Posted: 27 November, 2015

Brisbane's Underbelly Past

Court hears of 'Angel of Death' and 'Clockwork Orange Gang'

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Hard to imagine, but Brisbane's underworld once rivalled that of Melbourne and Sydney.

This week a court's heard revelations about the alleged activities of Brisbane's "Clockwork Orange Gang", who terrorized Brisbane in the 1970s killing potentially dozens of people.

The committal hearing's on for two members of the group, Vincent O'Dempsey and Garry Dubois, who're accused of the murder of Barbara McCulkin and her two daughters in 1974 in Highgate Hill.

It's one of the state's most chilling murder mysteries, as their remains have never been found.

The court's heard O'Dempsey - who's now 76 years old - was known as the 'Angel Of Death', and had told people he was 'good for' 33 killings. His former girlfriend told detectives that 'he takes you in the middle of the night, like an angel, and you're gone for good'.

Courier Mail Assistant Editor Matthew Condon's spent the past 6 years investigating this dark chapter of Brisbane's history - a time when Joh Bjelke Peterson ruled, and police could sit on either side of the fence.

Chatting with Triple M's Marto and Ed Kavalee, he says this week's committal hearing's given all of us an insight into what was happening on the ground in those days:

"We had a very volatile underworld, especially in the seventies. It's well known that many of them were in cahoots with corrupt police. And when you're on the team, you can dodge some bullets."

Condon says the dredging up of the men's alleged murderous past has been confronting for relatives: "Indeed, a few of them actually said they were uncomfortable in court because their criminal histories were being outlined by lawyers, and they felt uncomfortable because their children didn't know about it. So you've got that passage of time that plays a big factor in it as well."

The committal hearing continues. 

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Posted: 26 November, 2015

Protein Shakes vs Milk Drinks

Which is better for muscle building?

We've seen headlines lately saying protein shakes are no better than chocolate milk, when it comes to helping you build muscle.

So Marto and Ed asked Associate Professor David Jenkins, from UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences for the truth- should we ditch the expensive powder supplements?

His answer- Yes, you can if you want to!

David says timing is everything when it comes to protein intake- and the shakes are definitely convenient.

"If you're trying to build muscle with a resistance program, you've got to be taking 20 grams of protein, six times a day. Whether you get that in a shake or food sources, it doesn't matter.

"Any dairy source is your best target. Milk will be fine. I've never said one is better than the other, it's a case of preference," David says.

He points out the key is to get the protein into your body ASAP after your resistance workout. So basically, take your pick between milk or a protein shake- whichever is fastest!

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Posted: 26 November, 2015

Deadly South Australian Bushfires

'I’ve never seen anything like that before mate.'

Two people are confirmed dead as a 45km wide bushfire burns near the town of Mallala about 60 kilometres north of Adelaide.

The fire started at Pinery and travelled in south-east towards Mallala, before a wind change saw it move towards Kapunda.

One body was found in a paddock near Pinery and a body was also found in a car near Hamley Bridge.

Owner of the Mallala pub Dylan Stodart told Roo and Ditts that there are locals around the town Mallala who had lost everything.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before mate. It came a little bit too close to town for my liking, and ripped through a lot of properties of friends and close friends that are hurting today,” Dylan said on Triple M.

“We sat at the bar last night and did a bit of a list of people we knew between Pinery and Freeling. We came up with 18 homes that had been lost.”

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Posted: 25 November, 2015

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet

VIDEO: NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian war plane.

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border overnight.

The circumstances that led to this are in dispute with the Turks say that they brought the aircraft down after it ignored warnings and repeatedly violated Turkish airspace.

Moscow insists its jet remained in Syrian airspace.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the downing of the jet is a "a stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices" and "will have serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations.”

The Russian military confirmed one pilot had been shot dead from the ground and another soldier died during a rescue operation.

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

Secret Race Track Discovered In Aussie Bushland

The Strike Force Trident operation has been going for two days.

Image: Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

A hidden racetrack and almost 50 cars - many of them stolen and decked out with racing liveries - has been discovered in bushland near Darwin.

Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer said it appeared the area (around Wallaby Holtze and Thorngate Roads) was being used as a race track.

“Vehicle Identification Numbers were recovered from 21 cars, eight of which had been stolen and several others had been involved in crashes or traffic offences,” Senior Sergeant Stringer said.

“The majority of the vehicles appear to have had the Catalytic Converters removed.”

One of the vehicles recovered was reported stolen from a residence in Durack in January 2011, Police Say.

The dumping site was discovered by a business testing off-road vehicles early last week.

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

White Ribbon Day

Triple M is proud to support White Ribbon to help raise awareness among Australian men about preventing violence against women

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Triple M is proud to support White Ribbon which will be held on November 25  (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women.

"The majority of instances of domestic violence are perpetrated by Men against women. One woman a week dies from domestic violence in Australia – that's one too many," Mike Fitzpatrick said, Head of the Triple M Network.

"Triple M is proud to partner with White Ribbon to help stop it – by telling those that commit these acts that it's not ok. And to encourage their friends and colleagues to call them on it.

