Toy shop succumbs to 'commercialisation of play'

Dani Valent 12:15 AM   After 50 years of playtime, toy shop Boy and Girl is closing, and its 86-year-old owner Jim Wootton despairs at the industry he is leaving behind.

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No charges to be laid over toddler Daniel Thomas' death

Toddler Daniel Thomas.

Tammy Mills 5:06 PM   One of Victoria's most frustrating unsolved cases has been dealt a bitter blow with the homicide squad told they do not have enough evidence to charge anyone for the death of Daniel Thomas.

Missing Mernda mother Deborah Lorkin found

Missing Mernda woman Deborah Lorkin.

Chloe Booker 3:00 PM   Police hold fears for a missing mother last seen in Melbourne's north east.

Facebook used to find missing Bendigo teen

Missing teen John Wattie.

Chloe Booker 2:02 PM   Facebook has helped locate a 15-year-old boy missing in the Bendigo area.

'He is not a violent person': badly beaten woman keeps partner out of jail


Adam Cooper 12:48 PM   A woman who was badly beaten by her partner and repeatedly had her face smothered with a pillow has helped keep her attacker out of jail by speaking in his defence to a magistrate.

School food all Shuk up

Bonnie So, Natalia Shostak and Debbie Poratt in the canteen at Bialik College.

Benjamin Preiss 11:44 AM   The Shuk is no ordinary school canteen. At Bialik College's cafeteria, students feast on fresh salads, falafel, quinoa and soba noodles.

'Large sum of cash' found in Sunshine Vinnies donation bin

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Chloe Booker 10:28 AM   A good samaritan may have been kinder than they intended, donating jackets containing a "large sum of cash" to charity.

Corruption busters to get sharper teeth

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Farrah Tomazin 9:47 AM   Victoria's integrity watchdogs will get beefed-up powers and the public service will be revamped to curb what the Andrews government says is a loss of talent and capability across the bureaucracy.

Man dead in Warragul motorcycle crash


Chloe Booker 9:09 AM   A man has died in a motorcycle crash in West Gippsland.

Get 'real' Melbourne, embrace high-rise living

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Aisha Dow 12:15 AM   Melbourne needs bigger apartments to encourage family living, creating a real city atmosphere. Aisha Dow reports.

Brough a lightning rod for controversy


Timna Jacks 6:31 PM   Mal Brough has been a lightning rod for controversy over a long career.

Hallelujah hipsters: Has your time come?

The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo opens its doors in Melbourne  to celebrate love of all kinds & provide couples with a simpler alternative to tie the knot. Pic shows celebrant, Luke Wyatt with Jake and Evette (L) and Tim and Shaun ?? doing a practice run for the venue. Photo by James Boddington. Fairfax Media/News. Saturday January 31 2015

Chris Vedelago 12:15 AM   Hallelujah hipsters, the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo has come.

Financial worries cloud future of Midsumma Carnival

More than 100,000 flocked to this year's Midsumma Carnival, but donations were few and far between.

Anna Whitelaw 5:47 PM   Midsumma Carnival's longer term future is in jeopardy after the flagship event received just 10¢ per person in donations, despite attracting record crowds.

Raw milk devotees bitter over harsh additive

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Janene Trickey 5:33 PM   Raw milk devotees have staged a protest "drink in" against the addition of a bitter additive being added under new state government legislation to prevent people from drinking it.

Cyclist dies in Cadel Evans road race

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Allison Worrall   A cyclist has died after suffering a heart attack while riding in the recreational event of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

Man stabbed in stomach in Carlton

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Goya Dmytryshchak   A man is in hospital after being stabbed in the upper body in Carlton on Saturday afternoon.

Melbourne's 50,000-strong Pride March celebrates welcomes premier

Some of the original organisers and attendees of the first Pride March 20 years ago, including Darren Ray, Liz Pain and Penny McDonald and several teenagers marching for the first time this year.

Farrah Tomazin 12:15 AM   Darren Ray took a gamble when he decided to organise Melbourne's first gay and lesbian Pride March 20 years ago.

State Trustees lose clients' life savings

The late Christa Simmons, who had dementia and whose funds were almost all lost by State Trustees.

Chris Vedelago 12:15 AM   The state-owned company that administers the estates of disabled and mentally impaired Victorians has lost their savings by investing in high-risk funds.

Police appeal for more information over Windsor sex attack

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Anna Whitelaw   Police are appealing to the public for more information on a violent sex attack outside a Windsor pub on Australia Day, after a man questioned by police was released without charge.

Big food muscles in on school canteens

Dads at School for NEWS  Warren Spooner is the Canteen Convenor at his two daughters school, Eleebana Public School. Pictured with girls Holly, 8 and Naomi, 10, his daughtes at the school canteen.  March 3rd 2009  NCH NEWS, PIC KITTY HILL

Henrietta Cook 12:15 AM   Big food companies are muscling in on the lucrative school canteen industry to promote and sell their products to students.

Two men charged with stealing from 31 cars


Anna Whitelaw   Two men have been charged with 81 offences over a spate of recent car thefts in the Latrobe Valley in the state’s southeast.

Arson attack on St Kilda apartment


Anna Whitelaw   An arson attack is believed to be behind a St Kilda apartment fire that left one man injured on Friday night.

Schools and hospitals could win from climate-fund bid

Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville in Geelong. Her agenda includes cleaning up contaminated sites, new legislation for coastal regions, and battling climate change.

Jason Dowling and Tom Arup 12:15 AM   School buildings and hospitals could be upgraded to save power and reduce emissions under a potential bid from Victoria for a slice of the Abbott government's multibillion-dollar climate-change fund.

Police admit failures

Nikki Komiazyk, daughter Terence and Christine Hodson who were murdered in 2004.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester   Victoria Police has conceded significant failures in the way it dealt with gangland witnesses and informers, but is confident reforms will prevent a repeat of the disasters that have dogged the case of murdered informer Terence Hodson.

Italians pass the day making passata for pasta


Suzanne Carbone   The red sea splash from passata cooking is part of the celebrations during the Melbourne Tomato Festival.

Dandenong factory workers claim 'significant win' after four-day lunchroom protest

Workers protest from inside the lunchroom at the Dandenong factory.

Nick Toscano   Dozens of workers have walked out of a factory where they spent four days holed up in the lunchroom as part of a heated industrial dispute.

Out-of-control grass fire threatens homes at Tongala

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Nick Toscano   Firefighters battled to save homes in the state's north on Friday night when an out-of-control grass fire charged towards a rural community.

Two hospitalised after smash on Western Freeway, Rockbank

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Patrick Hatch   A man has died after being hit by a car on the Western Ring Road in Melbourne's west.

DHS worker charged with indecent assault

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Jane Lee   A former Department of Health and Human Services worker has been charged with sexually abusing people with disabilities at a residential care facility.

Melbourne president of Hells Angels Darkside chapter jailed after selling ice to police

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Mark Russell   The president of the Darkside chapter of the Hells Angels in Melbourne has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for selling more than $220,000 worth of the drug ice to undercover police officers.


How Andrews made a rod for his back

If there is one lesson from Tony Abbott's woes, it is that voters have little tolerance for leaders who say one thing and do the opposite.

Left out in the cold by a state reluctant to invest

Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments.

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...


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.