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8.40am That's it from us this morning. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again tomorrow, starting 6am.

8.25am Get to Anita's Theatre in Thirroul this weekend for The Wild Rumpus Maker's Market. 

8.20am WORLD CUP Poor Lionel Messi, lumped with so much expectation, unable to ultimately win it for Argentina, then criticized as undeserving when he wins the Golden Ball. Sport can be cruel.

8.15am "Maybe I'm being a snob, but I don't come to Italy to look at people wearing shorts and to sit in restaurants dominated by Americans ordering Diet Coke," writes Lee Tulloch of the bogan tourists in Taormina in Sicily.

8.10am Illawarra artists Paul Ryan and Anh Do (The Happiest Refugee, of Austinmer) have been selected as finalists in the Archibald Prize. You can see Ryan's entry (of leading Australian actor Richard Roxburgh) here, and Do's (of his father Tam Do) here.

8.05am WORLD CUP The Guardian is running a great gallery of World Cup front pages from around the world. 

8am Good morning, if you're just joining us. A quick update: 

WEATHER We're in for a cloudy one with patchy rain developing during the late afternoon or evening. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the afternoon. Maximum 17. Right now it's 8 in Albion Park and 12 in Bellambi and Kiama.

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

TRAINS There are delays on the South Coast line due to urgent track repairs at Helensburgh. Trains may depart from different platforms between Coalcliff and Helensburgh. Passengers should allow additional travel time, check indicator boards.

7.55am An Illawarra man who subjected his two young step-grandchildren to horrific sexual abuse in the 1980s has been jailed for 10 years.

7.50am Jeremiah Heaton from Virginia in the USA has claimed a small parcel of "no-man's land" in the African desert so his daughter can be an actual princess. 

7.40am HAWKS NEWS Members have voted unanimously to install Sydney multi-millionaire James Spenceley as the club’s owner.

7.35am "There wasn't enough anaesthetic and I felt every cut. When he cauterised it I screamed." Illawarra real estate agent Troy Johnson has spoken of the long, ragged scar he received to his face after having a three-millimetre spot removed.

7.30am The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship has at last been towed off the Italian Coast, after 2.5 years and a salvage effort costing more than $1 billion.

7.25am The Aboriginal founder of the Deadly Awards, the annual celebration of indigenous achievement, has been found dead on his Goulburn farm. Gavin Jones, 47, was said to be devastated last month when he learnt that he would lose $400,000 in federal funding for this year's awards, which were cancelled.

7.20am A zoo in Argentina is under pressure to relocate a polar bear dubbed "the world's saddest animal". Arturo - Spanish for Arthur - is exposed to 40-degree heat and hasn't seen his own kind since long-term friend Pelusa died two years ago.

7.15am Better off renting? The RBA has concluded that house prices would have to rise at the same rate as they have for the past six decades for owners to be as well-off as renters.

7.10am Astonishingly graphic photos from the Daily Mail last night showing the moment an Australian runner was gored through the leg during the running of the bulls at Pamplona. Here's the link - but you have been warned: super gory.

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

WEATHER We're in for a cloudy one with patchy rain developing during the late afternoon or evening. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the afternoon. Maximum 17. Right now it's 8 in Albion Park and 12 in Bellambi and Kiama.

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

TRAINS There are delays on the South Coast line due to urgent track repairs at Helensburgh. Trains may depart from different platforms between Coalcliff and Helensburgh. Passengers should allow additional travel time, check indicator boards.

6.55am WORLD CUP Beckham cuteness (in blue - surprising?) from the stands of the Maracanã Stadium yesterday.

6.50am The search for a second man is ongoing on Mount Mogong after the body of Daniel Kerr, 32, was found buried under more than four metres of snow on Monday.

6.48am Yes, exactly Sunrise: those whimsical wedding photos are all fun and games until someone splits his pants. And kicks a bridesmaid in the head. 

6.45am FORAGERS MARKET Thirroul business owners who helped scuttle plans for a beachside market in the village community - concerned it would cause traffic nightmares - say the reborn version of the event at Bulli shows their concerns were valid. 

6.40am WORLD CUP Fifpro, the world players’ union, has accused Fifa of failing to protect players during the World Cup after Germany's Christoph Kramer suffered a head injury and played on for 10 minutes before staggering off. 

6.35am ... Tournament-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze looks pretty chuffed too.

6.30am What a great on-field selfie from Lukas Podolski of Germany's World Cup winning side. This is what winning looks like! 

6.25am Kiama Leisure Centre has received a $120,000 boost thanks to a donation from a long-term member, who wants to remain anonymous. Such generosity! 

6.15am Rosie Batty, whose 11-year-old son Luke was killed by his father Greg Anderson in front of families at a public cricket pitch, says police did not pass on Anderson's threat to decapitate his housemate a week earlier. Supportive messages have flooded social media after Ms Batty's story was aired on Four Corners last night.

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6.10am NSW and federal law enforcement agencies won't need a warrant to access the travel history and home addresses of hundreds of thousands of commuters using the new Opal card, writes Ben Grubb.

6.05am Go the Kiama SES folk, who have rescued a boy from a tree. 

6.01am Let's take a look at what's making news locally today.

* A Dapto man with cerebral palsy has called for bouncers to be given disability training, after he was made to feel "unwelcome" by Hotel Illawarra staff.

* A 55-year-old man has faced Port Kembla Local Court charged with pulling a woman's breast from her shirt and sucking it in Haymarket on May 13.

* Wollongong councillors have voted to upgrade the Waterfall Hospital Cemetery, more than 45 years after the site "disappeared’’ from public records as a consequence of the NSW government handover to council.

* Opposition MPs have have called on the state government to guarantee the survival of the Wollongong Homeless Hub after the service missed out in the latest round of homelessness funding. 

6am Good morning, Illawarra. It's Tuesday, July 15.

WEATHER We're in for a cloudy one with patchy rain developing during the late afternoon or evening. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the afternoon. Maximum 17. 

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

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line.

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