MORNING RUSH - news, sport, weather & online buzz

8.38am That's it from us this morning. Tune in tomorrow for Thursday's edition of the Rush.

8.33am Don't forget the NRL season kicks off tomorrow - ladies, say goodbye to your man for the next six months. It was a good break while it lasted!

8.31am FASHION NEWS: So we mentioned Chanel's fashion show in a supermarket earlier on the Rush. What we failed to mention is that Keira Knightley turned up TANKED to the show. Read all about it here.

8.29am TRAIN ALERT: Kiama to Bondi Junction.

8.25am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Taylor Swift and One Direction's Harry Styles were caught together at an Oscars party - could they be flirting?!

8.20am LOCAL NEWS: A University of Wollongong cafe owner has raised more than $10,000 for medical research with a makeshift fruit stand run on the honesty system. Read more here.

8.16am OSCARS: The internet has gone crazy for poor ol' Leonardo Dicaprio - always an Oscars bridesmaid, never a bride. Will he ever win?

8.14am If you missed out on this great piece from Merc blogger Keeli Cambourne, check it out - it's a great read about loving the skin you're in.

8.12am TRAFFIC ALERT: car accident at North Wollongong.

8.11am Want to be involved with this year's Wollongong/UOW Writers' Festival? Come along to the first meeting today at Dining 67 at UOW at 11am.

8.10am If you missed this story yesterday, a student's tweet about a teacher has cost him $105,000 - oops.

8.08am Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia posted this snap on Instagram yesterday - and it's a cracker. Look at the little guy, awwwww.

8.06am NATIONAL: Fairfax is reporting that the father of Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence is calling on the government to fund her parole bid.

8.04am BREAKING: Police will continue digging up a yard in the Gold Coast hinterland today for a buried car that could contain the body of missing mother-of-two Novy Chardon.They began searching the Mt Nathan property late on Tuesday, more than a year after Ms Chardon was last seen. (AAP)

8.02am Petrol prices have skyrocketed overnight - anyone else afraid to fill up?

8am The Rock n’ Vintage Roll Autumn Festival is on at the Ryan’s Hotel in Thirroul this Sunday. Don't miss it!

7.58am NATIONAL NEWS: Seriously ill patients who travel from remote parts of the state to Royal North Shore Hospital for cancer treatment and surgery have been left without accommodation since the closure of the hospital's main patient residence.

7.56am Good morning - you made it to the middle of the week! Here's the latest weather & traffic if you're just tuning in.

WEATHER We're headed for a partly cloudy day with a late shower or two and a possible thunderstorm. We're in for a top of 25 degrees. Right now, it's 16 in Albion Park & 20 in Bellambi.

TRAFFIC Traffic around UOW is heavy - leave plenty of time if you're driving around there. There is a car accident @ Gwynneville (Northern Distributor, just past F6) - one northbound lane is closed. The run to Sydney looks clear.

TRAINS There is a good service on the South Coast line.

7.53am i98FM breakfast announcer Bianca Dye is ticking a little something off her bucket list - she has a part in the upcoming musical Legally Blonde! Congrats B - you'll rock it!

7.51am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Apparently Lindsay Lohan is getting her own reality show. NB Um, I'm not really sure how to respond to this.

7.49am LOCAL NEWS: The latest information on NAPLAN results, school finances and student enrolments for Illawarra schools is now available on the My School website. Read all about it here.

7.47am WORLD NEWS: Rumours are swelling that former PM Kevin Rudd has dispatched himself on a "one man peace mission" to Moscow.

7.45am Don't forget the Kiama Jazz & Blues festival is on this weekend - and it's 100% free.

7.43am TV NEWS: So we spoke a little early about Jimmy Fallon - well he had the lovely Idina Menzel (see I got it right, John Travolta, why can't you!?) on his show yesterday - and they did an AWESOME rendition of Let it Go from the movie Frozen. Watch it below.

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7.40am Cuteness alert, cuteness alert - it's a wrinkly dog. Arrrrrrr.

7.36am It's Ash Wednesday today.

7.34am NATIONAL NEWS: School-age children who have televisions in their bedrooms are significantly more likely to be overweight, regardless of how much time they spend watching it, an international study has found.

7.32am LOCAL NEWS: An Illawarra TAFE trades teacher who uses her long service leave to travel the state teaching girls how to use power tools has been nominated for the Premier's Woman of the Year award. Read more here.

