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Six of the best: Cheater eaters, court capers and a beautiful friendship

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Seriously? You want fries with that mega, tripled stacked super-duper cheeseburger? Competitive eating and more in today's newsletter.

Seriously? You want fries with that mega, tripled stacked super-duper cheeseburger? Competitive eating and more in today's newsletter.

We've handpicked some Sunday reading in the hope you get a little down time today. There's a distinct health focus - from the maybe not-much-discussed foetal alcohol spectrum disorder to competitive eating, obesity and road safety. Plus a quite amazing court appearance and a beautiful tale of friendship across the generations.

"Like a lot of other competitive eaters, I started trying to get fit," Jamie Miller explained.

"Like a lot of other competitive eaters, I started trying to get fit," Jamie Miller explained.

NEWCASTLE HERALD: They cheat and they eat: homegrown eating champions

Jamie Miller has a history of competitive eating - burgers, burritos, steak and pizza are fair game. He also once ate 3.2 kilogram of sea urchin pasta in America. He ended up sitting on a brick wall in a car park talking to a big grey seagull which he thought had a Mexican accent. Let reporter Jade Lazarevic makes sense of it all. Read on

Oscar Kosloff, 4, and Tom Rush in 2016. Picture: Kate Healy

Oscar Kosloff, 4, and Tom Rush in 2016. Picture: Kate Healy

BALLARAT COURIER: A heartwarming friendship comes to an end

They shared a strong bond forged across very different generations but one of Ballarat's most heartwarming friendships has ended with the death of Tom Rush. The 97-year-old World War II veteran died on Friday leaving behind a large web of family and friends - and one very special young friend who is heartbroken. Reporter Michelle Smith shares the tale of a friendship for the ages. Read on

Margarita Tomovska posted a picture of her outfit on Instagram on her way to Wollongong court.

Margarita Tomovska posted a picture of her outfit on Instagram on her way to Wollongong court.

ILLAWARRA MERCURY: How 'Mercedes mum' went from Instagram to inmate

Sydney Instagram influencer Margarita Tomovska entered Wollongong courthouse on Thursday morning looking picture-perfect, her straight black hair, bold eyelash extensions and pouting lips accentuated by a figure-hugging $15,000 outfit - all designed to make her stand out from the crowd. By day's end, she was loaded onto a truck bound for Silverwater jail. Reporter Shannon Tonkin detailed the court date and the events leading up to it. Read on

"My brain works differently to yours mummy": Tracy Lee was heartbroken to discover her son Patrick has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

"My brain works differently to yours mummy": Tracy Lee was heartbroken to discover her son Patrick has foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

THE EXAMINER: How just one drink can change on unborn life

Drinking any amount of alcohol while pregnant is like playing Russian roulette with another's life and some people are not aware of the risks, says a Tasmanian health educator. Reporter Isabel Bird spoke with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) educator Adelle Rist about the life-changing impact alcohol can have on the families. Read on

Make it safe, is the united call from Central Victorians worried by the state of the region's roads.

Make it safe, is the united call from Central Victorians worried by the state of the region's roads.

BENDIGO ADVERTISER: Central Victorians demand action on unsafe roads

The Australian Automobile Association said Australia had "suffered a lost decade in the management of road safety", and called for a new federal approach. Its recent road safety report stated Australia had a "serious infrastructure backlog" and "too many existing roads were not safe enough". The good people of Bendigo and surrounds agree. The community was asked to nominate roads of concern. They did. Read on

David Flood owns Blue Eagle Training and Fitness and says the Katherine community is indeed active.

David Flood owns Blue Eagle Training and Fitness and says the Katherine community is indeed active.

KATHERINE TIMES: Label as nation's most overweight town is 'rude and incorrect'

Gym owners have fired back at a recent report outing Katherine as the most overweight and obese town in Australia. The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics puts Katherine well above the national average with 80 per cent of adults weighing in too heavy. "Where did they get those numbers? I was never surveyed, and if they used BMI (body mass index) to come to that conclusion, that is incorrect, " David Flood told reporter Roxanne Fitzgerald. Read on

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