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Country’s newly-elected president vows to close migrant route to help US border crisis

The incoming president of Panama has vowed to make big changes to help alleviate the U.S. border crisis.

President-elect Jose Raul Mulino vowed to shut down a crucial migration gap through Panama that has been used by more than 500,000 migrants over the last year, signaling a shift in the country’s policy as the U.S. continues to battle a crisis at its southern border, according to a report from Voice of America.

“Panama and our Darien [Gap] are not a transit route. It is our border,” Mulino said, according to the report.

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Panama had previously helped bus migrants through the critical gap and allowed them to continue their journey north, a policy that has allowed thousands to reach the U.S. border with Mexico.

The shift comes as the U.S. has put continued pressure on Mexico to help alleviate the crisis, calling on the country to help enforce movement restrictions through its territory to prevent migrants from eventually reaching the U.S. border.

The Darien Gap, although a dangerous route north toward the U.S., has become a popular route among migrants in recent years, with cartels and other organized crime organizations stepping in to make it an affordable option for those seeking to reach the United States.

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Mulino, who won with 34% of the vote last week, said the new policy would make Panama a less attractive option for migrants and criminal organizations.

“Because when we start to deport people here in an immediate deportation plan, the interest for sneaking through Panama will decrease,” Mulino said of the plan, according to Voice of America. “I assure you they are going to say that going through Panama is not attractive because they are deporting you.”

Nevertheless, some experts expressed skepticism that such a plan would meaningfully reduce migration. Analyst Adam Isacson of the nongovernmental organization Washington Office on Latin America said Panama does not have the capacity to “massively deport” thousands of migrants.

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“A daily plane, which would be extremely expensive, would only repatriate around 10% of the flow (about 1,000 to 1,200 per day). The United States only manages to do about 130 flights monthly in the entire world,” Isacson said.

Biden White House warned after Trump rallies as many as 100k in deep-blue state

Former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy warned the Biden White House should be “concerned” ahead of November after Trump rallied as many as 100,000 supporters in New Jersey in what is being called the largest political rally in state history. 

McCarthy joined “Sunday Morning Futures” to discuss his reaction to Trump’s massive rally in Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday and why he thinks the Garden State could be in play this election cycle. 

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“That was extraordinary,” McCarthy told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “New Jersey [is] not a place that people think Republicans would ever compete, but the size of the crowd…could President Biden get that crowd in the heart of New York or in the most Democrat state? Could he do it in California? The answer is no.”

“The other thing that we’re hearing coming out of the White House itself is… President Biden needs to campaign less, talk less, because he gets in trouble while doing it,” he continued. “This is President Trump showing no matter what they throw at him, he’s going to fight back. He’s going to lead this nation on the issues they care most about.”

A Wildwood spokesperson told the Associated Press that between 80,000 and 100,000 people attended the rally, which was more than double what was expected. Trump confidently said he would win New Jersey in November as the crowd erupted. 

“As you can see today, we’re expanding the electoral map because … we’re going to win the state of New Jersey,” the former president said. “I think we’re going to win them all. All across America, millions of people, so-called blue states, are joining our movement based on love, intelligence, and a thing called common sense.”

Rally attendees who spoke to Fox News argued the Garden State could be up for grabs this election cycle, with many voters claiming border security and the economy are their top issues as they prepare to cast their ballots. 

Their support for his candidacy comes despite the 45th president’s legal battles, including his four criminal cases. 

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“You had an interesting statistic up there about independent voters,” McCarthy said during the Sunday segment. “There was another poll out there that showed independent voters…by 53%…believed a second term of the Biden administration would be a greater harm to democracy. Because all of this is backfiring, this persecution of President Trump… going after him because of politics. No one in America believes President Trump would be in a trial today if he was not running for president.”

“They’re coming after our democracy, and it just shows last night with that crowd,” he continued. “You got Lawrence Taylor. You have Democrats in that crowd. Independents. I would be very concerned if I was in the White House today.”

