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Tonight - Australia's first

gold medal, an unexpect #ded

victory in the 4 by 100m

freestyle relay Yes, always

sweet when you snatch one, the

ones that you're not pre dikted

to win. Brutal bombardment,

fears of a bloodbath in Syria's

biggest city. Three members of

the same family stabbed to

death in Sydney's west. And

another home loss as the

Raiders' form continues to

seesaw. Good evening. Siobhan

Heanue with ABC News. One day

of competition, one gold medal.

It's been a successful start to

Australia's Olympic campaign in

London with the women's 4 by

100m freestyle relay team

grabbing top honours. It came

as a bit of a surprise, but a

very pleasant one. From London,

Emma Alberici leads our

coverage. The Australians will

be hopes that every day begins

as well as the first one did.

The relay team was given a chance, but it was the Dutch

and Americans who were

favoured. Even the Australian

coach didn't expect his team to

win. Meanwhile Australia's

men's road race cyclists have

had to fend off accusations of

negative tactics. With all the

details, here is Mary Gearin in

London. The Australians'

qualifying times put them just

ahead of the Americans and negt

labdz and that made for a

thrilling final. Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell led the

charge but it was Libby

Trickett's replacement in the

final, 18-year-old Brittany

Elmslie who brought Australia

into the lead in her leg.

Melanie Schlanger held off

all-comers to deliver gold and

record. COMMENTATOR: Melanie the Olympic

Schlanger wins gold! Yes, it's always sweet when you snatch

one, the ones that you're not

absolutely fantastic to see pre dikted to win. That was

them. It was pretty tough race

there, but they held it

together and I think all the

girls swam very well. It wasn't

such good news for Stephanie

Rice. She gave it her all, but

placed 6th in the 4 by 100m

individual medley losing to

China's Ye Shiwen. Obviously I

wanted to do the best job I

could. That was the best I had tonight.

She was struggling with her

preparation which is

understandable with the

problems she has had with her

shoulder. Another having a bad

night in the pool is Michael

Phelps. His seeming

invincibility took a blow when

he didn't even get to the

podium in 4900m individual

medley. Also exhausted and

disappointed where Cadel Evans

and his team-mates after

failing to got a hoped-for

medal in their 250km road

race From what we had, we

weren't as good as we could

have been, we weren't at our

best. The home crowds have been

Mark Cavendish and Tour de riding a wave of support for

France winner Bradley Wiggins

who kicked off the Opening

Ceremony. It wasn't long into

the race before the drama

began. Evans just avoided the

pile-up, but it eliminated six

riders. At the head, a group of

12, including Australian Stuart

O'Grady broke away from the

peloton that contained the

entire British team. Team GB

never made an attack and the

pack never got close enough.

Mark Cavendish subsequently

accused the Australians of

using negative tactic 140-odd

bike riders out there and

everyone will have their own

opinions. Gold went to Kazakhstan's Alexandr

Vinokurov, while six-time

Olympian O'Grady stayed with

the front group and came 6th.

