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Fatal crash on Drakeford Drive in Kambah may have been part of police pursuit

10:17 AM   A man died in a fatal crash on Drakeford Drive in Kambah on Friday night.

Man sentenced to nine months over near-fatal drunken punch

Victim Matt Pridham in Canberra Hospital after the attack.

Christopher Knaus 11:03 PM   A man has been sentenced to nine months behind bars for a drunken punch that left his victim fighting for his life.

The Eat Local Friday markets come to Canberra

Farmers market

Natasha Rudra 11:30 PM   The botanic gardens plays host to a new market with fresh produce from Canberra and the Riverina.

Canberra driver crashes into police station while trying to do a burnout

About 2.05pm this afternoon, the driver of a white Holden Commodore was attempting to turn the corner of Anthony Rolfe Avenue onto Gozzard Street in Gungahlin, when he accelerated rapidly in an attempt to complete a burnout and lost control of his car and crashed into Gungahlin police station. Screen grab from ACT Policing Facebook page

8:08 PM   A driver has crashed into the Gungahlin police station while trying to do a burnout.

Speeding driver found guilty of culpable driving in fatal pedestrian crash

 Justice

Christopher Knaus 7:39 PM   A speeding driver who had ice in his system when he hit and killed an elderly pedestrian has been found guilty of culpable driving. 

International carillonneur Geert d'Hollander to play at Canberra's National Carillon

Belgian carillonneur Geert d'Hollander is in Canberra to perform at the National Carillon and inspire budding carillonneurs Kriti Mahajan,15, of Bonner and Peter Bray,15 of Curtin.

Megan Gorrey 7:27 PM   Belgian carillonneur Geert d'Hollander​ wants Canberrans to know they could just as likely hear the tunes of Lady Gaga as those of Bach drift across Lake Burley Griffin from the National Carillon.

Police union in disarray after botched election

Dennis Gellatly, CEO of the Australian Federal Police Association, says he is 'happy to bring in mediators to go through everything'.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   The chief executive of the Australian Federal Police Association has called for a complete review of the union's operations after a botched election process saw some members sent incorrect ballot papers.

Light rail hopefuls submit final bid papers for $783m contract

Thousands of documents were delivered to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday afternoon.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Thousands of documents were delivered to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday afternoon when the government accepted final bids from two consortiums hoping to win the $783 million light rail contract.

Accidentally released detainee recaptured interstate, government promises inquiry

 Prison

Christopher Knaus 6:55 PM   Man who allegedly choked, bashed his girlfriend is recaptured after accidental release.

Magpie cull prompted by theft of food from child's mouth

Rangers are culling magpies near Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

Katie Burgess 6:49 PM   Authorities urge Canberrans to stop feeding magpies after birds attack people for food.

Petrol station lottery sales begin on Monday

Lottery tickets

Alexandra Back, Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Canberra newsagents are seeking support for a ban on lottery products being sold by Woolworths and Coles, which they fear could be devastating to their businesses.

Australian World War II prisoner of war documents published online for the first time

Australian army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole survivour of the Bangka Island massacre.

Megan Gorrey 12:05 AM   Feigning death in the waters off Indonesia was what saved Australian army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel as Japanese soldiers fatally machine-gunned a line of women into the sea beside her during the dark days of World War II.

Canberra's private investigators hired to find cheating spouses, dodgy staff

Investigator Dale Coleman says the car has appeared several times at Summernats.

Alexandra Back 5:57 PM   Canberrans are hiring private investigators to uncover cheating spouses, dodgy staff and the whereabouts of a $60,000 car.

Work starts on $59 million Bunnings warehouse at Gungahlin

Bunnings

Megan Doherty 5:32 PM   The 17,000 square metre outlet is taking shape on the corner of Gribble and Hibberson streets.

Win-win walk for fundraising partners

Taking part in the 5km walk on Sunday for The Canberra Times FunRun event are Anne Pratt, manager of HOME in Queanbeyan, left and Jo Percy, manager of the Fyshwick branch of sponsor WESTPAC. Joining them in a training session in the back streets of Queanbeyan is Benny the HOME pet.

