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Court case falls apart after squatters used Shake Shack receipt to prove residency

A pair of alleged squatters, who used a Shake Shack receipt to prove their residency to occupy a $930,000 home in Queens, New York, have abandoned suing the lawful owners after refusing to leave the property for months.

“It was discontinued. Discontinued by them,” attorney Rizpah Morrow said following the hearing in New York on Friday. “And it seemed to be that they did that because, apparently, their case was not very good. Their evidence was not very good.”

Morrow said that the conclusion of the Shake Shack squatter incident seemed like a “real abuse” of the court system.

“And it seems like a real abuse of this court process when there were so many tenants out there who need court intervention,” Morrow said. “And I think we would have preferred to have a little bit more court intervention than we got because the judge just let them discontinue the case without any terms or conditions.”

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Top Nest Properties broker Ejona Bardhi Shyti first discovered two squatters, identified as Lance Hunt Jr. and Rondie L. Francis, in March residing in a Queens property that she manages for owners, Juliya Fulman, and her husband, Denis Kurlyand.

Seeking ‘full justice’

Fulman bought the Queens property several years ago through an LLC, Lakewood Queens Property, and invested $530,000 in it.

She said Friday that she does not feel like she has the “full justice in this case.”

“I still don’t feel like I have the full justice in this case, because these are people that broke into my house, and they claim to have some property there,” Fulman said.

The homeowner said that squatting rights goes against the American dream of owning a home.

“And lawmakers at the forefront have to have a really strong voice on this and not let these squatters win,” Fulman said. “That’s not the American dream.”

That’s not the American dream.

— Juliya Fulman, homeowner

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“We work hard, and we purchased a home,” she said. “We want our families to live in safety and peace and all these loose loopholes that the squatters are finding, and the laws. This does not align with the so-called American dream.”

“There needs to be stringent laws attached to this,” she added. “What kind of example are we setting?”

Fulman said homeowners must “advocate” for themselves to protect themselves from the ongoing squatter crisis in New York despite the law allowing loopholes.

“These criminals are trying to drive people out of New York, and that’s not going to happen,” Fulman said. “We cannot just fall down onto every beck and call of theirs because the law technically protects certain situations.” 

‘Squatter situations’

“As we can see, over the past few months, there have been awful terrible situations, as you all know, the squatter situations,” she added. “And we need to advocate for ourselves as honest homeowners and not allow the squatters to take over.”

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Fulman said that despite the lawsuit against her and her husband reaching an end, she does not feel like they accomplished much.

“I want justice, I want these people to come forward. I want them to say how they got into the house, how their belongings got there,” Fulman said. “And yeah, it would be very good for them to reimburse us for all of our time and legal fees.” 

“So today, just coming here again, I don’t know if we really accomplished much,” she said.

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The two alleged squatters, Hunt and Francis, staked their claim on the Queens duplex on March 14.

The pair allegedly brought mattresses and luxury items, including a massage table and a flat screen television, according to the Daily Mail. 

Legal battle

In a legal filing, Hunt and Francis alleged that they had legal residency in the home, promptly hiring legal counsel and began the process of suing Fulman and Kurlyand.

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They submitted a residential lease agreement, utility bills and mail addressed to them at the duplex, along with a $25.27 Shake Shack receipt delivered through Uber Eats to the Queens address on Jan. 15, 2024.

They also claimed that they had paid $4,000 for the security deposit and $2,000 for the first month’s rent, according to a legal filing. 

The alleged squatters in the suit also claimed that, with the help of the police, they were “illegally and unlawfully forced” out of the premises and found the front door locks were changed.

But Kurlyand told the New York Post on Sunday that the alleged squatters provided counterfeit documents. 

‘Fraudulent’ documents

“Everything they’re presenting is fraudulent,” Kurlyand told the Post. Fulman said the documents were “clearly photoshopped.”

Squatters and tenants’ rights laws vary across the country.

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In some states where laws make it difficult for police to intervene, including New York, homeowners and landlords are left with few options to reclaim their property. 

Many victims are forced to submit to costly and lengthy civil processes. 

Fox News’ Megan Myers contributed to this report.

