program.

When asked the difference between this house and other facilities Brooke was enrolled in, Simmers said: “This house has been built with love.”

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Everything from the driveway, to furniture and plumbing has been donated from the community.

Simmers says he doesn’t believe in the saying, “You won’t be able to reach everybody.” He feels “Brooke’s House” will be able to help every girl that enters.

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Alaska bear put down after breaking into fishing lodge in search of dinner

A brown bear walked into the kitchen of a fishing lodge in Alaska in search of a meal over the weekend and had to be put down when it showed no fear of humans.

The staff at the Highliner Lodge in Pelican were prepping for a dinner service when the surprise guest walked in through the back of the restaurant, the lodge wrote in a detailed Facebook post. Owner Steve Daniels thought it was a prank until the head chef showed him the bear eating and sniffing around kitchen supplies.

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Daniels told the Juneau Empire that “pandemonium” ensued when that evening’s 30 guests learned a bear had crashed their dinner.

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Daniels originally threw a salami at the bear, but thought better of his choice and lobbed dinner plates and the intruder. (Highliner Lodge)

In an effort to scare the young beast away, Daniels and the head chef threw a salami and dinner plates at the animal, according to the post. The bear retreated outside at the sound of the crashing plates, allowing Daniels to shut the door and lock the intruder out.

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The bear had reportedly been a nuisance in the area over the past week. Pelican Public Safety Officer Robert Adams told the Juneau Empire he had made unsuccessful attempts to scare the bear away from the town dump with non-lethal means such as air-horns and rubber bullets.

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Pelican police determined that the bear’s bold and unafraid behavior around humans posed a threat and needed to be put down, according to a report. (Highliner Lodge)

While Daniels succeeded in shooing the bear out of the lodge, it continued to linger outside, eating berries and twice walked onto the porch to look for a way back inside, the lodge wrote.

Adams put the bear down after deeming its behavior a serious threat to the community, the newspaper reported. Daniels said the officer shot and killed the bear and it “didn’t suffer.”

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Alaska Department of Public Safety spokesman Ken Marsh confirmed to Fox News in an email that while the agency wasn’t involved in the confrontation, wildlife troopers responded after the fact to investigate and assisted in removing the carcass.

It is legal to kill a bear in the state if it threatens a person’s life or property, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. Bears killed in such a way belong to the state, which salvages the hide and carcass.

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Army widow on Tunnel to Towers’ gift of a mortgage-free home: ‘It means everything’

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An Army widow whose husband died in Iraq was given a mortgage-free home in New Jersey by the non-profit organization Tunnels to Towers.

“It means everything,” Stephanie Wildrick told “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer on Wednesday alongside the Tunnel to Towers CEO, Frank Siller.

Frank Siller founded Tunnel to Towers in honor of his brother Steven, who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on 9/11 with 60 pounds of gear and died trying to save New Yorkers in the Twin Towers.

Stephanie’s husband, Ronald H. Wildrick Jr., was killed by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. He left behind his loving wife and two daughters Kaylee and Leah.

“As an only parent, you worry about the future of your kids and not knowing if you’ll be able to afford your own home,” Stephanie said of her life after her husband’s death.

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Frank Siller said that the Wildricks “paid a tremendous price,” and understood that although a home could never replace the loss of their beloved husband and father, he hoped it could take some of the financial burden off of Stephanie’s shoulders.

“Her husband gave his life for our freedom, independence and safety,” Siller said. “I think it’s important as a country we make sure we take care of these families left behind.”

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, with the help of other organizations, frequently helps support families who have lost loved ones serving the country, as well as injured veterans. Last week, Siller announced that the Foundation was seeking donations to pay for a home for the family of Cpl. Jose ‘Speedy’ Espericueta, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in the border town of Mission, Texas.

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Siller also said he’s reaching out to the families of nine Americans who lost their lives in Iraq, and five who died in Syria, in an attempt to make a difference in their lives as he did for the Wildricks.

During an emotional ceremony on Monday, the youngest Wildrick daughter, Leah, said she knew her father would be happy with the work Tunnels to Towers did for her family.

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“It is amazing knowing that my sister and mom will have a place to call home,” the girl said. “One thing I know for sure is that my dad is looking down right now and very proud of what this organization is doing for us.”

