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Today's cartoons from the paper...

Tandberg 'Letters' cartoon for Thursday 3rd July 2014 Click for more photos

Cartoons for Thursday 3rd July 2014

Tandberg 'Letters' cartoon for Thursday 3rd July 2014

  • Tandberg 'Letters' cartoon for Thursday 3rd July 2014
  • Dyson 'Letters' cartoon for Thursday 3rd July 2014
  • Weldon illustration 'Marshmellow  for Thursday 3rd July 2014
  • Illustration Judy Green for 'Age Opinion' Thursday 3rd July 2014
  • John Shakespeare illustration of Cameron Clyne for 'Business Day' Thursday 3rd July 2014
  • Rocco Fazzari colour illustration for 'Business Age' Thursday 3rd July 2014
  • Tandberg 'News' cartoon for Thursday 3rd july 2014

Right across the road from Footscray station in Irving Street, Guerilla Espresso brings specialty coffee from Proud Mary and Allpress and a short, tasty menu (Dr Marty's crumpets, roast pork rolls, Reuben sandwiches) to the west's urban heart. Shop 228, Footscray Market, Footscray • 9995 4054

The magic figure for a good home entertainment system is about $700, writes Rod Easdown for our tech section.

Making headlines around the world, Der Spiegel reports radical Island’s push into German jails; the Guardian covers Tony Blair’s role in advising the new Egyptian regime; the NY Times looks at another revenge-killing in Jerusalem, this time of a Palestinian; Singapore’s Straits Times covers a dip in Singapore’s manufacturing index; China criticises Japan’s shift on defence policy – that’s in the Japan Times; and the Daily Mail covers the sentencing of six teenagers for a gang-related murder.

A masked Palestinian protester throws stones  during clashes in East Jerusalem.

A masked Palestinian protester throws stones during clashes in East Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

The 8.25 Flinders Street to Williamstown is cancelled due to a train fault.

Will former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou be the next CEO of PR shop Undertow Media? He joined as a director on July 1, and Undertow just lost its CEO. More rumours in the CBD column.

And then there were four - after Nick Kyrgios's loss, only Djokovic, Raonic, Dimitrov and Federer are left. Is this the new big four of tennis, ponders our team at Wimbedon.

Let the speculation begin that cracks in the wall of dominance enjoyed by the group known as the Big Four of the men's game may have finally appeared during Wimbledon's second week.

Andy Murray lost in straight sets to the 11th seeded Grigor Dimitrov.

Andy Murray lost in straight sets to the 11th seeded Grigor Dimitrov. Photo: Getty Images

Updating finance, local stocks are likely to open higher after American indexes rose on the back of new US jobs data. The dollar is buying 94.40 US cents, 96.08 Japanese yen, 69.12 Euro cents and 54.99 British pence. Iron up, gold flat, oil down: FULL DETAILS.

The Monty Python reunion show "makes a hefty withdrawal from the reputation bank", critics say.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Palin (L) and Eric Idle perform on the opening night of Click to play video

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Monty Python team begin swansong shows

The five remaining members of Monty Python start the first of their final ten performances at London's O2 Arena.

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We're not sure who's behind twitter account @shutterTRUNK but they've been quietly publishing beautiful photos of Melbourne...

The 8.53 Lilydale to the city will originate in Ringwood after a train fault.

The best photos from Australia and around the world as chosen by our photo ed Simon O'Dwyer...

An Indian Muslim father holds the hands of his daughter in his palms and prays before breaking fast on the first day of holy month Ramadan at the Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India. Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, July 3, 2014

An Indian Muslim father holds the hands of his daughter in his palms and prays before breaking fast on the first day of holy month Ramadan at the Jama Mosque in New Delhi, India. Photo: AP

Can the blunt instrument of Brazil see off Colombia in the World Cup, asks Michael Lynch

All that game with the feisty Chileans did was raise more doubts about Brazil, leaving pundits and fans equally alike wondering whether they were actually good enough to win this coveted tournament on home soil.

Man of the hour: Neymar.

Man of the hour: Neymar. Photo: AFP

Customers politely asked to not bring guns into US Target stores.

Customers politely asked to not bring guns into US Target stores.

