Mafia figures, bikies and sex fiends to be kicked out

Dozens of criminals including suspected Mafia figures, outlaw bikies and sex fiends are set to be booted from Victoria under tough new visa cancellation laws.

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Melbourne Express: Thursday June 4, 2015

Express sunrise

Tom Cowie 8:23 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Police broker peace between Rebels and Comanchero bikies

Comancheros

Nino Bucci and Tammy Mills 1:25 AM   Negotiations have stopped a simmering feud from escalating into a nation-wide war

Melbourne by age: Our oldest suburbs

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Marissa Calligeros 6:00 AM   God's waiting rooms or retirement havens, Rosebud and Keilor East are the suburbs with the oldest population in the greater Melbourne area, latest figures show.

Overwhelming response to homeless schoolgirl story

Young homeless woman Alicia, who is studying year 11 at RMIT.

Aisha Dow 11:15 PM   Readers of The Age have responded with a tidal wave of generosity to a story about a young homeless woman that featured in the newspaper on Wednesday.

The Age's Shortlist editor Marty Boulton helps save American man's life

Martin Boulton meets cardiac arrest survivor Ananth Ganesh

Jane Lee 10:37 PM   An Age editor helped paramedics save the life of a man whose heart stopped beating at a busy Melbourne intersection.

Full moon dazzles Melbourne

The full moon over Melbourne

Liam Mannix 10:27 PM   A full Moon rising over the city has had Melburnians scrambling for their smartphones to grab photos.

Explainer: Victoria's economic growth strong but tobacco industry running out of puff

AFR.  Generic cigarette Plant, Manufacturing, Big Tobacco, Plain Packaging.  Generic pic to go with a feature on Plain Packaging and its effects on Big Tobacco.  British American plant in East Gardens Sydney.  They produce 93,000,000 cigarettes a week.  Pic by Nic Walker.  29th August 2014.

Liam Mannix 10:02 PM   The latest national accounts released are very good news for Victoria but very bad news for Australia's tobacco industry.

Nino Napoli: good deeds got him in trouble

Nino Napoli

Timna Jacks 9:55 PM   Disgraced education department official Nino Napoli believes it was the good deeds he performed for his friends that may have put him in trouble with law, a corruption inquiry has heard.

Rail tunnel boreholes to disrupt Swanston Street users

Trams banked up along Swanston street during peak hour.12th of April 2011 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Adam Carey and Benjamin Preiss 9:50 PM   Boreholes will be dug along the nine-kilometre alignment of the $11 billion rail tunnel between South Kensington and South Yarra and work will continue until early next year.

East Melbourne abortion clinic lawyers demand end to pro-life 'nuisance'

Anti-abortion protesters chant outside the Fertility Control Clinic in Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

Adam Cooper and Adam Carey 9:42 PM   Lawyers for an East Melbourne abortion clinic want the Supreme Court to force Melbourne City Council to take action against pro-life protesters who confront the clinic's clients.

Catholic students given anti-gay marriage material

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart in 2014.

Henrietta Cook 7:34 PM   Children at Catholic schools have been sent home with glossy booklets that oppose gay marriage following a request by the Archbishop of Melbourne.

Cyclists stand firm in face of Yarra Boulevard tack attacks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 03:  Cyclists stop to fix a puncture after hitting a tack during a protest which involved over 1000 bike riders who rode 13km's around 'The Boulie' Kew Boulevard to protest against someone who had been laying tacks on the road on May 3, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Jeffers/Fairfax Media)

Adam Carey 7:22 PM   Melbourne's mystery tack attacker has struck again, littering the Yarra Boulevard bitumen with sharp tacks overnight and puncturing the tyres of early morning cyclists in what police believe is a malicious fear campaign against riders.

Transcript reveals alleged secret chatter between teenage terror suspects

Police allege terror plot suspect drove past the Shrine to conduct reconnaissance on the site.

