Border Patrol head didn’t tell Congress about Jakelin Caal Maquin to avoid ‘politicizing’ girl’s death

Zach Gibson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said he did not disclose the death of a 7-year-old girl at the border during his testimony to Congress because he wasn’t sure that the mother had been notified and because he didn’t want to “risk politicizing the death of a child.”

Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of the agency, testified Dec. 11 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, three days after the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin. The Guatemalan girl died while in CBP custody after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with her father, Nery Gilbert Caal Cruz.

An internal investigation by the Homeland Security Department Inspector General into Jakelin’s death is ongoing. Her family on Saturday called for a “thorough investigation” into the circumstances of her death.

During McAleenan’s testimony before Congress, he didn’t notify lawmakers about Jakelin’s death.

In a Dec. 14 letter to a House Kansans Rep. Kevin Yoder, McAleenan said the agency was “in the process of solidifying a privacy waiver” at the time of his testimony and that he “did not have confirmation that the mother had been notified in Guatemala.”

And, “most importantly, I did not want to risk politicizing the death of a child while I was imploring Senators to fix the laws that are inviting families to take this dangerous path,” he added.

McAleenan, who provided a detailed timeline of the events, called Jakelin’s death a “tragedy.”

He went on to defend his agents’ actions.

“All of the available information indicates that our Border Patrol Agents did everything in the power to rescue this little girl, and fought for her life, alongside professional first responders from Hidalgo County, New Mexico,” he wrote. “While reasonable concerns on the timelines of notification have been raised, and will be addressed, I am proud of our agents in the field, their efforts to rescue this little girl, and the professionalism and dedication with which they carry out their mission every day.”

Late Saturday evening, Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told ABC News that Caal Cruz — Jakelin’s father — was grateful to the border patrol and the doctors who tried to save his daughter’s life.

“When I spoke to the father he actually said he was very grateful for the effort of both the Border Patrol agents that assisted his daughter at the station as well as the medical staff at the hospital,” Paniagua said.

Caal Cruz’ sentiments were first reported earlier Saturday by CNN.

Jakelin’s death became public Thursday, five days after she died from cardiac arrest, and sparked out sparked outrage from Democrats and immigration advocates alike.

Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol officials on Friday defended their handling of the incident.

Jakelin’s family said through attorneys that the little girl had been taken care of by her father, who made sure she had eaten and was hydrated.

Jakelin and her family also speak Q’eqchi — a Mayan language used in Guatemala — and Spanish as a second language, the attorneys said. They don’t speak English, yet Caal Cruz filled out an English form during processing, the attorneys added.
 
“It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand,” said Ruben Garcia, the director of Annunciation House, a non-profit organization working with her family, during a press conference Saturday.

A document obtained by ABC News shows that Jakelin wasn’t alone. U.S. border authorities in 2018 counted 281 deaths of people trying to cross the border.

That number includes people not in U.S. custody with causes of death that range from heat exposure to drowning.

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Authorities complete search on property of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth’s fiance

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ABCNews.com(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Authorities completed digging on the Colorado property owned by Kelsey Berreth’s fiance Sunday, the second day police searched for evidence of the missing mom at the home.

The Woodland Park Police Department did not say whether anything was found on Patrick Frazee’s property but confirmed that Berreth, who was last seen on Thanksgiving Day, has still not been located.

On Saturday, police announced that an anonymous donor is offering $25,000 for information leading to the safe return of the new mom. She was last seen on surveillance video at a Safeway grocery store on Nov. 22 with her 1-year-old daughter. Frazee, told police he later saw Berreth to pick up their daughter.

Berreth, 29, was reported missing on Dec. 2 by her mother, Cheryl.

Woodland Park police served Frazee with a search warrant on Friday to begin investigating his 35-acre property in the rural town of Florissant, Colorado, about 35 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

Frazee and Berreth do not live together.

While Frazee has not spoken to the media, he says he continues to cooperate with investigators. He has not been named a suspect or person of interest.

“Patrick Frazee continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation of Kelsey Berreth,” Frazee’s attorney, Jeremy Loew, said in a statement Friday. “We understand that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Frazee’s property. Mr. Frazee was never asked to voluntarily participate in this search. We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation.”

A neighbor of Frazee sent ABC News photos of authorities bringing in an excavator to begin digging on the property at about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities completed their search of the property late Saturday, according to Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO-TV.

