Good morning Bendigo - 07.03.14

A shocking long weekend for central Victorian residents, with six deaths on our region's roads.

As people prepare to go back to work today, let's hope for a brighter and safer week for all. 

WEATHER

A top of 34 degrees today with a possible shower. 

Full weather report here

TRAINS

No train delays reported this morning. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Police appalled with motorist attitudes towards delay

POLICE are appalled by the behaviour of motorists delayed on the Calder Freeway as emergency services worked to control a grassfire on Monday afternoon.  

The freeway was closed for a short period of time and north-bound traffic reduced to one lane near Metcalfe-Taradale Road, after a Toyota Camry caught alight and sparked a bushfire. 

Two more fatalities to end a horror weekend

Emergency crews attended the sixth fatality of the Labour Day weekend yesterday when two cars collided near Harcourt North.

A 79-year-old woman driver died when the car she was driving failed to give way and hit a Nissan ute at the Fogarty's Gap Road intersection of the Calder Highway.

The female driver of the Corolla died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. 

THE HIT LIST

Police left helpless after six deaths in 41 hours

Two more fatalities to end a horror weekend

Police appalled with motorist attitudes towards delay

GALLERY: Bendigo Spirit lap up grand final win

Man armed with knife in central Bendigo: witness

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Steve Culp played which character in “Desperate Housewives”?

2. What type of entertainment was George M Cohan famous for?

3. What was the name of Martin Luther King’s widow who died in 2006?

4. Who became Andy Roddick’s tennis coach in 2006?

5. Who was born John Beverley and would have celebrated his 50th birthday in 2007?

DID YOU KNOW

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21 inch tongue.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share your day with Johnny Knoxville, Joel Maddern, Stan Sherman, Shane Richie, John Barrowman and Paul Wall.

ON THIS DAY

1849 - Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (the US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

1915 - British Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle

1956 - Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)

1997 - Paul McCartney knighted

2006 - The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars

JOKE OF THE DAY

I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.  

If you've got a better joke, email us at cos@bendigoadvertiser.com.au 

Daily quiz answers: 1. Rex Van De Camp; 2. Musical comedy; 3. Coretta Scott King; 4. Jimmy Connors; 5. Sid Vicious.

Have a good day Bendigo and stay safe. 

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