MORNING RUSH: news, sport, weather, traffic and online buzz

8.53am That's it for the Rush this morning. Rug up and enjoy your Monday.

8.48am Police will have to wait until the driver of the bus that careered to the wrong side of the road, killing a pedestrian in Sydney’s Chinatown, gets out of hospital until they can speak to him. A 53-year-old man died at the scene on Sunday after being trapped underneath the bus, which reportedly mounted a footpath in Haymarket. AAP

8.44am See if you can spot yourself in our mega gallery of the Wollongong Colour Run on Sunday.

8.40am On May 9, the Illawarra Youth fundraiser is on @ Albion Park Bowling Club. All money raised will go towards camping equipment for youth in crisis. 6:30-10:30pm. Tickets are $35.

8.37am  The 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Road Show comes to Wollongong this May. Comedians include; Tom Ballard, David Quirk, Bev Killick and Marcus Ryan. Venue: IPAC, Wollogngong. Times: Thu 15 May 6.30pm, Fri 16 May 8pm, Sat 17 May 6pm & 9pm. Tickets: $37-42, call the box office on (02) 4224 5999 or visit to book.

8.33am On this day in 1934 the first Three Stooges short was released. In 1904 Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball and in 1981 Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27.

8.30am Images of James Packer embroiled in a vicious fist fight with his former best man and boss of Nine Entertainment Group David Gyngell have hit the market this morning. The pics were taken outside Packer's home, and show the pair throwing and receiving punches. SMH

8.27am TV NEWS Offspring is back on May 14. I've already prepared my tissues.

8.23am Speaking of, don't forget Mothers Day is THIS SUNDAY. Best get booking those high teas and lunches and doing a last-minute pressie dash.

8.20am The 2014 Mothers Day Classic Fun Run takes place at Stuart Park, Wollongong. Come along to help raise money for breast cancer research. The Wollongong event offers a 2km and 5km walk or run. Online registrations are now open at or you can register on the day.

8.16am EXTRA CELEB GOSS Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has reportedly died his dark hair bleach blonde. Most distressing.

8.12am CELEB GOSS The Met Gala is on tomorrow, and of course the most important thing will be the red carpet frocks. To get you in the mood, have a look at this gallery of some of the most iconic dresses of all time.

8.09am  Calling all comic book fans! We have the perfect event for you! Comic Gong returns on May 17 and is again promoting local comic artists and comic culture in the Illawarra. The event is based at Wollongong Town Hall and features trade stalls, comic workshops, craft activities and more.

8.05am NATIONAL NEWS A mother-of-four has been charged with supporting terrorism after she was arrested at Sydney Airport while trying to board a flight to Syria with her young children, police say. SMH

8.01am If you're just joining us while enjoy your brekky, the roads are looking clear around Wollongong this morning. It's a little chilly outside, but the day will be mostly sunny.

7.59am Legally Blonde is coming! Moonglow Productions is set to stage the musical for the first time in Wollongong on July 4-5 @ the WIN Entertainment Centre.

7.55am Howlin' Wolf Bar in Wollongong is launching their FIFA 14 Comp on Tuesday night. Registration is at 6.30 and kick off at 7pm $10 will enter you into the comp and the winner takes home 75% of the registration fee.

Ladies, this could be the perfect way to reclaim the TV from your PS3-loving BF.

7.52am Sunday was Audrey Hepburn's birthday - the glamorous star who single handedly popularised the LBD would have been 85.

7.49am LOCAL NEWS Kanahooka High School will be the venue for a fish market of a different kind on Saturday when the Illawarra branch of the New South Wales Cichlid Society holds its annual auction.

From 2pm, hundreds of cichlids will go under the hammer as fans look to boost collections.

7.46am CELEB GOSS Actress Kerry Washington and retired NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha have welcomed a daughter, named Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha.

