Baird shapes team to implement poles & wires plan

Sean Nicholls and Nicole Hasham 1:06 AM   Premier Mike Baird has announced a cabinet tailor-made to implement his election policy to partially privatise the NSW electricity network and $20 billion infrastructure plan in a major reshuffle after the reelection of the Coalition government.

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Obeid wives hit with $8m tax bill

Tax bill: Judy Obeid at her Hunters Hill home.

Kate McClymont 7:49 AM   Although they each list their occupation as "housewife", six members of the Obeid clan have been hit with a combined tax bill of almost $8 million, according to documents filed in the NSW Supreme Court.

Goward aims up at DV  prevention

"The Premier is right, we need to put so much more effort into prevention – to treat the causes, not just pick up the broken pieces after a tragedy": Pru Goward.

Rachel Olding 1:26 AM   A husband charged with stabbing his wife to death in south-west Sydney this week often posted lessons on walking away from violence and controlling one's anger.

Scots College's latest legal bid fails

Scots College launched a court challenge last year after Woollahra Council failed to approve its plans to convert a house into an  early learning centre.

Leesha McKenny 6:31 PM   A prestigious Sydney private school has failed to overturn the rejection of its expansion plans due to the "unsafe and risky" behaviour of parents.

'It's really out of character'

Missing: Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards was last seen on March 14.

4:32 PM   After more than two weeks of fruitless searching for signs of missing NSW teacher Sharon Edwards, police have revealed they are now treating her disappearance as a homicide.

'Pogo stick' murder accused to stand trial

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Stephanie Gardiner 3:04 PM   A man accused of abusing and murdering his girlfriend's seven-year-old son and blaming the death on an accidental fall from a pogo stick, will face trial in October.

Baird sinks the knife into NSW

NSW Premier Mike Baird is congratulated after newly elected MPs were introduced.

Nicole Hasham 12:46 AM   Freshly minted Premier Mike Baird introduced his new Liberal MPs and then took drastic action.

Five million people to live in Sydney

More than 80,000 extra people called Sydney home in 2013-14.

Matt Wade   The city grew by a record 84,230 people in 2013-14.

Sydney drivers spend four days in traffic a year

Tuesday and Wednesday morning were found to be the worst time on the city's roads.

Eryk Bagshaw 1:10 PM   Sydney drivers are spending almost four days a year stuck in traffic on the city's clogged roads.

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Remove restrictions on taxi industry: review

Taxi industry reform in most states and territories is long overdue, says the review.

Jacob Saulwick 11:33 AM   Taxi fares could fall as the industry is opened up to greater competition, according to the national review of competition policy, released on Tuesday by Small Business Minister Bruce Billson.

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NBN rolls out to dozens of NSW suburbs

NBN fibre-optic cables.

Esther Han 4:15 PM   Wynyard, Castle Hill and St Leonards are among 44 suburbs in New South Wales slated for National Broadband Network construction work next year.

Mother-of-four killed in front of daughter

Died in stabbing attack: Mother-of-four Salwa Haydar.

Emma Partridge, Rachel Olding   Salwa Haydar, 45, was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband Haydar Haydar, 58, at her Bexley home on Monday night.

Mother pleads guilty over 'pogo stick' death

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Louise Hall   A Sydney mother has admitted her seven-year-old son did not fall off a pogo stick, but was subject to neglect and physical abuse by herself and her boyfriend. Warning: graphic content

Union leader blasts 'crisis of policy' in Labor campaign

On the attack: Tim Ayres.

Sean Nicholls 10:11 AM   A senior Labor party official has blasted Labor's state election campaign as too responsive and declared the party is suffering from a "crisis of policy" following the loss of key inner city seats of Newtown and Balmain to the Greens.

Detective past of new museum boss

Rebecca Johnson has been appointed the new head of the Australian Museum Research Institute.

Nicky Phillips   Molecular geneticist Rebecca Johnson's first job at the Australian Museum was to solve a crime.

'Police impersonator' had crossbow

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POLICE LIGHTS.

Kristen Ochs   He tried to pull a driver over using a red and blue strobe light and then police swooped.

Sydney asset or harbourside error?

The White Bay Cruise Terminal.

Trisha Croaker   The White Bay Cruise Terminal has been labelled a 'great asset to Sydney's shoreline' and 'a serious error'. Is it both?

No bull: It's all about the hair

Gavin Iseppi works on the finer details of Red Ruba's pre-judging preparation.

Julie Power   "It takes months, and we get quite precious about it," said a cattle breeder as she paid $70 for a large container of hair volumiser.

Alarming rates of homophobia among teens

Alex Taylor is a transgender man; he was bullied at school due to his sexual identity. Beyond Blue has done some research into homophobia and young people. on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Michele Mossop/Fairfax Media)

Rachel Browne   A new study from mental health charity beyondblue has revealed high levels of homophobia among teenage boys, leading to depression and anxiety among young gay people.

Coca-Cola accused of 'greenwashing' 

"What we'd like to see is a cutback of promotions, particularly through sport, and remove it from schools": Jane Martin of Obesity Policy Coalition.

Esther Han   Coca-Cola has launched a green and lean spin-off to its best-selling drink in an attempt to claw back increasingly health-conscious consumers, dismaying health experts who say it is still sugar-laden.

Push to find the gene for anorexia

Scientists observe different responses to starvation: Research is being done into what sparks the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

Amy Corderoy   Thousands of people who have suffered from the anorexia nervosa will be asked to volunteer to have their genomes mapped as part of a global push to discover the genetic drivers of the condition.

Toddler had brain injury, bruising: inquest

Died from a brain injury:  Two-year-old Darcy Atkinson.

Paul Bibby   To-year-old Darcy Atkinson presented at Gosford Hospital with bruising, the stimulant Ritalin in his blood stream, and a severe brain injury that would claim his life soon after, a court has heard.

Highlights

'Stuck in the ice without even a latte'

Alexandra Shackleton never met her grandfather, the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton whose failed attempt 100 years ago to cross the Antarctic's vast interior is seen as one of the world's most epic tales of daring do.

Clip goes the auction, and clip goes the four-horned sheep

Australia once rode on the sheep's back, but these days many people don't understand what happens to the wool after that.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015: The ultimate map

The Sydney Royal Easter Show comes alive with our interactive map showcasing the Herald's best work

The Show's best rides

Where else can you adopt a hermit crab, purchase a sandstone wall and eat a 68cm hotdog just a few metres apart?

March among Sydney's warmest as city dries off

It may not have felt it but Sydney has just had one of its warmest March months on record with the city also clearly on the dry side.

Interactive: election results, seat by seat

Follow all the results across NSW using our election interactive.

NSW Election pendulum - lower and upper house

Pendulum graphics showing the NSW state election results in the lower and upper houses.

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Vietnamese businessman murdered, say police

Paul Nguyen was last seen leaving the Hilton Hotel on May 1 2014 but police say he may have been killed because of his links to organised crime.

Shorten weighs in on Martin Ferguson debate

The Labor leader says a full investigation must occur to determine whether Martin Ferguson actively cooperated with the Liberal Party to damage NSW Labor's election prospects.

Fatal stabbing in Bexley

RAW VISION: Police seal off area where a woman was stabbed to death and a teenager injured at a house in Sydney's south on Monday night..