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Man who allegedly hit woman at Fremantle Dockers game out on bail


Ray Sparvell 3:34 PM   A man accused of punching a woman at the preliminary final between the Fremantle Dockers and Hawthorn has been granted bail - despite his charge being upgraded.

Police capture 'Porsche Kid' after week-long manhunt

Police dog Rumble was deployed for the arrest.

Emma Young 3:30 PM   'Porsche kid' Bret Lindsay Capper was captured by police late on Sunday night after spending more than a week tearing through the Perth metropolitan area, allegedly by way of stolen cars and armed robberies.

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3:20 PM   After completing what he realised was a pretty pointless politics degree David eventually found his nice in a news room.

Fans gather to welcome back defeated Eagles with messages of support

Fans are still proud of their team's efforts.

Ray Sparvell 6:42 PM   A battered and beaten West Coast Eagles team returned to their home in Subiaco on Sunday, welcomed by messages of support from a crowd of die-hard fans.

Shannon Hurn tells of Eagles hurt but desire for success

Eagles captain Luke Hearne faces the media at the team's homecoming.

Ray Sparvell 6:38 PM   West Coast Eagles captain Shannon Hurn told fans at Domain Stadium on Sunday that the team was hurting, but the AFL grand final would drive them to be better players.

Human chain across Stirling Bridge in Fremantle to protest live animal export

About 900 activists took part in the protest on Sunday.

Ray Sparvell   A human chain was set to span the Stirling Bridge in Fremantle on Sunday morning to highlight World Animal Day and the annual Stop Live Exports.

100 days of seclusion in a Tibetan monastery to watch telly - with pay

The idea of Nirvana for some - watching TV, undisturbed, for 100 days.

Ray Sparvell   Now that the footy is over, there's plenty of time to catch up on recorded episodes of popular television series, but the Swedes have gone one step further.

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David always loved the media, a desire probably hastened from playing Winnie the Pooh and other crazy characters as a young tacker at the Johnnie Young Talent Time school in Perth.

Woman's finger bitten off in Clarkson home attack

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Ray Sparvell   A woman had part of her finger bitten off by a former partner in a domestic violence incident in Clarkson on late Saturday afternoon.

A day of quiet desperation and frustration for Eagles fans

Frustrated West Coast Eagles fans at Domain Stadium watch their team's demolition in disbelief.

Adrian Beattie   It all started off so well, and from mid morning there were blue and gold football guernseys all over Perth.

Missed chances cost Eagles chance against Hawthorn

Hawthorn players celebrate winning the 2015 AFL Grand Final.

Brad Elborough   Teams win grand finals by taking their chances when they arise, and on Saturday the West Coast Eagles didn't.

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Daniel Chick drugs: Ex-Eagle Daniel Kerr says former teammate was 'delusional'

Dean Cox, Daniel Kerr and Daniel Chick in happier times.

Former Eagles player Daniel Kerr says he has done some bad things in his career but denies cheating during the team's 2006 premiership season.

Live AFL grand final 2015: West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn

Eagles v Hawks

Simon White   WAtoday - and its purple-bleeding editor - has turned blue-and-gold to cover the grand final from an entirely parochial view. Eagles unite!

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Man charged over Subiaco hit and run


Police have charged a West Perth man over a hit-and-run in September that left a woman with life-threatening injuries.

Rescuers head for Gascoyne plane crash

The RACQ Careflight helicopter.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating a search and rescue following a light plane crash in the Gascoyne region.

'It's a boy - police sent to disturbance in Balcatta deliver baby on pavement

Police deliver the baby boy on a Balcatta street.

Adrian Beattie   Police officers sent to a disturbance in Balcatta on Friday night got more than they bargained for - finding themselves acting as midwives after a woman in the house went into labour.

Matthew Pavlich: 'garbled messages' cost Mark Harvey his job as Fremantle coach

Matthew Pavlich says Mark Harvey's messages had become increasingly garbled and his tactics erratic by the end of 2011.

