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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. welcome to Ten's Early News. Good morning, I'm Bill Woods, Making news this morning - with nearly 200 dead violence escalates across Iraq as bitter clashes continue. The Treasurer in hot water

don't deserve to call Australia home. over claims some Muslims living here for today. A quick check of the weather To business and finance news now. The Dow is weaker this morning. And Bill, I'll be back shortly key profit announcements. with more on yesterday's are beginning to ring true, Predictions of civil war in Iraq

in reprisal attacks, with up to 200 people now dead of a Shi'ite shrine. following yesterday's bombing

occurred in the capital. The latest deaths on the streets of Iraq. More blood-shed north-east of Baghdad 8 soldiers and 8 civilians killed as a foot patrol passed by. when a bomb exploded of reprisal attacks It follows a series of a holy Shi'ite shrine. after the bombing responsibility for the shrine blast, While no-one has claimed to point the finger of blame the Iranian President has been quick at the United States and Israel. and bomb there "They invade the shrine and justice," he says. "because they oppose God But the US President has other ideas. That act was an evil act.

of a holy site is a political act The destruction intent on creating civil strife. considered a desperate tool That civil strife against the war on terrorism. is the same struggle the world over, The struggle in Iraq today extremism and terrorism. it's democracy versus Allan Raskall, Ten News. by Treasurer Peter Costello, Muslim leaders are labelling comments offensive and Islamaphobic. Speaking on Australian citizenship, Islamic law over Australia's Mr Costello said Muslims who choose calling Australia home. shouldn't consider you'll be asked to subscribe Before becoming an Australian to certain values. to those values, If you have strong objection don't come to Australia.

the audience at the Sydney Institute, While the comments were welcomed by they're highly offended, Islamic leaders say Costello to gain political points. calling it a cheap ploy by Mr Funerals will be held today of the six teenagers killed for another three near Mildura in north-west Victoria. in last weekend's hit-run for 16-year-old Cassandra Manners The ceremony will be held this morning and his 17-year-old sister Abby while 16-year-old Shane Hirst will be buried this afternoon. funeral of Cory Dowling yesterday, Hundreds of people turned out for the later presented to his father. his footy jersey killers to be sentenced today, With the last of SA's Snowtown into their crime. a disturbing new insight their twisted and tragic obsessions New pictures reveal more about and their tools of murder. a serial killer and his accomplice. Posing happily for the camera, when they were the best of friends. John Bunting and Mark Haden the Snowtown sage drawing to a close With the final chapter of of evidence some of the thousands pieces the 8-year police investigation collected during can be shown. of the killers' deadly trade. Here, the tools Handcuffs, knives, acid violent electric shocks. and a device to deliver in the notorious Snowtown bank vault. All of them found among the barrels and fellow murderer Robert Wagner But it's items seized from Bunting which reveal evidence

and disturbing fascinations. of their long-held and violent video games, Nazi-style propaganda and sex offenders. books on weaponry, serial killers images police have retained, However, of all the documents and these were the most valuable.

of profiting from his killing spree, Bunting caught in the act Union from his victim's account. making withdrawals from a Credit Fiona Clarke, Ten News. in Melbourne overnight. A fiery end to a police pursuit dumped their stolen car The chase ended when thieves starting a grass fire. which burst into flames,

also caught alight. A police vehicle which stopped nearby a third is on the run. Two men were later arrested, a $5 million reward British police have offered with more than $100 million after bandits made off biggest ever robberies. in one of the nation's into the robbery Investigations are continuing cash centre and his family abducted. that saw the manager of a Tonbridge as police officers The crooks disguised themselves

and drove off with the manager, raided the cash centre. while a separate group would have gone into this - Months and months of planning police-looking uniforms, surveillance, acquiring would have had to be stored. vehicles closed circuit television footage Police are studying to try and identify the thieves. and 30 injured, At least 44 people are dead

