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Canberrans hold vigil outside Indonesian Embassy before executions

Megan Gorrey 8:51 PM   Dozens of Canberrans to hold a vigil outside the Indonesian Embassy in Yarralumla on Tuesday night.

Public servants may stop stopping the boats

An asylum seeker boat carrying refugees arrives on Christmas Island on November 20, 2012. The "stop the boats" policy is in the sights of aggrieved public servants.

Noel Towell 8:47 PM   The "stop the boats" policy in the sights of public servants as they move towards a strike over pay and conditions.

Cafes and restaurants refuse entry to guide dog users

News.  Stephen Fagg of Belconnen with his guide dog Samson at the Cupping Room.  Stephen has had positive experiences and been discriminated against with his guide dog in Canberra cafes and restaurants.

Clare Colley 8:30 PM   Each week at least one blind or vision-impaired guide dog owner in the ACT or NSW is illegally refused entry to a restaurant or cafe.

At-risk inmate moved into isolated cell, left alone before suicide

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Christopher Knaus 8:16 PM   Suitability of ward for at-risk prisoners to come under close scrutiny during prison death inquest.

Whooping cough cases double in ACT as doctors urge parents to vaccinate kids

Eleonor Prichard, who is in her final trimester of pregnancy, has a consultation with Dr Martin Liedvogel following the ACT government announcement of free whooping cough shots for pregnant women.

Henry Belot 8:07 PM   The ACT has recorded more than double the amount of whooping cough cases compared to last the same time last year

Betty Churcher remembered for her infectious love of art

News. Celebrating The Life Of Betty Churcher event at the National Gallery of Australia. An attendee looks at the order of service.
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Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Sally Pryor 7:15 PM   She took us on her journey, and the journey was art.

Desperate days in joyless Salem

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Ron Cerabona 6:38 PM   The emotionally gripping play "The Crucible" opens in Canberra.

Win The Canberra Times ultimate fashion experience at Fashfest

Haus Models and the faces of Fashfest 2015 Hannah Clare McKenzie and Ken Scruton. Hair by W Friend. Makeup by K Mathias.

5:51 PM   Be the envy of all your friends and get 'up close and personal' with exciting, unique and diverse fashion design. Win The Canberra Times ultimate fashion experience at FASHFEST.

Lifeline call for more support to assist domestic violence victims

Lifeline CEO Carrie Leeson has called for more government support, as a port of call for domestic violence victims.

Henry Belot 4:03 PM   A crisis support group has urged the ACT Government to supply additional funding so volunteers can continue assisting victims of domestic violence.

AFP traffic fine scam targets Canberra drivers

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Emma Kelly 3:41 PM   Police have warned Canberrans of an email scam asking drivers to cough up money for negligent driving and infecting computers with a virus.

Second fire in 24 hours on Canberra street

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Henry Belot 3:10 PM   ACT Police are investigating another suspicious fire on Discovery Street in Red Hill.

Superheroes come in many disguises

Harry Irvine, 7, of Macgregor with Captain Neon clowning around at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Kimberley Granger 2:35 PM   Nine weeks ago, seven-year-old Harry received a kidney donated by his father, but it was another superhero bringing a smile to his face when he returned to hospital last week.

Sap sucking insect has a role to play

Pictures of lerp in Canberra.

Brett McNamara 2:09 PM   One of the great features about living in our bush capital is the four distinct seasons we experience.  

Calls answered for OzHarvest food rescue to return to Canberra

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Kimberley Granger 2:06 PM   The re-emergence of food rescue service OzHarvest has provided welcome relief for charities in Canberra after calls for its return were answered. 

Motorcyclist nabbed riding 50km/h over the speed limit west of Canberra

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1:56 PM   A young motorcyclist has been caught speeding almost 50km/h over the speed limit on a 100km/h road west of Canberra.

No ordinary Monday for Star Wars lovers

501st Legion Southern Cross Garrison members preparing for Star Wars day on May the fourth.

Kimberley Granger 1:35 PM   Siths and jedis  will put a stop to their age-old battle to control the galaxy to celebrate international Star Wars Day, May the fourth, on Monday.

Andrew Barr breaks with faction on same-sex marriage vote

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr wants a change to the party's national platform to compel MPs to vote for same-sex marriage.

Tom McIlroy 1:11 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr wants the Labor Party platform to move with the times, in support of same-sex marriage.

Bunda Street shared zone vies for national planning award

Student Clinton Madden rides his bike across one of the raised intersections on Bunda Street.

Megan Gorrey 11:21 AM   Civic's Bunda Street shareway has been nominated for a national award which recognises innovative planning solutions.

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Theatre review

Spotlight falls squarely on performers

The Last Five Years' Fraser Findlay (left) and Vanessa de Jager.

Alanna Maclean 10:03 AM   The Last Five Years is a strange piece of musical theatre that could be accused of gimmickry.

Canberra petrol prices remain steady

It is currently cheaper to refuel in Canberra than it is in Sydney.

Henry Belot 9:23 AM   It is currently cheaper to refuel in Canberra than it is in Sydney.

Motorists urged to slow down as Canberra children return to school on Tuesday

40km/h speed limits come into effect in Canberra on April 28 as schools are back.

Hannah Moore 8:48 AM   Motorists are being warned to slow down with more than 71,000 children set to return to school throughout the ACT on Tuesday.

Canberra stung by record number of European wasps and nests

European wasp numbers have spiked in the ACT.

Emma Kelly 8:19 AM   The number of European wasp nests has seen the highest spike since they were first reported in Canberra.

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

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8:05 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Teachers unhappy with pay deal

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald 10:28 PM   ACT teachers are unlikely to accept a 12 per cent pay offer while they continue to work longer hours than Australian and international averages.

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Two jobs for Stanhope: Aboriginal health and professorial fellow

Former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope's new job reflects his longstanding interest in Aboriginal issues.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has joined the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal health service, in a job that reflects his longstanding interest in Aboriginal issues and represents his first foray into the community sector.

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Fears local police positions will go as funding cuts begin to bite

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Christopher Knaus   The ACT government has been urged to reinstate $15 million in savings to the territory's police force, amid growing fears that positions will be cut in coming months.

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No hair, no worries as Kyrgios becomes alopecia ambassador

Christos Kyrgios has become an ambassador for Alopecia Australia, a condition where a person loses all of their body hair. Christos Kyrgios with Caitlin O'Hehir, 10,  who also has the condition.

Chris Dutton   Christos Kyrgios still remembers the day a woman ripped off his hat to make fun of his bald head.

Parking chaos on post-Anzac Day 'holiday'

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Phillip Thomson, Primrose Riordan and Megan Gorrey   With some Canberrans enjoying a post-ANZAC Day holiday and others not, pay parking threw many noses out of joint.

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Fight for compo is 'beginning to border on the vexatious'

Comcare compo decision

Michael Inman   A Canberra public servant's marathon fight for compensation has been without substance and is beginning to border on vexatious, a judge has said.

South coast lifesavers celebrate a fatality-free season

Volunteer Lifesaver Anthony Ballette with the other volunteers watching over swimmers at Malua Bay.

Henry Belot   The NSW south coast's surf lifesaving season involved more than 70 rescues, but no fatalities.