Barak portrait to tower over Melbourne

Aisha Dow 7:25 AM   After six months under wraps, a 31-storey portrait of indigenous leader William Barak was momentarily revealed to the world on Monday.

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Alleged burglar crashes into police - literally

The scene of the crash on Clarendon Street.

Marissa Calligeros and Vanessa Desloires 2:54 PM   On-the-run burglar has run into police, quite literally.

WorkSafe heads sacked over Fiskville CFA centre

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Richard Willingham and Nick Toscano 2:47 PM   WorkSafe heads have been sacked over the contamination of water at Fiskville CFA training facility.

Pet owner fined after dogs maul woman in park

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Steve Butcher 2:14 PM   A Staffordshire terrier cross and a Great Dane that attacked, mauled and seriously injured a woman in Yarra Bend Park in Kew may now be destroyed.

Rural isolation traps women in violent relationships

It is estimated that violence perpetrated against women alone costs the Australian economy $13.6 billion each year.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent 2:09 PM   Women in rural and regional areas are more likely to be the victims of domestic violence than those in Melbourne.

Cleaner sexually assaulted in shopping centre lift

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Marissa Calligeros 2:00 PM   Shopping centre cleaner was sexually assaulted while cleaning a lift.

Former Yeshivah Centre employee charged with sexual assault offences while in prison

Melbourne's Yeshivah College.

Jane Lee 1:36 PM   A former employee of ultra-orthodox Jewish institution Yeshivah Centre has been charged with indecent assault offences that he allegedly committed while in prison.

Superb lyrebird a natural firefighter and protector of other species

Superb lyrebirds reduced forest litter by 1.66 tonnes per hectare over a nine-month period.

Darren Gray 1:11 PM   Victoria's forests have an unlikely fire warden: the superb lyrebird.

Man jailed over bashing at Ringwood McDonald's

Steve Butcher 12:32 PM   A man who bashed and seriously injured a patron with a metal stool in a McDonald's restaurant has had a non-jail sentence overturned after an appeal by Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions.

Daughter cut from $5m will for witnessing mother's adultery, court told

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Mark Russell 12:09 PM   A woman missed out on sharing in almost $5 million because she accidentally stumbled across her mother having sex with the family doctor when she was a child, a court has heard.

Rail jobs saved, for now, as Andrews orders new trains

Premier Daniel Andrews at the Ballarat Alstom train factory in 2014.

Adam Carey 11:14 AM   Five new Metro trains will hit Melbourne's rail network from late next year after the Andrews government threw a lifeline to a Ballarat factory that was facing possible closure.

Crown biffo ends in Yarra dip

Yarra River.

Marissa Calligeros 8:40 AM   Three men ended up in the Yarra River following a fight outside Crown Casino at Southbank.

Australia posts second hottest February as warm run continues

Dog days of summer at Lake Burley Griffin

Peter Hannam 8:17 AM   Australia’s run of abnormally warm weather has continued with the country recording its second-hottest February in data going back to 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Tears for Italian dooring victim

Alberto Paulon and his fiancee Cristina Canedda.

Clay Lucas 7:19 AM   Alberto Paulon had planned on marrying fiance Cristina Canedda and settling in Australia.

Deadly tree was the responsibility of Yarra Ranges Council

The wreckage of the house in The Patch, where Eli Marnock died.

Aisha Dow 6:25 AM   Arboriculture expert says more money needs to be spent on assessing dangerous trees, as it is very difficult for an ordinary person to spot unhealthy trees because most of the symptoms are belowground.

Former grammar school student 'suffering from pot-induced psychosis' before killing homeless man

Easton Woodhead is charged with murdering homeless man Wayne Perry.

Mark Russell, Aisha Dow 12:42 AM   A former Melbourne Grammar School student charged with murdering a homeless man at Enterprize Park was suffering from a psychosis caused by marijuana use in the lead-up to the stabbing, a court has heard.

Etihad under pump to follow MCG food lead

Etihad stadium

Daniel Cherny 12:33 AM   Pressure is mounting on Etihad Stadium and other sporting venues to lower food prices after the MCG wound back the clock with menu prices not seen at the game for a decade.

