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(generated from captions) and we lower the lid. We flick this lock Norman, over to you. Oh! There it was! $1. So Nick had the $200 there. Oh, dear! Oh, no! We scaled the heights, slippery slope indeed, my friends. and we came down a very, very

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and claiming a life. triggering flash flooding

A family's plea to the truck driver their teenage son. who ran down and killed

You killed my John, my boy. A student charged found at a Sydney school. over an explosive device turns ugly And a neighbourhood dispute over a lilac fence. with Chris Bath. VOICEOVER: This is Seven News Good evening. Sydney has been hit by an afternoon storm that turned day into night

in the city's north. and claimed the life of a man In 10 minutes an incredible 20mm of rain some suburbs recorded

pummelled the city. as an intense storm cell Reporter Paul Kadak is out in the elements. to have eased off now. Paul, it seems

That is right, the storm was deadly.

man has been We had confirm agz a 53 year qleer That is right, the storm was deadly.

man has been killed in the --

has been killed in the ferocious man has been killed in the -- man

conditions. Winds of 100km/h have

brought down a

brought down a shop arning albat bat

in the northern

in the northern beaches. He was hit

and couldn't be revived. No-one else

was injured but we can

was injured but we can confirm a

53-year-old man was killed. Looking

around the city, it is hard to

believe what conditions were like a

would have wanted short time ago. At four o'clock you

would have wanted to have would have wanted to have your

umbrella and it wouldn't have done much good.

much good. Some areas had 20mm oz

Chatswood, rain in 20 minutes with reports at

Chatswood, Lucas Heights,

Turramurra, Guildford,

reports of Turramurra, Guildford, the State Emergency Service has been getting

Emergency Service has been getting

reports of damage at Fairfield and

Sutherland and the

Sutherland and the CBD. Traffic

lights have been knocked out, flash

flooding affecting roads which will flooding affecting roads which

make the trip home worse in some

areas. The MTA is reporting

conditions are

conditions are slow on Liverpool,

the Hume Highway, CityRail is saying

heading in expect delaying on most of the lines

heading in and out of the city this

evening. So a lot of chaos has been

caused in what was just round an

hour of heavy showers. It seemathize

dams and the catchments areas got a

good drink. A lot

over the good drink. A lot of the rain passed

over the dams on its way over the dams on its way to reach

us. Some good news.

now from the weather bureau. Senior forecaster Rob Webb joins me

as a supercell thunderstorm? Rob, do we describe what hit Sydney

Hello, not what we call a supercell,

it is what mereierologists would

call a squall line a lawn like of

thunderstorms but it pack admean thunderstorms but it pack

punch with damaging winds

punch with damaging winds and rain.

Is it climate change. Is it

something we are used to seeing in

Sydney? I call it Sydney's climate Sydney? I call it Sydney's

rather than Sydney's changing

climate. We expect the warm, humid days

days with thunderstorms moving

through late afternoon, short, sharp

clear downbursts of rain and moving on to

clear skies. This was a southerly

buster, what are the chances of

seeing another storm soon. On seeing another storm soon. On the

cards, probably Sunday. It

cards, probably Sunday. It is in the

summer months we have to be aware

the summer storms with pack a mean

punch as they move across the city. Sara Groen And Seven's weather reporter

Sara, what's in store tonight? has also been following the storm.

it looks like the worst is over. Well, Chris, very quickly. The system moved through were the main feature Short, sharp downpours very strong winds. and, of course,

20mm in less than half an hour. Most suburbs had between 10mm and Although the weather has eased is still in force. a severe thunderstorm warning

in 25 minutes. I'll have the very latest Chris.

Thanks Sara: To other news now,

and the grief-stricken parents of a Sydney teenager killed in a hit-run

to surrender to police. have pleaded with the truck driver They're at a loss to understand after running down their son how anyone could flee of the State's most dangerous road. who was changing a tyre on the side was to turn 18 next month. John Rozycki He was a musician, friend - he was Julitta Rozycki's only son. above all else,

The truck driver... if he killed him on purpose ..I don't know or he fell asleep, or just he didn't see but he killed my boy. My John, my John.