Billionaire titans of industry are about to shake up former president’s 2024 bid

Big-money donors are beginning to coalesce around former President Donald Trump after he has become the presumptive GOP nominee as he attempts to close the cash-on-hand gap with President Biden, who recently set a high-dollar fundraising record.

This weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump will take part in what is being billed as an “Inaugural Leadership Dinner” that includes several Republican high-profile donors and signals the beginning of a major push to cut into Biden’s cash-on-hand lead.  

The event will be led by hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson and will be co-chaired by hedge fund tycoon Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, oil tycoon Harold Hamm, hotelier Robert Bigelow and casino mogul Steve Wynn.

Bigelow and Hamm had previously funneled money to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in his ill-fated presidential run against Trump in the primary. Hamm previously donated to former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign as well. 

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Scott Bessent, founder of the investment firm Key Square Group and former chief investment officer at George Soros’s Soros Fund Management, will also be co-hosting the event. Bessent has been rumored to be a potential cabinet nominee in a second Trump administration.  

The event will also be attended by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Strategas Jason Trennert, one of Wall Street’s top thought leaders.

Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts and New York Jets co-owner Woody Johnson are also expected to be involved along with Wilbur Ross, Trump’s former secretary of commerce. 

The event tops out at the “Chairman Level,” which costs $824,600 and includes seating at the former president’s table. 

“Now that President Trump won the primaries, defeating all 10 contenders by a landslide, I think it’s time for Republicans to unite behind him,” Paulsen recently told Bloomberg. “For that reason, I’m hosting this inaugural event to galvanize the broad support there is for the president.”

The event comes after President Biden raised at least $26 million in a star-studded event with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Many expect Trump’s fundraising haul to eclipse that record-setting figure and possibly raise around $43 million.

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On April 10, Trump will hold a fundraising luncheon in the swing state of Georgia with former Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Top GOP donors are expected to attend, including Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus, poultry industry executive Tommy Bagwell, beverage sector executive Don Leebern III and Buckhead advocate Bill White.

On that same day, Trump will be holding a fundraiser in Orlando, Florida, with attorney Dan Newlin.

President Donald J. Trump has again created a fundraising juggernaut among Republicans. While he has been the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party for less than a month, the RNC and Trump campaign are one unified operation and focused on victory,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement this week.

We’re raising funds and making strategic investments to get out the vote and protect the ballot. We are going to win BIG in just 31 weeks,” Whatley predicted.

Fox News Digital confirmed Trump and the RNC brought in $65.6 million in March and ended the month with $93.1 million in cash on hand. The figures include money raised by a number of fundraising committees.

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The Biden campaign reported raising $53 million in February, ending the month with $155 million on hand. 

While Trump trails with cash on hand, The New York Times reported in February that Trump leads Biden when it comes to small-dollar donors who gave less than $200.

Iowa survives UConn’s late-game push to reach NCAA title game

The UConn Huskies gave Caitlin Clark fits in the Final Four, but that didn’t matter as the Iowa Hawkeyes are heading to the national title game again after a 71-69 win.

The Huskies’ Nika Mühl made it a one-point game after UConn forced a steal on Iowa, and they would get a chance to take the lead with just seconds left on the clock after forcing a Hawkeyes turnover.

However, UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards was called for a moving screen on Gabbie Marshall as Huskies star Paige Bueckers was trying to run around to get the ball for the potential game-winning shot. 

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UConn legendary head coach Geno Auriemma was livid, as he screamed near his bench after referees called the foul with four seconds left to play. Huskies fans weren’t happy either after seeing video replay on the big screen at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, which showed Edwards moving ever so slightly as Douglas tried to fight over the screen. 

The controversial foul call will be the big storyline for this game, but UConn had another chance once Clark missed her second free throw after being fouled. UConn owned a final timeout, giving them a chance to potentially win the game again, but Sydney Affolter came away with the offensive rebound. 

That ended the game, and while the Huskies couldn’t believe the turn of events with just seconds left to play, Iowa celebrated heading back to the national championship game for the second consecutive season. 

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Last season, they fell to the LSU Tigers, who they beat in the Elite Eight. This time, they will go up against the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks, who beat NC State earlier Friday night to keep their perfect season alive. 