It is not clear whether they found anything at the home.

The search warrant is sealed and authorities would not disclose what led them to investigate Frazee’s home and land in the first place.

Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Friday that they still want to sit down with Frazee for an interview, but had yet to do so.

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Loved ones of missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl hold onto hope she will be found

U.S. NEWS Loved ones of missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl hold onto hope she will be found https://linewsradio.com/loved-ones-of-missing-13-year-old-wisconsin-girl-hold-onto-hope-she-will-be-found/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

WQOW(NEW YORK) —  Loved ones and friends of 13-year-old Jayme Closs released balloons at a weekend vigil and reaffirmed their pledge to find her alive, marking two months since police believe she was abducted from her Wisconsin home where they found her parents shot to death.

“Jayme, grandpa wants you to know that we will never give up,” Robert Naiberg said during Saturday’s vigil. “I want nothing more than to get my granddaughter back home to me and her family where she belongs.”

Family and friends gathered around a Christmas tree on Saturday at Riverview Middle School in Barron, Wisconsin, where Jayme is a student. The 16-foot “tree of hope” was dedicated to Jayme and decorated with green lights and ribbons for all abducted children and blue ones for Jayme’s favorite color.

 “I wish every day that whoever has you would just let you go or drop you off somewhere safe so I could pick you up,” Naiberg, 72, told the crowd, reading from a prepared statement.

The group released 200 green and blue balloons into a clear and chilly Wisconsin sky to let the community know the search for Jayme will not end.

“I need my sweet granddaughter Jayme back,” Naiberg said.

Jayme disappeared on Oct. 15, when an emergency dispatch center received a 911 hang-up call from inside the Closs family home and could hear screaming in the background. When a dispatcher called the number back, it went to the cellphone voicemail of Jayme’s mother, Denise Closs, police said.

Police responded to the home about 4 minutes after that 911 call ended, but by the time they got there, Jayme was gone.

The bodies of Denise Closs, 46, and Jayme’s father, James Closs, 56, were found in the house. Both had been shot to death, police said.

Investigators suspect that Jayme was abducted by whoever killed her parents. They have yet to say if they suspect the Closs family was targeted or victims of a random attack.

Authorities searching for Jayme say that while they have received numerous tips about the girl, none of them have yet to pan out. Police and thousands of volunteers have combed the area around Jayme’s home.

The Barron County sheriff’s department has also sent an urgent request to deer hunters, who will be active in the area this time of year, to be on the lookout for clues.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for any information leading to the discovery of Jayme. Half the reward was put up by Jennie-O Turkey Store, a turkey hatchery and processing plant in Barron where Jayme’s parents worked.

“What we are running on right now is hope,” Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told those gathered at the tree lighting dedicated to Jayme on Wednesday night.

 Fitzgerald said sheriff’s investigators, FBI and the Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating every lead in the case although authorities concede that the number of new leads coming in has dwindled considerably.

“It’s the Christmas season,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s time to believe and it’s time to bring hope so we can bring a 13-year-old girl home.”

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Sen. Susan Collins: Obamacare court decision ‘far too sweeping,’ health care law ‘should be maintained’

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is speaking out against a federal judge’s ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

She told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that she believes the judge’s ruling overturning the entire law goes too far and that the court should instead remove the individual mandate to buy health insurance while keeping the rest of the law intact.

“The judge’s ruling was far too sweeping. He could have taken a much more surgical approach and just cut down the individual mandate and keep the rest of the law intact,” Collins said.

Collins criticized the individual mandate for being a tax disproportionately on lower and middle income taxpayers, but expressed support for parts of the Affordable Care Act.

“There are many good provisions of the law. Those should be retained,” Collins added.

Collins was responding to the ruling issued Friday by a federal district court judge in Texas on a lawsuit brought by Republican attorneys general from 20 states challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate.

Judge Reed O’Connor held that because last year’s tax reform bill set the individual mandate’s tax to zero, it no longer functioned as an instance of Congress’ constitutionally protected power to tax. In 2012, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts had cited that power in his decision to cast the deciding vote to uphold the law.

O’Connor concluded that striking down the individual mandate would necessitate throwing out the rest of the law. He did not, however, issue an injunction, meaning the law can continue to be applied as the appeal process continues. The case will likely head to the Supreme Court.

