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Melbourne Express: May 14, 2014

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And we're done at Melbourne Express for the day. Hope you got to work OK despite the glitches out there on the roads and rails. See you back here tomorrow at 6am... 

A stunning image of this morning's fog. We'd love to see any images of last night's big moon too - please mention @theage or use #MelbourneExpress.

In non-budget newsOscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul has been found dead at 36; shocking revelations in the Rolf Harris court caseHilary Clinton's bid for the Presidency;Melbourne's housing market has cooled; a Holocaust denier has backed race laws; and actor Alec Baldwin has been arrested for riding a bike the wrong way down a New York street...

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul, dead at 36.

Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul, dead at 36.

Another warm, mostly sunny day ahead. We're headed for a top of 21 degreesFULL WEATHER DETAILS

A miracle escape for a toddler at Reservoir station last week after the little girl, between two or three, slipped into the gap between the platform and the train. She was grabbed by a fast-thinking passenger and was unharmed.

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Security vision shows the moment a little girl fell between the platform and train at Reservoir station last Friday afternoon.

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Minor delays now on the Werribee and Williamstown lines due to congestion in both directions...

Our letter of the day is from Anthony James of Fitzroy: I met Tommy Hafey twice. The first time was in 2007 when he was a guest speaker at a big event on global warming run by the Understandascope - based on the Leunig cartoon. He came with green footy in hand and talked about keeping fit and loving life as a remedy to all ills. The second time was in the ocean at Portsea. At age 80, in six to eight-foot swell, he was ripping it up on his wave-ski, those arms as strong as ever. In between sets, he happily chatted with us younger blokes about his time in footy. I was out of the water before him and lay down for a rest; he set off for a run to Sorrento.

Tom Hafey with Camperdown St Patricks primary school kids Jasmine Hickey and Charlie Darcy.

Tom Hafey with Camperdown St Patricks primary school kids Jasmine Hickey and Charlie Darcy. Photo: Damian White

In case you were wondering... 

There's a lane closed INBOUND on the West Gate Freeway now on the Kings Way exit. Emergency services are on the way. Try to take the Docklands exit if you can...

Good luck to all the students sitting the NAPLAN reading exams today... 

Making headlines around the world, Variety reports that the Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul has been found dead at 36; the Guardian leads with the Turkish mine blast; the New York Times leads with the court case telling Google it must delete embarrassing links; the Japan Times reports plans to limit the country's population to 100 million; Malaysia's New Straits Times reports on the sale of a haunted island in Venice; and the Daily Mail has glamorous shots of Prince William's charity dinner.

Workers and relatives arrive after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey.

Workers and relatives arrive after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey. Photo: AP

VicRoads advises of delays getting onto the Princes Freeway at Kororoit Creek Road due to a crash on the ramp... 

Take care around the Kororoit Creek ramp...

Take care around the Kororoit Creek ramp...

This is the road where a man was run down last night during what appeared to be an illegal drag race at Campbellfield. Tyre tracks tell the story... 

Today's Odd Spot: A cat has been reunited with its owners more than three years after going missing in the Japanese tsunami. The owners, from Ofunato, searched for Suika for three months before giving up hope. The cat, which was wearing a collar with the faded contact details of its owners, was found curled up in a nearby pine forest.

We're hearing there's been a multiple car collision on the Princes Freeway INBOUND with delays back to Palmers Road...

"Your commute may be interrupted by driver training..." Did your horoscope get it right? Today's horoscopes...

The 8:53am from Lilydale to Flinders Street has been cancelled due to driver training...

In non-budget news, shocking revelations in the Rolf Harris court case; Hilary Clinton's bid for the Presidency; Melbourne's housing market has cooled; a Holocaust denier has backed race laws; and actor Alec Baldwin has been arrested for riding a bike the wrong way down a New York street...

Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested in New York for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction on a one-way street and acting "in a violent, threatening manner" toward police officers, officials said.

Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested in New York for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction on a one-way street and acting "in a violent, threatening manner" toward police officers, officials said. Photo: Reuters

And another crash, this time on Power Street in Hawthorn near Barkers Road, with an ambulance on the scene, according to @gettrafficvic. We'd advise a detour if you can.

We're hearing that the lights are stuck on at the level crossing at Bentleigh, with cars backing up along Centre Road. Try to find a different way around if you can...

And there's been a crash near the Greensborough Highway on Grimshaw Street, with delays eastbound.

Watch out for delays in North Caulfield around Balaclava Road (see Tweet). 

Today's horoscopes...

More cancellations due to driver training: the 8:08am from Glen Waverley to Flinders Street and the 8:15am from Westall to Flinders Street on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.

A science-fiction film that was shot in Melbourne's Docklands will open this year's Melbourne International Film Festival, which begins on July 31. The film, Predestination, stars Ethan Hawke as a time-travelling agent, writes film editor Karl Quinn.

Ethan Hawke in Predestination, which will open the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Ethan Hawke in Predestination, which will open the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival. Photo: Pinnacle Films

From our national desk, Treasurer Joe Hockey will address the National Press Club in Canberra today at 12.30pm, which should be juicy, and Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer will also host a post-budget lunch at Canberra's Hyatt hotel today from noon.

Clive Palmer: hosting his own budget lunch today.

Clive Palmer: hosting his own budget lunch today. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

We're heading for a warm, mostly sunny day ahead, though there might still be some fog about the place this morning. Looking at a top of 21 degreesFULL WEATHER DETAILS

The view from up high at 5:30am.

The view from up high at 5:30am.

Remember the amazing video of Commander Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's Space Oddity while out in space? Apparently the rights run out today, so this is your last chance to see it one more time...

