Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live this Wednesday.
It's been a huge day of news which will only get bigger tonight, with the kick off of Origin II in Brisbane from 730pm and the federal leadership spill at 7pm.
Stay tuned to Brisbanetimes.com.au for comprehensive coverage of both events, and make sure you join us tomorrow for the fallout on Brisbane Live.
Australian Traffic Network: Having a look at the roads this afternoon:
Car v Ped . .Abbotsford Rd near the Railway Station - Bowen Hills . . . . .— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 26, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N (building up) ... Hale St, Milton Rd, Coronation Drv, CCB and Caxton St - with State of Origin tonight— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 26, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N .. Ipswich Mwy WB from the Granard Rd merge - Rocklea . . . . .— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 26, 2013
RADARS ..(Gympie Rd - Kedron) .. (M1 - Coomera, Ormeau & Pimpama) ..— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) June 26, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: It was another cold morning, Brisbane hitting 7.3 degrees at 6.08am.
Brisbane hit a high of 20.1 degrees at 2.49pm and has started to cool off.
Tonight for the Origin the bureau is insisting it'll be just light winds, and with no rain in sight.
Dan Nancarrow: Last drinks!
There's less than one week to go before Dry July begins, where participants give up alcohol for 31 days to raise money for adults living with cancer.
For more details go to the Dry July website.
Amy Remeikis: Brisbane 59-year-old Warwick Marler was in West Ireland as part of an international rowing expedition for older participants he had helped organised when he found the boat he and four others were using suddenly battered by five foot waves on Friday night.
The Irish Mirror reported the Brisbane solicitor and his companions were “rowing for their lives” after their boat began to take on water.
The rowers stayed with the vessel even as it sank beneath the waters of the icy Lough Derg, Ireland's second largest lake, and “rowed the boat under the water to the shore”.
The Irish Coast Guard immediately launched an air, water and land rescue as a precaution, with hypothermia one of the biggest concerns.
All other boats reached the shore safely and no one was injured.
Dan Nancarrow: Make sure you have spare change on you on your way into Suncorp Stadium tonight.
The Kim Walters Choices charity will be collecting donations from 5pm.
Keep on the look out for workers in pink collecting donations in support of the Kim Walters Choices program, which provides free support services to patients and their families affected by breast and gynaecological cancer at The Wesley Hospital.
The charity was established 15 years ago as a tribute to Kevin Walters's wife Kim, who died of breast cancer.
Simon Holt: It seems the ballet is not the only classical form of performing arts which is taking Brisbane's interest. The opening night of the opera at QCGU's Conservatorium Theatre is also a sell-out.
Rossini Cincerella or Goodness Triumphant is an Australian premiere and a co-production with NBR New Zealand Opera. It plays from July 6-26, at various times on various nights.
Amy Remeikis: Queensland's crime watchdog has recommended that police Taser training "emphasises" the need to release the trigger after it found one-third of Taser incidents involved multiple or prolonged use.
The report examined the use of Tasers between September 2009 and June 2012.
During that time 123 people were the target of multiple or prolonged Taser use, or about three people a month.
Tasers were designed to send an electrical current through a target for five seconds.
Simon Holt: It seems an idea to allow left turns on red signs at the Gold Coast might not have been so good after all. After a three-month trial at three intersections at Benowa, Southport and Robina, there will now be a report on the success or otherwise.
Council officers are plannint to examine CCTV footage taken during the trial, analyse traffic movements and report back to Council in late July or early August.
In the meantime, it's back to normal from July 1 at each of the intersections. Motorists and cyclists beware.
Dan Nancarrow: Congratulations to David and Matt who won double passes to the Princesses and Heroes Disney on Ice production.
The competition has now ended.
Phil Lutton: Looking for a great pre-Origin read? Here's one on an Origin great:
Eighteen years ago, Billy Moore screamed a phrase that would catapult him into Origin folklore. But what if he'd never said a word?
He ponders an alternative existence with Phil Lutton.
Billy Moore celebrates a win with Maroons teammates in 1995. Photo: Craig Golding
Dan Nancarrow: We're giving away two double passes to Princesses and Heroes performance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tomorrow at 11am.
