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Canberra named Australia's fifth most family-friendly destination

Georgina Connery 5:47 PM   Canberra has been named Australia's fifth most family friendly travel spot by Lonely Planet.

Cull ends early after 1700 kangaroos shot dead

The ACT's kangaroo cull has ended early

Tom McIlroy 5:41 PM   In a surprise move on Tuesday, the ACT government's controversial kangaroo cull has ended three weeks earlier than expected after 1700 adult kangaroos had beene killed.

Catch a rare astronomical threesome in the sky on Tuesday night

The International Space Station will pass close to Venus and Jupiter on Wednesday night.

Georgina Connery 5:28 PM   Looking West North West at 6.25pm on Tuesday night Canberrans can catch the International Space Station transit past brightly-lit Venus and Jupiter.

NAIDOC Week exhibition launch

From left, Artist Marion Dingo with Rod Little.

5:26 PM   About Town: Scenes from official exhibition launch at Hotel Hotel, NewActon Nishi, Canberra. A

Petterd Street in Page closed for police operation

Police blocked off part of Petterd Street, near Earle Place, Page for about three hours.

Henry Belot 5:21 PM   Police have taken a man into custody and rescued a baby after an incident that lasted more than three hours.

Jury retires to deliberate on fate of ambassador's husband

Vytas Kapociunas outside of court last week

Christopher Knaus 5:11 PM   Jury retires to consider fate of Vytas Kapociunas in child abuse trial.

Canberra universities to spend $17 million on hospital training facilities in NSW

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Henry Belot 5:07 PM   The University of Canberra and the Australian National University will spend $17 million building clinical training facilities at hospitals in southeast NSW.

Accused arsonist told 'do-gooder' to mind own business, court hears

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Christopher Knaus 5:04 PM   A Canberra man accused of lighting two fires in the middle of summer hid under a bridge and in long grass when police arrived, a court has heard.

Owner of maggot-infested, malnourished dog not restricted from having pets: RSPCA

The RSPCA say they found "Rocky" in a state of severe neglect late last year.

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman 5:00 PM   "Lucky" was put down as a result of severe neglect. His owner was fined less than $500 and avoided restrictions on keeping pets.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Conscription - Death with his sickle

WW1 anti-conscription button.

Ian Warden 4:00 PM    "The [profession of soldiering] is essentially a horrible one," Melbourne's Woman Voter insisted 100 years ago this week, noticing the ever-loudening calls for conscription.

Australian Idol winner Damien Leith shares his passion for cabaret

<i>Australian Idol</i> winner Damien Leith's self-penned one-man cabaret play <i>The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey</i> has received standing ovations.

Arne Sjostedt 1:57 PM   Before music took over, Damien Leith was obsessed with drama, acting and writing plays. It is a passion the Australian Idol winner has turned into one of the most challenging and ambitious projects of his career, Leith on his new cabaret play Parting Glass: An Irish Journey.

Latest album takes Death Cab for Cutie in new direction

Washington band Death Cab for Cutie found a way to embrace its failings with new album <i>Kintsugi</i>.

Greg Chamberlain 1:34 PM   Washington band Death Cab for Cutie has found a way to embrace its failings, writes Greg Chamberlain.

Triennale a key event for Australian ceramics

CJ Jilek uses botanical forms as a metaphor for human sexuality. This work is 'Coccinea'.

Zoya Patel 12:46 PM   Held every three years - this time in Canberra - this exhibition brings together ceramicists from around Australia and overseas, writes Zoya Patel.

ACT's container court would cost $14 million, not $4 million

Converted containers are being used in Christchurch.

Tom McIlroy 11:08 AM   Attorney-General Simon Corbell caught Canberra's legal community by surprise last month when he said a temporary shipping container facility could be used during redevelopment of the ACT Supreme Court. 

Businessman appointed as National Museum of Australia Council chair

Newly appointed: National Museum of Australia council chairman David Jones.

10:41 AM   The National Museum of Australia has welcomed experienced businessman David Jones as the new chair of the Museum’s Council.

The job is not over for firefighters at Pialligo

Crews expected to continue working to isolate waste fire at Pialligo for another 24 hours.

9:38 AM   ACT Emergency services expect to remain on scene of the waste fire in Canberra's south for several more days.

Chilly weather turned a routine nitrogen gas release into a visual spectacle

Nitrogen gas during a controlled release near the Science Teaching Building at the Australian National University. 5th July 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Henry Belot and Georgina Connery 8:31 AM   Cold weekend weather during a routine nitrogen gas released had some thinking there was a bit of hocus pocus happening on Sunday around the ANU Sciences Building.

Man charged for stealing firearms from Yass garage

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7:20 AM   A 38 year old man has been charged following investigations into the theft of firearms from a garage in Yass over the weekend.

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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?

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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.

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.