The 10,000 people to thank for our improving rivers

Lucy Cormack 2:28 AM   When Diana Hill moved to Rhodes 40 years ago, the smell was appalling. Not any more.

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Over-crowded schools accept foreign students

International students

Alexandra Smith 7:16 AM   International full-fee paying students are studying the most over-crowded schools in Sydney at the same time as the NSW Department of Education clamps down on out-of-area enrolments.

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'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

David Borger of the Sydney Business Chamber.

Melanie Kembrey and Matt Wade 1:30 AM    One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.

Opal card data handed to police, immigration

Opal

Kelsey Munro 7:37 PM   The Department of Transport has handed over the personal information of dozens of Opal card users to police and immigration authorities.

'Let's face it, we've all been young some time'

Nora Pasfield 84 (left) and Annabelle McClean 23 (right) at Nora's home in Manly. Both agree with the home share proposal where the elderly and the young house share.

Peter Munro   Nora Pasfield, 84, and Annabelle McClean, 23, could become the modern-day Australian odd couple.

Labor calls for cooling-off  for bureaucrats

Dr Rohan Hammett was appointed as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers after leaving his job as NSW Health deputy director-general.

Nicole Hasham 12:15 AM   The opposition is pressuring government to tighten rules for public servants who move to the corporate sector.

Wran's son in court for bigger slice of estate

The estate of former NSW premier the late Neville Wran is estimated to be worth $40 million.

Louise Hall 11:44 PM   The 68-year-old adopted son of former premier Neville Wran is taking his stepmother to court for a larger slice of the late Labor giant's estimated $40m estate.

Abolition of QC was 'sneaking republicanism'

Reverend Fred Nile said the abolition of the title of QC more than two decades ago was part of an agenda of "sneaking republicanism".

Michaela Whitbourn 12:15 AM   Reverend Fred Nile says he is "strongly in favour" of a return to the title of Queen's Counsel for senior barristers.

Hurstville mayor's asbestos trouble

Hurstville mayor Con Hindi is facing fines in excess of $7000 for repeated failures to comply with orders from his own council staff to remediate his site.

Kate McClymont 5:45 PM   Property-developing Hurstville mayor Con Hindi has been given until 9am on Monday to provide records as to how he disposed of asbestos on a site in Crump Street, Mortdale.

The art of imagination

Image shows - Cobie Moore.  The Imagine Me Project is an innovative creative awareness-raising project for people who are living with a spinal cord injury. The Imagine Me pilot project was a collaboration between lead artist Sue Murray and a group of individuals living with spinal cord injury. PHOTO: Imagine Me Pilot Project

Rachel Browne 5:30 PM   Brett Henman never thought of himself as a particularly artistic person but when the former bricklayer from Mount Druitt picked up a camera and started to work on his self-portrait he was amazed by the result.

'Green' light bulb moment for councils

New LED street lights will save western Sydney councils an estimated $21 million over 20 years.

Lucy Cormack   Nine Sydney councils are getting ready to turn off the lights – 13,000 of them – to save more than $20 million.

The determination of the Father of Federation

Ian Thorm (above right) among four Generations of Sir Henry Parkes descendants at Centennial Park.

Peter Munro 12:30 AM   He stood six feet tall in his socks, with a head shaped like a mammoth goose egg, big end up, it was said. Sir Henry Parkes seemed to lend himself to such flourishes.

Unfixable problems and being mortal

Atul Gawande, from Boston, is in Sydney to talk about his most recent book <i>Being Mortal</i>.

Amy Corderoy 2:18 AM   Atul Gawande is thinking about death. Which is a funny thing, really, because he's the type of doctor who gives you the feeling he would definitely save your life.

Call for ban on track work for major events

Trackwork should not occur during major events, tourism advocates say.

Jacob Saulwick   The state's tourism lobby says work on the rail system in Sydney should not occur during major events such as the Vivid festival.

Child grooming charges after police sting

Police.

Lisa Visentin   A 54-year-old man has been charged with child grooming offences in Newcastle after an undercover police sting operation.

The seven roads choking the NSW economy

Heavy traffic on Victoria Road.

Mathew Dunckley and Jacob Saulwick   Audit spotlights transport networks as needing serious attention to cope with a growing population.

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ICAC action on Macdonald 'invalid'

ICAC did not have the power to mount a prosecution against former NSW minister Ian Macdonald, a court has ruled.

Michaela Whitbourn   A court has ruled that the Independent Commission Against Corruption invalidly commenced criminal proceedings against disgraced former Labor mining minister Ian Macdonald.

Callan Park: It's 'demolition by neglect'

Balmain MP Jamie Parker has called on the minister to take action, saying the government has left the 60 hectare harbourside site in limbo.

Deborah Snow   Uncertainty about the future of Callan Park is set to intensify following Sydney University's refusal to rule out the withdrawal of its College of the Arts from the area.

'We are going to smash her'

Murder victim: Colleen Deborah Ayers.

Louise Hall   Ice user Michael Duffy replied 'Yeah OK' when Colleen Ayers' murderer told him, 'We are going to smash her", a court has been told.

Walsh Bay revamp gets green light

An artist's impression of Walsh Bay's new culture and arts hub.

Kate Aubusson   A multimillion-dollar plan has to transform Walsh Bay into a world-class arts precinct has been given the green light by the NSW government.

Plan to remove nurses from nursing homes

Jocelyn Hofman, a registered nurse from the Blue Mountains, is concerned changes to nursing laws could be dangerous for residents in nursing homes.

Amy Corderoy   Jocelyn Hofman has faced a lot in her career. But after nearly 30 years looking after nursing home residents, she is scared.

Wintry burst on the way for Sydney

Hold on: one rough day before conditions settle again.

Peter Hannam   A blast of wintry weather will most likely make Friday a wet one in Sydney.

Highlights

Let the axe throwing begin

It was a long and hard-fought battle, but the team behind Australia's first urban axe throwing venue can finally don lumberjack shirts, raise hatchets and let the lobbing commence.

First Australia-grown crop of medicinal marijuana to be planted

The first Australian-grown crop of medicinal cannabis will be exported from Norfolk Island from 2016.

The five charts that show why 2015 is going to be a scorcher

The world remains on course for another record hot year with the first four months of 2015 setting a new high for temperatures and more signals indicating the emerging El Nino event will be a strong one.

Aboriginal 'fighters' dying before land claims solved as backlog grows

More than three decades ago Ernie Gordon's father made a claim over a parcel of dusty scrub land in outback New South Wales.

The Block, the violence and the feud blocking Mick Mundine's vision

Violence and intimidation, claim and counter-claim. Rick Feneley reports on the ruins of The Block and a divided Aboriginal community.

Jobs after politics need far more scrutiny

The system designed to oversee the ministerial code of conduct seems reasonable – but it comes with a loophole.

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Police seize guns, drugs and cash

Police arrest six people in a series of raids across Sydney overnight, seizing drugs, firearms and approximately $100,000 cash.

Labor MP slams Paramatta growth plan

Parramatta is too congested as it is, and plans for more development will only make it worse says Labor MP Ed Husic.

Sydney says Aloha to Polynesian canoe Hokule'a

Traditional Polynesian canoe Hokule'a entered Darling Harbour on Tuesday, the wind-powered vessel's latest stop on its 47,000 nautical mile journey around the world.