Weather: Showers in Newcastle (27 degrees), Toronto and Wallsend (both 30 degrees). Possible storm at Nelson Bay (28 degrees) and Raymond Terrace (30 degrees).
Beachwatch: It looks like being another mixed bag as far as the weather goes with a bit of everything thown in but at least the waves are slowly improving. The wind will be north to north-east with the swell from the east around 1 to 1.3 metres. Wave conditions at most open beaches will be sloppy with the northern corners the picks. Around town try Newcastle, Bar Beach and Redhead. Down south try North Catho and Soldiers. At Port Stephens try Samurai and Birubi. There’ll still be a few tricky edges and sweeps to the south so only swim in the flagged areas. The water temperature is 20 degrees.
Traffic: No major incidents reported on Hunter roads.
Trains: Good service on the Newcastle and Hunter lines.
A man accused of stabbing three people in a random attack at a gym on Sydney's northern beaches on Monday night is then believed to have carried out two Hunter armed robberies at service stations just hours later, police say. Read more.
FRIENDS of missing University of Newcastle student Mohsin Awan say they still hold out hope their friend is found alive and well. Read more.
COULD the resurgence of ink on young people’s skin be linked, in some way, to social media? It’s a musing of Baroness Susan Greenfield, the renowned neuroscientist, author and member of Britain’s House of Lords who toured the Hunter Medical Research Institute on Monday. Read more.
A Rotary conference with up to 400 delegates will descend on Nelson Bay in 2018, worth at least $300,000 to the Port Stephens economy. Read more.
A milestone in the Hunter’s military history is marked on Wednesday, with a lunch commemorating the centenary of the City of Newcastle RSL sub-branch. Read more.
PROPOSALS for two mobile phone towers in Morisset have stalled as Telstra and Optus consider a request from Lake Macquarie City Council to explore operating from a single shared tower. Read more.
Since losing more than 35 kilograms after weight loss surgery in December, Paul York can now bend down to put on his socks and tie his shoelaces, and he no longer sees “that look” when people realise they are sitting next to him on a plane. But the big things have been rewarding too. Read more.
KNIGHTS fullback Brendan Elliot is set to play against Penrith on Friday, despite the concussion furore that is likely to cost his club $100,000. Read more.
ROBERT DILLON: IRRESPECTIVE of whether or not Knights fullback Brendan Elliot should have left the field on Saturday for a concussion assessment, it defies belief that the player responsible for his injury, South Sydney centre Hymel Hunt, was allowed to play out the game. Read more.
BROADMEADOW Magic have alleged intimidating behaviour from an Edgeworth official towards one of their players as part of a complaint to Northern NSW Football over their round-one match at Jack McLaughlan Oval. Read more.
Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.
► MANDURAH: Some of Mandurah’s drivers didn’t have the luck of the Irish on their side on St Patrick’s night, after police pulled over 12 drivers over the limit. Read more
► WAGGA: Baby Koby Wiles might have won his fight for life, but his mother Rosie Pollard remains furious at his misdiagnosis and is gunning for a Wagga doctor’s suspension. Read more
►BENDIGO: Some people would not be caught dead in a graveyard on their wedding day. But it's a choice couples will be able to make once renovations to a 140-year-old chapel inside Bendigo cemetery are finished. Read more
► NEWCASTLE: Friends of missing University of Newcastle student Mohsin Awan say they still hold out hope their friend is found alive and well. The 23-year-old Pakistani national was washed out to sea by large surf at Nobbys Beach on Sunday night. Read more
► REDLANDS: Family members of Michael Eather, who disappeared while whitewater rafting in Guatemala, have visited the area where the electrician was last seen. Read more
► KING VALLEY: The NBN was supposed to be the 21st century technology set to change accessibility to the internet, but North East residents and businesses have been left with disappointment. Read more
►LAVINGTON: A girl, 12, was left with a broken collarbone after being struck by a car while with her father and sister. Read more
► KATHERINE: Sexual assaults in Katherine have risen by a third in the past year. Read more
► BALLARAT: A Burrumbeet grandfather has questioned the ethics of duck hunting season, particularly in a popular family camping area where ducks are a key aesthetic feature. Read more
►A number of Regional Express Saab 340 planes have been grounded following a freak incident last week. An investigation is underway after the a propeller sheared off a plane, carrying 16 passengers and three crew mid-flight on Friday. Read more
►A push to weaken Australia's race hate laws has ignited tensions inside the government despite the changes having little chance of passing Parliament. Read more
►The troubled Australian Bureau of Statistics is to axe another 80 to 100 of its public servants, staff were told on Monday. Read more
►The brother of slain standover figure Wally Ahmad has been arrested as he stepped off a flight from the Middle East in relation to one of Sydney's unsolved gangland killings. Read more
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►LONDON: Britain has set its date with destiny confirming its two years of negotiations to exit the European Union will begin from next Wednesday 29 March. Read more
►BALI: Byron Bay woman Sara Connor has decided not to appeal the four-year sentence handed down to her by a court in Bali over death of police officer Wayan Sudarsa. Read more
►BEIJING: Pressure on China's leaders to cut pollution from coal is likely to intensify - potentially hurting Australia's exports - with new research showing Beijing's air quality will get worse with climate change. Read more
On This Day
1685: The great German composer and organist, Johann Sebastian Bach, is born.
1895: South Australia's Suffrage Act is proclaimed after being passed by Queen Victoria.
1947: Two men die in the first documented case of death by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
1980: The USA announces its intention to boycott the Moscow Olympics due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
2233: Captain James T Kirk of the Starship Enterprise will be born.
The faces of Australia: The Evans brothers
HAPPY DAYS: She Will Reign part-owners John Robertson and Matt and Nick Evans at the Australia Hotel on Sunday. Picture: Simone De Peak
Cessnock brothers Nick and Matt Evans like to think their late father, Mark, "pulled a few strings for us" when they bought a five per cent share with mate John Robertson in She Will Reign.
That $2500 stake in the $20,000 filly gave them a piece of Golden Slipper glory on Saturday at Rosehill and a share of the horse’s $2,555,150 in prizemoney.