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MURDER BODY: A police homicide team has released the name of the young woman journalist murdered in Auckland's eastern suburbs on Tuesday night. She was 23-year-old Kylie Sheree Jones, who lived in Glen Innes near the reserve where her naked body was found.
SCREAM FROM PARK: A single, high-pitched scream from the park where a young woman's naked body was found still haunts a Glen Innes family. The 23-year-old journalist was found in Eastview Reserve early yesterday just 150m from her home, stripped naked and with the contents of her handbag strewn about.
BUS CASUALTIES: A schoolboy passenger thought he was going to die when he was run over by the bus he had just got off at an Auckland bus stop. Jason Lambermon's right leg and foot are badly bruised and in a cast after a Stagecoach bus ran him over on Tuesday, just minutes from his Glendowie home.
HACKING PROSECUTION: A computer hacking prosecution has stopped in its tracks after two justices of the peace declared a potential conflict of interest nearly four months after proceedings began. The case involves the alleged hacking of at least 19 personal computers to yield the account details of Internet users. It has been seen as an important test case to establish whether existing laws cover online crime.
XENICAL DANGER: Medical groups have issued strong warnings against people obtaining the contraceptive pill and weight-loss drug Xenical on the Internet without a doctors' prescription. A Website bearing an Auckland postbox number and called Hair2Go is offering to supply prescription medicines, including Xenical, Diane 35 contraceptive pills and hair restoratives, without a prescription.
OLYMPIC RUN: Since first pulling on a pair of running shoes more than 37 years ago I have run or jogged something over 200,000km. The 400m run into Devonport last night with an Olympic torch was a short run, but it ranks near my most memorable.
BUDGET FOR PESTS: Next week's Budget will include millions of dollars to wipe out pests and save the kiwi and other endangered species. The measures will come in a $200 million package due to be announced today in Wellington.
LABOUR & BUSINESS: Associate Finance Minister Trevor Mallard has renewed the assault on the Alliance, saying Labour would not adopt anti-business policies that only Alliance supporters wanted. Labour had embarked on a "modest rebalancing" of labour law, but would not adopt policies "adverse to business which were not supported by more than 92 per cent of the electorate," he said in a speech to investment banker ABN Amro.
CONDITION IMPROVES: CHRISTCHURCH - The condition of Blenheim tetraplegic Brian Park has improved since he was filmed asking for the right to die. Mr Park, aged 32, is at the Burwood Spinal Unit after a truck accident three months ago broke his neck in two places. He cannot move his limbs or breathe for himself.
FAULTY PACEMAKERS: Hospital officials are trying to trace about 50 New Zealanders believed to have been implanted with faulty pacemakers. The Australian Government this week issued a "hazard alert" for people with the St Jude Medical Tempo Pacemaker after finding they could fail without warning.
WINZ APOLOGY: DUNEDIN - Work and Income New Zealand has apologised to Otago University students for taking money from their allowance payments without informing them. Social Services Minister Steve Maharey said yesterday that the service's actions were annoying and he would seek an explanation.
GOOD COP… - Janet Mackey, the chairwoman of the parliamentary select committee looking into events surrounding the Free Tibet protest during the Apec meeting last year, said she was concerned that only the officer in charge of the venue was sent by police to the hearing in Auckland yesterday. She said there was a pattern emerging around the country where friendly police established a rapport with protesters then along came another group who were not friendly and whose responsibility it was to move them on.