To win one of the two passes leave the message "I want to win Princesses and Heroes tickets" in the comments field of the blog, and we'll contact the first two respondents back by email with details of where to pick your tickets up at our city office today.
Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes will rediscover eight children's favourites
AAP: A Qantas baggage handler stole cash and gift cards from mail he was tasked with loading onto cargo planes, a court has been told.
Dale Thomas Rogers, 41, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday to one count of dishonestly appropriating items from the post between August 2012 and January 2013.
The court was told the offending began when the father-of-two succumbed to the temptation of taking some mail which accidentally fell out of a bag while he was working in Brisbane.
Judge Devereaux sentenced Rogers, who resigned from his job after his arrest, to a six-month jail term, but released him immediately on a two-year good behaviour bond.
Dan Nancarrow: To keep up to date with what is happening during game day for State of Origin II here in Brisbane follow our live blog from 12pm.
We'll be providing photos of the happenings around the city and clips of classic moments along with news updates and player profiles.
Billy Slater during Origin I in Sydney. Photo: Adam McLean
Tony Moore: There has been a bad house fire at Hogan Street, Keperra this morning while the residents were not home.
Fire crews and paramedics were called at 10.20am to the single-storey home to find it well alight.
The firies bought it under control by 10.45am but the house has been badly damaged, emergency services crews said.
No-one was injured in the fire, or in the clean-up operation. Investigators are now just dampening down the house and will begin trying to learn where the fire started.
Tony Moore: The Sunshine Coast Regional Council will shed about 100 jobs by September in the lead-up to its split with Noosa in a council de-amalgamation.
In the Sunshine Coast budget, rates will go up by 5 per cent and waste charges will increase by 7.4 per cent — that means an average ratepayer will pay $1.22 extra a week, of $66 a year.
Noosa is set to go it alone after the Sunshine Coast Regional Council deamalgamation. Photo: Mike Swaine
Phil Lutton: Nate Myles didn't get much of a chance to defend himself in game one but his coach, Mal Meninga, has come to his aid before game two, lashing out at what he considers to be disrespectful treatment of his gun forward.
One betting company has created a cut-out Nate Myles mask, complete with enormous forehead. It may be in jest but Meninga has run out of laughs.
He said Myles had done and said nothing to stir up any trouble since game one and there should be more respect shown for a player who has become Queensland's forward leader since the retirement of Petero Civoniceva.
“He's been unfairly picked on over the last so many weeks since game one. I think it's been a little bit disrespectful what's happened to him,” Meninga said.
Maroons coach Mal Meninga says he's sick of the disrespect shown to Nate Myles, who was on the receiving end of Paul Gallen's punches in Origin I. Photo: Mark Metcalfe
Natalie Bochenski: Brisbane's own Red Deer Festival has been awarded a $15,000 federal arts grant to improve staging at the event.
Held at picturesque Mt Samson, the BYO music, arts and camping festival has grown from 450 attendees in 2010 to 1500 last year. This year it will be held on Saturday September 7, and headlined by The Grates.
The Festivals Australia grant will allow Red Deer to create a professional regional and emerging artists stage.
Tony Moore: A local hardware store owner in Brisbane's north-west is incensed they had no knowledge Bunnings planned to build Australia's biggest hardware store at the Keperra Quarry, fearing he will be wiped out.
There will be no extension to public consultation, which finishes today.
Jens Arnold has run The Gap Handyman Centre on Waterworks Road with his wife Peta for 16 years.
Jens Arnold, the owner of The Gap Handyman Centre. Photo: Tony Moore
Natalie Bochenski: Two fishermen whose dinghy capsized off South Stradbroke Island overnight have been taken to hospital after being rescued this morning.
The pair spent a chilly night on a beach at the northern end of the island after swimming ashore from an area east of the Jumpinpin bar.
A trawler spotted the near-submerged dinghy around 3am Wednesday and the fishermen were located just before 6:30am and were taken to Southport by chopper.
One man is believed to be suffering a dislocated shoulder, with the second being treated for hypothermia.
Simon O'Brien: A former nursing home in Brisbane’s north will house refugees and asylum seekers from next month.
The Multicultural Development Association plans to house 86 clients at Yallambee Lodge in Deagon from July 8.
Most of the residents will be asylum seekers who have been released on bridging visas while they wait for their claims to be processed.