7.43am WORLD NEWS Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been released after four days of questioning over his role in a 1972 murder of Jean McConville. His detention has raised tensions among Northern Ireland's power-sharing government and threatens the hard-won peace process. SMH

7.40am The Illawarra Choral Society’s next concert, ‘‘Sing Light, Sing Shadow featuring Brahms’ Requiem’’ will be held in the Wollongong Town Hall at 2pm on May 10. Tickets: GA $25, Concession $22. For more information or to book call 4227 5088.

7.35am LOCAL SPORT Group Seven: Warilla withstood a late fightback to beat Berry-Shoalhaven Heads 24-18 on Saturday at Berry Showground, while Shellharbour won Sunday's home game against Kiama 28-16, Jamberoo beat Port Kembla 46-20 and Milton-Ulladulla beat Albion Park-Oak Flats 46-24.

7.32am One of the best things about the new Merc office on Market Street is all the windows. In the right spot, you can see the sun rising and setting - although it's not quite as amazing as this great shot taken over the weekend

7.29am WORLD NEWS Eleven people have been injured, one critically, after a group of acrobats fell from an aerial platform at a circus in the US state of Rhode Island after the scaffolding structure holding them collapsed. BBC

7.25am We’ve kicked off our Mercury Cartoon Competition! We want 15 - 25 year olds to produce their own cartoon or caricature that reflects a popular news topic or personality from an Illawarra Mercury news story during May for their chance to win some awesome prizes. PLUS the best entries will be printed in the Illawarra Mercury and exhibited at the Wollongong Art Gallery.

7.22am Today is Oysters Day - gross. But it's also Cartoonists Day, which will be my celebration of choice.

7.18am CELEB GOSS According to Intouch Weekly, Kim K and Kanye have already tied the knot, ahead of their planned wedding ceremony in Paris on May 24.

7.15am Counterfeit washing powder, barbecue chicken bags and beer are among the more unusual products being brought into Australia, as fake items increase in retail value and become "more sophisticated" each year, the Customs Service says.

Last financial year, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service seized more than 500,000 suspected counterfeit goods, with an estimated retail value of over $43 million. SMH

7.12am There are heaps of great reader pics on our Facebook page too - take a look

7.10am The first Colour Run was on in Wollongong on Sunday. While it was a little chilly, that didn't stop people from running and dancing all five colourful kilometres. Check out our mega gallery of the event.

7.06am TRAIN ALERT Passengers travelling towards Central on the T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line are advised to allow additional travel time due to urgent signal repairs at Tempe. Additionally, services travelling towards Central are not stopping at Wolli Creek Station and trains may depart from different platforms.

7.03am TRAFFIC ALERT Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Railway Avenue at Scarborough is closed in both directions for roadworks until Friday. Motorists will need to use Bulli Pass and Mount Ousley Road as alternatives.

7am Wakey, wakey, the sun is up. If you're just joining us, we're expecting tops temps of 18 degrees across the Illawarra and the traffic situation is looking pretty good.

6.57am A long-haul flight wouldn't seem quite so bad travelling in Etihad Airway's new 'residence' class. Instead of cramped seats and flimsy blankets, you can enjoy a bedroom, living area, bathroom with shower and a private butler. But it'll cost you - Abu Dhabi to London in the residence class is expected to cost more than $20,000. SMH

6.53am Tuesday is Tamara’s Big Morning Tea - support Wollongong Hospital cancer ward and participate in the fundraising morning tea.

6.50am Cute animal pic time, today with a slightly Star Wars theme

6.47am NATIONAL NEWS Education Minister Christopher Pyne has appeared to endorse a National Audit Commission recommendation to boost student contributions to their higher education costs, including increasing the interest rate on HELP loans. SMH

6.44am LOCAL NEWS The Illawarra's property market is robust but house prices have not soared to flashing red levels as seen in Sydney, according to one industry expert.

Simon Kersten, managing director of Colliers International Wollongong, said there had been strong price rises for residential property yet he was reluctant to use the term "boom".

