Friars Sisters concert raises more than $70K for Saint John priority neighbourhoods

The Friars Sisters have been entertaining Saint John with an annual fundraising concert for 15 years now.

Each year, the family makes a donation to a different community group and this year they chose the five priority neighbourhoods of Saint John.

“I’m so grateful and I know my family is grateful to be able to call Greater Saint John home, and to be able to work with the people and create that sense of energy and sense of community spirit has just been a wonderful experience,” said Tracy Friars.

“We look forward to continuing to do it.”

But this year is different, and not just because the $71,530.75 is the largest sum they’ve ever raised. On top of a one-time $50,000 donation that will be spread equally between the five neighbourhoods, the remaining $21,530.75 will be used to start an endowment fund for those same communities.

“We had the great privilege over the last 15 years to be involved in community projects and we recognized last year, in our 14th year when we hit the $1 million mark with our fundraising, that it isn’t something we can do forever. We have a few more events left in us I believe, but we wanted to really use our 15th year to establish that legacy,” said Friars.

“We wanted to look at how do we support our community in the best way and establishing the legacy fund … and knowing that it would be used to support priority neighbourhoods in Greater Saint John was really important to us.”

The Friars Family Celebrate Fund will be managed by the Community Foundation and proceeds from future Celebrate events will be added each year.

Kelly Evans, executive director of the Community Foundation, says the money will be used to support different community undertakings each year.

“This is a real legacy for the Friars family,” she said.

“Every donation will be held in perpetuity, never being spent and the annual earnings will grow year after year and the family is going to be directly involved deciding what happens and how we can best support the priority neighbourhoods for the coming years.”

As for what happens to the $50,000 donation, that’s for each of the neighbourhoods to decide individually. After it is distributed, each community will invest it where it sees fit.

“So it could be food security programs, it could be more literacy programs, it could be just people learning to eat better, you know, all kinds things, children’s programs, adult programs,” said Debbie McLeod, a community involvement coordinator with Social Development.

“That money means so much to each neighbourhood because each neighbourhood is a little but unique and the money will be divided up and then they will do so many wonderful things.”

As for how many more times Saint John can expect to see the Friars Sisters take the stage, that remains to be seen. Friars says she thinks they have another couple years left, enough to ensure that the fund lasts long into the future.

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Democratic lawmaker Rashida Tlaib makes profanity-laced vow to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Democratic congresswoman kicked off her term with an expletive-laced vow to impeach US President Donald Trump, triggering Republican outrage and testing party discipline a day after Democrats regained the House.

As a clip of Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib’s animated comments circulated widely on social media, Trump on Friday (Jan 4) tartly dismissed the threat of impeachment, while the newly elected Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared loath to reign in the congresswoman’s language.

“How do you impeach a president who has won perhaps the greatest election of all time, done nothing wrong (no Collusion with Russia, it was the Dems that Colluded), had the most successful first two years of any president, and is the most popular Republican in party history 93%?” Trump posted on Twitter.

“They only want to impeach me because they know they can’t win in 2020, too much success!”

At an event hours after her swearing-in on Thursday, Tlaib told a cheering crowd of supporters: “People love you. And you win.”

“And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won, bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf****r.”

Salty language by US lawmakers – or presidents, for that matter – is nothing new.

Trump, hardly the paradigm of verbal decency, last year derided African nations as “s***hole” countries, after all.

But the timing and optics of Tlaib’s outburst are notable.

Democrats have just seized control of the House of Representatives, after eight years in the minority.

Tlaib, 42, is one in a cadre of ebullient, media-savvy rising stars – the self-described “radical” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another – who aim to shake up the Washington status quo.

Such progressives will be eager to push back against an administration they believe has abused its authority in the nearly two years since Trump’s inauguration.

Doubling down on her outburst, Tlaib – the first Palestinian-American elected to Congress, and one of the first two Muslim women voted into the chamber – tweeted on Friday: “I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe.”


