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Melbourne Express: Monday, March 17, 2014

Kickstart your day with our traffic, transport and weather updates, breaking news, conversation starters events around town and what to do, see, eat and drink around town. We welcome your feedback – tell us what you'd like to know about and we'll chase it up. Either leave a comment for us, drop a line to aholland@theage.com.au or tweet to @theage

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There's now been a crash on the Calder Freeway INBOUND near the merge with the Tulla. Expect heavy traffic on the approach...

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Reports of a track fault at Newport - and there are alerts out for four train lines this morning: major delays on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, minor delays on the Werribee line and a works alert for the Sandringham line: FULL DETAILS

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We hope the train stopped between Southern Cross and Flinders Street isn't stuck... 

Thanks to everybody who emailed in to win a double pass to Lake at the Clocktower - congratulations to Liz Barhoush, Vicki Bucher, Anthony Bedford, Alicia de la Pena and Greg MacDonald. Sorry to everyone who missed out - please check back tomorrow for another great giveaway. 

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We're hearing there's been a five car collision on the Ring Road Altona-bound at Thomastown near Plenty Road. Lanes are blocked....

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You can expect major delays on the Cranbourne line too following the cancellation of the 8.42 train. The next one INBOUND Is at 9.05am. 

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Why exactly was Aussie Daniel Ricciardo disqualfied from the Melbourne Grand Prix? For the more detail-oriented folks, here's the stewards' ruling: FULL DETAILS

Is Buddy Franklin past it? That's what Matthew Lloyd is saying, following Buddy's single goal debut for Sydney on Saturday night: FULL STORY

Lance Franklin during Saturday's match against the Giants.
Lance Franklin during Saturday's match against the Giants.  Photo: Getty Images
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Victoria police say they have arrested a man following an assault on a PSO on a bus at Heidelberg on Saturday night, 3AW reports. Apparently pepper spray was deployed

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Major delays expected on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines following the cancellation of the 8.13am to Flinders Street. 

Yoga classes, in-house coffee roaster, home-made yoghurt and bread, herb garden and kale smoothies: this is Hawthorn Common, a new cafe that's so zeitgeisty it hurts... FULL STORY

Hawthorn Common is virtually a self-sufficient biosphere.
Hawthorn Common is virtually a self-sufficient biosphere. Photo: Penny Stephens
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The route 72 tram tracks appear to still be disrupted at Burke Road but trams have resumed between Camberwell Station and Melbourne University. 

The search for flight MH370 has entered Australian waters: FULL STORY. Thousands protested against the Abbott government yesterday in Melbourne: FULL STORY. Australian Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the Melbourne Grand Prix, denying him a podium finish - the first ever by a local driver: FULL STORY In other news this morning; water bills are hitting poorer families: FULL STORY; the Abbott government has a slim lead over Labor in our poll: FULL STORY; a result in the SA election is still days away: FULL STORY

The search for flight MH370 continues.
The search for flight MH370 continues. Photo: Indonesian Air Force

A classic Leunig...

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There's been a crash in Box Hill South on Middleborough Road at Canterbury Road. Expect delays...

Last chance to enter for one one of FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to the upcoming production of Lake on March 26 at the Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds, which will see the stage literally flooded with water. Tickets are usually $47 but we have five doubles up for grabs - for a chance to win one please email aholland@theage.com.au. We'll draw it shortly...

Lake at the Clocktower Centre.
Lake at the Clocktower Centre. 
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A windy morning with some showers about and an expected top of 23 degrees: FULL DETAILS

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