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Melbourne Express: April 11, 2014

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Taxi fares are set to rise by up to 30 per cent, the transport minister saying the extra money will mean "better drivers and better services". FULL STORY.

In response to the announcement, drivers are planning to blockade the city today.

The Pixies reformation album Indie Cindy is filled with "instantly recognisable" songs, says our reviewer. It's the rock outfit's first new CD release in 23 years. FULL REVIEW.

The <i>Pixies</i> are fuelling the revolution.
The Pixies are fuelling the revolution. 

Taxi fares are set to rise by up to 30 per cent, the transport minister saying the extra money will mean "better drivers and better services". FULL STORY.

In response to the announcement, drivers are planning to blockade the city today.

Seven stories of Australians who have fought on the frontline, seven directors creating a theatrical show, and just one, solo, female performer. The show is called KaBooM: Stories From Distant Frontlines and is contemporary to the max, with projections, aerial work and very loud music. The performance is on nightly until Sunday. FULL DETAILS.

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There's been an accident in Richmond on Church St near Bridge Road. Take care moving through the area.

Correcting our mistakes more than half a century later... The Age incorrectly captioned the photo on yesterday's front cover (below) accompanying the article on St Kilda's plan to move back to Junction Oval. The third player from the left was labelled as Ken Marshall. It is, in fact, Ken Mulhall. The error was made in 1955.

Junction Oval now and then: Current St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt (left). Junction Oval, 1955: Harold Davies, Stewart ...
Junction Oval now and then: Current St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt (left). Junction Oval, 1955: Harold Davies, Stewart Lennie, Ken Mulhall and Merv Dillon at St Kilda training. Photo: Getty Images

Top Arts opens today at the NGV. The program - now in its 20th year - gives students who studied VCE Art and Studio Arts last year the opportunity to put their work on public display. The Ian Potter exhibition is free, and will stay open until mid-July. FULL STORY.

Cassandra Min - Symphony Series Top Art start up 2014.
Cassandra Min - Symphony Series Top Art start up 2014. Photo: Joe Armao
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An Oakleigh man survived crashing his car just outside Melbourne only to be killed by a passing truck. The 23-year-old was driving through Little River on the Princes Freeway after midnight when he crashed into trees on the median strip. He's believed to have gotten out of his car and stepped on the road, where he was hit by a passing truck.

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Craigieburn line delays for city-bound travellers due to a train fault at Broadmeadows.

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3AW's Yvette Gray is reporting that hoon drivers will have their vehicles immobilised at their homes in a new Victoria Police pilot program. 

Melbourne Express has a special giveaway this morning - tickets to the Comedy Fest's The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party - a show that 'combines the fun of a board game night with the hilarity that comedians offer'.

You can win one of two double passes to tonight's show using the promo codes: DSXDGB8F and TA2C93R4. Once those are gone, you can still get half-price tickets with the promo code EXPRESS.

More information about the show and the link to win, or buy the tickets, can be found HERE. Get in quick!

The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party at this year's Comedy Fest.
The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party at this year's Comedy Fest. 

You might want to allow extra time today if you're passing through the CBD - taxi drivers are planning to blockade the city. FULL STORY.

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High Street in Ashburton is blocked eastbound because of a car collision. A lane is also blocked northbound on Warrigal Road.

High Street lane in Ashburton is blocked eastbound due to a car crash.
High Street lane in Ashburton is blocked eastbound due to a car crash. 

The Age's picture editor selects some of today's best photos from around the world.

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Update to Cranbourne and Pakenham lines: trains have resumed, but services will still experience short delays and some trains may be changed to bypass the city loop.

Oddspot for today... Two Minnesota burglary suspects have been charged after an apparent break-in during which they alerted police with accidental "pocket calls". A police dispatcher took two calls made during the emergency call option on the suspect's phone. Police arrived at the premises, reportedly finding the suspects with a TV and other items.

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Cranbourne and Pakenham line trains are being held up while police access the track at Yarraman. Delays of around 15 minutes in both directions.

On the front of our newspaper today… Taxi fares are set to rise up to 30 per cent by the end of May, with fares to depend on when you travel and what day it is. FULL STORY. And tensions grow between Victoria and Canberra, after the state government took three months to clarify its budget demands on Commonwealth infrastructure funding. FULL STORY.

Get your geek on at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo this weekend - Australia's answer to Comic-con. Fans of all things comics, animation, gaming, movies and fantasy are invited to gather together at the Showgrounds from today until Sunday. Then it's back into the study at home. FULL DETAILS.

Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane last year... you get the general idea.
Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane last year... you get the general idea. Photo: Michelle Smith
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