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8.50am That's it from me this morning. Emma Spillett will be back Rushing with you on Monday morning. Have a lovely weekend.

8.47am Yum - I could definitely do with this and a coffee to kickstart my morning.

8.44am CELEB GOSS Coldplay brought out Kylie Minogue at their Sydney concert last night for a rendition of Where the Wild Roses Grow

8.41am Pearlnoire Duo are on at the Blue Diamond Bar, Kiama Sebel between 7pm and 10pm tonight.

8.38am The Winter Festival is on at Darling Harbour until July 13. There may not be any snow around Sydney, but that doesn't mean you can't go ice-skating or enjoy a snow slide.

8.34am Today is World Refugee Day

8.31am WORLD CUP Cahill wants to keep playing for Australia, including the Asian Cup next year. SMH

Let's use this as an opportunity to post a pic of the Socceroos in some down time.

8.27am A former South Coast cop who pinched, slapped and flicked the backsides of his female colleagues, and masturbated in front of another, has been fined $7650 and handed a suspended jail sentence. 

8.24am Rufus is on at Waves tonight at 8pm.

8.20am A parliamentary inquiry is to be held into the performance of NSW's Environment Protection Authority after a string of controversies that have dogged the agency. SMH

8.17am On this day in 1837, Queen Victoria ascends British throne when she was only 18 years old. She ruled for 63 years ending in 1901. In 1994 OJ Simpson was arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman.

8.14am Today's cute animal pic is of a rookie waiting to hit the big time

8.10am Dutch engineers this week started a months-long survey to map uncharted deep-sea terrain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, the next step in the search for the wreck of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 SMH

8.07am Superintendent Bernie Ryan said the Police Transport Command is making Illawarra trains safer, but it cannot do it alone.

"Safety on the transport network is not just the responsibility of the police, but also the community.

8.03am A $3 million mosque has been approved in East Bendigo amid fury from a group of residents who demanded to know what “safety measures” had been taken to prevent a terrorist attack in the regional centre. THE AGE

8am The roads are clear, buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Oak Flats and right now in Wollongong it's almost 13 degrees.

7.56am  The Heart Foundation is urging people to ditch the winter greys and blacks and break out some bright red – all in the name of a good cause. Go Red this June and help the Heart Foundation beat heart disease, the single biggest killer of Australian women.

7.53am WORLD CUP Tim Cahill's fantastic goal against the Netherlands on Thursday morning is one for the ages, says this sports writer.

7.50am We know it's take your dog to work today, but it other weird and wonderful celebration days it's flip flop day and ice-cream soda day.

7.47am Reclaym & Upcycle, a contemporary ceramic sculpture two-day workshop with Aedan Harris, is on at Wollongong Art Gallery over the weekend.

7.43am I've also just read that The Bold And The Musical - a stage version of The Bold and The Beautiful is on in August. Awesome! All those long, intense stares can be filled with dancing now.

7.41am TV CHATTER True Blood: The Musical could be on the way. HBO are rumoured to be in talks on turning the show about sexy vamps into a singing performance. This pleases me greatly.

7.38am Dizzying footage of a skydiver struggling to open his parachute as he plummets towards Wilton has made headlines around the world - don’t worry, he was okay.

7.34am Finishing the Maldon-Dombarton line would improve the South Coast rail line more than a rail bridge off Stanwell Park, said a University of Wollongong academic.

7.31am Having a pash in your wedding pics - and then distributing them to your friends and fam - gross, according to this writer. Someone should have told Kim and Kanye, who reportedly spent four whole days working on their official kissing shot. 

7.27am  It’s International Take Your Dog to Work Day. Somehow I don’t think my pup would be as well behaved as this one.



7.23am For your chance to win a double pass to see Legally Blonde the Musical at the Win Entertainment Centre on Friday 4th July at 7:30pm simply complete the entry form.

One lucky winner will also receive an exclusive meet and greet experience with one of the cast members and a midweek tandem skydiving gift voucher valued at $399, thanks to ’Skydive the Beach and Beyond’. Competition closes 5pm Sunday the 22nd June.

7.20am WORLD NEWS Islamist militants in Iraq have occupied Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons production facility, which contains a stockpile of old chemical weapon, the US government has told US media. SMH

7.17am WHSPA presents The Pirates of Penzance. It’s on from Thursday June 19 to Saturday June 28. Shows at 7.30pm and 2pm on Saturdays. Tickets are selling fast - visit to book.

7.14am Celebrating their birthday today are Nicole Kidman, Lionel Richie, soccer player Frank Lampard and John Goodman.

7.10am SPORT Join Mercury league writers Adam Pengilly and Mitch Jennings for their NRL preview video Kick-Off.

7.07am Wollongong City Council will decide on Monday night whether to adopt its Play Wollongong Strategy, which would manage children's play access across the city.

The strategy aims to increase play opportunities in areas with high levels of social disadvantage.

7.03am CELEB GOSS The first official pic from the phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey has landed, featuring Jamie Doran as Christian Grey looking out the windscreen of his car. I’m still really confused about how the book will translate to the a movie. 