Simon White   Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich has given a frank insight into the departure of Mark Harvey as Fremantle coach, revealing his communications had become "garbled" and his tactics confusing before he was sacked and replaced by Ross Lyon.

Fifty fire-fighters sent to factory blaze in Bayswater

Firefighters tackle the Bayswater factory blaze.

Adrian Beattie   Around 50 fire-fighters were sent to tackle a massive factory blaze in Bayswater on Saturday morning.

Hang-glider pilot dies after crash near Margaret River

A hang-glider pilot has died near Margaret River.

Adrian Beattie   A hang-glider pilot who crashed near Margaret River on Friday has died from his injuries.

Rescue helicopter on way to hang gliding accident in Wilyabrup

Westpac rescue chopper over Perth.

Ray Sparvell   The RAC Rescue helicopter has been sent to a hang gliding incident at Moses Rock in Wilyabrup. 

Alannah MacTiernan denied access to resettled Nauru refugees

Cambodian refugees at Kuala Lumpur airport on their way to Cambodia from Nauru.

Jonathan Barrett   A member of a parliamentary delegation touring South-East Asia says she has been denied access to refugees resettled in Cambodia from the Australian-run detention centre on Nauru.

Five things to do if you don't care about the footy

Go the Art Gallery and see works like Brett Whiteley's The American dream 1968-69 (detail), oil, tempera, collage, photography and objects on eighteen wooden panels, 244 x 2196cm, State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Purchased 1978, © State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Pictured: panels 2, 3, 4

Emma Young   I am well known for my lack of emotional investment in football, which is outstripped only by my lack of knowledge. I hope the Eagles win on Saturday so that everyone around me will be in a lovely mood, but that's about it. So in that spirit I wanted to point out to those like me (you're out there, right?) a list of options OTHER than the footy this Saturday.

WA Goldfields drug debt killers sentenced over gruesome murder

More gang members are being recruited in prisons.

PERTH, Oct 2 AAP - Four West Australian men convicted of bashing a man to death in his Goldfields home over a drug debt and then dismembering his body have been sentenced.

Bangladesh cricket tour: WA expert says terror 'chatter' behind cancellation

Former Bangladesh security expert Dr Mark Briskey.

Ray Sparvell   Western Australian cricketers in the Australian squad who were set to tour Bangladesh as part of a two-test series were instructed on Wednesday to return to their state teams until further notice.

Perth radio host feeling tender after Brownlow bet loss

Curulli seemed to take the punishment quite well

Nadia Budihardjo   Channel 7 sports presenter Adrian Barich has likely been a pain in the backside to many in his time, but perhaps never so acutely as he was to Mix94.5 presenter Pete Curulli on Friday.

AFL Grand Final 2015: meet Perth's biggest Hawthorn fans

The Neves clan at the MCG for last year's grand final dominated by the Hawks.

James Mooney   If your a Hawthorn fan living in Perth, the standard has been set thanks to the Neves family.

Daniel Chick drugs: Dermott Brereton says ex-Eagle doesn't lie

Karl Langdon and Daniel Chick

Hawthorn legend Dermott Brereton has backed Daniel Chick's honesty in the wake of his explosive allegations about West Coast's drug culture during the mid-2000s.

Man drops through skylight, assaults officers with wooden chair: WA Police

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Brendan Foster   A homeless man allegedly assaulted two officers with a wooden chair after dropping into a home through a skylight during a police chase on Thursday afternoon.

Langdon: Chick 'a moron'

Daniel Chick made explosive claims in the <i>Herald Sun</i>.

Jake Bourke   Former West Coast star Karl Langdon has hit Daniel Chick with both barrels, accusing the 2006 premiership player of telling lies during a fierce defence of his former club.

Batmobile, Angry Anderson and how I missed the 1991 AFL Grand Final

Chris Lewis marks for West Coast but it was Michael Tuck and Hawthorn who held aloft the premiership cup.

Brendan Foster   Aging rocker Angry Anderson's woeful rendition of Bound for Glory in the back of a mock Batmobile at the 1991 AFL Grand Final is regarded as one of the worst pre-game show entertainments of all-time.