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Retailers' tills are alive to to the sound of ringing

Primrose Riordan 7:58 PM   Despite the cuts and redundancies, and warnings that we've squandered the biggest boom this country has seen, Canberrans opened their wallets and joined the annual Boxing Day retail pilgrimage.

Drunk and dangerous: Canberra's worst drink drivers

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Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   They've smashed their cars into light poles, mounted curbs in the city's centre, uprooted trees and been spied as they staggered back behind the wheel.

Man jailed for almost four years for two knifepoint robberies

Scales of Justice: Balance favoured prison.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A Canberra man who stole $360 during two knifepoint robberies has been jailed for almost four years.

Boxing Day madness: Retailers ready

David Jones Civic store manager Alisha Guy and visual merchandise manager Peita Lee are gearing up for their annual Boxing Day sale.

Henry Belot 11:45 PM   Retailers are hoping for Boxing Day bonanzas to counter miserable sales figures throughout the ACT.

Cloudy with a chance of raindeer

Christmas Day in Canberra will get off to a sunny start but thunderstorms and showers are forecast for the afternoon.

Natasha Boddy   Short, sharp and festive showers were already hitting Canberra at 10.30am on Christmas Day as forecasts predicted a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Canberrans refuse to let rain get in the way of an active Christmas

Canberra's Santa (aka Andrew Blair) rides with a group of cyclists past the Lodge on Christmas Day.

Primrose Riordan   Despite the downer weather, Canberrans cycled, gardened, walked their pups and picniced through Christmas Day.

ACT retailers' outlook dire despite Boxing Day hopes


Henry Belot 11:45 PM   Retailers across the ACT are hoping Canberrans spend big at Boxing Day sales to counter the worst retail growth prediction in Australia thanks to low consumer confidence.

Fire in Kambah house on Christmas Eve

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

A Kambah house has been damaged by a fire in its living room on Christmas Eve.

Thirty million reasons for one Canberra family to celebrate this Christmas

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Christmas has come early for one incredibly lucky Canberra family who now have 30 million reasons to celebrate. 

ACT Health advises people to stay safe in the heat


With temperatures expected to stay warm for the rest of the week, ACT Health is urging people to stay safe in the heat this festive season. 

Synthetic marijuana seized at Calwell Butts N Brew store

The seized cannabinoids.

Police said they seized 285 1.5 gram packets of synthetic marijuana during a raid on the Butts N Brew store in Calwell on Wednesday.

Public service colleagues regret Kris Kringle calamity

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a Kris Kringle gift that was given to him by one of his colleagues as a mean-spirited prank.

Primrose Riordan   While the perpetrator is yet to surface, colleagues of former Canberra public servant and Kris Kringle disaster victim have reached out to say they regret the affair.

Uriarra solar farm application delayed

A solar farm under construction at Royalla. A similar development at Uriarra has concerned residents.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   A decision on the development application for a controversial solar farm at Uriarra has been delayed until at least early 2015. 

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Abbott threatens APS annual holiday bonus at Christmas: union


Ross Peake   Public servants' annual days off at risk from hardline approach to pay negotiations, says the union.

Octogenarian had skull fractured in assault

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Michael Inman   A Torrens man has been charged over the bashing of an 82-year-old man, which caused life-threatening skull fractures and a brain bleed.

Leading judge appointed to hear Eastman application

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Michael Inman   A leading NSW anti-corruption figure has been appointed to hear David Harold Eastman’s bid to avoid a retrial.

CIT loses tender for migrant English teaching program

Stripped: CIT no longer has funding for the Adult Migration English program.

Henry Belot   Despite losing funding for a long-running migrant English program, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) hopes to find new roles for staff.

Speeding Canberra teen narrowly misses train

United stand: ACT and NSW police are joining forces again this Christmas season to promote road safety.

Primrose Riordan and Luca Lombardo   Police urge safe holiday driving after a Canberra teen escaped a fatal collision when speeding over a rail crossing.

Prawns hot tickets in Christmas Eve rush

Prawn frenzy: The FishCo Fish Market expects to sell 12 tonnes of prawns on Christmas Eve.

Henry Belot   The early bird catches the prawns, crayfish and oysters at your fishmongers for Christmas dinner.

Casino Canberra bought by billionaire

Tony and Justin Fung at the Yorkeys Knob site where Aquis has been proposed.

Tom McIlroy and Primrose Riordan   The Gambling and Racing Commission has cleared the way for Canberra's declining casino to be bought out by Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung. 

RGT staff face Christmas without jobs, pay


Primrose Riordan   More than a dozen workers have lost their jobs and potentially their entitlements just before Christmas.

Sydney siege casts pall over Christmas celebrations

Lindt Cafe

David Ellery   The atrocious violence of the Lindt Cafe hostage drama has cast a shadow over Christmas 2014, leaving it a confused celebration, the Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Trevor Edwards, has said in his Christmas message.

Christmas pudding, but no presents, for ACT prisoners

Restriction: ACT inmates can look forward to Christmas pudding, but no presents.

Megan Gorrey   Inmates spending Christmas Day behind bars in the ACT will tuck into a festive spread of ham, turkey and pudding with custard.

Church Times - Christmas Eve

David Ellery   Church Services

Katy Gallagher's resignation becomes official

Katy Gallagher announcing she will step down as ACT Chief Minister.

Tom McIlroy   Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has nominated increased representation for Canberra residents and a growing government ministry as key achievements of her more than three years in power.

Compo claim for fear of shopping centres and lost libido fails

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Michael Inman and Henry Belot   A Canberra court has thrown out lawsuit by a man who claims Westpac Bank caused him to develop a fear of shopping centres and suffered a loss of libido.

Man arrested after late night home attack on 82-year-old


A 21-year-old Torrens man was arrested on Tuesday in connection to an alleged attack on an 82-year-old man outside his Pearce home on September 22.

Man wins $85,000 after chunk of his ear bitten off

This Canberra man lost part of his ear after it was bitten in a Dickson nightspot.

Michael Inman   A Canberra man has won a $85,000 payout after part of his ear was bitten off at northside nighspot.

What's open and when in Canberra this Christmas

Christmas shops guide

Luca Lombardo   Last minute beer run? Forgot a present for Aunty Ethel? Someone sprained an ankle in backyard cricket? Here's a handy guide to what's open and when in Canberra this Christmas period.