Meanwhile, the former House Speaker reiterated the need for Republicans to unify ahead of the general election in November after House Speaker Mike Johnson survived an effort by Rep. Marjoie Taylor Greene to oust him over his handling of government funding and foreign aid

“When you stick together, there’s nothing you cannot achieve. Don’t play into the hands of Democrats,” McCarthy said. “I opposed when eight Republicans joined all the Democrats to do a motion to vacate, and I oppose it when more Republicans today do it. It is wrong and let’s bound together. Stick on the issues of what Americans care most about: the border, inflation, American foreign policy, making our parents have a say in their kids’ education, bringing down the price of fuel, making sure that government is not dictating, and this weaponization of government.”

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Greene appeared to catch most congressional watchers by surprise when she moved to force a vote on her motion to vacate the chair, the procedural move that would allow for the vote. She noticed her resolution as “privileged,” meaning House leaders had two legislative days to take it up.

But her bluff was called immediately last week when House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., rose to call for a vote on tabling Greene’s motion — which effectively kills it before the vote on Johnson’s ouster itself.

“I support Mike Johnson… it is a tough job, but the thing Republicans need to do [is] focus on what we’ve done,” McCarthy said. “Do not give up on H.R.2. You can do Ukraine and the border at the exact same time. That’s what we would have done last year. That’s what we would have been able to accomplish.”

Despite her failed call to oust him from the gavel, Greene doubled down on her scrutiny of Johnson during her own appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures,” accusing him of being “owned by the Democrats.”

“It wasn’t Republicans that saved Mike Johnson. It was Democrats that saved Mike Johnson,” Greene said. “And when you have Nancy Pelosi, who was speaker of the House when they impeached President Trump twice, and you have Jerry Nadler, who was chairman of the Judiciary Committee that led the impeachment against President Trump, voting to save Mike Johnson, that tells the American people everything that they need to know.” 

“Mike Johnson is owned by the Democrats and refuses to protect President Trump, even though he runs down to Mar-a-Lago every chance he gets and hugs him as tightly as possible,” she continued. 

Fox News’ Elizabeth Heckman and Elizabeth Elkind contributed to this report.

Former heavyweight champ scared for Mike Tyson’s well-being in Jake Paul fight

From one former heavyweight title winner to another, Deontay Wilder fears 57-year-old Mike Tyson might end up in a coma after fighting Jake Paul

Tyson shocked everyone when he agreed to fight Paul, which was commissioned by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations as a professional fight, on July 20. 

What was initially an exhibition match has turned into a highly anticipated bout, but Wilder doesn’t think anyone truly cares about Tyson’s well-being. 

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“I think it’s bad the commission has licensed Mike Tyson because he hasn’t been active in 20 years, so they should not just license him because of who he is, that’s how people get hurt – God forbid he gets hurt,” Wilder said to Sportsbook Review. 

“People can get hit in the wrong place and at the wrong time, there’s lots of examples where guys have been hit into a coma. It’s easy to do. He’s too old for this.

“At the end of the day, no one gives a f— about Mike.”

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Wilder continued by saying he doesn’t care that Tyson underwent tests to deem this a professional fight. 

“As long as you’re willing to suffer the consequences if something bad goes wrong,” Wilder said. 

After the fight was sanctioned, Paul recently said he is “super respectful” of Tyson, but “All is fair in love and war.”

“I love the guy, but as soon as it turned into a pro fight, one of us has to die,” the YouTube star-turned-boxer said. 

Videos of Tyson working out for the fight have shocked many with how fast and powerful he still looks at his age. But Wilder, again, doesn’t care what videos show or what Tyson even says about his well-being. 

“His power may not have left completely, but you still need to set it up, your stamina needs to be a certain way, or it’s going to look like a clown show. I don’t want to see it to be honest,” he explained.

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“I don’t want the last thing I remember of him is him getting knocked out by a YouTuber. The last thing you do, that’s what people remember you by.”

While Paul and Tyson prepare for their fight, Wilder will be fighting Zhilei Zhang on June 1. 

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Graduates walk out on Republican governor’s commencement speech

Dozens of graduating students walked out of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) on Saturday after Gov. Glenn Youngkin took the stage to deliver a commencement address. 

