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Today, Sally McLellan runs the

rails of her life to win silver in

the Olympic hurdles, while it's

almost as good as gold for cyclist

Anna Meares whose silver came after

a fight back from injury.

A gunman shot dead by guards during

a bungled robbery in Sydney. The

hupt is on for his two accomplices.

Disgraced glam rocker Gary Glitter

released from a Vietnam jail and

deported to Britain after almost

three years behind bars.

And in September, a rate cut all-but

all-but guaranteed alz the Reserve

Bank warns of a major economic slopedown.

A shower or two in Hobart, but

otherwise, fairly dry and even quite warm for a change in Brisbane,

Sydney and Perth.

Australia has claimed two Australia has claimed two silver

medals in Beijing overnight with

Sally McLellan in the 100m hurdles

and Anna Meares in the cycling.

21-year-old McLellen controlsed the

line a 10th of a second behind Dawn

Harper. Earlier in the night, Anna

Meares chased Australia's first

cycling medals at the Games. The

24-year-old completed a come back

from paralysing injury to take

silver in the women's sprint.

silver in the women's sprint. Just

seven months ago, Anna fractured

her C2 vertebrae and fractured her

shoulder in Los Angeles. Last night,

she lost 2-0 to Britain champion. Now, here's our correspondent with

a preview of today's events.

Tonight, the ominous task looms for

the Boomers when they take on the

USA's dream team. For MattNeilsen

and the boys, they are determined

not to be star struck by the big

NBA names. It would be stupid NBA names. It would be stupid to

say we'll try to stop Kobe rather

than another. It is more than another. It is more about taking

taking away their style of play and

making it work the way we want it

to. The Hockyroos are out of medal

contention, and the soft ballers

will meet Canada in the semifinals

for a shot at gold. I think we expected more from Venezuela,

given that they had a sniff of a

medal chance, but you know, we've

just got the mongrel in us at the just got the mongrel in us at

moment and it is a good feeling to

have as a group and take that

feeling into the big games. I think

most of us didn't get much last night. Every time you close most of us didn't get much sleep

your

your eyes, you replay the game. So

yeah, we're pretty quiet among the

group, but we're hoping to band

together and we've still got together and we've still got fifth and

and sixth to play off, and sixth to play off, so looking

forward to our game towards Great

Britain on Friday.

Armed guards have shot dead a man

who tried to hold up a cash van in

Sydney's west. The van was parked

outside a supermarket last night

when three masked men, one carrying

a gun threatened the guards. Two of

the guards opened fire. The

victim's accomplices drove him 6km

to a hospital before fleeing. There

was anger as friends and relatives

rushed to the emergency unit.

The oo the hunt continues for two

of the masked men. None of the

armed guards were injured.

The Queensland town of Toowoomba

are mourning the deaths of three

well known locals. The son of a

councillor, his girlfriend and a

6-year-old boy were asleep in a

room attached to a trailor factory

when fire swept through. You know,

it's a tragedy for the reem on. A

really sad day for us when you lose anyone.

anyone. It's unclear at this stage how the fire started.

An international call for help has

been made to save a baby humpback been made to save a baby

whale abandoned off Sydney's

Northern Beaches. It was lured out

to sea yesterday trailing a yacht

that it thought was its mother. International mammal experts have

been called in but it is feared

this may be too late now. Unless it

can get nourishment, its chances

are in fact very poor. Experts say

taking the whale into captivity is

not an option because it is still suckling.

Kevin Rudd has denounced Fiji's

military leader for refusing to

attend the Pacific Island Forum

which starts today. Democracy in

Fiji and climate change are high on the agenda.

Pacific leaders were warmly

welcomed to the tiny Island of Nieu.

But, the start of the Pacific

Island forum has been marred by the Fijian

Fijian leader, Frank Bainimarama's

decision to boycott. He's ruled

Fiji since 2006 when he ousted the Democratically elected Government

in a military coup. He had

promised to hold democratic

elections by 2009 but, has

indicated he may renege on that

pledge. We take democracy seriously,

that is why we don't believe that

we can sit idley by while the

principles of democracy are shredded

Fiji's self appointed leader says

he's not attending because New Zealand wouldn't provide

appropriate visas. A claim Helen

Clark denies. I personally

intervened to ensure that transit

visas were available. Despite

bainbain's absence, other leaders say they're keen to continue

pushing for a return to democracy in Fiji.