in Moscow. after a market roof collapsed on a build-up of snow Police are blaming the collapse from heavy overnight falls. were setting up for the day's trade Dozens of stall holders when the roof came down. how many were inside at the time, It's not known but rescue crews with sniffer dogs where people may still be alive have pinpointed several spots beneath the rubble. continues The dissention in the AFL ranks with the preseason set to kick off out about the new rule changes. more players and coaches are speaking With the game seemingly flourishing, if it ain't broke don't fix it. the message seems to be clear - No, not to be a pessimist. I know you've got stay ahead the other codes in Australia, when you are battling and be progressive, has never been richer, but the game, as far as I know,

it's never been more popular, that's travelling beautifully. so why tinker with something the key reason A lack of player consultation outburst. behind the decorated defender's

Players voicing a recurring concern a negative impact on the game. the new rules will have is a very uncontested And what I think it's going to cause game of football. control over your opponent You are not going to have and I don't know, because of all these now rules, I am not sort of convinced on the rules as yet. Premiership coach Paul Roos also empathising with the umpires. That's the group that probably you feel for the most, going into season 2006. The NAB Cup kicks off tomorrow night when Brisbane hosts Essendon at Carrara, while the Western Bulldogs meet Melbourne in Darwin. Former North Melbourne AFL player, Wayne Carey, has now split with his wife. The pair have a two-month-old daughter and seemed to have mended their relationship, following the 2002 controversy when Carey quit the Kangaroos after an affair with a team-mate's wife.

The Collingwood assistant coach has been linked with model Kate Neilson, a former winner of the Miss Indy competition. Police are investigating several threatening letters sent to the man leading the push to take control of South Sydney. Peter Holmes a Court has received letters containing threats over the past fortnight. They're believed to be from the same source. Holmes a Court's bid partner Russell Crowe isn't thought to have received similar letters. Their $3 million takeover bid goes before members on the 19th of March. Bad news for big-hitting cricketer Andrew Symonds. He'll miss the tour opening Twenty20 match in Johannesburg with a hip muscle strain.

Mike Hussey is also out, still in Perth for the birth of his son. The NBL Grand Finals begin tonight, but the two teams have already come face to face at a premiership function in Sydney. The Kings are gunning for their fourth straight championship at a premiership function in Sydney. The Kings are gunning for their fourth straight championship while Melbourne is appearing in its first grand final series since 1997. If you are looking to win a championship, you want to do it against a team that's been most successful over the last few years, and it's been the Kings. Even the two mascots were toe to toe. It's the first time the teams have played each other for the title. More finance news now and it was a busy day yesterday for corporate profits? It was a big day for two of the countries top insurers but both had very different stories. QBE reported a 29% lift in full-year profit to nearly $1.1 billion QBE reported a 29% lift in full-year profit to nearly $1.1 billion The result was posted as the insurer warned of increased premiums - set to rise by 4% to cover higher costs from recent catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina. And as expected Multiplex reported a first-half loss of $120 million after a quarter of a billion dollars in charges from its disastrous Wembley Stadium project. The company posted a $9 million profit this time a year ago.

National weather for the rest of the day. A look at what's making headlines around the nation.

The Ten Early Morning News will return after the break.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among this morning's top stories. labelled Islamaphobic and offensive by key Muslim leaders. Nearly 200 die in Iraq as the violence continues following that attack on a Shi'ite shrine. And in sport - threatening letters sent to businessman Peter Holmes a Court,

warning him off his bid for South Sydney. Now Kath Robinson with another look at the morning's finance. Amcor's to focus on its core packaging business, selling off its non-core divisions. The decision follows a fall in first-half profit yesterday, down 12%. The sale of its White Cap Metal and Asian corrugated units are expected to be worth around $400 million. On to the markets now -

And Bill, I'll be back soon to take a look at what we can expect today with CommSec. Up to 200 people have been killed in the wave of violence sweeping Iraq following yesterday's bombing of a Shia shrine World leaders have condemned the attack and reprisals, fearing civil war. America and Britain pledging to keep troops in the country for as long as it takes. The destruction of a holy site is a political act intent on creating civil strife. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadeenejad has stirred up thousands of protesters, blaming the US and Israel for the troubles. A controversial speech by the Federal Treasurer has sparked outrage among Muslim leaders. Mr Costello said Muslims who choose Islamic law over Australia's shouldn't consider calling Australia home.

