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Hall Museum under threat from rent slug

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 11:45 PM   The community-run Hall Museum, now hosting an emotional Anzac display, could close if the ACT government insists on charging rent.

Canberra woman to tackle Kokoda Track for Lifeline

Briony Boland, of Isaacs, will conquer the Kokoda Track as part of the Fearless Leaders Kokoda Challenge.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   On Anzac Day when most Canberrans will be braving the cold while they remember the fallen, Briony Boland will be sweltering on the Kokoda Track.

Canberra's drunk crime sinks following ministerial directive

Alcohol-related arrest.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Canberra's drunk crime slashed as "look after your friends and walk away" leads police top five tips.

Wetlands was growing city's food bowl

Marie Kelly, a former owner of Kelly's Dairy from 1956 to 1984, with some of the old dairy cattle yards on the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Four working dairies nurtured a growing national capital with fresh milk until squeezed off their land.

CommSec: There's been slippage across the board in ACT economy

Andrew Barr.

Ross Peake 12:15 AM   The ACT economy's national ranking could slip further due to cuts in the public service, according to the latest snapshot of the national capital.

Tent Embassy left off heritage list

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Despite being included on the Commonwealth Heritage list, Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy was this week rejected for provision registration on the ACT's equivalent register. 

'Unacceptable' rehab wait robbing drug users of will to change

Mark Avis, 48, has spoken out about his experiences to try to change a system robbing addicts of the will for change.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Resolve comes in the darkest moments for users like Mark Avis. But their will for change is being drained by "unacceptable" wait times for rehabilitation.

Comcare reform hostage to Senate


Noel Towell 11:45 PM   Coalition set to need crossbench to get its way on public service workers' compo bill.

Two Canberra medical practitioners need chaperones

One practitioner requires a female chaperone when seeing a woman patient.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Medical watchdog names health professionals under massive restrictions. And some must have a chaperone.

ACT spent millions on Fluffy buyback before it had funds

asbestos beware sign

Markus Mannheim 11:30 PM   The government purchased 19 properties despite its fears the proposed loan deal would collapse.

The Relax list: Gallipoli, The Wisdom of Prince Philip, Pyrex and Frixion pens

Pyrex is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Karen Hardy   The eight-hour Gallipoli series, The Wisdom of Prince Philip, Pyrex and Frixion pens.

Without my Mum: One woman's journey

"Never have I felt such emptiness." – Leigh Van Der Horst.

Emma Macdonald   Leigh Van Der Horst thought she may never recover from her loss, but instead, she reached out to motherless mothers across the world to heal her sorrow.

Desirable qualities can be the result of years of dedicated breeding or luck

And there they are, still one every two or three days, a small miracle of cucumbers.

Jackie French   Keep an eye out for plants that flower more, are hardier or more delicious.

Gold Creek favourite spot for 'I do'

A couple wed in an intimate ceremony at Gold Creek Chapel.

Matthew Raggatt   Nicholls chapel accounts for one in 10 weddings in ACT in 2014.

Heritage ignored in one of Canberra's oldest villages


Mark Sawa   Residents of Oak Estate community are appalled at plans to build medium-density units in their village.

Australian War Memorial director delivers reassuring words for Anzac Day spectators

Generic: The crowd departs after the Dawn Service on ANZAC day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Friday 25 April 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (FAIRFAX MEDIA / NEWS CORP POOL ONLY)

Kimberley Granger   Security arrangements for Anzac Day services at the Australian War Memorial are appropriate for the threat risk on the day, said director Dr Brendan Nelson.

Teachers told not to drink coffee in front of children, but pizza is OK

Black coffee.

Ben Westcott   Canberra teachers have been asked not to drink coffee in front of children under a food rating policy brought into ACT schools in March.

Parent warns of risk without nurses in special schools

John Hillier says the pressure placed on teaching assistants dealing with students with urgent medical issues could lead to system failures.

Matthew Raggatt   Father of a student with highly unstable diabetes says nurses must be permanent presence on special school campuses.

Canberra's least profitable speed cameras broken much of the year

The number of fixed cameras will grow from five to 30.

Ben Westcott   Some speed cameras were out of action for much of last year and generated paltry revenue from fines.

Anxiety and lack of stable jobs lead youth issues

Sonione Wakabut Rogers, 20, of Kambah was the target for youngsters who hurled water-soaked sponges at him.

Matthew Raggatt   Gap between those who have jobs or are on the pathway to employment and the unemployed is big, laid-off youth says.

National Library acquires elusive battlefield music score

Some of Frederick Septimus Kelly's original diaries and manuscripts.

Sally Pryor   A violin sonata composed on the warfront during the Gallipoli campaign has arrived in Canberra.

Children embrace old-fashioned fun

Emily Holdom, 9, Jay Holdom, 10, and Sophie Cahill, 10, in the tug-of-war at an olden day games workshop at Tidbinbilla.

Kimberley Granger   An olden day games activity day at Tidbinbilla aims to get children back out into nature.

Belgian beer cafe lease up for grabs

Generic beer

Matthew Raggatt   The Kingston spot shut in March, months after its 10-year anniversary.

Bail refused for teen up on nine driving-related charges

police car

Kimberley Granger   A 19-year-old man was denied bail at the Queanbeyan bail court on Saturday morning after police nabbed him three times in two days for allegedly driving with a disqualified license.

Casey man charged with child pornography

Child pornography.

Matthew Raggatt   A Casey man has been prohibited from accessing social media and dating sites after he was charged with possession of child pornography. 

Gang-gang. 100 years Ago. Furiously British

Rule Britannia

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   "Clio" of Melbourne's Punch told with relish this ugly story, one of many oafish treatments of Germans living in the British Empire during the Great War.

Gang-gang. Plumageism Rears Its (Red) Head

Geoff Filmer's Bunda Street Gang-gangs.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Lake Burley Griffin's enigmatic, aloof, just-out-of-reach Springbank Island has been getting some Gang-gang limelight here.

Suicide prevention staff leaving over funding uncertainty

Uncertainty: "All we want is to know we can continue to do our job… we are saving lives every day."

Julia Medew, Craig Butt and Amy Corderoy   Organisations unable to get answers about whether they will be funded and fear their money will be cut.