Online map aims to ease CBD parking hunt

Adam Carey 8:35 PM   A Melbourne start-up, Parkhound, has developed an online tool that can identify free on-street parking spots and help to ease inner-city congestion.

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Schools commemorate Anzac Day and their their own history

Grade 3 and 4 students at the Flemington Primary School with the ANZAC  honour board, which they received a grant to restore.

Alana Schetzer 5:05 PM   Lilydale High School pupils have created a mural depicting the journey of Lilydale's first Anzac, stretcher bearer Ralph Goode.

Woman faced 'constant abuse, threats' from boyfriend before being shot dead

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08:  A general view of  The Supreme Court of Victoria on September 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Mark Russell 4:03 PM   A woman had been in an extremely abusive relationship with her boyfriend before he shot her dead, a court has heard.

Police hunt for man after fatal Corio hit-and-run

Police wish to speak to Mark Sheen over a hit-and-run in Corio.

Vanessa Desloires 3:38 PM   Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a fatal hit-and-run near Geelong.

Shot fired in Glen Waverley pub

Victoria Police

Vanessa Desloires 2:59 PM   Police are investigating a "reckless" drive-by shooting at a hotel in Melbourne's eastern suburbs early on Tuesday morning.

Anzac Day terror accused kept in maximum security, court told

Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Adam Cooper 2:41 PM   A lawyer for one of the young men arrested over the alleged Anzac Day terror plot has raised concerns over his teenage client being kept in custody with Victoria's most serious criminals.

Terror raids: Anzac Day shooting rampage reportedly planned

Broken windows at a house in Hallam after Saturday's terror raids.

Marissa Calligeros, Adam Cooper, David Wroe and Richard Willingham 2:15 PM   A third man has been charged and remanded in custody as details of the alleged Anzac Day terror plot in Melbourne emerge.

Anzac terror raids: Third man charged

Police seize items during Saturday's counter-terrorism raids in Hallam.

Marissa Calligeros 1:55 PM   A third man has been charged over the alleged Anzac Day terror plots foiled by Victoria Police raids on Saturday.

British teenager arrested over link to alleged Melbourne Anzac Day terror plot

 A general view of the Shrine of Remembrance on April 20, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick Hatch 1:54 PM   UK police confirmed that information collected during the arrest of a British 14-year-old boy on April 2 resulted in Saturday's anti-terror raids in Melbourne.

'It's hopeless': Judge roasts 'pimp'

gavel

Andrew Thomson 11:03 AM   An alleged pimp who helped three sex workers set up appointments in regional cities across Victoria is determined to plead not guilty despite a roasting by a magistrate.

Melbourne Express: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Yolanda Redrup 9:00 AM   A live daily blog bringing you what you need to know to hit the day running.

Car crashes into home: Baby in induced coma

The scene of the crash.

Marissa Calligeros 8:28 AM   Four-month-old Isabelle was sleeping with her parents when a car came crashing through their house.

Family remember Khaled Abouhasna, gunned down in Altona Meadows shooting

Shooting victim Khaled Abouhasna (left) with former Bandido bikie Toby Mitchell.

Tammy Mills, Rania Spooner and Chris Vedelago 6:58 AM   The grieving family of a Melbourne man gunned down in his mother's driveway are at a loss to understand who would want him dead despite his links to underworld identities.

Puppy farm to close, owner to plead guilty

Complaints animals were being abused led Wyndham Council to raid the unregistered Little River puppy farm last year.

Jane Lee 11:31 PM   An unregistered puppy farm is expected to be shut down after operating for more than a decade, and its owner could be hit with a fine of more than $20,000.

Icy conditions set to return for Anzac Day

Cold weather shots, coldest morning this year, fog around Warrnambool and District.

Marissa Calligeros 11:10 PM   Victoria's icy weekend blast is expected to last well into the week, possibly making it the coldest April week in six years.

Terror suspect relative says raids ruthless and for show

Jemal Abazi.

Deborah Gough 9:33 PM    A gym owner and relative of the man charged by police over a suspected Anzac Day terror plan has accused police of ruthlessly raiding the homes of families, arresting men without evidence and of conducting the raids as a show of strength.

Asylum seeker who sexually assaulted disabled boy to be held in detention centre

County Court

Adam Cooper 8:25 PM   An asylum seeker who sexually assaulted a nine-year-old disabled boy faces the prospects of being kept in a detention centre before he is eventually deported after a judge ruled he had served enough time in prison.

Father of 19-year-old arrested in anti-terror raids to make formal complaint

The al-Furqan bookshop.

