Disgraced bigwig's taxpayer-funded toupee

Henrietta Cook 5:18 PM   Disgraced former Education Department boss Nino Napoli spent thousands of dollars on his toupee, and suggested his cousin bill state schools for the expensive wig.

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Cyclist trapped under tram after crash

MCJ 13th July 2012
The Tram intersection at High street and Barkers road Kew.
The Age News, Picture Michael Clayton-Jones

Marissa Calligeros 12:43 PM   A cyclist has suffered leg injuries after colliding with a tram in Melbourne's north.

Australia's winter likely to be drier and milder than usual as El Nino kicks in

Dry conditions in western Queensland may spread further over winter.

Peter Hannam 12:43 PM   Most of Australia can expect a drier and warmer than usual winter as the influence of an El Nino takes hold – although the first few days of the season won't feel very balmy.

I did not tell Pell about abuse: Ridsdale

Gerald Ridsdale tells the commission he does remember George Pell.

Rania Spooner 12:30 PM   Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale has conceded he shared meals with George Pell and chatted with him when the pair lived together in the 70s but denied telling the prominent Catholic leader he was abusing children.

The cruellest minutes spent hanging on Centrelink's telephones

Duncan Bayly can only communicate via his computer.

Noel Towell 9:13 AM   Duncan Bayley must wait and wait like millions of other callers - while the government pays for someone to wait with him.

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Melbourne Express Live: Thursday May 28, 2015

Melbourne city skyline.

Tom Cowie 9:02 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Four crashes cause traffic chaos on Monash and West Gate freeways

Traffic on the West Gate.

Marissa Calligeros 9:00 AM   Three people have been taken to hospital following four separate crashes on the West Gate Freeway and the Monash Freeway that caused peak-hour traffic chaos on Thursday.

Major breakthrough in serous ovarian cancer research

Women with ovarian cancer can face repeat surgeries as more tumours appear.

Bridie Smith 8:31 AM   Australian researchers have identified four key ways by which one of the most common type of ovarian cancers becomes resistant to chemotherapy, a breakthrough which will better match patients with the most effective treatment.

Car crashes into fruit shop, bursts into flames

Damage inside the Frootz on Parade fruit shop in Clifton Hill.

Marissa Calligeros 8:29 AM   Two women are in hospital after a car smashed into a fruit shop and burst into flames in Melbourne's north-east.

I was abused as a child: disgraced priest

Paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence via videolink from jail to the child sex abuse royal commission

Jane Lee and Rania Spooner 8:06 AM   A paedophile priest has told a royal commission he has never felt sexual feelings for an adult, except when he was in prison.

Ridsdale 'never had much to do' with Pell

Gerald Ridsdale with George Pell in 1993.

Rania Spooner and Jane Lee 8:06 AM   Serial child sex offender and paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale says he never asked George Pell to support him when he first faced court over child sex offences.

Gerald Ridsdale: portrait of a monster as an old man

Gerald Ridsdale: Presenting himself to the royal commission as a man whose memory is gone.

Tony Wright 8:05 AM   He doesn't look like a monster, this old man peering through spectacles, bald but for a few wisps of greyed hair above his ears.

Home birth midwife involved in three deaths in two years

SUPPLIED photo of Gaye Demanuele, midwife who is connected to three fatal home births within 18 months. Identity verified by Tammy Mills. shows Demanuele, facing camera holding signs. THE AGE NEWS Pub date 28th May 2015 Image source www.socialism.com

Tammy Mills 7:36 AM   The midwife at the centre of the death of a Melbourne mother after a home birth was involved within an 18-month period with two other home births that had fatal consquences.

Indonesian embassy locked down after white powder scare

AFP

Beau Donelly 11:02 PM   The Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne has been evacuated after receiving a "suspicious package", the fourth scare at an Indonesian embassy in Australia this month.

Circus classes but no heritage buildings at new Prahran high school

Minister for Education James Merlino.

Timna Jacks 10:05 PM   After losing its bid to build a new high school next to Wesley College on St Kilda Road, the state government managed to execute a tumble turn, landing on its feet to spruik a circus arts high school at Swinburne University's Prahran Campus.

Black Saturday: Court approves $300m Marysville bushfire settlement

An aerial shot of the devastation in Marysville two days after Black Saturday.

Steve Lillebuen 9:47 PM   Hundreds of survivors of the Black Saturday bushfire that destroyed Marysville will share in a $300 million settlement, bringing an end to all lawsuits over the devastating disaster.