Usually, an Iowa win comes with Clark leading the way on the scoreboard, but as we mentioned, the Huskies made it tough on her all night long. She still finished with 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting, including just 3-of-11 from three, but it was forward Hannah Stuekle leading the Hawkeyes with 23 points in a fantastic offensive performance. 

Stuelke was strong in the paint, hitting nine of her 12 shots and knocking down five of her seven free throw attempts. She also had three rebounds, one assist and one block. 

There was also Kate Martin making solid contributions, especially late in the game as she hit a turnaround, fadeaway jumper over Bueckers gave her 11 points to further Iowa’s lead with 2:59 left the game. 

This game was going UConn’s way early in this one, as Clark’s production was stymied. For the first time in her tournament career, Clark didn’t make a three-pointer in the first half. And while Clark was contested well on her shots beyond the arc, the Hawkeyes couldn’t hold on to the ball, as UConn forced 12 first-half turnovers. 

At one point, the Huskies owned a 12-point lead. However, Iowa was able to cut into it before the first half ended, with the Huskies heading into the locker room with a 32-26 lead.

But the Hawkeyes came out firing in the third quarter, quickly erasing the deficit and starting the fourth quarter all tied up at 51 apiece. 

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For UConn, Bueckers didn’t have her best night from the field when it came down to it, shooting 7-of-17, including 3-of-8 from deep, for 17 points. And while Edwards’ controversial foul at the end of the game will be the big storyline, she went 8-of-15 from the field for 17 of her own points with eight rebounds, three assists and five steals. 

Freshman guard KK Arnold also had an efficient night for the Huskies, going 6-of-10 for 14 points with five assists and five steals as well. Mühl added nine points and seven assists for UConn. 

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VP Harris delivers false ‘history lesson’ about NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Vice President Harris is an avid sports fan. In December, she made an appearance at the Celebration Bowl in support of her alma mater, Howard University. She also attended Howard’s first-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament game last year.

But a recent comment from Harris relating to the women’s tournament is under the microscope, in which she suggested that the NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament introduced brackets just a couple of years ago.

Harris is believed to have been referring to the year that the NCAA women’s tournament earned the March Madness branding — which was in 2022 — The New York Post reported, citing sources.

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“Do you know — OK, a bit of a history lesson — do you know that the women’s teams were not allowed to have brackets until 2022?” Harris told Spectrum News. “Think about that, and talk about progress, ya know, better late than never, but progress.”

Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, JuJu Watkins, Paige Bueckers, Madison Booker and other star players have recently helped bring unprecedented attention to women’s college basketball. While Harris appeared to double down on her bracket-related miscalculation, she also expressed excitement about women’s sports having a larger platform.

“We love March Madness, and even just now allowing the women to have brackets and what that does to encourage people to talk more about the women’s teams, to watch them, now they’re being covered. This is the reality. People used to say, ‘Women’s sports, who’s interested?’ Well, if you can’t see it, you won’t be. But when you see it, you realize, ‘Oh, we’re talking about star athletes who are incredibly gifted.’ … It’s nice we are finally giving women in sports that kind of platform. I find it so exciting,” she said.

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Prior to 2022, the now-popular March Madness exclusively belonged to the NCAA men’s tournament. However, brackets have been used for the women’s games since the early 1980s. 

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The inaugural NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament dates back to 1982. An old social media post from Harris resurfaced shortly after her latest comments, which showed the vice president’s bracket from 2021.

Last month, Harris shared a photo of her brackets.

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She has South Carolina and USC meeting in the title game, with the Gamecocks winning the championship.

USC was eliminated by Bueckers and the UConn Huskies in the Elite Eight.

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Star guard Aziaha James and the NC State Wolfpack are set to match up against the undefeated Gamecocks on Friday night in the first of two Final Four games. Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes will take on Bueckers and the Huskies later in the evening.

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Biden admin reportedly set to defy Supreme Court in bid to win over voters before election

The Biden administration is reportedly preparing to take a second crack at broad student loan forgiveness for millions of Americans after the Supreme Court struck down its first attempt.