Video of the Saturday morning incident shows throngs of graduates getting up from their seats and leaving the Greater Richmond Convention Center as the Republican governor began talking. A few could be heard cheering the students on.

The governor, who also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the commencement ceremony, kicked off his speech with a shout-out to all the mothers ahead of Mother’s Day. He did not acknowledge those leaving and carried on with his speech. 

“The world needs your music,” Youngkin said to those students still in attendance. “You, all of you, will be the symphony. Make it a masterpiece.”

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Many who left during Youngkin’s speech showed support for Palestinians amid Israel’s ongoing war in the Gaza Strip against Hamas terrorists. Others held signs signaling their opposition to the governor’s education policies, per reporting from local outlet WRIC-TV

The dissenters marched around the perimeter while chanting, “No books, no peace, let the knowledge increase” and “Disclose, divest, we will not stop, we will not rest.” Later, a group of graduates, many still in their graduation gowns, ended up in a park and chanted, “The people united will never be defeated.”

Fox News Digital reached out to VCU and the governor’s office for comment.

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Similar scenes unfolded at other commencement ceremonies across the country on Saturday following weeks of unrest on college campuses that saw anti-Israel protesters square off against administrators.

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Saturday was less chaotic than Friday, when police arrested dozens on other college campuses and took down encampments at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – actions that came hours after police deployed tear gas on demonstrators at the University of Arizona.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NEWT GINGRICH: The secret to Republicans winning in 2024 is hiding in plain sight

Many Republicans will be shocked to learn that Election Day 2024 happens long before Nov. 5.

In fact, it hurts the Republican cause – and the elections of President Donald Trump and House and Senate Republicans – to focus narrowly on Nov. 5.

The first election dates are Sept. 16 in Pennsylvania and then Sept. 20 in Minnesota and South Dakota. The next election days are Sept. 23 in Mississippi, and Sept. 24 in Missouri. There are 43 other states and the District of Columbia that follow with their early voting dates. Only Alabama and New Hampshire do not have early voting.

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Here’s an example of why this matters: In 2022, the Republican Senate campaign in Pennsylvania was focused on Election Day in November. The campaign did not begin advertising until long after early voting had started. As a result, 40% of Pennsylvanians had already cast their ballots before the first major Republican ad had aired. 

This pattern was not unique to that race.

Republicans have a history of failing to get the vote out early. This has a compounding negative effect. 

First, it means Republican turnout on Election Day must be dramatically higher to make up for the number of Democratic votes already in the ballot box. Second, and probably more important, it means that Republican candidates have not been able to focus on the low propensity voters – those who are least likely to turn out.

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The Democrats have focused on early voting in large part because they want to be able to identify everyone who has not yet turned out. That way, they can focus on phone calls, direct mail, text messages, and even visits to remind those voters that they should vote. They keep it going until the people vote, and their name comes off the list.

Republicans have a history of failing to get the vote out early. 

This long campaign approach has proven for the last decade that it is more likely to win close elections than the focus on the federally designated official Election Day.

Shifting Republicans from their focus on Election Day – and their reluctance to vote early – is a major job. Getting it done in one year will require a really focused, determined, and enthusiastic effort. 

The fact is that, despite all the talk about “Bank the Vote,” it had no discernible impact on the special election for New York’s 3rd District. Republicans lost the early voting decisively and simply could not make it up on Election Day. It wasn’t due to any conspiracy. There was a big snowstorm on Election Day which reduced turnout. The Democrats already had a head start on ballots, so they were fine.

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Turning around the Republican attitude, getting people to vote early, and creating a new commitment to win the vote throughout the campaign will require new focus and determination.

Every time we focus on Election Day, we undermine and weaken our chances of winning the early vote.

As my friend and former U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg Randy Evans suggested in a recent paper, Republicans should start by focusing on “winning day one of voting.”

As Evans wrote: “This means identifying the first day of voting of every kind in each State and D.C.; educate GOP voters of that day with an explanation of how to vote that day; set as an objective to win the voting on that day with commitments by Republican voters to show up and win beginning on day one.”

