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Prepare to DIE, Defence public servants told

Defence worker

Noel Towell 2:06 PM   Giant department has unveiled its new set of acronyms and not everybody is impressed.

Police nab dozens of ACT drivers for mobile phone use

Police caught 83 motorists who had taken their eyes off the road as part of a month-long crackdown.

12:56 PM   More than 70 drivers were caught using a hand-held mobile phone on Canberra's roads in June, prompting police to remind drivers it was like "driving blind-folded".

Lake Burley Griffin's 'Lost Undertaker' shrouded in mystery

'The Lost Undertaker' turned heads when he rowed his coffin stand-up paddleboard on Lake Burley Griffin.

Megan Gorrey 12:55 PM   Mystery surrounds the eerie sight of a man dressed as an undertaker who has been spotted gliding through the morning mist on Lake Burley Griffin in a kayak fashioned as a coffin.

Ambassador's husband says child sex allegations 'off this world'

'Off this world': Vytas Kapociunas denies accusations he sexually assaulted a young girl.

Christopher Knaus 12:50 PM   An artist accused of sexually assaulting a young girl told police he had nothing to hide.

'War for people' to break out in public service

The proportion of public service workers 50 years of age and over has increased over time.

Noel Towell 10:09 AM   Public service bosses warned to hold on to what they've got as a "retirement tsunami" looms

Ink Remix art opens at CMAG

The Ink Remix exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery features 14 artists including Shanghai's Ni Youyu and his work Galaxy a collection of painted coins.

Clare Colley 9:14 AM   A dog licking words onto a wall with dog food, intricate landscapes using Coca-Cola and biro, and flattened coins painted with microscopic images are all part of Ink Remix at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

'I've played in the stuff? What do I do now?'

Rhys Muldoon, who discovered this week that he grew up in a Canberra home contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson 9:12 AM   Actor Rhys Muldoon had no idea the blue-grey fluff he and his sister used to play in was asbestos or that it was dangerous until this week, Kirsten Lawson reports.

Canberra mornings: Traffic, weather and top news

Canberra mornings

9:02 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

Capital Life: Ceramicists step up

Anita McIntyre, Blue Print for a Capital (Vessel Series), 2015. The  porcelain paperclay monoprint drawing with screen prints and metal stand will feature at Craft ACT's ceramics triennale exhibition.

Clare Colley 6:14 AM   A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning July 4.

Climate change is turning bearded males into a pack of girls

Dr Claire Holleley and Professor Arthur Georges have discovered that climate change is affecting the sex of some animals.

Scott Hannaford 3:00 AM   Increasing temperatures are turning the world's male lizards into a pack of girls - literally. 

Uber: the missing link for light rail?

Ridesharing service Uber is looking to enter the ACT market by October.

Scott Hannaford 10:30 PM   Ridesharing service Uber says it can be the missing link for Canberra's proposed light rail line.

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Seven home owners refuse to take part in Mr Fluffy buyback

News. 1st July 2015. from left, Mr Fluffy activist Brianna Heseltine, and Mr Fluffy home owner Felicity Prideaux.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Kirsten Lawson 10:29 PM   Seven owners of Mr Fluffy homes have refused to take part in the government's buyback, and with the deadline passed are now on their own.

Ambassador's 'deep shock' at child abuse allegations towards husband

Vytas Kapociunas, who is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, at the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Christopher Knaus 8:41 PM   Former ambassador to Spain said the pair were 'incredibly distressed' during a sleepless flight to Canberra, where police were waiting to interview them.

Gang-gang. When Canberra was 'a place of paddocks'

Ulvik the troll reading an intellectually-stimulating page of the Canberra Times. Photo by Marion Alexander.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   We begin today's column, which will prove to be about the ancient history of housing in Canberra, basking in the news that we have a brand new reader to add to the several dozen this column already has.

Immigration and Customs public servants strike

Customs and Immigration CPSU members hold a stopwork rally in Belconnen.