As the chamber’s new speaker, the 78-year-old Pelosi is challenged with keeping Trump – as well as the more radical elements of her own party – in check.

Pelosi sought to downplay Tlaib’s potty mouth.

“I probably have a generational reaction to it. But in any event I’m not in the censorship business,” she told a town hall that aired Friday on MSNBC.

“But I don’t think it’s any worse than what the president has said.”

Republicans have bridled at Tlaib’s comments, using them to portray Democrats as politically-motivated opponents seeking retribution against Trump rather than to find common ground.

“We watched a new freshman stand up, use this language, get cheered by their base, and we watched a brand new speaker say nothing to her,” top House Republican Kevin McCarthy said.

“That action should not stand.”

Democrats who support impeachment have argued that Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI director James Comey, and that hush payments to at least two women made by his personal attorney during the presidential race violated campaign finance laws.

As a long-time Trump critic, Tlaib made calls for his impeachment central to her campaign – and was once arrested for heckling the then-candidate during his White House run.

“The time for impeachment proceedings is now,” she wrote in a co-authored op-ed published in the Detroit Free Press newspaper the morning of her entry into Congress.

House Democrat Brad Sherman agrees, and on Thursday formally introduced impeachment measures against Trump. They are unlikely to get a vote on the House floor, at least for now.

Even if Democrats believe some of Trump’s actions clear the threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” Pelosi has downplayed the prospects of impeachment, saying it’s “not something that I’m stirring the pot on.”

She wants special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian electoral interference – and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign – to run its course before Congress decides about taking such a serious step.

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Ottawa-born man accused of spying in Russia has U.S., Irish, British passports

MOSCOW (AP) — The American former Marine who is being held in Moscow on spying charges was born in Ottawa, and also holds British and Irish citizenship.

The news that Paul Whelan holds citizenship in at least three countries adds complexity to an already-murky case. Whelan, the 48-year-old global security director for a U.S. auto parts company, was arrested a week ago in Moscow. At the time, he was identified only as an American.

Whelan was born in Ottawa and moved to the United States as a child; whether he holds citizenship in Canada is unclear. Following his detainment in Russia, Global Affairs said in a statement to Global News:

“Consular officials are aware that a Canadian citizen has been arrested in Russia. Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed.”

Russian authorities have released no information about the charges against Whelan, who could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of spying. Russian media reported Thursday that Whelan had been formally indicted for spying and the Interfax news agency said he denied the allegation.

Britain’s foreign secretary charged that Russia is trying to use him as a pawn in its geopolitical games.

Whelan’s family says he was in Russia to attend a friend’s wedding. A Russian lawmaker, meanwhile, hinted Friday that the detainee could possibly be swapped for a Russian woman who has pleaded guilty to trying to influence U.S. politics.

Relations between Moscow and London have hit a low point in the wake of Britain’s allegations that Russian military intelligence agents were behind the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian former double agent and his daughter in the British city of Salisbury in March.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said his government was helping Whelan.

“We are giving him every support we that we can, but we don’t agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games,” Hunt said Friday on Sky News. “We are extremely worried about him and his family.”

Whelan’s British citizenship was reported by the U.S. embassy to British officials on Thursday, according to Britain’s Press Association. That was a day after U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. met with Whelan at Lefortovo Prison in Moscow.

“He has British citizenship. The British side has sent a request for a consular visit. Work on it is in progress,” the Russian state news agency Tass cited Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying.

Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday confirmed that Whelan also holds Irish citizenship and said it also is requesting consular access to him in Moscow.

The nerve agent poisonings in British has scarred U.K.-Russian relations.

Russia has angrily denied involvement in the Salisbury poisonings. The two Russian suspects identified by British authorities, who were spotted on security cameras in Salisbury on the day that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were poisoned, claim they were businessmen on a short holiday to see the city’s famed cathedral.

Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats in the case, and Russia sent home the same number. Many British allies made similar expulsions, with more than 150 Russian diplomats kicked out overall.