The next event for the cyclists

is the time trial. Michael

Rogers says he has already

prepared for it but Cadel Evans

before starting to think about says he wants to get over today

T It has been a busy 24 hours

for Lauren Jackson. As Duncan

Huntsdale reports, Australia's

women's basketball team beat

Great Brit tin in its opening

game. After a sluggish start,

the Opals found their range in

the opening quarter. Jackson

hit a game-high 18 points as

Australia beat the lowly ranked

home team 74-58 A bit of an

ugly game. Probably too many

turnovers for what we liked but

good to get the game out of the

road. Sarah Tait and Kate

Hornsey gave Australia a

winning start on the water in

their victory in the heat of

the winning pair. Tait is one

of three mums on the Australian

women's team It will forge the

way forward for the Australian

women's team knowing they will

Rowing Australia like we be really well supported by

have. Kim Crow had a convincing

win in her heat. Yes, she

couldn't have started

better. Five-time Olympian

Natalie Cook and Tamsin

Hinchley lost a tight two-set

match to the American defending

champions, Kerri Walsh-Jennings

and Misty May-Treanor. Joshua

Jefferis became the first

Australian male in 12 years to

qualify for the all-around

final. The Australian eventing

team had a narrow lead over

Germany after the first day of

dressage Looking really lovely. Samantha Stosur fell at

the first hurdle, losing in the

opening round of the singles

and doubles. China was the

dominant country on day one

with four gold medals. Recovers

superbly. 14 gold medals will

be decided tonight. Australia's

best hope again appears to be

in the pool with the men's 4 by

100m relay team looking to

match the efforts of the women

last night. For now, that's all

from the Olympic stadium. Now

to other news and there are

warnings of a potential

massacre in Syria as government

forces continue to attack rebel

fighters in the city after LNP

Po. There are concerns for the

safety and wellbeing of the

civilian population in Syria's

biggest city. ABC correspondent

Matt Brown reports from

northern Syria. The government

has cleared the capital of

rebel fighters. Now it's the

turn of

Aleppo. GUNFIRE. Government

forces are reported to be

closing in from all sides and

from the air. Amateur video

posted on social media websites

claim to show a fighter jet

flying low over the rebel-held

sla dean district. -

Salahheddine district.

Witnesses say the area has been

subjected to heavy shelling.

Rebels from the Free Syrian

Army are fighting back. They're

no match for the government's

forces, but one low-level Free

Syrian Army commander told the

ABC they're confident they can hold out.

TRANSLATION: The regime will

try to surround the city and

trap us, but we will stop

them. And government forces

have met resistance. This

footage filmed by activists

appears to show the bodies of

at least three Syrian soldiers.

The wreckage of what may have

been their tank nearby. But

no-one is underestimating the

Syrian Government's obsession

to retake Aleppo. There is

concern about the 2.5 million

people who live there. The Red

Cross has suspended some of its

work because of the fieging.

Even Syria's allies are warning

of a potential tragedy TRANSLATION: We have been saying for months that

something must be done here.

Unfortunately our Western

partners have taken a different

approach and have been

encouraging and supporting the

rebels. The price of all this

is yet more blood. The rebels

have called for weapons to

detectives stroi tanks and

aircraft and they say Western

nation also be responsible if a

massacre ensues and they can't

fight back. A man is under

guard in a Sydney hospital

tonight, suspected of murdering

his parents and his brother.

Police called to the family

home this morning discovered a

grisly scene. Officers are

still waiting to interview the

man who is being treated for

stab wounds. Kylie Simmons

reports. When officers arrived,

what they found was so

disturbing even they were

shaken. There is a lot of blood

inside the unit and there are

two deceased dogs inside the

unit as well. Officers followed

the trail of blood to the main

bedroom where there were three

bodies. Two were on the bed and

one was on the floor beside the

bed. A 44-year-old man with

stab wounds to his stomach was

arrested inside the unit. He

was taken to hospital where his

condition is stable. The ABC

understand those killed were

the injured man's mother,

father and brother. There was a

family that was registered to

be living at that address, but

we've still got to make our

inquiries. Neighbours were

equally shaken I'm rattled. I

haven't even had a coffee yet.

I'm a bit sick to the stomach. Frightening to think we only

live up the road. And they were

concerned about who had been

killed. My kids go to school

with kids over there. We are

just worried because we don't

know who it was. Police are yet

to recover the weapon. At this

stage they're still working on

a motive for the frenzied

attack. Forensic officers are

inside the unit select collects

evidence. Police say the crime

scene is so gruesome, the

bodies won't be removed for

some time. Police who witnessed

the crime scene are being offered offered counselling. Former

Howard Government minister Mal

Brough is on the verge of resurrecting his political

career. Queensland's LNP has

chosen him to try to win back

the seat of Fisher from

renegade former member Peter Slipper. Greg Jennett

reports. Months of manoeuvring,

counting and campaigning I am

shutting the doors. ..and in a

five-hour lockdown, 330

Queensland LNP members gave

their answer. Today the members

of the LNP here in Caloundra in

the seat of Fisher have

selected Mal Brough as the

candidate for the next federal

election. ? It's really not the

road back to Canberra, it's

about re-engaging with the public. A former Howard

Government minister, Mal

Brough's victory turned out to

be a comfortable one, seeing

off his chief rival and LNP

official James McGrath. Going

by the cheering that went up,

he had a small army in there

that support him.