Latika Bourke and Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Stopworks have been held across the country on the first day of the Australian Border Force.

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Canberra property values increase 2.4 per cent in year

"Housing is showing some bubble-like features, but it lacks a trigger to pop it near-term.": UBS senior economist George Tharenou.

Megan Gorrey 7:45 PM   Residential property values in the ACT rose by much less than most Australian capital cities, increasing by just 2.4 per cent in the year to June.

Zero tolerance drug drive laws leads to conviction of unimpaired motorcyclist

An expert warns that the ACT drug drive regime is unjust, expensive and breaches the human rights of Canberra motorists.

Michael Inman 11:15 PM   An unimpaired motorcyclist has been suspended and fined for drug-driving after tests found traces of cannabis in his system from four days earlier.

ACT teachers to consider revised enterprise agreement

Austrailan Education Union ACT branch secretary Glenn Fowler.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The Australian Education Union ACT will hold a special branch meeting after a revised offer which is expected to be sent out to teachers and school leaders on Thursday.

Prolific Canberra armed robber jailed for 16 years

The prolific armed robber has been sentenced to a further 16 years jail.

Michael Inman 4:42 PM   Armed robber already serving an 11 year sentence, gets another 16 years and ordered to pay back $30,000.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra July 3-5

Dolly Cakes who is part of the Burlesque showcase at The Abbey on Friday and Saturday.

Jil Hogan 4:16 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: An all-illuminated patriotic tram

A World War I recruitment tram in Victoria.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred years ago, the idea of forced enlistment of "loafers" and "shirkers" by conscription was gaining popularity.

Three hikers rescued from Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains

Megan Gorrey 3:41 PM   Men were rescued from a peak on Monday night, having set off on Saturday under-prepared.

Light rail and Mr Fluffy to be reviewed by auditor-general

Auditors will seek to find timely areas for improvement in delivery of the 12-kilometre line linking the city and Gungahlin.

Tom McIlroy 3:12 PM   $800m light rail line and Mr Fluffy asbestos buyback scheme in the sights of ACT auditor-general. 

Pollster defamation case ends with apology

Former Labor MP Mike Kelly

Michael Inman 3:10 PM   Four-year legal stoush between Labor politician and conservative pollsters comes to an end.

Canberra blanketed by thick fog before chilly weekend weather sets in

A reader captured this misty morning shot for the <i>Canberra Times'</i> Winter Photo Competition.

Megan Gorrey 3:01 PM   Thick fog which blanketed Canberra on Wednesday morning should give way to clear skies and freezing mornings on the weekend.

Love still on track after 70 years of marriage

Doreen and Sam Flanigan
celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

Georgina Connery 11:45 PM   They fell in love working at a railway station during World War II and their happy marriage is still on track.

Canberra kidney patients given to access nighttime dialysis

Health Minister Simon Corbell visited the new Tuggeranong service on Wednesday.

11:45 PM   Canberra patients set to become first in Australia to access public dialysis services at night.

Canberra needs a standalone fringe festival

The Krewd Sisters: hosted the 2014 Fringe Festival.

Dan Bigna 10:35 AM   A fringe festival for Canberra would provide an excellent opportunity for a program of good-quality music reflecting the innovative and stimulating art at the periphery of mainstream entertainment.

Loss of a home, a business and so much more

Kim Grant with her three children, Molly Ashleigh, 11, Liam Ashleigh, 13, and Rory Ashleigh, 15, at their new home.

Kirsten Lawson   Kim Grant has moved her family into a new house but has been left angry and devastated by years of Fluffy mistakes.

Art in the palm of your hand

Bev Hogg's artwork "Hedge Fun" from Mini Ceramics at Bilk Gallery.

Kerry-Anne Cousins   Bilk Gallery is hosting a show of beautifully crafted miniature ceramic artworks, writes Kerry-Anne Cousins.