5 things to know today: Ex-Manson follower recommended for parole

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Here’s a few things to help you start your weekend off informed:

1. Panel recommends parole for ex-Manson follower Van Houten.

The decision to parole 66-year-old ex-Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, who helped kill Leno La Bianca and his wife Rosemary, is set to undergo administrative review by a parole board. Van Houten is the first Manson follower to make it this far in the parole process, the Associated Press reports.

2. 30-story apartment tower set to become Austin’s first “car-free” complex.

Intended to encourage walking, biking and public transportation, possible real estate project The Avenue would be a 30-story luxury apartment tower on Congress Avenue and Austin’s first complex without any space for cars, the American-Statesman’s Shonda Novak reports.

3. Bernie Sanders explains Hillary Clinton’s use of racist term during debate.

During last night’s Democratic debate candidate Bernie Sanders criticized rival Hillary Clinton’s use of the word “superpredator” 20 years ago because, ” It was a racist term, and everybody knew it was a racist term,” Vox reports. The term is thought to characterize young, black Americans as violent or prone to criminal activity.

4. Eight-month-old baby among those rescued from Japanese earthquake rubble.

An eight-month-old baby was just one of the many rescued from the rubble left by the deadly magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Thursday, BBC reports.

5. Alamo Drafthouse still won’t have any of your nonsense.

Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League responded to AMC Entertainment’s CEO Adam Aron’s assertion that cellphones and movie theaters might have a future together with a statement that adamantly supports the necessity of a no-texting policy, saying the alternative “could seriously hurt our industry,” Austin360’s Danielle Lopez reports.

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