I think Mal Brough will be a

good candidate and a very good

member of Parliament. No

history hanging over him. No

stench? No, he has had very

good history as a minister. There is some history

and it's still before the

Federal Court. Mal Brough had

advised Peter Slipper's staffer

James Ashby on his sexual

harassment case against the

Speaker and features in phone

and email records lodged with

the court. The public here I

think are only too well aware

that waa I did was help someone

in need, no more, no less. I

won't make any other comments

about that matter. It's before

the courts and I will leave it

at that. REPORTER: Did Tony

Abbott know the extent that you

were involved? Tony Abbott

accepts the explanation. He

describes Mal Brough as a

friend and distinguished former

colleague. He has been upfront about his involvement and the

only thing that really matters

here is did Mr Slipper sexually

harass a member of his

staff? After 19 years in Peter

Slipper's hands, Fisher should

be safe LNP territory, about

you a sidelined and wounded

Speaker and a Labor. Labor

Party intent on pursuing Mal

Brough could mean his comeback

story still has some twists and

turns left in it. Two dingos

which savagely attacked a

tourist on Fraser Island will

be spared because rangers can't

identify them. A 23-year-old

German man left his camp ground

early yesterday. He was mauled

after falling asleep on an

isolated track. He was flown to

hospital with head, leg and arm

injuries and underwent

surgery. Lying down, possibly

asleep, no-one else around,

dark time of the night, I think

this person is very lucky to be

alive. Rangers say they're

concerned about a group of dingos that is showing

high-risk behaviour in the same

area, but the State Government

has ruled out further action at

this stage. We're doing a

review of dingo management on

Fraser Island in accordance

with our election commitment.

Let's see what the results of

that review deliver and then

we'll act accordingly. There

have been 10 serious dingo

attacks on the island in the

past year and three dingos have

been destroyed. Australian

scientists are using innovative

computer gaming technology in a

bid to make it easier for blind

people to read braille. They've

found that very fast readers

use the part of the brain that

governs not only hearing but

sight as well. Lynne Davis

learnt to read braille 10 years

ago when retinal disease robbed

her of sight. She admits she

would like to read quicker. I

know I'm never going to be a

wonderful braille reader,

people who have been doing it

all their lives, but I think I

want to become a better, a

faster braille reader than I

have been, and to use two hands

instead of one. Researchers at

the University of Western

Sydney are using gaming

technology to gain more insight

into how braille readers

translate bumps on a page into

meaningful text. This has given

us a deeper insight that has

been possible up until now into

the subtle movements in the way

that they read. Infra-red

lights are attached to the

reader's fingertips. An

infra-red camera then tracks

the gingers of people like

Samantha oh I have. Blind from

childhood, she can read braille

just as fast as people can read

text. As a university student,

I couldn't function without my

braille. Scientists have

discovered that very fast

braille readers use the part of the brain that governs

hearing. So you can think about

as they move their finger as

cross the braille dots t

creates a vibration in their

fingertip and they're processing that vibration in

the fingertip, very similar to

the way that we process a

speech signal. The goal of the

research is to improve how

braille is taught, to help the

increasing numbers of older

people who are losing their

sight. Scientists are seeking

anyone who uses braille to take

part in their study . Potato

farmers in Victoria say

proposals to lift a 24-year ban

on imports from New Zealand

could ruin their industry.

They're worried brod dus from

across the Tasman could carry

zebra chip disease which

affects both taste and texture.

The ABC's Gloria Kalache

travelled to one of Australia's

major pro Tai toe-producing

regions near Ballarat. For

Michael Frawley, potato farming

is a way of life. He is a third

generation grower, but he along

with many other farmers are

worried their crop could be put

at risk of zebra chip

disease It can decimate the

whole potato industry. In New

Zealand, $60 million it cost

the industry there in some

areas and it's not sustainable.

The amount economically or

environmentally, the amount of

sprays you have to do to

control it. Zebra chip is a

relatively new disease. It is

spread by a bug which infects

the potato, affecting the

starch and sugar levels and

this is how it looks once the

potato has been infected. New Zealand is currently dealing

with the disease, but so far

Australia is free from it. A

Department of Agriculture

proposal to allow the resumgts

of fresh potato imports from

across the Tasman has farmers

worried. That's despite the

promise of strict quarantine conditions. It's saying that

the requirements it's got in

place are sufficient to stop

the pest from getting out into

Australia. The way industry

sees it, this is offer a

billion dollars of worth of

agricultural production here

that is at stake. Farmers say

they don't understand why

potatoes need to be imported

from New Zealand. They say it

is an added Rhys tock the local

industry with minimal

gains We're operating at 70%

capacity. Any extra potatoes that need to be brought to

Australia, the farmers here can

supply those. A spokeswoman for

the Federal Minister for

agriculture Joe Ludwig says

Australia's biosecurity system

is world-class, based on the

best available science. Final

submissions to the proposal are

due by September 3rd. They are

the unlikely survivors of the

Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Family pets left behind in the

scramble to evacuate. But now

one man is rescuing the

region's stray dogs from the

no-go zone and from death row

at the pound. He is training

them as therapy dogs to help

those who have been traumatised

by the disaster. North Asia

correspondent Mark Willacy

reports. They are the fortunate

fugitives of Fukushima, a

motley mob of bitters and

blue-bloods, and they have Toru

Oki to thank

TRANSLATION: I rescued them

just before they were due to be

killed. Fukushima strays like

Fuku look in good shape now, but this how he was when Toru

Oki saved him from the pound.

