Winter may spoil the cherry blossom festival

Julie Power 5:07 PM    Cherry blossom festivals bring to mind beauty, tranquillity and an annual second-guessing about when the flowers will emerge.

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Mehajer shows why we need donations reform

Sean Nicholls dinkus Dinkus

Sean Nicholls 9:00 PM   It took an ICAC scandal to push the Baird government towards comprehensive campaign finance reform at state level, but council elections are a free for all.

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Sydney Harbour's 'parking' nightmare

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Princess 40M pic goes with the Boutique Boat Company story

Anne Davies 9:49 PM   Most of Sydney's parking problems are on the street. So, where does one park the mega-yacht?

All change at the top of Transport for NSW

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13:  Sydney train activity, on November 13, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Sahlan Hayes/Fairfax Media)

Jacob Saulwick 3:48 PM   Why are so many senior Transport for NSW workers leaving the building?

Salim Mehajer's 'muscle' bound for jail

Walid Elriche, an associate of Salim Mehajer, will be doing bird, not just flipping it, after receiving jail time over his actions at a home in Castle Hill.

Ava Benny-Morrison 5:53 PM   The muscle seen alongside embattled Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer will spend nine months behind bars after turning up at a stranger's home and demanding $25,000.

Ex ICAC head blasts ' bureaucratic inertia'

Wollongong Citizen of the Year Janine Cullen, former commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption and O?Connor Marsden & Associates principal Jerrold Cripps with The Illawarra Connection's deputy president Graham Lancaster. Picture by Greg Ellis.

Michaela Whitbourn 11:23 PM   Police and prosecutors refuse to take an active role in preparing cases involving ICAC targets for trial, a former head of the corruption watchdog says.

'It was just the screeching'

SMH News, Sydney. Story Jacob Saulwick. Couple, Simon Freeman and  Katie Watson-Jones are one of the first people in Sydney whose house has been insulated by a new govt policy to help pay for noise insulation near train lines. For the first time from this weekend, people will able to apply for funding under the scheme. They are pictured in their newly insulated home in Jannali which is next 2 a train line. Photo: Peter Rae Friday 28 August 2015.

Jacob Saulwick 1:26 PM   It's a genuine selling point for Sydney housing -- until the freight trains blast past.

No bail for suspects with terrorism links

NSW Premier Mike Baird: "It's really quite simple."

Sean Nicholls 2:33 PM   Bail will be refused in all but extraordinary circumstances for anyone charged in NSW with a serious offence who also has terrorism links, in light of the Martin Place siege.

Nora the Explorer helps save fellow turtles

A young Green turtle that was nursed back to health by Taronga Zoo after ingesting plastic.

Nicky Phillips 2:27 PM   As the manager of Taronga Zoo's wildlife hospital, Libby Hall sees the devastating impact plastic can have on endangered sea turtles.

Know anyone? Lost images of Freedom Ride

Ronald McGrady, 14, was among the first Aboriginal people in Moree to jump in the pool.

Julie Power 1:10 AM   Indigenous services librarian Ronald Briggs is used to categorising images and attaching labels like "children at swimming pool" but he doesn't often find familiar faces in them.

Ex Macquarie exec to lead NSW insurance arm

Former Macquarie Bank executive Michael Carapiet.

Ruth Liew 12:47 PM   Former Macquarie Bank executive Michael Carapiet has been named the chairman of a new state government general insurance arm.

The non-gay films students are allowed to see

Still from Maya Newell's film <i>Gayby Baby</i>.

Eryk Bagshaw 9:33 AM   The premier has banned "Gayby Baby" from NSW schools. So what are students supposed to watch?

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Forgotten path between two icons reopens

Sacha Coles: "The question we asked was, how do we make this history relevant to this place in the 21st century?"

James Robertson 10:48 AM   For nearly 150 years, a short ribbon of railway between Central Station and Darling Harbour was the main artery of Sydney. That link has lain largely dormant and disused for decades.

Forced to choose between parents

Hugo Atkinson: 'It was just ridiculous to think it would even be a question, to choose between your parents.'

Lucy Cormack   Hugo Todd Atkinson wants his parents on his birth certificate - his mums and his dad. But current law won't allow that.

