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"Show-off" hot air balloon pilots take to the lake for a dip

Kimberley Granger 12:40 PM   With about 45 balloons taking to the skies above the nation's capital, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular excites passengers and spectators alike.

Two car collision in Tharwa

9:06 AM   A man has been taken to hospital after a two car collision in Tharwa on Saturday morning.

Don't worry, be happy, centenarian tells his future peers

Centenarian Victor Lederer enjoys a glass of wine at his Canberra home.

David Ellery and Dan Harrison 2:24 AM   The 40,000 Australians expected to be over 100 by 2055 by the authors of the 2015 Intergenerational Report have nothing to fear Canberra centenarian, Victor Lederer, has said.

Man pleads guilty to armed home invasion


Michael Inman 10:22 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.

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 9:58 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.

Shocking pink-hair puts focus on fistula

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in Australia chief executive Lucy Perry is happy to stand out for a cause.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Hamlin Fistula chief executive Lucy Perry has a theory that ordinary women can do extraordinary things.

London Circuit apartments evacuated amid smell of smoke

ACT firefighter.

9:40 PM   Firefighters investigate the smell of smoke at a city apartment complex.

Opposition calls for release of ambulance bullying report

The ACT opposition has called on the government to release the long-awaited report into ambulance culture

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The ACT opposition has called on the government to release the long-awaited review into ambulance culture.

Girls' Grammar top of the table

Canberra Girl's Grammar

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Canberra Girls' Grammar has dominated league tables of ACT school performance based on its 2014 literacy and numeracy results across the primary and high school years.

Farrer Primary jumps 253 places in league table

Acting Farrer primary principal Linda Heath with students celebrating the school's jump in the NAPLAN tables.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Farrer Primary has risen a combined 253 places across league tables of ACT literacy and numeracy results for Year 3.

A league of league table opponents attack comparisons

Australian Education Union ACT secretary Glenn Fowler wants the newspaper to stop publishing school rankings.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Australian Education Union ACT Secretary Glenn Fowler usually reads The Canberra Times. But at this time of year he refuses to – preferring instead to line the bottom of a bird cage with its annual league tables publishing school performance.

Canberra's musicians put their X factor to the test at auditions

Kamil Quimio, 19, of Lyons and Paige Gibson, 20, of Wanniassa try their luck at the <i>X Factor</i> auditions in Canberra.

Emma Kelly 11:45 PM   Performers hoping to snag the small screen spotlight trickled through Canberra's QT hotel on Friday to audition for reality juggernaut the X Factor.

MX-5s on show at Canberra's annual car club show and shine

Bob Judd with his 1989 Mazda MX5

David Ellery 8:04 PM   Buying an early model Mazda MX-5 is the best and cheapest way to get yourself into a classic two-seater sportscar according to die-hard owner and enthusiast, Bob Judd.

Aerial extravaganza Voala Station launches Enlighten into Canberra sky

NEWS: Preview of Enlighten's Spanish aerial performance, Voala Station.  5th March 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Emma Kelly 7:47 PM   An Australian premier performance will take revellers on a magical journey higher than the national institutions projected with colourful light as Enlighten ends and Canberra's long weekend begins.

ACT to 'watch' as NSW Coalition promises domestic violence disclosure

Attorney-General Simon Corbell will watch the efforts of other states on domestic violence

Christopher Knaus 7:21 PM   The ACT government says it will "watch" interstate action on domestic violence as the NSW Coalition makes an election pledge to set up a disclosure scheme warning people if their partner is a perpetrator.

ACT courts churn through 26 per cent more cases


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Intensive trial periods and procedural changes significantly contributed to an increase of cases finalised in the ACT courts, the government says.

Missing autistic man found

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

7:01 PM   A 32-year-old autistic man has been found after he went missing in Gungahlin on Friday.

Storm in a sunset wins Canberra Times photo competition

News.  Public servant and keen photographer Allison May of Holt has won this year's Canberra Times summer photo competition.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Holt's Allison Moy was relaxing after a day of work when storm brewing in the distance inspired her to jump in the car with her camera.

National Trust appeals demolition of Northbourne blocks

Generic photo of the public housing Northbourne Flats
Filed: Friday, 18 April 2014 11:50:30 am 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government faces another stumbling block in its plans to bulldoze the run-down Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct after the National Trust launched an appeal to protect all of the buildings.

New rail plan gets scrap metal trucks off the roads

Iron ore prices almost halved last year as the big producers boosted their output, creating a supply glut.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Fewer freight vehicles will need to use roads linking Canberra and New South Wales as a new strategy for the ACT's scrap metal comes into force. 

Drug body criticises 'narrow-minded' debate on medical marijuana


Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The ACT's peak drug body has called on the government to legalise medical marijuana and criticised some practitioners for being too narrow minded about reform.

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

Skywhale will not be flying in this year's Balloon Spectacular.

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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Love of the bush gives Well Station second chance

As the sun sets on the circa-1850 shearing shed, Dennis Rose, a resident of Wells Station for more than 27 years, ponders the future of his home.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   White ants have eaten into Well Station, but its historic value remains intact.

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

generic car accident

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

Following in the family footsteps

Defence writer Frank Cranston

Frances Cranston 11:45 PM   100 years on and World War I still claims victims - Frances Cranston, daughter of former Canberra Times defence writer Frank Cranston, follows his footsteps to the WWI graves in Europe.

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   Some businesses have five years left to run on leases. The Immigration Department could move out in two.