Girls at Islamic school banned from running

Girls at Al-Taqwa College have been banned from running at sporting events because the principal believes it may cause them to lose their virginity, former teachers claim.

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Australian doctor in IS propaganda video

A doctor calling himself Abu Yusuf urges other medical professionals to join him in the Islamic State Health Service.

Patrick Hatch 2:31 PM   An Australian man claiming to be a doctor has appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video urging other health professionals to join the group's new health service.

Anzac Day: Peaceful commemorations amid heavy police presence

An increased police presence at Anzac Day events in Melbourne.

Farrah Tomazin 2:02 PM   A significantly enhanced security presence - including a trebling of police numbers and a directive for members to carry guns - contributed to peaceful Anzac Day commemorations in Melbourne in the wake of last week's terror raids.

Man dies after being found unconscious on ship in Port Phillip Bay


Deborah Gough 12:37 PM   A man has been found unconscious on a ship in Port Phillip Bay.

Anzac 100: Rain doesn't stop crowds at Melbourne's Anzac dawn service

Young and old attended the dawn service at Melbourne's Shrine.

Konrad Marshall 12:11 PM   More than 80,000 have braved wet and cold conditions to attend the dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

They walked tall, leaving their walkers, canes and wheelchairs behind

Pride: Nancy Crofts of the RAAF poses for her portrait.

Julie Power 12:41 AM   Ninety five-year-old World War II veteran Nancy Crofts stood tall, shunning help from nursing home staff when she arrived to have her photo taken as part of a massive pro-bono project to capture the remaining 14,000 World War 2 veterans in printed portraits.

'Time for revolution' on Islamic school's oppression of women

'Pseudo-science and patriarchy' rules Al-Taqwa College, says former student Lamisse Hamouda.

Henrietta Cook 12:15 AM   A former Al-Taqwa College student has accused embattled principal Omar Hallak of enforcing a "patriarchal system of oppression" at Victoria's largest Islamic school.

After 20 years, the coach kicks on

Auskick at Mack Oval.  Pictured with the ball is Jordy Beks. 140615LP29 Picture:LEANNE PICKETT

Liam Mannix 10:25 PM   The uniquely engaging nature of Auskick requires parents to be active participants rather than spectators.

Police the 'near enemy' to new generation of jihadists

Victoria Police

Michael Bachelard 12:15 AM   Victorian police have been ordered to wear their gun, capsicum spray and bulletproof vest even when manning the front desk of a police station, as fear grows that jihadist groups may be targeting them specifically.

Terror raids: teen held pending bail hearing

Sevdet Besim

Adam Cooper 7:46 PM   One of the teenage men accused of planning a terror attack on Anzac Day has appeared briefly in court, and been remanded in custody before he applies for bail next week.

Man charged over Knox City playground incident

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Vanessa Desloires 6:51 PM   Police have charged a man over an incident at a shopping centre in Melbourne's outer east. 

Palace Theatre garage sale gives music fans chance to buy piece of music history

Palace Theatre supporters say it's too significant to demolish.

Alana Schetzer 6:19 PM   Fans of the historical Palace Theatre will get a chance to snap up some of the venue's music posters, furniture and equipment during a two-day garage sale this weekend.

Digging tales from Turkish trenches

lliteracy rates among the Ottoman soldiers were high – it is believed only one in every 1000 could read and write.

Ruth Pollard 6:07 PM   For just 10 para – the smallest coin in the Ottoman Empire – 23-year-old teacher Halil Iyidilli would write a letter home to the loved ones of his fellow Turkish soldiers.

PTV chairman quits in latest departure


Benjamin Preiss 6:02 PM   The chairman of Victoria's public transport authority has become the latest figure to quit a public board position under the Labor state government.

DHS worker sexually abused disabled men

A general view of The Melbourne Magistrates Court

Adam Cooper 5:48 PM   A Department of Human Services worker sexually abused eight disabled men in his care while they were residents in state-run care facilities, a court has heard.

Queens Road reopened to traffic after truck hits pole


Vanessa Desloires 5:24 PM   Queens Road has been closed to traffic after a truck pulled down an overhead traffic management sign.

Melbourne set for wet Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Vanessa Desloires 5:10 PM   People heading to the Shrine of Remembrance for the dawn service should pack an umbrella and a scarf, with showers tipped on Anzac Day.

