Developer two levels short of a car park

The developer of a 72-level tower in the city did not build the underground car parking it pledged to.

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Playing pokies on the wane, but problem gambling is not

The number of pokie players has dropped but problem gambling levels have increased.

Alana Schetzer 2:24 PM   The number of Victorians playing the pokies has dropped significantly in the past six years but that hasn't stopped a surge in problem gambling, according to a groundbreaking study on the industry.

Victoria's summer forecast

Photograph Simon O'Dwyer. The Age Newspaper. 061015. Photograph Shows. Connor Tzelios leads his mates into the water after a jump from the Frankston Pier during a hot spell that has hit Melbourne. The boys are in year 12 and will soon be back in a class room to sit VCE exams. #weather #summer #bay #heat

Marissa Calligeros 2:13 PM   Wild winds marked the end of spring yesterday. So what's in store for us this summer?

Man cheats death while trying to take photos of trains

The man managed to press himself against a fence to avoid being struck.

Marissa Calligeros 2:09 PM   Driver tried to stop train but was unable to before it reached man standing on tracks at underpass.

Jury in rape trial told to ignore Daw's rehearsed evidence

North Melbourne player Majak Daw arrives at the County Court..

Adam Cooper 1:55 PM   Prosecutor says North Melbourne footballer's 'account was implausible, his evidence was unconvincing and he was evasive under the test of cross-examination'.

Arrest warrant issued for comedian Greg Fleet

Comedian Greg Fleet

Liam Mannix 1:29 PM   Comedian was due to show up in court on Tuesday on charges of stealing from a friend to fund his heroin addiction. He failed to appear.

Former Cats player ''delusional, desperate and destructive'', court told

Player manager Liam Pickering has been described in court as "delusional" and "destructive".

Mark Russell 1:21 PM   Lawyers for a Melbourne businessman suing high-profile AFL player manager Liam Pickering for more than $2.5 million have claimed the former Geelong player was "delusional, desperate and destructive" when he left one company to set up his own business.

Swimming coach created punishment system to assault young student, court hears

Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Tammy Mills 1:04 PM   A suburban swimming coach allegedly created a punishment system to indecently assault a young student, a court has heard.

Parents wave goodbye to 'free' public education

Chronic education underfunding in the state school system is pushing the coast burden onto parents, according to Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy.

Timna Jacks 12:53 PM   Free public education comes with exceptions in Victoria.

Levy to improve public transport instead shuts car park in Fitzroy

Condell Street car park, Fitzroy

Clay Lucas 12:10 PM   It was a new tax on the city's parking that was meant to help unclog roads and improve public transport.

'The Gender Fairy': a new chapter in transgender education for kids

Jo Hirst launches her book with Evie, a 10-year-old trangender girl.

Miki Perkins 12:06 PM   Imagine your young child tells you they are transgender. You scour the internet for information and talk to experts, but find no books suitable for them. What do you do? This Melbourne mother decided to write her own, an Australian first.

Your stolen car may be sold for $50 to buy ice

Cars are stolen, sold for scrap and then shipped to China and Africa.

Tammy Mills 11:58 AM   Police say many older model cars are being sold by ice addicts for between $50 and $300 to unlicensed scrap metal merchants on a no-question asked basis.

Riders doing it tough in the west with cyclists citing poor paths as a big turn off

Cyclists using a bike path on Shepherd Bridge, Footscray.

Adam Carey 11:51 AM   Report finds patchy network of safe routes compared with other parts of the inner city is driving many bike users to jump in their car instead.

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What caused Melbourne's crazy winds?

Liverpool and Elizabeth Street in Sydney.

Marissa Calligeros 9:11 AM   Little rain or lightning, but fierce winds came with Monday's thunderstorms.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Express icons sunrise

Deborah Gough 9:03 AM   Bringing you compelling content with our weekday live blog.

When should you put up your Christmas tree?

When is the right time to put your Christmas tree?

Deborah Gough 7:34 AM   So today's the day everyone puts up their Christmas tree, right? December 1. It's tradition. It is bad luck on your house if your tree is already up.

Duo nabbed with drugs, loaded sawn-off shotgun in car in Reservoir

The Police Association says officers are regularly finding guns in cars, including sawn-off shotguns, in Melbourne's north-west.

Marissa Calligeros 7:24 AM   Two alleged drug dealers have been nabbed in Melbourne's north with a cache of drugs and a loaded sawn-off shotgun in their car.

Melbourne weather: Bureau warns of severe thunderstorms

Winds of up to 90 km/h are ripping through parts of Melbourne.

Larissa Ham 7:55 PM   You'd be forgiven for thinking Melbourne's weather - erratic at the best of times - swung even more wildly than usual this spring.

Daw tells court: 'We were both kissing ... she was very happy to be doing this'

Majak Daw arrives at the County Court on Monday.

Adam Cooper 7:31 PM   'No I didn't,' says North Melbourne footballer when asked in County Court if he'd raped a 15-year-old girl in 2007.