6.41am MUSIC NEWS After the disaster that was buying Splendour in the Grass tickets on Friday, ticket website Moshtix has promised customers their credit cards details have not been compromised. Soon after tickets went on sale, customers took to Facebook claiming they had been charged enormous fees, in some cases up to $4000. No festival is worth that much! SMH

6.38am NATIONAL NEWS  A 21-year-old man has died following an alleged one-punch attack at a house party in Minchinbury early Saturday morning. He fell to the ground and lost consciousness and was rushed to Westmead Hospital, where he died at 6pm on Sunday. The alleged attacker, also 21, was arrested and appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on the weekend.He was refused bail to appear in Blacktown Local Court on May 7. He is facing three charges including cause grievous bodily harm with intent. AAP

6.35am Up for some star gazing this week? TheScienceCentre, in conjunction with the Illawarra Astronomical Society, will hold a special Discovery Night on telescopes (weather permitting) on Friday night. Also included is a special presentation using our full dome projector in the Blue Scope Steel Planetarium, Hands-on Activities, and the Science Shop. 7pm-9pm. No bookings required. Usual entry fees apply, $9-13. Phone 42865000 for more information.

6.32am Sunday, ie May the Fourth, was Star Wars Day. So, here is Yoda.

6.29am Did you watch the first ep of The Voice last night? If you missed it, check out this hilarious recap from Ben Pobjie at the SMH. Better than the show itself!

6.25am Three Shellharbour councillors have questioned the appointment of Labor councillor John Murray to the council's new business unit advisory board.

6.21am Would Apple co-founder Steve Jobs be in jail if he was still alive? Questions have been asked after revelations Jobs was the driving force in a conspiracy to prevent competitors from poaching employees, illegal under the US Sherman Antitrust Act. SMH

6.18am LOCAL SPORT South Coast Wolves finally broke through for their first win of the season, beating Manly United 6-1 at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.

6.14am May 5 babies share their day with the powerhouse singer Adele, Alice B Davis (Alice from The Brady Bunch), rapper Chris Brown and philosopher Karl Marx.

6.11am It was a busy weekend across the Illawarra, with stacks of important events for people to check out

*In Kiama, nearly 600 people braved the cold and wet to take part in Relay for Life.

*The annual May Day march made its way through the Wollongong CBD on Saturday, with workers and community members protesting government cuts.

*Keen and amateur cyclists took part in Ride Around the Lake to raise money for homeless youth.

6.08am Here's the national news, courtesy of the SMH

*Overweight people could pay more for health insurance if the Abbott government adopts a Commission of Audit proposal to allow health funds to charge some customers higher premiums because of their "lifestyle choices".

*A man has died after being struck by a coach that lurched into a popular Chinese restaurant in Haymarket on Sunday.

*Treasurer Joe Hockey is offering privileged access to a select group including business people and industry lobbyists in return for tens of thousands of dollars in donations to the Liberal Party via a secretive fund-raising body whose activities are not fully disclosed to election funding authorities.

*Prime Minister Tony Abbott will release a federal government report on Monday which finds Australians who want to adopt children from overseas face long waiting times and a costly and confused process.

6.05am Let’s take a look at today’s Mercury headlines.

*Keiraville parents are banning their children from walking to school alone over fears one of them will be hit and killed in the heavy traffic that plagues the area. The revelation comes after Wollongong City Council announced it would withhold funding for a crucial traffic study of the area in next year’s budget

*A man has died following a two-car collision near Rose Valley Road at Gerringong on Sunday.

*Buskers can expect a blow to the hip pocket from July, when Wollongong City Council proposes to increase daily busking fees from $5 to $10 a day.

*A roaring westerly wind grounded nearly every aircraft in Sunday’s Wings over Illawarra event except two F/A-18 Hornets, which were powerful enough to contend with the weather.

6.02am A quick look at what's happening on the roads and in the skies 

WEATHER It’s chilly out there this morning, but it will turn into a mostly sunny day with top temps of about 18 degrees across the region.

TRAINS There is good service on the South Coast line.

TRAFFIC There’s  clear run between Nowra and Sydney, with roadworks at Gerringong and the top of Mount Ousley.

6am Happy Monday and welcome to today's edition of Morning Rush.


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