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'Blockbuster Betty' brought crowds to art

Sally Pryor 4:45 PM   The art world is in mourning today with the news that Betty Churcher, the inimitable former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died, aged 84.

Kings and queens to work hard for their masters

Alana Chibnall playing chess at the ACT Chess Association chess expo in Garema Place.

Mark Sawa 4:38 PM   Chess masters will prepare their opening gambits ahead of Australia’s premier weekend chess tournament at Easter.

The tweet that added $1 billion to company's bottom line

Elon Musk's news sparked the hashtag #TeslaNewProductGuesses, with guesses ranging from a time machine to a real-life Iron Man suit.

4:34 PM   Elon Musk, the billionaire technology entrepreneur, has announced a "major" new Tesla product line that is "not a car", in a cryptic tweet which has left millions guessing.

More CBD laneways to be opened to graffiti artists

The Tocumwal Lane Street Party in the City.

Georgina Connery 4:13 PM   More city laneways could be covered in street art after the success of the Tocumwal Lane graffiti party on the weekend, Canberra CBD Limited have announced.

Keepers hope it will be giraffe love at first sight for Shaba and Mzungu

New giraffe Shaba on his way to the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Georgina Connery 4:07 PM   Shaba has just arrived at the National Zoo and Aquarium and there are high hopes this strapping male Giraffe will be a fitting new boyfriend for the zoo's four-year-old female Mzungu.

Gungahlin population booms as Tuggeranong declines: ABS

Construction work at the new Canberra suburb Crace.

Primrose Riordan 3:05 PM   Crace is the fastest growing suburb in Australia, as Gungahlin's population surged in 2013-14, new ABS figures show.

Queanbeyan Quilters special quilt destined for The Hague

Anny De Pauw with a remembrance photo quilt set for the Hague.

Kimberley Granger 1:36 PM   A quilt designed and made by Queanbeyan Quilters is destined for The Hague.

Water refill stations popular at primary school

Year 6 students Declan Yates and Kim Shoard, both 11, use the new water resource station at Monash Primary School.

Kimberley Granger 1:32 PM   School students in every government primary school in the ACT now have access to chilled water on tap.

Lawyer found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct

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Michael Inman 10:54 AM   A Canberra lawyer who witnessed documents in a clients absence has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.

Ram raid targets another jewellery store

Another jewellery store was targeted in the Gungahlin ram raid.

Primrose Riordan and Georgina Connery 10:47 AM   A baker holding a tray of hot cross buns thought he was going to be killed as a car hurtled towards him in the second ram raid in two days in Canberra.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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9:27 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Paper genie enjoys seven seconds of fame

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Lots of (uniformed) young men with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Glenn Maxwell physiques took part in Monday's Red Bull Paper Wings competition, held at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Belconnen suburbs move into new Gungahlin electorate

ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   Liberal Speaker Vicki Dunne and transport spokesman Alistair Coe have their home suburbs shifted into a new Gungahlin-based electorate, under new boundaries that divide the city into five electorates.

Controversial anti-drugs group opposes medical marijuana plan

A cannabis plant.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an increase in addiction. 

Hospital cafe goes to new owners after 20 years

Cafe Hoz owner Richard Butler,  who finishes a "terrific" 20 years of operating the cafe at Canberra Hospital on May 1 after losing the tender.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Twenty years running the Canberra Hospital cafe has put Richard Butler firmly in touch with what's important in  life, and after losing the cafe tender he plans to spend time "down the beach and playing golf".

ABC's Chris Kimball to take CEO role at rescue helicopter trust

New Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter chief executive Chris Kimball with his children Violet and Noah.

Scott Hannaford 8:52 PM   Former current affairs presenter Chris Kimball to take over at Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter trust.

Housing program for relatives of patients launched at Calvary Hospital

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Megan Gorrey 8:50 PM   An initiative that will provide housing to ease the discomfort and financial pain often experienced by family members of hospital patients has been launched in Canberra.

ACT providers spend big in NDIS lead-up

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Clare Colley 8:49 PM   ACT disability providers are spending thousands of dollars to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but fear service prices have been set too low jeopardising quality.

ANU student allegedly raped in dorm room after pub crawl

Lewis Todd Meegan, 23, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A Canberra student allegedly raped by a fellow resident at an on-campus dormitory had a casual sexual relationship with the man in the weeks after, a trial has heard.

Forced-adoption exhibition 'to open hearts and minds'

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard opened the new exhibiton Without Consent: Australia's adoption processes, on the history of forced adoption in Australia.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   All Tony and Sarah Liston knew of their first child for more than four decades was that it was a baby girl.

Stuart Flats resident evacuated after apartment fire

A fire truck on the scene of a small apartment fire in Light Street, Griffith on Monday night.

8:21 PM   ACT Fire & Rescue crews helped evacuate a resident from the Stuart Flats complex in Griffith after a small fire began in the doorway of one of the apartments.

Domestic violence sufferers 'unnecessarily re-victimised'

Domestic violence.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Domestic violence sufferers who seek protective court orders in the ACT are being unnecessarily victimised and subjected to similar power and control tactics experienced at the hands of their violent partners, a report has found.

Catholic priest admitted touching girl on bottom, trial hears

An 85-year-old Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to allegations of sexual abuse.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A former Catholic priest accused of molesting a young girl admitted touching her bottom to diocese officials, trial hears.

Shop ram raided in Belconnen

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11:30 PM   Police are investigating after a shop was ram raided in Belconnen between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Burglar leaves stolen dog chews at Fyshwick crime scene

The man captured on CCTV believed to be responsible for five burglaries in Fyshwick.

A man believed to be responsible for five burglaries in Fyshwick left a bag of dog chews stolen from an earlier burglary at a later crime scene on the same morning.

Canberrans opt for overseas powder, but lower dollar may rescue Snowy Mountains industry

Just 48 per cent of NSW and ACT tourists said they would consider heading to Thredbo, Perisher and Smiggin Holes in the next two years.

11:30 PM   The number of Canberrans who plan to holiday at Snowy Mountains skifields has dropped to below the 50 per cent mark as cheaper flights and lighter local snowfalls lure tourists overseas.

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green reappointed

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green was first appointed in 1994.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Long-serving ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green has been reappointed to the role for another five years, after a merit-based recruitment process. 

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. That Capricious Prussian

The Kaiser bites the world

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   During the Great War scoffing at Germany's absurd-looking, ultraPrussian Kaiser Wilhelm II and questioning his sanity did wonders for Allied morale.

Kitchen catches fire in Higgins

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

Firefighters extinguished a kitchen fire after a neighbour called triple zero.

Win 1 of 4 'Shaun the Sheep' prize packs

Shaun the Sheep Movie kids pack include a stationary set, drawstring bag and drink bottle.

6:00 AM   From award-winning Aardman Studios, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, comes the big screen debut of the hugely popular Shaun the Sheep, In Cinemas Now.