American Target is "respectfully" asking customers to refrain from bringing guns into its stores. The company has published a blog post on its corporate website requesting customers respect its "family-friendly" environment. Read the FULL STORY here. 

The 6.21 Route 903 bus Mordialloc-bound won't run due to a broken down bus.

Top of 16 in Melbourne today, with a pretty and temperate morning for commuters.

Neil McMahon on Red Symons

It's  been a year of milestones for Red Symons. There's the  professional landmark - it's 40 years since we clapped eyes on him in 1974 in his first public incarnation playing guitar in Skyhooks - and the personal one: the one-time enfant terrible of Oz rock has just turned 65. Yes, Australia - the bloke in the satin suit, cape and face make-up is officially a pensioner.

Red Symons: "Radio feels to me like it opens everything up."

Red Symons: "Radio feels to me like it opens everything up."

Today's Odd Spot: A pit bull, normally known for its aggressive temperament, has been handed back to a dogs' home because of flatulence. One-year-old Misty was adopted from a South Carolina shelter but was returned because it "passed too much gas". But in a happy ending, a doggy-lover prepared to put up with the gas adopted Misty.

Police are still hunting for a man who sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman in Noble Park on Monday.

The man attacked the woman about 9pm as she walked past a medical centre near the corner of Heatherton and Dunblane roads, a police spokeswoman said.

The attacker is described as being about 183 centimetres tall, aged in his early 20s and of Indian appearance.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Noble Park on Monday evening.

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From our national desk: Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are in Melbourne and will both speak on the opening day of the Pathways to Growth conference with Treasurer Joe Hockey starting at 8.45am.

Meanwhile Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens will address the Eonometric Society Australasian meeting and Australian conference of Economists in Hobart today at 10.45am.

"You have a pleasant sense of emotional stability today" - reassuring news from your daily horoscope.

Delays to eight minutes on the Pakenham line heading into the city due to signal issues near Narre Warren, Metro have just told us.

Union protesters blocked a train from leaving Southern Cross Station last night. Nino Bucci and Bridie Smith filed this report late last night

Four members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, including state secretary Luba Grigorovitch, stormed the track at platform 16B about 5.15pm.

The protest was sparked by the sacking of V/line conductor Dervin D'Costa, who the union say was fired after he was forced to defend himself from two ''unruly youth'' who abused passengers before throwing punches at Mr D'Costa at Ballan station in early April.

Rail, tram and bus union workers protest at Southern Cross station.

Rail, tram and bus union workers protest at Southern Cross station. Photo: Angela Wylie

A British newspaper has launched a "Real men" beauty campaign, getting anonymous readers to pose just like their model counterparts. See the results here

Four real men bravely pose as underwear models.

Four real men bravely pose as underwear models. Photo: Stewart Williams

Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers has been accused of assualt over an incident at a Brisbane bar on Wednesday. More from sports ed Phil Lutton

Tristan Furniss, 24, has lodged a formal complaint of common assault with police after an incident at The Down Under Bar in inner-city Brisbane at 2am on Wednesday, claiming he was pushed over by Chambers following an argument about the owner of a hat.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Will Chambers attempts to break away from the defence of Darius Boyd during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Sanctuary Cove Resort on May 21, 2014 at the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) Click to play video

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Will Chambers facing assault complaint

Queensland State of Origin winger Will Chambers has reportedly been accused of assaulting a man at a Brisbane bar just hours after being selected in the Maroons' side for game three.

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BP's bid to trademark the colour green has been knocked by Australia's intellectual property officials, after a long-running battle with Woolworths, which considers the green shade in its apple logo too similar.

BP first attempted to trademark the colour green in the early 1990s

BP first attempted to trademark the colour green in the early 1990s

A teenager alleged to have bitten off part of a man’s ear during an assault in St Kilda has been arrested, Patrick Hatch reports.  Police say the 19-year-old man was involved in a fight with a 48-year-old man on Acland Street about 2.45pm on June 5. 

The accused then attacked the 48-year-old in Grey Street just before 3pm the next day, punching and forcing him to the ground. He then allegedly bit off part of the victim’s left ear, a police spokeswoman said. Police arrested the Southbank man on Wednesday morning. He was interviewed and released pending further inquiries, the spokeswoman said.

