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Mex Cooper has been an online reporter at The Age since 2008 after four years at the Geelong Advertiser, where she was a senior court reporter. Email or tweet Mex with your news tips.

Minor earthquake hits Melbourne's north

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Mex Cooper A minor earthquake has shaken Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Elderly driver crashes into Monbulk child care centre

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Mex Cooper An elderly driver has crashed into a child care centre in the Dandenongs.

Man arrested over death of Michael Sleiman in Deer Park

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Mex Cooper A 22-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the death of a 20-year-old man in January during an alleged gang attack in Melbourne's west.

Tradesmen rescue elderly woman from burning house in Bentleigh

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Mex Cooper Two tradesmen rescued an elderly woman from her burning home in Melbourne's south-east on Wednesday morning.

HIV scare for hundreds of dental patients in eastern Victoria

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Julia Medew and Mex Cooper A HIV-positive dentist has been found to pose no risk to the public despite hundreds of their patients in Victoria's east being urged to undertake a test for the virus.

Medical centre in Narre Warren South breached privacy laws by keeping files in shed

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Mex Cooper A medical centre that kept the sensitive health records of nearly 1000 patients in a garden shed on a disused property in Melbourne's south-east has been reprimanded for breaching privacy laws.

Train vandals condemned for social media video

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Mex Cooper and Nino Bucci A video glorifying train vandalism and trespass has been condemned by Victoria Police and Metro Trains in the wake of two deaths from train stunts in Melbourne since mid-May.

Three men killed in Broadwater car crash after tree falls across road

Three people were killed in a horror road accident at Broadwater on Friday night.

Mex Cooper Three men were killed in a horror car crash near Warrnambool, in the state’s west, triggered by Friday night’s wild weather.

Out of tragedy comes change

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Rosemary (Rosie) Batty mother of murdered eleven year old schoolboy Luke talks to the media about her son and his troubled father who killed him.
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Mex Cooper They were no doubt meant to be words of comfort uttered in the face of an unthinkable loss - ''you'll always be a mum, Rosie''.

Rupert's rail trail: Missing Melbourne cat found in Traralgon

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Mex Cooper A missing pet cat who disappeared from his West Melbourne home has turned up in Traralgon, about 165 kilometres away, after possibly hitching a lift with a train.

Ten Facebook pages that will get Melbourne talking

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Mex Cooper Melburnians are finding creative ways to share what they love about their unique city on social media.

Man in custody after shooting in North Road, Bentleigh

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Mex Cooper A man shot in the lower body in Melbourne's south-east has been taken to hospital in a stable condition and his alleged shooter arrested, police say.

Melburnians offered the chance to 'pimp' their myki cards

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Mex Cooper To most Melburnians MYKI cards tend to be a necessary evil.

Rosie Batty blasts TV host Joe Hildebrand over family violence

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Mex Cooper The mother of murdered schoolboy Luke Batty has blasted a morning television host and criticised new child abuse reporting laws that she said could punish family violence victims.

Yarra Trams investigates alleged racial abuse

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Mex Cooper Yarra Trams is looking into an alleged racist incident on a tram on Wednesday night.

Urgent call for hospital security boost after neurosurgeon stabbed

Julia Medew, Kate Hagan, Mex Cooper and Nick Toscano Doctors and nurses are calling for the government to urgently improve hospital security after a vicious attack at Western Hospital left a leading surgeon battling life-threatening injuries.

Mother says Luke loved and trusted his father despite his problems

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Rania Spooner, John Silvester, Mex Cooper and Jessica Wright In the moments before his death, Luke Batty had asked his mother, Rosie, for just a few more minutes to play with his dad after cricket practice.

Social media tributes flow for Luke Batty after Tyabb tragedy

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Mex Cooper Friends of the 11-year-old boy killed in Tyabb before his father was shot by police on Wednesday night have taken to social media to express their shock and sadness.

Woman sexually assaulted in vacant house

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Mex Cooper A woman was dragged into a vacant house and sexually assaulted in Melbourne's east on Thursday morning, police have been told.

Drunk, unlicensed mum caught driving with three kids

Mex Cooper A drunk mother who did not have a licence was caught driving with her three children in a car in Melbourne's north-east on Wednesday night, according to police.