The Courier Mail Brooke Baskin December 06, 2013
A WARRANT for the arrest of Justin Bieber’s personal assistant will lie on file until next month after he was allegedly caught by officials at Brisbane Airport packing 13g of cannabis.
Terrence Reche Smalls, 23, was a no-show in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday to face two counts of importing a border-controlled drug.
Brisbane Times December 4, 2013
French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser Arafat was killed by poisoning and believe he may have died of natural causes, a source close to the probe into the former Palestinian leader’s death says.
The French experts’ findings differ significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said last month that their research offered some support for the suggestion Arafat was killed by polonium poisoning.
“The report rules out the poisoning theory and goes in the sense of a natural death,” the source said.
ABC News David Lewis 5 December, 2013
Queensland police are recruiting real estate agents to help them find and dismantle clandestine drug laboratories.
A training program has been established to teach rental property managers how to spot illegal activity and potentially collect evidence during inspections.
Qld Police Media 4 December, 2013
A 27-year-old man has been charged after Sunshine Coast Gang Squad and Task Force Maxima investigators executed a search warrant at a Buderim residence yesterday.
Officers allegedly located knuckle dusters, cannabis and drug utensils during the search of the address.
Qld Police Media December 5, 2013
Two men have been charged following investigations into an incident at Park Avenue last night.
A 29-year-old Park Avenue man has been charged with four counts of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and one count each of enter dwelling with intent, armed robbery in company, assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company, common assault and possessing dangerous drugs.
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ABC News Hayden Cooper 4 December 2013
French investigators have ruled out a theory that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was killed by poisoning.
Suspicions that Mr Arafat was poisoned were for many, confirmed last month when Swiss scientists reported traces of polonium in his exhumed remains.
Swiss forensic experts said results from their tests of samples taken from Mr Arafat’s body were consistent with polonium poisoning, but were not absolute proof he died that way.
But now French experts carrying out their own investigations have ruled that out.
ABC News David Mark 3 December 2013
The fallout from the controversial ABC Catalyst programs on heart disease continues, with a survey showing three out of four doctors have seen patients who have stopped, or are considering stopping, their cholesterol medication.
The first episode aired in October questioned the link between heart disease and cholesterol, whilst the second examined the widespread use of anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins.
The programs prompted a huge backlash, particularly from doctors and specialists who say statins have been clinically proven to cut the risk of heart disease.
The Guardian Helen Pidd 2 December 2013
The club is testing an innovative approach to preventing future deaths. Part forensic science and part public information, the scheme involves testing drugs that are circulating among clubbers in real time so that they can be warned on the night about potentially dangerous batches – including PMA, a nasty, newish drug sometimes mis-sold as ecstasy. PMA can kill at lower doses than ecstasy (especially when mixed with other drugs) and can rapidly cause a fatal rise in body temperature.
Medical Press 2 December 2013
A nation-wide study into head-punching, or “king-hit” deaths in Australia found alcohol was a major contributing factor to the violent fatalities, and not necessarily in combination with the use of other drugs.
Detailed in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Monash University and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine reviewed 90 king-hit cases resulting in death, cited in coroners’ reports over a 12-year period to December 2012.
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