Citing people familiar, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the administration will roll out proposed regulations offering sweeping bailouts as early as next week, and “the president’s advisers hope to use the rules to begin canceling waves of student debt in the run-up to the November election.”

The White House did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment on the report.

President Biden’s initial student loan handout plan, which would have provided up to $20,000 in debt relief to borrowers who make less than $125,000, was rejected last year by the Supreme Court, which found the administration did not have the authority to cancel the debt. That program was expected to cost the government more than $400 billion.

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After his first plan was rejected, Biden vowed that he would “stop at nothing to find other ways to deliver relief to hard-working middle-class families,” and has since wiped away nearly $138 billion in federal student loans for almost 3.9 million borrowers through other actions while circumventing Congress, which holds the power of the purse.

The president’s forthcoming attempt at sweeping debt cancellation comes as polling shows he is struggling with younger voters compared to his first White House run, and another controversial student loan handout is expected to be challenged in court.

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Also on Friday, a U.S. appeals court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a rule that would make it easier for people defrauded by their colleges or universities to have their student loans forgiven, saying key provisions were “almost certainly unlawful.”

U.S. Circuit Judge Edith Jones, writing for the three-judge panel, said Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) was likely to succeed in proving the U.S. Department of Education overreached and lacked authority under the Higher Education Act to adopt the regulation.

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Jones said the regulation “seems to be of a piece” with the Biden administration’s efforts to sidestep the Supreme Court‘s ruling barring it from canceling $430 billion in student loan debt for 43 million borrowers.

FOX Business’ Chris Pandolfo and Reuters contributed to this report.

Iconic entertainer recalls life-changing encounter with wounded veteran

Tony Orlando has dedicated his decades-long career to our troops, but there was one encounter with a wounded veteran that has stayed with him over the years.

The singer, known for the ’70s hits “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” and “Knock Three Times,” has retired from live performing and touring. He gave his final show at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino Arena on March 22.

The 80-year-old told Fox News Digital that one of his proudest achievements is meeting our servicemen and women — including wounded veteran Brendan Marrocco.

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“I went to perform for our troops in Iraq [in 2009],” the star recalled to Fox News Digital. “When I left Iraq, I went to Germany to a hospital in which the wounded go from war. I wanted to meet the wounded soldiers.”

“At one point, the German doctor comes to me and he says, ‘Tony, do you have a strong stomach?’” Orlando shared. “I said, ‘I think so.’ He said, ‘Well, I want you to meet a young man who just came in two days ago. His name is Brendan Marrocco. And what you’re about to see… you better pray.’ I didn’t know what I was about to see.”

“I walked in and there’s this 19-year-old, a torso,” said Orlando. “That’s all that’s there. No legs. No arms.”

Marrocco, a Staten Island, New York, native, enlisted in the military in December 2007. On April 12, 2009, Marrocco was returning from a night mission when his armored vehicle triggered a roadside bomb, the Gary Sinise Foundation shared. Marrocco lost both of his arms and legs. According to the foundation, Marrocco was left with shrapnel wounds in his left eye, as well as severe burns on his neck and face. His left carotid artery was severed. His nose, left eye socket and facial bones were all broken.

“I said to the doctor, ‘Are you telling me this young man’s going to live?’” said Orlando. “The doctor said, ‘We’re good here. We do good work. Yes, he’s going to live, but here’s why I called you in. You are from New York, aren’t you? Brendan’s family is also from New York. They’re coming here right now. I don’t speak good New York. You speak good New York. When they come in, would you let them know that their son’s going to survive?’”

“I said, ‘You want me to tell them that?’” Orlando shared. “‘Would you please?’”

According to Orlando, Marrocco’s parents soon walked into the hospital. They quickly recognized the singer. Orlando approached them.

“I said, ‘I’m here to visit the wounded,’” Orlando recalled. “I just saw your son.”

The matriarch’s eyes widened.

“Mrs. Marrocco, I just want you to know, the doctors have asked me to tell you this,’” Orlando shared. “‘What you are about to see is horrific. But here’s the good news. Your son’s going to survive this. He’s going to be OK.’”

