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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Fishermen missing in waters off Cape Schanck

A search and rescue helicopter hovers over where two fishermen are missing in waters off Cape Schanck, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Patrick Hatch 3:24 PM   Two fishermen are missing in waters off Cape Schanck, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Two motorcyclists killed in crash with police car in Ensay

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Patrick Hatch 3:19 PM   Two motorcyclists have been killed in a horrific crash involving a police car in Victoria's east.

The pet detective

Animal CSI: Forensic vet Rebecca Belousoff says being an animal detective can be harrowing: "sometimes you just need to go and hug a kitten."

Liam Mannix 2:56 PM   In March last year, behind a small service station in Blackburn, the tiny bodies of five kittens were found. They had been stabbed repeatedly before being dumped.

Breakfast on the Tan for eaters on the move

Isabelle Taylor

Liam Mannix 1:51 PM   Early in the morning, as 3000 Melburnians crunch the Tan's brown gravel underfoot, Kate Stewart's team will be slapping omelettes inside burritos.

Burglar robs five Hawthorn East homes in three days

Burglary.

Patrick Hatch 10:44 AM   A cat burglar targeting homes in Melbourne's east is likely to strike again, police say.

Teenager stabbed in Dandenong brawl

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Patrick Hatch 8:36 AM   A teenager was stabbed during a brawl in Melbourne's outer-east on Friday night, police say.

Two men killed in separate crashes on Victoria's roads

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Patrick Hatch 8:20 AM   A man has died after being thrown from his car as it ploughed through a fence in Melbourne's south-east.

Former gang enforcer admits assault charge

Toby Mitchell.

Mark Russell 1:16 AM   Former Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell admits assaulting a man in front of his baby daughter outside a busy South Melbourne cafe but denies being armed with a gun, a court has heard.

Victoria's underemployment rate at a record high

Employment statistics mask the growing number of underemployed people who cannot secure enough work.

Josh Gordon, Benjamin Preiss 12:15 AM   Hundreds of thousands of Victorian workers are looking for more hours, with the state’s “underemployment” rate now at the highest level for at least 40 years.

Fatal attraction to an unnatural high

Synthetic cannabis has been implicated in several unexplained deaths.

John Silvester 10:30 PM   If someone came along with cannabis-like product that mimicked pot, was borderline legal, and wouldn't be detected on drug tests it would be too good to be true. That's right – it is too good to be true.

Moomba excitement is here again

A ferris wheel at Moomba Festival in Melbourne.
Photograph Paul Jeffers
The Sunday Age
Mar 8th 2014

Liam Mannix 12:15 AM   When you've only got four days to stage a festival, you really have to pack things in.

Coffee drinkers delight in Turkish tradition of having the cup read

Turkish coffee delivers a message with the caffeine.

Suzanne Carbone 12:15 AM   Turkunay Erzeren stands at her stove stirring Turkish coffee in her cezve, a long-handled pot.

Riders pay respect to Alberto Paulon, killed in Brunswick dooring

Thousands of Cyclists on Sydney road. 6th March 2015. Photo by Jason South

Alana Schetzer 7:30 PM   Hundreds of cyclists have braved the threat of rain to take part in a memorial ride in Brunswick to honour the cyclist killed last week.

Capital expenditure costs for the East West Link re-evaluated

Richard Willingham 6:11 PM   Tens of millions of dollars worth of capital expenditure costs for the East West Link have been reevaluated by the Treasury.

Melbourne Monopoly? Go directly to ACDC Lane, Cherry Bar owner says

ACDC Lane "the most famous rock n' roll street in the world."

Luke Henriques-Gomes 4:18 PM   Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to ACDC Lane?

Two prison officers injured at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre at Ravenhall

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Yolanda Redrup 4:19 PM   Two people have been taken to hospital after being injured in an incident at a women's correctional facility in Melbourne's western suburbs.

Treating pythons, gorillas, and now a monkey all in a day's work for a vet

Ovo, a golden lion tamarin monkey at Melbourne Zoo, has gallstones, and is fed medicine on a piece of bread to dissolve them.

Bridie Smith 12:15 AM   When one of Melbourne Zoo's endangered golden lion tamarin monkeys was diagnosed with gallstones vets called in their expert - human gastroenterologist Greg Taggart.

Melbourne woman liable for $3m damages over housemaid sex slavery

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Steve Butcher   A Melbourne woman found liable for slavery and complicity in her husband's alleged repeated sexual assault of their house maid has had a $3.3 million damages judgment made against her in the US enforced by Victoria's Supreme Court.

Myki ticket machine thieves jailed

Steve Butcher   Two men who caused more than $600,000 damage to myki ticket machines for a stolen return of less than $6000 have been jailed.

Rocco Arico to apply for bail over extortion, assault, firearms charges

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Jane Lee   A man facing extortion and assault charges will apply for bail later this month.

Seven reasons why Moomba is actually good

It's a Melbourne thing.

Angus Holland   It's fashionable to look down on Moomba, "the people's festival". It's terribly dated, nobody really understands what it's for and it has none of the artistic credibility of that upmarket newcomer, White Night. Yet there's plenty to love about Moomba all the same, even if only in an ironic way. Here's seven reasons to give it another chance...

Flexible pricing - are you paying too much for your power?

Flexible pricing options are not being adopted by consumers with smart meters.

Jason Dowling   Victorians could be missing out on cheaper electricity because providers are failing to promote flexible pricing associated with the smart meter roll-out.

Man arrested in Red Devils clubhouse raid

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Marissa Calligeros   An alleged member of the Red Devils outlaw motorcycle club has been arrested after raids in Melbourne's south-east.

Cyclist fighting for life after being hit by concrete truck

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Marissa Calligeros, Allison Worrall   A cyclist is fighting for life after being hit by a concrete truck at Mornington.

Jockey turned wedding singer jailed for sexually abusing girl in 1960s-'70s

County Court.

Mark Russell and Adam Cooper   A former jockey turned wedding singer who preyed on a young girl for 13 years from 1961 has been jailed for three months.

Tradies tackle Richmond bag-snatcher

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Marissa Calligeros   An alleged bag-snatcher was a 'big boy', but he was no match for Antonio and his mates.

Hubble telescope captures exploding star

Hubble captures a supernova.

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

Koala strolls along main street in Portland

The koala in Portland

Marissa Calligeros   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   Melbourne's outdoor smoking ban is set to be rapidly expanded into another three inner-city laneways.

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.

Video

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.