Patrick Hatch 8:10 PM   The father of one of the young men arrested in Saturday's anti-terrorism raids in Melbourne's south-east says he will make a formal complaint against Victoria Police over claims of racism and brutality.

Force defends delay in dealing with dudded drunk drivers

Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill.

Nino Bucci 7:27 PM   Victoria's top traffic cop has defended not contacting hundreds of drivers impacted by a major drink-driving error, despite the bungle being uncovered two months ago.

PSO train platform policy facing audit ahead of possible overhaul

The deployment of PSOs on train platforms will be the subject of an audit.

Josh Gordon 7:20 PM   The use of armed guards on train platforms across Melbourne will face fresh scrutiny amid concerns the policy is expensive, inflexible and poorly targeted.

Residents horrified over asbestos find at Alphington paper mill site

The Amcor recycling plant at Alphington.

Clay Lucas, Aisha Dow 6:58 PM   Residents whose homes and gardens were "coated" with construction dust from a major Alphington building site are horrified they were not told about an asbestos discovery made at the location months ago.

Metro and union fight over 'unsafe' X'Trapolis train on Frankston line

An X'Trapolis train.

Adam Carey 6:54 PM   The union that represents Metro train drivers has sought to take the company to the industrial umpire over its continued operation of a single X'Trapolis train – modified so it will not outpace the boom gates at level crossings – on the Frankston line.

Disabled sex abuse scandal widens as another Victorian carer charged

Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 6:53 PM   A Victorian government-employed carer for the disabled has been charged with 17 serious sexual abuse offences against a person in their care.

CFMEU fined for threatening company and blockading building site

The CFMEU has been fined over coercion at a Hawthorn building site.

Nick Toscano 6:50 PM   Victoria's biggest construction union has been hit with heavy penalties for threatening a company and illegally blockading a Hawthorn building site where managers refused to cede to union demands.

Man pleads not guilty to illegally constructing sign on CUB site wall

 Jonathon Westmoreland, leaves the Magistrates Court on Monday.

Steve Butcher 6:48 PM    A subcontractor has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he illegally constructed an advertising hoarding that was attached to a brick wall that collapsed and killed three pedestrians in Carlton.

Knife-wielding bandits hold up Elwood milk bar

A computer image of one of the men wanted by police over the robbery.

Chloe Booker 6:20 PM   Police are hunting a knife-wielding man and his accomplice after they held up a milk bar in Melbourne's inner south.

Baby fights for life after car crashes into home

The scene of the crash.

Marissa Calligeros 6:04 PM   A four-month-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital after a car slammed into her family's Geelong home.

Lack of funding curbs treatment for arsonists, say researchers

Fire ban.

Tammy Mills 12:15 AM   More is being learnt about the type of people who deliberately light fires, but a lack of funding is hampering efforts to treat them, researchers say.

Anzac terror raids: second man charged

Police seize items during Saturday's counter-terrorism raids in Hallam.

Richard Willingham 5:24 PM   A second man has been charged over the alleged Anzac Day terror plots foiled by Victoria Police raids on Saturday.

Man accused of assaulting Carlton footballers claims he was trying to be a 'peacekeeper'

Mitch Robinson (left) and Jeff Garlett (right front) playing for Carlton Football Club.

Adam Cooper   One of the men charged over a street fight which left Carlton footballers Jeff Garlett and Mitch Robinson with head injuries wants to contest the charges against him to keep alive his dream of earning a basketball scholarship to the United States.

Opinion

What happened to that swag of footy cliches?

Before these articulate ex-champs took to the mike, footy commentary had its own unique vocabulary.

Putting a stop to the endless recyclables cycle

I can't live for the moment. Instead I wish my life away in two-week increments.

Found ... in a land where searchers do not give up

We might reflect that Australia is a land where searchers and rescuers do not give up.

Dallas Brooks: a hall full of memories

From school prize-giving to the teenage thrill of a big concertl, this hall has been home to it all.

Bikes and cars: slow down on our crowded roads

Our roads are busier than ever, and we need patience, good manners and common sense.

Does the premier finally see through PPP rorts?

Deals for infrastructure are fleecing the public, but Andrews might be smart enough to see through it.

Remembering Masa Vukotic on our journey

We need to focus on the needs of the victim and challenge the behaviour of the perpetrator.

Why your electricity bill might be a real shocker

Deregulating retail electricity prices has pushed up some customers’ bills by $800 a year in Victoria.

Liberals are not better economic managers

Liberals rushed to close the East West deal for political reasons, exposing us to unnecessary risk.

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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.

What's wrong with fighting in an octagon?

There has been much controversy surrounding Victoria lifting the ban on 'cage fighting'.

Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".