On the Lilydale Line, the 7:55 OUTBOUND from Flinders Street won't be running due to driver training.

Updating the problems in North Melbourne on Flemington Road, it appears a tram was involved...

If you're in the market for a new mobile, it might pay to wait until August and see how the iPhone 6 shapes up. There are also strong suggestions from media in Taiwan it will be followed by another version with a bigger screen in September.

On the way out: Apple's iPhone 5.

On the way out: Apple's iPhone 5. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

In finance, local stocks are expected to open flat ahead of a results announcement from CBA. The dollar is little changed at 93.48 US cents. Gold is down but copper, iron ore and oil are all up. FULL DETAILS

There's been a crash near the Haymarket roundabout on Flemington Road, affecting trams and vehicles... 

Today's top images from around the world, chosen by photo editor Leigh Henningham. 

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Picture Editor's Choice, May 14, 2014

A Spanish assistant bullfighter gives the "coup de grace" with a dagger, to a bull during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville. Photo: Reuters

  • A Spanish assistant bullfighter gives the "coup de grace" with a dagger, to a bull during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville.
  • A visitor interacts with a laser light art piece created by a French artist during a digital art show in Wuhan, Hubei, China.
  • Indian Muslim voters wait in line to vote at a polling station in Varanasi, India.
  • A dog stands on a wall overlooking a campaign event for Democratic Center presidential candidate Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, as a soldier stands guard, in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Destroyed buildings are pictured, after the cessation of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Homs.
  • An artist from the Cia Base circus group performs during the International Circus Festival in the Vila Cruzeiro slum,in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • In this picture taken through a rain covered car window a woman walks in front of a painting at the East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall, in Berlin.
  • A Turkmenistan man performs with a horse during International Akhal-Teke Horses Association Special Conference and China Horse Culture Festival, in Beijing.
  • A raccoon comes out from a hole in a barn in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany.
  • Newly married brides wait for their photo to be taken on the landmark Charles Bridge in Prague.
  • A biker passes fresh snow from the fringe of a major spring snowstorm in the nearby mountains, in Superior, Colorado.
  • Professional rock climbers work on the art installation "Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You" at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Minor delays now on the Werribee Line with the cancellation of the 7:17am from Werribee to Flinders Street. The next service is at 7:27am...

Today's horoscopes...

There's a breakdown on the West Gate Freeway OUTBOUND on the Bolte Bridge ramp, with the left lane blocked so take care.

Some more interesting lunch offerings about to land at Emporium include the high-end souvlaki joint Jimmy Grants, Paleo diet-themed Thrive and pizza joint Bar Napoli. The people behind Dainty Sichuan are also planning a noodle bar, and serial restaurateur Paul Mathis is collaborating on Supercharger Wholefood, an outlet focussed on "superfoods with a strong vegetable emphasis."

Restaurateur Paul Mathis has a new project for Emporium.

Restaurateur Paul Mathis has a new project for Emporium. Photo: Teagan Glenane

The Water Tower Clock at Southern Cross will be officially unveiled this morning. Here's a snap of it from earlier in the year at its last home, Scienceworks.

The Water Tower Clock when it was at Scienceworks.

The Water Tower Clock when it was at Scienceworks.

Some more winners and losers in the great driver training lottery. The 7:05am from Werribee to Flinders Street and the 7:24am from Sandringham to Flinders Street have been reinstated, but the 7:07am from Glen Waverley to Flinders Street and the 7:01am from Alamein to Finders Street have been cancelled.

"I give Joe Hockey's first budgetary exam a distinction on management of the macro economy, a credit on micro-economic reform and a fail on fairness." Economics editor Ross Gittins gives his verdict on a budget he describes as "undoubtedly the toughest" since John Howard's in 1996, "but it's hardly austerity economics". Ross will be answering your questions live from midday, click through to ask one here.

Treasurer Joe Hockey delivering his first federal budget yesterday.

Treasurer Joe Hockey delivering his first federal budget yesterday. Photo: Andrew Meares

A problem for some ticket holders for the musical Wicked today after ticket-selling business Showbiz International went into voluntary administration and will no longer honour tickets bought for June and July.

Jemma Rix in Wicked

Jemma Rix in Wicked

Watch out for a ladder on the Princes Freeway INBOUND about half a kilometre before the Little River exit.

A new smartphone app tells you when you need to head back to the car and feed the meter before it expires. You scan or input parking details, then the phone tracks your movements and tells you when you need to begin walking back to your car. It’s called  ParkingMaestro and was developed by two Brisbane men, Mark Schroder and Patrick Acheampong.

We're hearing from 3AW's Yvette Gray that a 19-year-old man has been injured in a hit-and-run at Campbellfield by what is believed to be a car involved in drag racing. 

On the 6:22am from Flinders Street to Werribee WILL be running after previously being cancelled. So too the 6:50am service from Flinders Street to Sandringham. Not so lucky for the 6:46am train from Greensborough to Flinders Street, which is cancelled due to driver training.

Medical research, small-to-medium businesses, defence and mothers are among the winners in this year's budget. University students, high income earners, motorists, pensioners and families are among the losers.

This year's budget at a glance.

This year's budget at a glance.

Another warm, mostly sunny day ahead, though there might be some fog about the place again early this morning. We're headed for a top of 21 degrees. FULL WEATHER DETAILS

Morning and welcome back to Melbourne Express for another day. We'll bring you live updates for the commute and school run, breaking news, weather and what's on around town until 9am. Please send any comments or tips - particularly if they relate to the commute - to Angus at aholland@theage.com.au, cheers.

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