The Cronulla riots sparked the sensitive debate - now the Treasurer has re-ignited it. He's used a speech on citizenship, to the Sydney Institute, to send a message to radical Muslims. There is one law and we are all expected to abide by it. It's a firm ultimatum for immigrants who adhere to Islamic law, not Australian law.

Before becoming an Australian you'll be asked to subscribe to certain values. If you have strong objection to those values, don't come to Australia. Mr Costello addressed the recent rioting of Muslims across the globe, after newspapers published cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed. Muslims do not like representations of the Prophet. They do not think newspapers should print them. But so too they must recognise this does not justify violence against newspapers or countries that allow their newspapers to publish such cartoons. Muslim leaders say the Treasurer's comments were just a cheap ploy

to gain political points. If this is his means of nominating for Prime Minister, then this will bode very badly for out nation, both locally and overseas. These comments are very divisive. Though Mr Costello's audience seemed to appreciate the speech. APPLAUSE A 23-year-old man will appear in court today after being charged with the murder of a busker at a Melbourne railway station. The victim was stabbed several times to the upper body while riding an out-bound train. He staggered from the carriage and collapsed and died on the platform. Sydneysiders have long suspected it, but now it's official.

The city is choking under a cloud of smog. Investigations show Sydney's air pollution levels doubled over the summer months. In the past three months alone, pollution levels have been above the maximum acceptable health limit on 14 days. There are nearly 2,500 deaths each year as a result of high pollution levels, with Sydney's south-west the worst affected area. Heavy snow has caused another roof collapse in Russia. At least 49 people are dead and another 30 injured, they'd been setting up stalls in a market place. It's one of Moscow's largest markets.

And while it hadn't opened for business, its stall holders had been working through the night. The entire roof caving in after being blanketed by heavy snow. Rescue workers are struggling to reach trapped survivors, at least 10 using their mobile phones beneath the rubble to call for help. But with freezing temperatures, hopes are fading fast. This man says, "My brother's in there." "He's not answering his phone, we keep calling him." 29 people have been pulled alive from the wreckage, while others weren't so lucky.

Distraught relatives forced to scan lists for the dead. The tragedy comes just three weeks after 60 people were killed when the snow covered roof of an exhibition hall collapsed. And in January, the roof caved in at a skating rink.

The main task now, is not to let the latest building collapse further. It's Mardi Gras time in hurricane-battered New Orleans. But as the city tries to recover, more horror stories are emerging about what went wrong. Almost six months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is banking on Mardi Gras to bring it back to life. But there is little to celebrate - New Orleans remains a city in ruins.

Here in the city centre there are still burnt-out buildings and boarded up shop fronts. Most of the big hotels have re-opened some though only last week. But go 10 minutes in any direction and there are entire suburbs which are beyond rebuilding. Only a third of residents have returned. But it's the tourists this bankrupt city needs now. Pre-Katrina, Mardi Gras would inject over $300 million into the economy. I want to thank the American people for their generosity,

for sticking with us, for coming down to see about us, to visit us. Not everyone agrees with the party going ahead

especially when the next hurricane season is just 100 days away and the levee walls are still not repaired. The White House this morning released its report into what went wrong,

blaming inexperienced disaster response managers and a lack of planning. The report helps us anticipate how to better respond to future disasters. For the next six days of Mardi Gras though those who have returned will mask their anger and try to let the good times roll again.