Marrocco’s mother pushed Orlando aside, saying, “Move out of my way. I want to see my son.” The matriarch walked into the hospital room. There was dead silence.

“I was expecting a yelp, a scream, anything,” said Orlando. “Nothing. At one point, I thought she fainted. But I heard no noise falling. There were no chairs, so I knew she would have hit the floor if she did faint.”

Marrocco’s mother stepped out. Her face was “white as a sheet.”

“She said, ‘Tony, I was prepared for my son to die, but I was never prepared for this,’” said Orlando.

“I said, ‘Mrs. Marrocco… I recently did a concert. I met a guy named Dean Kamen. He’s an inventor… He invented a prosthetic [arm]. It can pick up a grape without dropping it. It can pick up a raisin without a program… Let me call him.’ So I did. And Dean says to me, ‘Tell Mrs. Marrocco I’ll meet her in Washington at the hospital, Walter Reed. I’ll let her know if Brendan is valid for it.’”

Months went by, and Orlando heard no word. The singer assumed that Marrocco didn’t make it. Then he received a phone call from American Airlines. They were putting on a show for veterans. Kamen was expected to attend and wanted Orlando to join him.

“I’m sitting in the audience — 4,000 military are there,” said Orlando. “Dean comes out. He said, ‘Brendan Marrocco’s going to get his prosthetics.’ I just went, ‘Oh my God, God in heaven, thank you.’ Six months go by. I didn’t hear anything. Again, I said the same thought — it didn’t happen. He passed. Finally, I called Brendan’s father. He tells me, ‘He’s fine. He turned down the prosthetic.’”

Orlando was stunned. The patriarch told the star that Marrocco wanted to try cadaver arms instead.

“He wanted to be a guinea pig for that operation,” Orlando explained. “He wanted to be that guy who had real flesh on his arms to pick up things, a real arm.”

Marrocco was determined. And he received the arms he yearned for.

“His arms were donated by a girl who died in a car accident — she was 15 years old,” said Orlando. “Now, Brendan Marrocco can do chin-ups from his wheelchair and use both hands on a bar. He just sent me a video driving his motorboat with both of his arms. He has a big smile on his face. Now that’s a tough guy.”

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“It’s guys like him that have kept me going to do everything I can for our military, especially during the last 50 years,” he shared. “That story still blows my mind and fills my heart. And it’s a story about the power of music. During his healing, he was listening to all kinds of music… He’s an inspiration.”

Marrocco is the first U.S. soldier to survive a quadruple amputation. He currently lives in a specially adapted smart home in Staten Island.

“The first time I ever sang ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon,’ we were welcoming our POWs from Vietnam, Cambodia,” said Orlando. “These were 500 of the bravest men I’ve ever met in my life, tortured to the bone. They were coming home to yellow ribbons on their doorsteps from their families… That ribbon became a symbol of homecoming… That little song continues to welcome people home, or give families hope that they will come home.”

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“A song has no borders,” Orlando reflected. “A song has no boundaries. We’re all the same. All we want is to be happy, to be free. We all want to be welcomed home. We all want to feel hope… And that has kept me going to entertain our troops, to welcome them home. To give them hope.”

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Mom quits job to enter contests full time — and she’s won more than $35K

A mom of two is playing her odds … for a living. 

Rebecca MacBain is a stay-at-home mom who started entering giveaways and online competitions while on maternity leave in 2016. 

The 37-year-old said the first competition she won was for a hamper full of baby products and clothes. That’s when she was on maternity leave, she told SWNS — so the timing couldn’t have been better.

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“I had a eureka moment when I was on maternity leave and had a bit of extra time,” she said. 

After MacBain returned to work, she said child care was costing her over $800 a month, so she decided to quit her job to be a stay-at-home mom while entering these online giveaways. 

“It’s an absolute buzz — it doesn’t matter if it’s a big prize or little prize,” the Lancashire, England, resident noted to SWNS. 

Now, MacBain said she spends about two hours each day entering 100 competitions while her youngest child naps. 

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Over the last seven years of entering competitions through Facebook pages, newsletters and websites, she has accumulated over $35,000 in prize winnings, she reported. 