The teenager was thrown 20m in the breakdown lane when a truck hit him on the Pacific Highway. near Bulahdelah The driver did not stop. I care for my son 17 years on the bloody street. just to be killed like a dog He just killed him and run away. He didn't stop the truck. He didn't say sorry to his dying eyes. Why? watched his friend die. Nathan Scarfo his sports car. It was his tyre John was changing,

He bought it only last month. John's parents were invited this morning to De La Salle College, Ashfield, to organise his funeral. He finished his HSC here only a few weeks ago, happy, optimistic. He looked forward to everything he could have done and was going to do after school, and this is all gone now. The Rozyckis want the driver to turn themselves in. We're just grieving heavily and we just want him found. The message to the driver certainly would be have a conscience, come forward. Just before his death, John Rozycki wrote on his MySpace web page: My John is not coming home. I'm still waiting for him. A student has been charged over the discovery of a homemade bomb at a Sydney school. The Centennial Park school and neighbouring buildings were evacuated when the device was found in the 14-year-old boy's bag. It wasn't much of a prank when the bomb squad were responding to this particular event. We dealt with it seriously, because we have to. Every event like that is dangerous, potentially. The teenager's been charged with possessing an explosive device. He'll appear in court next month. A crop dusting pilot has been killed after his plane crashed into a lake not far from his Hunter Valley home. The aircraft came down in Lake Liddell, near Muswellbrook, while on a training exercise. The small plane was testing new firefighting equipment when it got into trouble this morning. It skimmed along the surface of Lake Liddell then plunged into its depths. The plane is submerged in about 28ft of water. The only person on board was veteran pilot, Col Pay. The 75-year-old had been flying this fire bomber. He was preparing for the bushfire season. Col was often at the front battling fires and belonged to the Scone Aero Club near where he lived. Col Pay was the consummate pilot with something like 30,000 hours in the air. People will know what he did for aviation, not only in Australia, but throughout the world. He was known all over the world. He was best known in the industry for his restoration of WWII aircraft - fixing up this historic Spitfire, which is flying again thanks to him. FILE FOOTAGE: So I thought,

"If we can get the thing and get it in the hanger "and get it to fly, it would be very good." Colin Pay had been flying for decades and notched up thousands of hours in the sky. to figure out Police are now trying

how someone with so much experience died during a simple training exercise.

Quintessential, iconic Australian, but a man with tremendous dignity and a man who knew very much about aeroplanes. Two thugs who bashed a 17-year-old boy to death

in the State's south-west could be out of jail in three years. The juveniles, now 16, headbutted and punched their victim at Griffith early on New Year's Day and boasted about the attack.

In sentencing today, Justice Megan Latham described it as "entirely senseless, unprovoked and callous." Both teenagers pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received maximum terms of six years. RailCorp has denied claims

parts of its Epping to Chatswood tunnel are too steep for its modern trains. It concedes some old engines will have to be used on the new track but that was always part of the plan. The Epping-to-Chatswood rail link is one of the government's biggest infrastructure projects so the Premier and Transport Minister like to show it off. But things went downhill today with claims that none of RailCorp's new fleet can operate in the tunnel because it's too steep. John Watkins and Morris Iemma deserve a gold medal for their stupidity in delivering a $2.3 billion rail link that can only take Sydney's oldest trains. Normally, it's a great job. Days like today make it a bit difficult as Minister for Transport. But RailCorp says all trains can run in the tunnel - it's just not practical. Qantas deploys different types of aircraft on different routes to suit the route - we do exactly the same thing. Millennium trains only run in south-western Sydney and it would require too much training to use them in the north. And Tangaras overheat on steep gradients. An electric motor continually operating above a sensible temperature will reduce its economic life. But new OSCAR carriages will run alongside older trains which are due to be replaced in 2010. Another reason it hasn't been a great day for John Watkins is persistent rumour-mongering by rogue MPs that he's plotting to take over as premier from Morris Iemma. Mr Watkins had one word for those members: Stop. I'm his Deputy! I'm his friend!

