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'I trusted you with my son'

The Wynnum Magistrates Court heard a man dumped the dirty items outside his housemate's room, sparking an altercation.

Adam Cooper 2:34 PM   Father of a sexually abused man says he is "tortured" by the thought that his intellectually disabled son cannot communicate what happened to him.

Coldest winter in 26 years keeps a tight grip on Melbourne

Winter chills: Don't forget your scarf today.

Daniella Miletic 2:27 PM   Even now, on the 92nd day of winter, the cold is refusing to loosen it's white-knuckle grip on poor Melbourne.

Farewell Denis Napthine, master of the cheesy photo op

The ultimate Denis Napthine pic opp posing in woolen underpants made by a clothing company from his electorate

Tom Cowie 1:54 PM   When it came to hamming it up for the cameras, not many could match it with Denis Napthine.

Good Samaritan murdered in brazen, brutal attack by three men, court hears

Luke Mitchell was attacked after he tried to protect his sister-in-law.

Mark Russell 1:53 PM   Three Thai nationals allegedly murdered a good Samaritan during a brazen, brutal attack involving the use of extreme and mindless violence, a court has heard.

Rocket launchers, grenades among cache of weapons found in Gippsland

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Tammy Mills 1:34 PM   Rocket launchers and hand grenades reportedly among 140 weapons found by police at a property in Gippsland.

Former premier Denis Napthine retires from politics

Denis Napthine with his wife Peggy during the 2014 Victorian State Election.

Richard Willingham 1:15 PM   Former premier Denis Napthine's 27 year parliamentary career is over.

180 years of Melbourne: The Age's 8 most dramatic front pages, stories and images

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The Best of the Age pics.

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Liam Mannix 12:51 PM   The city we love is 180 years old on Sunday. To celebrate Melbourne Day (it's actually called that), we've combed the Age's archives to bring you the most dramatic front pages, stories and images from our publishing history. Our first edition was in 1854, less than 20 years after John Batman arrived in Port Phillip.

Wider CityLink to pump tens of thousands more cars into suburbs

Traffic builds up on the Tullamarine Freeway.

Adam Carey 9:37 AM   Widening CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway will trigger a huge increase in congestion across Melbourne's north-west and the inner city, with traffic volumes on some arterial roads in the suburbs predicted to rise more than 200 per cent.

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Melbourne Express: Monday, August 31, 2015

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Deborah Gough 9:26 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.

Firefighters turn hose on axe-wielding arsonist


Robyn Grace 7:18 AM   An axe-wielding man has gone on a fire-lighting rampage in Melbourne's north, threatening firefighters and robbing two people before being apprehended by the police dog squad.

Charter schools would boost grades in Australia: new report

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Timna Jacks 12:08 AM   US-style privately-owned public schools should be rolled out in Australia in order to boost academic standards, a new report by libertarian think-tank, the Centre for Independent Studies argues.

Country-boy doc was a witness to history

President John F Kennedy in the moments before he was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Todd Ackerman 9:03 PM   James Duke

Caves and their secrets were just part of conservationist’s pursuits

Elery maintained a lifelong passion for caves and karst systems.

Simone Elder 8:23 PM   Elery Hamilton-Smith, AM

New animal cruelty laws target greyhound industry

Greyhound trainers using live animals as bait in training will be targeted under new laws to be introduced by the Andrews government.

Richard Willingham 12:15 AM   Tougher punishments will be meted out to animal abusers, including greyhound trainers using live animals as bait in training, under new laws to be introduced by the Andrews government.

War widows pay tribute to fallen at Shrine of Remembrance

June Seeber, front, and Sharon Percival say many of the widows look after each other.

Steve Lillebuen 7:47 PM   Widows have remembered fallen solders at the Shrine of Remembrance on Sunday as Legacy Week begins.

