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Fluffy owners will have to disclose status of their homes to visitors

Kirsten Lawson 11:59 PM   Fluffy owners who stay in their homes will have to inform every visitor about the status of their home.

Canberrans light candles for domestic violence victims

Tara Costigan's grandmother Margaret Costigan and uncle Michael Costigan at the candle lighting ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance at Commonwealth Park in Canberra.

Megan Gorrey 10:07 PM   Every person among the crowd that gathered in Commonwealth Park on Wednesday night had been touched by domestic or family violence.

Connections betweens two cultures

John Romau in a scene from <i>Massacre</i>.

Ron Cerabona 9:45 PM   A new festival explores the links between performance in Australia and Europe.

Le Noir - the Dark Side of Cirque opens in Canberra

From left, Karin Semecky of Kambah and Kate Davis of Wright.

9:12 PM   About Town: Scenes opening night of Le Noir - the Dark Side of Cirque at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Margolyes isn't afraid to be provocative

Miriam Margolyes calls herself a "fat old cow" who loves to speak her mind.

Ron Cerabona 8:58 PM   Miriam Margolyes is nothing if not forthright. In response to an admirer's fond compliment, she replied, "I'm not beautiful. I'm a fat old cow. I speak my mind."

Family pays tribute to Belconnen motorbike crash victim

Jarreth Newman, 23, of Gordon, died when his motorbike collided with a bus near Calvary Hospital in April.

Megan Gorrey 8:23 PM   Hundreds of mourners who gathered to remember Jarreth Newman signalled to his parents their son had just begun to make his mark on the world, in the best possible way.

ADFA theatre honours the first Indigenous officer

Dorothy Mary Saunders (nee Banfield) and Reg Saunders. c1944
Photograph: Glenda Humes collection

David Ellery 8:04 PM   Reg Saunders' resourcefulness in war was legendary, but his greatest achievement was his family.

Government rejects calls for delay on light rail contracts

The government has ruled out not signing light rail contracts until after the election

Tom McIlroy 7:54 PM   Voters who supported Labor and the Greens at the 2012 territory election understood a light rail line for Canberra was central to both party's policies, Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell said on Wednesday. 

Eastman to fight judge's decision not to remove himself

Charged: David Eastman is arrested in December 1992.

Christopher Knaus 7:41 PM   David Eastman will fight a judge's decision not to remove himself from determining whether a second trial for the murder of ACT police chief Colin Stanley Winchester will go ahead.

The dark side of circus

News. 6th April 2015. Le Noir - The Dark Side of Cirque, at the Canberra Theatre. Skaters featuring Jessica Anne Ritchie and Jeronimo Ernesto.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Ron Cerabona 5:41 PM   International performers set to dazzle in show featuring series of top acts.

Whopper mushroom sparks alarm

Tristan Adrian, of ACT City Services, displays a collection of death cap mushrooms.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Going after mushroom can land you in hot water.

Pablo Pigcasso's new digs

Pablo Pigcasso a year later, in a new sun-drenched paddock.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Remember Pablo Pigcasso, the young pig rescued from the streets of Sydney's west a year ago?

Patience wanes as Weston Creek waits for petrol station plans to progress

Community pressure fuels calls for second petrol station

Georgina Connery 3:44 PM   Resident's frustrations fuel calls for faster progress on the construction of a second petrol station in Weston Creek.

A Mother's Day gift for Canberra's most vulnerable mums


Georgina Connery 3:41 PM   The annual Karinya House Mother's Day Ball will raise money for a new purpose-built facility which will offer twice as many pregnant and parenting women in crisis accommodation and support services.

More than 150 Canberra drivers fail to stop or give way in April

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Finbar O'Mallon 3:28 PM   Police caught more than 150 drivers failing to stop or give way at intersections across Canberra in April and issued 100 fines.

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Gun-wielding man who trapped ex-lover appeals conviction


Christopher Knaus 2:53 PM   Gun-wielding Canberra man who trapped ex-lover in home says there's been a miscarriage of justice.

Perisher pumping snow ahead of expected fall over mountains

Snowmakers began pumping out snow at Perisher Wednesday morning.

Emma Kelly 1:01 PM   Resorts in the Snowy Mountains could see up to half a metre of snow in the next week, but Perisher is getting ahead.

Gas leak outside Wentworth Avenue building

ACT Emergency Services

11:27 AM   About 20 people were evacuated from a building as a result of the leak, caused by a workman.

Up to 300 townhouses and apartments on former school block

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to the controversial high-density housing development in Downer.

Kirsten Lawson 11:17 AM   ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to a controversial high-density housing development in Downer, with 300 townhouses and apartments to be built on the site of the former Downer primary school.

New owners hope to turn around troubled Hills in Hollywood bridal stores

'It has been difficult for some of our staff as we had people coming in asking us if we are the other shop:' Eirlys Chessa.

Primrose Riordan 11:12 AM   New owners of the Hills in Hollywood brand have taken over the troubled Fyshwick bridal store and moved locations.

Live gigs in Canberra this week

Former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay will perform at the 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

11:04 AM   Who's playing where in the ACT this week.

Motorcyclist killed in Tuggeranong crash

The motorcycle involved in a fatal collision in Fadden on Tuesday night.

8:05 AM   A man has died after crashing his motorcycle into the back of a car on Tuesday night.

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Bashing confirms 'deeply held suspicions' about administration of justice

Steven Freeman.

Kirsten Lawson   A senior Aboriginal health official has called for an independent inquiry into the bashing of Steven Freeman, who was left in a coma and possibly with a permanent brain injury after just two to three hours on remand in the ACT prison last week.

Transport top-brass shake-up defended


Tom McIlroy   The ACT government denies that a juggling of management positions at ACTION Buses are anything to do with last year's changes to bus timetables and routes. 

Calvary hospital calls caterers into urgent meetings as relatives fear risk to patients

Instead of spending more money on hospitals, the health budget should emphasise preventative strategies.

Primrose Riordan   Calvary Hospital called its caterers in for meetings on Tuesday as relatives issued warnings patients were receiving sub-standard meals late, leaving their health at risk.

Go spend, Hockey urges after rate cut

Kambah couple Leanne and Drew Salzke  with their third son, three-week-old Jack.

James Massola and Finbar O'Mallon   Reserve Bank's decision to cut cash rates to record lows welcomed by Canberra home owners.

ACT calls for next generation solar farm to capture and store power

An artist's impression of the Mugga Lane solar farm.

Clare Colley   Environment Minister Simon Corbell wants industry players to come forward with their ideas for projects to generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity.

Major Masters marches the streets for a good cause

News. The Salvation Army will celebrate 50 years of their Red Shield Appeal this year. Major Gary Masters will be involved in this year's door knock in Canberra.
May 5th 2015
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Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Hannah Moore   Canberrans will be encouraged to open their doors and wallets at the end of the month to donate to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, now in its 50th year. 

Don't sign light rail contracts before the election: Alistair Coe

Light rail.

Tom McIlroy   The opposition will call on the ACT government to delay signing contracts for Canberra's light rail line until after the 2016 territory election.