A suicide attack on an Algerian

police school has killed 63 people

and injured dozens more. The

attacker drove a car packed full of

explosives as a group of young

candidates were lining up for an

entry exam. Civilians as well as paramilitary police officers were

among the victims. It was among the victims. It was among the largest attacks in recent years in

that country.

Disgraced glam rocker Gary Glitter

is on his way back to Britain after being

being released from a prison in

Vietnam. The former singer, whose

almost three years behind bars for almost real name is Paul Gadd, spent

sexually abusing three young girls

Britain, he aged 11 and 12. When he arrives in

Britain, he will be required to

sign the sex offenders register and

notify authorities if he wants to

travel abroad.

The Opels are through to the

basketball semifinals in Beijing

after thrashing the Czech Republic,

and the Kookaburras are also in the

semis after forcing a draw with

Great Britain. Heading into day ,

12 the medal tally is like this.

She is a former World Champion. One

of the Brisbane Lions greatest

players has announced his

retirement. Triple Premiership

player Nigel Lappin will quit after

279 games, finally succumbing to an

Achilles injury. It's bitterly

disappoint Ford me and at the

moment, I'm really frustrated that

it hasn't worked out for me.

Essendon will give Jason Johnson a

farewell match against the Bulldogs

on Friday night.

There are fears that fast and furious rugby league could be a

thing of the past, all because of

officials. Players are worried that

video refs are slowing down the game.

Michael Jennings enjoys it fast. He

wants the referees to operate the

same way. If you make a decision,

keep to your decision and it's a

waste of time to drag it on. Last

weekend's Penrith and Bulldogs game

ran 16 minutes overnight due to

eight referrals to the video referee

It's pretty tough, it slows the

game down and it's not a good game

to play with that. It's going too long and

it's just not a fast paced game any

any more. There are fears more

games will be bauged down

games will be bauged down as

referees play it safe. We need to

come up with a way to expedite that. Last

Last round, video referees dragged

games out by more than 46 minutes.

The longest decision resulted in a

no try to Matt Utai. You could have

boiled time in the time boiled time in the time it took the

video referee rulsel Smith to make

up his mind. People come to the

footy to see the stuff referred up

there and considered for that time.

We need to do something for the

fans' sake.

Finance now with Kath, and an

interest rate cut all but certain.

It's great news for borrowers. The

Reserve Bank has given a strong

indication it will reduce rates indication it will reduce rates

warning that action is needed.

Minutes from the board's August

meeting revealed the Central Bank

is concerned that conditions are

too night, with household net worth down

down 5% this year. The RBA considered slashing rates last

month but was concerned about wage inflation.

Soaring fuel costs have slashed

annual earnings at Virgin Blue by

55% to $98 million. And the budget 55% to $98 million. And the budget

carrier warns it is heading for a

loss this year with little hope of any growth.

It is a fuel crisis in so far as

the industry is concerned. Has

swamped the industry to a magnitude

greater than Sars and 9/11

combined. The airlines failed to

declare a dive lend bringing shares down to 84 cents.

But booking the gloom yesterday was

JB Hi Fi. They posted a 61%

increase in net profits as

Australia's love affair with

plasmas and DVD movies continue.

Other companies handing down profits yesterday: To the market numbers now, To the market numbers now, and

soaring US inflation and weak

housing construction numbers have housing construction numbers have

weighed on Wall Street overnight.

The Dow Jones closing down 136.

The NASDAQ off 38. The FTSE dropped

2.4% on renewed credit fears.

Germany and France were also lower.

Regional markets were hit yesterday.

Fou for a look at the national

weather this Wednesday. A bit of a

spring preview for Sydney after a

cold spell there and 20. Brisbane,

22, that's usual now. Still cold in

Canberra though. Melbourne might

see a shower with 15. Showers and

pretty cool, and I mean that

literally in Hobart and Adelaide,

though they are cool in other ways too.

too. Let's check this morning's newspaper front pages, the 'Australian' says Commonwealth

prosecutors were under extreme

pressure to charge former terror suspect, Mohammed Haneef despite questionable evidence.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' says that Babcock and Brown is

reshuffling with the stock price

falling 23.5% yesterday.

The 'Adelaide Advertiser' says the

hospital was forced to accelerate charges last week.

Where is the best place to live

Where is the best place to live in

Australia? Find out when the news returns.

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