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Brisbane Live: Tuesday December 10, 2013

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Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane.

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.

Be sure to join us again tomorrow for the latest news and weather.

Kathryn Foran: Brisbane is in for some wet weather over the next few days, with showers and afternoon storms forecast from Wednesday through to Sunday.

Brett Harrison, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said some parts of Brisbane could receive up to 20 millimetres of rainfall.

 

Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a high of 29.6 degrees today having fallen to just 19.5 this morning. 

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 31 with showers and storms expected.

Tony Moore: Every one of Queensland Health's 16 mental health in-patient facilities will be locked by December 15 in a major tightening of access and security.

Queensland Health's deputy director-general Dr Michael Cleary ordered the security upgrade in an email sent on December 9.

Figures released by Queensland Health on Tuesday show there were 2200 reported cases of inpatients absconding from Queensland's mental health units in 2012-13.

Natalie Bochenski: In most circles, declaring that you dislike the film Love Actually is akin to declaring you think Stalin had some progressive policies.

“How can you not like Love Actually?” they gasp. “Are you the Christmas Grinch?”

Here I am, preparing for disgust, dismay and outright abuse, as I outline seven reasons why Love Actually is terrible, actually.

Bill Nighy in Love Actually.

Bill Nighy in Love Actually.

Scott Beveridge: Queensland paedophile Peter Truong is sentenced to 30 years jail by a US court while his partner will spend 40 years behind bars after they bought a baby boy who they abused.

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Paedophile parents a 'sickening case'

Queensland paedophile Peter Truong is sentenced to 30 years jail by a US court while his partner will spend 40 years behind bars after they bought a baby boy who they abused.

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Police are searching for an assailant who shot a 38-year-old woman in the chest at Wavell Heights on Brisbane's north side Tuesday morning.

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Woman shot in chest

Police are searching for an assailant who shot a 38-year-old woman in the chest at Wavell Heights on Brisbane's north side Tuesday morning.

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Kristian Silva: For those of you who have followed the ring-swallowing saga, it's the moment you've all been waiting for. Here is one of the rings that was swallowed by an alleged jewellery thief more than a week ago.

One of the rings was accidently lost by police, and the second was "extracted" on Monday.

Now someone is wearing it.

Kim Stephens: Giant versions of popular board games Connect Four, Scrabble and Chess will transform King Geroge Square next Thursday, as free festive activities continue in the city.

The Brisbane City Council event will be held between 5pm and 9pm beneath the lights of the world's largest solar-pwoered Chrsitmas tree.

Games night is about promoting a fun and friendly Brisbane, with events held once a month in the city.

Over-sized board games in King George Square.

Over-sized board games in King George Square.

Nino Bucci, Kristian Silva and Marissa Calligeros: A Rebels motorcycle club member set to be charged under Queensland's hardline anti-bikie laws says the Newman Government has made it illegal to have a beer with your family.

Four alleged outlaw bikies, who walked into a Queensland bar, have been arrested and charged under the Newman Government's controversial anti-association laws.

Rebels' Sunshine Coast chapter member Mike Smith was also in the pub at the time. He was not arrested but was planning to hand himself in to police.

The Yandina Hotel ... Photo: Supplied.

The Yandina Hotel ... Photo: Supplied.

Kristian Silva: Nova 106.9 has ended the year on a high, with the commercial station beating rival 97.3FM to claim the crown of Brisbane’s most popular station.

Nova boosted its 5.30am-midnight listener base to 14 per cent, up 1.3 per cent on the previous ratings period. Meanwhile, 97.3FM lost ground, dipping from 13 per cent to 11.8 per cent.

One of the decorated buses.

One of the decorated buses. Photo: Kathryn Foran

Kathryn Foran: If you thought some of the Brisbane buses looked a bit different today you wouldn't be wrong.

The annual Christmas bus decorating competition was launched and judged by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Public and Active Transport Chairman, Peter Matic, at Adelaide St, Brisbane.

The winners of the competition were Carol O'Neill and Deb Bowen-Saunders from Eagle Farm depot with their "Queensland Summer Christmas" inspired theme.

The seven festive buses will remain decorated until the end of the month.

Peter Mitchell: Queensland paedophile Peter Truong, who bought a newborn boy for $US8000 ($8784) and then allowed men around the world to abuse the child, has been sentenced in a US court to 30 years' jail.

Truong, 36, faced a maximum 40-year sentence, while the plea deal he struck with prosecutors could have allowed a minimum of 24 years.

US District Court judge Sarah Evans Barker, in announcing the sentence on Monday in Indianapolis, took note of Truong's willingness to work with authorities to lead them to other paedophiles and his own history as a childhood abuse victim.

Truong's domestic partner, Mark Newton, 42, also from Queensland, was jailed in June for 40 years.

Peter Truong and Mark Newton (at right) with their adopted son known as Boy 1 (his face pixelated).

Peter Truong and Mark Newton (at right) with their adopted son known as Boy 1 (his face pixelated). Photo: Courtesy: ABC

Kathryn Foran: Premier Campbell Newman helped pack toys, games and clothing on Tuesday morning for the Smith Family Christmas Appeal.

The premier also announced a $100 000 donation each to the Smith Family, Salvation Army, Uniting Care and St Vincent de Paul.

