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That's it for another day of Melbourne Express, thanks for joining us. I'll see you tomorrow morning from 6 until 9. Cheers.

Thanks to all who have taken part in our Nova Cinema giveaway this morning. I'll be in touch with you later this morning if you've won a double pass to see Seduced and Abandoned this Thursday. We'll be giving away another 20 passes tomorrow morning at 8am if you missed out.

No detail from Denis Napthine on when Victorians can expect his promised airport rail link, in an interview with 3AW this morning.

A teen male driver crashed into a tree in Lynbrook at 3.30am with another male teenager in the passenger seat. The passenger, believed to be 14 years old, is in a critical condition in hospital and the driver sustained serious injuries.

Two teenage boys were in a Lynbrook car crash early this morning. Thanks to Cam Lucadou-Wells for this Twitter photo.

Two teenage boys were in a Lynbrook car crash early this morning. Thanks to Cam Lucadou-Wells for this Twitter photo.

Update on train vandals from Caroline Zielinski...

Three masked vandals who tried to graffiti a slow-moving Melbourne train were given a taste of their own medicine as passengers fought back, hurling objects and insults at the youths.

A video recording of the incident shows three teenage boys, their heads covered by white masks, jumping out of bushes and spraying the last Hitachi service with graffiti as it comes to a standstill between Rushall and Clifton Hill train stations on Saturday.

The trip was part of a farewell tour organised for the train service, and it is believed the teenagers were alerted to the train's stopping point by a passenger inside.

But other commuters, who were less than impressed with the youths' actions, yelled insults and poured water over their heads while recording the event with their mobile phones.

A serious crash in Lynbrook early this morning has a teenage boy critically injured and another with serious injuries. More soon.

A warm day today in Melbourne, mostly sunny and a top of 22 degrees. FULL DETAILS.

A huge fire has engulfed the historic Chilean city of Valparaiso. 16 are confirmed dead and 10,000 have been evacuated from the port city north-west of Santiago.

Labor MP and shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh and Liberal MP Andrew Laming will discuss raising the pension age, superannuation, investment by Chinese state-owned enterprises and budget cuts, on the Fairfax's Breaking Politics program, streamed online from 10.30am - HERE.

Three large-scale video works by Chinese artist Wang Gongxin are on display at the NGV. It is what it sounds like, huge video projections, some with multiple channels in the same installation, projected onto walls inside the gallery. FULL DETAILS.

Chinese artist Wang Gongxin's immersive video works come to the NGV.

Chinese artist Wang Gongxin's immersive video works come to the NGV.

Some local stories this morning... Arsonists light several fires at a Port Melbourne aged-care facility overnight, FULL STORY. A new method of ATM scammers called 'forking' traps a second transaction, usually the daily limit, FULL STORY. Premier Denis Napthine fails to explain when the airport rail link will be built or where the money will come from, FULL STORY. And, the final journey of one of Melbourne's last Hitachi electric trains was marred by vandals spray-painting the train's side.

We're hearing reports of a collision in Fitzroy on Johnston Street near Brunswick Street. Take care driving through the area.

Today and tomorrow, we're giving away 20 double passes to a movie preview of Seduced and Abandoned this Thursday at Nova Cinema. The film sees acting legend Alec Baldwin team up with Oscar nominated filmmaker James Toback as they lead us on a troublesome and often hilarious journey of raising finances for their next feature film. It features the who’s who of the film industry, including Martin Scorsese, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain and more.

The first twenty The Age online subscribers to email me at tvanderriet@theage.com.au will win a double pass. I'll let you know later this morning if you've been successful. Otherwise try again tomorrow!

Check out a trailer of the film below.

The final trip for one of Melbourne's Hitachi electric trains was spoiled when vandals spray-painted the train's side. More coming from online reporter Caroline Zielinski.

The graffiti on the side of the train.

The graffiti on the side of the train. Photo: Melbourne PT Gunzel YouTube channel

Renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià stops by our studio to talk about the transformation of his restaurant and Bullipedia, an encyclopaedia of gastronomy. Click below to watch a video interview.