A new controversy surrounding former AFL player, Wayne Carey. He's split with his wife just two months after the birth of their first child. Arriving in Darwin, the former Kangaroos captain ignored questions about the breakdown of his marriage.

JOURNALIST: Wayne, are you still with your wife? Now a Collingwood assistant coach and respected commentator, Carey had been linked to model Kate Neilson, a former winner of the Miss Indy competition. In Darwin for the NAB Cup opener between the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne, the 2-time premiership captain remained tight-lipped. His management issuing a statement on his behalf: Once again, Carey's off-field dramas are overshadowing his brilliant playing career. In 2002, the Kangaroos captain was forced to quit when it was revealed he had an affair with the wife of then team-mate Anthony Stevens. The AFL's preseason competition kicks off tonight and the issue of the game's new rules won't go away. Collingwood vice captain James Clement says the league's law makers have created a monster. You'd like to have some input, and you seem not to. People don't actually come... Demetriou doesn't come to the club and say how we feel about the game, how we feel about the rule changes. We just get an umpire to deliver the message. Brisbane hosts Essendon at Carrara tonight while the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne play in Darwin. The struggle for South Sydney has turned ugly with police called in to investigate threatening letters sent to takeover bid partner Peter Holmes a Court. Holmes a Court and Russell Crowe are revered among many sections of the Rabbitohs' fan base. But their plan has others bristling. Letters sent to the businessman, thought to have originated from the same source. have been passed on to police in the hope of identifying the culprit. Holmes a Court and Crowe hope to have their proposal approved by members at a March 19 vote. Meantime the Warriors insist an NRL plan to strip six competition points for salary cap breaches would end their season before it began.

It's salary cap deja vu for Steve Price who's former club the Bulldogs were stripped 37 points in 2003. There's no use crying over spilt milk. We'll deal with it and move on. Just as the Bulldogs did and any other team it's happened to in the past.

National weather for the rest of the day: Time for the latest finance with Kath and attention will be on economic news today? Some key economic figures out today will give a breather from company profits. For more I'm joined by Juliana Roadley from CommSec. Juliana, what can we expect from the December quarter house price index?

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He had have to adhere thought Croc hunters don't get much work in the suburbs of Sydney. But for a while, a tourist attraction called Bink changed all that. While hardly a man-eater, the 3-year-old female has been drawing crowds to the leafy pond. Including a crocodile hunter, who, unknown to Bink, was swimming beneath, ready to strike, as the crowds looked on. WOMAN: Just there. There he goes! Yayyyy! Bink will now be put in quarantine and given a full check-up before its future is decided. He's terrific, he's in good shape - it's a good thing we got him out now because with the winter that was gonna be the end of him. But not everyone was impressed. Is that all? What do you mean 'Is that all'? Look, look where the last one got me! Ten's Early News continues in just a moment. Making news this morning - violence escalates across Iraq with nearly 200 dead as bitter clashes continue. The Treasurer in hot water over claims some Muslims living here don't deserve to call Australia home. To business and finance news now. And booming oil prices have helped Santos double its annual profit to a record $762 million. The result was up 115% on a year ago and is thanks to a 42% rise in the price of crude oil. Sales revenue also jumped 64% over the period. Predictions of civil war in Iraq are beginning to ring true, with up to 200 people now dead in reprisal attacks, following yesterday's bombing of a Shi'ite shrine. More blood-shed on the streets of Iraq. 8 soldiers and 8 civilians killed north-east of Baghdad

when a bomb exploded as a foot patrol passed by. It follows a series of reprisal attacks after the bombing of a holy Shi'ite shrine. While no-one has claimed responsibility for the shrine blast, the Iranian President has been quick to point the finger of blame at the United States and Israel.

"They invade the shrine and bomb there

"because they oppose God and justice," he says.

But the US President has other ideas. That act was an evil act. The destruction of a holy site is a political act intent on creating civil strife.