Evans then suggested that Republicans should then continue to build momentum by focusing on “winning week one of voting.” 

As he put it, “To generate momentum this requires full follow-up to all who commit to vote on Day One who fail to do so that we can win Week One. It also involves pushing hard to create a sustainable push throughout early and absentee voting beyond Day One and Week One.”

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He then suggested systematically following up with voters in each state up to their official election days. By Evans’ theory, the cumulative effect of this focus on winning early voting should culminate in winning all the pre-election day activity and, of course, election day voting (which should be a simple cleanup day).

The Republican National Committee should establish a set of 51 Election Day countdown clocks that include early voting-to-election day periods for each state and the District of Columbia. 

President Trump and all the Republican candidates should begin emphasizing early voting.

The party and campaign systems should focus on winning the first day of early voting, because it will give them the organization and momentum to continue executing on turnout.

Conservative radio and TV hosts and key activists should be encouraged to quit focusing on Election Day and instead focus on winning the early vote in every state. Every time we focus on Election Day, we undermine and weaken our chances of winning the early vote.

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A serious win from day one approach will significantly increase the likelihood of Republican victories in 2024. And it is the right response to the campaign world the Democrats have built.

The time to change is now.

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Remains found on beach traced to woman last seen in 1968 with killer boyfriend

A Florida sheriff’s office recently announced that it has identified the victim in a homicide case nearly four decades after the investigation went cold.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said in a May 8 press release that human remains were found in a shallow grave on Crescent Beach in April 1985. Crescent Beach is located around 50 miles south of Jacksonville.

“The initial investigation revealed the victim was a white female, possibly between the ages of 30 and 50 at the time of her death,” the press release said. “Due to the circumstances, the manner of death was determined to be homicide.”

After years of efforts to advance the case, the remains were sent to Othram, a private forensics lab, in 2023. Leads were developed, and investigators visited potential relatives and collected samples. The remains were identified as Mary Alice Pultz in January 2024.

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“The Othram team was able to develop a DNA extract and build a DNA profile for the victim,” the sheriff’s office’s statement explained. “The profile was submitted to consumer genealogy databases where users have submitted their DNA and provided consent for comparison searches. This search resulted in possible relatives of the victim.”

Pultz was born in 1943 and raised in Maryland. She was last seen by her family in 1968 after leaving with her boyfriend, John Thomas Fugitt.

“Due to the times, communication was not great,” Sgt. Gene Tolbert said in an interview. “The belief is that Mary Alice and – he went by Tommy – had kind of moved off together, potentially to either Florida or Georgia.”

Investigators discovered that Pultz had burr holes in her skull, which showed she underwent brain surgery after 1968. Authorities believe she was “involved in some type of event that caused the traumatic injury and would have required hospitalization.”

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“[Chief Medical Examiner Wendolyn Sneed] advised these injuries, in addition to the surgical burr holes, are indicative of severe trauma that would have required hospitalization such as being involved in a vehicle crash or being struck by a vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said. “Additionally, Dr. Sneed discovered evidence of an abscess in the upper gum line of the skull that would have caused discomfort and pain. The analysis provided by Dr. Sneed is for historical purposes and are not related to the cause of death at the time of the homicide.”

Fugitt is still considered a person of interest in the case. He has since died.

“Detectives learned that Fugitt, who was known to go by an alias of Billy Joe Wallace, was sentenced to death in Georgia related to a 1981 murder of a male roommate,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Fugitt died in prison prior to his execution.”

Sheriff Rob Hardwick called the homicide investigation “a powerful example that we will never give up.”

“The combination of highly skilled detectives and advanced DNA technology has given Mary Alice’s family some answers about her disappearance close to 40 years ago,” Hardwick said in a statement. “Our Major Crimes detectives are some of the best in the business and I am proud of their dedication to be a voice for homicide victims and their families as we seek closure for loved ones.”

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The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the homicide. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact crimetips@sjso.org or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

Military veteran police officer killed in line-of-duty ambush — manhunt underway for suspect

A manhunt is underway in Ohio for the suspect who killed a military veteran, who was part of the Euclid Police Department for less than a year, during an ambush on Saturday night.

