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Last-minute website for private schools

ALEXANDRA SMITH 12:15am Just like finding a last-minute flight or accommodation deal, parents will now be able to find last-minute vacancies and discounts at some NSW private schools.

NSW news

Stations no place to buy Opal tickets

The Opal card.

JACOB SAULWICK 12:09am Public transport users will be unable to buy or top-up their Opal cards at most Sydney train stations, the Baird government has confirmed.

O'Meley charged with drug trafficking

Anthony O'Meley and his wife Ellie.

RACHEL OLDING 12:15am Local construction magnate Anthony O'Meley and his wife arrested for allegedly running a sophisticated drug ring.

Parents watch son's final moments

Deceased officer: Constable William Crews, who was killed during a 2010 police raid.

EMMA PARTRIDGE 10:10pm Footage of the shooting of constable "Bill" Crews showed to his loved ones at the inquest into his death.

George St hot spots from fancy footwork

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Harvey Grennan 12:09am Sydneysiders' feet have voted in support of the decision to turn much of George Street in the city into a pedestrian mall when the light rail from Randwick and Kingsford to Circular Quay is built.

Premier avoids speak of Alhadeff

Premier Mike Baird.

NICOLE HASHAM As he declared himself a "friend" of Sydney's muslims, the Premier refused to answer questions about Vic Alhadeff.

Ramadan's end brings pain with joy

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NICOLE HASHAM 12:09am Thousands gathered in the rosy morning light to celebrate the end of Ramadan and pray for the innocent lives lost in the Middle East.

ICAC hearings strain Liberal Party coffers

PAUL NICOLAU.

SEAN NICHOLLS 12:00am The Independent Commission Against Corruption's continuing inquiries into fund-raising by the NSW Liberal Party are taking a toll on the party's finances as legal fees rise and political donations decline.

Friends mourn Sydney teen after balcony fall

Selfless: James Teague will be remembered for his amazing smile.

Emma Partridge, Eryk Bagshaw A Sydney teenager who fell from a balcony during New Zealand ski trip has died in hospital with his mother and father by his side.

War of the Roses - Sydney-style

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KATE MCCLYMONT It's being dubbed Sydney's War of the Roses: a bitter marriage breakdown, a bizarre property deal and claims the city's men are being turned from daytime lions to "pussycats at home".

Same-sex marriage gets state Labor support

Keynote speaker: Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten addresses the NSW Labor Party annual conference.

Sean Nicholls and Nicole Hasham The NSW Labor Party has voted to support same-sex marriage but rejected a proposal that federal Labor MPs should be required to bind on a vote in favour of any legislation that comes before the federal Parliament.

UTS campus becomes innovative public school

World leader: The UTS campus at Kuring-gai, which is said to be developed into a public school.

ALEXANDRA SMITH In one of Sydney's most striking public buildings, the age of students will not dictate what they learn, teenagers and preschoolers will study together and Skype hubs will put students in daily contact with their peers around the world.

Vic Alhadeff resigns after Gaza furore

NICOLE HASHAM The NSW Community Relations Commission chairman, Vic Alhadeff, has quit after his controversial comments defending Israel's attacks on Gaza caused a furore between Sydney's Jewish and Muslim groups.

NSW Labor votes for federal form of ICAC

Called for a federal body: Former ICAC commissioner David Ipp.

SEAN NICHOLLS The NSW Labor conference has given in-principle support for a federal equivalent of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and to refer the issue to the party's federal division.

Bid to keep WestConnex documents secret

WestConnex: An artist's impression, looking towards the south-west.

Sean Nicholls and Jacob Saulwick The Baird government is trying to keeps secret key documents related to its biggest infrastructure project - the $13 billion WestConnex motorway - by claiming they are "privileged" and should be only available to MPs who are forbidden from disclosing their contents.

Bomb shelter sign points to anxious past

A war time photo of the shelter at St James station.

NICOLE HASHAM It was painted at an anxious time when the threat of Japanese bombing raids hung in the air and train commuters had more to worry about than minding the gap.

Tensions in judge's family laid bare

Tensions laid bare: Former judge Mary Gaudron.

LOUISE HALL For 16 years Mary Gaudron presided over the highest court in Australia, sitting on landmark cases such as Mabo and Wik and earning a reputation as an advocate for equality and human rights.

City's skating solutions still up in the air

Chairman of the board: Cameron Sparkes gets airborne at the Waterloo Skate Park, where a ramp has been replaced at a cost of $130,000.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Sydney is poised to build a suite of new skate parks – but where they go and what they look like is up in the air.

Waratahs' tribute to victim of balcony fall

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RACHEL OLDING Rugby union fanatic James Teague was supposed to be sitting in the stands watching his beloved Waratahs take on the Brumbies on Saturday night.

