Dry conditions for Sydney New Year's Eve

Peter Hannam 7:30 PM   There’s good news on the weather front for the bumper crowds expected to pack Sydney’s harbour fringes for New Year’s Eve fireworks with near-perfect conditions forecast for the night.

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'Deaths and injuries' from new tram

Fears of 'surges of children' crossing tracks at Moore Park in the morning and afternoon rush periods.

Nicole Hasham 6:43 PM   Thousands of unsupervised children would be forced to cross light rail tracks along the eastern suburbs extension daily on their way to school, bringing "real possibilities" of fatal accidents, according to school groups.

Student Opal card raises privacy concerns

Privacy issues: Universities are concerned about the information it has to provide Transport for NSW for Student Opal cards.

Pallavi Singhal   Only five out of 290 eligible tertiary institutions have joined the rollout of student Opal concession cards from February, with privacy concerns driving Sydney University's reluctance to get on board.

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Alan Jones: 'Stimulated listeners to hatred'

Alan Jones: "The words, in context, urged or stimulated listeners to hatred or, at least, serious contempt of Lebanese males''.

Stephanie Gardiner 1:29 PM   Broadcaster Alan Jones has been ordered to pay Muslim community leader Keysar Trad $10,000, ending a nine year battle over a radio segment found to have "stimulated listeners to hatred" of Lebanese men.

Pyrotechnics wizard tees up fresh fireworks

Sydney fireworks

Peter Munro 4:45 PM   Smoking a rollie in the sun by Sydney Harbour is master pyrotechnician Fortunato Foti. On the water nearby are barges loaded with some seven tonnes of fireworks, with shooting comets and shells in the shape of smiley faces and hearts and crackling silver umbrellas.

Last-minute alcohol-free zones

Sydney knows how to throw a party. Resolve to ring in the New Year while watching the fireworks rain down over Sydney Harbour.

Daisy Dumas 4:09 PM   A raft of proposed New Year's Eve alcohol restrictions were confirmed on Monday, just two days before Sydney Harbour's world-famous year-end celebrations kick off.  

True confessions of a crime reporter

Kate McClymont dinkus

Kate McClymont   Sydney's award-winning crime writer reveals some of the lighter highlights of her illustrious career chasing the nation's leading "colourful identities".

Foley  plays his hand, but Everest awaits

Labor MP Luke Foley.

Sean Nicholls   After years of being prodded by his colleagues to step up to the party leadership, Luke Foley has finally seized the moment.

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Luke Foley to contest Labor leadership

Labor MP Luke Foley.

Anna Patty and Sean Nicholls 1:22 AM   Luke Foley has announced he will contest the leadership of the NSW Labor Party.

Driver survives 30m Sydney cliff plunge

A man survived after he drove his car 30m over a cliff at Clovelly, Sydney.

Megan Levy 9:58 AM   A car has crashed through a fence and plunged 30 metres off a cliff in Clovelly in Sydney's east, police say.

Dry conditions for New Year's Eve

Sydney fireworks: expect good conditions for the big night.

Peter Hannam 7:30 PM   There’s good news on the weather front for the bumper crowds expected to pack Sydney’s harbour fringes for New Year’s Eve fireworks with near-perfect conditions forecast for the night.

Uber's offices raided by NSW government

The state government has confirmed it raided Uber offices in April.

Jacob Saulwick   The NSW government has confirmed it raided the offices of Uber, the organisation behind the increasingly popular ride-sharing service UberX.

Rivers are deadliest waterways

River swimmers

Angharad Owens-Strauss   According to a Royal Lifesaving Society report, rivers, creeks and streams are responsible for more drowning deaths than beaches and swimming pools.

Redfern Aboriginal embassy: tensions high

Charged with assault: Tent embassy founder Jenny Munro.

Daisy Dumas   Tensions are running high at Redfern's Aboriginal tent embassy after charges were laid against its founder, Jenny Munro.

Newcastle earthquake: 25th anniversary 

Damage to buildings on Newcastle streets.

Peta Doherty   Jennifer Matthews recalls the moment when the earthquake hit Newcastle 25 years ago at 10.27am.

Elderly man run over by own car in Rookwood

Graves.

Tom Decent   An 86-year-old man has been run over and killed by his own car at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney's south-west on Sunday morning.

Legal aid  cuts 'a risk to national security'

"Very short-sighted exercise in cost-shifting": Bar Association president Jane Needham.

Michaela Whitbourn   The NSW bar has warned that Australia's national security could be put at risk by a shortfall in Commonwealth legal aid funding for cases involving serious federal crimes including terrorism-related offences.

Counter-terrorism at New Year's Eve frontline

Higher level of safety: Assistant Commissioner Michael Fuller.

Michael Koziol   Counter terrorism units will be based at the police operations centre on New Year's Eve in support of a "record" police presence following heightened security fears.

Christie family condemns lockout relaxation 

Daniel Christie, who died last  new year's.

Tim Barlass   The family of teenager Daniel Christie, who died after a one punch in King's Cross last New Year's Eve, have condemned the relaxation of this year's lockout laws.

Gifted students fast-tracked to uni 

Progression: Jacob Bradd, 14, now attends university.

Amy McNeilage   While his kindergarten classmates were learning to tie their shoelaces, Jacob Bradd was solving algebra problems.

Christmas road toll lowest in 25 years

Lowest road toll in 25 years: Four people have died on NSW roads in the Christmas period so far.

Tom Decent   Four people have died on NSW roads in the holiday Christmas period so far - the lowest figure in 25 years and almost half the amount of any toll in recent years.  

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'I've had the same customers for 32 years'

Raymond Gosling has run his Gentlemen's  Hairdresser shop for decades. And he knows all the locals' secrets. Explore the old shops of Sydney.

The six foods Sydney queued for in 2014

From gelato to cronuts, this year we enjoyed the classics, the innovative and the slightly ridiculous.

Australia's 2014: Grief, glory and utter incomprehension

It's been a tough year for Tony Abbott and the country as a whole - a year defined by the worst and best of ourselves taking its toll.

Lawyer swims Cole Classic for mental health

Every morning before the throttle of the work day takes hold, Justin Hanby goes for a swim. In February next year, he will compete in his fifth Cole Classic.

Around Sydney: Holiday services and  shopping

From last minute shopping to church services: here's your guide to the holiday fortnight.

'I'm like a terrier staring out to sea, watching the horizon'

Alexa Moses won't be rushing to Sydney's crowded shores this summer. She has never liked the beach. She imagines she is part of a tiny group of Australians of about one in a 100, to whom the beach has never appealed.

The fear that lurks beneath: Sydney Harbour's hidden hazards

There have been at least 16 fatalities in Sydney Harbour from shark attacks in just over a century. How common are they now?

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Man faces 252 child sex charges

A former Catholic brother has fronted Parramatta local court on facing 252 child sexual assault charges after being extradited from New Zealand.

Counter-terrorism raids: two charged

A self-proclaimed Isis supporter has been charged after being found with documents allegedly designed to facilitate a terrorist attack against potential government targets in Sydney.

Busking is good business for seven-year-old

Seven-year-old Arlo Deakin impromptu concerts can be quite lucrative as he averages $150 an hour according to his mother.