Melbourne Express, Friday, March 1, 2019

The illustrated news.

The illustrated news.Credit:Jim Pavlidis

Ever wanted to live in luxury in a bomb shelter?

A Las Vegas home listed for $US18 million ($25 million) lets you do just that.

«Designed to survive cataclysmic events in comfort», the five-bedroom underground home comes with a backyard of artificial greenery and walls painted with mountain views.


Changing seasons: Immie, 7, and her 5-year-old sister Jemima made the most of the final hours of summer.

Changing seasons: Immie, 7, and her 5-year-old sister Jemima made the most of the final hours of summer.Credit:Joe Armao

Summer might be over, but the heat hasn’t finished with us yet.

The Age photographer Joe Armao found schoolgirls Immie and Jemima playing among the first of the falling autumn leaves in Melbourne yesterday.

Here’s a look at the forecast for the first week of the new season.

The sacristy at St Patrick's, the room where George Pell abused the boys.

The sacristy at St Patrick’s, the room where George Pell abused the boys.Credit:County Court

Here’s what’s making news today

  • The judge’s decision to bar the jury from watching a video will be one of three grounds on which lawyers for sex offender George Pell will appeal his conviction. The video, which depicted the layout of St Patrick’s Cathedral and had coloured dots representing each of the people involved in Sunday Mass in December 1996, was likened in court to the 1980s video game Pac-Man.
  • Apartment owners at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s Docklands have been awarded more than $5.74m in damages following a fire in 2014 that was fuelled by combustible cladding. While nobody died in the blaze, the tower fire sent shockwaves through the nation’s construction industry and sparked concerns about cladding across the city.
  • And now we’re building killer robots — with ethics. The Australian Defence Force is set to spend more than $5 million to develop battlefield robots which have a sense of morality.

Here’s how today’s Age looks in print

A teenage girl died last night after the car she was driving crashed into a tree in Melbourne’s north early this morning.

The Holden Astra was travelling along Cooper Street in Epping about 1.10am when the driver lost control of the car and crashed into a tree by the side of the road.

Two teenage girls were treated at the scene, but the driver died. Her friend was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police are investigating whether the car was stolen.

Cooper St in Epping remains closed in both directions this morning.

Anyone who saw the Astra before the accident should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month! 

The calendar might say summer is officially over, but it’s a sultry 26 degrees out there right now and we’re headed for a top of 37 degrees in the city.

There’s a total fire ban for the south west of Victoria today, and a very high fire danger for the rest of the state.

Cooper St in Epping remains closed in both directions after a collision, and there are delays on the Belgrave line and Frankston lines.

We’ll bring you the top stories shortly.




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