Once again, on the front of our newspaper today... Denis Napthine fails to explain when an airport train might be delivered, or how much it would cost, after promising the long-awaited rail link yesterday. Tony Abbott has dropped in the polls falling behind Labor 52-48, with the poll showing record support for the Greens. And the CSIRO is concerned up to $150 million will be slashed from its funding in May's federal budget.

A selection of the best photos from around the world today.

Artist Li Wei and Sonohra perform in Piazza Duomo during the Milan Design Week on April 10, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  Photo by Getty Images Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, April 14, 2014

Artist Li Wei and Sonohra perform in Piazza Duomo during the Milan Design Week on April 10, 2014 in Milan, Italy. Photo by Getty Images

  • Artist Li Wei and Sonohra perform in Piazza Duomo during the Milan Design Week on April 10, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  Photo by Getty Images
  • Participants take part in a "zombie parade" during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival April 12, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • People fly kites on the beach during the 28th International Berck-sur-Mer Kite Festival, in the northern French resort of Berck-sur-Mer, April 12, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • Kites made by students during art class fly at the Nouvelle Zoranje school in Zoranje, April 11, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • A group of young classic dancers are seen prior to performing on the street during the Dance Day, in Pamplona northern Spain, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • Men stand by a fire in a cemetery during a Palm Sunday memorial for the departed in Herasti, southern Romania, early Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by AP
  • People dance under spraying water at Do LaB at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, April 12, 2014. Photo by AFP
  • Demonstrators clash with policemen during a protest against austerity measures in downtown Rome. Photo by Reuters
  • New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, April 12, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • A firefighter works near houses on fire in Valparaiso, 110 km west of Santiago, Chile, on April 12, 2014. Photo by AFP
  • An actor, dressed as the devil, poses for a picture during a "Via Crucis" (Way of the Cross) procession which commemorates Jesus Christ's crucifixion in Masaya town April 12, 2014. Photo by Reuters
  • A child watches along with a man as Orthodox priests march before a Palm Sunday religious service back dropped by mural paintings in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Photo by AP
  • North Korean spectators watch and cheer from the stands of Kim Il Sung Stadium as runners arrive at the finish of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Photo by AP

A Melbourne chef has won the best Margherita Pizza at the World Pizza Championship in Italy. More coming from our online reporter Deb Gough.

Boom gates are struggling in Hoppers Crossing this morning at Old Geelong Road with heavy traffic building up.

Repeating a top story from the world desk... the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has gone up in flames, with 16 people confirmed dead and 10,000 residents evacuated from the city. FULL STORY.

Red alert: Houses burn in Valparaiso, 110 kilometres west of Santiago.

Red alert: Houses burn in Valparaiso, 110 kilometres west of Santiago. Photo: AFP

Today's Odd Spot... The increasing reliance on 'satnav' technology has reached new levels with the creation of a device in India that you insert into your shoes. Using a Bluetooth link to your smart phone's mapping system, it will vibrate if you take a wrong turn and are at risk of getting lost.

Classic 80s movies like the Labyrinth and The NeverEnding Story are consistently requested by fans to return to the cinema, according to St Kilda's Astor Theatre. The Dark Crystal is one of those such films and will enjoy a stint on the big screen this week. FULL DETAILS.

1983 film, The Dark Crystal.

1983 film, The Dark Crystal.

Arsonists continued to light more fires in a Port Melbourne aged-care facility overnight, while firefighters were attempting to put out the blaze. FULL STORY.

A very pleasant autumn day today in Melbourne, mostly sunny with a top of 22 degrees. FULL DETAILS.

At the top of news sites around the world today... The NY Times features a UN report that says it will only be possible to stop global warming if there is intense action taken in the next 15 years. The Guardian UK reports the Ukraine conflict has turned violent, with one dead in fighting in the country's east. From burger flipper to mayor, Germany's Spiegel reports on the immigrant who could become Berlin's next mayor. And China Daily says the country's premier wants to promote harmony with its neighbour Taiwan saying economic cooperation "benefits people from both sides".