Some of the most memorable items she’s received, she said, include a roughly $1,000 luxury suit for her husband, plus other clothes as well as toys and pet products

Her favorite prize, however, was a trip to the Isle of Man, which sits in the Irish Sea. 

“It was just beautiful, and the company that ran it paid for everything — food, the cabin on the ferry, all the kids’ activities — it was a wonderful few days away,” she told SWNS.

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MacBain said she’s also won trips to Poland and to Italy.

“It’s helping to improve my lifestyle.”

“It’s given me the opportunity to do things we wouldn’t usually be able to do, so it’s helping to improve my lifestyle,” she said. 

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Although MacBain said the prizes aren’t life-changing, they have allowed her and her family to travel to places they might not have been able to see without the extra help, she said. 

“Without it, we probably wouldn’t be able to afford to go on [vacation] or on extra days out, so it helps fund that,” she said. 

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MacBain said she’s met many other competitors online and mostly enters prize drawings through the “Lucky Learners” page on Facebook. 

FOX Business reached out to MacBain for further comment.

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Family of famed zookeeper gives devastating update on his struggle with Alzheimer’s

Jack Hanna’s family shared a heartbreaking update amid the famed zookeeper and TV host’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The 77-year-old former director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s family released a statement in which they said Hanna’s condition has worsened as the degenerative brain disease progressed.

“We wish we had good news to share, but Jack continues to decline and has all the symptoms one would anticipate with advanced Alzheimer’s,” Hanna’s family said in their statement to People magazine. 

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“Each day, we do our best to find joy – even when things are challenging,” they continued.

“We hope that sharing Jack’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s brings awareness to the disease that affects almost 7 million Americans and their families.”

Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia, is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Over time, symptoms become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks, per the Altzheimer’s Association.

The disease usually progresses through three stages – early, middle and late. Late-stage Altzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as “severe” or “advanced” in the medical community. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people in the late stage of the disease lose the ability to respond to their environment, communicate and, eventually, control movement. 

In April 2021, Hanna’s daughters Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie, whom he shares with his wife Suzi, revealed their father’s diagnosis for the first time.

“Today we reach out to share some personal Hanna Family news. Doctors have diagnosed our dad, Jack Hanna, with dementia, now believed to be Alzheimer’s disease. His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated. Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him,” Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie Hanna said in a joint statement shared on their father’s X page, formerly Twitter.

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Hanna, who is also known as “Jungle Jack,” served as director of the Columbus Zoo from 1978 to 1992. He then took over the role as its spokesperson, a role he retired from in 2020.

In addition to being a notable figure in the state, Hanna also appeared on several television programs as a wildlife correspondent, bringing people and animals together. 

He starred in “Animal Adventures,” “Into the Wild” and “Wild Countdown” and was known for his several appearances over the years on morning talk shows and late-night TV, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Larry King Live,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Hollywood Squares” and “The Maury Show.”

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In June 2023, Suzi, Kathaleen, Suzanne and Julie told the Columbus Dispatch that Hanna’s condition had worsened to the point where he was unable to remember huge chunks of his life, or even his family. They said that Hanna can only remember Suzi, his dog Brassy, and, occasionally, Kathaleen.

“My husband is still in there somewhere,” Suzi told the newspaper at the time. “There are still those sweet, tender moments – you know, pieces of him that made me and the rest of the world fall in love with him. It’s hard. Real hard some days. But he took care of me all those years, and so it’s my turn to take care of him.”

Suzi remains his main caretaker, with help from their children when they can make it to their parents’ home in Montana. Their daughters said they have begged Suzi to get professional help to aid in Hanna’s care, but she refuses, saying, “I just want it to be your dad and I for as long as I can.”

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“The river, the sun, Brassy, our walks… That’s what we have left. The Jack people knew isn’t here anymore, but pieces of my husband are. And I’m going to hang onto them for as long as I can.”

Fox News Digital’s Emily Trainham and Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

11 ways Biden and his handlers are hell-bent on destroying America

Why are those controlling President Biden using him to advance so much of a destructive agenda that it will likely end America as we know it?

If someone wished to destroy America, could he do anything more catastrophic than what we currently see and hear each day?