Mark Russell 7:04 PM   Counter-terrorism police suspected a young Melbourne man shot dead last September in a police station car park was threatening Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Woman's body found in car at Clayton South

Police

Aisha Dow 5:37 PM   A man been arrested following the discovery of a woman's body in Clayton South on Wednesday afternoon.

Premier's adviser contradicts MPs sworn evidence at commission

Labor MP Cesar Melhem's testimony at the trade union royal commission does that tally with that of a key adviser to Premier Daniel Andrews.

Nick Toscano, Benjamin Preiss, Josh Gordon 6:12 PM   A key adviser to Premier Daniel Andrews has contradicted sworn evidence given by a senior Labor MP at a union corruption inquiry.

Domestic violence victims not just women

 elder abuse.

Bianca Hall 5:23 PM   When we talk about family violence, most people think of men abusing women. But two submissions to the Royal Commission into Family Violence want us to think about domestic violence as more than that.

Test hearts during sports, not at rest, warns researcher

Test heart rates during sports, not at rest

Craig Butt, Health Reporter 5:10 PM   Doctors are underestimating the severity of irregular heartbeats in athletes because patients are tested while resting instead of when they are doing exercise, new research has found.

Elderly man dies after run over in Albanvale driveway

Police

Aisha Dow 4:58 PM   An elderly man has died after he was hit in a driveway in Melbourne's western suburbs.

Victorian climate change laws to go under the spotlight

Victoria's law to tackle climate change will be reviewed, including consideration of a new state target to cut emissions.

Tom Arup 4:39 PM   Victoria will get its own target to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but it may not be enshrined in law.

Police appeal for missing teen Owen Clune to contact family after reported sightings

Missing teenager Owen Clune

Alana Schetzer 3:56 PM   Police have appealed directly to missing Melbourne teenager Owen Clune to contact his family, a day after he was reported missing.

Chilling transcript reveals alleged secret communications between terror suspects

Supreme Court

3:37 PM   Alleged secret communications that led police to charge a teenage English boy and Melbourne man Sevdet Besim have been released. This is allegedly what was said before police swooped.

No relation to George: accused sex offender

'No relation' to Cardinal George Pell. Accused sex offender Neville Pell outside court.

Steve Butcher 3:09 PM   An alleged child sex offender named Neville George Pell has denied he is related to Cardinal George Pell after a Melbourne court heard he confirmed to investigating police he was.

Accused in 'femme fatale' murder hoped 'black magic' would save him

Courts

Mark Russell 1:12 PM   One of the men accused of killing a Hawthorn gym owner on the orders of a "femme fatale" had hoped black magic would help get him off a murder charge, a court has heard.

Image of police impostor released

An image of the man police wish to speak to over the Lancefield home invasion.

Marissa Calligeros 10:54 AM   A woman sexually assaulted by a man posing as a police officer is too scared to return home, detectives say.

Concerns for safety of missing Malvern East teenager

Missing teenager Owen Clune

10:25 AM   There are growing concerns for a Malvern East teenager who failed to turn up to school on Tuesday and is still missing.

Thieves torch stolen car after Autobarn ram raid in Cranbourne

The stolen Commodore was set alight.

Marissa Calligeros 9:50 AM   Thieves have set fire to a stolen car used in an early-morning ram raid in Melbourne's south-east.

Queen's Birthday trading hours Melbourne: What’s open, what’s closed

People gather by the River Thames in central London, to watch a 1,000-boat flotilla part of the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne, on Sunday, June 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Robyn Grace 9:41 AM   Victorians will take a day off for the Queen's Birthday on Monday.

Donvale sinkhole to be repaired by lunchtime on Wednesday

The Donvale sinkhole was about half a metre wide and three metres deep.

Marissa Calligeros 9:32 AM   A burst water main and sinkhole caused major traffic delays in Melbourne's north and east on Wednesday morning.

Melbourne Express: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Express sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:28 AM   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.

Sinkhole opens up in suburban Melbourne street

Donvale resident Paul Hourmouzis took this photo of the Donvale sink hole.

Aisha Dow   A sink hole has opened up in the middle of a suburban street in Melbourne.

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.

Video

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.