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Canberra: a perfect canvas for the future of transport

A depiction of a SkyTran pod, in which one or two people travel. Image courtesy of www.skytran.us

Arthur Davies 11:45 PM   So why is this city buying trams, which are a 130-year-old idea?

Former US ambassador speaks of Kapociunas' good character in child abuse trial

Vytas Kapociunas entered the witness box to give evidence in his defence on Friday

Christopher Knaus 7:07 PM   Former ambassador joins string of witnesses describing accused as trustworthy and kind.

Man accused of abusing neighbour's kids on trial

A Canberra man accused of indecent acts has denied the charges.

Christopher Knaus 7:01 PM   Man accused of abusing neighbour's boys for three years has gone on trial.

Regional television news faces cuts

Prime7, WIN and Southern Cross Ten are campaigning against "antiquated laws" they say are killing regional news services.

Jason Gordon and Phillip Thomson 6:55 PM   Regional television news bulletins are facing further cuts and newsroom closures as broadcasters go to war with a "bloody-minded" Tony Abbott over media sector reforms.

Gang-gang: Polly want a (nutritionally sophisticated) cracker

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Among sophisticates the gluten-free cause now has such momentum that even Canberra's more intelligent, articulate birds are awake to it.

West Belconnen tip prepared to receive 1022 Fluffy homes

The West Belconnen Landfill Resource Management Centre is where Mr Fluffy debris is being dumped

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Seventeen trucks of rubble for each Fluffy home to be dumped at west Belconnen

Andrew Barr defends budget projections and light rail jobs amid criticism

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has defended budget projections

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr has defended the economic forecasts at the foundation of last month's territory budget and predicted jobs created by light rail will win new public support for the project. 

Police investigate spate of car vandalism in Turner

Police believe the incidents of property damage are linked.

5:35 PM   Police are investigating a spate of property damage after more than 20 cars were damaged on McLeay and Condamine Streets in Turner early on Sunday morning.

Hall Museum fights harder against threat of high rent

At the Hall School Museum, community members are concerned that the ACT Government will start charging rent for the buildings they occupy. From left, museum curator, Phil Robson, David Hazlehurst from the Village of Hall and district progress association and John Kenworthy from Rotary.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   The community-run Hall Museum is stepping up its fight against the ACT Government's plan to charge rent.

Ceramics' evolution showcased in Canberra triennale

Australian Ceramics Triennale project managers Yasmin Masri (left) and Gwenyth Macnamara with chairwoman Avi Amesbury, pictured with Bev Hogg’s work <i>Wooly Jumpers 1, 2 and 3</i>, which feature in Craft ACT’s exhibition <i>Stomping Ground</i>, in the ACT Legislative Assembly gallery.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Ceramics will take over the capital when the Australian Ceramics Triennale starts on Wednesday, July 9.

ACT's zero-tolerance to drug-driving gets support

The unimpaired motorbike rider involved in this accident was charged with drug-driving over traces of cannabis.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The ACT Government and NRMA have defended the territory's drug drive laws, as the zero-tolerance regime is criticised for dragging unimpaired motorists before Canberra's courts.

First home torn down under Mr Fluffy pilot demolition program

Public able to the first Mr Fluffy house demolition from as close as the construction site fence.

Georgina Connery 4:32 PM   The first Mr Fluffy home in Wanniassa has been torn down as part of the ACT Government's pilot program.

CIT chief executive Adrian Marron dead after long battle with illness

Canberra mourns CIT chief executive Adrian Marron, who died over the weekend after a long battle with illness.

Henry Belot 4:31 PM   The Canberra community have paid tribute to former CIT chief executive Adrian Marron who died over the weekend after long battle with illness.

Griffith residents oppose MOCCA proposal

The latest alternative site for Manuka Occasional Child Care is facing opposition.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Attempts to quietly relocate Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre divides residents.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. The war leaves women undiluted by men

WW1 wartime wedding

Ian Warden 11:45 PM    What on earth is "Clio" of Melbourne's Punch gibbering about in her column of 100 years ago this week?

Approval set for new outdoor bars in Canberra

New outdoor bars are planned for Canberra

Rebecca Colquhoun and Tom McIlroy 1:52 PM   Canberra could be about to see a boom in new outdoor bars as the ACT government moves to allow restaurants and live venues to serve drinks outside as part of changes to regulation.

Four firearms stolen from Yass garage

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1:05 PM   Police are investigating the a late night theft of four firearms taken from a garage in Yass.

Mandalay Bus makeover

The Mandalay Bus in Braddon is about to get a fresh coat of paint..

John Thistleton 10:35 AM   Sudden splash of paint gives Mandalay Bus supporters a chill.

Mr Fluffy's son speaks about the impact of Canberra's asbestos crisis

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Tom McIlroy 8:37 AM   One of the son's of the original Mr Fluffy business owner has apologised for the ongoing legacy of loose-fill asbestos in Canberra and New South Wales. 

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Trial demolition of Mr Fluffy house begins on Monday

Demolition of Mr Fluffy houses will begin on Monday.

Tom McIlroy   Negative air units and strict safety procedures will be in place as the ACT government asbestos taskforce moves to demolish the first of five pilot Mr Fluffy homes on Monday.

Record numbers kick off 25th Kanga Cup

Representing Belnorth is Riley McQueenie, aged 10, of Giralang (front) at Canberra Stadium for the Kanga Cup opening ceremony.

Lee Gaskin   The 25th Kanga Cup welcomes 350 teams this year, including New Zealand and Korean players.

NAIDOC Week kicks off in Canberra

Honey Beatty from hip-hop duo MajikHoney.

Tom McIlroy   About $100,000 of works to upgrade a national memorial dedicated to Australia's journey toward Indigenous reconciliation has been completed in time for NAIDOC Week 2015.

Patients set to pay more after Medibank terminates hospital contract

Medibank Private has terminated its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Ross Peake   Thousands of ACT patients face the prospect of having to pay more for hospital care after Australia’s largest health insurer ended its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Calvary John James Hospital to introduce pay parking

Pay parking will be introduced to John James hospital and medical centre in Deakin in August.

Megan Gorrey   Canberrans will soon have to fork out cash to visit Calvary John James Hospital as the Deakin facility prepares to introduce pay parking.

ATO pays to fire, pays to hire

The ATO is advertising technical specialist jobs after hundreds of experienced and trained technical staff were declared redundant in the last year.

Noel Towell   Tax Office hiring tax specialists just months after making hundreds of them redundant.

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Gold Creek Station to rise out of ashes

Craig Starr, with dog Jenny, at Gold Creek Station, Hall, on the site of the tourist function centre that was destroyed by fire.

John Thistleton   Fierce fire brings out the best in Hall community to rebuild Gold Creek Station.

Government denies considering overnight fire station closures to save money

The government says it has no plans to close some fire stations at night

Christopher Knaus   The opposition claims the government has been told it could close fire stations at night to save money.

Westfield makes pitch for Immigration to stay

Westfield desperately wants the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's headquarters to stay in Belconnen, but says rumours Frank Lowy is personally involved are wrong.

Noel Towell   Westfield Belconnen wants the Immigration Department to stay put.

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The ACT DPP needs independent oversight: defence barrister

Jack Pappas wants an independent body to review prosecutorial decisions made by the ACT office of the DPP and costs orders introduced for those unfairly or improperly prosecuted in the Supreme Court.

Michael Inman   Independent oversight of Canberra's prosecutors and a costs recovery mechanism in the ACT Supreme Court could improve the administration of justice in the capital, a veteran defence barrister says.