Mexican cartel operating out of Manly: police

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Georgina Mitchell Two men allegedly operating a Mexican cartel from Manly could face life in prison after they were allegedly found with 30 kilograms of methamphetamine, guns and a large amount of cash.

Domestic violence death team caught in limbo

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KIRSTY NEEDHAM The NSW government's commitment to curbing domestic violence has been undermined by a eight-month delay in convening the Domestic Violence Death Review team.

Babies thrive after pioneering surgery

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  (L-R) Darren Carle, Nicole O'Donnell and Jaxson Carle (baby) pose at Sydney Children's Hospital in Randwick on July 24, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Darren Carle; Nicole O'Donnell; Jaxson Carle

Harriet Alexander Doctors have performed a pioneering medical procedure on two babies suffering from a rare birth disorder using keyhole surgery for the first time in Australia.

Circus monkey's escape prompts debate

Portrait of the monkey who escaped from the Lennon Brothers Circus in Castle Hill, Sydney.
24th July 2014
Photo: Janie Barrett

Tim Barlass It is a scene from a byegone era. A big top tent, lions walking along planks, a performing monkey (rhesus macaque) riding on a miniature horse and camels doing a turn.

French reject Orica's toxic waste

Just French protestors against plans by Orica to send toxic waste to France for destruction. Photo: Supplied

Natalie O'Brien Environmentalists across the world have applauded a decision by the French government to veto plans by chemical giant Orica to ship more than 100 tonnes of highly toxic waste from Sydney to France for incineration.

Baird condemns MP attack on Parker

Former environment minister: Robyn Parker.

Kirsty Needham Premier Mike Baird has used a speech to the Liberal's state council on Saturday morning to express his revulsion at a sexist attack on former environment minister Robyn Parker and to outline a push to recruit women to the Liberal Party.

Music

South coast DJ scams thousands of dollars

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PETER VINCENT A cocky radio DJ-turned-conman from the south coast has gone to ground after scamming thousands of dollars from a number of small businesses and young DJs.

Muslim leader threatened over Syria warning

SMH FOREIGN Muntadar Naji Khalife holds the Iraqi flag as Shiite men and supporters of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani line up to register to fight against the insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in Najaf, Iraq, June 22, 2014. Sunni militants have gained control of Qaim, a major Iraqi post on the Syrian border, and several nearby towns, according to the Iraqi government. (Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

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Natalie O'Brien A Muslim community leader who warned Sydney youth not to travel to Syria and Iraq has been threatened by someone operating a social-media account purported to be that of Mohamed Elomar.

Festival

Sun shines over Splendour In The Grass

Splendour in the Grass, 2014. Supplied

BERNARD ZUEL Fan were not going to let a small thing like the surprise presence of sun, warmth and dry change their Splendour In The Grass habits.

Cook-at-home meal kits on the rise

Michelle Honan and her husband Paul Lonergan with their sons Oliver (eldest) and Harry who subscribe to meal kit services where fresh raw ingredients are delivered weekly for their evening meals.
26th July 2014
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

ESTHER HAN A booming number of Sydney families have abandoned their weekly grocery runs, instead opting for services that drop a box of recipe cards and freshingredients at their doorstep.

Runner back on track after horrific injury

SUN HERALD.  Portrait of runner James Connor, whose skull was fractured in a pub assult in 2012, is aiming for the Rio Olympics and running in the city to surf.  Pic taken in a park near the river in Liverpool.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 24th July 2014.

KIM ARLINGTON It was the kind of life-threatening injury that could have ended his sporting dreams. Instead, it's become James Connor's most successful season.

Options

Should you buy or rent?

Shane and Dinah Hearn were renting in Bondi but have now bought in Randwick.

Jacob Saulwick, Toby Johnstone, Michael Koziol Buy or rent? Ross Hoskins never gave the latter a try.

Domestic violence refuges close

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RACHEL BROWNE Domestic violence specialists at some of the state's oldest women's refuges are losing their jobs under state government reforms

Pole case with Moses Obeid settled

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The City of Sydney has settled a long and costly legal battle with Moses Obeid over street poles, admitting it would be more expensive to fight on than to walk away.

The granny nannies: it's a labour of love

Harriet Alexander The army that powers the nation's workforce by taking care of its young is not so much devoted to duty, for the most part, as it is devoted to grandchildren.

Fiance finds comfort in love for Gabriele

Grieving: Gabriele Lauschet’s fiance Andreas Schaaf, sister Monika Burmester, and son Tim Lauschet at the  school where Gabriele taught.

EMMA PARTRIDGE The fiance of MH17 victim German school teacher Gabriele Lauschet took a deep breath after a service in her memory and whispered “she was a rock”.

Sister Philomene Tiernan won't be forgotten

Philomene Tiernan's niece, Josephine Wright, and sister, Madeline Wright, at the mass to celebrate her life.

EMMA PARTRIDGE Sister Philomene Tiernan touched so many people – students, family, friends and her sisters.