It's 7am. Wakey, wakey. Roads are looking good, but if you're catching the train remember buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Oak Flats. Right now it's 13 degrees.

6.57am So cute! WIRES found an eastern pygmy possum, only a few months old, in Austinmer - he's a tiny five centimetres long.

Help at hand: Ellie the eastern pygmy possum in the makeshift pouch that is her home for the winter. WIRES is looking for new volunteers to help save orphan possums like Ellie. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Help at hand: Ellie the eastern pygmy possum in the makeshift pouch that is her home for the winter. WIRES is looking for new volunteers to help save orphan possums like Ellie. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

6.54am Shoppers will continue to score bargains as sale racks discounting stock by as mush as 70 per cent continue to try to attract customers, reports the SMH.

Meantime in the new Wollongong Central, several high-end chains including Mimco, Country Road and Kikki K are opening next month. There goes my budget.

6.51am Aussie rock god Nick Cave has  promised the shows in his November and December tour will be intimate and "special". SMH

6.49am A fundraising website went live on Monday to grant African refugee Tumezghi Tesfay his wish to join other refugees and migrants on a trip to Canberra to learn about Australian culture.

Mr Tesfay was violently bashed at five days after arriving in the country.

To donate, click here.

6.46am WORLD NEWS The jury has retired to consider its verdict in Rolf Harris’ sexual assault trial.

6.43am Good luck to the Illawarra paddleboarders who are leaving right about on a marathon two-day ocean journey from Thirroul to Bondi to raise money for leukemia. Great effort guys - I hope the water's not too chilly!

6.40am If, like me, you are beginning to go through Game of Thrones withdrawals since the final ep of season 4 aired on Monday, rejoice! A Game of Thrones exhibition is heading to Sydney that will give fans panoramic views of Castle Black. It’s at the Museum of Contemporary Art from July 1 to July 5.

6.36am Facebook was done for a WHOLE 20 MINUTES on Thursday night. Cue panic. But it was all fine, everyone flocked to Twitter instead to share their frustration. Facebook has not yet explained the outage.

But the break was a big advantage for some brands, who jumped on the marketing opp.

6.32am Here’s a wrap of the local music news from reporter Josh Butler.

6.28am The High Court has declared funding for school chaplains unlawful, putting the future of chaplains in Illawarra schools in doubt.

6.25am WORLD NEWS Johann Breyer. 89, has been charged with 158 counts of complicity in the commission of murder. The former sentinel guarded the Third Reich’s most notorious death camp appeared in a Philadelphia court this week. He denies culpability, but if an extradition order to Germay is successful he will be the oldest person ever extradited from the United States to face allegations of Nazi crimes. SMH

6.22 am  A UOW study has found chomping on veggies won’t necessarily keep the weight off. That's upsetting.

6.19am Year after year the unwitting victim of NSW's selection squeeze, Trent Merrin described his omission from two series-deciding clashes as "all worth it" after toasting the Blues' drought-breaking Origin success. Adam Pengilly has the story here.

6.15am That was fast - the Coldplay video filmed in Newtown earlier this week is already online. Take a look


6.11am WORLD CUP  Can’t drag yourself out of bed but desperate for a World Cup update? Here’s a live blog on the Uruguay v England match.

6.08am Here’s the national headlines, courtesy of the SMH

*The Abbott government is pressing ahead with secret trade negotiations aimed at bringing about radical deregulation of Australia's banking and finance sector, WikiLeaks documents reveal.

*Four senior ministers in the Abbott government have been assigned secret-service style protection amid an angry backlash over the federal budget,

*The agency responsible for investigating healthcare complaints and weeding out rogue doctors is in crisis with new statistics exposing a dramatic decline in investigations despite complaints from the public being at an all-time high.

6.05am Here’s some of the top stories in today’s Mercury

*The Wollongong Hawks' future will be secure if members approve returning the club to private ownership in the hands of Sydney multi-millionaire James Spenceley. His investment would cement the future of the NBL's last original club, amid speculation the club was struggling to re-sign and recruit players due to financial issues.

*Wollongong City Council staff have recommended a $40.5 million residential and commercial precinct on Flinders Street be granted conditional approval by the region's planning authority next week.

*Police are investigating if bones discovered at Currarong late last week are those of a missing fisherman, who was washed off rocks in the area in December.

*VIDEO: Three men have been charged after the brazen spray-paint attack on a Wollongong-bound train at Otford in May.

6.02am Let’s take a look at the roads and the skies

WEATHER Slightly warmer today with a top temp of 21 degrees in Wollongong. There’s a chance of showers this afternoon, so take a brolly with you.

TRAFFIC There are no accidents or delays to report between Nowra and Sydney.

TRAINS Buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Oak Flats until 2am on Saturday. Some buses start from or continue to Dapto/Wollongong.

               Buses also replace trains between Bomaderry and Wollongong until 3.20 Saturday.

6am Thank God it's finally Friday! Welcome to today's edition of Morning Rush.

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