"Our stations speak to a large male audience and I feel we have a responsibility to ensure the message gets through to Aussie blokes, that any form of violence is not ok."

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The White Ribbon Campaign is Australia's only national movement of men and boys working to stop men's violence against women and girls. It highlights the positive role good men play in recognising and preventing this violence in all its forms.

Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia added: "Triple M and White Ribbon are asking proud Aussie fathers, brothers, sons, friends, colleagues, workmates to recognise that preventing violence against women and girls is every man’s business."

Wednesday, 25th of November marks White Ribbon Day. To get involved or make a tax deductible donation go to

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Posted: 24 November, 2015

20-Year-Old Aussie Shares Confronting Video With A Warning Everyone Needs To Hear

‘It all seems like fun and games'

Image: Facebook

20-year-old Jordy Hurdes from Wangaratta in Victoria, posted a 3-minute video to Facebook on Monday.

It shows him stuttering and spasming as he makes a heartfelt plea for people to stop taking party drugs.

“Doctors can't believe I'm still alive - (I'm) so grateful I'm still here,” Jordy says in the video.

“It's a waiting game at the moment to see whether I'll have a permanent jerking like I have now as you can see and with my stutter I'm not sure whether it will get better any time soon,” he says in the footage.

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In an earlier post Jordy revealed that he had spent the last few days in hospital after taking a party drug.

Since being uploaded his video has been shared over 28,000 times.

So as some of you may have seen I have been in hospital for the past few days. This isn't a sympathy post, but a post of...

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Posted: 23 November, 2015

Aussie Emma Parkinson Recounts Traumatic Scenes Inside Bataclan Theatre

“There was no-one who didn't have blood on them”

Source: 60 Minutes

Tasmanian teenager Emma Parkinson has revealed the terrifying scenes that gripped concert-goers at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, when gunmen opened fire during an Eagles of Death Metal show.

In an interview with 60 minutes last night, the 19 year old was only around three rows from the stage when terrorists entered the building and opened fire, killing 89 people.

She said she initially thought the sound of gunfire was fireworks.

“I thought someone had fireworks. You know, like just little fireworks that you buy at the supermarket. I remember thinking, 'What an idiot - who does that at a concert?'

After she realised what was occurring, and heard more screams and gunshots, she assumed the police had arrived.

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh good, it’s going to be under control and we’ll walk out,” she said.

As shooting intensified, Parkinson said she was shot in the backside when she got struck while climbing a barrier to escape the terrorists.

“I ran towards this barrier and tried to jump over it but I got stuck bent over because there were people around, I couldn’t get my legs up and that’s when I was shot.”

“It just sort of came through my head, OK, I’ve been shot, did it hit anything important? Probably not… gotta keep going,” she said.

“So I kept going.”

She said the bullet entered her upper thigh and existed through the hip.

“It’s not as painful as you would think, it just felt like being slapped really hard,” she explained.

Recalling the extent of the horror, she said there was blood everywhere and people clambering desperately to get out.

"To be honest, somebody could have died right next to me and I probably wouldn't have realised, because it was just people rushing.”

"There was no-one [who] didn't have blood on them. Everyone was covered. I'm just seeing people running as fast as they could."

She exited a stage door and managed to escape to the street, before running up stairs with around 10 others from the concert into a residential building for help.

The relief she felt when emergency services entered the building she had hidden in was overwhelming.

"I didn't notice it at the time but every muscle in my body was tensed and at that moment I relaxed, physically."

Ms Parkinson has undergone surgery to clean the wound from the AK-47 shot and is recovering out of hospital.

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Posted: 19 November, 2015

Eagles Of Death Metal Release First Statement Since Bataclan Theatre Massacre

'Vive la France'

The Eagles of Death Metal have made their first statement since their concert was stormed during last week's Paris attacks.

The band paid tribute to those who died in the Bataclan nightclub.

"While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France," said the group's members.


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Posted: 19 November, 2015

Paris Attacks ‘Mastermind’ Reportedly Killed During Raid

Police raid on Saint-Denis apartment

Heavy police presence and forensics teams seen at Saint-Denis. Source: Getty Images

The man accused of masterminding the Paris attacks has reportedly been killed during a pre-dawn raid on an apartment in the French capital.

Police stormed an apartment in Saint-Denis at around 4:30am in a hunt for Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian Islamist militant accused of orchestrating the bombings and shootings.

Now authorities have revealed the dramatic raid may have stopped another wave of attacks planned for a shopping mall in the French capital’s business district and another at the Charles de Gaulle airport.

Alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, has been killed in a raid. Source: Getty Images

The heavily armed officers fired five thousand bullets and triggered multiple explosions during a seven-hour operation in which a female suicide bomber blew herself up.

French prosecutor Francois Molins telling the media that due to the “state of the bodies” they were unable to confirm their identities and are awaiting DNA results.

Forensic experts are looking to see whether a third person had died during the police raid, which also saw several people arrested.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud was not among this group.

Preparing for battle- police forces in St Denis tell residents to stay inside. Source: Getty Images

Prosecutor Molins said the assault was ordered after phone taps and surveillance operations led officials to believe that Abaaoud might have been in Saint-Denis, near the soccer stadium which was one of the targets last Friday.