7.30am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom had a $250,000 break-in at their LA homeOuch.

7.29am SPORT: Australia needs six final-day wickets in Cape Town to topple the world's best team on its own turf. C'mon boys!

7.26am 1200 has become the magic number of calories a woman should eat per day - but is the figure correct? Find out more here.

7.24am OSCARS: So I know I'm still going on about the Oscars but ... if you missed the ceremony, host Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizzas for everybody. Well, the delivery guy finally got his tip on her show yesterday. Check it out.

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7.19am LOCAL SPORT: South Coast duo Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons have made it through to the quarter-finals of the season-opening Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast.

7.17am OSCARS: Vanity Fair created the most STUNNING portraits of celebs at its Oscars after party. Check out some of the amazing images here.

7.14am Who doesn't love a nice fancy hotel? But where are Australia's most $$$ hotels? Why, the Whitsundays, of course!

7.12am We're giving away double passes to the CineBuzz Seniors Club showing of The Monuments Men - looks like a great film! Enter here.

7.10am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Speaking of Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher (which we were earlier... see what I did there ... stay with me), Mila is set to guest star on her fiance's show Two & a Half Men.

7.08am WORLD NEWS: Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile yesterday with tensions high over its seizure of control in the Crimea and its threat to send more forces to its neighbour Ukraine. Read more here.

7.06am LOCAL NEWS: Keiraville and Gwynneville residents have offered up a wish-list of improvements to their suburbs, mostly concerning congestion caused by the nearby university, as part of a new city council community planning process.

7.04am TRAFFIC ALERT: Bulli

7.02am TV NEWS: So I'm a bit of a Jimmy Fallon fan - the man is very funny. I love this lip sync battle between Fallon & actor Paul Rudd. Check it out.

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6.58am CELEB GOSS ALERT: So apparently Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey is an honorary Aussie. Turns out he has family here - there you go!

6.56am Babes Wollongong is moving! But don't fret, they're only heading up to their Thirroul store. Phew!

6.54am BREAKING: A witness heard five loud gunshots before finding a man dying in a pool of blood on a footpath in Sydney's inner west. Police and paramedics were called to Railway Street in Petersham at 11.10 last night but were unable to save the 44-year-old man, who died at the scene.

6.52am Good morning! If you're just tuning in, welcome - and here's the latest weather & traffic news.

WEATHER We're headed for a partly cloudy day with a late shower or two and a possible thunderstorm. We're in for a top of 25 degrees. Right now, it's 16 in Albion Park & 19 in Bellambi.

TRAFFIC Everything looks okay on the region's roads - apparently there is some filming affecting traffic around Coalcliff today - anyone know more? Watch out for traffic around the uni too.

TRAINS There is a good service on the South Coast line.

6.50am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Nicole Ritchie has purple hair - and of course, she looks amazing because she's Nicole Ritchie.

6.48am SPORT: The biggest opening round of rugby league in Sydney in two decades will go head-to-head against the A-League's expected sell-out cross-town derby on Saturday night.

6.46am LOCAL NEWS: A Berkeley woman accused of lashing out at paramedics in a drug-fuelled rage has had her conviction annulled following a legal bungle. Read more here.

6.44am Who doesn't love tacos? But, if like me, you tend to smother those suckers in guac & sour cream, here's some inspiration for new recipes.

6.42am NATIONAL NEWS: Family and friends of a 14 year-old girl allegedly gang-raped in a western Sydney park say they know who the perpetrators are and have pointed the finger at an African gang operating in the Blacktown area.

6.40am CELEB GOSS ALERT: So Miley Cyrus has been up to her old tricks - she locked lips with a fan at her Vegas concert over the weekend.

6.38am Legally Blonde - the musical is coming! Moonglow Productions is set to stage the show for the first time in Wollongong on July 4-5 @ the WIN Entertainment Centre. Book tickets via Ticketek.

6.37am OSCARS: By now, you're probably well aware that John Travolta epically stuffed up Idina Menzel's names at the Oscars. Well, some clever folks have created a little webpage that allows you to "Travoltify" your name. Do it - it's hilarious! NB I'm Ella Scziott. If you haven't seen Travolta's faux pas, watch it below.