Collins found a middle ground, suggesting that while other key provisions of the law should be retained, the individual mandate should still be cut from the existing law.

“This disproportionately affected lower and middle income families. In addition, not one Democratic senator offered an amendment to strike the repeal of the individual mandate, although they had the opportunity to do so. And that’s because it was probably the most unpopular and unfair provision of the Affordable Care Act,” Collins said.

The Maine Republican said that she did not regret her support for the tax reform bill that zeroed out the individual mandate penalty and led to the federal court’s decision but said that access to affordable health care still needs to be improved.

“It’s something we should still pursue because affordability is a real problem for so many Americans who do not receive the subsidies under the Affordable Care Act because they make just a little more than 400 percent of the poverty rate,” Collins said.

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President Trump reviewing case of former US service member charged with murder of suspected bomb maker

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he will be reviewing the case of a former U.S. Army Green Beret who has been charged with the murder of a suspected Taliban bomb maker, suggesting that the president may be considering granting a pardon.

The charges against Major Matthew Golsteyn, announced last week by U.S. Army Special Operations Command, follow multiple investigations into his role in the 2010 death of an Afghan man whose killing he admitted to Fox News during a 2016 interview. The death occurred while Golsteyn was on deployment in with an Army Special Forces unit in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan .

“Major Matthew Golsteyn’s immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him,” said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, in a statement last week.

Golsteyn has been charged with premeditated murder, a charge that could result in the death penalty if he is convicted.

The Army Criminal Investigation Command’s initial investigation of Golsteyn began after he admitted in a 2011 CIA job interview that he had killed the man he suspected of being a bomb maker. The investigators did not determine conclusively that Golsteyn had killed the man, but the admission resulted in Golsteyn losing a Silver Star for heroism he had earned during his deployment.

A later review of the alleged killing by an Army Review Board resulted in Golsteyn leaving the Army in 2015 with a general discharge.

The Army investigation into the alleged incident was triggered following Golsteyn’s October 2016 appearance on Fox News, in which he said that he had killed the man during his deployment.

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Sen. Dick Durbin: Obamacare ruling ‘once again puts Republicans in Washington on the spot’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Just days after a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, the Senate minority whip said Sunday the ruling is bad news for Republicans in Congress.

“It once again puts Republicans in Washington on the spot,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. “If you’re going to take away the Affordable Care Act, how will you protect the millions of people currently using it for health insurance for their family?”

Judge Reed O’Connor, appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2007 by former President George W. Bush, ruled that the individual mandate is illegal and therefore the entire law is unconstitutional. He did not issue an injunction, however, and the law remains in place pending appeal.

President Donald Trump tweeted twice late Friday that the ruling, which throws the health care of millions covered under the law into flux, is “Great news for America!” and said that “Mitch and Nancy” need to “get it done,” suggesting that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi pass new health care legislation.

Former President Barack Obama posted messages on social media encouraging Americans to enroll by Sunday’s open enrollment deadline, despite the ruling.

“You might have heard about a federal court decision on a Republican lawsuit trying to strike down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety,” Obama wrote on Facebook and then shared on Twitter. “That can be a scary thing to hear, particularly if you or someone you care about has a pre-existing condition. And that’s why it’s so important for you to know that last night’s ruling changes nothing for now. As this decision makes its way through the courts, which will take months, if not years, the law remains in place and will likely stay that way.”

Durbin said that Democrats would be “happy” to sit down and talk about new health care legislation, but that “you have to look at the history,” which is that the “president for two years has done everything in his power to put an end to the protections included.”

Republicans in Congress are already facing a precarious political fight over government funding, which will expire on Dec. 21. Trump said last week that he would be “proud” to shut down the government over border wall funding.

Durbin said that the shutdown is “entirely in the hands of President Donald Trump, who bragged last week that this was his decision.”

He added that Congress should be looking at other border issues and that a wall would do “virtually nothing” to stem drug trafficking, namely the influx of fentanyl. Durbin cited a Centers for Disease Control report released on Wednesday that said fentanyl has become the drug most associated with overdoses in the U.S.

“We could be scanning vehicles coming into the United States to see if they contain contraband, narcotics, firearms, even victims of human trafficking,” he said.

