Arrest rate rises but so too does drug use

Amy Corderoy, Emma Partridge 3:46 PM   NSW has reached a new milestone for the number of people using illicit drugs.

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Temperatures on the way up: Summer-like end to spring

Maddy, 2, and Casey Matthews-James, 4, from England enjoy an outing to Batemans Bay this week. The temperatures will start to climb from Saturday, reaching the mid-30s in western Sydney.

Peter Hannam 4:44 PM   Time to start planning that picnic or an early-season dip into the ocean as spring draws to a near-perfect close.

Lower bills as energy regulator clamps down 

Customers could have lower bills as the energy regulator clamps down on network charges.

Esther Han   More than $210 could be shaved off the annual electricity bill for NSW households, and $360 for small businesses, if the national energy regulator’s proposed price restrictions are implemented next year.

Countdown timers welcomed by pedestrians

A trial will test the benefits of crossing timers in NSW.

Pallavi Singhal 5:48 PM   Pedestrians have welcomed the trial of countdown timers at six busy intersections in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood.

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Grandmother shot dead at front door

Helen Dawson Key was shot dead through her screen door.

Megan Levy 8:47 AM   She lived in same house for 30 years and loved lawn bowls. Police are stumped as to why Helen Dawson Key was killed.

Call for review after paedophile gets bail

Bail: Former chief executive of Bega Cheese Maurice van Ryn.

Emma Partridge, Ben Smyth 6:49 PM   The NSW Attorney-General has called for an urgent review after the former head of Bega Cheese was granted bail after admitting he sexually abused six underage boys.

Booming Sydney carries national economy

Lead role: Sydney is driving the national economy.

Matt Wade 6:02 AM   The economy of greater Sydney expanded 4.3 per cent in 2013-14 – its fastest growth rate in 14 years.

'Mum, I've just seen on Facebook ...'

Family anguish: Karmah Jayne Hall.

Rachel Browne   A schoolgirl's grieving mother is appalled that she learnt of her child's death on social media.

Mother avoids jail after killing boy

Killed: Akshaaye Revin.

Emma Partridge   A Sydney mother has avoided going to jail after she hit and killed a six-year-old boy outside Carlingford Public School last December.

Killer carer almost certain to die in jail 


Paul Bibby   A carer and gambling addict who murdered the elderly man she was looking after will almost certainly die in custody after being sentenced to at least 19 years in jail.

Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime 

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Sean Nicholls   Large scale seizures of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines by police do not reduce the number of overdoses or arrests for possession and use of the drugs, a major Australian study has found.

New contender for Sydney's tallest home

An artist's impression of Sydney's proposed tallest residential tower.

Leesha McKenny   Sydney has a new contender for the mantle of the city's tallest residential tower.

NSW Ambulance under fire over Hughes

Paramedics treat Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Scott Parker   Paramedics took 15 minutes to reach Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday as he lay critically injured on the field, and it took two calls to triple-0 to get them there.

Junior cricket clubs call for extra regulations

On their guard: Young players Aroon Patha and Akash Yousuf practise at Centennial Park.

Julie Power   Junior cricket clubs have called for the introduction of a compulsory time out after any hit to the head, and warned parents and members of the need for young players to wear a helmet.

Tree-clearing rules tightened amid abuse

Trees felled in Gladesville under the 10/50 law. The state government has now tightened the vegetation-clearing rules.

Peter Hannam   The Baird government has tightened vegetation clearing rules in fire-prone areas less than four months after their introduction after being flooded with calls of unnecessary tree culling in Sydney's suburbs.

Self-parking cars - a vision of the future

Borrowed time: parking demand will decrease, says Morris Miselowski.

Michael Koziol   The great Sydney tradition of searching for a place to park your car may soon come to an end, futurist Morris Miselowski will tell a Parking Australia business lunch on Thursday.

Gillard questions 'questionable'  comment

Former prime minister Julia Gillard,

Anna Patty   Counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions has agreed that Julia Gillard's conduct as a lawyer may not have prevented her former boyfriend's misuse of a slush fund linked to the AWU.

Bali 'poisoning': mother tells of ordeal

Jason Tuckwell got sick in Bali after drinking what was believed to be methanol.

Sam Rigney   The mother of a Stockton teenager who suffered suspected methanol poisoning while celebrating schoolies in Bali has warned of the dangers of drink-spiking on the popular tourist island.

CSIRO maps the earth beneath our feet

Red: The distance until soil reaches bedrock varies from 0 to 67.5 metres. Darker colours show greater depth.

Conrad Walters   A gargantuan effort by the CSIRO to map the condition of Australia's soil is unique in the world.

Australians unite in 'Band Aid' for refugees

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Josh Dye   Prominent Australian artists have united to release a song calling on children to be released from detention. 

ICAC bids to re-instate corruption findings

Cleared: RAMS Home Loans founder John Kinghorn.

Michaela Whitbourn   The ICAC has launched a court bid to reinstate corruption findings against former RAMS Home Loans founder John Kinghorn.


Why our children should play cricket this weekend

"Mum, you have to yell out when I am on 63 so I can retire."

Summits won't solve city's Jumbo problem

Last week's Bays Precinct summit seemed to echo the G20 in delivering stern international wisdom to the home team. Sadly, there's some doubt whether the home team was, well, home.

More roads for Sydney not a solution for this century

Premier Mike Baird is going to the March election with an enormous, albeit hypothetical, treasure chest.

The Baird Ultimatum: Vote for me or the infrastructure gets it

Mike Baird's pitch on Tuesday can be summed up as: "Vote for me and my electricity privatisation plan or the infrastructure gets it".

Sydney's cycleways: delays, changes and inferior outcomes

The popular College Street bike lane is expected to be replaced by an inferior - and possibly more dangerous - alternative.

Auburn branch stacking scandal a test case for 'new' NSW ALP

Cut-price memberships seemed a good way to boost Labor membership in NSW. But at what cost?


Man 'ecstatic' over Facebook defamation win

Online comments can spread within minutes says plaintiff Nick Polias who was awarded $340,000 after suing his former poker playing friends for defamatory comments made on Facebook.

Tributes for Phillip Hughes

Tributes from prime ministers past and present, team mates, cricket legends and more poured in for Test cricketer Phillip Hughes who passed away on Thursday from head injury.

Pedestrian countdown: will it work?

New pedestrian countdown timers being trialled at six busy intersections in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood are a welcome addition says many city walkers.