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Police probe link to shooting at George Williams' home

Carl Williams and his father George leaving court in 2004.

John Silvester, Tammy Mills, Daniella Miletic and Rania Spooner 6:31 AM   Police are investigating possible links between the shooting of a policeman in Moonee Ponds and a drive-by shooting on the home of George Williams, father of the dead underworld killer, Carl Williams.

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Liam Mannix 6:29 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Level crossings: Labor to push on despite upper house pressure

Labor vows to push on with level crossing removals despite upper house pressure

Alana Schetzer and Richard Willingham 11:36 PM   The state government has declared it will go ahead with plans to remove nine level crossings in Melbourne's south-east, despite the Coalition blocking the Port of Melbourne sale that would have funded the multi-billion dollar project.

Bridges help squirrel gliders make roadside rendezvous

A squirrel glider crosses the wildlife bridge  over the Hume Highway near Longwood.

Bridie Smith 10:58 PM   "Animal bridges" spanning a four-lane interstate freeway have resulted in a glider generation with parents from both sides of the bitumen.

Charges laid over fatal stabbing in Werribee

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Beau Donelly 7:53 PM   Two men have been arrested over the stabbing death of a man in Melbourne's west at the weekend.

Post Office bandit on loose

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Beau Donelly 7:33 PM   A man is on the run after an armed robbery at a post office in Melbourne's south-east on Tuesday afternoon.

Defence lawyer tells of "terrifying" MRC riots

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Tammy Mills 7:28 PM   A Melbourne judge told a defence lawyer she hoped last week's "terrifying" prison riots would be a lesson to his client in not coming back to jail during a sentencing hearing on Monday.

Police to extradite WA man over historic sex assault

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Beau Donelly 6:39 PM   A man wanted over a sexual assault in Melbourne's north-east 26 years ago has been arrested in Western Australia.

Fatal car crash near Colac

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Beau Donelly 6:28 PM   A man has died in a single car collision near Colac, south-west of Melbourne.

Officer shot with blatant disregard for human life: police union head

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Nino Bucci 6:00 PM   The head of the police union called Tuesday's shooting a callous act performed by someone with a "blatant disregard for human life".

Danger in the Dark: the Moonee Ponds police shooting

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John Silvester 5:58 PM   A Special Operations Group officer once remarked he felt his job was safe compared to police on the road doing routine patrols. "Out on the street anything can happen," he said.

Police hunt bandit

Police want to speak to this man over the alleged theft of bows and arrows and credit cards.

Beau Donelly 5:45 PM   Police are hunting a man wanted over the theft of bows and arrows in Melbourne's north-west and for using stolen credit cards in the city's south-east.

Tram routes changed, abolished in shake-up to ease congestion

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Alana Schetzer 5:34 PM   Three of Melbourne's busiest tram routes will be changed dramatically – and one scrapped – as part of a public transport shake-up aimed to increased capacity towards the city's booming western suburbs.

Cars still rule in Melbourne where 35 per cent use public transport

Just 35 per cent of Melburnians travel to work on public transport.

Aisha Dow 5:30 PM   Average commute times in Melbourne increased by less than three minutes over eight years, even though car use in Victoria's capital has almost overtaken Sydney.

Victoria puts up $4m to combat family violence

Women who make the difficult decision to leave a violent relationship need help not extra hurdles, but it seems that is what they are getting.

Benjamin Preiss 5:12 PM   A new group of family violence workers will work with Victoria Police in responding to referrals of domestic abuse.

A cool start for hot models: David Jones casts its net for new talent

Models at a casting call for David Jones' spring/summer launch.

Jessica Wright 4:41 PM    On a frigid Melbourne day, models strip to bikinis for a chance at stardom.

Melbourne woman dies from injuries suffered in horror crash

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Beau Donelly 4:04 PM   An elderly woman who was critically injured two weeks ago in a horrific five-car crash in Melbourne's north has died in hospital.

Man pleads guilty to Cobram service station stabbing death

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Mark Russell 3:36 PM   A man who claimed he was beaten and sexually abused by refugee camp guards in Saudi Arabia has admitted fatally stabbing a stranger outside a Cobram service station in Victoria's north.

A father loved, and mourned, as violence ripples through a community

Roger Bertocci's family: mother Mirella, his wife Helen and daughters Ashlee, 14, and Brylee, almost 2.

Miki Perkins 3:29 PM   When Helen Agapitos, then 19, first laid eyes on the man she would one day marry - and later mourn - he was dancing.

Myki card readers set to be upgraded at Flinders Street Station

Slow Myki card readers have infuriated passengers across Melbourne for years

Alana Schetzer 2:48 PM   One of train passenger's biggest gripes - slow Myki card readers at Melbourne's busiest train stations - is being fixed.

Three children taken to hospital after a possible carbon monoxide leak on a boat at Lakes Entrance

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Daniella Miletic 2:07 PM   Three children have been taken to hospital after a possible carbon monoxide leak on a boat at Lakes Entrance.

For police on the street, anything can happen

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07:  Forensic Investigators inspect a burnt out vehicle in North Coburg. The car was allegedly used in a police shooting in Moonee Ponds on July 7, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Fairfax Media)

John Silvester 1:07 PM   A Special Operations Group officer once remarked he felt his job was safe compared to police on the road doing routine patrols.

Police dress up as posties to catch ice addicts

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Mark Russell and Tammy Mills 12:35 PM   Three ice addicts caught in a police sting where undercover officers posed as Australia Post delivery drivers have been jailed for smuggling precursor chemicals into Melbourne from Hong Kong.

Anatomy of an electricity bill - where does the money go?

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Marc Moncrief 12:25 PM   Just where does the money from your electricity bill go? It pays for electricity, you might think. Not really, according to a report released this morning by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. More and more of it is going straight to the pockets of your power retailer.

Victoria and California to share bushfire and drought plans

Members of the CFA put out smothering fires after a fast moving bushfire took out at least 3 homes in the Melbourne north east suburb of Warrandyte, Monday Feb. 10, 2014. A total fire ban is in place across .(AAP Image/Joe Castro)

Richard Willingham 12:03 PM   US and Australian states have much in common in climates and hazards.

Police officer shot after attempting to intercept a car in Melbourne's north-west

The burnt out car was found in an industrial area in Coburg North.

Rania Spooner, Nino Bucci and Daniella Miletic 11:59 AM   A policeman was shot in the back of his head as part of a drive-by shooting in Melbourne's north-west early on Tuesday.

Mobile phone exam cheats' VCE grades downgraded

Five students were punished for "serious breaches" of VCE exam rules in 2014.

Henrietta Cook 11:11 AM   The number of students cheating continued to decline in 2014.

Tinker Bell gets a hearing aid as parents fight to be heard

Makies, a 3D printing toy maker, answered a campaign calling for greater diversity in the toy box with a new range of dolls, including the world's first doll with a facial birthmark.

Daniella Miletic 9:30 AM   A new action group is fighting to make disability in toys more common by using a social media campaign to lobby the big toy makers, particularly Lego. Started by journalist Rebecca Atkinson, the campaign, called Toy Like Me, aims to create a new generation of toys for all children.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Liam Mannix 7:37 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running – news, weather and transport updates, plus compelling content from The Age and beyond.

No more green information buttons at railway stations - now it's four-metre totems

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Liam Mannix 7:32 AM   No more pressing the green button at railway stations. Now, you'll touch the four-metre totem.

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.

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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.