Morning Shot: @brentonb3/InstagramWeather: Possible storms in Newcastle (23 degrees), Nelson Bay (25 degrees), Raymond Terrace (27 degrees), Wallsend and Toronto (both 26 degrees).
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
Beachwatch:Onshore winds are set to continue for the last day of summer.Surf to start to ease but still in the poor quality choppyrange.Swell from the S/E to East at 1 to 1.5m.Windalso S/E to Eastlight to moderate.Tide is shallow for the early with Nobbys Bank and Merewether the best options.Some protection in the corners of Stockton and One Mile. Try Dudley,Blacksmiths and Catho to the south.Poor swimming conditions with sweeps and rips on the lower tides.Best to head to ocean bathes if not a strong swimmer.Water temp 20C.
Hunter headlinesTHE first part of the long-awaited Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange project is due to open in May. Read more.
Former State of Origin winger James McManus’s legal action against Newcastle centres on claims that his former club breached its duty of care to him in a series of incidents from 2012 to his concussion-enforced retirement in 2015, including one episode in which he alleges he was directed to continue playing until the end of a semi-final against the Bulldogs. Read more.
A PARLIAMENTARY committee inquiry into the impact of flying foxes on urban communities has confirmed what Blackalls Park residents already knew –it’s hard for any authority to take effective action to solve the problem. Read more.
THE richest art prize in NSW behind the Archibald Prize has attracted more than 700 entries to the Upper Hunter, in anexpanded program thatincludes a new People’s Choice award. Read more.
HUNTER grandparents have been left caring for families of up to nine grandchildren in a region with one of the highest percentagesof drug babies born in NSW. Read more.
A Port Stephens retirement living and aged care provider is weighing up options to safeguard electricity supply. Read more.
NEWCASTLE light rail managing contractor Downer is starting to have a visible presence in the city, with its main site office being set up on the old rail corridor opposite Darby Street. Read more.
LUKE Yates never stopped believing that he would one day play first grade for the Knights. Not even when 11 rookies jumped the queue last season and beat him to it. Read more.
DAVID LOWE Another day, another draw in the F3 derby.Should we really be surprised? No lack of effort, no lack of ambition. Just a lack of cutting-edge quality. Read more.
Former rugby league hard man Mark Geyer says he would never consider suing the NRL or any of his former clubs over the number of concussions he suffered in his career. Read more.
RegionalBATHURST:A woman has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after she was trapped in her car in the NSW Central West for more than 11 hours.
BENDIGO:An amateur BMX rider blackmailed children to perform sexual acts online, threatening to take his own life and to publishsexual photos so their families would see them.
A search party drove past the car several times as it was not visible from the road. Photo: TNV
OBERON:Less than a metre tall and having just turned three, Timothy went to live with his mother and stepfather in central western NSW.Relatives say he was happy and healthy, rough-housingwith his cousins outside, playing video games and chatting on the telephone.
But onAugust 6, 2014 –just seven weeks after his mother and stepfather brought him to their Oberon home –he was dead.
Fabian Meharry has pleaded guilty to child sex crimes. Photo: Instagram
NEWCASTLE: The city looksset to get its own wholesale flower market, allowing the region’sflorists to source blooms from local growers rather than travel to Sydney.
WA:A school teacher who indecently recordeddozens of children has pleaded guilty to more than 60 offences. The male teacher, who was sacked upon being charged, faced the WA District Court on Thursday and entered guilty pleas to 62 charges, including 57 counts of indecently recording a child.
Coming up roses: Florists Jade McIntosh, left, and Kim Stenhouse, right, with Jessica Eckford-Aguilera. Picture: Penelope Green
NT:Work has begun to fixa vital NT bridge which was badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Alfred last week.
The WA teacher indecently recorded children at various locations. Photo: Glen Hunt
National newsCANBERRA: Senator Cory Bernardi says Tony Abbott should defect and join his new conservative party after the former prime minister was castigatedby members of his own party for publicly urging the government to adopt a more right-wing agenda.
The Rocky Creek causeway was damaged by floodwater last week. Picture: Roper Gulf Shire Council.
CANBERRA: The n Border Force has been warned over illegal body searches of passengers at international airports in a report that found immigration officers routinely lacked adequate guidance about their powers.
Photo specialThe biggest swap meet in the Southern Hemisphere isa magnet for collectors and automotive lovers from across the country. Photographer Luka Kauzlaric was there, too.
Immigration secretary Michael Pezzullo took aim at the “unworldly” audit office after another critical report. Photo: Andrew Meares
National weather radar Jamie Mack and Jamie Bartman at the 2017 Ballarat Swap Meet.
International newsHOLLYWOOD:It was the year the Academy Awards ended in chaos. And then there wasthe ‘other’ Oscars stuff-up.Minor compared to getting the winner of best picture wrong, but another unhappy error.
JAKARTA:Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit Indonesianext week, in a surprise move that underscores the success of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s weekend tripto and the close personal relationship between the twoleaders.
WASHINGTON:Key Republicans, including Trump allies, are talking up the gravity of the US President’sRussia crisis amidst signs of heightened paranoia at the White House.
President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull talk to a father carrying his eight-week-old baby. Photo: Indonesian President’s Office
Face of : Jerry GraysonFormer helicopter pilot Jerry Grayson has done things most people only dream about.
The New York Times advertising campaign in response to attacks by US President Donald Trump. Photo: Supplied
By the time he was 25, he was the most decorated peacetime naval pilot in history. He flew over the burning oilfields of Kuwait with German film director Werner Herzog. He helped filmthe Olympic Games, an IMAX movie, the James Bond movieA View To A Kill, Ridley Scott’sBlack Hawk Down, and a Rolling Stones concert. Read on