Mary Lynn Mather 11:30 PM   When Anne Pratt and Jo Percy walk the 5km Canberra Times Fun Run course tomorrow, it will be one of several joint ventures between HOME and Westpac.

Union boss acknowledges setting membership quotas

ACT CFMEU branch secretary Jason O'Mara has denied there is a "code of silence" on criminal matters.

David Ellery 5:11 PM   Canberra Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union secretary Jason O'Mara confirms the existence of membership quotas for organisers at the royal commission hearing.

WIN Television HQ in Kingston passed in at auction

Didn't reach reserve: The WIN TV building in Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Megan Doherty 4:49 PM   The WIN Television headquarters in Kingston was passed in at auction this week.

Cracking the new code

Actor Sigrid Thornton and the writer of ABC series <i>The Code</i>, Shelley Birse, on set in the NICTA building in Acton.

Jil Hogan 11:45 PM   Filming for the second season of hugely popular mini-series The Code finished up in Canberra on Friday after two weeks.

Compromise on Northbourne Avenue housing precinct divides community

Northbourne Avenue flats will be replaced with new housing development.

Henry Belot 3:59 PM   A decision to save 17 buildings in the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct has divided public opinion.

Jail sought for ex-butler over porn sharing

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Joshua Ferguson, 30, of Melbourne, arrives at the ACT Supreme Court accused of child pornography charges. 


3rd September 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Christopher Knaus 3:57 PM   Prosecutors insist that a man being sentenced for accessing and sharing child pornography is not an "innocent led astray", and should face jail time. 

'Big things in store' reveals behind-the-scenes look at war memorial preservation

Senior curator of military heraldry and technology Shane Casey at Australian War Memorial's Treloar Technology Centre that will once again hold its Big things in store open day on September 5.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Thousands of conserved objects in the Australian War Memorial's storage hub will be uncovered to the public on Saturday at the 'Big things in store' open day.

Lyneham residents appalled at attack by Christian college

Brindabella Christian College is at odds with the Lyneham community.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Lyneham residents appalled at attack by Christian college

The 14-year-old singer turning heads

Amber Nichols

Natasha Rudra 11:45 PM   Lucy Sugerman has already been invited to perform with Voice star Amber Nichols

Road closures as fun runners hit road

There'll be a number of road closures during Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run.

3:24 PM   There will be a number of roads closed during Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run as joggers hit the road and the pavement.

Canberra artist Hou Leong returns to art world with new exhibition

Hou Leong's <i>Crocodile Dundee</i> from the series An Australian.

Clare Colley 3:11 PM   Imagine Crocodile Dundee if Paul Hogan was Chinese. In 1994 Canberra artist Hou Leong made it happen.

The Canberra Times news quiz for September 4

Over grown un-sheared sheep.

How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Styling the Big Apple

Canberra hairdresser Craig Rhodes is heading to the Big Apple for his third New York Fashion Week stint.

Jil Hogan   Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan are hardly the first places that come to mind when you think of the cutting edge of fashion.

In defence of Tuggeranong - it has a soul and we see it every day

The view  from the top of Urambi Hills Nature reserve looking down on Oxley / Wanniassa   Canberra.

Megan Doherty   It pretty much hurt my heart when I read comments this week about Tuggeranong being in decline and a place losing its soul.

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Fancy a Chris the sheep soft toy?

Chris the sheep carried about 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Emma Kelly   Canberra's RSPCA hopes the global hype surrounding Chris the sheep's mega shear attracts extra support.

The Block's Alisa and Lysandra show their style in Canberra

From left, Franklin twins and The Block fans Sophie and Natalie Marjan meet Lysandra Stevens and Alisa Ayers.

Megan Doherty   The Block twins Alisa and Lysandra met with fans in Canberra on Thursday night with Alisa glowing in her second pregnancy.