That civil strife considered a desperate tool against the war on terrorism. The struggle in Iraq today is the same struggle the world over, it's democracy versus extremism and terrorism. Allan Raskall, Ten News.

Muslim leaders are labelling comments by Treasurer Peter Costello, offensive and Islamaphobic. Speaking on Australian citizenship, Mr Costello said Muslims who choose Islamic law over Australia's shouldn't consider calling Australia home. Before becoming an Australian you'll be asked to subscribe to certain values. If you have strong objection to those values, don't come to Australia. While the comments were welcomed by the audience at the Sydney Institute, Islamic leaders say they're highly offended, calling it a cheap ploy by Mr Costello to gain political points. Funerals will be held today for another three of the six teenagers killed in last weekend's hit-run near Mildura in north-west Victoria. The ceremony for 16-year-old Cassandra Manners will be held this morning while 16-year-old Shane Hirst and his 17-year-old sister Abby will be buried this afternoon. Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of Cory Dowling yesterday, his footy jersey later presented to his father. New charges could be laid over the death of 15 backpackers in Queensland's Childers Hostel fire. The Coroner will reopen an inquest into the tragedy, which involved the deliberate torching of the Palace Hostel in June 2000. This inquest will look at access to fire escapes, the operation of fire alarms and whether authorities conducted adequate safety inspections. Robert Long was found guilty of arson and murder

and sentenced to life in prison in 2002. The body of another elderly person has been found in a Sydney home. Police say the man aged in his seventies had been dead for a few days. He's the sixth elderly person to have died alone in the past fortnight. With the last of SA's Snowtown killers to be sentenced today, a disturbing new insight into their crime. New pictures reveal more about their twisted and tragic obsessions and their tools of murder. Posing happily for the camera, a serial killer and his accomplice. John Bunting and Mark Haden when they were the best of friends. With the final chapter of the Snowtown sage drawing to a close some of the thousands pieces of evidence collected during the 8-year police investigation

can be shown. Here, the tools of the killers' deadly trade.

Handcuffs, knives, acid and a device to deliver violent electric shocks. All of them found among the barrels in the notorious Snowtown bank vault. But it's items seized from Bunting and fellow murderer Robert Wagner which reveal evidence of their long-held and disturbing fascinations. Nazi-style propaganda and violent video games, books on weaponry, serial killers and sex offenders. However, of all the documents and images police have retained, these were the most valuable. Bunting caught in the act of profiting from his killing spree, making withdrawals from a Credit Union from his victim's account. Fiona Clarke, Ten News. British police have offered a $5 million reward after bandits made off with more than $100 million in one of the nation's biggest ever robberies. Investigations are continuing into the robbery that saw the manager of a Tonbridge cash centre and his family abducted. The crooks disguised themselves as police officers and drove off with the manager, while a separate group raided the cash centre. Months and months of planning would have gone into this - surveillance, acquiring police-looking uniforms, vehicles would have had to be stored. Police are studying closed circuit television footage to try and identify the thieves. Heavy snow has caused another roof collapse in Russia. At least 49 people are dead and another 30 injured, they'd been setting up stalls in a market place. It's one of Moscow's largest markets. And while it hadn't opened for business, its stallholders had been working through the night. The entire roof caving in after being blanketed by heavy snow. Rescue workers are struggling to reach trapped survivors, at least 10 using their mobile phones beneath the rubble to call for help. But with freezing temperatures, hopes are fading fast. This man says, "My brother's in there." "He's not answering his phone, we keep calling him." 29 people have been pulled alive from the wreckage, while others weren't so lucky. Distraught relatives forced to scan lists for the dead. The tragedy comes just three weeks after 60 people were killed when the snow covered roof of an exhibition hall collapsed. And in January, the roof caved in at a skating rink. The main task now, is not to let the latest building collapse further. Claims this morning Medicare card fraud

is costing taxpayers $90 million a year. It's believed organised crime syndicates are now involved. News Limited papers are reporting, a Sydney woman discovered her card had been used by someone else to receive a kidney transplant, The Government says the new Medicare smartcard with photo ID will help cut fraud levels. Stem cell research is offering new hope in the battle against cancer. Melbourne scientists are developing man-made prostate tissue by implanting human embryonic stem cells into mice. We are using rat tissue to tell the human cells to become human prostate. It's hoped the breakthrough in the battle against other cancers such as bladder and breast cancer.

