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Perth writer Pim Hendrix's Hollywood story: De Niro, Pitt and porn

Ray Sparvell 8:18 AM   It you want to make it in Hollywood, a good first step is learning how to make the perfect martini for acting great, Robert De Niro, while being carefully watched by his Goodfellas chum, Ray Liotta.

Sandalwood - world can't get enough of WA's fragrant timber

Sandalwood is used in a wide range of products

Ray Sparvell 7:16 PM   Western Australia dominates the world supply of fragrant Sandalwood, but now it faces its biggest challenger yet - itself.

Morley backyard explosion sounded 'like a car crashing through a wall'

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Ray Sparvell 6:39 PM   Smith Street in Morely was rocked on Tuesday afternoon by a loud explosion from a backyard shed.

Rescue helicopter on its way after quad bike crash near Augusta

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Emma Young 6:21 PM   The RAC rescue helicopter is flying to a quad bike accident in Scott River, near Augusta in the state's south-west.

Navy veteran's protest against Hilton neighbours 'from hell'

The banners outside Mr Cain's home have been put up to get the government's attention

Brendan Foster 5:16 PM   A veteran affairs disability pensioner says he feels "trapped" in his home after his department of housing neighbours in Hilton defecated on his doorstep, attacked him with a samurai sword and bashed him.

Fears escaped soccer-loving, wedge-tailed eagle Onslow could be dead

Onslow the wedgetailed eagle has been missing for nearly a month now.

Brendan Foster 4:23 PM   The owners of the soccer-loving, wedge-tailed eagle fear the bird of prey could now have died after escaping from his wildlife enclosure in Armadale three weeks ago.

Postmortem fails to solve mystery of human remains found in Kimberley

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Emma Young 4:11 PM   Mystery continues to surround the discovery of human remains in the state's Kimberley region after a postmortem failed to establish the man's identity or cause of death.

Large great white shark circling recreational fishing boat off Floreat Beach

A great white shark has been pestering a boat off Floreat Beach.

Leanne Nicholson 4:03 PM   A large shark is circling a recreational fishing boat off Floreat beach.

#Perthect Perth June blitzes warm weather records

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Emma Young 2:42 PM   Perth has recorded its warmest June ever.

WA Police appoint UK company Cellmark for Corryn Rayney cold case review

Corryn Rayney's husband, former prominent Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney, was acquitted of murdering her.

Emma Young 12:53 PM   Expert investigators from Queensland, New South Wales and the UK will join WA Police's cold case review of the 2007 Corryn Rayney murder.

Tony Buti: why government cuts to financial counselling make no sense

Research has revealed links between domestic violence and money issues in households.

Tony Buti 12:41 PM   Research links money issues to domestic violence. So how do WA's cuts to financial counselling funding protect kids?

Rotto Wind Turbine uses Twitter to hit back at PM's 'ugly' insults

The wind turbine overlooking the golf course on Rottnest Island.

Emma Young 11:02 AM   Rottnest Wind Turbine is using Twitter to carry out a spirited self-defence from the insults of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Border protection staff strike at Perth Airport likely to cause delays

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Emma Young 10:19 AM   International travellers leaving Perth Airport on Wednesday morning could face delays as Immigration and Border Protection staff strike from 9am to 11am.

Police investigate after man dies in Port Hedland motorbike crash

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Emma Young 10:12 AM   A 23-year-old man has died in a crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle in the state's Pilbara region.

WA's prison minister 'nicotine's a management tool in jail'

There has been a push from unions to have a smoking ban enforced in WA prisons

Ray Sparvell   Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis, who is "not sold" on a total smokng ban in WA prisons, has likened having nicotine in jail to a management tool.

FIFO man guilty over Perth caravan park 'threesome' murder

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A former fly-in fly-out worker who repeatedly stabbed a man who had a threesome with his girlfriend has been found guilty of murder.

Belmont counterfeiter caught red-handed making fake $50 notes, police claims

Emma Young   A counterfeiter was arrested after police claim they caught him red-handed making $50 notes and seizing more than $14,050 in fake notes from a Belmont house.

Parkerville bushfire class action against Western Power 'imminent'

The Parkerville bushfires in January 2014 destroyed 57 homes in the area

Brendan Foster   One dead, homes lost in bushfires Rotting pole to blame for fires

WA Prison Officers Union boss urges caution on Melbourne riot smoking ban

Barred: Prison authorities are planning distractions for inmates after the smoking ban commences on July 1.

Ray Sparvell   Prisoners riot at Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall

WA ambulance ramping ban: Patients could end up on corridors, unions warn

New regulation could lead patients to misuse ambulance services to guarantee admission to hospital within 30 minutes.

Brendan Foster and AAP   A ban on ambulance ramping at Perth hospitals could simply shunt patients into corridors, the paramedics' union says.

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Police blitz Perth pawnshops in bid to crack down on stolen property

Cash Converters is supportive of weeding out poor industry operators.

Emma Young   Police are going through Perth's pawnbrokers with fine-toothed combs on Tuesday in an effort to address the high human cost of petty theft.

Consumer watchdog warning as Perth man, 81, loses $110K to ATO scam

An 81-year-old Perth man has become the latest victim of the ATO scam/

Leanne Nicholson   An 81-year-old Perth man nursing his ill wife has become one of the latest West Australian victims of the ATO scam, losing $110,000 to fraudsters.

Tiny Pinder faces sex assault charge

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Former Wildcats basketballer Kendal "Tiny" Pinder has appeared in a West Australian court via video link from prison to face historic sex assault charges.

Should we take children to restaurants or leave them at home?

While the dining debate rages on, some common sense needs to be injected into this culinary conundrum.

Brendan Foster   To dine out with toddlers or to not dine out with toddlers: that is the question. And the answer is just as complex.

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Melbourne socialite Brynne Edelsten facing WA drug charge over MDMA

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Melbourne socialite Brynne Edelsten has been charged with possessing the prohibited drug MDMA.

WAFL poser: what happens to Seven and Nine war if West Perth reaches grand final?

West Perth won't part with its Channel Nine sponsorship without a fight.

Ray Sparvell   ChallengingĀ form by the West Perth football club has the potential to create one of the biggest showdowns of the season: between local television channels Seven and Nine.

Kwinana Freeway north reopened after Baldivis crash injures two people

A baby girl suffered just minor bruising when she fell from a second storey balcony.

Emma Young   Two people were critically injured in a car crash just before 6am on the Kwinana Freeway north in Baldivis.

Dumped Palmer United Party candidate in WA court

Dumped Palmer United Party candidate Teresa van Lieshout is scheduled to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with failing to comply with a police request.

Jury out in WA 'threesome' murder trial

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A jury will continue deliberating the case of a former fly-in fly-out worker accused of murdering a man who had a "threesome" with his girlfriend.

First look at the monster wave that smashed surfer at Gracetown

Justin Holland takes on the monster waves off the coast of Gracetown

Ray Sparvell   Here's a first look at the monster six storey wave that shattered the leg of champion paddle boarder, Justin Holland, on Saturday.