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Missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos' kids 'long to know where' she is: Family

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New Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — The five children of the Connecticut mother who’s missing for nearly three weeks “are living in limbo” as their father faces charges and the search for the beloved mom continues, a family spokesperson said.

Jennifer Dulos vanished last month amid a contentious custody battle with her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

Jennifer Dulos was last seen on May 24, police said. Investigators believe she suffered a “serious physical assault” in the garage at her New Canaan home, where bloodstains were found, according to arrest warrants.

Dive teams are searching a body of water in Avon, Connecticut, police said on Wednesday. Authorities are also still searching a trash facility in Hartford, police said.

Fotis Dulos and his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, are charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. Both pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

“More than anything in the world,” Jennifer Dulos’ five children “long to know where” she is, family spokesperson Carrie Luft said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Her children are living in limbo,” Luft said, “missing her embrace, her lilting laugh, her bedtime back rubs, her gentle strength.”

The five kids are in the custody of Jennifer Dulos’ mother.

“The children are safe and loved and supported in every respect,” Luft added.

Clothes and sponges with Jennifer Dulos’ blood were found in trash cans in Hartford, where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be Fotis Dulos disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents. A woman in the man’s car fit the appearance of Troconis, according to the documents.

Norm Pattis, Fotis Dulos’ attorney, told ABC News on Tuesday that he can’t account for the surveillance footage or the bags in the dumpster. But he insists his client didn’t kill his wife and doesn’t know where she is.

Based on the timeline of the day Jennifer Dulos went missing, “it seems to be implausible” that Fotis Dulos could have killed her, his attorney said.

“The alibi is enormous,” Pattis said. “We are anxious to meet those accusations and clear his name.”

More charges in the mysterious case are likely, prosecutors said last week.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Dulos’ family offers “our deepest thanks” “to the forces of the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their ongoing and exhaustive efforts to locate Jennifer,” Luft said.

“Thank you also to every single person who has called in a tip,” Luft said. “Keep the information coming.”

The family asks anyone with information to email FindJenniferDulos@newcanaanct.gov or call the New Canaan Police tip line at (203) 594-3544.

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ABC News exclusive: Ron Goldman's dad says 'pain is always there' 25 years after murder

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Twenty-five years after Ron Goldman’s murder, his family is speaking out on the anniversary of the crime for the first time.

“The pain is always there, the loss is always there,” Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, said in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America on Wednesday. “It never goes away.”

“Today is just that much more intense,” Fred Goldman said. “It’s hard for me to imagine it’s 25 years. Ron would be 50 now. I have a hard time reckoning that whole idea.”

The night of June 12, 1994, 25-year-old Ron Goldman was returning a pair of glasses to Nicole Brown Simpson’s Los Angeles home when the two were attacked and brutally stabbed to death.

Brown Simpson’s ex-husband, former NFL star O.J. Simpson, went on trial for the double murder. In 1995, after a trial that captured the nation’s attention, Simpson was acquitted of all criminal charges. He’s always maintained his innocence.

Kim Goldman on Wednesday is launching a 10-episode podcast called “Confronting: O.J. Simpson.” In the series, she interviews key members of the case, from prosecutor Marcia Clark to LAPD detective Tom Lange to Simpson house guest Kato Kaelin.

For Kim Goldman, who adored her protective, older brother, the podcast is an outlet to pose questions that have haunted her for years in the complex and infamous case.

“I just wanted to go full force this year,” Kim Goldman told GMA. “Face some of my fears, face some of my anxiety.”

“For all these years its been a little frustrating that there’s been so much about this case… television series, fictional approaches, that I thought it was important to go right to the source,” Kim Goldman explained. “I wanted to understand how they were doing, what they were thinking.”

Kim Goldman even talked to the jurors and said she learned the three-and-a-half hour deliberation was allegedly a cover-up.

“They corroborated what my dad and I always thought — which was that they didn’t do their job,” she said. “They pulled testimony just to cover up that they always knew what their answer was when they went into that jury room and they wasted our time for three-and-a-half hours.”

Kim Goldman also recalls in the podcast her chance encounter with Simpson in a parking lot a few years after his acquittal.

“I was by myself in my car. I saw that gait … that I had been following for so many years,” she told GMA. “I revved the engine and I gripped the steering wheel thinking I could take him out right here and nobody would know.”

That dark thought was just a “fleeting” moment, Kim Goldman said.

Fred Goldman added that it’s important to remember the victims of violence who don’t get the publicity that his son and Brown Simpson do.

“It happens every day, and those families have the same pain that we’ve gone through and will go thorough for years to come,” he said. “We can’t ignore that. It’s way too important.”

Despite the acquittal in the criminal case, a civil jury in 1997 found Simpson liable for wrongful death and he was ordered to pay millions to the victims’ families.

In 2008, the former Buffalo Bills player was convicted in a botched robbery and sent to a Nevada prison. Simpson was released in 2017 and now lives in Las Vegas.

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Record heat out West, with flash flooding in the East

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tuesday was another day of record-high temperatures out West, with Thermal, California, registering 116 degrees and Palm Springs seeing 114.

Portland, Oregon, at 97 degrees, and Anaheim, California at 91 also posted record highs.

More records in the region could be set on Wednesday, after which there will be a cooling-off period with highs along the West Coast in the 70s or 80s.