I'm his greatest supporter. Sydney's affluent upper North Shore is rarely the scene of ugly brawling, but a fight over a fence has forced a family to move out. They painted it lilac in a street full of beige sparking a clash that had neighbours seeing red. Wahroonga is a peaceful suburb on the leafy North Shore. We love Wahroonga, we love the people of Wahroonga. But Victoria Wilcox doesn't love the local council. She claims to have been hounded after painting her fence lilac. This was the section that we painted and it was lighter than the colour of my top. One neighbour complained so Hornsby Council threatened legal action. The family was told lilac didn't comply with their development consent and didn't suit the area. We were told Wahroonga was a conservative neighbourhood and lilac really wasn't acceptable. Hornsby Council says it's hands are tied by planning laws, which state any new fence must be consistent with the character of the area. Does it list every single colour? I need to check, I haven't read it thoroughly but it usually recommends a certain range of colours. The fence has been repainted but the family's fed up and is moving out. We've decided to move out of the neighbourhood

only because we like colour around the place. So do other residents. I honestly believe it's a bit tough when you can't make your own home attractive. And they did make it attractive. Ahead in Seven News - Australian movie stars shine at our version of the Oscars. Also, a Sydney student goes on trial over a snowball assault.

And lift-off as a home-grown condor takes off at Taronga. This Christmas, Target's Wish Patrol are checking everybody's list twice so you can save, with 25% off kids' and babies' sets.

Excludes licensed. Hurry, ends Wednesday. Target. For all your Christmas wishes. As much as I love what I do... ..I never want to lose sight of what's really important. MOBILE PHONE BEEPS So when there's a chance for all of us to catch up, I don't need a headache bringing me down. That's why I keep Panadol Rapid handy. It's absorbed twice as fast as regular Panadol tablets. Because I'd rather spend time with friends than with a headache. Panadol - it's my choice. Con man Peter Foster has been sentenced to 4.5 years jail for money laundering. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty in Brisbane's Supreme Court to fraudulently obtaining $300,000 from the Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia. Foster had tried to borrow $8 million to develop a tourist resort near Fiji but was only approved $600,000. He used the money to pay personal debts. A Sydney student has pleaded not guilty in an American court to assaulting a woman with a snowball. The 21-year-old is accused of taunting her and causing an old injury to flare by hitting her with a frozen missile.

It's a long way from a Sydney summer for Andrew Thistelton and his mother Kim. The pair arrived at this Colorado court for the first day of the trial that's mystifying the residents of Breckenridge. Absolutely ridiculous, it really is. We have snowball fights all the time, every day. I thought it was pretty silly that someone can't throw a snowball. Prosecutors told the court this was not children playing and that 22-year-old Michelle Oehlert was the innocent victim of an unprovoked attack with a hard-packed iceball. They claimed that after months of not getting on as co-workers in a ski hire shop Andrew and a friend taunted her by saying "Go home, f--- off, you don't belong here" after throwing the snowball at her as she waited at a bus stop with her boyfriend.

But Thistelton's lawyers claim Oehlert had been sacked from the ski shop after too many sick days and that she teased the Australian by saying, "I'll have your job". asked the members of the jury At one point the defence lawyer

how many of them had ever or been hit by or thrown a snowball. Almost every single juror raised their hand. to wrap up tomorrow The trial is expected

when the Sydney student will find out whether he'll have to serve up to 18 months in jail.

Eric Bana has been crowned Best Actor at the Australian Film Industry Awards. He played the lead role in 'Romulus, My Father' which won four awards including Best Film and Best Young Actor. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a few people before I fade off into obscurity and the world of nightclub appearances and reality TV. A writers' strike in the US meant Australia's biggest stars could return home for the awards. Deltra Goodrem was also there showing off her new engagement ring. A 4-year-old Andean condor has made her performance debut at Toronga Zoo wowing spectators with her enormous 3m wingspan - one of the largest in the world. Leslie was hatched at the zoo

and has been in training for the past two years. But there was still a little performance anxiety. She gets a little bit nervous when things are new, like this camera, but that's alright. It is not what you want to put on the dinner table right now, but Leslie has been given a feast of mice, rats and goats. Australia's Olympic cyclists have dismissed claims the velodrome for next year's Beijing Games is a horror venue. They've had a first training run on the track to test the level of pollution they have to combat. In Beijing's new Olympic velodrome,