What would an existential enemy do that we have not already done to ourselves? 

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Here are 11 now familiar steps to civilizational destruction:

1. Wipe out a 2,000-mile border. 

Allow 10 million foreign nationals to enter unlawfully. Have no audit of any; nullify all federal immigration laws. Let in toxic drugs that kill 100,000 Americans a year. Give free support to those millions who broke the law. Smear any objectors as racists and xenophobes.

2. Run up $35 trillion in national debt. 

Keep adding $1 trillion to it each 100 days. Defame anyone wishing to cut wild spending as cruel and inhumane.

3. Appease or subsidize enemies like Iran and China. 

Demonize allies like Israel. Allow terrorists to attack Americans without adequate response. See Islam as either similar or superior to Christianity. Make amends to leftist governments for supposedly past toxic American international behavior. Follow the lead of international agencies like the U.N., ICC and WHO to atone for past American neocolonial and imperialist behavior. Recede to second-tier international status, befitting American decline.

4. In a multiracial democracy, redefine identity only as one’s tribal affiliation. 

Ensure each identity group rivals the other for victimhood and the state spoils it confers. Reboot all political issues by race and sex oppressors and oppressed. Destroy all meritocratic standards of admission, retention, promotion and commendation.

5. Recalibrate violent crime as understandable, cry-of-the-heart expressions of social justice. 

Ensure no bail and same-day release for arrested, repeat violent felons. Empathize with the violent killer and rapist; ignore their victims, especially if they are slain police officers.

6. Emasculate the military by using non-meritocratic standards of race, gender, and sexual orientation to determine promotion and commendation.

Deliberately impugn as racists and insurrectionists the largest demographic in the military who in recent wars died at twice their numbers in the population — so that they leave or never join the military. Encourage retired high officers to slander their commander-in-chief. Cut the defense budget. Stop producing sufficient weapons, but leave billions of dollars’ worth of arms to terrorists.

7. Reinvent the justice system to indict, bankrupt, convict, jail and eliminate political opponents. 

Use ballot removal, impeachment, civil suits, and state and federal indictments rather than elections to defeat an opponent. Mob the homes of non-compliant Supreme Court justices, and attack them personally by name.

8. Encourage the fusion of the bureaucratic state with the electronic media to form a powerful force for political audit, surveillance, censorship and coercion. 

Marry the FBI to Silicon Valley and hire its contractors to warp the news and hound supposed enemies of the people.

9. Make war on affordable gasoline and natural gas. 

Substitute inefficient, unreliable and expensive wind and solar power, even as energy prices nearly bankrupt the middle class.

10. Marry late, but preferably not at all. 

Consider males toxic, especially boys. Have no children, or as few as possible. Otherwise, assure children they are entitled, and must be sheltered.  Raise them to have grievances against past generations and current norms.

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11. Turn world-class universities into indoctrination centers. 

Suspend the Bill of Rights on campuses. Train youth to graduate despising their own culture and civilization. Recruit foreign students from hostile nations to subsidize campus commissar bloat. Replace the curriculum with therapeutic propaganda. Ban the SAT/ACT and do not evaluate comparative high school GPAs. Ensure merit does not select the student body. Charge tuition higher than the rate of inflation. Bill the government when students default on their loans.

Why could those controlling the president be doing all of the above? 

1. They are delusional and think their socialist and globalist agendas are working and will save us.

2. They are raging nihilists who do not like the U.S. and deliberately want it destroyed as a service to the world. A ruined U.S. is preferable to a strong America.

3. They are Jacobin revolutionaries who are intentionally erasing the old United States as a prerequisite for creating an entirely new America that will arise from the ashes with no trace or even memory of its past.

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4. They have no agenda. They are aimless fools and utter incompetents. These bunglers just wing it day-to-day, in response to what their radical media, academic and political masters dictate is necessary for them to retain power. They have no idea of the damage they are doing.

5. A bit of 1-3, but probably not 4.

There is cause for hope among this nihilist remaking of America: the people are fed up and will demand an accounting in the fall.

Editor’s note: This op-ed is adapted from a tweet by the author.

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