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Twin NASA antennas to put $40 million into the ACT

Acting operations and engineering manager  Graham Baines in front of the partially constructed 34 metre beam waveguide antenna at Tidbinbilla.

Clare Sibthorpe 9:10 PM   NASA said the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex dishes would will play a central part in missions.

Raiders head says poker machines in the casino would spell an end for many clubs

Raiders general manager Simon Hawkins: Clubs will close if poker machines are allowed in the casino.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Poker machines in the casino 'would rip the carpet out from under our business' says Hawkins

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Uber logs 20,000 trips in its first month in Canberra

Uber has recorded 20,000 trips in Canberra in its first month.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Uber has logged 20,000 trips in its first month in the ACT, prompting the ride-sharing business to label Canberra its fastest growing Australian market. 

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Tabcorp property sale nets $6 million

Tabcorp has sold the Wanniassa TAB for $950,000 at auction.

Emma Kelly 9:01 PM   Tabcorp has sold eight properties in Canberra for more than $6 million at auction.

Endangered smoky mouse discovered in Kosciuszko

The critically endangered smoky mouse has been found at a former construction site in the Kosciuszko National Park.

11:30 PM   National parks crew have been "surprised and delighted" to discover a critically endangered mouse in Kosciuszko National Park while rehabilitating a former Snowy Scheme construction site.

Mark Parton quits Canberra's 2CC

Changing focus: Canberra radio host Mark Parton.

Tom McIlroy 8:15 PM   Veteran radio host has quit in the latest shake-up in Canberra's breakfast radio offerings.

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Belconnen joins Canberra's free outdoor Wi-Fi

Rory Lamont, Tony Caruana of the Canberra Skateboarding Association, 
Peter-Joe Hunt, Art Soldo and Harmon Marshall enjoying the free CBR Wi-FI at Belconnen Skate park.

Clare Sibthorpe 8:09 PM   Free outdoor Wi-Fi is now accessible along Emu Bank, throughout Lake Belconnen foreshore and around Belconnen mall.

Husband allegedly tried to drown wife by driving her into lake

Randall Williams, 51, is accused of trying to drown his wife in Lake Ginninderra (pictured)

Christopher Knaus 7:54 PM   Man accused of trying to drown wife, and then threatening to kill her therapy dog.

Canberra's November temperatures two degrees above average

A blue bottle at Moruya Heads, snapped by Alan Nicol on his iPhone for the Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Katie Burgess 7:52 PM   November proved to be a warm chaser to a thirsty October, with temperatures hovering two degrees above average.

New police forensics centre at Majura hit by delays

An artist's impression of the new forensic centre.

Megan Gorrey 7:52 PM   Federal police will have to wait until next year to move into a multimillion-dollar forensics lab in Canberra after construction delays postponed the opening.

Mystery jewels and bikes to go under the hammer at police auction chief executive Rob Evans with some of the lost or stolen jewellery from an Australian Federal Police lot set to be auctioned  this week.

Megan Gorrey 7:47 PM   Among the run-of-the-mill bikes, jewellery and laptops seized by police in the ACT and auctioned off to keen bidders is the odd item that hints at a more sinister past.

Doctor suspected accused murderer schizophrenic, court hears

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber, left, and his killer, Christopher Navin, who has admitted he fatally stabbed his former housemate, but has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Michael Inman 7:45 PM   A psychiatrist speculated that accused killer Christopher David Navin could suffer from schizophrenia soon after he was charged with the murder of Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber.

Lomax 'acted improperly' on Adelaide building site

Johnny Lomax arriving at the ACT Magistrate's Court in August to face a blackmail charge. The charge was later dropped.

David Ellery 7:39 PM   Lomax breached Fair Work Act during visit to Adelaide building site.

ACT business confidence highest in the nation following change of Prime Minister

Small and medium sized businesses need to understand the fundamental shift of customers onto mobile devices.

