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Spelling error that destroyed a business and cost UK $17m

Look it up: Pouring over a French-English dictionary might increase your white brain cells.

3:10 PM   It was a 124-year-old Welsh family business which took five generations to build up, yet a blunder over a single letter was all that was needed to cause its collapse, leaving the government with a £9 million ($A17m) legal bill, UK’s Daily Telegraph reports.

Taxi industry review launched as Uber considers Canberra

Taxis

Tom McIlroy 2:53 PM   Customer service, competition and the arrival of ride-share application Uber will be considered in a wide-ranging review of Canberra's taxi industry. 

'Nobody wants to go to Darwin': ACT Chief Minister steps up territorial war

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Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy 2:33 PM   ACT Chief Minister has stepped up his attack on The Northern Territory, suggesting that our northern counterparts are attempting to "steal" nationally significant events from Canberra

Groovin The Moo line-up announced

Brisbane band Ball Park Music who have been announced as part of the 2015 Groovin The Moo lineup.

Jil Hogan 1:34 PM   Hilltop Hoods, A$AP Ferg, Meg Mac and Ball Park Music all part of the local and international line-up coming to Canberra in May.

Former ACT Chamber of Commerce head takes on new regional role

Andrew Blyth.

Phillip Thomson 1:16 PM   Andrew Blyth has been appointed chair of the Regional Development Australia committees in the ACT.

Pedestrian hit by P-plate drink driver over Australia Day weekend

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1:00 PM   A 33-year-old man is in a stable condition after being hit by a 18-year-old drink driver in Canberra on Sunday.

Canberra Grammar School describes knighthood as 'inappropriate' and 'undemocratic'

The principal of Canberra Grammar School, Justin Garrick, at the school in Red Hill.

Henry Belot 12:55 PM   The principal of Canberra Grammar School has described Tony Abbott's decision to appoint Prince Philip a knight of the Order of Australia as "inappropriate" and "undemocratic".

Kangaroo leaves cyclist clutching kidney

Public servant Neil Buttriss was cycling to work when he hit a kangaroo and sustained kidney damage and terrible bruising.

Primrose Riordan 12:13 PM   A 44-year-old public servant was catapulted off his bike by a large kangaroo on his commute to work, sustaining kidney damage and terrible bruising.

Emergency Services battle grass fire in Crace

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12:01 PM   Emergency services are warning a grass fire is burning on Gundaroo Drive, Crace.

Public housing waiting lists growing in the ACT

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11:00 AM   The number of potential tenants waiting for public housing in Canberra has increased by about 900 in the past four years, a Productivity Commission report has found. 

Customs officers' allowances in firing line

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.

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APS outsourcing: no-one is safe, says 1990s outsourcing guru

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.

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What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings.

10:47 PM   A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Canberra Big Issue community soccer team celebrates sweet Sydney success

Rhys Stewart, pictured at Reid Oval, has been part of the Canberra Big Issue football community for four years.

Georgina Connery 9:40 PM   The ACT Big Issue community soccer team prove players from all walks of life are kicking goals after winning the championship trophy in Sydney.

Government offers $3 million for Forrest fluffy home

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Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT Government has offered a Forrest family $3 million to buy back their Mr Fluffy-affected home. The figure is the highest price to date for any home purchased under the buy-back scheme which Chief Minister Andrew Barr has described as "on the edge of affordability" for the ACT.

Some of Canberra's poorest fork out half their income on rent

For rent

Emma Kelly 12:15 AM   Canberrans relying on rental assistance are spending higher portions of their income on housing, according to a new report.

Steve Whan slams Kings Highway upgrade delays

Traffic banked up on the Kings Highway as Canberrans make their way to Batemans Bay on Saturday morning.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Monaro Country Labor candidate Steve Whan has accused the NSW government of "dropping the ball" on funding for upgrades to the Kings Highway and said vital safety improvements to the road had stalled.

New teachers ready for the new school year

(From left) Matthew Garratt, Ryan Devlin and Matt Eyles are just three of the new teachers welcomed into the ACT system this year.

Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   As the school holidays draw to a close, the hoard of kindergarten students nervously preparing for their first day at ‘big school’ will be joined by 200 new public school teachers.

Doctor took hospital anaesthetic for personal use

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Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   A Canberra doctor used leftover anaesthetic from operations on his patients at Calvary Hospital.

What's on in Canberra this weekend

Lerida Estate is one of many wineries in and around the ACT preparing for this year's Summerside Festival.

Jil Hogan 7:11 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Ski seasons under threat: CSIRO climate report

Thredbo snow

Primrose Riordan and Peter Hannam 11:45 PM   A CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology climate change report has specific predictions for temperature rises for Canberra, as well as suggesting ski seasons will get worse and fires will get more extreme.

Duke's award community defend knighthood

Prince Philip in 2014: He was born on a kitchen table in 1921.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Canberra’s Duke of Edinburgh Award community has defended Tony Abbott’s decision to make Prince Philip a knight of the Order of Australia, the country's highest order.

Gang-gang: 150 years ago - Horror in Collector

The bushrangers (left to right) Dunn, Gilbert and Hall

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred and fifty years ago this week the brigand John Dunn shot brave constable Samuel Nelson dead.

Gang-gang: Canberra's got talons

Right, then: An exceptional Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   It is time for this opinion-forming column to give its contrary award for the unAustralian of the Year. Tremble, Australia!

Recruitment drive for school chaplains

School chaplains are confident their program will continue despite a High Court setback.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The leading provider of chaplains in the ACT has launched a recruitment drive, with more schools registering for services as secular welfare officers continue to face redundancy.

Youth use 'guerrilla planning' to revitalise Tuggeranong

Charlene Liau, Natalia Weglarz and Hamish Sinclair said simple acts like filling cracked concrete with Lego could help revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre.

Kimberley Granger   Pot plants in pot holes and a residential slip-and-slide are some of the unorthodox methods a group of young planners propose.

First day for school and students at The Anglican School Googong

Rachel Howden with her boys Kindergarten student Alex, 3, and year 1 student Toby, 6, on their first day at the new Anglican School Googong.

Kimberley Granger   The doors of The Anglican School Googong were flung open on Tuesday for new starters on its inaugural first day.

Mother loses custody after repeated false claims against cop ex-husband

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Michael Inman   A Canberra mother who "cried wolf" by falsely alleging her cop ex-husband stalked and hacked her email during a bitter family court battle has lost custody of her daughter.