'Build a rail link to Badgerys Creek'

Jacob Saulwick   Pressure is mounting on the federal government to consider funding all or part of a rail line to the Badgerys Creek airport site.

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Woman poisoned from smoking hookah

Worries: Health experts are concerned hookah use is increasing among the young.

Amy Corderoy 12:00 AM   A 20-year-old woman has developed carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking a hookah waterpipe, leading doctors to warn that smoking the traditional pipes could be dangerous.

Man bitten on arm and hand in shark attack 

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10:25 PM   Sydney: A man has escaped serious injury after a shark attack on the NSW mid-north coast.

Cries for help unanswered 

Needed help: Jack Kelsall as a child.

Emma Partridge   He begged for help and because his cries went unanswered, he will spend most of his life in jail and a family will grieve the death of a son forever.

'There is no hope for those animals'

Breeding: Conditions inside puppy farms can be squalid and confined.

Eamonn Duff   Two beagle pups are paraded in front of a camera for an online advert that lists them as pure bred, intelligent, low maintenance and ready to be "freighted" anywhere.

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SBS pulls 'Struggle Street' promo

Some of the residents featured on the SBS show <i>Struggle Street</i>.

Georgina Mitchell 10:38 AM   A highly controversial trailer for an upcoming documentary on a blue-collar Sydney suburb has been pulled by SBS after residents and the council complained it mocked, degraded and insulted them.

We don't have time for mental health: teachers

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Eryk Bagshaw 12:15 AM   Research suggests teachers do not have the tools or resources readily available to them to address mental health concerns among students.

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One of the worst weeks for domestic violence

Accused: Darryl Biles, 22, has been charged with murdering an 18-year-old mother.

Rachel Olding 4:59 PM   They may have never seen her face but hundreds of strangers will gather in western Sydney on Monday night to remember Linda Locke, another victim in what advocates say is a deepening national domestic violence crisis. 

The true cost of a new hospital 

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

Sean Nicholls   The true cost to taxpayers of the new privatised Northern Beaches Hospital has been revealed as $2.14 billion - more than twice the $1 billion figure publicised before the March election.

The debt trap: how credit can sour

More than 40 per cent of NSW households are under financial stress.

Rachel Browne   We love credit. Interest rates are low and it's so easy to borrow. But 44 per cent of NSW households are in financial stress, including a large slab of middle income earners. 

Planner's role to make peace: new minister

"Change is inevitable": The new NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes.

Leesha McKenny and Peter Hannam   In the highly contested field of urban planning and with the need to balance heritage and growth, new Planning Minister Rob Stokes believes he will have to walk a fine line.

ICAC hit with fresh wave of litigation 

Margaret Cunneen, SC, who won a High Court challenge against the ICAC.

Michaela Whitbourn   The Independent Commission Against Corruption has been hit with a fresh wave of litigation in the wake of a High Court ruling on its powers, with three more businessmen seeking to have corruption findings against them overturned.

Counting the cost of council amalgamations

Ryde mayor Bill Pickering is making ''no apology" for  what he says were measures signed off by council "for the survival of Ryde".

James Robertson and Leesha McKenny   Does merging councils save money? It depends who you ask – not to mention who is doing the asking.

Mardi Gras: Call for apology to those named 

Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore flies the flag at this year's Mardi Gras parade.

Damien Murphy and Leesha McKenny   In 1978 Sydney's first Mardi Gras became a melee and 53 were arrested - with shockwaves still being felt 37 years later. 

The death of the barcode

A new generation of chipless RFID tags developed by Monash University researchers could transform retailing.

Esther Han    Imagine filling up your trolley with groceries and simply rolling out the door. Monash researchers have created a superior RFID tags, potentially turning this dream into a reality.

Judges' son pleads guilty to child porn charge

Robert Emmett, who pleaded guilty to filming up the skirts of his students and possessing child pornography, leaves the Downing Centre Local Court on Friday.

Patrick Begley   A former Sydney teacher who comes from a family of top NSW judges has pleaded guilty to filming up the skirts of his students and possessing child pornography.  

The cyclone that broke the warm spell

A student takes shelter in Sydney on Friday.

Peter Hannam   An east coast low brought unusually cool conditions to eastern Australia and was one factor contributing to an unusually cool April.

Latham's 'eruption of bile' on columnist

Former Labor leader Mark Latham, who is being sued by Lisa Pryor.

Michaela Whitbourn   Lisa Pryor's lawyers have argued that a column by controversial former Labor leader Mark Latham was an "eruption of bile" and conveyed that she did not love her own children.

Boy attended 'slapping' workshop before death

Hongchi Xiao in Australia in 2013.

Megan Levy   The peculiar story of a self-described Chinese "healer" has emerged following the death this week of a boy from Sydney's west who is believed to have attended one of the man's workshops.

'Bland' and 'poorly publicised'

Plans for transformation: Parramatta Road near Leichhardt.

Leesha McKenny   The plans to transform one of Sydney's worst roads into a tree-lined boulevard surrounded by apartments have come under fire in several submissions. 

Highlights

Nile's new power might be detrimental to NSW

The scale of Mike Baird's recent election win has been apparent since shortly after polling day on March 28, but just how much power voters have delivered him will really be driven home next week.

Where does all the stormwater go?

Between falling from the heavens and reaching the deep blue sea, storm water makes an epic journey through our cities.

The tribes fighting Sydney property wars

The cashed up, the hopeful, the wide-eyed, the canny, the gullible, the desperate and baseless.And the Lotto dreamer.

The plan to make Sydney a walking city again

They are the city's "second class citizens," a group of a million people who make 92 per cent of the city's journeys each and every day.

The death of the barcode

Imagine filling up your trolley with groceries and simply rolling out the door. Researchers have created a superior RFID tags, potentially turning this dream into a reality.

Nanny may pop in after subsidy kicks in

A nanny has long seemed a luxury only the very wealthy could afford. Until now.

Column an 'eruption of bile', court told

Lisa Pryor's lawyers have argued that a column by controversial former Labor leader Mark Latham conveyed that she did not love her own children.

Sydney, you're a one-night stand

Who is saying this about the Emerald City and how can we form a meaningful relationship?

Wrist bone leaves scientists in a flap over bat-like dinosaur find

Chinese scientists have discovered a new variety of dinosaur that had wings made of a skin membrane rather than feathers.

How to defeat the 'dark side' of surrogacy

The head of the Family Court is confident Australia will legalise commercial surrogacy and this will help defeat the "dark side" of an international trade.

'Bunker down': more rain on its way

Residents in north-eastern NSW advised not to travel as heavy rains from another east coast low lift flood risks all the way down to the Hunter.

The spend-happy generation leading the way in credit-card debt

They owe the biggest amounts on credit cards - and they're the least likely to pay off their balance in full each month.

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University of Sydney slammed for 'restricting free speech' after protest

Heated protests have seen 13 people handed show cause notices after students were dragged out of a lecture hall

Hail batters Sydney

Heavy rain and hail blanket large areas of Sydney on Anzac Day afternoon.

Hunter region devastated by floodwaters

Aerial vision shows the devastating damage left behind by the April storms in the Hunter region, where flooding and property damage were still widespread on Wednesday. Vision courtesy of the Newcastle Herald.