No bull: It's all about the hair

Julie Power 5:21 AM   "It takes months, and we get quite precious about it," said a cattle breeder as she paid $70 for a large container of hair volumiser.

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'Police impersonator' had crossbow

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Kristen Ochs 12:08 PM   He tried to pull another driver over using a red and blue strobe light and then police swooped.

Alarming rates of homophobia among teens

Alex Taylor is a transgender man; he was bullied at school due to his sexual identity. Beyond Blue has done some research into homophobia and young people. on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Michele Mossop/Fairfax Media)

Rachel Browne 12:15 AM   A new study from mental health charity beyondblue has revealed high levels of homophobia among teenage boys, leading to depression and anxiety among young gay people.

Coca-Cola accused of 'greenwashing' 

"What we'd like to see is a cutback of promotions, particularly through sport, and remove it from schools": Jane Martin of Obesity Policy Coalition.

Esther Han 9:21 AM   Coca-Cola has launched a green and lean spin-off to its best-selling drink in an attempt to claw back increasingly health-conscious consumers, dismaying health experts who say it is still sugar-laden.

Push to find the gene for anorexia

Scientists observe different responses to starvation: Research is being done into what sparks the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

Amy Corderoy 9:33 AM   Thousands of people who have suffered from the anorexia nervosa will be asked to volunteer to have their genomes mapped as part of a global push to discover the genetic drivers of the condition.

Toddler had brain injury, bruising: inquest

Died from a brain injury:  Two-year-old Darcy Atkinson.

Paul Bibby 10:22 PM   To-year-old Darcy Atkinson presented at Gosford Hospital with bruising, the stimulant Ritalin in his blood stream, and a severe brain injury that would claim his life soon after, a court has heard.

Legal challenge looms over iVote error

iVote glitch raises prospect of legal bid: Mark Pearson.

Nicole Hasham 8:58 PM   A micro-party that is gunning for the final spot in the NSW upper house is likely to mount a legal challenge if it loses, potentially sending voters back to the ballot box.

Driver threatened with blade and carjacked 

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Kristen Ochs   A driver was threatened with a blade before being carjacked in Sydney's south-west overnight, police say.

Ethnic dissent cost Foley votes: expert

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has lunch while campaigning in Granville for the NSW State Election campaign on Friday 27 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Nicole Hasham 11:42 PM   Antipathy from ethnic groups in the multicultural seat of Auburn probably cost Labor leader Luke Foley 10 percentage points of the vote, an ethnic voting expert says.

Demographic change working for the Greens

Greens party polls better in affluent suburbs: Chris Harris standing for election, for the seat of Sydney by-election.Photographer with federal greens leader Christine Milne and greens member for balmain Jamie Parker.
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James Robertson 1:50 PM   The Greens party believes it is consolidating as voters' alternative choice in affluent parts of Sydney.

'Drunk driver' crashes  into three cars 

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Kristen Ochs   A 38-year-old drunk driver has crashed his BMW into three parked vehicles in Bondi overnight causing extensive damage.   

Council mergers loom on horizon

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James Robertson   The thorny political issue of forced council amalgamations will be one of the first difficult policy decisions for Baird government. 

Apartments don't equate to a better city: study

Out in the open: Isabelle Hore-Thoburn chats over the fence to her neighbour Daniel Luis at the back of their Darlington homes.

Leesha McKenny   Sydney's "misplaced" fixation on apartments risks squeezing out other types of housing that might make for a better city, according to the author of new study into density.

Intensified call for ban on nano-materials 

Professor Michael Cortie: "A blanket ban on the use of human-made 'nanoparticles' or 'nanomaterials' is nonsensical."

Esther Han   Health campaigners have intensified their calls for Australia to regulate the use of nano-sized silver in everyday products, following the US peak environmental agency's decision to start doing so.

Book Bank sparks love of reading

Bookworms: Students at Blaxcell Street Public School relishing reading time with books they chose through the Book Bank reading initiative.

Lucy Cormack   For one child, reading is a voyage of discovery; for another, who speaks English as a second language, it's useful for honing vocabulary skills.

Who has the most women in Parliament?

