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Open home: 181 William Webb Drive, Mckellar.

2:56 PM   Calwell and Mckellar open homes offer astute buyers space and serenity.

Lake Burley Griffin to give young trees a chance this summer

Life savers: Tankers capable of carrying 10,000 litres will water trees once a month until April.

Henry Belot 2:29 PM   Tankers will draw lake water to give saplings a reviving drink this summer.

Googong and Tralee the winners from Fluffy buyback, says real Estate Institute

Brianna Heseltine, Founder and spokesperson of the Fluffy
Owners and Residents' Action Group, appears at the hearing.

Kirsten Lawson 1:55 PM   The new NSW suburbs of Googong and Tralee will be the winners from the Mr Fluffy buyback, the head of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT, Ron Bell, has warned, with little land available in the ACT.

Driving Miss Maisie

2-week-old Maisie was born on the side of Gunghalin Drive

Natasha Boddy 1:35 PM   Little Maisie Bowyer couldn't wait any longer to make her debut in the world, so her parents delivered her on the side of the road.

Bolts checked by company in Catanzariti construction-death case

Workplace death: The Catanzariti family. Barney, Ben and Kay. Ben died in a construction accident in Kingston in 2012.

Christopher Knaus 1:28 PM   A company accused of poor maintenance says US-supplied bolts may offer alternative theory.

Julie Bishop's challenge to public servants

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop talks about the "Close up" exhibition.

Phillip Thomson 1:04 PM   "We do not accept that the old ways of delivering aid should remain": Foreign Minister sends message to bureaucracy.

Students treated after spill in school science laboratory

Paramedics treat students and teachers after an explosion between sugar and sulphuric acid in a year 9 class at Burgman Anglican School in Gungahlin.

Primrose Riordan 12:55 PM   Firefighters and intensive care paramedics took thirteen students to hospital after a sulphuric acid explosion.

See your life-changing moments on stage

Canberra Playback Theatre: front from left, Ali Clinch, Ian Wood and Liz O' Neill, Back from left, Robin Davidson and Chris Stanilewicz.

Ron Cerabona 12:49 PM   Come and share your experiences and see them re-enacted live on stage.

Murderer sentenced to 12 months for prison guard bashing

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Christopher Knaus 12:32 PM   A violent murderer has been sentenced to 12 months jail for the unprovoked bashing of a prison guard last year.

Stolen credit card used in Duffy and Curtin

A still from CCTV footage showing a man believed to have used a stolen credit card.

12:30 PM   Police are looking for a man who used a stolen credit card at several Duffy and Curtin shops in October.

Capital Life

Black Waratah, Louise Upshall.

Sally Pryor 11:54 AM   A round-up of what's on in the art world in and around Canberra for the week of November 29.

Controlled burn at Cook, Chisholm and Chapman

Controlled burns at Amber Ridge, Gordon on Thurdsday.

11:14 AM   Three controlled burns will take place across the Capital on Friday.

Canberra mothers skydiving for charity

Sky-diving mums: Maya Myers, Rachel Mallia, Heidi Porotschnig, Lauren Jackson and Kate Deakin, with baby Rachel.

Scherry Bloul 11:12 AM   Canberra mothers will jump 14,000 feet out of a plane to raise money for charity.

Canberra Mornings Live: Friday November 28

Primrose Riordan 10:08 AM   All the latest local, national and world news, weather and traffic. See something? Tweet us @canberratimes or email us morningblog@canberratimes.com.au.

New lead on Weston café arson attack

Kambah couple Mark and Melissa Dunphy with daughter Olivia, 5, inside their Weston Creek cafe.

8:50 AM   Police have identified a car which they believe may have been used in a senseless arson attack at a Weston cafe in March.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Good Germans

An example of WW1 propaganda.

Ian Warden 8:39 AM   Of course almost all of the German soldiers of WW1 were mad, rapacious, baby-eating brutes.

Police investigate indecent assault in Batemans Bay

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7:17 AM   Police are appealing for witnesses after an alleged indecent assault in a public toilet at a park on Clyde Street in Batemans Bay on Thursday afternoon.

Cap on party donations removed

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   A proposed move by the Gallagher Government would pay candidates more for votes received.

ACT growth worst since Howard bloodbath

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Phillip Thomson 11:45 PM   Canberra'™s GDP growth is the lowest it has been since 1996.

Music program to receive funding from the ACT government

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11:45 PM   Music program to receive funding from the ACT government.

Mr Fluffy impact statement tabled in Federal Parliament

$50 million would be spent on audits and removing asbestos that poses an immediate risk to students and teachers.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Tears flowed in Federal Parliament on Thursday as owners of Mr Fluffy homes throughout the ACT witnessed their stories of personal tragedy being committed to Australia's political and historic record.

Canberra has highest divorce rate

Marriage: For better, for worse - but more people are, instead, calling a lawyer.

Henry Belot 11:45 PM   The ACT has the highest divorce rate in Australia with the average marriage ending after 13.6 years.

What Canberra's up-and-coming artists are doing

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Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   It's one of the year's hippest art shows in Canberra's increasingly bulging calendar, and the ANU School of Art's Graduating Exhibition is also a kaleidoscopic glimpse into the future of art world.

Steel sculptor named Artist of the Year

Prized: Japanese-born Canberran Kensuke Todo has won top honours for his steel sculptures.

Ron Cerabona 7:45 PM   Canberra Critics' Circle Artist of the Year Kensuke Todo is delighted to have his work recognised in his adopted city.

Sixth English centre in Gungahlin

New Life: Students Ahmad Al Rowais from Saudi Arabia and Dada Merritt from Hati at the centre at Dickson College.

Clare Colley 11:45 PM   New English `learning' schools boost aid to mainstream education.

Loose lips could land ex-ATO staffers in the slammer

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   But spilling the beans on corrupt colleagues encouraged.

Man accused of using Facebook to trick teen into sex pleads not guilty to blackmail

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Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   A man accused of pretending to be a woman on Facebook to trick a teen into having sex with him has pleaded not guilty to blackmail.

Study to measure liveability of Australian cities

Measuring: Canberra will take part in a national health study looking at what Australian cities liveable.

Natasha Boddy 12:01 AM   The ACT is set to take part in a major study to measure the liveability of Australian cities and what planning measures have the best impact on the health of locals. 

Justice Crew to headline Canberra's National Multicultural Festival

Justice Crew will headline Canberra’s 2015 National Multicultural Festival.

Emma Kelly 8:00 PM   Australian urban-pop group Justice Crew will headline Canberra’s next National Multicultural Festival.

Fewer youth detained daily

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Henry Belot 1:00 AM   The majority of youth detained every night in ACT are indigenous.