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100 years ago: American soldiers who served in World War I competed in ‘Olympic-style’ Inter-Allied Games

Those across the Atlantic still waiting to return home around this time a century ago were participating in the Inter-Allied Games, a unique sporting competition featuring men in uniform from 14 nations going head-to-head in events ranging from swimming to hand-grenade throwing.

“This was really an effort to create some kind of group activity among the Allies that were still present in France to show that they can be important in peace as in war,” Doran Cart, a senior curator at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, told Fox News.

“It wasn’t an Olympic event, but it was an Olympic-style event,” Cart added.

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American forces who were waiting to return stateside following the end of World War I competed in the Inter-Allied Games. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

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The Museum has shared with Fox News a number of photographs from the competition, centered around a hastily-constructed stadium outside of Paris and lasting from June 22 to July 6, 1919.

Months before the Games took place, the sudden end of World War I caught Allied commanders by surprise, Cart says. American military officials believed the Great War would last longer than it did, and therefore, hadn’t put much thought into figuring out how to get their soldiers home in a timely manner.

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The Inter-Allied Games helped bring popular American sports like basketball to the global stage. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

The premise of an Inter-Allied Games – first proposed by the Young Men’s Christian Association before the war ended – started to gain traction as a way to keep morale up as troops waited to return to America.

“Their idea was, if you keep people busy…they are not going to have time to get into trouble,” Cart said.

The YMCA, which Cart says provided an “incredible amount of sporting equipment to the men and women in service during the War,” then offered up $100,000 to make the Games a reality.

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The Games were based at Pershing Stadium, built specifically for the competition. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

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The organization signed a contract in February 1919 to fund the construction of Pershing Stadium – named after John Pershing, U.S. Army general and commander of the American Expeditionary Forces – outside of Paris.

The contract required the stadium to be built in just three months. But when labor issues threatened its completion, “American engineers and labor troops, in their olive drab uniforms, worked night and day on the stadium along with a force of about 300 French soldiers” in order to get it finished, the Museum said in a summary of the event.

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The U.S. team dominated in events like wrestling, track and field — and the grenade throw. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

Once built, Pershing Stadium held around 30,000 spectators and enclosed nine acres of fields.

“That the cherished bonds of friendship between France and America, forged anew on the common field of battle, may be tempered and made enduring on the friendly field of sport,” read a bronze plaque placed on the stadium’s Tribune of Honor, a platform where dignitaries sat during the Games.

For just over two weeks in June and July that year, tens of thousands packed Pershing Stadium and other parts of France to witness sporting competition between the Allied forces.

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Some American athletes who won events at the Inter-Allied games would go on to win gold medals the next year during the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

The U.S. dominated events such as track and field, rifle and pistol shooting and tug-of war, where when “matched against the heavy Belgian eight in the finals, the Americans pulled the Belgians to and over the line in 14 seconds,” the Museum says.

Charley Paddock, a runner who served as a lieutenant for the United States Field Artillery during World War I, was a standout athlete at the Inter-Allied Games, winning the 100 and 200-meter events. He would then go on to win gold and silver in the same competitions during the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium.

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The Inter-Allied Games were contested between the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czecho-Slovakia, France, Greece, Arabia, Italy, Newfoundland, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania and Great Britain. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

Norman Ross, an American swimmer who won five events at the Inter-Allied Games, also continued his momentum by winning Olympic gold the following year as well.

Fred Thompson, an Army chaplain from California, won the Games’ grenade-throwing competition, chucking a French F-1 field grenade nearly 250 feet.

The Games also helped introduce sports that were popular in America, such as baseball and basketball, to a wider, global audience.

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The Games were intended to help build bonds between the Allied forces following the end of World War I. (National World War I Museum and Memorial)

“Each competing winner received an official engraved certificate which accompanied each prize medal,” the Museum said. “A case was provided for each medal; blue cases contained the first prize, red cases the second, and green cases the third.”

“On the final day of the Inter-Allied competition, bands in the crowded arena played the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ followed by the ‘Marseillaise’,” it added, and then “the flags of the Allies were slowly lowered, and 30,000 spectators witnessed the stadium being gifted to France” by Gen. Pershing as a “memorial to the American Expeditionary Forces.”

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