Good morning south-west - May 9, 2014

Good morning, south-west! We made it to Friday - can you smell the weekend? Mother's Day is coming fast, make sure you don't forget to treat your mum.

Weather

Your forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology: Cloudy. Isolated showers developing from the west this morning, tending to patchy rain during the evening. Winds northerly 25 to 35 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures around 15.

Check your seven-day forecast here: Warrnambool  Port Fairy  Hamilton  Portland  

Morning news

Paramedics are warning about the dangers of synthetic drugs available over the counter or online, with harm equal to crystal methamphetamine.

Don't believe them? Read this frightening account from a Kronic user.

Hopefully you saw our Throwback Thursday gallery yesterday, including a ton of photos from the 2004 May Races. If you missed it, take a look here:

An average winning margin of 92 points in last weekend's WDFNL matches has our sports team talking about competitive balance. Watch our analysis on the issue, as well as the proposed six team finals format, in the latest Footy HQ video. 

A more bizarre story: Police are searching for the owner of a unique trumpet.

Know of something interesting happening in the south-west today? Let us know on Twitter (@WboolStandard), Facebook, email editor@thestandard.com.au, text 04 2784 2029, or call 5563 1800.

Pic of the day

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal volunteers Valerie Morgan (left), Tanya Tampion and Sally Stephenson prepare for this month’s big fund-raiser. 140507DW01 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal volunteers Valerie Morgan (left), Tanya Tampion and Sally Stephenson prepare for this month’s big fund-raiser. 140507DW01 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Read the story here: The Army of red rattlers returns​

Birthdays

If today is your birthday you share the date with the piano man Billy Joel (1949), musician Andrew W.K (1979) and swimmer Grant Hackett (1980).

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