Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Panel recommends parole for Manson family member

A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Manson won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance before a parole board panel.

Bruce Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in the killings of a musician and a stuntman, was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969.

The answer to his plea for freedom came on the eve of his 70th birthday. He was 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 in a case that was a postscript to Manson's notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family.

Davis long maintained he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but in recent years he acknowledged his shared responsibility because he was present.

The hearing was at the California Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is imprisoned.

His release was opposed by a Los Angeles prosecutor and by a former Manson family member, Barbara Hoyt, as well as Sharon Tate's sister, Debra Tate. The two women attended the hearing, according to The Tribune of San Luis Obispo.

Illinois lobbyist gets year in prison - William Cellini was sentenced Thursday to a year and day in prison for his role in corruption tied to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Cellini, 77, a longtime Republican lobbyist and fundraiser, had operated for years in the shadows of Illinois government, cozying up to politicians in both parties to build formidable clout before he was taken down in the scandal-plagued Blagojevich administration.

A federal jury convicted Cellini nearly a year ago for engaging in an age-old conspiracy scheme that demanded campaign cash for access.

Cellini addressed the court, saying he deeply regrets the pain and suffering he caused his family.

Mars rover to shake things up - Mars Curiosity is about to take its first sip of the red planet's sand. But only after NASA's rover plays bartender to make sure the dry dust is shaken, not stirred.

The rover's scoop will dig into the sand Saturday. Then the action starts. The end of the rover's 220-pound arm will shake "at a nice tooth-rattling vibration level" for eight hours, like a Martian martini mixer gone mad, said mission sampling chief Daniel Limonadi said.

"It kind of looks and feels like if you open the hood of your car with the engine running," Limonadi said, making engine noises in a Thursday NASA telephone news conference.

American says it knows why seats came loose on planes - American Airlines is canceling dozens of flights as it scrambles to fix seats that could pop loose during flight.

Airline officials said late Thursday that they had come up with a fix for the seats, and began pulling 48 Boeing 757s out of service to make repairs. …

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