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Canberra schools applauded as My School goes live

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Emma Macdonald 12:00 AM   The My School website has been updated overnight to allow parents to look up details of schools across the nation - most notably their performance in literacy and numeracy as well as financial status, social make-up and attendance record.

ACT schools that add value

Wanniassa School Year 4 students Rani Measham and Charleigh Byrne, right, go about their class work.

Emma Macdonald 11:58 PM   Wanniassa School, Holy Trinity Primary and Canberra Grammar are among 20 schools which have taken their students above and beyond the average when it comes to literacy and numeracy.

Axe murder accused breached order

Marcus Rappel, who has been accused of the murder of Tara Costigan.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Tara Costigan, who Marcus Rappel is accused of killing, had applied for a domestic violence order against him the day before. And it wasn't the first such order against him.

Vulnerable women turned away as funds dry up

Canberra-based Beryl Women's Refuge manager Robyn Martin.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A legal service for vulnerable women will be forced to turn 500 Canberrans away due to federal funding cuts, while a local refuge warns it is struggling to find free beds for those who desperately need help.

Nine convicted for fossil fuel protest at Minerals Council office

15 Canberrans and Pacific Climate Warriors protested in Forrest on Tuesday morning.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Nine activists have been fined and ordered to be of good behaviour after they trespassed during a demonstration at the Canberra headquarters of a fossil fuel industry body.

April's Caravan to reopen after outpouring of support

Netti Vonthethoff has put her heart and soul into her home.

Natasha Rudra 11:45 PM   When Netti Vonthethoff was forced to call time on her beloved vintage shop April's Caravan in Civic a few weeks ago, she didn't anticipate the outpouring of support she would receive from Canberrans.

Christian brother charged with Goulburn child sex offences

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8:28 PM   NSW police have arrested and charged a fourth brother from a religious order in relation to alleged historical sexual and indecent assaults on  children in the Goulburn area.

Braddon bar forced to get gambling licence for Tranny Bingo

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

Kirsten Lawson and Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   The Hopscotch bar in Braddon has been forced to apply for a licence to run its transvestite-led "Tranny Bingo" performance after advice from the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission that charging an entry fee and handing out prizes constitutes gambling.

Blindfolded Canberrans take the lead on NDIS

Shadow Disability Minister Andrew Wall is guided by Guide Dogs ACT/NSW research officer Patrick Shaddock and Keno.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   The right support can make a huge difference to the life of a person with a disability.

Molonglo River bridge nearly complete on Majura Parkway

Work on the Majura Parkway  bridge over the Molonglo River has come a long way since this photo was taken in December.

8:00 PM   The northbound section of Molonglo River bridge on the new Majura Parkway is set to be finished within weeks.

Abbott's ADF backdown sparks civilian fury

Abbott backdown: ADF offered more dosh.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Defence public servants are incensed at being left behind by the government's ADF backdown

Tafelmusik: A feast of sound and vision

Tafelkmusik in the frame.

Jennifer Gall 7:00 PM   Tafelmusik's latest production, House of Dreams, is an international collaboration, a noble gesture to unite audiences all over the world with the intimate spaces in which the great art and music of the period from 1656 to 1765 was made and celebrated.

Post-it not. How the sticky-note helps public servants evade scrutiny

Post-it notes can fall off files.

Noel Towell 6:41 PM   The humble Post-It note has emerged as a powerful weapon used by the Australian Public Service to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny and Freedom of Information laws.

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Gang-gang: Beige blush over purple prose

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Responsible journalism, as represented by this respected broadsheet newspaper and so, of course, by this column, is written in sober, beige prose. 

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Soothsayer sprung

Fortune tellers can fail to see the signs.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   So-called "fortune tellers" are such thumping charlatans that 100 years ago this week the sceptical "Clio" of Melbourne's Punch took pleasure in exposing one of them.

Canberra mum establishes charity to fight for her sick son

Caitlan Hatley of Ngunnawal with her son Kai Hatley 4, who has a rare genetic disorder MECP2 duplication syndrome.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A Canberra mum has formed a charity foundation in her son’s name after refusing to sit by and watch him suffer from a rare genetic condition that may claim his life.

The beehive that became a global sensation

Toast of the internet: Father and son Stuart and Cedar Anderson with their invention, the 'flow hive'.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   It was supposed to be a modest campaign by a father and son to raise $70,000 so they could start producing and selling a new type of beehive they had invented.

Win tickets to Aida plus accommodation

Milijana Nikolik stars for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in Aida.

5:24 PM   Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour combines all of the things Sydney does best - world-class opera, champagne, sunsets and spectacle (and camels!) on the harbour's edge. From March 27, a royal love triangle, a war, and the famous Triumphal March with Egyptians en masse will light up the waters of Sydney's magnificent harbour.

Forum to back Canberra light rail

Artist's impression of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Ross Peake 12:00 AM   Canberra's proposed light rail project will be given a boost at a conference on Thursday when it is compared favourably with a global renaissance for tram lines in smaller cities.

What's on in Canberra March 6-9

The Balloon Festival in Canberra.

Jil Hogan 4:15 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Police push safety lesson as Canberrans speed through school zones

Speeding.

Henry Belot 2:49 PM   Police have urged Canberran motorists to show more care while driving through school zones with more than 500 people caught speeding during February.

More thrown out of Cricket World Cup for pitchsiding

Another man was thrown out of a Cricket World Cup match for pitchsiding at Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

Primrose Riordan 2:14 PM   Another man has been thrown out of a Cricket World Cup for pitchsiding at the South Africa and Ireland match at Manuka oval on Tuesday night.

Embarrassing: Parly triangle parking sign bungle

The confusing, flashing parliamentary triangle parking sign.

Phillip Thomson 1:49 PM   "No parking offenders will be fined" was dodgy. But this one takes the cake.

Lessons in simple truth

 "Tuesdays With Morrie".

Alanna Maclean 1:38 PM   Tuesdays with Morrie is a compact play for two men based on Morrie Albom's best-selling book about conversations with his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is dying of a wasting disease.

Life-changing lessons from an armchair philosopher

Dave Evans, left and Graham Robertson in "Tuesdays With Morrie".

Ron Cerabona 1:38 PM   Tuesdays With Morrie is based on Detroit sports journalist Mitch Alborn's 1997 memoir about how he resumed contact after many years with his favourite academic.

One-punch attacker given suspended jail sentence

A screenshot from CCTV footage of the one-punch assault in Civic.

Michael Inman 12:50 PM   A Canberra magistrate flinched when watching footage of a one-punch assault that knocked a man unconscious outside a Civic nightclub.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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9:12 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

'Truly awful': Centrelink, Medicare apps slammed

The Medicare Express Plus app has been panned by some users of it.

Noel Towell   Apps are so bad they are getting claimants kicked off benefits, users have complained.

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Autumn opening for Westside container village

Nick Kyrgios shoots some hoops at Westside at Acton Park on Tuesday.

Tom McIlroy   Canberra's new shipping container village opens this weekend, ahead of a local art festival on March 14. 

'So, so hard to believe she's gone': family pays tribute

Canberrans have rallied to raise money for Tara Costigan's children.

Christopher Knaus   Tara Costigan put her three children above all else, right till the end, her family says.