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9am That's it from us this fine World Cup final day. Thanks for stopping by. We'll be back tomorrow from 6am. 

8.50am A petition calling for Wicked Campers to remove "misogynistic and degrading" slogans from its rental vehicles has collected more than 20,000 signatures.

8.45am Russian comedian/professional pest Vitaly Zdorovetskiy's latest prank has already been written up on Wikipedia: "On 13th July 2014, Vitaly ran onto the pitch of the Germany vs Argentina final in Brazil with "Natural BORN Prankster" written across his torso and attempted to kiss Benedikt Höwedes of Germany."

8.40am A flag-raising ceremony to mark NAIDOC Week at Port Kembla's Hill 60 was cancelled on Sunday after the State Government ignored a request for $4000 in funding.

8.35am They watched the World Cup final in space!

8.30am "The business is fighting declining attendances by driving us towards “premium” cinema experiences, in which customers pay considerably higher prices for essentially the same product." Karl Quinn on why a cinema ticket can cost up to $40.

8.25am Corruption, flares, the diving and the rule against using hands (so wasteful). This is why Crikey's Bernard Keane "despises" the World Cup.

8.15am "Only a strategically placed football protected Mt Kembla Lowries player Brenton Nobbs from the elements as he took part in an icy challenge after training last week," writes Lisa Wachsmuth of the latest social media-born craze to go viral.

8.10am Hawks members will decide the club's future direction tonight.

8am Good morning, newcomers. A quick update:

WEATHER We’re in for a partly cloudy one with isolated showers from early afternoon. Winds up to 25km/h, then becoming light in the afternoon. Right now it's 9 in Albion Park, 12 in Bellambi and 11 in Kiama.

TRAINS There is trackwork on the South Coast line.

From 04:50 to 12:58, trains going towards Wollongong do not stop at Bulli.

·  If you are going to Bulli, change at Thirroul for a bus service.

·  Buses are provided for customers going south from Bulli Station.

·  Trains resume stopping at Bulli starting with the 13:01 Bulli to Port Kembla service.

ROADS Scheduled works continue at Mount Keira Road, the Picton Road Northbound on-ramp and on Keira Street; otherwise roads are clear.

7.55am "How does messi win player of tournament when he didn't even score after the group stage?" The Golden Ball award is sparking controversy on social media.

7.50am WORLD NEWS ‘‘We know there are about 20 or so Australians registered who are in Gaza and I believe we have assisted 17 so far.’’ Australians have been offered a one-off "assisted departure" out of Gaza after retaliatory fighting intensified.

7.45am It was standing room only at the German Club in Kembla Grange this morning. 

7.39am "It was something like that and I was probably taken aback but quite intrigued," Kylie Minogue told Karl Stefanovic last night, when asked to corroborate Michael Hutchence's "legendary pick up line". 

7.36am WCUPDATE Germany wins, 1-0!

7.30am Yes, the jackhammers from Wollongong's GPT development are in full swing already. Bring on completion! 

7.25am WCUPDATE That's a goal for Germany right there! 1-0 with seven minutes left in extra time. 

7.20am NSW Police Force divers have recovered a second body one week after an ultra-light plane crashed into the ocean south of Bateman’s Bay. 

7.10am "It was probably unethical, the way that it was played," says Motoring Enthusiast Party senator Ricky Muir of footage from a "break" played as part of his train wreck-style interview with Mike Willesee.

7.05am That pesky Miley Cyrus is just everywhere.

7am Good morning, if you're just joining us. An update: 

WEATHER We’re in for a partly cloudy one with isolated showers from early afternoon. Winds up to 25km/h, then becoming light in the afternoon.

TRAINS There is trackwork on the South Coast line.

From 04:50 to 12:58, trains going towards Wollongong do not stop at Bulli.

·  If you are going to Bulli, change at Thirroul for a bus service.

·  Buses are provided for customers going south from Bulli Station.

·  Trains resume stopping at Bulli starting with the 13:01 Bulli to Port Kembla service.

ROADS Scheduled works continue at Mount Keira Road, the Picton Road Northbound on-ramp and on Keira Street; otherwise roads are clear.

6.59am Sweet little pastel-coloured cupcakes and other such whimsical fare flew off the trestle tables at Bulli's first Forager's Market Sunday, where there was barely room to swing a cat. Or a grain-fed, organic, locally reared chicken, even.

6.57am End of an era - this will be Les Murray's final World Cup show. 

6.53am WCUPDATE nil-all after 90 minutes. 

6.45am There were toasted sandwiches and a few beers going down nicely at The Frat club in Fairy Meadow this morning, never mind the early hour.

6.40am Is your life missing something? A donkey, perhaps?The Unanderra RSPCA has three ready for adoption - Ghost, Shadow and Spirit. Take a look at Sylvia Liber's delightful picture of the trio here.

6.35am "I really knee-d this." A solid entry in GuardianUS's latest World Cup-related caption contest.

6.30am POLITICS New polling shows the Coalition's cuts to higher education are "poison in voter-land". Story here.

6.25am WORLD CUP German fans, getting excited in Sydney.

6.16am Looks like the Beckham boys wear blue and white at finals time.

6.13am "In mid-2000 the late Terry Gathercole, the head of Swimming Australia, organised for Thorpe to talk to the high-profile, openly gay solicitor John Marsden," writes Kate McClymont for the SMH this morning.

6.09am The second half of the World Cup final is underway after a goalless 45 minutes. 

6.04am Let's take a look at what's making news locally:

* A 54-year-old man was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition and suffering massive head injuries after a paragliding accident at Bald Hill on Sunday.

* A Warrawong doctor has been prosecuted for professional misconduct for prescribing addiction drugs to 20 patients, some of whom were on methadone programs. Read more here

* Family-run car dealership Pembers Motor Group has shut up shop after more than seven decades of trading in Russell Vale.

6.01am First up, some morning essentials:

WEATHER We’re in for a partly cloudy one with isolated showers from early afternoon. Winds up to 25km/h, then becoming light in the afternoon.

TRAINS There is trackwork on the South Coast line.

From 04:50 to 12:58, trains going towards Wollongong do not stop at Bulli.

·  If you are going to Bulli, change at Thirroul for a bus service.

·  Buses are provided for customers going south from Bulli Station.

·  Trains resume stopping at Bulli starting with the 13:01 Bulli to Port Kembla service.

ROADS Scheduled works continue at Mount Keira Road, the Picton Road Northbound on-ramp and on Keira Street; otherwise roads are clear.

6am Rise and shine, Illawarra. It's World Cup final time.

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