Bush blaze danger: fires continue to burn

Aisha Dow   Victoria’s Country Fire Authority say they remain extremely concerned about lives and property as four out of control fires burn in the state’s centre and north east.

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Melbourne Express Live: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Larissa Nicholson 9:17 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the ground running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling stories from The Age and beyond.

Firefighters brace for warm weather, gusty winds - but hope for rain

Helicopters work on the fire near Wangaratta.

Marissa Calligeros 8:36 AM   Firefighters are bracing for 30 degree temperatures and a late wind change as they battle two major fires burning out-of-control in the state’s north-east.

Victoria bushfires claim four homes

Firefighters battling the blaze at Wodonga on Tuesday.

Tammy Mills, Marissa Calligeros, Aisha Dow and Darren Gray 11:24 PM   Victoria's fires have destroyed at least five homes and the rural community around Euroa continues to be threatened by the Longwood fire.

Longwood fire burns: 'It looked like lava'

The view from the Haddrill's farm

Aisha Dow 11:07 PM   Jacob Haddrill stood briefly atop a hill on his Gooram farm on Tuesday night and watched the land burn.

Cavity search at Seaford brothel; woman found

Diana Hodgetts and Nick McKenzie 8:04 PM   Victorian authorities have launched legal action to shut down a Melbourne brothel after discovering a Chinese woman hidden in a secret cavity in one of its walls.

Plea for top-10 VCE heeded by Shelford Girls' Grammar

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Vanessa Desloires and Craig Butt 12:15 AM   In her start-of-year speech, Shelford Girls' Grammar captain Florence Potter rallied her class to break the school into the top-10 VCE performers.

Pop up op shop a Christmas gift to homeless

City workers Nick Pearce and Marcus Crook are opening a pop-up city op shop.

Carolyn Webb 6:25 PM   On Saturday the two young creators of the Homeless of Melbourne Facebook page will run a pop up op shop for the disadvantaged called The Street Store in Federation Square, and invite the public to donate clothes.

One home, 2000 livestock lost to bushfires

Bob and Jane Derrick at their Boweya farm.

Darren Gray 6:22 PM   Bob Derrick used to spend hours in his workshop. A builder and a farmer, the 72-year-old is a good hand at both building and fixing things.

Desal plant could be used for driest towns

Labor Bellarine MP Lisa Neville

Henrietta Cook and Jason Dowling 6:10 PM   The state's new Water Minister is open to using the controversial desalination plant if water supplies hit critical levels in Victorian towns.

International heroin ring raids

Police in drug raids in Melbourne,

Rania Spooner and Nino Bucci 5:56 PM   Police raided properties across Melbourne, arresting eight people, as part of a five-month investigation into a multimillion-dollar international heroin trafficking syndicate.

David Hayes' Euroa stable evacuated after fires

The Lindsay Park fire.

Patrick Bartley 5:18 PM   Lindsay Park, one of Australia’s most prestigious and successful racing stables, was again told to evacuate its vast Euroa property early on Wednesday afternoon.

Road agency with no roads to build will be kept

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the East West Link business case on Monday.

Clay Lucas 7:00 PM   The Linking Melbourne Authority, the agency that was to oversee the East West Link, has virtually no work to do after the Andrews government dumped the $6.8 billion project.

New faces in Coalition front bench

Matthew Guy

Henrietta Cook 5:14 PM   It was a case of out with the old and in with the new as the Coalition unveiled its shadow cabinet, promoting nine MPs to the front bench.

Star students rewarded with scholarships at Melbourne and Monash

Entry: The Chancellor's Scholars Program provides students with a HECS exempt place an undergraduate degree as well as an allowance for the duration of the course.

Konrad Marshall 4:43 PM   Audilia Sujana was one of 40 of the highest achieving students in Victoria to accept a place in the Chancellor's Scholars Program at the University of Melbourne on Monday.

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Meet your namesake

Konrad Marshall 4:21 PM   To make things easier in telling the tale of Richard Yan and Richard Yan, let's use their middle names, shall we?

Shoppers duped on free-range eggs: Choice

Ministers agree on national plan: Draft national standard for free range eggs will include a strict definition and minimum labelling rules.

Sam McKeith 3:49 PM   The term "free range" needs a national definition to stop egg producers duping shoppers at supermarkets, consumer and animal welfare groups say.

Collins Street jewellery heist falls apart at the getaway stage

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Steve Butcher 3:28 PM   The crucial part of any heist is not the precise planning, method of execution or the glittering goal but to get away with it.

Authorities push to shut down Melbourne brothel after discovering Chinese woman hidden in wall

Brothel owner Jian Qing Xu leaves VCAT.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 2:18 PM   Victorian authorities have launched legal action to shut down a Melbourne brothel after discovering a Chinese woman hidden in a secret cavity in one of its walls.

Exploding train parts force services off the rails

Flames shoot from a train  caused by an electrical fault. The fire did not spread but three trains have been pulled out of service.

Adam Carey 1:47 PM   Exploding train motor parts caused by a series of electrical faults have forced Metro to pull three trains off the rails.

Magistrate frustrated by delay in 'straightforward, tragic' neurosurgeon attempted murder case

Neurosurgeon Michael Wong, seven months after the attack at the Western Hospital.

Mark Russell 1:36 PM   A magistrate has questioned how a man accused of attempting to murder neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong at the Western Hospital in Footscray could contest the charges.

Dishonest lawyer facing years in jail

Adam Cooper 12:33 PM   A lawyer who defrauded a client of $1.7 million in an attempt to cover his own debts will spend at least three years in prison.

Murder charge over death of 'good Samaritan'

The scene at the siege in Altona North.

Rania Spooner, Jane Lee 11:57 AM   A man who held police at bay for nearly nine hours has been charged with murder over the death of a "good Samaritan".

Man dies in head-on crash

A man has died in a head-on collision in the state's north.

Marissa Calligeros 11:35 AM   A man has died in a head-on crash in the state's north-west.

Melbourne Express Live: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Larissa Nicholson 11:04 AM   Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the ground running today - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling stories from The Age and beyond.

Melbourne's Lindt Chocolate Cafe site of floral tributes for Sydney siege victims

Danielle Forbes-Pryer leaves flowers at the Lindt Cafe in Collins Street.

Deborah Gough   Dozens of flowers are now at the Collins Street Lindt Cafe as Melburnians pause to remember those held at the Sydney siege this week.

Bush blaze danger: fires continue to burn

A view of the fire from West Albury.

Aisha Dow   Victoria’s Country Fire Authority say they remain extremely concerned about lives and property as four out of control fires burn in the state’s centre and north east.

Firefighters braced for swift burning fires this summer

A bushfire that ignited at the bottom of Mount Dandenong or Mount Macedon under dangerous conditions could reach the top of these mountains in less than 10 minutes, the chief officer of the CFA warns.

Darren Gray   A bushfire which ignited at the bottom of Mount Dandenong or Mount Macedon under dangerous conditions could reach the top of these mountains in less than 10 minutes, the chief officer of the CFA has warned on Victoria's worst fire weather day since last summer.

Former psychiatrist to pay damages to patient he abused

Victorian Supreme Court

Julia Medew   A former Melbourne psychiatrist who had sex with a patient for years and billed Medicare $16,000 for their time together has been ordered to pay the woman nearly $400,000 in damages.

Glen Waverley stands out among 'high achiever' state schools

Geln Waverley secondary school principal Gerard Schiller

Konrad Marshall   A high-performing government school in Melbourne's east has overcome the loss of students to private school scholarships – and the lure academically selective state schools – to be among the best in the state.

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