Friends pay tribute to teens killed in crash

Three teenagers from the same football and netball club have been killed and another seriously injured.

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Shoppers evacuated from Target after fire in Bourke Street store

Shoppers were evacuated after a fire at Bourke Street Target

Liam Mannix 3:34 PM   Shoppers have been evacuated from the city's Target store after a small fire on Thursday afternoon.

New pet shop rules to stop puppy farms come into force

Torro was purchased from a Perth puppy store and was later found to have come from a puppy farm.

Marc Moncrief 3:10 PM   Pet shops must keep detailed records on every dog and cat they sell as part of the state government's bid to shut down so-called "puppy farms".

Rain delay boosts farm, helps businesses

 Richard Beggs on his Western Districts farm, Nareeb Nareeb Merino Stud.

Darren Gray 2:38 PM   It was a little frustrating at the time, that rainy week in May, coming as it did in the midst of shearing.

Elderly father trapped for days with dead son: police

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2:23 PM   An infirm elderly man has spent up to four days trapped in a chair inside his Geelong home after his carer son died.

Judge rejects claim PTSD led to mistaken guilty plea

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Mark Russell 1:34 PM   A Supreme Court judge has rejected claims by a Sudanese man that he had mistakenly pleaded guilty to murdering his former partner because he suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome.

False Friends

Anti-Islam group deregistered for masquerading as domestic violence group

Rally against racism protesters clash with Reclaim Australia protesters at Federation Square in April.

Bianca Hall 12:59 PM   An anti-Islam organisation has been deregistered, after it was found to be posing as an advocacy group for domestic violence victims.

Asbestos victim launches lawsuit against Wunderlich cement factory

The Wunderlich factory in McIntyre Road, Sunshine North in 1956.

Nick Toscano 12:46 PM   A Melbourne man suffering lung disease has launched legal action against the notorious Wunderlich cement factory in Sunshine North for allegedly exposing him to deadly asbestos dust.

Fire at Ravenhall prison as unrest continues over smoking ban

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Melbourne remand centre.

Marissa Calligeros, Richard Willingham 12:40 PM   Prisoners have lit another fire at the Ravenhall prison in Melbourne's west, in the third day of unrest at the facility.

Business graduate Max Gubbins makes mark in agriculture

Max Gubbins has followed the signs on his family farm and chosen farming career.

Darren Gray 12:10 PM   He studied commerce at university, worked in business in Melbourne and like many young Australians in his early 20s, enjoyed a lengthy overseas odyssey travelling through Europe.

Rug up, it feels like 5 degrees

About 6 centimetres of snow fell at Mt Buller overnight.

Marissa Calligeros 11:38 AM   The rain may have eased, but Melburnians are facing a rather chilly Thursday, the weather bureau says.

Stripper killer fails in bid for freedom

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Mark Russell 10:41 AM   The man who strangled Melbourne's most famous stripper and prostitute Johanna "Jazzy O" Martin has lost his last-ditch bid for freedom.

Victorian solar feed-in-tariff set to be cut for 2016

Tilting: Victorians with solar PV were once paid as much as 60 cents per kilowatt-hour before tariff arrangements were changed in 2012.

Tom Arup 10:13 AM   Victorian households with rooftop solar could get as little as five cents a kilowatt-hour for the power they pump back into the grid next year, under a proposed decision by the state's Essential Services Commission.

St Kilda West leads charge in big property price boom

Agent Adrian Wood sold this St Kilda West home in February for $2.2 million - a long way off the $17,000 houses like it traded for the last time it sold in 1976. A new Valuer-General report shows St Kilda West house prices shot up 58 per cent last year alone.

Clay Lucas 9:28 AM   A big jump in what Victorians paid for houses and apartments in 2014, according to new official state government sales records, has put the spotlight firmly back on whether Australians are being priced out of home ownership.

Melbourne Express: Thursday July 2, 2015

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Tom Cowie 9:02 AM   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Man shot in leg in Geelong

A police cordon.

Marissa Calligeros 9:00 AM   A man is in hospital after being shot in the leg in Geelong on Wednesday night.

New Victorian Governor a first in more ways than one

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and Linda Dessau AM, Linda  is sworn in as the 29th Governor of Victoria at Government house. 1st July 2015. Fairfaxmedia The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

Shane Green 10:31 PM   Linda Dessau has made history boldly, becoming Victoria's first female Governor. Yet there is another first that needs to be acknowledged and celebrated: she is also the state's first Jewish Governor.

