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A boy seriously hurt

this week to fall through a window. after becoming the second child on the Gold Coast And the action heats up with the crowning of Miss Super GP. Early News with Natalie Barr. VOICEOVER: This is Seven's Good morning. the final days Don Lane's son has recalled he shared with his famous father.

about his father PJ Lane sent a heartfelt message was scheduled to attend last night. to an Alzheimer's fundraiser he

will be laid to rest today The legendary entertainer in a private funeral. with Alzheimer's in 2005. Don Lane was diagnosed last night A charity event in Melbourne became a tribute to the TV legend.

we'll be dedicating this show Obviously, tonight to the late Don Lane. was to attend His son, PJ Lane, but instead sent a heartfelt letter his famous father died. written the night before with dementia some time ago "When my dad was diagnosed ahead would bring for him or myself. "I had no idea what the journey

PJ took on the role of carer to the disease. as his father succumbed

in each other's company "We have laughed so hard "and we have ached with the knowing "it was not going to get better." # 'Cause I'm a song and dance man, and clap your hands. # # Come and gather round me is also paying tribute Australia's entertainment industry as the 'Lanky Yank'. to the man many knew who attracted people. He was a human dynamo and that's what I remember. He also had a very big heart, He was a gentle giant. A private funeral will be held today is being organised. and a public memorial has suffered head injuries A 6-year-old boy window in Sydney. after falling from a second-storey when he fell four metres The boy was playing in a bedroom onto concrete below. for head and neck injuries He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to hospital. It's the second time this week in Sydney. a child has fallen from a window after falling through a flyscreen A 3-year-old boy died on Sunday. in a third-storey apartment his truck through a fence A man has died after crashing in Sydney's south-west. and into a swimming pool an intersection at Bangor The truck went through and hit a power pole just after 5pm yesterday. and into a pool, It ploughed through a fence missing the house by a metre. died at the scene. The 55-year-old driver No-one else was hurt. An 88-year-old Perth man, wanted over a World War II murder, has given himself up to authorities. custody by Australian Federal police Charles Zentai was taken into yesterday in Perth's Hakea prison. and spent the night the Federal Government decides He'll remain there until to Hungary. whether to approve his extradition as his legal team, We are very confident, the Home Affairs Minister that submissions put towards are very powerful. a teenager in Budapest in 1944 Zentai is accused of killing when he was a Hungarian soldier. Hazem El Masri Retired rugby league star for a career in politics. is being targeted

the New South Wales Liberal Party News Limited reports the former Bulldogs player has approached the 2011 State election. to contest in the safe Labor seat of Lakemba, El Masri has been earmarked to run Premier Morris Iemma. vacated by former what his futures holds. He says he doesn't know are continuing to investigate Police in Melbourne yesterday's dramatic van explosion not a deliberate attack. but say it was an accident, a leaking gas tank ignited It's believed by remote control. when the van's doors were unlocked The van was torn apart, spreading debris up to 50m away only part of the chassis intact. and leaving it's lucky no-one was killed. Police say the gas tanks were stored safely. WorkSafe is investigating whether after the blast. Neighbours are still cleaning up has defended Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

of asylum seekers to Indonesia. redirecting a group to an Indonesian detention centre. 78 Sri Lankans are on their way Kevin Rudd says United Nations policies. it's humane and in line with Humanity consists of ensuring in Australia, that all of our processes on Christmas Island in Malaysia and elsewhere and in the Indonesia archipelago, with UNHCR processes. are consistent as scare mongering The PM has also dismissed claims by Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey Australia onboard illegal boats. that terrorists could reach and identity checks He says there are mandatory security on all asylum seekers. Officials in Canberra have forecast could boom to 35 million people that Australia's population mid way through this century. living here. There are already 22 million people to grow to 7 million people each, Melbourne and Sydney are projected to four million people. while Brisbane will double Federal Treasury says will test the nation's the population growth sustainability. economic, social and environmental have battled it out for the title The girls of the grid of Miss Super GP on the Gold Coast. in an array of racy outfits - They strutted their stuff some a little cheekier than others. there could only be one winner. But as always, they're all so amazing girls I didn't think I had any chance, got to see them backstage and I just wish all the judges and how they really are. a year of Super GP commitments 20-year-old Ashleigh will fulfil of next year's calendar. and grace the cover at Friday's weather - Now for your first look a late shower or storm today. Sydney could experience Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6am, the life and career of Don Lane. a closer look back on But next on Seven Early News, hundreds of protesters storm the BBC in London. And a fresh start for a much-loved polar bear.

