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About Town: National Zoo and Aquarium opens doors to Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium. Hummer the resident Giraffe at the lodge.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

8:17 PM   Canberrans and others from interstate were keen to visit the zoo's new Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Libs pledge to restore nurses for special schools

ACT Liberal Education spokesman Steve Doszpot.

Emma Macdonald 8:08 PM   The ACT Opposition has pledged $500,000 to put five nurses into four Canberra special schools if they win the next election.

Body left unsupervised, staff told not to call police after dementia ward killing

The Jindalee Aged Care Residence in Narrabundah

Christopher Knaus 6:50 PM   Nursing staff were told not to call police after a man was discovered bashed to death in his bed at a Canberra dementia ward, an inquest has heard.

ACTTAB fraudster ordered to do community service

Pamela Susan Close, 61, was resentenced in the ACT Supreme Court.

Christopher Knaus 6:46 PM   Employee who swindled $1.42 million from ACTTAB to do 300 hours of community service after a knee replacement rules her out of weekend detention.

Hoddle Street killer's offer to settle defence abuse lawsuit rejected

Julian Knight is escorted by police at the Coroners Court over the Hoddle Street shootings.

Michael Inman 6:06 PM   The Commonwealth has rejected an offer from the Hoddle Street killer to settle his lawsuit over alleged abuse he suffered as a staff cadet at Duntroon.

Drug busts and underage drinking mar well behaved Groovin the Moo crowd


6:06 PM   Two drug busts and a number of underage drinkers marred an otherwise well-behaved crowd at Groovin the Moo on Sunday.

Canberra 11-year-old plays Groovin the Moo

Black Summer's debut gig before the Canberra crowd at Groovin the Moo.

Clare Colley 4:52 PM   Canberra year six student Rhys Toms had his debut gig as a music producer on Sunday, playing to a crowd of 10,000 at Groovin the Moo.

Kelly to claw back Eden-Monaro from 'extremist' Hendy

Former federal Labor MP Mike Kelly has been pre-selected for his former seat, Eden-Monaro.

Emma Kelly 3:49 PM   The former member for Eden-Monaro will fight to claw back the seat from Liberal member Peter Hendy, describing the incumbent as an ideological extremist.

Australia's digital future not bright

The National Broadband Network is crucial to Australia's future as a modern economy, says the Ernst and Young report.

Noel Towell 1:28 PM   Slow internet and ponderous public service are keeping Australia in the digital slow lane.

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Man sewed drugs into his underwear as part of smuggling plot

A test-run of a plan to carry methylamphetamine to the Northern Territory market was described as low to mid-range offending.

Michael Inman 12:16 PM   A Canberra man sewed methylamphetamine into his underwear as part of a plan to smuggle drugs to the lucrative Northern Territory market.

Man robbed at knife point in Page

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12:05 PM   A man had money, his iPhone and a backpack stolen during a robbery in Page on Saturday night.

Rathbones take aim at internet etiquette

Clyde Rathbone and his younger brother, comedian Dayne, are set to launch a new website.

Primrose Riordan 11:49 AM   Former ACT Brumbies player Clyde Rathbone and his brother Dayne are taking aim at the last frontier of online reviews.

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ACTEW Water rebranded as Icon Water

Canberra's water and sewerage utility ACTEW Water has been rebranded Icon Water.

10:44 AM   Canberra's water and sewerage utility ACTEW Water has been rebranded Icon Water as of Monday.

Man punched in the face, knocked unconscious


10:06 AM   Police are searching for a man who knocked another man unconscious in Civic in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Teenager faces court after spate of car thefts in Canberra's north


9:43 AM   An 18-year-old Bonner man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with a spate of car thefts in Canberra's north.

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

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7:17 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

New housing funds will reopen spectacular falls

Ginninderra Falls.

John Thistleton 11:43 PM   A new housing development will reopen to the public the spectacular Ginninderra Gorge near West Belconnen.

Canberra survivors of Nepal earthquake's lucky five minute escape

News.  Hamish McKee of Carwoola with his grandmother Riitta Korpinen of Carwoola, they have both recently returned from Nepal where they were doing humanitarian work in Sunsary village.  They were both in Nepal during the recent earthquake.  3 April 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Primrose Riordan 11:45 PM   A Canberra grandmother and 21-year-old grandson left a now-partially collapsed Kathmandu temple just five minutes before the disastrous Nepalese earthquake hit, narrowly escaping death and injury.

Man dies after car hits tree near Holt

NEWS: A fatal accident on Stockdill Drive in Holt. 3rd May 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

A man, believed to be aged between 20 to 30, has died after his car hit a tree on Stockdill Drive in Holt on Sunday evening.

Canberrans party in the warmer weather for Groovin the Moo music festival

 Jake Ventry of Cann River in Victoria.

Jil Hogan   Thousands of pasty, white limbs came out to play on Sunday for the Groovin The Moo music festival at University of Canberra.

Engadine bike rider dies after fall near Goulburn

An elderly woman died after being trapped under car at Brookside Shopping Centre.

John Thistleton   A 61-year-old cyclist fell over a guard rail and died near Goulburn on Saturday.

Federal Court shake up seeks feedback from profession


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The Federal Court will do away with the traditional jurisdiction based organisation and introduce an approach focused on practice areas.

Tuggeranong is fattest and laziest Canberra district

The Heart Foundation says obesity and inactivity are the two major risk factors for heart disease.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Weston Creek residents are the unhealthiest in the ACT, but overall the territory has a better performance.

Fraser man Paul Lawton prepares for Young Care Simpson Desert Challenge

Paul Lawton, of Fraser, is using Mount Ainslie as one of his training venues before the Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge to raise awareness of younger Australians with high care needs living in aged care facilities.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Walking for 10 days across 300 kilometres of desert might sound monotonous, but it’s nothing compared to the tedium of everyday life for young people living in aged care homes.

Olympic indoor pool reopens after leak investigation

Aquatic coordinator Adrian Van Lith at Canberra Olympic Pool before the indoor and outdoor pools were closed for a leak probe.

Canberra Olympic Pool has reopened its indoor pool but the outdoor pools require major repairs.

Former prime ministers procrastinate over portraits

Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Nearly two years since their departure from Parliament, Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard are still to commission artists for their official prime ministerial portraits. 

Corbell meets with environment ministers to tackle climate change

Simon Corbell

Clare Colley 12:00 AM   A "senior gathering" of state and territory environment ministers will be a key opportunity to tackle climate change, despite the absence of ministers from Liberal Party-governed jurisdictions.

Jail bashing victim in induced coma with brain injuries

Steven Freeman.

Michael Inman 11:45 PM   The victim of a vicious jail bashing that left him in a critical condition has woken from a coma.

North Canberra hit with more than 35 car break-ins in 48 hours

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Police are investigating a string of more than 35 car break-ins across Canberra's north over the weekend.

Airport claims inclusion in future light rail plan

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Mark Sawa   Minister for Capital Metro's spokesman says no commitment has been made to any business entity or group about light rail routes.