elite international athletes are taking extreme steps to fight China's pollution problem. And this at an indoor competition. The Beijing World Cup is the first major test event for the venue

and a chance for Australia's best to acclimatise. At the end of the day, we're all in the same situation, you just make the most out of it. Air quality and humidity are the two biggest concerns for all athletes heading to next year's Olympics. The Laoshan Velodrome is one of many venues purpose-built to combat that. Completely sealed - the air intake is filtered by giant air conditioning systems. Quite good, I was a little bit more surprised. I've heard horror stories going on and all that stuff, but it's quite nice. It's a stark contrast to the open-air velodrome at the Athens Games. And it could be faster. The venue here is fantastic - probably one of the best I've been on for sure. Of greater concern - the conditions outdoors for the road cycling and marathon. August in Beijing is notorious for high-humidity afternoons and dust storms. Those longer endurance events I think are going to be pretty tough on the lungs. The focus for Australia's team now, though - the World Cup series. After topping the medal count in the Sydney round last week they're looking to repeat the effort this weekend. Time for sport with Ben Damon, and Tim Smith fined by the Eels? But they haven't torn up his contract. Details shortly. Also tonight - Phil Jaques back in action but not out of the woods.

There's a chance of sterility. And Grant Hackett ready to tough it out for Olympic glory. An elbow or a kick to the head or something like that does not really concern me. (Children chatter and laugh) Come on. The sound of this is just awesome. Merry Christmas! So whatever you've got planned, make it your best ever. Turkey? 'Cause there's something for everyone this Christmas at Coles. Something better every day. The Eels have stopped short of tearing up Tim Smith's contract after his latest alcohol-fuelled indiscretion.

The halfback has been fined $1,000 and banned from drinking alcohol until the end of next season. Smith will have counselling and has already apologised to the Sydney grandfather he harassed on Sunday. But there's some positive news for the club with Jarryd Hayne expected to extend his contract with the Eels next week. There's been an intriguing twist in the search for the new Wallaby coach with Robbie Deans failing to gain selection as the next All Blacks boss. The Kiwis have reappointed Graham Henry from this year's World Cup. despite their quarterfinal exit

Deans say he hasn't ruled out applying for the Wallaby job. I don't know whether it's still available. I don't know, you'd have to talk to them and, as I've said, alluded to previously, you just deal with everything when you're confronted with it. The coaching position is due to be discussed at next Friday's ARU board meeting. Grant Hackett's open water Olympic dream has edged a step closer

with Craig Stevens pulling out of tomorrow's 10km trial. Hackett needs a top two placing to make the next stage of qualifying for the event at Beijing. It'll be a long way between tumble-turns tomorrow for Grant Hackett. He has to get through four laps of this 2,500m rowing course. And with no lane ropes he's ready for anything from the competition. An elbow or a kick to the head or something like that doesn't really concern me too much at all. I mean, I was in surf lifesaving for over 10 years. One of Hackett's main rivals, Craig Stevens, made a shock withdrawal this afternoon with a gastric virus. It's disappointing to hear that Craig's pulled out. He's certainly had a great year at the World Championships. Down the road at the Nepean River Australia's best rowers sweated it out with exhausting 5km time trials. Triple gold-medallist James Tompkins is just one of many fighting for a spot in Beijing. For the moment he's given up on creating another Oarsome Foursome. Selectors and the board and Rowing Australia have decided that the eight is the priority at the moment so all things being equal that mean they put all the best guys in the eight so that's the boat that I want to be in. World champion pair Drew Ginn and Duncan Free have already been preselected getting comfortable. but they're not

Mate, there is a part of relief. You've got a bit of a target on your back once you've been preselected. Blues batting machine Phil Jaques is fit to resume cricket after being struck down by the mumps. Jaques re-joined his team-mates for a game of touch footy against the Roosters this morning. against South Australia on Sunday. He'll play a one-dayer

The new Australian opener was bed-ridden for two weeks after the Sri Lankan series, but missing cricket was not his biggest concern. There is a chance of sterility, I suppose,

so that is a danger and that is a bit of a worry. Jaques says he's now aiming to win a place in the national one-day side. And Luke Pomersbach has smashed 88 against New Zealand at the annual Lilac Hill Festival Match to 285 from their 47 overs. to lead the Chairman's 11

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continues, Tander will be next continues, Tander will be next to Mark Skaife. Checking finance now, and the share market has closed at a 4-week high. The major stocks ended in positive territory. AMP added 10 cents.