He also said Democrats are trying to give the Department of Homeland Security what they need, including putting $1.3 billion on the table for “barriers,” though he noted that the “barriers” are defined in such a way “so we aren’t building some medieval wall.”

The Trump administration has asked for $5 billion in funding to construct a border wall, and Trump has continued threats to close the government just as investigations into his associates heated up.

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani blasts former personal attorney Michael Cohen as pathetic

ABC News(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani blasted the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen as “pathetic” and a “serial liar” when questioned about Cohen’s claim that as a candidate Trump directed him to arrange hush payments to women who claimed to have past affairs with Trump.

“The man is pathetic. That’s a lawyer you were interviewing,” Giuliani told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday after watching a clip of Cohen’s exclusive interview with Stephanopolous last week. “He’s the guy you depend on to determine whether or not you should do it this way or that way.”

In his first interview since being sentenced to three years in prison, Cohen told ABC News that during the campaign Trump did direct him to pay off women with claims of past affairs and that the president knew what he was doing was wrong.

“Nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump. He directed me, as I said in my allocution and I said as well in the plea, he directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters,” Cohen told Stephanopolous in the exclusive interview.

Giuliani said the president maintains that he did not direct Cohen to make the hush payments, which Giuliani said were initiated by Cohen.

“Well, the president said that’s false,” Giuliani said on This Week when questioned about Cohen’s claim that Trump directed his actions.

“And he said it was false under oath,” Giuliani continued, referring to Cohen. “He said it was false in his tape recorded conversation with Chris Cuomo. He said it was false on five other tape recorded conversations. He said on those tape recorded conversations that he did it on his own to start and then he brought it to the president and then the president reimbursed him.”

In addition to maintaining that the president was uninvolved in the payments initially, Giuliani went further in asserting that the hush payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn star Stormy Daniels, whose actual name is Stephanie Clifford, were not illegal in the first place.

“It’s not a crime, it’s not a crime, George, paying $130,000 to Stormy whatever, and paying $100,000 to the other one, it’s not a crime,” Giuliani said, pointing to the legal case involving John Edwards, a former U.S. senator and former presidential contender.

When Stephanopoulos challenged that there are major differences with the Edwards case, Giuliani argued there were grounds for comparison and said that because the payments were not solely for the purpose of influencing the election, but also to protect the president’s family from embarrassing media coverage, the payments do not meet the legal standard for illegal campaign contributions.

“I can produce an enormous number of witnesses that say the president was very concerned about how this was going to affect his children, his marriage, not just this one but similar — all those women came forward at that point in time, that — that tape with Billy Bush and all of that. It’s all part of the same thing. And I know what he was concerned about and I can produce 20 witnesses to tell you what he was concerned about,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani went on to characterize the seriousness of the charge of a campaign finance violation.

“Oh right, a campaign finance violation, give me a break,” Giuliani said, and sought to draw a comparison to a reporting violation by the 2008 Obama campaign. In that case, the Obama campaign was fined for not properly filing on information regarding a collection of donations in the final days of the campaign.

Though Trump and his team say Cohen is lying, Cohen says it’s the president who is not telling the truth.

“He knows the truth, I know the truth, others know the truth, and here is the truth: The people of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he is saying. The man doesn’t tell the truth. And it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.

Trump has maintained that he never directed Cohen to break the law, and if Cohen did, he says he is without fault.

“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made,” Trump said in a tweet Thursday.

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Pete Davidson hugs pal Machine Gun Kelly after “Saturday Night Live”

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Rosalind O’Connor/NBC(NEW YORK) — After Pete Davidson posted a disturbing note on Instagram Saturday saying he didn’t “want to be on this earth anymore,” his friend, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, tweeted that he was getting on a plane headed to New York City to support Davidson.  Well, he made good on his word.

 

“im in the plane now on the way to see Pete. gonna make sure he’s good, i promise. can’t have my boy in the darkness like that,” Kelly tweeted.  The two men became friends this past summer after they filmed a movie together called Big Time Adolescence.

 

E! Online reports that after Saturday Night Live last night, Davidson and Kelly were seen together driving in an SUV.  When Davidson dropped Kelly off, they exchanged a hug before Davidson continued on.

 

Police performed a “wellness check” on Davidson on Saturday before the show aired, and he was said to be “fine.”  His former fiancee Ariana Grande tweeted and then deleted a message to Davidson, saying she was downstairs at the SNL studios if he needed her.

