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Skywhale's not dead yet, after premature reports she was at end of her lifespan

Primrose Riordan 4:54 PM   The Skywhale will be conspicuously absent from the upcoming Balloon Spectacular, but just how many flights she has left remains unclear.

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Parliament House opens its roof to the public for Enlighten 2015

Sunset on the roof at Parliament House.

Natasha Rudra 4:12 PM   The doors are open to the grassy roof of Parliament House for free on Friday and Saturday night for the Enlighten festival.

ACT joins chorus of government protest against Legal Aid cuts

Attorney-General Simon Corbell: ACT "cannot accept and cannot bear" cost shifting.

Christopher Knaus 4:11 PM   Attorney-General Simon Corbell says cuts will hurt victims of domestic violence and Indigenous Australians.

Tuggeranong Parkway improvements included in $2.7 million of federal funding

One of Canberra's worst intersections: Hindmarsh Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway.

Henry Belot 4:01 PM   The federal government has allocated $2.7 million to fix four black spots on ACT roads and another $3.2 million to improve the Federal Highway.

Private Capital: Hearts racing in the fast lane

Daniel Cummins with his race car.

Jil Hogan 3:20 PM   The brother of a car enthusiast with a congenital heart condition who died aged 12 will take part in the HeartKids Hillclimb, which he started in his brother's memory.

Hindmarsh Drive car crash holds up traffic in Woden

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2:59 PM   A two-car crash on Hindmarsh Drive is holding up traffic in Woden.

Man pleads guilty to armed home invasion


Michael Inman 2:33 PM   The target of a violent home invasion hid under a bed of a Red Hill home to avoid being discovered. His attacker has pleaded guilty.

Police search for missing autistic man

Zac De Jonge, who is autistic, was last seen in Gungahlin.

2:21 PM   Zac De Jonge, who has limited speech, was last seen at the Gungahlin bus interchange.

Love letter to East Timor woos book judges

ANU fellow and Canberra author Gordon Peake with his book Beloved Land- Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor Leste.

Sally Pryor 12:37 PM   When Gordon Peake first arrived in East Timor for a short research trip in 2007, he was instantly captivated by the complex and energetic country. His resulting book struck exactly the right chord with readers and reviewers alike, and has been named ACT Book of the Year.

Anxious 105-day wait for Immigration move decision

Everbean Expresso Bar employee Cassie Lee, 20, prepares a coffee for a customer at Westfield Belconnen.

Phillip Thomson 12:34 PM   Some businesses have five years left to run on leases. The Immigration Department could move out in two.

With age comes strength for artist

"Magog" by Ann Thomson in "Free Hand"

Sasha Grishin 12:20 PM   Thomson possesses the rare ability to constantly reinvent herself as an artist.

National Gallery of Australia to send Seated Buddha back to India

Roslyn Packer with the second century Buddha which was purchased by the NGA in 2007 with her assistance.

Sally Pryor 11:49 AM   An ancient Indian sculpture that until recently had its home among other Asian antiquities at the National Gallery of Australia is set to return to India.

The simplicity of geometry

Mirror bracelets by Phoebe Porter made from titanium, aluminium and stainless steel.

Kerry-Anne Cousins 11:43 AM   Phoebe Porter chooses simple shapes for her jewellery, but their uncluttered design makes an impact.

Musical theatre explores issues of class and gender

 Jake Willis, Ether Ramsay, James Tighe and Kelly Roberts as Eva Peron in Canberra Philharmonic's production of Evita. Photo: Donna Larkin

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Man attacked by wasps in Nicholls

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10:14 AM   Man in his 50s taken to Calvary Hospital after he was attacked by wasps

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APS Defence pay backlash grows

Close observers have told Fairfax that the Abbott government's latest policy surprise on defence pay puts at risk decades of painstaking effort to build an equitable, rational and durable defence remuneration system.

Noel Towell, John Garnaut and David Wroe 1:36 AM   The government denies manipulating figures as criticism of its ADF pay back down grows.

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Barr's pitch fails to sway Air NZ

Air New Zealand won't commence flights to Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Air New Zealand says it has no plans to schedule flights to Canberra Airport.

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Beryl Women's Refuge manager Robyn Martin ACT Woman of the Year

News. Book launch and celebration of 40 years of operation for Beryl Women Inc. at Tilleys in Lyneham. Long time worker at the establishment, Robyn Martin, at the launch. March 4th 2015
The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

9:46 PM   Leading women recognised for contribution to Canberra.

Sports community unites to tackle racism

Former Brumbies and Wallabies player Pat McCabe with students of Kaleen Primary School at the Say No to Racism Program.

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   A new school-based initiative will teach young Canberrans the importance of tolerance and cultural diversity through sporting role models.

Taxpayers hit with $11,000 bill for cardboard tram

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell check out the $11,320  cardboard tram in January.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The opposition has accused the ACT government of squandering taxpayers' money on a cardboard model tram costing more than $11,000 and used to promote the light rail project.¬†

Intergenerational Report predicts long, hard-working life for baby Edgar

Claire Fraser and Edgar Larkin, 6 months, of Braddon.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Six-month-old Edgar Larkin could easily live to 94 but his children may well make a century.

Billy Zane eyes House of Cards-style TV series, art exhibition in Canberra as Blue World Order wraps filming

Billy Zane posted this photo in front of Blue Poles.

Primrose Riordan 7:56 PM   Hollywood star Billy Zane has vowed to return to Canberra after shooting a film in the ACT

ACT firefighters warned of cancer-causing chemical in uniforms

Warning: A study found protective clothing could contain formaldehyde if it had been treated with an additive called Proban.

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   ACT firefighters have been advised to take precautions handling their uniforms.

Plea for funding commitments after closure of Aboriginal Justice Centre

Susan Helyar wants funding certainty for Indigenous justice services following the closure of the Aboriginal Justice Centre.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The ACT government has been urged to fund indigenous justice services after the closure of the Aboriginal Justice Centre last year.

Snow Centre a trojan horse to lead Asian education in Australia

The Snow Center for Education in the Asian Century at Canberra Grammar School.

Emma Kelly 11:00 PM   The $8 million Snow Centre for Education in the Asian Century aims to lead the Australian education's "biggest challenge".

Reflections on Gallipoli a highly collaborative production

Conflict: Trench warfare at Gallipoli, State Library of South Australia

Janet Wilson 6:55 PM   Four remarkable people were involved in the conception of Reflections on Gallipoli.

What's on in Canberra's art scene

Mono: Out West, an exhibition of landscape and pinhole camera photography, is on at the Manuka Arts Centre until March 22.

Out West exhibition at PhotoAccess.

6:54 PM   What's on where and when for arts in Canberra this week.

Barr to smooth the way for "Tranny Bingo"

Miss Krystal Klear and Miss Pennytration regularly host Tranny Bingo at Braddon's Hopscotch Bar.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has asked for advice on how he can smooth the way for shows like "Tranny Bingo" to be held without the need for a gambling licence.

Smoking while pregnant increases risk of cancer for daughters

A study found about one in 10 ACT women smoked during pregnancy.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Women who smoke cigarettes while pregnant are putting their daughters at risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer, according to new research from the Australian National University.