James Hardies Industries climbed 3% after the US government moved to protect 1 million homebuyers the subprime mortgage crisis. against

Sara's next with the weather, and where are the storms now? Chris, they're rapidly moving north-east so it looks as though Sydney is in the clear for the moment. I'll have the latest after the break. As you heard earlier severe thunderstorms swept through Sydney a few hours ago with damaging winds, hail, and very heavy rain leading to localised flash flooding. The storms cast a black shadow across the city. A far cry from this morning's sunshine. Back to the rain, most suburbs had 10mm to 30mm in less than 30 minutes. Observatory Hill recorded 20mm in around 10 minutes. Something like that happens only every 2- to 5-years. But there's only a few light showers about now. And that gives you an indication of how fast-moving the system was.

It was a sticky night, 18 to 20 degrees. And the moisture increased ahead of those storms, 28 to 29 across western suburbs. 25 to 26 along the coast. Now we don't usually see these high levels of humidity until a little later in summer.

And all that moisture is partly to blame for these persistent afternoon storms. We also had converging winds ahead of this trough today, and that made things even worse, helping to lift all the humid air. leading to a lot of instability. Around the country - On Sydney's waters - Still the chance of a shower tonight,

perhaps a storm up in the mountains. Cloudy tomorrow and once again

some afternoon instability, possibly a storm. And that's pretty much the forecast for Sunday. But it'll ease back to just a few showers early next week. Cooler too, with tops in the low 20s. Have a lovely Christmas. See you in the New Year.

Heard a rumour you have been wanting

to go on holidays all year. Is it

true Yes. You have a great Christmas

and a great holiday. 'Today Tonight' with Anna Coren is next. I'm Chris Bath. Thanks for your company. Goodnight. The train inspectors who think Australia is a police state. Hello, I'm Anna Coren. Why does anyone involved with the train system deserve treatment like this? Farmers plough millions of dollars back into the ground because they can't give it away. A scandal over food that'll cost all of us much more, very soon. New complaints, including claims of paralysis, from girls and women over the cervical cancer vaccine

Gardasil. Plus, the AFI awards showdown between Eric Bana and his 11-year-old co-star.

Not for the first time Melbourne's ticket inspectors have been caught out being bully boys. Kneeling on the neck and twisting the arms of a young man on a station platform. They work for Connex, the private firm that operates the suburban railway. And, as always, they have excuses. Jonathan Creek reports. Help! Leave me alone! Leave me alone! and it serves no purpose. It's brutal, it's inhumane

Help! Help! I don't think that holding somebody's head to the ground with your knee is part of checking tickets. This is what unfolded in front of 23-year-old law graduate Mitchell Robertson as he waited for a train. This is not a joke! Shocked by the aggression of the private ticket inspectors

Mitchell put his own safety at risk to capture this video - behaviour the inspectors clearly wanted to cover up. Mate, you want to stand back there? No, no, he can take a picture... They are using as much force to pin him there as possible. Reviewing the pictures today, he witnessed such a brutal attack Mitchell is still astounded

at one of Melbourne's busiest train stations. Look, I mean the guy there is kneeling on his head. Yeah, exactly. On the concrete. I don't know if that's procedure. I pulled out the camera, thinking it might temper the way that they were acting and you can see that when they realise they are being filmed he does move his knee off his head.

Somebody help, help! Baiting victims is something inspectors have been accused of before - Mitchell says he saw the incident unfold, that the ticket inspectors had the man surrounded and took turns until he became agitated.

Then all four of them struck.

He didn't try and hurt anyone. There was no chance he could have run away because there was so many of them just wasn't necessary. He wasn't going anywhere, you can see when the police come in he is happy to stand still and have a chat with them.