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CFA closes Fiskville training facility after chemical find

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Patrick Hatch 12:01 AM   The Country Fire Authority has closed its controversial Fiskville training facility until further notice after chemical residue was found in water tanks used for firefighter training.

Tougher dooring penalties call rejected after death of Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon

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Adam Carey and Clay Lucas 7:59 PM   The introduction two years ago of tougher penalties against motorists who open car doors into cyclists' paths has failed to have any impact on the sometimes deadly offence, the Andrews government said as it rejected calls to crack down harder on "dooring" after the death of Italian Alberto Paulon.

Man dressed as Superman attacks own car, bringing Chapel Street to a standstill

Christppher Reeve as "Superman"

Patrick Hatch 7:01 PM   A man dressed as Superman brought one of Melbourne's busiest streets to a standstill when he parked his car in the middle of traffic and attacked it.

Threat taskforce needed at home, say Victorian experts

Victoria Police declined to say whether it had been approached about the joint model.

Rania Spooner 6:48 PM   Victorian forensic psychologists who helped create taskforces to protect prominent people such as the Queen say the same is needed at home.

Finding light inside the darkest minds

Forensic psychologist Dr Lisa Warren, an expert on assessing whether violent threats are credible.

Rania Spooner 6:48 PM   The young man seated opposite forensic psychologist Dr Lisa Warren was showing all the warning signs.

A breast milk protein that sustains life could also prevent death

Professor Geoff Lindeman, a researcher from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Bridie Smith 3:15 AM   A protein which has a key role to play in the body’s immune system has now been found to be critical for sustaining milk production in the breast, a function essential for the survival of mammalian species.

Suspected rapist employed by Yooralla despite police probe

The case raises questions about the ability of the criminal justice system to handle assault allegations involving disabled victims.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 6:22 PM   One of five alleged sexual offenders employed by Victoria's largest disability provider, Yooralla, worked 32 shifts while being investigated by police on suspicion of repeatedly raping a disabled woman at another disability provider.

Murder accused Jian Li admitted kill to police, court told

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Adam Cooper 5:24 PM   A man charged with fatally stabbing his son's aunt after a birthday celebration admitted to police he was a murderer and asked investigators if they had found a knife, a court has heard.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing baby

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Mark Russell 5:01 PM   A young, mentally-ill woman has pleaded guilty to stealing a three-year-old girl from Federation Square because she wanted a child.

Seven-year wait before passengers have somewhere to go at Southland station

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Adam Carey 4:27 PM   It will take seven years to build the two latest suburban railway stations due for construction in Melbourne – about the same amount of time it was supposed to take to build the cancelled East West Link.

Six signs of a dangerous tree

Aisha Dow 4:26 PM   It is very difficult for an ordinary person to spot the signs of a dangerous tree, says arboriculture expert Dr Greg Moore. That is because many of the symptoms of a sick tree play out underground and require sophisticated technology to diagnose.

Bodies found in car in Otway Ranges a murder-suicide, police believe

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Patrick Hatch   Police believe two bodies found in a car in the Otway Ranges on the weekend was the result of a murder-suicide.

Opinion

Victoria's reputation will take a hammering

'A responsible government ... doesn't rip up contracts.'

Across the great divide - a tale of two Melbournes

Charles Dickens wrote his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, about London and Paris. 

Andrews faces testing times in first term

Government is learning how difficult it is to negotiate its way through a parliament filled with micro-parties.

East West: Is Victoria open for blackmail?

If Dan Andrews pays compensation, it will set a terrifying precedent.

Is Daniel Andrews the new Keating?

Is Andrews going to be the progressive Labor premier ready to seize the moment?

Metro Rail – keep the plans on track this time

The trains will become even more crowded in the next decade. Will we cope?

Victorian masterpiece deserves to be restored

Flinders Street Station was the headstone of the city's wild days and nights.

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Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".

Andrews to negotiate East-West payout

Government may face a compensation bill of up to $1.2b for scrapping the East West Link.