 

On Saturday night, a smiling Davidson was seen briefly on SNL, introducing Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s second musical performance.  He didn’t appear in any other sketches, though he had a part in a pre-taped segment.

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California decides not to move forward with texting tax after FCC ruling

U.S. NEWS California decides not to move forward with texting tax after FCC ruling https://linewsradio.com/california-decides-not-to-move-forward-with-texting-tax-after-fcc-ruling/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

ViewApart/iStock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Feel free to send as many “LOLs,” “WTFs” and “u up?” messages as you want, Californians.

A planned vote on a texting surcharge, a tax for texts, will not go forward in January as planned, the California Public Utilities Commission announced late Friday. The reason: not because it was a bad idea, but because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a ruling on Wednesday which would’ve made the tax unlikely to pass legal muster.

Those precious pennies added to your cellphone bill all come down to the difference between an information service and a telecommunication service.

“On Dec. 12, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling finding that ‘text messaging’ is an information service, not a telecommunications service, under the Federal Telecommunications Act, which limits state authority over information services,” the CPUC said in its statement. “Prior to this FCC ruling, text messaging was not a classified service under federal law. Under California law, telecommunications services are subject to the collection of surcharges to support a number of CUPC public programs that subsidize the cost of service for rural Californians and for low income, disadvantaged communities, and provided special services for the deaf, the hard of hearing, and the disabled.”

As the statement said, intrastate telecommunications services, like your run-of-the-mill phone calls, are taxed in California. But texting is a relatively recent phenomenon and there hasn’t been a major update of federal telecommunications law since the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It was in that piece of legislation that the federal government made a distinction between information services and telecommunication services.

The FCC’s ruling on Wednesday clarified that texting is an information service, and therefore cannot be taxed by California. The CPUC had planned to vote on Jan. 10 to determine for itself which category texting fell under.

“In light of the FCC’s action, assigned Commissioner Carla J. Peterman has withdrawn from the CPUC’s Jan. 10, 2019 Voting Meeting agenda the draft decision in Docket R. 17-06-023, which proposed to clarify that text messaging service should be subject to the statutory surcharge requirement,” CPUC said in its statement.

The text tax would’ve increased consumers’ bills — at least those with text messaging services — by about 7 percent each, according to Republican state Assemblyman Jim Patterson.

Patterson took a victory lap on Saturday in the wake of the CPUC statement, saying, “You can bet I’ll keep a watchful eye on them for future shenanigans. For now…consider the Text Tax cancelled.”

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Authorities bring in digging equipment to search property of missing Colorado mom’s fiance

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ABCNews.com(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Authorities began digging on the Colorado property owned by Kelsey Berreth’s fiance Saturday as the search for the missing mom at his home entered a second day.

The Woodland Park Police Department also announced an anonymous donor is offering $25,000 for information leading to the safe return of the new mom who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day. She was last seen on surveillance video at a Safeway grocery store on Nov. 22 with her 1-year-old daughter. Her fiance, Patrick Frazee, told police he later saw Berreth to pick up their daughter.

Berreth, 29, was reported missing on Dec. 2 by her mother, Cheryl.

Woodland Park police served Frazee with a search warrant on Friday to begin investigating his 35-acre property in the rural town of Florissant, Colorado, about 35 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

Frazee and Berreth do not live together.

While Frazee has not spoken to the media, he continues to cooperate with investigators. He has not been named a suspect or person of interest.

“Patrick Frazee continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation of Kelsey Berreth,” Frazee’s attorney, Jeremy Loew, said in a statement Friday. “We understand that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Frazee’s property. Mr. Frazee was never asked to voluntarily participate in this search. We encourage law enforcement to take whatever steps it deems necessary to find Kelsey Berreth and to be able to exclude Patrick Frazee as a possible suspect in this missing person investigation.”

A neighbor of Frazee sent ABC News photos of authorities bringing in an excavator to begin digging on the property at about 3 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities completed their search of the property late Saturday, according to Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO.

It is not clear whether they found anything at the home.

The search warrant is sealed and authorities would not disclose what led them to investigate Frazee’s home and land in the first place.

Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said Friday that they still want to sit down with Frazee for an interview, but had yet to do so.

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