Sounds like there are big problems with water on Springvale Road - two left lanes are now closed near Vermont Street for emergency water works, up from one earlier.

China is proposing to build a "floating city", complete with underwater chambers and a self-contained ecosystem off the country's coast.  Read the full story here. 

The island will be self-sufficient, with farms on its periphery providing food. Click for more photos

China's floating city

The island will be self-sufficient, with farms on its periphery providing food.

  • The island will be self-sufficient, with farms on its periphery providing food.
  • An underwater view of China's floating city.
  • This rendering shows AT Design Office's plans for China's floating city.
  • Chambers housing social, recreational and living areas will extend below the water's surface.
  • Vast recreation zones will feature multiple restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and a theme park.
  • An artist's impression of the "floating city" set to open in China.

This large space has been the site of restaurants including Canvas and Chester White. Now, along have come Danny Colls and George Skyiotis with Hawthorn Common, a big, smart cafe with a sustainability focus from the herb gardens on the deck to the in-house coffee roaster and chef Stefano Rosi working from scratch in the kitchen. 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn • 9819 2200

Hawthorn Common is virtually a self-sufficient biosphere.

Hawthorn Common is virtually a self-sufficient biosphere. Photo: Penny Stephens

A Qantas flight from LA to Melbourne was turned back an hour into flight last night after water flooded the economy section - leading to these dramatic photos. FULL STORY.

All the new senators are currently in Canberra at senate school. Our national political reporter Judith Ireland filed from Canberra

For the next two days, the group of 12, including the powerful new crossbench, will undergo briefings on everything from how legislation works to voting and the nuances of Senate etiquette. They will also have a practice swearing-in.

Senator David Leyonhjelm in his first week as senator at Parliament House.

Senator David Leyonhjelm in his first week as senator at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Just a heads up: the Luna Night Market returns to the Queen Victoria Market on Wednesday, July 9. Wander over if you enjoy listening to street performances, eating gourmet food, or like art and craft. Open from 5pm to 10pm.  

A pedestrian has been hit by a car in Mount Waverley, Patrick Hatch reports.

The woman, aged in her 40s, was struck near the corner of Middleborough and Highbury Road about 6.15am, an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said.

A passer-by helped the woman at the scene, before paramedics arrived and took the woman to Box Hill Hospital with minor injuries.

Metro have just announced the cancellation of the 7.20am Eltham to Flinders Street due to a train fault.

Top of 16 today with a reasonably warm morning for this time of year.

An artwork composed of an unmade bed surrounded by empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms has been bought by wealthy art dealer Charles Saatchi for $A4.64 million in the UK. Read the FULL STORY here.  

'I really care about the bed' ... Tracey Emin with her controversial artwork.

'I really care about the bed' ... Tracey Emin with her controversial artwork. Photo: AFP

Illustration: Ron Tandberg.

Illustration: Ron Tandberg.

Big story from our investigations unit today

Fairfax Media obtained CCTV and other recordings, along with an interview with Peter Chiavaroli, a builder and developer of the old Pentridge prison site in Coburg, which provide an insight into the backroom dealings of union officials, figures aligned with Melbourne's underworld and bikies.

A Melbourne developer has accused Victoria's powerful construction union of demanding he employ union boss John Setka's brother-in-law and his best friend on $70,000 a year jobs in return for securing industrial peace.

The royal commission into trade union corruption is likely to examine these activities at hearings into the CFMEU in Melbourne next week, including evidence that:

• Victorian Labor Party official and industrial consultant Ken Hardy allegedly told Mr Chiavaroli to work with gangland boss and union fixer Mick Gatto.

• Underworld associate Mario Amenta saying he was dispatched by Mr Setka to "sort out" problems on the old Pentridge prison site.

• Union officials abused non-union workers, employers were pressured to "give a kicking" to non-union members, and Mr Setka describing one as a "f---ing dog, Turkish painting piece of shit".

• Subcontractors threatening to use Comanchero bikies to collect a disputed debt.

We're also hearing news of emergency water works on Springvale Road northbound. Speed down to 40km/h - should be completed by 10am.