According to WJW, just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, Euclid police officer Jacob Derbin, 23, was killed when a gunman ambushed him during a disturbance call to a residence. 

Derbin was taken to a local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries, WJW reported. 

The suspect, who Euclid Police have identified as Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, 24, is still at large and officers state he is considered “armed and extremely dangerous.” 

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Multiple law enforcement agencies were assisting the Euclid Police Department in locating Vaughn, who was described as being around 6’3, 215 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Police believe Vaughn, who is a convicted felon and was wanted for violating conditions of his community supervision, fled the scene and may be driving a white 2017 Volkswagen Passat with a temporary license plate in his rearview window.

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer told WJW that Derbin was an “incredible” person and that entire department was “devastated.”

“He was an amazing human being. Just a great heart. Had an incredible smile. The world’s a better place with him in it,” Meyer said. 

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Derbin had been an officer with the department for the last 10 months, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost released a statement and vowed to make sure that justice is served.

“The promise to protect is signed with the blood of our officers. The killer who ambushed Officer Derbin will be found and will receive the full measure of justice,” Yost wrote in a statement on X. 

Yost continued his post, sharing his condolences with the family of Derbin.

“It is a cruel irony that a mother lost her son on Mother’s Day, and that this murder happened just as we prepare to solemnize our fallen during Police Memorial Week. My heart burns with anger at this injustice, for the family of this young officer and the Euclid Police Department.” Derbin was in his first year with the department,” – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also offered his condolences to the community of Euclid.

“Fran and I offer our deepest condolences to Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin’s family and his brothers and sisters at @Euclid_PD. His bravery and dedication to the Euclid community will not be forgotten,” DeWine wrote in post on X.

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DeWine proclaimed that in honor of the life and service of Officer Derbin, all flags would be flown at half-staff on all public buildings amid grounds throughout Cuyahoga County, the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffle Center, and the Rhodes State Office Tower on Sunday and will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral. He added that all public buildings across the state of Ohio could also participate. 

Derbin was engaged to Liv Wuebker. The couple were set to be married on July 27 in Minister, Ohio, according to their wedding page on The Knot. 

“An awful tragedy. We are going to miss you Jacob. Thank for serving your country in Kuwait, and continuing to serve and protect your community when you came back. Most of all, thank you for coming into our family and loving all of us. Especially Liv. You’ll always be part of our family, and forever my first brother. We will always miss you,” Skylar Wuebker, the soon-to-be sister-in-law of Officer Derbin, wrote in a post on Facebook. 

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Anyone with information on Vaughn’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Euclid Police Detective Bureau at 216-289-8505 or the U.S. Marshal’s Service at 1-866-492-6833.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Euclid Police Department for comment. 

Women are tired of swiping right — here’s the newest way they’re trying to find love

In the year 2024, plenty of people are tired of swiping away in an effort to find a love match. 

Amid all the dating app fatigue, some people are going back to basics by getting out of the house and socializing to find a potential life partner. 

Single and The City, an events-based company, is helping match people looking for a specific type of person, no matter what type of person that might be. 

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The desired might be someone who’s a first responder — a firefighter, police officer or emergency medical technician. Or it might be someone who’s fit and active. Single and The City founder Amber Soletti, an Austin native, said there’s something for everyone. 

“It was 2008 [and] I was living in New York City working in the beauty industry, where the few men at my work were either gay or married,” she told Fox News Digital about her background. 

She added, “I was not meeting the type of singles [that] I was interested in dating and decided I needed to start my own singles company to raise the bar — with the goal of meeting someone through one of my events.”

Today, Single and The City hosts events for singles to mingle in New York City and Austin, Texas.

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Soletti said Single and The City hosts events based on “dating dealbreakers,” such as ones based on physical preferences, common interests or backgrounds. 

One of Soletti’s most popular events is called the “Rescue Me” singles party — which is where women “get to mix and mingle with NY’s most eligible first responders.”

The events, which typically bring in anywhere from 75 to 250 people, require men to show their agency ID at the check-in to prove they are first responders. 

