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Confine cats or face $1500 fine

Kirsten Lawson 9:42 PM   Residents in two more ACT suburbs will face fines for letting their feline friends roam free.

Capital cracks top-20 ranking

Vice-chancellor Stephen Parker is proud that UC has helped boost Canberra's rise in the world rankings of top student cities.

Emma Macdonald and Clare Sibthorpe 9:19 PM   When it comes to the best cities for students, Canberra outranks New York.

Paramedic shines light on mental illness

Canberra intensive care paramedic Jennifer Pedvin was motivated by her own experience with post-traumatic stress disorder and the death of a colleague to start a conversation about mental illness among emergency services workers.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Intensive care paramedic Jennifer Pedvin knows her job comes at a cost.

Scientists isolate Alzheimer's genes

Portrait of Associate Professor Mauricio Arcos-Burgos from The Australian National University who is the lead researcher for a group of scientists that have identified a network of nine genes that play a key role in the onset of Alzheimer???s Disease.
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Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   An ANU scientist has led a study that could unlock potential new treatments to delay the onset of the disease.

ACT government loses bid to unseat tribunal member in doctor racism row

The ACT Supreme Court has backed the impartiality of a tribunal member who found the ACT government's policy of preferring Australian-trained medical interns racially discriminated against a Chinese doctor.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Court backs impartiality of tribunal member who found against government in doctor racism case.

'Scores on doors' launched across Queanbeyan eateries

The NSW version of a 'Scores on Doors' card.

Megan Gorrey 7:28 PM   Queanbeyan has adopted a food hygiene rating system that was abandoned by the ACT government.

Belconnen's first breast screening clinic opens

A patient about to go undergo a mammogram.

7:09 PM   Belconnen's first breast screening clinic opened on Wednesday at the Community Health Centre.

New rural fire station for Captains Flat

NSW Rural Firefighters

6:59 PM   The tiny town of Captains Flat will get a new fire station as part of the Monaro's share of $240,000 in bushfire funding announced by the government earlier this year.

Rugby union

Brumbies break with two decades of tradition

Jarrad Butler and Allan Alaalatoa show off the Brumbies' new jersey.

Chris Dutton 6:55 PM   The ACT Brumbies are taking a bold step into the future, scrapping the strip they've worn for most of their Super Rugby history.

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Church rejects sale of prime Braddon site

St Patrick's church in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson 6:44 PM   The Catholic church has no plans to sell the land, despite the ACT Government marketing adjacent public housing blocks.

Slight downturn in NAPLAN cheating and security breaches

ACARA's annual test incidents report shows a slight downturn in breaches of the rules.

Emma Macdonald 1:00 AM   The ACT had three breaches of the NAPLAN testing protocols warranting investigation from the national testing authority.

Improbable platypuses afloat in Canberra waters


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   What is this bizarre creature (pictured) photographed on Sunday at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve?

Murder-accused 'not faking' psychosis

Christopher Navin has pleaded not guilty to murder by way of mental impairment.

Michael Inman 5:42 PM   Murder trial hears Christopher Navin would be locked up irrespective of the verdict in his murder trial.

Canberra Weekender: What's on December 4-6

Mighty feast: Grant Kells and Alicia Doherty want Canberrans to experience the best international barbecue fare.

Jil Hogan 4:53 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Comments called on registration of Starlight drive-in movie sign

The restored Starlight drive-in sign, reinstated in October.

Kirsten Lawson 4:14 PM   The ACT Heritage Council has called for public comment on the Starlight drive-in cinema sign's heritage registration, but not to reopen debate about whether it should or shouldn't be protected.

Sour taste for Canberra bashers

Work-life balance - Canberrans are happy with the balance they have.

Phillip Thomson 4:12 PM   Bag Canberra all you want, but more than two-thirds of workers here have something those in other cities do not.

Aspen Medical wins tender to provide Indigenous health care

RAHC registered nurse Aaron Richardson on placement in Ampilatwatja in the NT.

Natasha Boddy 4:10 PM   A Canberra company has won a tender to offer a program where health professionals from metropolitan areas like the ACT can volunteer to work in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Raiders head says poker machines in the casino would spell an end for many clubs

Raiders general manager Simon Hawkins: Clubs will close if poker machines are allowed in the casino.

Kirsten Lawson 3:42 PM   Poker machines in the casino 'would rip the carpet out from under our business' says Hawkins

Uber logs 20,000 trips in its first month in Canberra

Uber has recorded 20,000 trips in Canberra in its first month.

Tom McIlroy 3:41 PM   Uber has logged 20,000 trips in its first month in the ACT, prompting the ride-sharing business to label Canberra its fastest growing Australian market. 

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Tom Roberts sees war's 'smashed faces'

A World War I veteran's face being rebuilt at Wandsworth Hospital for war-wounded.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The National Gallery's Tom Roberts extravaganza is to be officially opened today. Where was Roberts (1856-1931) 100 years ago today and what was he doing? How was the Great War touching him?

A strong female season at the Q

A season of 4000 Miles, Amy Herzog's award-winning American play, will begin in February.

Ron Cerabona 8:00 PM   Next year's offerings at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre include plenty of shows by and about women.

Canberra home values strongest growth in Australia: index

Rising values: Auctioneer Dan McAlpine of Peter Blackshaw real estate at a recent Canberra auction.

Katie Burgess 1:00 PM   Canberra - a great place if you're an investor, but not if you're trying to buy or build your first home.