End of off-peak return rail tickets in Sydney

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Jacob Saulwick and Lisa Visentin The Baird government will soon get rid of one of the most popular discount rail tickets in Sydney.

Cassidy accused of 'implausible' evidence

Evidence was ''implausible'': John Cassidy, right.

MICHAELA WHITBOURN A former University of New England chancellor has been accused of giving evidence that is ''not plausible'' during a corruption inquiry into a deal to buy the university-owned Tattersalls Hotel.

Obeid associate Stoliar pleads guilty

Nati Stoliar, pictured a decade ago in Sydney.

KATE MCCLYMONT Property developer Nati Stoliar, a long-time friend of corrupt former NSW MP Eddie Obeid, is facing a 20-year jail term in the United States.

Ibrahim likely to get new parole hearing

Michael Ibrahim (centre) with brothers Sam (left) and John (right)

LOUISE HALL Convicted killer Michael Ibrahim is likely to have a new parole hearing after a "slip up" by authorities meant he was denied access to adverse intelligence allegedly obtained by prison bosses.

Liberals launch new fund-raising body

On indefinite leave: Paul Nicolaou.

SEAN NICHOLLS Less than a fortnight before resumption of a corruption inquiry examining its election funding activities, the NSW Liberals have launched a new forum to raise political donations.

Sydney psychiatrist at bedside of injured son

Robert Hampshire and his son in 2011.

RICK FENELEY Sydney psychiatrist Robert Hampshire was at the hospital bedside of his critically injured son on Friday after the teenager fell about 10 metres from a hotel balcony in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Of sound mind and pixels: digital wills

Digital wills are gaining acceptance as legal documents.

RACHEL OLDING Wills composed on computers, iphones and even webcams are being accepted by courts as valid documents as the digital age throws up tricky dilemmas about making one's final wishes.

Guess who didn't come to dinner

Empty tables at the iftar dinner.

NICOLE HASHAM It was meant to be a special meal, but a bitter row meant many of the seats were empty.

Same-sex couple overturn deb ball ban

Karlina Macartney and Sami Burgess admire Sami’s dress ahead of the school debutante ball.

Blair Thomson A same-sex couple are overjoyed after James Fallon High School overturned a ban on their attendance at the school’s debutante ball.

'It was then that the nightmares began'

Patricia and Donald Logan on their 60th wedding anniversary.

PAUL BIBBY Just a handful of personal items were retrieved from the mess of twisted metal that was once Calvin Logan's red Ford Mondeo.

Fake ANZ media release: jail term avoided

Jonathan Moylan outside the NSW Supreme Court.

LOUISE HALL Campaigner who sent out a fake ANZ media release has been sentenced to one year and eight months jail but will be immediately released.

Obeid family members hit with $9m tax bill

Eddie and Judith Obeid leave an ICAC hearing.

MICHAELA WHITBOURN The Tax Office has hit the family of corrupt former Labor kingpin Eddie Obeid with a $9 million bill after it audited his tax affairs and family trusts spanning half a decade.

Expert says painting looked 'odd'

Lauraine Diggins.

Anne Davies Lauraine Diggins said she '"did not like" Faun and Parrot, an allegedly fake painting, when she saw it before an auction by Christie's in May 2000.

Preachers must 're-teach' Islam: detainee

RACHEL OLDING Sending controversial sheikhs into prisons to deliver speeches and "re-teach" Islam is the only way to address the risk of radicalisation behind bars, Australia's first terrorism detainee says.

Prison dairy lifts inmates out of the herd

Inmates at the Emu Plains Correctional Centre look after the milking, packaging and clerical side of a dairy, rising at 4am when there's frost on the paddocks and fog over the Nepean River.

Ramadan puts family at centre of the table

The nightly Ramadan meal at Musher Saleh's Lakemba home is a thoroughly modern, family affair; toys litter the floor, the television is glowing but muted, there are tantrums and spillages to manage.

VIDEO

Man charged after two men shot in the head

Police have charged a 31-year-old man after he allegedly broke into a house and shot two men in the head, leaving one fighting for his life and the other with multiple bullet wounds.

Lions and monkeys 'all part of the family'

Despite criticism, this historic circus still proudly tours the bush and cities with exotic animals.

Gosford man killed in suspected drive-by shooting

Police are looking for a dark-coloured car seen leaving the scene where central coast car businessman Laurie Sterling was shot dead last night.

Off-peak train tickets to be phased out

Commuters at Redfern Station react to the news that some train tickets will be phased out as part of the NSW Government's push towards the Opal card system.

A 'flythrough' of Harold Park

Developers of the former Harold Park Raceway site release a fly through of an artists impression of the finished development. NO SOUND.

Racehorse unlatches stall gate

One of trainer David Pfieffer's charges, Atmospherical seems to need the extra space from time to time in Sydney.

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