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3 METRE TIGER SHARK RESPONSIBLE FOR COFFS ATTACK

A marine biologist has confirmed a three-metre tiger shark was responsible for the attack that killed bodyboarder Zac Young on the weekend. Marine Biologist Amy Smoothey completed a detailed forensic analysis of the teen’s injuries including an analysis of jaw width. The shark fits the description given by Mr Young’s friends who struggled with the shark before dragging the surfer ashore.

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YOUR PICTURES: SPECIAL OLYMPICS OPEN WITH A BANG!

PHOTO: By Troy Lowrey  More than 24,000 people packed Hunter Stadium last night for the opening of the Asia Pacific Special Olympic Games. The Governor-General, Quentin Bryce declared the week-long sporting event open, during a star-studded ceremony. Athletes will compete in nine sports across seven venues in the Newcastle-Hunter region. The event will run until December 7. PHOTO: Volunteers before the ceremony by Michael-Ghulam-Hazara   PHOTO: By NBN’s Paul Lobb     PHOTO: Lighting of the torch by Tory Lowrey 

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NEWCASTLE’S CBD GETS SOME FESTIVE CHEER

PHOTO: The new faces of the old post office building  Newcastle’s CBD is getting some festive cheer with extended shop opening hours, festive street lights and Christmas displays. Newcastle City Council will launch Christmas in the city tonight by switching on Christmas lights on the old post office building. There are more festivities and events planned as part of the festive initiative. Lord Mayor Jeff McCloy says tonight’s plans will go ahead despite the weather. “This Friday we have organised plenty of festive family fun including carols by Hamilton Public School Choir, musical performances from local bands, late night shopping, fantastic light displays, food and drink available and the all important visit from Santa.” More than 60 shops on Darby Street, Hunter Street and the east end will be open for late trading tonight.   PHOTO: Light displays    PHOTO: Christmas …

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