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The Dominion

People Smuggling – Cricket – Police Review – Southerly Blast – Strange Wedding – Probation Scandal – Inside Political Headlines – Editorial: DNA Testing

PEOPLE SMUGGLING: The Dominion leads today with a report that a crime syndicate that police say traded in human misery spent five years smuggling hundreds of people into New Zealand, forcing some into lives of crime to pay off debts.

CRICKET: The front-page photo shows an ecstatic Daniel Vettori delighted to bag himself another wicket. Vettori has scored a remarkable 12 wickets in the first test against Australia at Eden Park.

Also on the front page:

- POLICE REVIEW: a report that the government said yesterday it had halted the review of police that was a “festering sore” on police morale;

- SOUTHERLY BLAST: a report that a strong southerly moving through Cook Strait last night caused the cancellation of Tranz Rail’s Lynx fast ferry, and dampened spirits at the final performance of the Edinburgh Tattoo.

- STRANGE WEDDING: a report that Bryan Gerrard will not forget the day he played in a band at a South Canterbury wedding reception. The marquee at Geraldine caught fire, despite the torrential rain, and an old man dropped dead and then was revived by a doctor. Later Gerrard was stopped driving drunk.

- PROBATION SCANDAL: a report that two women probation offices allegedly involved in a drugs for favours scandal had been suspended and a male officer sacked after separate sex accusations, the Community Probation Service said yesterday.

Inside Political Headlines:

- Anderton casts doubt on super plan;
- Leaders target social concerns;
- Opposition “using scare tactics” over new job bill;
- ABOUT THE HOUSE: It’s Jim but not as we know him;
- No three-way deal on F16 jets, says PM;
- Chile promises to speed up free-trade negotiations;
- Bill aims at widening auditor-general’s scope;
- Gaming laws ad hoc, out of date – Burton;
- Gun law changes in sight.

EDITORIAL: DNA – DNA Testing needs care, it is mind boggling how after five inquiries ESR remains confused as to how it made several mistakes in DNA analysis.

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