Barak portrait to tower over Melbourne

Aisha Dow   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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Hubble telescope captures exploding star

Hubble captures a supernova.

Bridie Smith 9:54 AM   The Hubble Space Telescope has taken first of its kind images of a star exploding - not once but four times.

Cyclist fighting for life after being hit by concrete truck

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Marissa Calligeros 9:49 AM   A cyclist is fighting for life after being hit by a concrete truck at Mornington.

Koala strolls along main street in Portland

The koala in Portland

Marissa Calligeros 9:09 AM   An adventurous koala stopped shoppers in their tracks as it took a leisurely stroll through the main street of a town on Victoria's west coast.

Melbourne CBD's outdoor smoking ban expanded

A new study has sounded a deadly warning on the dangers of smoking.

Aisha Dow 8:56 AM   Melbourne's outdoor smoking ban is set to be rapidly expanded into another three inner-city laneways.

Assets of suspected crime boss Arico targeted by police

Rocco Arico after a out of sessions court hearing.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Tammy Mills 3:00 AM   Detectives will move to seize an estimated $10 million in assets belonging to a man suspected of being one of Victoria's most senior organised crime bosses, Rocco Arico.

NAPLAN battle of the sexes ends in a draw

Higher scores: Year 9 students at Sacre Coeur in Glen Iris.

Craig Butt, Henrietta Cook 10:15 PM   Do Victorian boys outperform girls in the national literacy and numeracy test?

It's show time all the time for this carnival troupe

Members of the Bell and Pink families who travel the country operating carnival rides.

Carolyn Webb 10:09 PM   Bowie Brophy is just seven months old and this is her first Moomba festival as a show person.

The mystery maggot that ruined dinner

The maggot in a jar of tomato paste bought from Aldi.

Marissa Calligeros 9:33 PM   A Melbourne couple abandoned their dinner plans after opening a jar of Aldi tomato paste to find a maggot inside.

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Melbourne prayer vigil for Bali nine duo

Awaiting execution: Australian Andrew Chan (left) and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jane Lee 8:32 PM   People at a vigil in Melbourne have prayed for the Bali nine duo a day after they were transferred to the island where they are expected to be executed.

Andrews spends $45m to tackle ice epidemic

Methamphetamine (Ice)

Richard Willingham 7:42 PM   Tough new laws, more money for rehabilitation and a boost to needle programs form part of the Andrews government's $45 million crackdown on the drug ice.

Police close roads, gunman in Toorak Road, South Yarra

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Alana Schetzer and Yolanda Redrup 6:42 PM   Police have arrested a man who was reported to be armed with a gun in Toorak Road in South Yarra.

Female pedestrian killed in Bundoora

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Adam Carey and Aisha Dow 6:40 PM   A female pedestrian has died after being hit by a truck in Bundoora in Melbourne's north this morning.

Shooters claim win after bait for pests is removed

A duck hunter's best mate can be his gun dog.

Benjamin Preiss 6:03 PM   The Shooters and Fishers Party is claiming a win for hunters after bait to eradicate pest animals was removed from a popular game reserve. 

Former magistrate ordered to pay sex abuse victim $74,000

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Adam Cooper 5:02 PM   A man molested by former magistrate Simon Cooper has been awarded almost $74,000 in compensation, and has urged other victims of sexual abuse to report the crimes against them.

Daniel Veerman pleads guilty to manslaughter of Kyal Scanlon

Daniel Veerman admitted to killing Kyal Scanlon

Adam Cooper 4:47 PM   The day after he killed a father of five, Daniel Veerman was responsible for a fatal road accident, hitting a cyclist while speeding.

Garren Philp, third man charged with Bayles murder of Raymond Parker, appears in court

Third man accused of murdering retired butcher Raymond Parker faces court.

Adam Cooper and Tammy Mills 3:25 PM   A third man accused of murdering retired butcher Raymond Parker is also charged with stealing his $35,000 ute last year, according to court documents.

Nude bike ride to take detour past Sydney Road crash site

The nude bike ride has proved popular in past years.

Marissa Calligeros 2:25 PM   Riders in Melbourne’s annual nude bike ride will make a detour past the site where Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon was killed in a “dooring” incident last week.

Former senior police officer who attacked driver 'has shamed the force'

Photo by Penny Stephens . The Age.  Policeman Keiran Atkin pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. He's with his girlfriend. 24th February 2015

Joel Creswell 2:03 PM   A former Victorian police officer who attacked a car driver then accused him of a crime he didn't commit has shamed the force, a magistrate has said.

Suspected senior crime boss Rocco Arico arrested in Melbourne raids

Police

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Tammy Mills 1:40 PM   Detectives have arrested one of Victoria's most senior suspected organised crime bosses, Rocco Arico, in raids this morning.

'Distressed and dehydrated': Girl locked in kinder bus

Police

1:30 PM   A four-year-old child in country Victoria was left locked inside a bus for several hours.

Tech and good teaching key to NAPLAN boost

Principal Danny Kelly talks to his students at  Herne Hill Primary School, which has been identified as a 'high gain school'.

Henrietta Cook, Craig Butt 12:46 PM   There's a lot of swiping during maths and English classes at Herne Hill Primary School.

Radical canal plan for the CBD

Sketches of William Creek for Elizabeth Street regeneration, Michael Short. Credit: Thad Patradoon, TT Design  patradoon.wix.com/tt-design

Michael Short 12:00 PM   The man who turned Melbourne's neglected and decrepit laneways into a globally renowned attraction has another radical idea to improve the city.

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Fears V/Line driver was using ice after '$10k find'

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Adam Holmes 10:34 AM   Police found up to $10,000 in the drug ice at the home of a Long Gully train driver.

Woman wins $4000 compo over school 'stripper bus' sacking

A teacher booked two standard buses and four party buses, not knowing the latter were fitted out for pole-dancing.

Goya Dmytryshchak   A woman who worked for a party bus company has been awarded more than $4000 after the company sacked her for losing a "lucrative contract" - to a school that had mistakenly ordered pole-dancing buses for an excursion.

Commuter delays after train hits dog

Why did dozens of people do nothing?

Marissa Calligeros   A dog was hit by a train in Melbourne's south, causing lengthy delays for commuters on Thursday morning.

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Shippers to ditch Melbourne if port hikes rent 800%

DP World Australia faces a massive rent increase in Melbourne.

Jenny Wiggins   Australia's largest container shipping group, ANL, has warned it will switch business to the Port of Adelaide or Tasmania's Port of Bell Bay if the Port of Melbourne goes ahead with plans to push stevedore rents up by 800 percent.

Man killed in trench collapse in Cranbourne East

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Nick Toscano and Yolanda Redrup   A man has been killed in a trench collapse in Cranbourne East on Wednesday afternoon.

Killing of 700 Otway koalas the right thing to do, scientists say

Researcher Desley Whisson with three koalas that died of starvation in the Otways

Bridie Smith   Conservation scientists have urged the state government not to be swayed by the media attention surrounding the killing of almost 700 koalas at Cape Otway.

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.