Brisbane parking inspectors labelled 'grinches'

Natalie Bochenski   Brisbane City Council has been labelled the Christmas Grinch for sending out parking inspectors to fine late-night revellers.

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Folk Festival

Woodford gets ready to blister in the sun

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Natalie Bochenski 12:00 AM   One of the world's largest cultural festivals gets ready for its 21st instalment at Woodford, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Cairns families pull together for Xmas

Family representative Rod Willie, grandfather to seven of the children, tells of the family's grief in Cairns.

Cleo Fraser 3:18 PM   This Christmas is one of the toughest for many families in Cairns and the Torres Strait Islands, after the murder of eight children just six days ago.

Christmas Regifted

Queenslanders unwrapped $100m in dud gifts

Dud gifts: Courtney Thomson got a foot spa recently, and still doesn't know why.

Natalie Bochenski 12:00 AM   If Santa brought you a dud present this year, you're not alone.

Gold Coast siege ends peacefully

An armoured car inside the Southport unit complex.

Natalie Bochenski 1:10 PM   A Christmas Day siege on the Gold Coast has ended peacefully with a gunman giving himself up to police.

Phillip Aspinall's Christmas message: 'Let the light shine'

Dr Phillip Aspinall: "We come looking to be uplifted, looking for refreshment, restoration, hope."

Dr Phillip Aspinall 12:33 PM   The Archbishop of Brisbane's 2014 Christmas message, as delivered at Christmas Day services.

Man fires shots in Southport residence, Queensland police hope for 'peaceful' resolution

Queensland police have asked residents near the Southport unit to remain indoors and fear an armed man may have a hostage.

Lucy Cormack and Natalie Bochenski 11:28 AM   Gold Coast police are negotiating with a man holed up inside a Southport unit block, after two shots were fired in the suburb overnight.

Mark Coleridge: 'We must think of Christians in the Middle East'

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge 10:59 AM   Christmas always evokes a very particular time and place – the Middle East a little more than two thousand years ago. This Christmas, we think of that place at this time.

Aggressive Qld crash victim tasered

The victim of a traffic crash in Central Queensland was tasered after allegedly assaulting paramedics trying to help him.

Natalie Bochenski 10:26 AM   A man who crashed his car in north Queensland has been shot with a stun gun by police after he lashed out at emergency service workers.

Fire damages Queensland unit block

9:06 AM   A fire has damaged a unit in Brisbane's south.

Police surround man in Gold Coast unit

Police will be very visible across Queensland this holiday season.

7:20 AM   Shots have been fired at a Gold Coast unit complex where an armed man is holed up.

Brisbane weather: Christmas day set to be perfect

Christmas day weather is set to be almost perfect in Brisbane.

1:00 AM   Santa is predicted to deliver perfect weather for Christmas feasts around Brisbane. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it will be a perfect Summer day without being too hot.

Paedophiles brazenly approaching children in public, police warn

Child sex offenders are becoming more brazen, Queensland police warn.

Tony Moore 1:00 AM   Child sex predators are no longer luring to children to secluded places, but are now meeting them in public places, the policeman in charge of Queensland's child safety and sex crime unit has warned.

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Boxing Day sales expected to draw big crowds

Each Queensland family is expected to spend an average $273 at this year's Boxing Day sales.

Natalie Bochenski 1:00 AM   Queensland families are expected to spend an average of $273 on Boxing Day sales, with bargain-hungry shoppers set to pump $2.1 billion into retailers' cash registers nationally on Friday.

Street artist Anthony Lister champions 'peaceful act of creativity'

Shoppers at Westfield Carindale will be able to see Brisbane-born street artist Anthony Lister's fusion of art with fashion until June 5.

Natalie Bochenski   Creating an installation that fuses art and fashion, paint and fabric, is a long way from Anthony Lister's first creative endeavours at Westfield Carindale.

Brisbane Times summer reads 2014

It's been a big news year at BT. 

Ipswich man groomed 8-year-old Candain girl; police

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Natalie Bochenski   Man allegedly convinced girl to take indecent pictures of herself.

Man arrested over 'gutless' bashing at timber mill

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Natalie Bochenski   Police have charged a 47-year-old man over a "gutless and sickening" bashing in the Sunshine Coast hinterland that may be tied to an outlaw bikie gang.

Man charged with child abduction

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Natalie Bochenski   Man allegedly left woman's home with car and child.

Cairns children to rest in peace together: family

Family representative Rod Willie, grandfather to seven of the children, tells of the family's grief in Cairns.

Natalie Bochenski   Grandfather says eight children killed in Cairns will be buried in new year.

Road toll

Good start for road safety campaign

More than 80 people were caught texting or calling while on the road during Day 1 of the holiday road toll period.

Natalie Bochenski   Queensland has fatality-free start to Christmas/New Year road toll period.

Man robs store with knife, Guy Fawkes mask

At least 21 protests will be held in Brisbane over the G20 period.

Natalie Bochenski   A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask held up a takeaway store at Springwood south of Brisbane on Tuesday night.

Man shot in lower stomach at Chermside

Police outside a Chermside building where a man was shot.

Natalie Bochenski   Man refuses to help police identify gunman.

Resilient Rivers program launched to fight erosion

A long-awaited new Queensland body will fight river erosion.

Tony Moore   After years of lobbying the Newman Government has finally introduced a body to tackle the millions of tonnes of eroded sediment flowing down the Brisbane River to the Port of Brisbane and into Moreton Bay.

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State Library of Queensland photos scandal 'not a workplace issue': court

A former State Library of Queensland secretly took inappropriate photos of staff and members of the public.

Tony Moore   A government employee secretly taking photos of a colleague's breasts and cleavage on their government-issued iPhone - while at work - then downloading them onto their government-supplied iPad and computer is not a workplace related issue, according to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

Council abandons Mowbray Park development plans

CBIC's East Brisbane development was to include a croquet club.

Kim Stephens   Brisbane City Council has abandoned a highly controversial plan to build two residential towers on East Brisbane riverside parkland following a huge public backlash to the plan.

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Driver nearly seven times legal alcohol limit, police allege

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Dan Nancarrow   A Graceville man has been charged after allegedly recording a breath alcohol concentration almost seven times the legal limit at Brisbane Airport on Monday.

Bushfires hit Gold Coast

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Firefighters have two bushfires under control and are investigating a third in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Highlights

Storm pounds Gold Coast

Hail, lightning and powerful winds hit the Gold Coast on Tuesday afternoon. Nine News

Violent storm lashes city

A violent storm swept quickly across Brisbane on November 27, causing widespread damage.

Qld research could save soldiers' lives

Scientists developing a drug to help troops critically wounded on battlefield.

New honour tolls for CQ flying ace

One of Queensland's most important historical figures will be honoured in Italy next year.

Schoolies 2014: It's not all about the children

Our hearts are full of pride for our kids, but there's a part which feels a little heavy.

Photos could hold key to coral health

Qld researchers analysing half a million photographs in a bid to understand coral.

Obama puts Qld tourism tagline back on map

"Beautiful one day, and then perfect the next" - US President a tourism operator's dream.

G20 protesters burn Australian flag

Indigenous protesters set fire to the Australian flag at Roma Street Parklands on Sunday.

Barack Obama's "Brisbane speech" in full

US President Barack Obama gives a rousing speech at the University of Queensland during the G20 summit

Brisbane comes of age, again, with G20

Bravo, Brisbane. Your tag as a “new world city” has been justified.

Push to keep Brisbane sign

Having a permanent Brisbane sign is "under discussion" with plans to "create a better city" after the successful G20 summit.