Is Melbourne really the world's friendliest city?

Chris Johnston Their 'home' is stark and unfriendly. It smells like a urinal with only a tarp for cover. Sharky and Bianca had a pet dog for a companion, Boof, but they sold him on Thursday.

Woman who stabbed husband to death fails to pocket $1 million estate


Mark Russell A woman who killed her abusive husband by shooting him with a speargun and then stabbing him to death has lost her bid to pocket his estate worth almost $1 million.

St Kilda's Palais theatre at 'imminent risk of closure', says council

St Kilda's iconic Palais theatre: under threat, according to the council.

Clay Lucas Five years after it paid developers millions not to go ahead with plans that would have restored The Palais, Port Phillip Council wants taxpayers to pay $15 million to save it

Four charged over Mount Waverley robberies

Larissa Nicholson Two men and two boys have been charged over a string of robberies in Mount Waverley earlier this year.

Mystery in timing of Ted Baillieu's decision

Former premier Ted Baillieu.

Josh Gordon, The most curious question surrounding Ted Baillieu's decision to step down from his seat is why now? Why at this late stage in the political cycle?

Police seek help in search for missing Sale children

Larissa Nicholson Two missing Sale toddlers were last seen on August 18 and police are asking the public to help find them.

Councils' East West Link legal challenge deferred until after election

Artist's illustration of the proposed East West Link.

Adam Carey A legal challenge that two inner city councils have launched against the East West Link is under a cloud after the trial date was deferred until mid-December, more than two weeks after the state...

Former premier Ted Baillieu has announced he is quitting politics

Former premier Ted Baillieu will not be recontesting his seat after 15 years in Parliament.

Josh Gordon, Henrietta Cook Former premier Ted Baillieu has announced he is quitting politics, sending the Liberal Party scrambling to find a replacement candidate for the prized seat of Hawthorn just three months from the...

Daffodil Day tin returned

Larissa Nicholson Police were hunting for a Daffodil Day thief who took off with a supermarket charity tin on Friday.

Policing and the state election: the highest bidder wins

John Silvester Naked City dinkus.

John Silvester The man many think will hold the balance of power in this year’s state election hasn’t cast a vote in Parliament, used a dodgy cab chit, or entered an Oriental massage house as part of a...

Firefighter injured as grow house goes up in flames

Larissa Nicholson A firefighter was injured trying to put out a blaze in St Albans on Friday night.

Train crash at Altona leaves nine injured

Larissa Nicholson Nine people were injured when two trains crashed near the Maidstone Street crossing in Altona at about 7pm on Saturday.

Chefs set menus to stop whining diners abusing venues

Suzanne Carbone They are known as squatters, scenesters or wifi drainers. Diners who linger at tables and eat into slim profits. By the time they stop Instagramming, the hashtag should be #coldfood.

Eaglemont's Boulevard of broken bitumen much preferred to freeway link of driver dreams

Ivanhoe residents want to keep the Boulevard in a state of disrepair.

Adam Carey It's one of the worst roads in Melbourne, and it snakes through two of Melbourne's most exclusive suburbs.

Front-runners emerge for safe Liberal seat of Hawthorn

John Pesutto and John Roskam

Henrietta Cook, Josh Gordon MPs will be discouraged from nominating to take over Ted Baillieu's prized seat of Hawthorn, with the Premier's legal counsel and the director of a free-market think tank emerging as front-runners in...

Bendigo's broad church under scrutiny as Karen monastery plans for Eaglehawk face council

Darren Gray Bendigo’s growing Karen community would get their own monastery and community centre in Eaglehawk if plans recently submitted to the local council are approved.

Man killed girlfriend's baby after she took too long to buy heroin, court told

The founder and managing director of The Strata Agency has been charged and pleaded guilty to misappropriating in excess of $1 million of trust fund monies.

Mark Russell A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 12-month-old son dropped the baby on his head five times because he had waited too long for her to get heroin from a Richmond drug dealer, a court...

Police hunt man after 12-year-old girl flashed in Werribee

Police are hunting a man who stalked a young girl down a suburban street in Melbourne's west while exposing himself and masturbating.

Higher ATAR makes university science places harder to get into

Scientist holding petri dish Laboratory technician - generic pic

Craig Butt and Benjamin Preiss VCE students face an uphill battle to study science at university next year, if recent trends continue.

Leading HIV/AIDS activist wins $350,000 share of father's estate

The leading HIV/AIDS activist brother of a former Victorian government minister has been awarded $350,000 after winning a legal battle for a greater share of their father's estate. 

Mark Russell The leading HIV/AIDS activist brother of a former Victorian government minister has been awarded $350,000 after winning a legal battle for a greater share of their father's estate.