The dissention in the AFL ranks continues with the preseason set to kick off more players and coaches are speaking out about the new rule changes. With the game seemingly flourishing, the message seems to be clear - if it ain't broke don't fix it.

No, not to be a pessimist. I know you've got stay ahead when you are battling the other codes in Australia and be progressive, but the game, as far as I know, has never been richer, it's never been more popular, so why tinker with something that's travelling beautifully. Players voicing a recurring concern the new rules will have a negative impact on the game. And what I think it's going to cause is a very uncontested game of football. You are not going to have control over your opponent because of all these now rules, and I don't know, I am not sort of convinced on the rules as yet. Premiership coach Paul Roos also empathising with the umpires. That's the group that probably you feel for the most, going into season 2006.

The NAB Cup kicks off tomorrow night when Brisbane hosts Essendon at Carrara, while the Western Bulldogs meet Melbourne in Darwin.

Former North Melbourne AFL player, Wayne Carey, has now split with his wife. The pair have a two-month-old daughter and seemed to have mended their relationship, following the 2002 controversy when Carey quit the Kangaroos after an affair with a team-mate's wife. The Collingwood assistant coach has been linked with model Kate Neilson,

a former winner of the Miss Indy competition. Bad news for big-hitting cricketer Andrew Symonds. He'll miss the tour opening Twenty20 match in Johannesburg with a hip muscle strain. Mike Hussey is also out, still in Perth for the birth of his son.

Suncorp Metway - the nation's sixth biggest bank - will report earnings. And oil refiner Caltex will also update the market with its profit for the full year. Back in November the company upgraded its earnings guidance, suggesting profit will come in at between $390 and $420 million as tight supply and strong demand keep oil and petrol prices near record highs. The Ten Early News will return after the break. This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. Among this morning's top stories. Comments from Peter Costello labelled Islamaphobic and offensive by key Muslim leaders. Nearly 200 die in Iraq as the violence continues following that attack on a Shi'ite shrine. And in sport - threatening letters sent to businessman Peter Holmes a Court, warning him off his bid for South Sydney. Up to 200 people have been killed in the wave of violence sweeping Iraq following yesterday's bombing of a Shia shrine World leaders have condemned the attack and reprisals, fearing civil war. America and Britain pledging to keep troops in the country for as long as it takes. The destruction of a holy site is a political act intent on creating civil strife. But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadeenejad has stirred up thousands of protesters, blaming the US and Israel for the troubles. A controversial speech by the Federal Treasurer has sparked outrage among Muslim leaders. Mr Costello said Muslims who choose Islamic law over Australia's shouldn't consider calling Australia home. The Cronulla riots sparked the sensitive debate - now the Treasurer has re-ignited it.

He's used a speech on citizenship, to the Sydney Institute, to send a message to radical Muslims. There is one law and we are all expected to abide by it. It's a firm ultimatum

for immigrants who adhere to Islamic law, not Australian law. Before becoming an Australian you'll be asked to subscribe to certain values. If you have strong objection to those values, don't come to Australia. Mr Costello addressed the recent rioting of Muslims across the globe, after newspapers published cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed. Muslims do not like representations of the Prophet. They do not think newspapers should print them. But so too they must recognise this does not justify violence against newspapers Muslim leaders say the Treasurer's comments were just a cheap ploy to gain political points. If this is his means of nominating for Prime Minister, then this will bode very badly for our nation, both locally and overseas. These comments are very divisive. Though Mr Costello's audience seemed to appreciate the speech. APPLAUSE A fiery end to a police pursuit in Melbourne overnight. The chase ended when thieves dumped their stolen car which burst into flames, starting a grass fire. A police vehicle which stopped nearby also caught alight. Two men were later arrested, a third is on the run. British police have offered a $5 million reward after bandits made off with more than $100 million in one of the nation's biggest ever robberies. Investigations are continuing into the robbery that saw the manager of a Tonbridge cash centre and his family abducted.