Whelan’s arrest came two weeks after Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty in the United States to conspiring to act as a foreign agent by trying to infiltrate conservative circles and the National Rifle Association to influence U.S. politics.

Butina has become a cause celebre for Russia — her face is being used as the profile picture on the Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page — and the timing of Whelan’s arrest has led to suggestions that he is being seen as a potential swap for her.

A top member of Russia’s parliament, foreign affairs committee deputy head Dmitry Novikov, on Friday appeared to suggest that was a possibility once the investigation into Whelan was completed.

“I think that we have to give our special services the opportunity to finalize things with the detainees. Then we will see,” he said, according to the Interfax news agency.

Whelan, a former staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, has visited Russia since at least 2007. He is the global security director for the Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner, an auto parts supplier.

— Katz contributed from London. With files from Global News.

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Woman accidentally leaves gold, diamonds and pearls in clothing donation bag

A Halifax woman who accidentally donated her lifelong collection of gold, diamonds and pearls is hoping against the odds that her jewelry will be returned.

Jane Lowe realized too late that her husband had stashed a Ziploc bag of valuable gifts and family heirlooms in a bag of donation-ready clothes when the couple was headed out of town.

The treasures included a string of pearls gifted from her father, a gold tennis bracelet, diamond and amethyst earrings and gold necklaces from a family member who passed away.

Lowe contacted Diabetes Canada, which picked up the clothes, and the Value Village locations where the bag could have ended up.

The people she’s spoken with have been accommodating and eager to help, but it’s now a waiting game for a possible miracle return of her collection.

“I’m hopeful that we get it back but I don’t really have any concrete sort of reason to be hopeful. It’s just, I guess, luck, isn’t it?” Lowe said Friday from her home in Halifax.

Value Village staff told Lowe that valuables like the ones she described are usually brought to a supervisor to be itemized and locked in a safe, but so far nobody has reported finding the jewelry.

While the value is certainly significant for some of the lost treasures, Lowe doesn’t think most of the items could be sold to a pawn shop for their original price — the biggest blow has been the loss of irreplaceable heirlooms.

Some items, including an emerald and diamond pendant, were especially valuable, but Lowe said the sentimental value of her grandmother’s imitation pearls, for example, couldn’t possibly be assigned a price.

“Sometimes whether it’s real or not doesn’t matter, it’s what it meant to you,” she said.

The mistake was an honest miscommunication.

Lowe had already sorted the bags and didn’t think to look through them, and she didn’t know where he had hidden the bag, something he does as a precaution when they leave the house for a lengthy period of time.

“We’re kicking ourselves now, of course, but I just didn’t think to ask him,” she said.

The loss of so many memory-laden items has been saddening. Lowe hoped to give the jewelry to her children and granddaughters one day, but she’s trying to stay positive and appreciate her life’s other blessings.

“We’re healthy and we have a good life, so you have to think of those things.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Attempt to smear congresswoman with clip of her dancing backfires

Many social media users have defended Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after the clip, which showed her swirling and shuffling on the building as part of a popular internet trend, was widely circulated on Twitter before she was sworn in on Thursday.

She to responded her critics by posting a video of her dancing into her new office to the song War by Edwin Starr.

In her tweet, she added: “I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out congresswomen dance too! 💃🏽”

One critic sharing the old video from 2010 on Twitter had written: “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is.”

Another wrote: “After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is forced out of office after one term she can go dance on a stage that has a pole.”

The full “Brat Pack Mashup” video, which was filmed at Boston University and includes several other students dancing, was first uploaded to YouTube in more than eight years ago and showed participants imitating scenes from famous 1980s films.

The 29-year-old Democrat graduated from the university in 2011 after studying economics and international relations.

At the time of the video’s release, Boston University wrote on their website: “Using the European band Phoenix’s Lisztomania, the students created what they call the BU ‘Lisztomania’ Brat Pack Mashup, a homage to the original, which first aired on YouTube last year.

“The mashup, a remix of song and video clips, was an instant sensation and has been replicated worldwide.”