Staying grounded: Megalo Print Studio celebrates 35 years

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery exterior

Claire Capel-Stanley 12:25 PM   The word 'megalo' means 'exaggerated size, or greatness' so it's no wonder Megalo Print Studio has chosen to celebrate its 35th birthday by attempting the world's longest screenprint.

Total fire bans in Canberra region

Sweeping fire bans have been declared across NSW.

11:24 AM   Canberra is wedged between sweeping fire bans across southern NSW as residents brace for a hot, gusty day.

Six-car pile-up slows Canberra peak-hour traffic

A six-car pile-up on Gungahlin Drive reduced traffic to a crawl heading southbound in Canberra on Tuesday morning.

11:19 AM   Multiple crashes across Canberra during peak hour on Tuesday morning slowed traffic across the capital.

Man pleads not guilty to $1.65m fraud

The alleged fraud scandal at the ACT Public Trustee's office involved $1.65million,

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman 11:13 AM   The alleged fraud involved an organisation entrusted with funds of some of the ACT's most vulnerable.

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Twin NASA antennas to put $40 million into the ACT

Acting operations and engineering manager  Graham Baines in front of the partially constructed 34 metre beam waveguide antenna at Tidbinbilla.

Clare Sibthorpe   NASA said the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex dishes would will play a central part in missions.

Tabcorp property sale nets $6 million

Tabcorp has sold the Wanniassa TAB for $950,000 at auction.

Emma Kelly   Tabcorp has sold eight properties in Canberra for more than $6 million at auction.

Endangered smoky mouse discovered in Kosciuszko

The critically endangered smoky mouse has been found at a former construction site in the Kosciuszko National Park.

National parks crew have been "surprised and delighted" to discover a critically endangered mouse in Kosciuszko National Park while rehabilitating a former Snowy Scheme construction site.

Mark Parton quits Canberra's 2CC

Changing focus: Canberra radio host Mark Parton.

Tom McIlroy   Veteran radio host has quit in the latest shake-up in Canberra's breakfast radio offerings.

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Belconnen joins Canberra's free outdoor Wi-Fi

Rory Lamont, Tony Caruana of the Canberra Skateboarding Association, 
Peter-Joe Hunt, Art Soldo and Harmon Marshall enjoying the free CBR Wi-FI at Belconnen Skate park.

Clare Sibthorpe   Free outdoor Wi-Fi is now accessible along Emu Bank, throughout Lake Belconnen foreshore and around Belconnen mall.

Husband allegedly tried to drown wife by driving her into lake

Randall Williams, 51, is accused of trying to drown his wife in Lake Ginninderra (pictured)

Christopher Knaus   Man accused of trying to drown wife, and then threatening to kill her therapy dog.

Canberra's November temperatures two degrees above average

A blue bottle at Moruya Heads, snapped by Alan Nicol on his iPhone for the Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Katie Burgess and Nicola Sheville   November proved to be a warm chaser to a thirsty October, with temperatures hovering two degrees above average.

New police forensics centre at Majura hit by delays

An artist's impression of the new forensic centre.

Megan Gorrey   Federal police will have to wait until next year to move into a multimillion-dollar forensics lab in Canberra after construction delays postponed the opening.

Mystery jewels and bikes to go under the hammer at police auction chief executive Rob Evans with some of the lost or stolen jewellery from an Australian Federal Police lot set to be auctioned  this week.

Megan Gorrey   Among the run-of-the-mill bikes, jewellery and laptops seized by police in the ACT and auctioned off to keen bidders is the odd item that hints at a more sinister past.

Doctor suspected accused murderer schizophrenic, court hears

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber, left, and his killer, Christopher Navin, who has admitted he fatally stabbed his former housemate, but has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Michael Inman   A psychiatrist speculated that accused killer Christopher David Navin could suffer from schizophrenia soon after he was charged with the murder of Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber.

Lomax 'acted improperly' on Adelaide building site

Johnny Lomax arriving at the ACT Magistrate's Court in August to face a blackmail charge. The charge was later dropped.

David Ellery   Lomax breached Fair Work Act during visit to Adelaide building site.

ACT business confidence highest in the nation following change of Prime Minister

Small and medium sized businesses need to understand the fundamental shift of customers onto mobile devices.

Scott Hannaford   Euphoria over the change of Prime Minister and fading concerns over cuts to the public service is making Canberra's small business owners among the most optimistic in the country. But many are failing to follow their customers as they move to smart devices.

Historian's 'startling' discovery about Gallipoli hero


Ian Warden   This is a column of contrasts and today's column is bedecked with contrasting photographic portraits, taken at least 110 years apart.

Police question owner of dumped ute

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4. His body was discovered on defence land at Majura on November 19.

Megan Gorrey   Police attempt to piece together the last movements of Evatt man Andrew Carville whose body was found on November 19.

Canberra student wins science category at the World Education Games

Canberra year 7 student Christina Gao won the science category at the 2015 World Education Games.

A Canberra student has won the year 7 science category at the 2015 World Education Games, helping Australia to win the Science World Cup.

Neighbour's call may have saved sleeping Dickson residents after fire

Firefighters forced entry into a Dickson home to extinguish a fire on a stove.

Firefighters break in to northside unit to find food alight on stove, and couple asleep upstairs.

Champagne for the ears

Cellist Sol Gabetta was a powerful soloist with the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Jennifer Gall   This ensemble's sound is sophisticated, rhythmically impeccable and emotionally rich.