Scott Hannaford 6:23 PM   Euphoria over the change of Prime Minister and fading concerns over cuts to the public service is making Canberra's small business owners among the most optimistic in the country. But many are failing to follow their customers as they move to smart devices.

Historian's 'startling' discovery about Gallipoli hero


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   This is a column of contrasts and today's column is bedecked with contrasting photographic portraits, taken at least 110 years apart.

Police question owner of dumped ute

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4. His body was discovered on defence land at Majura on November 19.

Megan Gorrey 4:16 PM   Police attempt to piece together the last movements of Evatt man Andrew Carville whose body was found on November 19.

Staying grounded: Megalo Print Studio celebrates 35 years

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery exterior

Claire Capel-Stanley 3:53 PM   The word 'megalo' means 'exaggerated size, or greatness' so it's no wonder Megalo Print Studio has chosen to celebrate its 35th birthday by attempting the world's longest screenprint.

Canberra student wins science category at the World Education Games

Canberra year 7 student Christina Gao won the science category at the 2015 World Education Games.

3:01 PM   A Canberra student has won the year 7 science category at the 2015 World Education Games, helping Australia to win the Science World Cup.

Neighbour's call may have saved sleeping Dickson residents after fire

Firefighters forced entry into a Dickson home to extinguish a fire on a stove.

1:58 PM   Firefighters break in to northside unit to find food alight on stove, and couple asleep upstairs.

Champagne for the ears

Cellist Sol Gabetta was a powerful soloist with the Basel Chamber Orchestra.

Jennifer Gall 12:42 PM   This ensemble's sound is sophisticated, rhythmically impeccable and emotionally rich.

Six demerits for distracted drivers

Drivers will be hit with double demerit points this Christmas if they are caught using their mobile phone while driving in the ACT.

Katie Burgess 11:32 AM   Canberra drivers caught using their phone behind the wheel this Christmas will be slugged six demerit points.

Fire extinguished at sewage plant

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to a fire at the Lower Molonglo Sewage Treatment plant on Monday morning.

11:03 AM   Firefighters extinguished a small fire on a conveyor belt at the Lower Molonglo sewage treatment plant on Monday morning.

Canberra's biggest fishing weekend hooks many

Adam Samios and Sasha Booker try their luck at Orana Bay in Yarralumla during the  Pride of the Perch fishing competition on Lake Burley Griffin.

Clare Sibthorpe 10:12 AM   Fishing fanatic Adam Siosis has travelled to most of Australia's major lakes for fishing competitions, but he's passionate about encouraging more participation of the sport in the capital.

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Parents call for more organ donors after daughter's life-saving kidney transplant

Ava Bancroft, 8, with her sister Imogen, 2, mum Tegan and dad James.

Natasha Boddy    It was the ultimate gift from a stranger that gave little Ava a second chance at life.

Natural burial site opens at Gungahlin Cemetery

A natural burial site in Kemps Creek, Sydney.

Natasha Boddy, Emma Kelly   Environmentally conscious Canberrans will now have the option of pushing up daisies in a whole new way and enter the afterlife as naturally as possible.

New agenda calls for action to transform Canberra's struggling CBD

Impact Comics employee Jaisun admires the street art in Tocumwal Lane. The new agenda proposes  making Civic's laneways safer, and sites for art and music.

Emma Kelly   Installing a big screen in Garema Place, enlivening laneways and developing population density targets among a sweep of measures proposed to transform Canberra's struggling CBD.

Muslim naval officer's hijab makes her a target

Captain Mona Shindy: Telstra's NSW Businesswoman of the year and an adviser to the chief of navy on Islamic cultural affairs.

David Ellery 11:45 PM   Hate speech all in a day's work for hijab wearing naval officer

ACT anti-domestic violence boss calls for better information sharing across sector

Family violence crisis support groups have called for better information sharing across the sector to help improve the ACT's response to domestic abuse.

Megan Gorrey   The ACT government will seek to strike a balance between victim safety with privacy concerns as it eyes better ways of sharing information to help combat domestic violence.