He urged Queenslanders to reach out to those in need this Christmas season .

2800 packs will be distributed to children South-East Queensland.

Premier Campbell Newman helps pack goods for the Smith Family Christmas Appeal.

Premier Campbell Newman helps pack goods for the Smith Family Christmas Appeal. Photo: Kathryn Foran

Natalie Bochenski: The state government has announced $7.4 million in funding for the state library's Q Anzac 100: memories for a new Generation legacy project.

Ministers Glen Elmes and Ian Walker have inspected some of the historical treasures from the First World War, which will be fully digitised and made easily accessible as part of the project.

Ministers Glen Elmes and Ian Walker inspect historical artefacts from the First World War.

Ministers Glen Elmes and Ian Walker inspect historical artefacts from the First World War. Photo: Natalie Bochenski

Marissa Calligeros: Three people have been taken to hospital after the bus crash at Springwood.

One male passenger and two female passengers were taken by ambulance to Logan Hospital, suffering back pain.

Police have confirmed the nose-to-tail bus crash occurred in the southbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway.

It was initially reported the crash occurred on Rochedale Road.

Scott Beveridge: Boxer Anthony Mundine and Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper are holding a joint press conference at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre to detail their plans for upcoming bouts.

Dan Nancarrow: Animal Welfare League have held their most succesful adoption drive in their 50-year history, housing 92 per cent of their 192 shelter animals over the weekend.

Crowds of more 1000 pet lovers arrived at AWL centres in Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Beenleigh on Saturday and Sunday with adoption feeds decreased as an incentive.

A total of 177 dogs and cats found news homes, with the Ipswich shelter completely emptied.

Marissa Calligeros: One person has been taken to hospital after two buses collided near the Pacific Motorway south of Brisbane on Tuesday morning.

The nose-to-tail crash occurred near the intersection of Fitzgerald Avenue and Rochedale Road at Springwood about 9.25am.

The 128 passengers on the two buses were assessed by paramedics at the scene.

One passenger was taken to hospital with a back injury.

An aerial shot of the accident on the Pacific Motorway.

An aerial shot of the accident on the Pacific Motorway. Photo: Nine News

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Marissa Calligeros: The Spring selling season saw apartment and townhouse sales jump 13 per cent in Brisbane, but buyers retained the upper hand.

Eighty-nine units sold in Brisbane's CBD in the September quarter, although prices were down slightly from the June quarter.

 

Eighty-nine units sold in Brisbane's CBD in the September quarter, but prices were down slightly on the previous quarter.

Eighty-nine units sold in Brisbane's CBD in the September quarter, but prices were down slightly on the previous quarter.

Chris Barrett: Far from taking the foot off the pedal, Australia hopes to "bury" England in Perth, where the old enemy has not won in 35 years.

Requiring only one more victory in the final three matches of the series to draw a close to seven years of Ashes pain, Michael Clarke's team could barely hope for a more friendly setting.

England has won only once in 12 Tests at the WACA and that was in 1978/79 against an Australian side gutted by World Series Cricket. The English have lost on their last six visits to the frontier city by big margins.

No mo needed: Mitchell Johnson took a match-winning 9-82 the last time he faced England in Perth. His career best innings figures of 8/61 also came at the WACA, against South Africa.

No mo needed: Mitchell Johnson took a match-winning 9-82 the last time he faced England in Perth. His career best innings figures of 8/61 also came at the WACA, against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

A watercolour painting by an inmate of St Helena Island in its days as a working prison has been a welcome find for the retelling of Brisbane's rich history.

A watercolour painting by an inmate of St Helena Island in its days as a working prison has been a welcome find for the retelling of Brisbane's rich history. Photo: CarlWarner

Natalie Bochenski: Historians have identified a rare treasure of Brisbane’s past: the only painting of St Helena Island as a working prison, as painted by an inmate.

The watercolour has been donated to the Museum of Brisbane by its owner, Trisha Anderson, and will take pride of place in an exhibition about Moreton Bay opening in February 2014.

Kristian Silva: Brisbane will pay its own special tribute Nelson Mandela, with the lights on the Story Bridge to feature the six colours of the South African flag this evening.

The bridge will be lit up in green, red, white, yellow, blue and black from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, and then again on Sunday, when Mr Mandela’s funeral is scheduled.

“Nelson Mandela’s legacy is one of unity, reconciliation and renewal and our city joins the rest of the globe in honouring this outstanding individual,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.

Nelson Mandela and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Nelson Mandela and American talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Photo: AP

Marissa Calligeros: A woman has been shot in the chest outside her home in Brisbane's north.

The 38-year-old woman was shot on the footpath outside her townhouse on Campbell Terrace in Wavell Heights about 6am on Tuesday.  

Forensics police at the scene of the shooting. Photo: Sarah Greenhalgh/Ten News, via Twitter

Forensics police at the scene of the shooting. Photo: Sarah Greenhalgh/Ten News, via Twitter

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live this Tuesday morning.

Stay tuned for the latest news and weather updates around the city.

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  • any girlfirends of Police getting proposed to over XMas should probably ask for the receipt

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    atombomb
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    December 10, 2013, 6:16PM
  • As far as wearing THAT ring is concerned...I'll pass (pun intended)

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    Peter
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    December 10, 2013, 3:55PM

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