American companies that received billions of dollars in government aid during the global financial crisis have been ordered to slash the salaries of their top executives. 25 of the most senior and highest paid executives at AIG, Citibank, GM and four other large companies are expected to see their pay cut by 90%. Salaries will be capped at $200,000. A bomb has exploded at a British army barracks in Northern Ireland.

It's believed the device was thrown over the fence of the barracks early on Thursday morning. Police say civilian guards were on duty at the time but, remarkably, no-one was injured. It's the second bomb attack by dissident republicans in Belfast in less than a week. Hundreds of protesters have stormed the BBC headquarters in central London.

They're angry over British National Party leader Nick Griffin

being invited to take part in the program 'Question Time'. The BBC's decision to include Griffin as a panellist on the show has divided Britain. The far-right BNP opposes immigration

and has previously denied the Holocaust.

A very unusual guest has tried to check-in to a hotel in China.

The deer wandered around the lobby and drank from a water feature before being subdued with a tranquilliser dart.

It was then transferred to more suitable accommodation

at a local zoo. A depressed polar bear has been moved to greener pastures in Britain.

Mercedes had been delighting animal lovers at Edinburgh Zoo for 25 years until she started feeling down. Now she's living it up at a large playground in the Scottish Highlands. This has been Mercedes' life for 25 years - her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo about half the size of a football pitch. She arrived in Scotland having been saved from death in Canada. She was scheduled to be shot after roaming into a town in search of food. For years, animal-rights campaigners have claimed she shows signs of distress. She is sometimes seen weaving her head from side to side.

But over the years, she has become a celebrity in the Scottish capital and on her last day at the zoo, her fans turned out to say goodbye. She probably is my favourite. When I was younger she was - I always liked to go and see Mercedes. The next morning, Mercedes was on the move. Weighing one-third of a tonne, it wasn't easy winching her crate onto a lorry - a curious eye peering out at the camera. Of course, it's the end of an era. 25 years is a long time. But she will be better off up in the wildlife park. Nevertheless, a few heart strings being pulled at the moment I think. A few hours later, she arrived in the Highlands and it wasn't long before she was out exploring her new 4-acre retreat. Not too keen on the swimming pool, but delighted to finally have room to roam. Judging by some of the more subtle aspects of her behaviour, like, coming out of the pool, and just rolling around in the grass, she looks like a calm animal to me. After just a few hours she looked more like a brown bear than a polar bear, but who cares when you retire to the country at just 28 years old. Debi Edward reporting there in the UK. Your first finance this Early News:

Coming up on 'Sunrise' at 6am - could our rainforests hold the key to a new cancer treatment? But next on Seven Early News - what's next for retired Geelong skipper Tom Harley? And Matt Giteau celebrates winning rugby's highest individual honour.

The stories we're following on the Early News - Don Lane's son has recalled

the final days he shared with his famous father. PJ Lane sent a heartfelt message about his father

to an Alzheimer's fundraiser he was scheduled to attend last night. A 6-year-old boy has suffered head injuries

after falling from a second-storey window in Sydney. The boy was playing in a bedroom when he fell four metres onto concrete below. And 20-year-old personal trainer Ashleigh Sudholz has won the Miss Super GP title on the Gold Coast. Now it's over to Mark Beretta with all the day's sport. Matt Giteau has claimed his place in Australian rugby history after taking out the eighth John Eales medal in Sydney overnight. The star five-eighth polled 190 votes finishing ahead of injured lock Nathan Sharpe and 2008 winner George Smith. It was a welcome change of fortune after an atrocious year for the Wallabies.

I think it's probably the worst Tri Nations I've probably played so I think I've just got to continue to play badly. Teenage sensation James O'Connor was named Rookie of the Year last night. Adam Ashley-Cooper took out Try of the Year. Whobegotyou could be challenged for Cox Plate favouritism for the first time since January as support firms for Heart of Dreams.