Women storm politics: Eleni Petinos, Jodi McKay, Verity Firth, Jo Haylen, Bronnie Taylor, Jessica Price-Purnell, and Jenny Leong.

Amy Corderoy   Despite almost half the Labor politicians in the lower house of Parliament being women, two star candidates, Penny Sharpe and Verity Firth, have missed out.

Reshuffle announcement expected within days

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Sean Nicholls   Mike Baird is expected to announce a post-election cabinet reshuffle within days but is not being drawn on the extent of the shake-up.

'Hundreds like her ... with nowhere to go'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26:  Paul poses for a portrait on March 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media)

NSW courts are repeatedly ordering ice users into treatment programs that do not exist, as funding cuts and staff shortages leave a generation of addicts stranded. 

Skydiver dies in hospital after accident

Skydiver Michael Vaughan has died in hospital, a day after a parachuting accident.

Su-Lin Tan   Experienced skydiver Michael Vaughan has died in hospital after being involved in a fatal parachuting accident near Byron Bay on Friday.

Tennis court serves up $11 million deal

Former owner: John O'Brien on <i>Inside the Siege: The Untold Story</i>.

Eamonn Duff   On paper, it was just another bumper sale of prime coastal real estate, soon to make way for a block of luxury units boasting ocean views.  

Government hopes to gain 10 seats

"I don't usually bargain with the government": Fred Nile

Nicole Hasham   The new Baird government is "optimistic" it will gain 10 upper house seats in the next Parliament - an unexpected result that would likely ensure an easy passage for Coalition legislation.

Baird in command as Liberals party on

NSW Premier Mike Baird celebrated victory at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel in Sydney with his wife Kerryn and children Cate, Laura and Luke on election night.

Damien Murphy   Mike Baird declares his love for the state of NSW and vows to take back the seats taken by Labor.

Highlights

March among Sydney's warmest as city dries off

It may not have felt it but Sydney has just had one of its warmest March months on record with the city also clearly on the dry side.

Homophobia rife among young men

Sean Towner at eight years old was just a tall, goofy kid - a long-limbed embodiment of enthusiasm over skill with a deep hankering to play the game like both his brothers.

Clover Moore delighted with Greenwich's success

The lord mayor says her anointed successor's victory in the seat of Sydney shows that residents want an independent voice.

The morning after 

The man of the moment stood near the spot thought to have been named by Arthur Phillip to describe his first meeting with the polite but naked locals.

Interactive: election results, seat by seat

Follow all the results across NSW using our election interactive.

NSW Election pendulum - lower and upper house

Pendulum graphics showing the NSW state election results in the lower and upper houses.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015: The ultimate map

The Sydney Royal Easter Show comes alive with our interactive map showcasing the Herald's best work

There be pirates ... in Sydney Cove

A historian has discovered the untold history of pirates who operated from Sydney Cove in the early days of the colony.

Running for home in the wake of Haiyan

A year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her home town in the Philippines, Michelle Baltazar is still working to aid recovery in the region.

The Show's best rides

Where else can you adopt a hermit crab, purchase a sandstone wall and eat a 68cm hotdog just a few metres apart?

We are suckers for scare campaigns

The politicians' decades of bad behaviour may have caused them to lose our trust, but not our mistrust - making us suckers for scare campaigns.

Turncoats power on

Former Liberal leader John Hewson is the yin to Martin Ferguson's yang.

Son of Ray a no-go zone

Diary: Talkback radio's greatest law and order proponent, Ray Hadley, is the proud father of a NSW policeman.

Show time for creative farm families

The 193rd Sydney Royal Easter Show opens on Thursday with an Anzac tribute.

Children and a career? It's all talk, no action

It took Shey Hooper six months before she could find an employer willing to employ her on a part-time basis after she had children.

VIDEO

Shorten weighs in on Martin Ferguson debate

The Labor leader says a full investigation must occur to determine whether Martin Ferguson actively cooperated with the Liberal Party to damage NSW Labor's election prospects.

Fatal stabbing in Bexley

RAW VISION: Police seal off area where a woman was stabbed to death and a teenager injured at a house in Sydney's south on Monday night..

NSW election: Federal ministers take note

Social Services minister Scott Morrison says NSW is a win for "policy over populism" as the Liberal government is returned.