A pro-Russia protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine.

A pro-Russia protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

Just a reminder that later this morning, we'll be giving away 20 double passes to a movie preview at Nova Cinema on Thursday. Check back here at 8am for details.

Ready to see a bad moon rising - for real? Tomorrow at sunset, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible to the east. You can expect "a dazzling full moon to come over the horizon and bathe all in its sparkling cool light". FULL STORY.

Illustration: Perry Vlahos

Illustration: Perry Vlahos

Why wait 'til Friday for a little drink? Whisky Alement on Russell Street is hosting an American whiskey tasting tonight, declaring they've ignored bourbon at the bar for too long. FULL DETAILS.

On the business front this morning... SPI futures down 14 points to 5406. The Aussie dollar is buying 93.81 US cents, 95.35 Japanese yen, 67.81 Euro cents and 56.15 British pence at 6am AEST. FULL DETAILS.

A North Brighton mum and her two young kids have been missing since Saturday afternoon. Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Kiya Worku, her daughter and son, who went to train a train to Elsternwick on the weekend and haven't been seen since. 

Suspicious fires in Port Melbourne overnight forced the evacuation of dozens of elderly residents. It's believed four separate fires were lit in the Toms Hill Court complex. More coming from our reporter Caroline Zielinski.

Accident in Hughesdale on Warrigal Road near Euston Road. Traffic slowing around the area, allow extra time.

On the Sandringham Line... the 6.50 from Flinders St to Sandringham and the 7.24 Sandringham to the city have been cancelled due to a train fault.

Fire has engulfed Chile's beautiful coastal city of Valparaiso. 16 people are confirmed dead, 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes and more than 800 hectares of land has been burnt through so far. FULL STORY.

Part of a neighbourhood  destroyed by the fire in Valparaiso.

Part of a neighbourhood destroyed by the fire in Valparaiso. Photo: AFP

The 7.01 from Alamein to the city has been cancelled due to a train fault. The next service is at 7.16.

Verdi's Rigoletto opened at the Arts Centre on Saturday night and will show until May. Features writer Linda Morris says the production is both 'demanding and complex'. FULL STORY.

Warwick Fyfe as Rigoletto in a new Opera Australia production.

Warwick Fyfe as Rigoletto in a new Opera Australia production. Photo: Angela Wylie

The last trip for one of Melbourne's last Hitachi electric trains was spoiled, literally, when vandals spray-painted the train's side. Check out vision of the vandals below.

Birdie from Adam Scott at the US Masters - the Aussie moving back to even on 13 as Jordan Spieth holes his tricky downhill putt to stretch his lead to three shots. Check out our LIVE BLOG.

Australia's Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Australia's Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: MIKE BLAKE

Outbound services not stopping at Springvale Station while works are taking place. FULL DETAILS.

Just a heads up - later this morning we'll be giving away 20 double passes to a Nova Cinema movie preview this Thursday. 

On the front of our newspaper today... Denis Napthine fails to explain when an airport train might be delivered, or how much it would cost, after promising the long-awaited rail link yesterday. Tony Abbott has dropped in the polls falling behind Labor 52-48, with the poll showing record support for the Greens. And the CSIRO is concerned up to $150 million will be slashed from its funding in May's federal budget.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has sacked the board of Places Victoria.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has sacked the board of Places Victoria.

A mostly sunny day coming up for the city today with a top of 22 degrees

Sunny day for Melbourne today with top of 22 degrees.

Sunny day for Melbourne today with top of 22 degrees.

There's been a collision in Carrum Downs on Hall Road near Frankston-Dandenong Rd. 

Good morning all, welcome to Melbourne Express. It's Tessa van der Riet joining you this morning. I'll be updating traffic, trains, trams, weather and breaking news until 9am. If you have a news tip, please email me at tvanderriet@theage.com.au. Cheers.