Are you one of the city artist's muses?

Daisy Dumas 9:06 PM   A street-roaming artist treats his daily commutes in Sydney CBD as a blank canvas and captures some of the city's least likely muses.

Latest NSW news

Obeid sons, businessmen in 'cartel conduct'

Moses Obeid, Eddie Obeid's middle son.

Kate McClymont 4:49 PM   Moses Obeid and his brother Paul - with prominent businessman John McGuigan, his son James and investment banker Richard Poole - are being prosecuted for allegedly rigging the bid for a tender of coal exploration licences near Mudgee.

Heritage site to become new primary school

Sources say work could begin this year on turning one of the buildings on the Old Kings School site into a new primary school.

Melanie Kembrey 9:01 PM   The state government plans to turn the Old King's School into a new primary school despite the site being earmarked to become part of an arts and cultural precinct.

Too 'weird' for Rebels bikies

Man Monis dressed in garb from a chapter of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Nick Ralston 6:12 PM   Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis tried to join two Sydney chapters of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang but was rejected on the grounds that  "no one liked him" and they found him "weird".

Inner-west councils jostle to choose bedfellows

Leichhardt Council is beginning to consider a small amalgamation to avoid a megacouncil.

Anne Davies 6:59 PM    Leichhardt Council will consider a merger proposal with Canada Bay and part of Ashfield when it meets this week as the deadlines for Sydney councils to make their final submissions nears.

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New university for Liverpool

The University of Western Sydney is expanding and has unveiled plans for a new building in Parramatta.

Melanie Kembrey 4:37 PM   The University of Western Sydney will make its first forays into Liverpool, unveiling plans for a new campus in the city's centre on Monday.

Monis' clairvoyancy business 'a front'

Man Monis, outside Downing Centre Local Court in November 2009, was before the courts when he took 18 people hostage in Martin Place in December last year.

Nick Ralston 3:08 PM   Siege gunman Man Haron Monis was a clairvoyant making $125,000 a year and using his business to sexually abuse vulnerable women, an inquest has heard.

Public housing 'crap': Greiner

This house at 119 Kent Street, Millers Point, had a price guide of more than $1.3 million. It sold for $1,911,000.

Nicole Hasham 5:25 PM   Public housing stock in NSW is "crap", new stock is non-existent and "something bloody well ought to be done", former Premier Nick Greiner told a ministerial forum on Monday.

Taxpayers face $80m payout over gas ban  

 NSW government has decided not to appeal a Supreme Court decision that its suspension order to Metgasco was unlawful.

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   NSW government Metgasco drilling suspension order ruled unlawful, with taxpayers now facing $80 million payout to the company.

Warringah ignites the battle for the beaches

Council amalgamation is being hotly contested on the northern beaches.

Kathryn Wicks 12:15 AM   As Sydney's 41 councils scramble to justify their existence, one is determined to take in its neighbours, telling IPART that councils should have at least 250,000 residents.

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Barangaroo  deletes ban on apartments 

Part of the proposed Barangaroo development.

Anne Davies 12:15 AM   The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has allowed Lend Lease to lodge modifications to its plans for Barangaroo in contradiction of its own project delivery deed .

'A  beautiful boy' from loving family

Grieving father: Azzam Hrouk with a picture of his murdered son, Mahmoud.

Emma Partridge 10:23 PM   Maha Dunia had been searching for her teenage son in darkness when she spotted his abandoned silver and blue mountain bike and screamed.

Bar enlists army chief to aid silk selection

Honoured to join the NSW senior counsel selection committee: former army chief David Morrison .

Michaela Whitbourn 12:15 AM   A recently retired Lieutenant-General will take on a new role, helping to select the NSW barristers who should be appointed to the prestigious rank of silk.

How good is your doctor? You wouldn't know

Not enough data is available about surgeons' outcomes.

Harriet Alexander   Patients are making decisions about their treatment in a void of information.

What does Facebook status say about you?

What you chose to put on Facebook could reveal some uncomfortable truths about your personality.

Amy Corderoy   Researchers have examined how different Facebook updates are linked to personality traits... and discovered we are all basically desperate, vain jerks.

Are criminals getting away with murder?

The execution of Hells Angels member Tyrone Slemnik involved an encrypted phone.

Nick Ralston   Sydney crime and bikie gangs are using uncrackable mobile phones to arrange murders, shootings and drug deals – hampering the ability of investigators to solve the crimes.

Crackdown on school enrolments 

NSW will need an extra 386 primary school classrooms every year for the next decade to cope with enrolments.

Alexandra Smith   Some schools projected to enrol more than twice as many students as they have space for within four years.

CSIRO technologies transform our beef

The Brahman cattle of northern Australia have been the subject of work in genetics and methane gas reduction.

Esther Han   From imported dung beetles to friendship-detecting collars, Australia's beef industry is in an innovation frenzy to boost cattle welfare and the quality of what we eat.

IVF patients in the dark over clinic outcomes

Sarah and James Leury with their three-month-old son Jack.

Harriet Alexander   Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

Sydney siege inquest opening  live-streamed

Five hostages run from the Lindt Cafe  building towards Special Operations Police in Martin Place on December 16 last year.

Louise Hall and Eamonn Duff   The first two week-block begins on Monday and will focus on gunman Man Haron Monis and his background.


Revolving doors: CSG industry snaps up advisers

Two former deputy prime ministers, a resources minister and a climate change minister are among ex-politicians and political staff now helping companies involved in the coal seam gas industry, a Herald investigation reveals.

'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

 One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.

Let the axe throwing begin

It was a long and hard-fought battle, but the team behind Australia's first urban axe throwing venue can finally don lumberjack shirts, raise hatchets and let the lobbing commence.

First Australia-grown crop of medicinal marijuana to be planted

The first Australian-grown crop of medicinal cannabis will be exported from Norfolk Island from 2016.

The five charts that show why 2015 is going to be a scorcher

The world remains on course for another record hot year with the first four months of 2015 setting a new high for temperatures and more signals indicating the emerging El Nino event will be a strong one.

Aboriginal 'fighters' dying before land claims solved as backlog grows

More than three decades ago Ernie Gordon's father made a claim over a parcel of dusty scrub land in outback New South Wales.

The Block, the violence and the feud blocking Mick Mundine's vision

Violence and intimidation, claim and counter-claim. Rick Feneley reports on the ruins of The Block and a divided Aboriginal community.

Jobs after politics need far more scrutiny

The system designed to oversee the ministerial code of conduct seems reasonable – but it comes with a loophole.


LIVE: Lindt Cafe seige inquest

Examining the circumstances surrounding, and issues arising in relation to the deaths of Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson and Man Haron Monis at the Lindt cafe in December 2014.

Police seize guns, drugs and cash

Police arrest six people in a series of raids across Sydney overnight, seizing drugs, firearms and approximately $100,000 cash.

Labor MP slams Paramatta growth plan

Parramatta is too congested as it is, and plans for more development will only make it worse says Labor MP Ed Husic.