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Two men caught in stolen car

11:41 AM   Two Canberra men to appear before a regional court after being caught driving a stolen car with lifted number plates.

Raped because she 'didn't cook dinner'


Christopher Knaus 11:18 AM   Woman who was allegedly raped, spat on, bitten and assaulted by her husband says it began because she 'didn't cook dinner'.

Canberra Airport evacuated for drill

Weather. Heavy fog over Canberra causes minor delays at Canberra Airport.
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Date: 01 July 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

10:59 AM   Hundreds of travellers evacuated from Canberra airport as part of training drill.

Police seek identities of Barton burglars

Three people are wanted over two burglaries in Barton in October.

10:59 AM   Images released of three people believed to be involved in two burglaries in Barton.

Turnbull shakes up public service leadership

DFAT boss Peter Varghese will resign next year.

Henry Belot 9:56 AM   Malcolm Turnbull has announced a shake-up of the public service after department secretaries Michael Thawley and Peter Varghese resigned.

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Woman burnt after BBQ gas explodes

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9:42 AM   A woman suffered burns to her arm when a gas cylinder on a barbecue exploded at Canberra home.

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Majura body confirmed as Andrew Carville

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4.

9:03 AM   Police have confirmed remains found last week in Majura are that of missing Evatt man Andrew Carville.

Dogs killed in brazen attacks

Isabelle Goldstraw with her dog Flea after an attack by two dogs killed her other pet Chihuahua in her living room and left her with an injured finger.

Katie Burgess 10:35 PM   Families appeal for information after dogs attack and kill several pets in Canberra suburb.

Survey finds most people say ditch the traffic

 Meegan Fitzharris called for community views on closing Gungahlin's Hibberson Street to traffic.

Alexandra Back 10:34 PM   Most people want Gungahlin's Hibberson Street to become car-free or more pedestrian friendly.

Capital Metro appoints NSW executive to replace key official

An artist's impression of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson 10:33 PM   Liberals question reasons for the sudden departure of Capital Metro's Stephen Allday.

Pursuing old traffic fines 'unreasonable'

Licence suspension notices are believed to have gone out to more than 1500 ACT motorists over unpaid fines.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Authorities were advised not to suspend the licences of Canberra drivers who did not pay old traffic fines.

Police search for attacker after man stabbed in Griffith

Police are looking for a man who is about 30 years old, Caucasian and 180-185cm tall.

9:26 PM   A man was allegedly stabbed in Griffith on Tuesday evening and remained in hospital while police searched for his alleged attacker.

Jon Stanhope appalled seat name change

Professor Frank Fenner, who died in 2010.

Ross Peake 8:41 PM   One of the ACT's two federal seats will be named Fenner to honour Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner.

ADFA addresses troubled past

ADFA cadets and midshipmen discuss their experiences at the academy and its accreditation as a women friendly work space.
From left, MIDN (RAN - midshipman) Kate Millward, OFFCDT (Officer Cadet) John Hensman, and OCDT (Officer cadet) Victoria Roadnight.

David Ellery 8:08 PM   White Ribbon accreditation shows just how far ADFA has come in addressing issues.

Fundraiser turns personal tragedy into hope for newborns

Peter Cursley has raised more than $4 million for the Neonatal Care Unit at Canberra Hospital.

Megan Gorrey 8:02 PM   A decade of helping others has helped ease the pain Peter Cursley​ felt after the death of his baby daughter.

Government allocates domestic violence funding

Fresh funding for anti-domestic violence measures in the ACT has been spread across legal, health and community groups.

7:49 PM   Diverse groups of women who experience abuse are set to benefit from a boost in government funds.

Child witnesses expected to give evidence over alleged assaults

Three childcare workers are denying they assaulted children.

Christopher Knaus 7:49 PM   Child witnesses are expected to give evidence in prosecutions of three childcare workers accused of assaults at a Canberra centre.  The third worker, Samantha Grutzner, 30, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with four common assaults.  The workers are accused of using excessive force on children as young as one at the Northside Community Service Civic Early Childhood Centre.  All three childcare workers have now pleaded not guilty, and plan to fight the charges at trial, represented by Ben Aulich and Associates.    The proceedings have been adjourned to late January, when they will return for case management.  Prosecutors told the court on Tuesday that the matters were complex and would require the calling of numerous child witnesses.  The prosecution is currently reviewing the briefs of evidence to see whether it's possible to leave out some of those witnesses.  Police began investigating allegations of assault after reports were made to management in April this year.  The allegations, first raised last year, took some time to make their way from the centre to management.  A series of probes were launched, and Northside Community Services said it has moved to ensure it does everything it can to avoid a repeat at any of its centres.   

Northbourne demolition green light

The Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has approved the demolition of a swath of Northbourne Avenue's public housing.

Stabbing lasted more than 10 minutes

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber, left, and his accused murderer Christopher Navin.

Michael Inman 7:32 PM   Autopsy shows Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber was alive for some time after he was lethally stabbed in the back and neck.

'Please help me': woman's plea

The woman says her husband pushed her back onto the bed as she tried to get up, biting her bottom, choking her, and spitting in her face during the ordeal.

Christopher Knaus 7:23 PM   Lawyers for a husband who allegedly raped his wife say she is making up the allegations.

Artist's 'Big Picture' on the move

Tom Roberts' the Big Picture begins its seven-day journey.

Clare Colley 6:31 PM   Moving Tom Roberts' "enormous" Big Picture from Parliament House to the National Gallery took seven days and a team of staff.

