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  • Despite growing evidence, many cannabis users believe their driving is not impaired by the drug, and may even be improved by it. The fatal impact of those beliefs is being felt by families all too often. By JASON WALLS In the early hours of July 13, 2005, 19-year-old Trent Nathan King was returning home after dropping off a friend ... Read more

Politics

  • The giant yellow pillar of the Melbourne International Gateway that rises above the northern entrance to CityLink could be viewed less as a welcome to the city, and more like a warning to users of nearby Royal Park of more toll roads to come. By TODD SHILTON The proposal for stage one of the East West Link ... Read more

Life & Style

  • Transport is a major issue for many disabled Victorians, and the cost of car conversion is one of the biggest limitations. By LIBERTY GADD Jeff Williams’ van is not just a mode of transport, it’s his freedom machine. And while it might not look it, it’s a very expensive one. Mr Williams was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 16, and ... Read more

Environment

  • The world’s appetite for fish is growing, and fish farms are the only way forward. But when it can take up to 4kg of wild-caught fish  to produce 1 kg of premium farmed fish such as salmon, sustainability and food safety are crucial and growing issues. By SAM BLISS A sea of luminous eyes stare out of the metallic ... Read more

Culture

  • It might be cold outside, but Melbourne is a red-hot festival city in winter. With a range of programs in all price brackets, the Melbourne Writers Festival will spread the warmth around. By KELLY PIGRAM Just as you were settling into the couch after the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Coffee Festival, the Emerging Writer’s Festival and the Open House ... Read more

Sport

  •  After the narrowest of misses and battered by injury, Australia’s water polo squad is training hard in the northern summer for  next week’s World Cup.  Despite the problems, the Sharks have their eyes set firmly on a podium finish. By LUKE MORTIMER The Australian men’s water polo squad is in Herceg Novi, Montenegro, getting crucial  international match practice in preparation for the World Cup ... Read more

Other stuff

  • Monash University’s Mindfulness Meditation program may assist students who are hoping to reduce their stress levels or overcome procrastination. By TOLI PAPADOPOULOS Meditation isn’t only for those who want to feel enlightened. Decades of research has led to the practice of meditation in many areas of personal development, from the business world to the sporting field. Common improvements credited to ... Read more