And we're done for another day. Thanks for tuning in to Melbourne Express, we'll be back tomorrow at 6am. Meantime, watch out for our live streaming politics program from 10.30am with online political editor Chris Hammer and Nationals senator John Willams HERE And - please send any feedback or tips to Angus at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we love to see your photos of Melbourne, tag them with #MelbourneExpress. Cheers.
And the winners of the double passes to tomorrow's movie Any Day Now at the Nova ... drum roll ... are Kristy Abbott, Bernadette Morley, Jonathan Treloar, Andrew Wong, Jessica Brown, Sarah Jackson, Peter Tucker, Michael McCarthy, Pete Beard and Brigid Murray. Congrats to all - please note your names will be on the door at the Nova Cinema tomorrow night, screening starts at 6:30pm.
There's a lane closed INBOUND on the Monash at Kooyong near Toorak Road...
Our letter of the day is a straightforward one from Keith Bainbridge of Belmont: Some 15 per cent of vehicles entering the CBD are bicycles (''Cyclists force rethink on city bike parking''). Before drivers get too cross at the number of bikes, they should consider how much earlier they'd have to leave home if half of those riders decided to drive. MORE LETTERS
And don't forget the Comedy Festival is now in full swing. Before you book, check out our ever-growing database of reviews: FULL DETAILS
Canadian comedian Sean Cullen.
Last chance for today's FREE TICKETS: we have 10 double passes to a preview of the new film Any Day Now, 6:30pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the Nova Cinema in Carlton. It officially opens on April 10 but you can see it a week early - to enter the draw just email your full name to email@example.com. Winners will have their names on the door.
Alan Cumming (centre) stars as a drag performer in Any Day Now.
Today's Odd Spot: English comedian Jason Manford surprised 835 fans when he bought them a round of drinks, costing $6300, to apologise for being 40 minutes late to a sell-out show in Lincoln because of heavy traffic.
This one's on him...
Two lanes are still closed EASTBOUND on Bell Street in Preston while they clean up a car that hit a power pole earlier this morning...
Sunrise over Melbourne this morning, captured from Clarendon Street by Age photographer Penny Stephens. We'd love to see your photos from around Melbourne - share using #MelbourneExpress...
Updating the discovery of a woman’s body in Melbourne’s south-east earlier this morning: Victoria Police spokesman Kris Hamilton said the body was discovered in Lace Street, Doveton, about 7am. He said that at this stage, police are treating the death as suspicious. Homicide squad detectives are on their way. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
And the Cranbourne/Pakenham horror continues down the line to Carnegie... hang in there.
Great photo of peak hour on Lower Plenty Road. We'd be taking our chances on the trains this morning, cancellations or not...
It's getting a bit messy on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line after a couple of cancellations - many people on the platform at Murrumbeena waiting for the next one... maybe bring a book and a coffee!
The scene at Murrumbeena station a short while ago...
Updating the protest in Moore St, Footscray, Narelle tells us it's being led by comedian Rod Quantock to protest against years of sleep disruptions caused by port truck traffic. Organised by the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group (MTAG), residents brought sleeping bags and lay down on the road. Protestors called for night and weekend truck curfews.
No, not a protest against the end of daylight savings...
A woman's body has been discovered in Lace Street, Doveton. Police are on the scene but it is not known if the death is suspicious. We'll update shortly...
And police are still searching for missing Mount Eliza teen Hannah Cowan...
It was a bizarrely hot night, with 27 degrees at midnight. Otherwise, expect a mostly cloudy day with some scattered showers about. FULL DETAILS
A protest with a difference on Moore Street, Footscray...
The latest on the missing Malaysian airliner: FULL STORY. In other news, a package for redundantcar workers is in disarray: FULL STORY; reports of disabled abuse by carers: FULL STORY; aMelbourne cafe has been accused of underpaying staff: FULL STORY; and NATO has ended ongoing cooperation with Russia as relations deteriorate: FULL STORY
Nespresso hopes to win more of your coffee dollars, releasing what it calls “grand cru” Colombian coffees for its capsule system. But can it come close to a well-made coffee from a cafe espresso machine? Matt Holden’s verdict: FULL STORY
How much caffeine in your morning coffee?