ADFA cadets released from hospital after 'awful' bus crash

The bus, carrying 50 ADFA personnel, rolled over, leaving 30 injured, four seriously.

David Ellery 5:15 PM   21 people have now been discharged from hospital after an ADFA bus crashed on Saturday.

Gallipoli hero Simpson was donkey-wise as a child

An English resort's poster promised donkey rides on the beach.

Ian Warden 5:01 PM   With Gallipoli on all thinking Australians' minds this year (for it is the centenary of the controversial horror of our boys' service on Gallipoli) we are alerted to some fascinating new information about John Simpson Kirkpatrick of 'Simpson and his donkey' fame.

What Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam is about

Zoe, Mark and Target on stage in Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   It takes Mark Ward at least two hours to apply the make-up he needs to transform into the ringmaster in Quidam.

Father of cliff fall victim finds nurse who helped to save son

In the fall, Lachy sustained two broken arms, a broken jaw, fractured T8 in the back, a punctured lung and chipped teeth.

Katie Burgess 4:40 PM   As Lachy Shaw's broken body lay in the shadow of the cliff, more than 13 strangers helped to keep him alive until paramedics arrived.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Bachelors urged to marry for Empire's sake

A call was made for bachelors of means, who cannot go to the front, to marry and found a family.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Victoria simply reeks with well-to-do bachelors over military age who do absolutely nothing to help the Empire in this great crisis.

One-punch attack victim comatose for six weeks

Justice John Burns, in sentencing on Tuesday, said the injuries had been in the upper range for the type of offence.

Michael Inman 3:29 PM   A man was left comatose for about six weeks with a severe traumatic brain injury after a one-punch attack at a Civic nightclub.

Canberra one-punch offender released on bail


Christopher Knaus 3:25 PM   A Canberra man who struck a near-fatal blow during a drunken scuffle in Civic has been released from prison until his appeal is determined.

Charity consortium to provide new out of home care for children

Children and Young People Minister Mick Gentleman.

Tom McIlroy 2:55 PM   Consortium of not-for-profit organisations wins ACT government's latest contract for out of home care services.

Canberra kayaker found after 48 hours missing

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter  winched a Canberra kayaker to safety on Tuesday morning.

Katie Burgess 2:07 PM   A Canberra kayaker who was stranded on a Murray River bank for close to 48 hours has been rescued.

Review: Selby and Friends, Basically Beethoven

Timo-Veikko Valve interpreted Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano No.3 in A major, Op. 69, for the third work on the program for Selby and Friend's final concert of the 2015 series.

Jennifer Gall 2:03 PM   A fine concert concludes another splendid year of Kathryn Selby's contributions to the musical life of the nation.

Artist imaginations blossom from the pages of the Peculiar Library

<I>Canary in the coal mine</I> by Alex Asch in The Peculiar Library at ANCA Gallery.

Sasha Grishin 12:23 PM   The book has throughout the ages been a place of refuge for the imagination and in this exhibition the imaginations of a dozen artists have blossomed.

UC cracks 'young' university ranking

Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker said he was thrilled by the recognition of the University of Canberra's teaching and research staff in the ranking.

Emma Macdonald   The 25-year-old University of Canberra has acquired its third world ranking this year, achieving one of its strategic aims two years ahead of time.

'Clearly an act of animal cruelty'

RSPCA ACT inspectors are investigating the brutal killing of six chickens in Melba.

The owner of a brood of chickens decapitated in a Melba backyard over the weekend has described the brutal killing as shocking.

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Community rallies behind Elijah Arranz after skydiving accident

Elijah Arranz, at the age of 12, ran every day for 12 months, and then competed in the Australian Running Festival to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Alexandra Back, Megan Gorrey   Parents of the Canberra teenager who was critically injured while skydiving at the weekend say they will be forever grateful to the instructor and "incredible hero" to whom their son owed his life.

Play crosses bridges between history and family

Geraldine Turner's mask-like makeup reinforces her reticence in The Chain Bridge.

Alanna Maclean   There are thought-provoking moral dilemmas at the heart of The Chain Bridge.

Emergency department demand increasing at double the population growth

Canberra's emergency department wait times are again in the spotlight.

Henry Belot    Emergency departments are struggling to deal with alcohol and record presentations

Choking death 'undoubtedly' showed flaws: disability commissioner

Disability and Community Services Commissioner Mary Durkin says  the introduction of an official visitor scheme has helped detect problems.

Christopher Knaus   Disability Commissioner Mary Durkin says current staffing challenge has not meant an increase in complaints about services.

Economy-wide spending holds firm in the ACT

Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry says jobs stability is fundamental to consumer confidence.

Katie Burgess   The ACT last month experienced one the strongest annual retail growths in the country, off the back of burgeoning consumer confidence.

Victim bled to death from stab wounds, court hears

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber, left, and murder-accused Christopher Navin.

Michael Inman   Victim Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber suffered stab wounds so severe they were visible on the opposite side of his body, a court has heard.

'Computer glitch' blamed as ACT drivers forced to pay old traffic fines

Licence suspension notices are believed to have gone out to more than 1500 ACT motorists over unpaid fines.

Megan Gorrey   ACT Policing has blamed a computer glitch after hundreds of motorists were warned their driver's licence could be suspended over traffic fines handed out seven years ago.

Government body's power to imprison causes 'grave concerns'

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has moved to introduce intensive correction orders, while allowing the Sentence Administration Board to deal with breaches.

Christopher Knaus   Barristers say it should be up to the courts to manage offenders who breach new intensive correction orders.