Making news this morning: Rising star Nick Kyrgios out of Wimbledon in four; INVESTIGATION: CFMEU accused of corruption; Myer’s fake executive served jail time in Texas.

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Friends, brothers and threats - inside union corruption

More allegations of heavy-handed union tactics are revealed in this exclusive Fairfax Media investigation.

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There's been a collision in Collingwood on the corner of Smith Street and Johnston Street. If you're driving through the area expect delays.

The Age's coffee team has picked out their favourite brew bar - Everyday, Johnston Street

With blends and single origins from Melbourne and interstate roasters rotating through the grinders, plus a great shopfront space looking over Johnston Street, Everyday is one of the best places to sample what Australia's specialty coffee scene has to offer.

A new Buy Now button has appeared on Twitter for the first time.

A new Buy Now button has appeared on Twitter for the first time.

It looks like shopping by using Twitter isn't too far off. On Monday, a "Buy now" button appeared on a few tweets, linking users to a shopping site called Fancy. Read the FULL STORY here. 

There are still delays of around 10 minutes on the Werribee and Williamstown train lines after that earlier truck-bridge crash.

We're just hearing of an accident in Mount Waverley northbound on Middleborough Road at the intersection of Highbury Road - the left lane is blocked eastbound.

A man suffered serious burns in a fire at a shopping centre in Lilydale overnight, Patrick Hatch reports.

Local police officers noticed smoke coming from the Olive Tree Shopping Centre on Main Street about 1.20am, a police spokesman said.

A fire crew attended and quickly contained the blaze to the rear of the centre.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said a man aged in his 40s was taken to The Alfred in a stable condition with burns to his face and hands.

An arson chemist will attend the scene today to determine the cause of the blaze.

Even in defeat, the young Australian still found things in his bag of tricks - like this passing shot.

Great shot, but it's no through-the-legs...

Nick Kyrgios has been knocked out of Wimbledon. Linda Pearce filed this about an hour ago

On Wednesday, the expectation had been that Kyrgios would suffer some kind of let-down, or come into it feeling a little flat. But that four-letter word did not seem to be in the Kyrgios vocabulary, not in the early stages, at least. He was not as sharp as on the previous day, but he was up for this, make no mistake.

It's out with tablecloths, bookings and $41 mains and in with an affordable menu of lamb shanks, meatballs and caprese salad. The Italian Restaurant and Bar, at 101 Collins Street, is closing on June 28 and reopening in early August as Capitano Restaurant, Bar and Beer Garden. Having listened to his customers, owner Roberto Scheriani says, "We are moving with the times."

Making headlines around the world, Der Spiegel reports radical Island’s push into German jails; the Guardian covers Tony Blair’s role in advising the new Egyptian regime; the NY Times looks at another revenge-killing in Jerusalem, this time of a Palestinian; Singapore’s Straits Times covers a dip in Singapore’s manufacturing index; China criticises Japan’s shift on defence policy – that’s in the Japan Times; and the Daily Mail covers the sentencing of six teenagers for a gang-related murder.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Photo: AP

A third man has been arrested in Thailand over the death of good samaritan Luke Mitchell, reports Bridie Smith.

Mitchell was stabbed on Sydney Road in Brunswick when he went to break up a fight. Victorian police are currently working to extradite the arrested man after he was taken into custody by Royal Thai Police on Tuesday.

Mourners at the funeral of stabbing victim Luke Mitchell.

Mourners at the funeral of stabbing victim Luke Mitchell. Photo: Craig Abraham

Now hearing emergency crews are on the scene at the bridge crash, so it might be worse than first feared.

A truck has crashed into the Napier Street rail bridge in Footscray. The Werribee and Williamstown Lines were both stopped for about 10 minutes, but Metro have just told us they've looked at the bridge and the damage doesn't look too bad, so services have now resumed.

We're seeking more information on the incident now.

Top of 16 today and quite a warm morning considering some of the weather we've had lately. Currently it's 8.1 degrees. FULL WEATHER.

This morning's satellite view.

This morning's satellite view.

Good morning and welcome to Melbourne Express. I'll be here till 9am following all the morning's key stories - plus expect regular updates of the road and rail situation. Get in touch with me at liam.mannix@theage.com.au.

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