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Battery trial could kill anti-renewable energy argument

Clare Colley 4:59 PM   A three-year trial of batteries to find the most effective electricity storage options could kill the anti-renewable energy argument once and for all.

National Capital Authority will not support Yarralumla development as it stands

An artist's impression of the redevelopment of the Yarralumla Brickworks site.

Kirsten Lawson 4:46 PM   National Capital Authority says it will not support the new Yarralumla suburban development until the ACT deals with its concerns about the impact of trees and the landscape, the scale of six-storey buildings and the changes planned for Dunrossil Drive. 

Fluffy dual occupancies have neighbours worried about being built out

Suzanne Pippen with her children Dominic, 2, and Hannah, 4, in their Duffy backyard which adjoins perhaps two Fluffy properties.

Kirsten Lawson 4:45 PM   For Brendan and Suzanne Pippen, buying an older home in Duffy was all about the garden and space to live without the threat of high-density development next door.

Hoddle Street killer seeks ACT prison transfer

Julian Knight in 2004.

Clare Colley 2:56 PM   Julian Knight's appeal of his third failed application to transfer to the ACT to go before court next week.

Eagle-eyed worker averts potential disaster

A cracked awning attached to the old AFP building on Northbourne Avenue.

Emma Kelly 2:55 PM   A maintenance worker spied what could have led to a "disastrous" collapse of a concrete and glass awning next to Northbourne Avenue.

Sacked AFP officer: 'We lie to members of the community on a daily basis'

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Phillip Thomson 2:24 PM   A sacked AFP officer who said the organisation lied on a daily basis has lost his legal battle to get his job back.

Shocking stats of domestic violence's toll on Canberra children

Many survivors of child abuse wait 30 years or more before seeking support.

Megan Gorrey 11:18 AM   An average of five ACT children a year are left without a mother whose death is linked to domestic violence.

Media union slams police treatment of NITV reporter on Anzac Day

Screenshot from NITV footage Australian Federal Police attempted to seize on Anzac Day.

Emma Kelly 10:48 AM   The Media, Entertainment and Art Alliance has written to the AFP demanding a proper investigation into the treatment of journalist Myles Morgan.

Another traffic fine scam targets drivers

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10:35 AM    A new version of a scam asking Canberra drivers to pay fines or negligent driving has re-appeared in inboxes - including ACT Policing's.

Two break-ins in two months at Queanbeyan home

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8:05 AM   Residents of a Queanbeyan home have faced two break-ins in the past two months.

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Fluffy owners will have to disclose status of their homes to visitors

Robson Environmental's Ged Keane has questioned the current advice by the NSW government.

Kirsten Lawson 11:59 PM   Fluffy owners who stay in their homes will have to inform every visitor about the status of their home.

Canberrans light candles for domestic violence victims

Tara Costigan's grandmother Margaret Costigan and uncle Michael Costigan at the candle lighting ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance at Commonwealth Park in Canberra.

Megan Gorrey 10:07 PM   Every person among the crowd that gathered in Commonwealth Park on Wednesday night had been touched by domestic or family violence.

Segue explores connections betweens two cultures

John Romau in a scene from <i>Massacre</i>.

Ron Cerabona 9:45 PM   A new festival explores the links between performance in Australia and Europe.

Le Noir - the Dark Side of Cirque opens in Canberra

From left, Karin Semecky of Kambah and Kate Davis of Wright.

9:12 PM   About Town: Scenes opening night of Le Noir - the Dark Side of Cirque at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Margolyes isn't afraid to be provocative

Miriam Margolyes calls herself a "fat old cow" who loves to speak her mind.

Ron Cerabona 8:58 PM   Miriam Margolyes is nothing if not forthright. In response to an admirer's fond compliment, she replied, "I'm not beautiful. I'm a fat old cow. I speak my mind."

Family pays tribute to Belconnen motorbike crash victim

Jarreth Newman, 23, of Gordon, died when his motorbike collided with a bus near Calvary Hospital in April.

Megan Gorrey 8:23 PM   Hundreds of mourners who gathered to remember Jarreth Newman signalled to his parents their son had just begun to make his mark on the world, in the best possible way.

ADFA theatre honours the first Indigenous officer

Dorothy Mary Saunders (nee Banfield) and Reg Saunders. c1944
Photograph: Glenda Humes collection

David Ellery 8:04 PM   Reg Saunders' resourcefulness in war was legendary, but his greatest achievement was his family.

Government rejects calls for delay on light rail contracts

The government has ruled out not signing light rail contracts until after the election

Tom McIlroy 7:54 PM   Voters who supported Labor and the Greens at the 2012 territory election understood a light rail line for Canberra was central to both party's policies, Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell said on Wednesday. 

Eastman to fight judge's decision not to remove himself

Charged: David Eastman is arrested in December 1992.

Christopher Knaus 7:41 PM   David Eastman will fight a judge's decision not to remove himself from determining whether a second trial for the murder of ACT police chief Colin Stanley Winchester will go ahead.

The dark side of circus

News. 6th April 2015. Le Noir - The Dark Side of Cirque, at the Canberra Theatre. Skaters featuring Jessica Anne Ritchie and Jeronimo Ernesto.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Ron Cerabona 5:41 PM   International performers set to dazzle in show featuring series of top acts.

Whopper mushroom sparks alarm

Tristan Adrian, of ACT City Services, displays a collection of death cap mushrooms.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Going after mushroom can land you in hot water.

Pablo Pigcasso's new digs

Pablo Pigcasso a year later, in a new sun-drenched paddock.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Remember Pablo Pigcasso, the young pig rescued from the streets of Sydney's west a year ago?

Patience wanes as Weston Creek waits for petrol station plans to progress

Community pressure fuels calls for second petrol station

Georgina Connery   Resident's frustrations fuel calls for faster progress on the construction of a second petrol station in Weston Creek.

A Mother's Day gift for Canberra's most vulnerable mums

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Georgina Connery   The annual Karinya House Mother's Day Ball will raise money for a new purpose-built facility which will offer twice as many pregnant and parenting women in crisis accommodation and support services.

More than 150 Canberra drivers fail to stop or give way in April

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Finbar O'Mallon   Police caught more than 150 drivers failing to stop or give way at intersections across Canberra in April and issued 100 fines.

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Gun-wielding man who trapped ex-lover appeals conviction

 Court.

Christopher Knaus   Gun-wielding Canberra man who trapped ex-lover in home says there's been a miscarriage of justice.

Perisher pumping snow ahead of expected fall over mountains

Snowmakers began pumping out snow at Perisher Wednesday morning.

Emma Kelly   Resorts in the Snowy Mountains could see up to half a metre of snow in the next week, but Perisher is getting ahead.

Gas leak outside Wentworth Avenue building

ACT Emergency Services

About 20 people were evacuated from a building as a result of the leak, caused by a workman.

Up to 300 townhouses and apartments on former school block

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to the controversial high-density housing development in Downer.

Kirsten Lawson   ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to a controversial high-density housing development in Downer, with 300 townhouses and apartments to be built on the site of the former Downer primary school.