Dead gunman Man Haron Monis was a complex, disturbed individual desperate for recognition and status but completely lacking the skills or achievements to bring that dream to life.
Tom Allard Earlier this year, two teenage boys from Sydney set out for Syria, fuelled by religious fervour and intoxicated by tales of righteous jihad and adventure. Groomed online by an Islamic State recruiter, their tickets were paid for, and an elaborate route mapped out to avoid detection. There were promises of a weekly salary and military training, and of the glory of the Islamic caliphate.
Rick Feneley Bribery, racketeering, money-laundering … It's not the mafia but football, and Australia will not escape the scandal that taints two generations of the world's most popular game. Rick Feneley reports.
Steve Butcher After 62 years a lawyer - including more than five unbroken decades as a barrister - Brian Bourke chuckles that his life faces testing for possible traces of mould and pest activity.
Julie Power Keria Fernando, 16, is the best-behaved truant you are likely to meet.
Sean Nicholls NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has detailed his determination to remain independent of the trade union movement, particularly where its goals are counter to what he believes are the interests of NSW citizens.
Mark Kenny Australia faces more than decade of deficits with an assessment by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office concluding shortfalls of up to $100 billion will be accumulated between now and 2025-26.
Gary Nunn Monica Dickens was visiting a Sydney bookstore to do a signing. A browser slapped down a copy in front of Monica. "Emma Chissit" she announced.
Nicole Hasham If you can dodge the odd rock and handle moderate rapids, kayak guide Naomi Kilby says the stretch of Barrington River at Bindera is the perfect white-water adrenalin rush.
The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of The Herald's editorial cartoonist.
Every sinew in Cooper Cronk's body came together in one perfect whole once again.