Another twist in the Julie Ann Garciacelay cold case, 40 years on

Julie Garciacelay disappeared from her Carlton flat 40 years ago and has not been seen since.

Nino Bucci 10:27 PM   Julie Ann Garciacelay was sitting in her North Melbourne flat having a drink with a former boxer, a career criminal and a crime reporter.

Second Aussie killed fighting with Kurds

Gold Coast man Reece Harding, 23, was killed after he stood on a land mine while fighting IS in Syria.

Karlis Salna 9:30 PM   Tony Abbott has warned people considering taking up arms against Islamic State to resist the urge, after a second Australian was killed alongside Kurdish forces fighting the extremist group.

Washing smalls a big boon to homeless spirits

Clean streets: Tony Bautista (left) and Michael Jager (middle) take their clothes out of the washer ready for the drier from the mobile van Orange Sky Laundry as Steve Cook (right) looks on.

Carolyn Webb 8:52 PM   Street people and charities have lauded a new free mobile laundry service for the homeless that has started in Melbourne.

Trains suspended on Werribee line

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Craig Butt 7:33 PM   The Werribee and Williamstown lines have been suspended after a person was hit by a train.

Government faces $1m compensation bill over Point Nepean

Protesters at Point Nepean last year objecting to the proposal to develop the quarantine station site.

Tom Arup 7:03 PM   The Andrews government is facing a compensation bill of up to $1 million after negotiations to wind back a resort development in the Point Nepean National Park fell over, killing the project.

School councils set for a shake-up

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Henrietta Cook, Timna Jacks 6:43 PM   Parents could be the new frontline in the fight against corruption in schools, with new training being rolled out to help school councils identify fraud.

Two cars involved in fiery crash in Melbourne's south

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Liam Mannix 6:31 PM   Two cars have been involved in a flaming collision in Melbourne's south.

Police investigate motorcycle pursuit and death

The motorcyclist was killed at the scene, just 100 to 200 metres from where police first put on their lights and sirens.

Deborah Gough 5:31 PM   A motorcyclist has died in a head-on collision just "seconds" after police attempted to intercept the rider in a suburb in Melbourne's south-east.

Fresh fires at Metropolitan Remand Centre after prison riot quelled

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Melbourne remand centre.

Tom Cowie, Nino Bucci, Rania Spooner 5:30 PM   Fire crews are again on the scene of a blaze at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall, a day after inmates rioted and lit fires at the prison.

Bass Strait pipes and wrecks seal deal for hungry fur seals

An Australian fur seal on Kanowna Island in Bass Strait.

Bridie Smith 6:15 AM   A study looking at the feeding behaviour of Australian fur seals in Bass Strait has found the animals benefit from the shipwrecks, pipelines and cables in their underwater world.

Civil libertarians air concerns over family violence offender register

Civil liberties groups have expressed reservations about a Victoria Police proposal for a family violence register.

Bianca Hall 4:48 PM   Civil libertarians say a Victoria Police proposal for a register of domestic violence offenders, that could be accessed by the public, could be open to abuse.

A new governor with new purpose

Linda Dessau AM, the 29th Governor of Victoria, is driven by purpose. Fairfaxmedia The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

Jeremiah Ganicoche 4:27 PM   The inauguration of Victoria's first female Governor was conducted with the fanfare and ceremony due the occasion but there was the definite air of purpose for the new Governor.

Car parts maker underpaid migrant $16,000

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Nick Toscano 12:15 AM   A Melbourne car parts manufacturer has been forced to reimburse an exploited migrant worker who was grossly underpaid below the minimum wage and denied penalty rates for more than four years.

Opinion

Port plan suffers under aggressive politics

It is the new template for political opposition in Australia: bash the bejesus out of your opponents.

Andrews needs to act on Cesar Melhem allegations

As the allegations against Labor's upper-house whip pile up, Daniel Andrews looks like a man in hiding.

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

Despite rapes, deaths and neglect in care, the disability sector is obsessed with self-protection.

Video

A Golden Age of China at NGV

Gallery throws its doors open for a major exhibition showcasing Chinese treasures from the 1700s.

Females 'shouldn't be alone in parks'

The public, especially females, should be cautious following the brazen stabbing murder.

Abbott: 'I just want to see the East-West link built'

Prime Minister won't confirm if Victoria will lose the $1.5bn pledged towards the East West Link.