A tramway as a pleasant space? 

Anne Davies 5:42 PM   Renowned architect Thomas Richez, who has redesigned public transport in major French cities,  has been brought in to make sure Sydney's light rail works as a public space.

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Jehovah's Witness sex predator reinstated

Scales of Justice outside the District Court in Brisbane --- legal, law, QC, judge,  litigation. Friday 25th July 2003
photo Louie Douvis

Rachel Browne 12:52 PM   The official who investigated a Jehovah's Witness elder who repeatedly molested a teenage girl recommended the church wait for matter to die down and then reinstate the elder.

Patient 'had a reaction to the anaesthetic'

Amy Rickhuss.

Anna Patty 7:44 AM   A young woman who went into cardiac arrest during a cosmetic surgery procedure in Sydney appears likely to have been given an overdose of local anaesthetic.

Council dumps Eels 'ambassador' proposal

The NRL is investigation allegations of salary cap rotating at the Eels.

Melanie Kembrey 1:25 PM   Parramatta Council has dumped a proposal to pay tens of thousands of dollars to Eels payers for acting as ambassadors for the city, saying it was not the "right approach".

Leaders urged to unite on donations laws

NSW Premier Mike Baird

Sean Nicholls 2:50 AM   Politicians will be urged to back a shake up of election funding laws when Mike Baird places the issue on the national agenda. following the corruption scandal that rocked his government.

Where homes are approved in four days

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun says fast-tracking development applications for new estates will save home buyers money.

Melanie Kembrey 12:00 AM   A Sydney council is determining development applications for new houses in just four days after introducing the planning equivalent of an express checkout lane.

Sydney hits a new housing record

New homes are springing up throughout Sydney.

James Robertson 12:15 AM   Approvals for new homes to be built in Sydney have reached an all-time high, and the skyline is increasingly dotted with cranes.

'Shot and killed ... and dropped out to sea'

Body dumped at sea: Student Jamie Gao.

Paul Bibby 5:39 PM   Jamie Gao walked into the storage unit at Padstow Rent-A-Space expecting that he was about to become a rich man, a court has heard.

Baird gives green light to cannabis trial

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Medical Research Pru Goward visited Newcastle's Calvary Mater Hospital in Waratah to announce Australia's first medical cannabis trial.

Amy Corderoy 2:39 AM   New details of the medical cannibas trial show the innovative way it will appease those who are uncomfortable with the idea of using marijuana.

A thousand alleged sex abusers, none reported

Justice scales

Rachel Browne   The Jehovah's Witness Church hid allegations of child sexual abuse involving more than 1000 of its members, royal commission told.

New plan for most rundown suburbs

An artist's impression of the expanded Macarthur Square shopping centre in Sydney's Campbelltown.

Anne Davies   State government to focus on increasing population density along a key Sydney transport corridor.

Billions lined up for renewable energy in NSW

Wind power is increasing its footprint.

Peter Hannam 6:49 PM   Renewable-energy backers are prepared to pour as much as $13 billion in new projects in NSW – provided the investment climate is right.

Cyclists protest removal of cycleway in CBD

Simon Bolton was one of a group of cyclists who converged on the corner of College and Oxford Streets in Hyde Park to protest the state government's plans to rip up a cycleway on College Street.

Josh Dye   Cyclists came out in force on Sunday to protest against the state government's decision to remove a bike path from the city's central business district.

Surfer's fears after friend dies in shark attack

Moving message: Angie Takanami.

Megan Levy 2:17 PM   A surfer who watched her friend bleed to death after being bitten by a shark says she is now terrified of paddling out into the surf, following an increased number of sightings around the NSW north coast.

Baby's near death: naturopath accused

Fighting two charges ... naturopath Marilyn Bodna.

Ava Benny-Morrison   A Sydney naturopath charged after allegedly giving advice to a mother who almost starved her infant to death has pleaded not guilty.

Teachers face vast spread of ability in class

Most teachers have a wide range of student ability in their classrooms.

Alexandra Smith   Extensive research shows that achievement levels can be so vastly spread that in the case of maths, many students have lagged behind their peers for years by the time they reach secondary school.

Cunneen blasts ICAC's 'draconian' powers

Margaret Cunneen has slammed ICAC powers as "extraordinarily draconian".

Sean Nicholls   NSW Crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen slams ICAC powers as "extraordinarily draconian".

Why it's tough to out-fox a fox

A council camera captures a fox as it carries off its latest meal.

Kieran Gair   Foxes have hastened the extinction of at least 20 mammal species and, so far, have largely evaded efforts to eliminate them.

Porkgate scandal gets beefed up

beef sausages

Louise Hall, Natalie O'Brien   The furore surrounding the meat to be served at Liverpool Council's first Christian Orthodox Interfaith lunch has grown with a prominent Hindu saying beef should also be off the menu.

Alcohol lobby wins backdown from Baird 

Plans to further restrict pubs and clubs abandoned: Tony Abbott and Mike Baird.

Kirsty Needham   The Baird government dropped its plan to limit drinks on Australia Day, Melbourne Cup, footy finals after complaints by the alcohol lobby before the March election. 

Rug up, winter is about to make a comeback

Tap dancer Jameie Reisin and saxophonist Finn Koslowski busk in Bondi, making the most of a beautiful winter's day on Sunday - but a cold front is on its way.

Daisy Dumas   After an unseasonably warm winter's weekend, Sydneysiders will wake up to brisk temperatures on Monday morning.

Hotel patron 'licked drink off the floor'

The Imperial Hotel, Erskineville.

Melanie Kembrey   Patrons licking alcohol off the floor, openly snorting drugs and drinking so much they're unable to stand or walk were among the reasons given for shutting the Imperial Hotel.


Hefty cost if electric cars not given a boost: report 

Electric cars have much going for them, but restricted model choice and incoherent government policies are limiting their take-up by Australians, a study has found.

Photographer gifts parents a right to delight

When Sam and Rachel Callander lost their baby girl to a rare condition, it proved to be the beginning of a wonderful project. 

"It's terrible. We're horrified": Destruction of Margaret Olley's garden

Sydney's out-of-control housing market has claimed another victim, with the destruction of a property once owned by one of the city's best loved artistic figures.

Start schooling earlier, not later, say political leaders

As Sydney parents debate holding children back longer from school, the nation's leaders are considering an earlier start to school.

Splendour: so much more than the music

Some strange things are happening at music festivals. 

Bionic ear inventor 'excited' by new project

Bionic ear inventor says trials could help paraplegics, epileptics and also dramatically improve the bionic eye implant unveiled last week.

School Report 2015

The Herald's School Report allows parents, students and teachers to compare schools by suburb, postcode or school, side by side.


Council evicts flying foxes

Residents have mixed reactions regarding Sutherland Shire council's plan to remove a colony of flying foxes because of its proximity to a child care centre.

Extinct volcanoes discovered off Sydney

Australia's new ocean-going research vessel, Investigator discovers extinct volcanoes about 250 km off the NSW coast.

Police called to kid's birthday party

Three people taken to hospital after a fight erupts during a six-year-old's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney'€™s Wetherill Park on June 20.