Thousands descend on Canberra for climate march

More than 6000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in Canberra on Sunday.

Natasha Boddy   Thousands of people have descended on Parliament House for the climate march. 

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Government defends plans to combine public trustee and public guardian

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has defended a plan to merge Public Trustee and guardians.

Kirsten Lawson   Government defends plans to combine public trustee and public guardian, denying decisions will be made on cost.

Concerns illicit experimentation 'almost expected' among today's teens

Daramalan College student Sarah Larkin.

Megan Gorrey   More than 29 per cent of ACT respondents aged 15 to 19 have identified alcohol and drugs as the nation's top problem.

The local software saving lives

Each year, up to 230,000 hospitalisations are attributed to medication misadventure, says Medicines Australia.

Katie Burgess   A medication system developed in the ACT could save lives and millions of dollars.

'No city can survive without food'

Alpaca farming, a Canberra rural industry.

Kirsten Lawson   Farmers say the 'food bowl of Canberra is being trampled' by the need for urban sprawl.

Decade-long development debacle

The Currong Apartments in the city, being demolished and offered to the market.

Kirsten Lawson   Cabinet rushed to market with the Currong public housing in 2004 in the face of warnings from bureaucrats.

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Couple escape injury after car rollover in the Brindabellas

ACT ambulance

The Canberra Times

A couple has escaped serious injury after their car rolled in the Brindabellas on Sunday morning. 

Fatal crash on Monaro Highway, south of Royalla

Scene of a fatal crash on the Monaro Highway.

Georgina Connery   A 65-year-old man has died in a crash involving three motorcycles 5km south of the intersection with the Monaro Highway and Old Cooma Road.

Closing the book on the Read Around Canberra program


Date: November 20 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The Read Around Canberra program members Pat Horswell, Ian McKenzie, Sally Grimes and Caroline Lemerle, a book club held at several local libraries, stops at the end of the year

Mary Lynn Mather   Popular book club Read Around Canberra will no longer be hosted by Libraries ACT, to the dismay of its loyal members.

Underground oil tanks to be removed from five schools

The excavation site for the removal of the two heater oil storage tanks at Erindale College.

Matthew Raggatt   The program to remove or decommission 22 underground oil storage tanks from Canberra public schools will soon be completed.

Canberra shows support with red ribbon events on World AIDS Day

Sunday. AIDS Action Council patron, John Mackay and executive director Philippa Moss are promoting World AIDS Day on December 1st.?November 27th.?2015 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


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Mary Lynn Mather   On Tuesday people across the globe will be wearing red ribbons, in solidarity with those who are living with HIV and in memory of those who have died.

Man who stabbed woman, made kill threat refused bail

A 45-year-old man allegedly stabbed and punched a woman and swung a baseball bat at her.

Matthew Raggatt   A Dickson man who allegedly stabbed a woman he was in a casual relationship with, threatened to kill her and broke a window in an attempt to escape police has been refused bail. 

Auction watch: Canberra buyers spring into action

Auctioneer Frank Pompeani at the 45 Springvale Street auction.

Georgina Connery   Canberra real estate agents say this spring auction season has been the strongest yet.

Soccer beats netball as Australia's top sport for girls


Date: November 28 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Players from the Bindabella Blues junior girls academy Sarah Bailey,14, Amber Lalor,14, and Nikita Hewlett,13. A new national report shows that more young girls aged between 6-14 are now playing soccer than netball.

Georgina Connery   It seems there's been an exodus of young female players from netball courts across the country with new research finding more girls are now playing soccer.

Canberra Hospital calls for donations for Christmas trees

Harley Cusbert, 6, decorating a tree from The Christmas Tree Truck, which will provide 30-35 artificial trees for Canberra Hospital to be sponsored by the public.

Matthew Raggatt   Artificial Christmas trees are being used for the hospital because infection control is an issue in the ward and clinical areas. Matthew Raggatt explains.