Actor Russell Crowe was among those to back the politician after the footage resurfaced, saying he thought she was “fantastic”.

“The more politicians we have like @AOC the sooner we’ll all be dancing,” he tweeted.

“This is a real person, in touch with her roots. She has a perspective, a work ethic and a humanity-based philosophy that seeks the best outcome for the most people… more power to her.”

Comedian Patton Oswalt questioned what was wrong with Ms Ocasio-Cortez “dancing adorably and having fun with her friends”.

And Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty added: “Now she’s totally done for. Newly unearthed video reveals that when @AOC was in college, she was… adorable.”

Another new congresswoman to have caused a stir is Rashida Tlaib, who used some very strong language to describe Donald Trump hours after she was sworn in as one of the first two Muslim women in Congress.

Speaking at an event in Washington, the new Michigan representative was recorded as saying: “Bullies don’t win… because we’re going to go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf*****.”

She is also the first Palestinian-American to be elected to Congress and wore a traditional thobe as she was sworn in.

Fellow Democrat lhan Omar, who is of Somali descent and represents Minnesota, became the first person to wear a hijab in the chamber.

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How the mid-term elections broke records

This year’s crucial mid-term elections were always likely to make history.

More women and LGBT people ran than ever before and, with a polarising president in the White House, many predicted voters would head to the polls in their droves.

While the headline remains that the Democrats won the House and the Republicans held the Senate, these elections will be remembered for a host of different reasons.

So here are just some of the records that were broken and some of the winners who sealed their place in history…

Year of the woman

This was how the mid-terms were being billed by some, a reference to the 1992 elections in which the number of women in Congress doubled.

And that has proven true. The number of women in both chambers will be at a record high come January, beating the current tally of 107.

It’s worth noting that there are still some districts still to be counted, so yet more women could serve in the 116th Congress.

Hillary Clinton’s surprise defeat to President Donald Trump two years ago, a man who has a history of making sexist remarks, appears to have been a galvanising moment for American women.

The new intake heading to Washington includes a number of historic firsts. Such as…

The youngest congresswoman

Last year, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was mixing cocktails at a restaurant in New York City.

Now, the 29-year-old will swap the tequila and taco bar for the grandeur of the Capitol building after becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer who led a progressive campaign, stormed to victory with more than 78% of the vote in New York’s 13th district.

“We have made history tonight,” she told cheering supporters after the result was confirmed.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles (1600km) away in the state of Iowa, Abby Finkenauer also joined the ranks of the nation’s youngest representatives.

Ms Finkenauer, 29, won a close race in Iowa’s first district and will unseat Republican Rod Blum.

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Historic wins for minorities

In Kansas, Sharice Davids won her race while, in New Mexico, Debra Haaland cruised to a landslide victory in the state’s first district.

It means the two Democrats are the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

Ms Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a former mixed martial arts fighter who was raised by a single mother.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota became the first female Muslim representatives.

Ms Omar fled Somalia’s civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the US.

“It is up to us to fulfil the promise of America,” she told supporters after her win.

“Let’s get to the business of dancing and celebrating,” she added. “We’re going to Washington!”

History was also made in Colorado, where Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected a state governor.

An energised electorate

These elections broke records for early voting, leading experts to predict that turnout could be exceptionally high.

We won’t know the official numbers for several days, but some exit polls showed that it had soared when compared to 2014.

The New York Times estimates that 114 million votes were cast, compared to 83 million four years ago.

Our reporters witnessed long queues at polling stations across the country and also say turnout appeared to be high.

Money, money, money

The amount spent on campaigns during this election cycle broke all previous records, experts say.

The total spend reached more than $5.2 billion (£3.9bn), according to analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

This is a 35% increase on four years ago and the largest increase in at least two decades, the non-profit research group says.

“It’s safe to say that this is a new mid-term record,” a CRP researcher told news website Axios.

This spending covers things like TV and radio broadcasts and digital advertising.

But is this money well spent? Perhaps not.

