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Rania Spooner

Rania is a health reporter at The Age.

Salmonella salad outbreak deemed 'serious' as numbers of sick double

A multi-jurisdictional outbreak investigation has been launched over the cases.

Rania Spooner and Neelima Choahan The number of people affected by a "serious outbreak" of salmonella linked to popular pre-packaged supermarket salads has almost doubled and is expected to keep rising, while the cause of the health...

Inside Melbourne's new state-of-the-art cancer centre

From the ground floor of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre looking up to the seventh floor overpass.

Rania Spooner Looking up through the swirling core of its white curves and sparkling lights, this soon-to-be hospital looks like a modern art museum.

Victorian children with epilepsy to take part in medical marijuana trial

The drug being tested is made from a synthetic version of a therapeutic compound usually found in cannabis.

Rania Spooner Premier Daniel Andrews announces that Victorian children living with epilepsy will be part of an international clinical trial of synthetic cannabis.

Glaucoma patient was on list for four years to see an eye doctor

Retiree Steven Mendelson says he has waited four years to be seen by an ophthalmologist and two years to be seen by a neurologist after having a stroke in early 2012.

Rania Spooner It was the specialist eye doctor appointment Victorian stroke survivor Steven Mendelson had waited nearly half a decade for.

Alcohol and drug cases stretch emergency departments to the limit

An alcohol affected patient at St Vincent's Hospital.

Rania Spooner She's a mess of raven hair, pale skin and plastic tubes, her unsteady limps thrash around the trolley while her lungs fill the emergency department with screams.

Children sexually abused at Eureka Stockade Pool in Ballarat in 1970s: police

Eureka Stockade Pool in Ballarat East.

Rania Spooner A swimming pool in Ballarat is at the centre of an investigation into allegations of historic sexual abuse against boys as young as eight.

Dozens of high rolling cat burglar's victims step up to claim stolen goods

Rania Spooner A search for the owners of millions of dollars worth of luxury watches, handbags, alcohol and jewellery has turned up more than 50 new potential victims of an alleged high end cat burglar.

Casino high roller Di Miao alleged to have led double life as cat burglar

Some of the items allegedly found at the home of Di Miao.

Rania Spooner A casino high roller has been accused of leading a double life as a sophisticated cat burglar who targeted the homes of rich foreigners, spending millions of dollars at Crown each year despite being...

Hunt for man who exposed himself on Melbourne tram

Victoria Police.

Rania Spooner Transit police have asked for the public's help to catch a man who exposed himself on a tram in Melbourne's south east.in 

Betting ban on UFC over integrity issues

The Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm fight at Etihad Stadium.

Cameron Houston, Rania Spooner, Chris Vedelago Victoria's gambling regulator banned Tabcorp from taking bets on the recent UFC cage fighting event in Melbourne, amid warnings by law enforcement agencies that the sport was vulnerable to corruption...

Falls Festival stands tall, with a little help from a lot of friends

A change of venue didn't dim the enthusiasm of the Falls Festival crowd.

Rania Spooner It was the festival that almost wasn't.

Missing Vermont man found

Police arrested two alleged robbers on Monday night

Anna Whitelaw, Rania Spooner George Robbins, the 83-year-old man who went missing on Monday from his Vermont home the day his wife died of a stroke has been found safe and well.

Family searches for missing father, grieves mother's death

 Victoria Police have arrested new Comanchero Hallam chapter president, Amir Jaha.

Rania Spooner Grieving siblings whose mother died of a stroke on Tuesday morning are appealing for help to find their missing elderly father who suffers from severe dementia.

Ready, aim, fireworks - despite dire New Year's Eve weather warnings for Victoria

Fireworks over Melbourne CBD

Rania Spooner and Rebecca Rubenstein Firefighting authorities have flagged the possibility of a total fire ban for New Years Eve but planned fireworks displays are still expected to go ahead despite a severe fire rating in the South...

Stephen Dank to receive defamation payout

Sports scientist Stephen Dank says he is waging many battles through the courts.

Rania Spooner and Mark Russell Stephen Dank will receive a defamation payout from the Herald Sun's publisher over a story that alleged he associated with bikies.

Bushfires Victoria: Great Ocean Road towns evacuated as fire hits coast homes

Fires burn near Wye River and Separation Creek, near Lorne.

Benjamin Preiss, Rania Spooner, Chloe Booker, Liam Mannix Up to 60 houses could have been lost in the fires that have swept through the popular Surf Coast holiday towns of Wye River and Separation Creek.

Pool cover tragedy claims teen's life

Police tape

Rania Spooner A young woman has tragically drowned at a public swimming pool in Victoria's east on Christmas morning.

Body of woman who vanished on Christmas Eve found

Have you seen missing 35-year-old Mount Eliza mum Andrea Els?

Rania Spooner Police have found the body of a missing 35-year-old mother-of-two who vanished on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day hunt for armed bandits

Police want to speak to this man over armed robberies in Maribyrnong and Tullamarine on Christmas Eve.

Rania Spooner Two men robbed two stores using a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun, terrifying shop attendants in the lead-up to Christmas.

Cannabis grow house on wheels busted by breath test

Rania Spooner A random breath test and a familiar odour revealed a cannabis grow house being lugged around in a rental truck.