Sound of Music singalong a crowd pleaser

Bellinda Kontominas 1:06 PM   Fans are flocking to the State Theatre to enjoy singing along and dressing up as characters in The Sound of Music.

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Vast area of the Hunter eyed for mining

A Rio Tinto coal mine in the Hunter Valley.

Peter Hannam 12:00 AM   Leaked reports show that mining companies have prepared plans for as many as 16 new or expanded coal mines in the NSW Upper Hunter Valley.

The most dangerous time of week to be driving

Traffic on Victoria Rd & Gladesville Bridge, Drummoyne, following a crash on the Harbour Bridge on Wednesday. Photo: Amanda Hoh

Tom Decent 11:45 PM   The deadliest time to be on NSW roads in the past 15 years was on a Saturday, while pedestrians are in greatest peril at 3pm on any day.

Stealing millions from dementia sufferer

Victoria Adams arrested at her Blair Athol home.

Emma Partridge 9:00 PM   Edna Pearson's family thought she died hating them but on Friday a woman was arrested and charged with conspiring to cheat and defraud the $1.7 million estate of the 82-year-old dementia sufferer.

Sikhs bear brunt: 'You look like a terrorist' 

Sikhs say they are increasingly the victims of backlashes against Islamic extremism as people link turbans to terrorism.

Melanie Kembrey 12:15 AM   Not long after the terror alert level was raised to high, truck driver Amar Singh was working when a stranger approached and said: "You look like a terrorist. You should be on a terrorist watch list."

Thumbs up to WestConnex business case

An artist's impression, looking south-west, of the WestConnex project's King Georges Road interchange.

Jacob Saulwick 2:49 AM   Two and a half years after the project was announced, the $15 billion WestConnex motorway has been given the green light by the federal government's assessment agency.

'We've been invaded twice'

Portrait of Uncle Gordon (Gordon Workman) - Chairman of the Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corp.
The local aboriginal land council, the Deerubbin, do not believe any genuine Darug people remain - so they aren't sharing the proceeds of land they win with them. The Darug people are furious - they say they are being exterminated by their own people.

Melanie Kembrey 12:15 AM   A long-standing feud between Aboriginal groups over claims to identity has reached boiling point in Sydney's west.

Revealed: the gay pay gap

Gay men are paid up to 18 per cent less than their heterosexual counterparts, a study has found.

Matt Wade 7:01 AM   Australia's first study of how sexual orientation affects wages has revealed gay men get paid up to 18 per cent less than their straight counterparts.

Facing sentencing after nine trials

John Dennis Maguire, former dorm master at St Joseph's College,
Hunters Hill, departs Downing Centre Court on pedophilia charges.
27th February 2015
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

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Paul Bibby 6:17 PM   Brother John Dennis Maguire was used to being in a courtroom. But when the 71-year-old sat in the dock on Friday it was the first time he had faced the prospect of being sentenced for a crime.

Baird's asset do-or-die: 'There is no plan B'

Mike Baird.

Nicole Hasham 12:31 AM   Mike Baird has "no plan B" if he fails to push his electricity privatisation plan through Parliament, an admission Labor has leaped on to question how the government will fund its infrastructure promises.

Ice addict's bid for leniency fails

Killer: Colin Maxwell Farrow.

Shannon Tonkin 2:48 AM   An ice addict who stabbed his drug dealer to death, then dumped her body in a car boot, has been found guilty of her murder after a judge rejected claims he was mentally ill at the time.

Ten in hospital after eating mushrooms

Death cap mushrooms are one of several toxic wild species.

Health officials have urged the public to avoid eating wild mushrooms after 10 people were treated in emergency rooms, with some admitted to hospital.

'I wish the files could be found'

Knox headmaster John Weeks: 'unconscionable that documents would be destroyed'.

Rachel Browne   The headmaster of Knox Grammar School has told a royal commission that it is "unconscionable" anyone at the school would destroy documents relating to child sexual abuse.

Baird concedes there is no 'plan B'

Duelling views: Luke Foley and Mike Baird debate the future.

Nicole Hasham and Michaela Whitbourn   If the poles and wires can't be sold, "all the promises mean nothing", Labor warns.  

Please call home, mother tells fugitive teacher

Former Knox old boy and teacher Chris Fotis.

Rick Feneley   The mother of fugitive teacher Chris Fotis wants him to call home and assure her that he is safe following his failure to appear before the royal commission into the responses to child abuse.

Baird video pulled from YouTube

A video posted by Mike Baird has been pulled off YouTube due to a copyright claim.

Su-Lin Tan   A US music label has forced a YouTube video of NSW Premier Mike Baird reading his Twitter hate mail to be taken offline, citing "copyright claims" .

Hawkes defends response to alleged assault

Tim Hawkes

Rachel Browne   The headmaster of the prestigious Kings School said he was not sorry about the way he handled the alleged sexual assault of a year 8 boy at Knox Grammar School in the 1980s.

'Preparing the ground for privatisation'

Workers paint an electricity pylon near Lymm, northern England February 18, 2015. Most British energy consumers who have not switched supplier and/or tariff have missed out on saving up to ?234 (US$360) a year a watchdog's report on competition in the industry showed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENERGY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Sean Nicholls   The government has been accused of trying to disguise the financial success of state-owned power companies to avoid the impression taxpayers will be losing profitable businesses if they are privatised.

Former Knox teacher believed to have fled 

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Knox teacher Chris Fotis.

Rick Feneley   Chris Fotis was supposed to give evidence at the royal commission into child abuse but no one has seen him for days.

Powerhouse site to be sold to developers

For sale: the Powerhouse Museum will be relocated in western Sydney.

Rose Powell   The state government will sell the Powerhouse Museum in Pyrmont to raise up to $200 million for the museum's relocation to Sydney's western suburbs.

'Stronger standalone national parks defender'

Protesters near Leard State Forest.

Peter Hannam   The Greens would immediately halt clearing of the Leard State Forest and restore Environment as a standalone department, according the party’s state election platform.

Highlights

Did Baird just hand Labor its campaign line?

The first leaders' debate of the 2015 state election campaign has put the Premier in a tight spot.

Victims of sex abuse say cries for help ignored

Knox Grammar School was more worried about its reputation than its pupils' plights when sexual abuse was alleged, a royal commission has been told.

The Accidental Leaders play their first gig

It must be tough playing a gig after the Foo Fighters but that's what happened to Accidental Leaders Luke Foley and Mike Baird.

Privatisation fears go from Baird to worse

Concerns are rising among voters about Premier Mike Baird's grand plan to partially privatise NSW electricity distribution and transmission businesses.

Easter Show: The good, the bag and the ugly

The good, the bad and the weird of this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show showbags.

Polls, wires and prices – smoke and mirrors

If there had been any doubt about the importance of electricity privatisation in this election it was dispelled when Mike Baird and Luke Foley went head to head. 

VIDEO

Hawkes calls Knox question 'offensive'

Headmaster of the prestigious King's School Tim Hawkes is forced to explain his actions while at Knox Grammar, during a royal commission in Sydney.

Sydney siege: Abbott says system let community down

At the release of the first report into the Sydney siege, the Prime Minister says the community was put at risk by a system which allowed Man Haron Monis to remain free.

Australia's bid to conquer Eurovision

Eurovision tragic Nikki Britton talks to punters about possible song and artist choices like John Farnham and Chet Faker for Australia's tilt at Europe's kitsch fest.