Ram-raid thieves blamed for three jewellery store burglaries

The scene of the Greenvale ram-raid.

Marissa Calligeros 7:07 PM   Police believe thieves who stole cigarettes from a Greenvale shop on Monday had burgled three jewellery stores earlier that morning.

Injuries, not deaths, the best indicator of road trauma: expert

The scene of the crash in Somerton.

Tom Cowie and Marissa Calligeros 6:56 PM   Serious injuries, not just deaths, are the truest indicator of road safety and should be used to educate the community, a traffic accident expert says.

'Only a matter of time before a member of the public is hit': bikies target Melbourne's clubs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23:  General view of Kittens strip club in South Melbourne  a location related to crimes committed by Adrian Bayley on March 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Cameron Houston Nino Bucci 6:48 PM   Victoria Police will broaden an investigation into attempts by prominent outlaw motorcycle gangs to further infiltrate and intimidate Melbourne's security industry following a spate of shootings, fire bombings and two violent attacks on venues over the weekend.

Four teens injured after truck crushes car

The scene of the crash.

Marissa Calligeros 6:47 PM   A car has been crushed by a truck in Melbourne's north, leaving two teenagers fighting for their lives in hospital.

Attempted murder charge over double stabbing

Detectives are investigating whether the man stabbed himself and the woman.

Rania Spooner and Border Mail 6:21 PM   A man who was dumped at a Wangaratta hospital with stab wounds has been charged with attempting to murder an injured woman dumped on the same night.  

Prominent dentist Ari Masters accused of underpaying student

Dr Ari Masters has been accused of underpaying a student dental technician.

Julia Medew 12:15 AM   A prominent Melbourne dentist who spruiks a "no brace" method for teeth straightening has been accused of exploiting a dental student who was allegedly underpaid tens of thousands of dollars.

Guy calls for population debate, places East West Link on the agenda

Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy has indicated that the Coalition will revisit the East West Link at the next state election.

Josh Gordon 5:02 PM   Matthew Guy has called for a debate about population growth, warning Melbourne is in danger of "bursting" and cannot sustainably keep growing at its current pace.

Teenager saw someone watching through her bathroom window

Police want to speak to anybody who saw a person loitering around Glendale Drive in Chirnside Park last week.

Rania Spooner 4:38 PM   Detectives are investigating a report of a peeping Tom in Melbourne's north-east after a teenage girl saw someone outside her bathroom window.

Four kangaroos rescued after falling down mine shaft in Trentham

One of the kangaroos rescued after it was trapped down a mine shaft in Trentham.

Tom Cowie 4:26 PM   A wildlife rescuer has helped retrieve four kangaroos trapped five metres down an abandoned mine shaft in Trentham.

Victoria's bill shock epidemic

About half of Australians are receiving power bills that are higher than they expected.

Marc Moncrief 4:04 PM   Nearly half of all Australians were charged more than they expected in their last electricity bill and many are falling behind on other bills to keep the lights on.

Sex offender review finished but findings under wraps

Sean Price had a long history of violent, sexual offending.

Nino Bucci 3:52 PM   Work complete on Harper Review, prompted by murder of Masa Vukotic, but recommendations will be kept secret  until it's looked at by state government.


Andrews' port plan is a fraud on the west

Victoria is facing an infrastructure fiasco rivalling the desalination plant.

Indifference threatens a jewel in Victoria's heritage

In a crook of a hill outside Melbourne, a rare example of Victoria's heritage is crumbling.

A perfect storm led to hospital baby deaths

We must demand transparency and a change in attitude at Bacchus Marsh Hospital.

Hunt’s Melbourne 2200: on a road to nowhere

Environment Minister is still playing Abbott-style politics and his  proposals ignore fiscal realities.

The urban myth we just can't shake off

We have the world's most urban culture but  we see ourselves as red-dirters, outbackers, bushies.

Hail the fight for workplace safety

The decline in workplace deaths would have been unachievable without the vigilance of unions.

Fighting fire with fire: sometimes it goes wrong

The recent Lancefield bushfires highlight the need to have a plan and then use it.

A premier who keeps his promises? Really?

Premier Daniel Andrews has stuck to his guns, and his commitments.

Flash heatwave forebodes dangerous summer

In less than a week, the bushfire season has descended upon us.

Open letter to Gillon McLachlan

Victim of Brownless' "strippers" comment says the AFL chief should use his power to change the culture of The Footy Show.

Don't be fooled by Andrews' port trickery

Privatising the port to pay for level-crossing removals is a modern version of the pea and thimble trick.


V/Line conductor filmed punching man

Passenger films a V/Line employee as he repeatedly kicks and punches a 46-year-old man at Broadford station.

Andrews wants Melbourne Metro cash from Turnbull

Daniel Andrews wants the allocated $3 billion for East West link to fund the Melbourne Metro.

Inside Australia's goat farming industry

We export the largest quantity of this meat in the world, but most Australians know little about goat farming.