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Melbourne Express: August 25, 2014

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And we're wrapping up Melbourne Express for today. We'll be back here at the same time tomorrow morning - 6am - see you then, and have a great week. 

Here's a gallery remembering the life and work of British actor Lord Richard Attenborough, who died overnight aged 90. He's David Attenborough's older brother. 

Bizarre. This is what the heat from last night's fire at Donovans restaurant did to the bread sticks on the bar...

James Hird is officially back at Essendon this morning, returning to work after his 12-month ban. Says he's "excited to be back".

Some confusion on Twitter about the death of Richard Attenborough, the actor and director and brother of David Attenborough, the television naturalist...

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Updating the headlines and MI5 believes it has identified a British rapper as the killer of US journalist James Foley. Momentum is building to decriminalise medical marijuana; there's been a 6.0 magnitude quake in California; the government is digging in over the budget; militants have captured Libya's main airport; and a US journalist has been freed after two years being held captive in Syria.

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"There wasn't a single chair tipped over." Diners evacuated Donovans restaurant in a very orderly manner after the fire alarm was triggered last night. Owner Keith Donovan told 3AW "We couldn't do anything other than watch flames lick out of the roof." 

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Trams on route 8 are getting back to normal after an earlier blockage on Toorak Road...

Updating the news that the Astor Theatre expects to close early next year, they have tweeted "we would love to stay open but the landlord has other plans that don't include us". Their iconic calendar poster states: "The Astor Theatre regretfully announces that this is our second last calendar."

Making headlines around the world, the Spiegel leads with plans for a reality TV show set on Mars; the Telegraph reports on a spate of Lego thefts; the New York Times leads with the release of a US journalist in Syria after two years; Singapore’s Straits Times reports the country’s soldiers will get a choice of sneakers; the Japan Times has a survey that shows a drop in life satisfaction; and the Daily Mail leads with the arrival in Britain of a man who contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

The Spiegel leads with plans for a reality show set on Mars...
The Spiegel leads with plans for a reality show set on Mars... 
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The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse continues in Melbourne today with Archbishop Denis Hart appearing at 2pm. 

Archbishop Denis Hart is appearing today at the royal commission into institutional response into child sexual abuse.
Archbishop Denis Hart is appearing today at the royal commission into institutional response into child sexual abuse. Photo: Pat Scala

Today's horoscopes...

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Number 8 trams (Toorak Road) are delayed due to a defective tram on Toorak Road...

Updating the weather and after a few showers this morning we should have a pleasant afternoon, with very little on the satellite image. We're looking at a top of 16 degrees.

The view from up high...
The view from up high... 

The damage to Donovans restaurant in St Kilda, which had to be evacuated last night when a fire caused an estimated $400,000 worth of damage...

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From our national desk, independent Senator Nick Xenophon has proposed amendments to the Abbott government's direct action policy on climate change which may help it reach its emissions reduction target. The Senator will be interviewed on ABC's Radio National after 7.30am. 

Senator Nick Xenophon.
Senator Nick Xenophon. Photo: Andrew Meares

Updating the headlines and MI5 believes it has identified a British rapper as the killer of US journalist James Foley. Momentum is building to decriminalise medical marijuana; John Roskam is considering running for Ted Baillieu's blue-ribbon seat; the government is digging in over the budget; militants have captured Libya's main airport; and a US journalist has been freed after two years being held captive in Syria.

Key suspect: Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary who raps under the name Lyricist Jinn.
Key suspect: Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary who raps under the name Lyricist Jinn. Photo: YouTube
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In finance, local shares are expected to open flat after a weak lead from Wall Street. The dollar has slipped to 92.97 US cents. Gold is up, oil and iron ore are down. 

British actor Lord Richard Attenborough, older brother of naturalist David Attenborough, has died, aged 90. 

Richard Attenborough in "Brighton Rock"
Richard Attenborough in "Brighton Rock" Photo: actron.cerabona

Thieves have robbed the former Age building, making off with an estimated $350,000 worth of copper, police say. Caroline Zielinski reports that the thieves entered the building, which stands at the corner of Lonsdale and Spencer streets, by removing a ventilation grille some time between Friday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 19. Victoria Police spokeswoman Creina O’Grady said the thieves would have needed heavy haulage equipment to remove the copper piping and sheets. The theft occurred during the weekend when the company demolishing the building were away, she said. Anyone who had any information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Age building at 250 Spencer Street.
The Age building at 250 Spencer Street. Photo: John Woudstra
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