A new storm moving from the Southeast up the East Coast is expected to deliver heavy rain from Georgia into Maine from Wednesday into Thursday.

This system already has delivered 4 to 5 inches of rain in southern Georgia, as flood alerts have been posted for part of the state and part of South Carolina. Some areas there may see half a foot of rain on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to combine with another system heading out of the Great Lakes to deliver even more heavy rain in the Northeast. Major cities including Washington and Philadelphia could see serious precipitation through Thursday, with Boston getting hit later in the day.

After it’s all said and done Thursday night, some Northeast areas could see 1 to 2 inches of rain and minor flooding.

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Chicago mom accuses teachers of bullying son before suicide attempt, lawsuit says

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Kuzma/iStock(CHICAGO) — Chicago Public School teachers allegedly bullied a fourth grade special-needs student relentlessly before he attempted suicide earlier this year, according to a recent lawsuit.

Jamari Dent, 11, tried to hang himself in February after a more than a year of chronic and violent bullying at the hands of students and staff members at two Chicago schools, according to the suit.

Jamari, who attended Evers Elementary before transferring to Woodson Elementary, survived the Feb. 18 suicide attempt, but the incident left him with permanent brain damage and other life-threatening injuries.

Tierra Black, the young boy’s mother, said he’s still hospitalized and using a ventilator to breath. She said she begged teachers, school officials and the school district to protect her son, but her complaints were ignored.

“They were causing the bullying,” Black told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV on Tuesday. “It started with the teachers, what went on with my son. There is no reason my son should be lying in a hospital bed. I asked for help. And I never get it. I never get it.”

Doctors said Jamari may need breathing assistance for the rest of his life.

The lawsuit, which names the Chicago Board of Education as well as individual staff members as defendants, claims students and teachers repeatedly referred to Jamari as “‘stupid,’ ‘dumb’ and ‘retarded,’ and joked that he would end up at a facility for students with mental disabilities.”

On one occasion, a teacher at Evers allegedly called Jamari “dirty” and “nappy-headed” before asking him if his “brillo hair was the reason he couldn’t read” as the classroom erupted with laughter, according to the suit. The same teacher allegedly assaulted Jamari in February 2018, injuring him and causing his mother file a police report against her, the suit said.

Black, the boy’s mother, transferred him to Woodson after that incident, but the lawsuit claims the abuse only got worse. She said three teachers physically assaulted him on separate occasions: one teacher allegedly grabbed him by the neck and struck his face, and another allegedly choked him and rammed his head into a wall.

“With his and his mother’s continued pleas for relief to teachers and administrators ignored, J.D. saw no other way to stop the pain than to go into his bedroom, close the door, tie a bed sheet around his neck and hang himself on a coat hook,” according to the lawsuit, which identifies the boy only by his initials. “His suicide attempt was the result of over a year of chronic bullying and violent conduct at the hands of teachers and students at Evers Elementary and then Woodson Elementary.”

The suit is one of three civil cases against Chicago Public Schools represented by attorney Michael Oppenheimer, who says he plans to file an all-encompassing federal lawsuit against the school district.

The district said it launched “a full investigation” into Black’s “highly concerning” claims earlier this year.

“The district has no tolerance for adults who harm or fail to protect students,” Chicago Public Schools spokesman Emily Bolton told WLS in a statement. “All allegations of bullying and student harm are taken seriously by the district, and we are fully committed to ensuring all students are supported and adults are held accountable.”

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Oregon Coast Guard rescues man who fell 800 feet into volcanic crater

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U.S. Coast Guard(NORTH BEND, Ore.) — Coast Guard officers rescued an Oregon man who fell several hundred feet into a volcanic crater, officials said Tuesday.

Coast Guard airmen arrived to the Crater Lake — a dormant volcano near North Bend — at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday after receiving a call for support from park rangers, who said a man had fallen 800 feet into the caldera.

An air crew descended about 600 feet into the crater with a rope team via helicopter. They said they could hear the man yelling for help from below.

 “Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a call at 3:47 p.m., from the Crater Lake National Park Service rangers requesting helicopter support for an injured man who fell into Crater Lake’s caldera near Rims Village,” Coast Guard officials said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The aircrew was hovering above the injured man within 15 minutes of arriving on scene and conducted the hoist before landing in a nearby parking lot and transferring the injured man to the AirLink helicopter crew,” it added.

Officials with the Crater Lake National Park posted images from the scene on its Facebook page, capturing Coast Guard officers as they arrived to rescue the man.

“A big THANK YOU to all who helped in this effort,” the park wrote.

Officials said the extent of the man’s injuries and his condition were unknown as of late Tuesday. The man’s identity has not been released.

Crater Lake did not offer information about how the victim may have fallen in, but it previously warned visitors about the dangers of getting too close to the sleeping volcano’s edge.

“A few times every year, visitors get too close and fall, often resulting in severe injury or death,” Crater Lake said in a statement in May. “Rocks and snow near the edge of the caldera are unstable and may give way without warning. Overhangs of snow called cornices build up over the winter, and it might look like you’re standing on solid ground when you’re actually standing on a thin layer of snow hanging over air.”

“We try our best to mark the edge in the most popular areas of the park, but it’s just not feasible or desirable to rope or fence off the 33 miles around the lake,” it added.

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