From there, icebreaker cards are given out to women with first responder trivia questions to allow women to approach different men without feeling nervous or uncomfortable. 

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“Women also get a red dot at check-in, which is their vote for the hottest first responder that they stick on the guy they think is the hottest,” she said.

Other popular events include Ivy League dating, finance dating, size matters, Fleet Week and Jewish speed dating.

Ivy League dating is for those who went to Ivy League schools; size matters is for taller people looking for a taller spouse; and Fleet Week dating is hosted during New York City’s annual Fleet Week. 

Soletti told Fox News Digital that Single and The City has seen a 67% increase in attendance this year from last — saying it’s largely due to people having app frustration and fatigue. 

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“With dating apps and sites, there is a ton of time invested and wasted reading profiles, swiping, corresponding and waiting for a response,” she said.

“In-person events are a great way to meet a large number of singles in one evening and to quickly assess if you have chemistry with someone and want to go on a first date.”

Relationships expert Alana Carvalho, known online as The Codependent Perfectionist, told Fox News Digital that social events for dating are a “yes” in her book. 

“You can’t go to a few events, not meet anyone you like and say that you are done with singles events [because] they don’t work.”

“It’s so difficult to find [a] connection, and dating websites just aren’t cutting it for a lot of singles,” she said.

“I often find that my clients feel further disconnected and disenfranchised by online dating,” she added, “so I highly encourage any in-person meet-ups.”

Soletti said she recommends that people who are going to singles events keep an open mind and not put too much pressure on one night. 

“You can’t go to a few events, not meet anyone you like and say that you are done with singles events [because] they don’t work,” she said.

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Instead, she said, “when you get frustrated, or the prospect of meeting someone seems overwhelming, you just need to remember that different singles come out to each event and that all it takes is one.”

Carvalho recommended being “hopeful and optimistic” that you will find “someone you just naturally feel a connection with.”

Soletti, 5’10, met her 6’7 husband Juan Cabrera at a “size matters” speed dating event that she threw back in 2012. 

Today, the pair have a six-year-old daughter named Nola, who often comes to events and helps with check-in and handing out name tags. 

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“I’m happy to say [that] I’m one of my own success stories,” said Soletti. 

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Skyscraper sold for $137.5M in 2021 goes for tiny fraction in US city

Bargain buy?

Burnett Plaza, the tallest building in Fort Worth, Texas, has been purchased via foreclosure auction for $12.3 million just three years after it was sold for more than $137.5 million, according to the Dallas Business Journal.

The 40-story behemoth was bought back by Pinnacle Bank Texas in the auction held on the steps of the Tarrant County courthouse on Tuesday. 

Pinnacle had claimed in public filings that the tower’s former owner, Burnett Cherry Street LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Opal Holdings LLC, defaulted on a $13 million loan used to purchase the building in 2021.

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The bank bought it back with a roughly $12.3 million credit bid, just $12.30 per square foot.

As well as being the tallest in Fort Worth, Burnett Plaza is also considered the largest, with over one million square feet of commercial office and retail space, according to its website. 

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Constructed in 1983, the distinctive block-sized complex stands at 567 feet tall at 801 Cherry St. and is surrounded by a public urban park.

It was most recently appraised at $104.5 million by Tarrant Appraisal District, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Tenants include General Motors Financial, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Huckabee, as well as Freese and Nichols.

The Dallas Business Journal reports that contractors filed 10 mechanic’s liens totaling more than $1.6 million against Opal, alleging unpaid renovation work at the site. The largest, amounting to nearly $1 million, was filed by Tarrant Construction Services for renovations of two suites and the 19th-floor bathrooms. 

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Opal sued Pinnacle on April 2, alleging the lender pushed the building into default, the outlet reported.

Burnett Plaza’s vacancy was at 22 percent last quarter, The Real Deal reports, citing Cushman & Wakefield, with vacancy in Downtown Fort Worth much lower at 11.5 percent.

Pinnacle also bought back a four-building Centerpoint office park in Arlington from the firm at the auction for $30 million, according to the Dallas Business Journal.