Daylight savings ends this weekend. Watch out when we switch back later in the year - a new study says losing that hour’s sleep raises the risk of heart attack: FULL STORY
A selection of today's best images from around the world...
Best of the world
The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Reuters
Caroline Zielinski reports that police are searching for a man who robbed a milk bar on Goldsworthy Road in Corio at gunpoint last night. After threatening the staff member and demanding money, he jumped the counter and helped himself to cigarettes, the robber ran off north across Goldsworthy Road. He was accompanied by a woman during the hold up. Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Missed breakfast? Here's a way to make it happen more easily tomorrow - breakfast in a glass: FULL STORY
Power-packed breakfast in a jar: Blueberry and mint smoothie with celery. Photo: Eddie Jim
FREE TICKETS: we have 10 double passes to a preview of the new film Any Day Now, 6:30pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the Nova Cinema in Carlton. It's based on the true story of a gay couple who gave a home to a teenager with Down syndrome. It officially opens on April 10 but you can see it a week early - to enter the draw just email your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will have their names on the door.
Alan Cumming (centre) stars as a drag performer in Any Day Now.
All lanes are closed EASTBOUND on Bell Street in Preston -a car has hit a power pole.
Congrats to Carlton’s Town Mouse - the only Australian restaurant on Conde Naste Traveller’s annual list of 20 international “Gold Standard Restaurants”, described as “hitting exactly the right note”.
Carlton's Town Mouse: gold standard. Photo: Melanie Faith Dove
It was one of the hottest April nights on record, with the temperature hitting 27 degrees at midnight: FULL DETAILS
There's a lane blocked on the Monash freeway near Tinks Road in Narre Warren...
In finance, local stocks are poised for a strong opening on the back of a good lead from Wall Street overnight. The dollar is at 92.41 US cents. Gold is down, oil is down and iron ore is up again: FULL DETAILS
More cancellations: this time the 7:40am from Glen Waverley - there should be another one along at 7:47am. And the 7:39am from Cranbourne on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.
The latest on the missing Malaysian airliner: FULL STORY. In other news, a package for redundant car workers is in disarray: FULL STORY; reports of disabled abuse by carers: FULL STORY; a Melbourne cafe has been accused of underpaying staff: FULL STORY; and NATO has ended ongoing cooperation with Russia as relations deteriorate: FULL STORY
The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photo: Reuters
Southbound route 109 trams that usually go on Victoria Street are being diverted to Bridge Road due to a defective tram...
“A mix of stand-up, short musical pieces and general silliness”: Craig Platt gives Frank Woodley three stars (out of five) for his Comedy Festival show Fools Gold: FULL REVIEW
Comedian Frank Woodley.
A couple more cancellations - the 6:53am from Brighton Beach to Flinders Street, and the 7:07am Glen Waverley to Flinders Street.
A new Vietnamese-style café worth trying for lunch – Paperboy Kitchen at 320 Little Lonsdale Street. They do banh mi, noodles, bowls and Vietnamese-style iced coffee: FULL DETAILS
Paperboy Kitchen on Little Lonsdale Street. Photo: Eddie Jim
Also major delays on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines OUTBOUND with the 6:40am train from Flinders Street cancelled.
Major delays on the Williamstown line now following the cancellation of the 6:31am train. The next one is at 6:51am...
Malaysian authorities have reiterated they believe there was a “deliberate action” by someone on board the missing Malaysian airliner to divert it from its scheduled flight path: FULL STORY.
A man was killed last night while trying to cross the tracks near Bentleigh railway station. Police say he appeared to have been walking across the level crossing on Centre Road when he was struck by a city-bound train: FULL DETAILS
It's been a bizarrely hot night: it's currently 25 degrees, two degrees higher than the expected maximum temperature for today. Otherwise, expect a mostly cloudy day with some scattered showers about. FULL DETAILS
Missing: Hannah Cowan (Dryfhout)
Have you seen this girl? Hannah Cowan (Dryfhout), 13, was last seen at her school in Canadian Bay Road, Mount Eliza, yesterday around 12.30pm. She was last seen wearing her school summer uniform and was carrying a black Country Road shoulder bag. Police and her family are concerned for her welfare: if you can assist please call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Minor delays on the Frankston line with the 6:07am from Flinders Street cancelled. The next Frankston-bound train will be at 6:25am...