The BBC’s Georgina Rannard spoke to a number of voters ahead of the elections who agreed on one thing: they were sick and tired of political attack ads.

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Extra kilometre of Rideau Canal Skateway opened to skaters Friday

Skaters have access to a longer chunk of the Rideau Canal Skateway as of 8 a.m. Friday, the National Capital Commission (NCC) says.

The agency has opened an additional one-kilometre section of the outdoor skateway between the Bank Street and Bronson Street bridges.

The latest update means skaters now have access to 3.7 kilometres of the 7.8-kilometre canal rink.

The NCC opened the first 2.7-kilometres of ice surface — located between the Pretoria and Bank Street bridges — to the public on Dec. 30, kicking off the skateway’s 49th skating season.

Other sections of the skateway will be opened “as soon as ice conditions are safe and weather permits,” the NCC said in a release.

Anyone looking to skate on the Rideau Canal can check the skateway’s ice conditions using the NCC’s online interactive map.

The NCC asks residents and visitors to stay off the ice on the sections of the skateway that remain closed.

The Crown corporation, which has managed the Rideau Canal Skateway since 1970, says the skateway receives close to one million visits every year, on average.

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Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu defeats legendary Venus Williams at ASB Classic

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu has recorded her second stunning tennis upset in as many days.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., downed the legendary Venus Williams 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 in a quarterfinal on Friday at the ASB Classic.

Ranked No. 152 in the world, Andreescu beat the third-ranked and former world No. 1 Carolina Wozniacki on Thursday before taking out No. 38 Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and a former world No. 1.

Andreescu won 11 straight games against Williams after losing the first set and falling behind 1-0 in the second set.

“I believe that anything is possible and tonight I think I did the impossible,” Andreescu said in an on-court interview after the match. “I don’t even know what to say. It’s just such an amazing feeling.”

WATCH: Bianca Andreescu — Canada’s next female tennis star?

Meanwhile, Germany’s Julia Goerges came back from a set down on Friday to beat Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., for a spot in the tournament semifinals.

The 14th-ranked Goerges downed the 87th-ranked Canadian 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Goerges is seeded No. 2 and was last year’s champion. She fired seven aces to take the two-hour-28-minute marathon.

The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the Australian Open.

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How, Thomas Page McBee, Questioner of Masculinity, Spends His Sundays

The back flap of Thomas Page McBee’s most recent memoir, “Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man a Man,” notes that he was the first transgender man to ever box in Madison Square Garden. But Mr. McBee, 37, is known less for his skills in the ring than for his determination to unravel the mysteries of manhood. “Amateur” is a follow-up to his 2014 memoir, “Man Alive.” Both books take an unflinching look at gender and masculinity. Mr. McBee lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with his wife, Jessica Bloom, 33, the director of development at a nonprofit. They live with two rescue dogs, Bruno and Henry, and a cat named Olive.

FOCUS The dogs wake us up around 7:30. Jess walks the dogs while I make the coffee. It’s the only time of the entire day I’m in the house by myself, so I try to do something meditative. Like I’ll pull a tarot card to give me my thing to think about for the day. Or I’ll use the notes app on my phone to write down things I’m thinking about. Usually I start the day thinking, What am I struggling with? What’s a barrier I need to get around?

HEART-TO-HEART Then Jess gets home and she makes breakfast, usually some kind of crazy egg thing or pancakes. Jess is my BFF, the person I talk to the most. We don’t get a lot of time to talk during the week, so we spend a lot of time just talking on Sunday mornings.

CHALK IT UP Around 10 I go to the gym around the corner, Chalk. This is actually kind of funny, I think — it’s the gym “Broad City” is filmed in. It’s very classic Williamsburg. Fighting helped me get really in touch with my body. You learn so much about your own anatomy. Since I’ve stopped fighting I’ve gotten really into strength training. I lift weights on my own now. I work out four times a week.