Mildura residents farewell beloved 'Nikki noodle'

Nikki Francis-Coslovich

Toni Brient, Mildura 6:58 PM   They couldn't save little Nikki Francis-Coslovich, but the residents of Mildura's Oram Court are doing everything they can to ensure she gets the send-off she deserves.

Operation Border Force: Worried multicultural communities contacted Premier

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Richard Willingham, Lisa Cox 6:57 PM   Multicultural community leaders called Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews distressed about the Australian Border Force's plans to for a visa-checking blitz in Melbourne - and he praised their response.

The system robbed my son, says grieving mother

Aaron Short (right) died from a heroin overdose.

Chloe Booker 12:15 AM   Unable to get adequate help for their son with tragic consequences, a grieving family has gone public in their grief to point out gaps in the healthcare system.

Charlton's pool hall and club in CBD fined $25,000 for disabling fire alarms

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Clay Lucas 6:42 PM   An increase in the number of city businesses disabling their fire alarms to prevent being billed thousands of dollars by the fire brigade for false alarms has led to the first prosecution under laws clamping down on the dangerous practice.

Muslims still feel welcome in Bendigo despite anti-Islam rally

An anti-mosque protester yells over police lines at the rally.

Patrick Hatch 5:52 PM   Hundreds of anti-Islam protesters who gathered to decry the planned construction of a mosque in Bendigo failed to make Muslims feel unwelcome there, the town's mayor says.

Teenagers found after spending night lost in Yarra Ranges National Park

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Patrick Hatch   Three teenage boys who went missing in the Yarra Ranges National Park on Saturday have been found safe.

Port Melbourne fire: men treated for smoke inhalation at Bay Street shop

Firefighters on Bay Street, Port Melbourne, on Sunday morning.

Patrick Hatch   A large fire has broken out at a shop in Port Melbourne, cloaking the area in thick smoke.

Melbourne Express: Sunday, August 30

"There is a chance some thunderstorms will make it over the ranges and drop into Sydney."

Daniella Miletic   All the news you need to know before you get out of bed.

Designer pair push Australiana to the edge for fashion week

Lia Tabrah and Kate Geck bring their love of Australiana to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Suzanne Carbone   If two rebel fashionistas were in a rock band, they'd be called Kids in the Kitschen.

LGBTI acting

Ellen Page: Stop calling straight actors 'brave' for playing gay characters

Ellen Page: "I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person."

"I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be."

Search for boys missing in Yarra Ranges

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Goya Dmytryshchak   Police and SES crews are searching for three boys missing in the Upper Yarra Reservoir Park in Reefton.


Chvrches frontwoman hits back at online trolls

Lauren Mayberry: "The response to the video, that to me just seemed ludicrous."

Kate Ferguson   Lauren Mayberry was threatened with rape and branded a slut and a whore after release of new video.

Green scare: Labor and Liberals rethink strategies in Victoria

Greens state member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell.

Farrah Tomazin   The rising threat of the Greens is forcing the major parties to dramatically rethink their political strategies, with Labor considering moving a key minister from the inner city and the Liberal Party ramping up efforts to safeguard its blue ribbon seats.

$200k Colombian hit on Mick Gatto

Mick Gatto, target of a  $200,000 hit.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago   South American gang bosses believe Mick Gatto was responsible for a shipping container full of contraband going missing from Melbourne docks.


Victoria: the education state, or ghetto?

Daniel Andrews needs to show that he cares about state schools.

Get on board, get on the bus

Driving to work is a tedious affair, but it has its compensations.

City's rail system is broken but who will pay to fix it?

Yes, the system is broken, but it is difficult to know who to blame for breaking it.

Why Melbourne's growth  is outpacing Sydney's

People could be flocking here for the coffee and cool bars. Or something else entirely.

The Hotel Windsor has become a political football

Bureaucratic obstructions are likely to result in an own-goal for heritage lovers.

Tobacco ban in prisons won't work

Rather than incite unrest, Andrews should make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.


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.