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6.34am CELEB GOSS ALERT: So word got out last week that Casey Donovan was in a fake relationship with a "man" for six years, only to discover it was a woman posing as a man. You with me? Anywho, she's released some pretty graphic details of this fauxmance in her new book.

6.32am I've seen this image a few times but it still makes me laugh - check out this "high fashion" pooch.

6.30am LOCAL NEWS: The company in charge of building WIN Stadium's western grandstand is suing two companies in a bid to recover money it spent to repair the damaged roof.

6.28am TV NEWS: Did you watch MKR last night? If you didn't, SPOILER ALERT - Deb & Rick went home :( I liked naughty Nana! Their bread-tart concoction might have been their undoing. Here's a recap anyway if you missed it.

6.26am OSCARS: Yesterday we told you about Ellen's now famous selfie with a bunch of celebs. Well, the image has now been retweeted 3 million times. Phew.

6.24am LOCAL SPORT: Last Friday's nail-biting final-minute win over Adelaide has Wollongong guard Tyson Demos confident the Hawks' close-game woes are behind them. Don't forget to head to the WEC on Saturday night to support the boys - go Hawks!

6.22am CELEB GOSS ALERT: If you missed this one over the weekend, Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher are engaged! He proposed on Mila's birthday. Awww.

6.21am Don't forget we're crossing to Pulse 94.1FM every hour with news from the Rush. Don't miss my lovely radio voice! (*note sarcasm!*)

6.18am This is a picture of a hedgehog wearing a beanie. I don't know why, but I don't care. It's cute and I'm tired.

6.16am WORLD NEWS: Oscar Pistorius’ steely composure cracked on Tuesday as his murder trial heard graphic details of how his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was injured by the bullets he fired into his toilet door. Check out all the details here.

6.14am LOCAL NEWS: Year 1 students at St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School had sore arms and full bellies yesterday afternoon after a busy morning making, and eating, pancakes. NB How adorable is the child in this picture?! OMG.

6.13am TRAIN ALERT: Delays on South Coast line.

6.12am NATIONAL NEWS: Schapelle Corby has made what one senior official has described as a suicide attempt as moves intensify within Indonesia to revoke her parole and return her to Kerobokan prison.

6.10am Flix in the Stix is on at Glennifer Brae this Friday. The short film festival includes performances by Eskimo Joe and comedy band The Axis of Awesome. We’re giving away a meet & greet with Axis of Awesome - get in quick, the competition ends this afternoon. Enter here.

6.08am CELEB GOSS ALERT: Chanel held its latest runway show in a supermarket - and it was amazing.

6.06am Here's the national headlines, courtesy of the SMH:

*A lucrative harbourside lease at the centre of a corruption inquiry into Eddie Obeid has been transferred to another branch of the disgraced former Labor powerbroker’s family.

*Tony Abbott met with 10 Liberal MPs late on Monday to discuss a second airport in Sydney’s west, before an expected announcement to approve a Badgerys Creek site this month.

*Child protection workers have complained of being shuffled from office to office to cover staff vacancies, preventing them from getting to children in need.

6.04am Let's check out what's in your Mercury today:

*St George Illawarra NRL player Craig Garvey was charged with assault late yesterday over an incident in Wollongong’s CBD last week. Read more here.

*The father of slain Wollongong lawyer Katie Foreman took an almost instant dislike to the woman who eventually killed his daughter, a court has heard.

*Hundreds of Illawarra residents are set to lose their jobs as part of the Qantas cuts, a union official said on Tuesday. Read more here.

*An Illawarra private investigator says the region's seedy underbelly will likely be exposed after NSW Police announced the formation of a new statewide organised crime squad.

6.02am If you're just waking up - roll over & hit snooze, it's far too early! But if you're inclined to get up, here's the latest weather, traffic & trains

WEATHER We're headed for a partly cloudy day with a late shower or two and a possible thunderstorm. We're in for a top of 25 degrees. Right now, it's 16 in Albion Park & 19 in Bellambi.

TRAFFIC Everything looks okay on the region's roads - apparently there is some filming affecting traffic around Coalcliff today - anyone know more? Watch out for traffic around the uni too.

TRAINS There is a good service on the South Coast line.

6am Good morning Illawarra and happy hump day! Yep, we made it to Wednesday. Stay with us this morning for all the latest news & goss.

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