“We would see bullets flying and laser beams out of the window. There were explosions. You could feel the whole building shake,” said Sabrina, a downstairs neighbour from the apartment.

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 18:  The damaged building that was raided earlier in the morning is pictured on November 18, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France. French Police special forces raided an apartment, hunting those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital five days ago. At least one person was killed in an apartment targeted during the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. At least five police officers have been wounded in the shootout. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

A building damaged in the Paris suburb. Source: Getty Images

Another local, Sanoko said that as the operation gained momentum, a young woman detonated an explosion.

“She had a bomb, that’s for sure. The police didn’t kill her, she blew herself up…”

It is believed that three police officers and a pedestrian were injured in the assault while a police dog died.

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 18: A member of the K9 squad and his dog work on Rue des Corbillon in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis following a raid on an apartment on November 18, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France. French Police special forces raided an apartment, hunting those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital five days ago. At least one person was killed in an apartment targeted during the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. At least five police officers have been wounded in the shootout. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)Diesel was apparently crucial in the raids, and police reportedly said he 'felt like a colleague'. Source: Getty Images

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, which killed at least 129, saying they were in retaliation from French air raids against their positions over the past year.

France’s interior ministry says police carried out 118 house searches, made 29 arrests and seized 34 weapons during the overnight searches.

Forensics of the french police are seen in front of the apartment in Saint-Denis. Source: Getty Images

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Posted: 18 November, 2015

Police Operation In Sydney CBD

A police operation has wrapped up in Oxford street in Sydney's CBD after a building was evacuated.

A police operation has wrapped up in Oxford street in Sydney's CBD after a building was evacuated earlier.

Officers surrounded the building on the corner of Wentworth and Oxford streets in Darlinghurst, after a serious threat was made at approximately 440pm.

Workers at the government offices including the Fair Work Commision had to be evacuated while police conducted a thorough sweep of the building.

That search has now been completed with nothing discovered.

NSW Police have thanked everyone for their patience, with a full investigation now underway.



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Posted: 18 November, 2015

Shootout In Paris As Police Hunt Attackers

At least one Police officer has been injured in a shootout in the North of Paris.


LIVE: Police raid in Saint-Denis related to Paris attacks, deaths reported

Paris Shootout Update

At least one person has been killed in an apartment targeted by a police raid in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis following the bloody attacks on Paris, according to a source close to the operation.

The source did not identify the casualty.

Earlier, a source said the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and police had been wounded in the shootout.

Earlier Reports On Paris Shootout

Shooting has broken out in northern Paris during a dawn raid by police investigating the Paris attacks, as police hunted those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital.

Several police were wounded in the raid, said a source close to the operation, which began before dawn in the suburb of Saint Denis.

Police sources said unidentified men were still holed up in an apartment.

The area is home to the Stade de France, one of several places hit by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday in the worst ever attack on French soil, which was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Paris Shootout Update On The Scene With Journalist Mike Amor

Firemen say they they joined the operation against "an armed group holed up in an apartment" at 04:31 am (1431 AEDT), without giving any further details, adding that one person was lightly hurt.

The area was closed down and intermittent gunfire could still be heard an hour after it started.

Another source said a special armed response unit took part in the raid, which comes as Europe was on high alert after footage from the scene of one of

Friday's attacks revealed a ninth suspect may have taken part.

It was not clear if this ninth man was one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or was on the run, potentially with 26-year-old fugitive

Frenchman Salah Abdeslam who carried out one of the attacks at Bonne Biere cafe along with his suicide-bomber brother Brahim.

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday will hold a meeting to discuss proposals to extend by three months the state of emergency declared after the worst attacks in French history.

In a sign of the nervousness gripping Europe after Friday's carnage, a football match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled Tuesday and the crowd evacuated after police acted on a "serious" bomb threat.

As police stepped up the hunt for the fugitives, French and Russian jets pounded IS targets in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa for a third consecutive day.

France and Russia have vowed merciless retaliation for the Paris attacks and last month's bombing of a Russian airliner, also claimed by the Islamic

State group, which have galvanised international resolve to destroy the jihadists and end Syria's more than four-year civil war.

Police have issued the photograph of one of the three men who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France, who investigators have established entered Europe through Greece, as hundreds of thousands of refugees have done this year.

He was found with a Syrian passport near his body, but investigators have not confirmed that he was the man in the document and are appealing for anyone who recognises him to come forward.

France has invoked a previously unused European Union article to ask member states for help in its mission to fight back against the Islamic State organisation, which received unanimous backing from Brussels.

But France also appears to be forging an unexpected alliance with Russia, which it has clashed with over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, after both countries were targeted by the jihadists in deadly attacks.

The alliance comes as international players meet to discuss ways of ending the Syrian war, which has spurred the rise of the Islamic State group, forced millions into exile and triggered Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Back in the United States, more than half of all state governors on Tuesday took steps to force the White House to freeze programs to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees, citing concerns about attacks.

Highlighting US fears over the attack, two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted Tuesday and landed safely after anonymous threats the carrier called a "bomb scare."

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