Compo plan could resolve Uber dilemma

Taxi drivers are not happy with the growth of Uber and other ride-sharing services.

Jacob Saulwick   Taxi licence plate holders who are feeling the pain of ride-sharing services have a light on the horizon.

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Paper cuts at Newcastle Herald affect two-thirds of staff

Fairfax are axing two-thirds of the staff at the <i>Newcastle Herald</i>.

Anna Patty   Fairfax Media journalists in the Hunter Valley walked off the job on Thursday after being told the Newcastle Herald will lose two-thirds of its staff under a restructure of regional newsrooms.

'I am normal. My kids are normal' 

 Penny Sharpe, the Labor candidate for Newtown  who has given up her Legislative Council seat to run.

Sean Nicholls   Labor MP Penny Sharpe has delivered an emotional plea for understanding of same-sex families in response to the furore over the documentary Gayby Baby. 

The suburb that no one leaves

Nth Cronulla beach.A lower proportion of residents move out of Sutherland Shire than any other LGA in Sydney.3 generations of the Steege family-Twins Alan(stripe) and Rob(green) sons,Jono(Hurley),Ben(vest) Daniel(grey) with kids,Oscar(surfboard) Josie (red) Fletch(black) Jackson(blue stripe) and Sami(pink).Picture John Veage

Matt Wade   Surfboard under his arm, Oscar Steege is a third generation resident of the part of Sydney where people are twice as likely as normal to stay put.

Monis prosecutor lacked formal bail training

Monis: sought to join the Rebels Motorcycle Club.

Paul Bibby   The prosecutor responsible for the last court appearance by Man Monis before the Lindt Cafe siege had no training in the state's new bail laws beyond an intranet summary, inquest hears.

Man charged over body in bin death

Forensic police collect evidence from a home in Windermere Road, Epping, on Saturday.

Ava Benny-Morrison   A Korean man has been charged with murdering his flatmate, whose body was found stuffed in a green waste bin. 

'It may have attracted millions of tourists'

Salim Mehajer, with his wife Aysha, says his wedding has showcased Australia to the world.

Leesha McKenny   Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer takes to Facebook to make a big call about the power and influence of his lavish wedding.

Who bankrolled Salim Mehajer?

Salim and Aysha Mehajer with Missy Higgins, centre, who sang at the wedding.

Sean Nicholls   Selim Mehajer has broken NSW electoral law by failing to reveal fundraising and spending that led to his 2012 election to the council, raising questions about how his campaign was bankrolled.

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Tent embassy to leave the Block as Indigenous housing 'guaranteed'

The Redfern Aboriginal tent embassy has claimed moral victory amid legal defeat at the Block under a $70 million deal that will see 62 homes built for Indigenous families on the historic site.

Home brands: happier hearts, healthier wallets

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier rivals, research shows.

Teenage prize winner reveals intestinal value

A 15-year-old girl is among the big winners at the Australian Museum's Eureka Prizes.

Flu jab protects people against heart attack

Giving universal access to the flu vaccine to anybody aged over 50 is likely to save many more lives, a study has found.

Comparing war horrors to domestic violence

If Australian deaths in war zones matched fatalities from domestic violence, commanders would be held accountable, says the former head of the army.

Beachgoer finds message in a bottle from long ago

Sending out an SOS? Searching for love? This message in a bottle earned its finder a special prize.

Ag-gag laws undermine democracy

A controversial piece of legislation is to be debated in NSW Parliament on Tuesday. Its dull title belies its significance.

Aged-care is society's true test

Though there are examples of excellence in the care of elderly and frail patients, sadly there are many where this care falls short.

Overhaul goes too far

Forced evictions to allow redevelopment may be going too far in the push for greater housing density

Online Naplan cannot deliver fair results

All of the ecstatic reporting over Naplan results is misplaced. 

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Violent train brawl captured on video

A passenger captures a violent brawl between young women on a Sydney train last Friday night. Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Police drug raid in Newtown street

RAW VISION: Drugs and firearms are seized by NSW Police during raids carried out on homes in Newtown and Port Stephens.

Man removes Cat Protection Society donation box

CCTV footage of a man removing a donation box from the office of the NSW Cat Protection Society. (Vision courtesy NSW Cat Protection Society)