He was checked for radioactive

contamination and after being

given the all-clear, has been

nursed back to health, ready

for his new life as a therapy dog.

TRANSLATION: As therapy dogs,

they will help victims of the

nuclear disaster cope with

their sense of loss and

isolation. Toru Oki plans to

rescue about 100 Fukushima dogs

from death row, strays like

Kizuna here. He will then train

them for more than two years

before sending them out to help

victims of both the of the

tsunami and nuclear

disasters. This is canine

college. These dogs are close

to graduation. For more than

two years they've been taught how to work with the elderly

and the disabled. And they've

already helped to cheer up some

of Fukushima's nuclear refugees. TRANSLATION: Many people have

been separated from the dogs

they love, so when they see the

therapy dogs, they hug them and

cry and become happy. So for

these Fukushima strays-turned-students, it will

be a hard slog until

graduation, but it sure beats

life in the nuclear zone. The

Canberra Raiders' unpredictability is becoming

all too predictable. Today the

side crumbled to a 30-point

defeat at the hands of the Knights just a week after

smashing the Sharks. Last night Penrith Sydney Harboured a

golden-point win in

controversial circumstances and

Manly produced a second-half

comeback to beat the Warriors.

Today the Rabbitohs dominated

an injury-depleted Tigers side,

while at Canberra Stadium, the

Raiders lost a crucial contest

against Newcastle. Ben list son

reports. Canberra and

Newcastle, two of six sides

chasing 8th spot on the NRL

ladder. The Knights started

strongest. The visitors applied

plenty of pressure. Canberra winger, Sandor Earl forced to

commit a professional foul.

Newcastle capitaliseded to

extend their advantage just

before half-time. The Knights

took control after the break

and consigned the Raiders to

another home defeat. Out of

form and out of position Robbie Farah playing halfback

today. The Tigers faced a tough

task against an energised South

Sydney side. A near faultless

first half from the Rabbitohs

had them up by 20 at half-time.

Dave Taylor made up for

suspended fullback Greg Inglis's absence as he made

metres at will. The Tigers had

no answer as South Sydney

powered towards the finals and

a top 2 berth N the first ever

NRL match at Subiaco Oval, the

New Zealand Warriors showed few

ill effects. Manu Vatuvei was

clearly inspired by the AFL

ground. A pin-point kick set up

Manly's only first-half try on

the siren as the Warriors went

to the break up by 12. But like last week's capitulation

against the Knights, the

Warriors let the Sea Eagles

back into game. Two late tries

to Daly Cherry-Evans leveled

the scores. And this kick from

Jamie Lyon completed the

comeback. An injury-depleted

Sharks side looked to reignite

their finals charge. A late

Sharks try put the home side in

front, but Penrith had other

ideas. A short kick-off was

controversially ruled to have

travelled 10m. The Panthers

earned a scrum and Michael

Jennings tied scores in the

last minute. Luke Walsh missed

his chance to win on the siren, but took a second opportunity

in golden point. The Rabbitohs

now move to second spot and the

Titans go to 8th at the expense

of the Tigers. Locally,

Goulburn shocked the Queanbeyan

Kangaroos with a 38-24

victory. After months of

speculation, it's been

confirmed that Wallabies

skipper David Pocock is coming

to Canberra. The Brumbies

announced today that the

24-year-old has been signed by

the club to a three-year deal.

The flanker has certained 69

caps for the Western Force and

more than 40 Test caps in his

6-year career. Pocock will

replace outgoing flanker

Michael Hooper who will join

the Waratahs next season. In

the super rugby finals series

overnight, the Sharks held off

a late challenge to defeat the

Stormers and book a place in

the Super Rugby time. The

Sharks won 26-19 and will face

the New Zealand-based chiefs in

Hamilton next weekend for the

title. Well, it was a tale of

two very different matches in

the AFL last night with Sydney

and Carlton both recording

wins. Today St Kilda beat the

Dogs and West Coast are heading

for a big win over

Brisbane. Last night the Blues

edged out Richmond in a

thriller at the MCG, while the

Sydney Swans had a convincing

win over the Gold Coast Suns which took them back to the top

of the ladder. Guy Gus Goswell reports. With four teams generally in the running for

the minor premiership, any win

however predictable is value.