Police Minister Wade Noonan moves to block legal challenges by drunk, drugged drivers

'Urgent legislation' has been called for to stop a Victoria Police administrative error from affecting alcohol and drug testing cases.

Nino Bucci 9:45 PM   Police Minister Wade Noonan has moved to block more than 1100 alcohol or drug affected drivers from mounting legal challenges to their penalties, after it was revealed that hundreds of police officers had performed the tests without authorisation.

Australia ranks among the safest countries in which to drive

Australia is ranked the 15th safest country to drive in, according to a global study.

Richard Willingham 9:07 PM   The chances of dying on the road in Australia are much lower than the United States, Argentina or Chile.

High-rises to be inspected for fire risk cladding after Dockland blaze

The Docklands Lacrosse apartment building fire..

Aisha Dow 8:40 PM   After revelations that Chinese cladding contributed to a Docklands fire last year, 170 more buildings are being investigated for similar issues.

Charlize Theron South Yarra promotion cost $3 million

Charlize Theron at the Grand Prix in March, to promote the Capitol Grand apartments.

Clay Lucas 7:03 PM   Hiring Oscar-winning actor Charlize Theron to promote his luxury apartments in South Yarra cost developer Larry Kestelman $3 million.

Last train out of Shepparton leaves too early for pyjama-clad protesters

Mayor Dennis Patterson at Shepparton Station.

Adam Carey 6:22 PM   There are no sleeper trains from Shepparton, but residents of Victoria's fifth-largest city have to get up before the sun rises if they want to take the morning train to Melbourne.

Port of Melbourne up for 50-year lease to pay for level crossings

Melbourne Port will be leased out for 50 years to raise billions for infrastructure

Benjamin Preiss, Josh Gordon 6:12 PM   New laws to allow the Port of Melbourne to be leased to a commercial operator for 50 years have been introduced to Parliament today.

He destroyed our lives: Bayley's other victims

Adrian Ernest Bayley

Mark Russell 4:25 PM   Three women brutally raped by Jill Meagher's killer, Adrian Bayley, have told how he destroyed their lives.

"Systemic deficiencies" in DHHS's approach to child protection

Runaway children put themselves at risk so working out their motives for leaving home is important.

Bianca Hall 3:57 PM   The Victorian government simply "does not know" whether millions of dollars being spent on early-intervention services for at-risk children are being properly spent, the Auditor-General has found.

The 'bystander effect': Would you intervene if a person was being attacked on public transport?

An image taken by a passenger on the train.

Marissa Calligeros and Tammy Mills 3:37 PM   It's called the "bystander effect". The more people present when a someone is in trouble, the less likely it is anyone will intervene to help.

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'I've stabbed her in the f---ing neck': man found guilty of murdering girlfriend

Court

Mark Russell   They argued during sex and then Anthony Freeman picked up a knife.

Voters soon forget Napthine's $15m transport ad campaign: report

One of the outdoor ads that appeared during the $15 million Moving Victoria ad campaign.

Clay Lucas   An ad binge may have failed to make the impact the Coalition sought because while transport was a hot-button issue in Victoria, it was not considered as important as unemployment, health, inflation and education.

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Train hero who defended Muslim women against abuse forgives others for not stepping in

Jason Cias (centre) is assaulted by the man wearing orange after defending three women from abuse on a Craigieburn train.

Tammy Mills and Marissa Calligeros   A Good Samaritan who jumped to the defence of three Muslim women being racially abused on a Melbourne train does not blame other commuters for not stepping in.

No beer for you: two-year statewide grog ban

Lagers, ales, stouts, pilsners, IPAs and many more styles will be tasted and explored at Good Beer Week.

Andrew Thomson   Nicholas Murnane is not allowed to drink in any pub in Victoria. Or at a restaurant, the Grand Final, the Australian Open Tennis, the races ....

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Deborah Gough   Melbourne Express is a live blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

Opinion

No upside for Andrews in minister’s downfall

Despite talk of factional payback, allegations of bullying by Adem Somyurek must be taken seriously.

It's time to spend, so start borrowing

Self-serving myths about public debt should be exposed.

Now for better projects than East West Link

A happy conjunction is open to the Andrews government if it does two things.

City planning gears up to go into neutral body

Battle over Link validates need for a neutral body to take politics out of infrastructure planning.

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.

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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.