The 4-year-old finished off his preparation with some light work at Caulfield yesterday with trainer Mick Price growing in confidence. I think he's absolutely spot on. If he gets a nice run in the race and can't win,

he's not good enough. Professional punters have Whobegotyou giving up 3 or 4 lengths to Heart of Dreams before the home turn in tomorrow's $3 million race. The V8 Supercars hit the track for the first time on the Gold Coast this morning

ahead of qualifying tomorrow's first 150km race. The battle for the championship is red hot with the top two Jamie Whincup and Will Davison only 93-points apart after Bathurst. But even their team-mate s refuse to concede the title race has become a 2-driver war. For me personally, I take the championship on a round-by-round basis. If we come out of this weekend in a stronger position then we fight on at the next one. Tander says qualifying will be crucial on the tight street circuit. Retired Geelong skipper Tom Harley has ruled out coaching at another club because of his strong ties to the Cats. The 31-year-old announced his retirement yesterday a month after the Cats' Grand Final win over St Kilda. With an impressive 198 games under his belt, Harley couldn't be convinced to round out the double century but his future is undecided. Just want to sit back and smell the roses for a bit. Harley, who was married just last week, plans to move to Sydney to be with his wife, Felicity. Rookie Kangaroos prop Ben Hannant will use tomorrow's Four Nations clash with New Zealand as an opportunity to audition for a permanent role in the Australian side. Hannant joins Brett Morris and Brett White in wearing the green and gold for the first time. He was the last man in but Brett Morris has beaten his twin, Josh, to a Test jumper. There's definitely bragging rights. He got the Origin start before me so, you know, I think this one is a little bit higher than Origin so I think I'll take that. Called into the squad when Israel Folau was injured, the Dragons' flier will start on the wing against the Kiwis.

I think Tim was looking for a bloke who plays wing week in, week out

and that's what I did all year and obviously I've got the spot so I just don't want to let him down now. Morris is one of three rookies for Australia with Storm prop Brett White and Bulldog Ben Hannant to also make their debuts here in London.

Very exciting. My heart was racing when we were in the team meeting so, you know, to get your name called out, it's a massive honour. Hannant knows Fuifui Moimoi and the Kiwi forwards will target him. Bring it on. Doesn't faze me. Wouldn't faze any of the boys to be playing at the top of their game. You want to be playing against the best and them throwing their best at you, throw the best at them

so I'm excited. And world champions New Zealand say you can forget the big loss they suffered to Australia in May.

We've still got that hunger and belief so, you know, it's still all there and we believe that we can win so that's all that matters to us. New South Wales will play Trinidad and Tobago in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. The Blues made it through to the final round and a chance at the $3 million prize after smashing Victoria in Delhi. Captain Simon Katich showed off some master strokes. Early this morning,

Trinidad and Tobago won the second semifinal against the Cobras by seven wickets with four balls to spare.

Townsville has slipped from second to fourth place on the NBL ladder after their 92-82 point loss to New Zealand in Auckland last night. Australian cyclist Cadel Evans has signalled his interest in returning to the Tour Down Under this summer. The newly crowned world road race champion says

he's working out his plans for next year and the week-long Adelaide event is on the cards. If he signs on, it could be a major coup for organisers with 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong also tipped to make a return.

What a dream combo. Cadel Evans

What a dream combo. Cadel Evans and Lance Armstrong in a race in

Australia, more sport Australia, more sport on Sunrise. Next on Seven Early News -

we'll check in with Mel and Kochie and take a closer look at how today's weather is shaping up in your part of the world.

Time now to see what's coming up on 'Sunrise' this Friday morning. It's over to Kochie and Mel. Nat, the television world has lost a true legend with the passing of Don Lane. This morning, we'll take a look back at his career and we'll also hear how he's being remembered as his family prepare to say goodbye. Also, Simon Reeve has a special report from Far-North Queensland. The rainforests up there could hold a medical breakthrough in the treatment of cancer. It's already working on animals so could the findings soon be used to treat human patients? Plus, the workplace revolution

Simon is just blown away by what is

going on up there.

and why it could help end that dreaded peak-hour commute. We'll take a look at an eco-challenge too and see how you can save money on your fuel bill. And Ricki-Lee is with us. She's performing her brand new song and we're also going to talk to her about her racy new look.

R What does your dad say? Catch you

soon for Sunrise. Now for a closer look at how the weather's shaping up around the country -

A broad region of low pressure will see hot weather across northern and central areas of the continent. That will extend down into New South Wales with isolated storms for the coast and ranges. It'll be fine and mild in the south. Around the capitals - Brisbane will be fine today and tomorrow. Sydney could experience a late shower or storm today. Melbourne will be fine but partly cloudy.

That's Seven Early News for this Friday. I'm Natalie Barr. Stand-by now for 'Sunrise'. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au