The crooks disguised themselves as police officers

and drove off with the manager, while a separate group raided the cash centre. Months and months of planning would have gone into this - surveillance, acquiring police-looking uniforms, vehicles would have had to be stored. Police are studying closed circuit television footage to try and identify the thieves. At least 49 people are dead and 30 injured, after a market roof collapsed in Moscow. Police are blaming the collapse on a build-up of snow from heavy overnight falls. Dozens of stallholders were setting up for the day's trade when the roof came down. It's not known how many were inside at the time, but rescue crews with sniffer dogs have pinpointed several spots where people may still be alive beneath the rubble. An incredible story of the underdog making good. An autistic student in the US set a team record after taking the basketball court for the first time. The coach thought he was being kind when he let Athena's team helper

have a run on the court at the end of the game. He said, "This is your senior present." "This is your last chance to get on the floor "as an actual basketball player."

Jason McElwain is autistic and coach Jim Johnson quickly regretted putting him up for humiliation. His first possession, he gets the ball and takes a host and misses by six feet. I put my hands in my head and I thought, "Please Lord just get him a basket." One minute later he did and the crowd went wild. I was excited. The team was excited. And once he started he couldn't stop. Getting hoop, after hoop, after hoop. My emotions started running wild. I actually sat down and I started to tear up and thought, "Oh My God!" "Is this happening?" Jason hit a team record of six three pointers and everyone wanted to congratulate him. Now the team helper is the school hero. The AFL's preseason competition kicks off tonight and the issue of the game's new rules won't go away. Collingwood vice captain James Clement says the league's law makers have created a monster. You'd like to have some input, and you seem not to. People don't actually come... Demetriou doesn't come to the club and say how we feel about the game, how we feel about the rule changes. We just get an umpire to deliver the message. Brisbane hosts Essendon at Carrara tonight while the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne play in Darwin. The struggle for South Sydney has turned ugly

with police called in to investigate threatening letters sent to takeover bid partner Peter Holmes a Court. Holmes a Court and Russell Crowe are revered among many sections of the Rabbitohs' fan base. But their plan has others bristling. Letters sent to the businessman, thought to have originated from the same source. have been passed on to police in the hope of identifying the culprit. Holmes a Court and Crowe hope to have their proposal approved by members at a March 19 vote. Meantime, the Warriors insist an NRL plan to strip six competition points for salary cap breaches

would end their season before it began. It's salary cap deja vu for Steve Price who's former club the Bulldogs were stripped 37 points in 2003. There's no use crying over spilt milk. We'll deal with it and move on. Just as the Bulldogs did and any other team it's happened to in the past. Offshore markets are weaker this morning. To finish the week on a lighter note, a model of the city of London just for people with a sweet tooth. That's what visitors found in London's Selfridges warehouse. Famed landmarks of the city built out of biscuits, breads and sweets. Part of China Month celebrations it took six people a week to construct. But when one eager finger reached out it was the beginning of the end.

Within minutes the city of London had been razed.

Before we go a quick recap of this morning's top stories. Violence continues to escalate in Iraq following yesterday's blast at a Shi'ite Mosque, nearly 200 are dead. Peter Costello under fire over claims some Muslims don't deserve to call Australia home. Rescue workers searching for survivors after a roof collapse in Moscow. And that's it for Ten Early News this morning. The morning news is at 11:00am and we will of course wrap up all the day's top stories in our news hour at 5:00pm. I'm Bill Woods, enjoy your day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au