5 things to know Friday, March 25: Man linked to Paris attacks captured

Police officers block a street in Argenteuil, northwest of Paris, late Thursday March 24, 2016 as security forces locked down the area during a major search, France's interior minister said. Bernard Cazeneuve said there were no links "at this stage" between the plot and the attacks against Brussels this week or Paris in November. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Police officers block a street in Argenteuil, northwest of Paris, late Thursday March 24, 2016 as security forces locked down the area during a major search, France’s interior minister said. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Here’s what you need to know to start your weekend informed:

1. Man linked to Paris attacks captured in raid.

French officials say that have arrested a man, linked to the ringleader of the Paris attacks, in a Paris suburb Friday, the Associated Press reports. 34-year-old Reda Kriket had been wanted since January because of suspicions that he was linked to the terrorist attack. French officials have revealed that Kriket was in the “advanced stages” of planning another attack on a target in France.

2. Austin police officer fired for David Joseph killing files appeal.

Former Austin police officer Geoffrey Freeman has appealed his Monday firing for the shooting death of unarmed teen David Joseph, the American-Statesman’s Philip Jankowski reports. An independent arbitrator will be required to review Freeman’s firing, which came after an internal investigation determined his shooting of the 17-year-old in February was unjustified, and decide whether or not to uphold the decision. Freeman’s lawyers argue that he performed his duties as he was trained to during his encounter with Joseph.

3. Austin City Council changes background check rules.

After an Austin City Council vote Thursday night, companies in the city will now be required to hold off on checking a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been issued, the American-Statesman’s Andra Lim reports. This “fair chance hiring” ordinance means that applicants can no longer be required to check a box revealing whether or not they have a criminal history. Companies, which must have more than 15 workers for the ordinance to apply to them, may be fined for violating the new rule. Those who support the ordinance are hopeful it will help provide more job opportunities for those with a criminal background.

4. Petition asks Obama to replace Church of Scientology on Guadalupe Street with HEB.

UT sophomore Abhishek Deb has started a petition on change.org, which has garnered nearly 1,000 supporters, proposing that the Church of Scientology on Guadalupe Street be replaced with an HEB, the American-Statesman’s Jake Harris reports. Deb said he created the petition for a government class, and it’s meant to be satirical. “It was addressed to President Barack Obama, who obviously has no power over the situation, and it isn’t a viable solution to uproot an institution like the church,” he said. The church has been at that location since 1979. When asked about the petition, someone with the church responded by revealing plans for a “multi-million dollar renovation to the building.”

5. Easter Bunny visits Barton Creek Mall.

Not everyone was excited to come face to face with the Easter Bunny Thursday at Barton Creek Mall. Pictures by the American-Statesman’s Rodolfo Gonzalez show a handful of kids, dressed in their Sunday best, looking less than thrilled to be meeting the rabbit behind the Easter baskets.

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