Hazelwood coal mine fire inquiry to reopen

Still a hot issue: the Hazelwood coal mine fire.

Darren Gray 5:09 PM   The inquiry into 2014's devastating Hazelwood coal mine fire will reopen in May, and will investigate fears that deaths increased in the community in the wake of the fire, and concerns over mine rehabilitation.

Farming the mix: Young farmer group includes aerospace engineer, businesswoman and accountant

A survey of 5000 of the bank's farming customers last year said almost three-quarters were changing their businesses in response to sustainability concerns.

Darren Gray 12:15 AM   It disappeared more than 20 years ago. And once lost, older farmers feared it never would be seen again, as drought smashed farms and families, young people drifted to the city and away from agriculture, and managed investment scheme plantations took over many farms in Victoria's fertile south west corner.

Police impound $400,000 Mercedes clocked speeding

Police officers regularly estimate drivers' speeds, according to Commissioner Ian Stewart.

Marissa Calligeros   Police have impounded $400,000 Mercedes allegedly clocked speeding at 50km/h over the limit in Melbourne's south-east.

Bakery convicted, fined after worker's arm was severed


Nick Toscano   Popular bakery chain Laurent has been convicted and fined $60,000 after an employee's arm was cut off in a grisly workplace accident.

Cross-dressing service station thief charged

The man police want to interview regarding a robbery at a service station in Taylors Hill.

Marissa Calligeros   An alleged thief who donned a blonde wig and female clothing to hold up a Melbourne service station has been charged.

Council rejects 17-storey high-rise plan for Lygon Street

An artist's impression of the proposed Zagame development on Lygon Street.

Marissa Calligeros   A plan to build a 17-storey apartment tower on Lygon Street has been turned down by Melbourne City Council.

Parole Board boss digs in after mafia claims

Bill Gillard and Tony Madafferi.

Nino Bucci   Victorian parole board chief Bill Gillard has dug in, despite fierce pressure to resign after revelations he advised the alleged head of Melbourne's mafia on how to fight the police chief commissioner's decision.

Raging driver arrested after bashing car with hammer on Monash Freeway

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Marissa Calligeros   A road-rage driver has been arrested after allegedly smashing a car with a hammer.

Government psychiatrist to determine mental health of neurosurgeon's attempted murder accused

Dr Michael Wong was stabbed by a patient at Footscray's Western Hospital in February, 2014.

Mark Russell   A government psychiatrist will examine a man accused of attempting to murder Melbourne neurosurgeon Dr Michael Wong to determine if the accused is mentally ill.

Anger at closure of art studio for mentally ill

Carol Dobson.

Carolyn Webb   Clients, parents and administrators have condemned the imminent closure of a free art studio dubbed a life saver for the mentally ill.

Melbourne Express: Friday, April 24, 2015

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Yolanda Redrup   A live daily blog bringing you what you need to know to hit the day running.

Car crashes into Geelong home after driver flees breath test: police

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Marissa Calligeros   A man has crashed his car into a house after allegedly trying to avoid a police breath test.

Man dies after being hit by two cars


Marissa Calligeros   A pedestrian has died after being struck by at least two cars in Dromana on Thursday night.

Anzac Day 2015: What's open, what's not

Many businesses are closed or on restricted trading hours for Anzac Day, Saturday, April 25.

Alice Dempster   Anzac Day 2015: What's open, what's not, in Melbourne - including supermarket, attractions and visitor information.


Disability crisis: why won’t anything change?

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

Fight terrorism by partnering with Muslims

Deradicalisation needs police work, but it’s the Islamic community’s responsibility.

Money talks at state schools

Growing class divide in state system is due to schoosl having lots of  middle-class parents.

What happened to that swag of footy cliches?

Before these articulate ex-champs took to the mike, footy commentary had its own unique vocabulary.

Putting a stop to the endless recyclables cycle

I can't live for the moment. Instead I wish my life away in two-week increments.

Found ... in a land where searchers do not give up

We might reflect that Australia is a land where searchers and rescuers do not give up.

Dallas Brooks: a hall full of memories

From school prize-giving to the teenage thrill of a big concertl, this hall has been home to it all.

Bikes and cars: slow down on our crowded roads

Our roads are busier than ever, and we need patience, good manners and common sense.

Does the premier finally see through PPP rorts?

Deals for infrastructure are fleecing the public, but Andrews might be smart enough to see through it.


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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

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