SINGLE MINDED After I shower I like going to movies by myself or going to a museum by myself. I just love the way stories get told visually. There’s something about the immediacy of a movie that sometimes helps me solve problems in my work. It helps me pinpoint things. I like going with other people, too, but it’s like when I saw “BlacKkKlansman” — I didn’t want to discuss it with anyone after. I didn’t want to walk out of the theater with someone else’s thoughts in my mind.

WALK AROUND If I’m going to a movie usually I’ll go to the Nitehawk or the Williamsburg Cinemas. If it’s a museum I really like the Whitney. If I don’t do either of those things, I’ll just go to Greenpoint and walk around. I love Greenpoint because it looks a lot like Pittsburgh, where I’m from. I’m also a bookstore fiend and they have Word bookstore there.

TREAT In the afternoon we’ll walk the dogs at the dog park right next to our house. They love that, when we all go out together. Right after the dogs we do a special thing: we go get ice cream at Mister Dips, around the corner from us at the top of a hotel. It’s soft serve, and they put coatings on it and looks absolutely beautiful. It’s an insane amount to eat and it’s very filling and disgusting. I love it.

HIT THE STACKS Then we’ll usually walk to McNally Jackson, which is another bookstore. I can spend hours in McNally Jackson. It’s got this nice, clean aesthetic. We just pick something up and hang out.

HIS TURN IN THE KITCHEN By the time we get home it’s early evening. This is where I pick up most of the labor, because I had my free time in the morning. I make Sunday dinner. I like doing it because my mom was a big cook. She passed away, so in her memory I’m learning. I’m on a risotto kick.

AVID LISTENER While I’m making dinner I listen to podcasts. I have my favorites, like “This American Life,” obviously. But I also love “Still Processing,” “Savage Lovecast,” “Fresh Air,” “Dear Prudence” and “Call Your Girlfriend.” Another one I really love is “You Must Remember This,” about Hollywood history. But lately I’ve been obsessed with “30 for 30” from ESPN. It’s sports stories told narratively. I continue to think that sports are an interesting way to reach a different audience and to tell social stories.

MENTAL NOTES After dinner we’ll spend some time talking, mostly creative or professional troubleshooting. Then we’ll watch TV, either “Insecure,” the third season, or “BoJack Horseman.” We have different tastes, so those are the shows in the overlapping part of our Venn diagram. Jess gets in bed at 10, and I’ll walk the dogs and then organize the notes I’ve been taking all day. By the end of the day, I’ve written down a million things. I arrange them in the hopes it might help my unconscious work some magic in bed.

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Manson Family murderer Robert Beausoleil recommended for parole

Robert Beausoleil has been recommended for parole by a panel in California after being previously turned down 18 times.

The 71-year-old was not involved in the notorious murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others in August 1969 but was convicted over the killing of musician Gary Hinman a few weeks before.

Hinman was tortured for three days, according to testimony at previous parole hearings, with Charles Manson cutting his face and ear with a sword.

Beausoleil was given a death sentence in 1970 but that was changed to life in prison in 1973 after California temporarily suspended the death penalty.

The victim’s cousin, Kay Hinmam Martley, was at Thursday’s parole hearing and wants incoming California governor Gavin Newsom to block the release.

“I constantly have hope that they’ll do the right thing and keep these people in prison, and now my hopes have to go with the governor,” she said.

Outgoing governor Jerry Brown, whose term ends on 7 January, consistently blocked the release of Manson’s followers.

Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate, also attended the parole hearing and has started a campaign to keep the killer behind bars.

Her petition, signed by 36,00 people, states: “After two days of torture and continuous bleeding from this wound, Bobby Beausoleil had Gary Hinman sign over his two cars, then stabbed Gary Hinman in the chest twice, killing him on July 27, 1969.

“Bobby Beausoleil wrote in blood on the wall ‘Political Piggy’ & drew a panther paw print in blood to try to blame the murders on the Black Panthers.”

Members of the so-called “Manson Family” committed nine murders in July and August 1969 at the cult leader’s request.

Manson himself died in prison in November 2017, age 83.

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