Sydney asserted its superiority

last night but the Swans then

relaxed somewhat, allowing the

Suns to outscore them in the

second term, but after half-time it was pretty much

all Sydney. The final margin

was 72 points. For the well

beaten Suns, Gary Ablett was

the standout recording 42

disposals and a goal. With five

rounds remaining, Sydney is 4

points clear on top of the

ladder Still kicked 19 goals

tonight and they've lost

Roberts Thomson and it was

important for us and hopefully

Mummy comes back into the team

for next week as well There was

a thriller in the night's other

game at the MCG where Richmond

yet again lost a tight one. The

Tigers led Carlton by more than

two goals with just minutes it

play. But the Blues kicked one

and then another and with

seconds remaining, Brock McLean

stepped up as Carlton's

match-winning hero. It as a

goal! Moments like this make

you realise how special footy

is and how good it can be.

Highs like this make the lows

worth it. The final siren

triggered wild celebrations for

the Blues as they kept their

finals hopes alive. As for the

Tigers, it is another season

slipping away. And in the north

eastern football league,

Belconnen have upset Eastlake

today at Manuka Oval, 83-73.

Near nak ked and out of season,

a small but dedicated group of

would-be Santas made a dash

through Canberra today. It was

an unusual Christmas in July

celebration. Red budgie

smugglers and festive hats were

all the attire needed as the

small band jogged from Glebe

Park to Lake Burley Griffin.

The stunt was all for a good

cause, of course, raising

$10,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis

Association. The money will be

used to buy exercise equipment

and to help sufferers with

their medical bills. Back to

the Olympics, and as these

Games, as many as 20,000

different souvenir pins are

changing hands as the ABC's

Peter Lewis reports from

London. If you thought the official Olympic currency was

US dollars by the stadium-full,

think again. Competition for

some of these perfectly formed

souvenirs is as spirited as for

the medal s themselves Yes,

sir, I was never good enough at

sport to make it to the

Olympics, but I found something

that I can excel at. He came a

trader when the five-ring

circus pitched up in Atlanta in

1996 and the motivation isn't

monetary. I don't really put a

value on them. The value is in

the people I meet, the

experiences that the pin also facilitate. Athens trader John

told me commemorative pins are

as old as the modern Olympics

itself. Look what I did. Do you

see what? We're helping the

Greek economy out one pin at a

time No, you must give two. So,

is that right? Originally just

issued to athletes, judges and

officials, they quickly became

the hottest property for all

Games visitors, but rarely do

they go the extra step and

produce their own, like this

woman My daughter started. It

is 2012 journey to London. We

started this in January and

it's all about London and

2012. I'm only a few days into

my quest to become Olympic

kingpin here in London T has

been a show start but I should

point out that I'm not uncapped

at this level. My personal

pintathlon started in Seoul in

1988 and it might have ended

there, but I got a gig in

Sydney in 2000 and it kind of

pricked my interest all over

again. Same happened to this

French journalist, but he

turned his magnificent

obsession into a paid job. Have

pin, will travel The best pin

is not the pin that's not in my possession. You're still

looking for it? Yes. He is here

with the 2,000 to trade from

the 20,000 in his collection.

He can't imagine what it's cost

or what it's worth, but as with

each of my trading partners,

each and every deal is sealed

with a handshake. Better throw

my hat in for Rio. What

characters! To the weather now

and we started off with a

bright, sunny day before some

rather menacing clouds rolled

over this afternoon and they finally delivered some rain

around dusk. We reacheded a top

of 13 today. Across the border,

periods of cloud around the


Around the country:

Showers in Victoria and

Tasmania, falling as snow in

the alps. A large high is

directing southerly winds into

South Australia, generating the

odd shower in the south, but

that high is keeping the rest

of the nation mostly dry. In

the capitals tomorrow:

Locally, there may be light

showers up and down the coast:

And that's all from the

ABC's Canberra News room. You

can keep up with the latest

news including Olympic results

at ABC Online and ABC News 24.

Enjoy your evening. Goodnight.

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