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New arrivals put on military show

Matthew Raggatt 4:23 PM   The newest arrivals at the Australian Defence Force Academy have put on their first show, with planes, helicopters and the chief of the Defence Force playing a part in the opening year parade on Saturday.

ACT Policing appeals to public in search for missing tradesman

43-year-old tradesman Bobby Briggs who has been missing since he left work on Friday morning.

Ben Westcott 3:47 PM   Police have reached out to the public in help find an ACT tradesman who has been missing since Friday morning.

Motorcyclist in hospital after accident in Monash

NEWS: ACT emergency services investigate the Sirius building in Phillip.. 19th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times
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Georgina Connery 3:36 PM   A motorcycle rider has been transported to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition following an accident in Monash.

Man refused bail after threat to kill wife over child access

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Matthew Raggatt 3:05 PM   A Canberra man has been refused bail after facing court on allegations he threatened to kill his former partner because she would not give him immediate access to their child.

Andrew Barr mistaken for New Zealand PM John Key

Andrew Barr and John Key.

Emma Kelly 2:46 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr is in New Zealand trying to muster support for direct international flights to Canberra. On Friday, he attracted more attention than he bargained for.

Mother of two dies after medical blunder saw doctors miss cancer

Rachael Netting died of a curable liver cancer

Christopher Knaus 11:08 AM   Tributes flow for woman killed by a cancer that was missed by doctors in a grave blunder.

Inmate committed suicide after asking to see mental health team

The entrance of the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Michael Inman 9:46 PM   A Canberra inmate asked to see the mental health team on the day of his death, a court has heard.

Two children inside when bullets fired into Gowrie home, police believe

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Christopher Knaus 9:38 PM   Two children were inside a Gowrie home when five bullets were fired at it in a drive-by shooting earlier this month, according to court documents.

Government moves to allow form of 'cashless gambling' on poker machines

Minister Joy Burch.

Kirsten Lawson 9:37 PM   Authorities moved late last year to allow a form of "cashless gambling" on poker machines in Canberra, in another unheralded change to gambling in the territory.

Kenoss project manager accused over workplace fatality gives evidence

Munir al-Hasani, former project manager at Kenoss Contractors, outside court.

Christopher Knaus 9:31 PM   Kenoss project manager claims he is not "directly responsible" for truck driver's fatal electrocution, saying the man "should have followed directions".

Kambah woman performs CPR to save partner suffering a heart attack

Robert Brice and his partner Judi Lopez, with horses Charlie and Precision, at Kambah.

Megan Gorrey 9:26 PM   Moments after Robert Brice's heart stopped and he fell from his horse's back, he heard his partner's voice repeat over and over: "Don't give up now, keep fighting."

Tim the Yowie Man's new book

Tim The Yowie Man.

John Thistleton 9:25 PM   In late May, 1994, an ANU student hurried out of the Brindabella Mountains after seeing something that changed his life.

Enlighten using its noodle

From left, Janice Collins of Oxley, Cameron Shaw of Bonython, Nicole Shaw of Bonython, Stuart Shaw of Yarralumla.

8:48 PM   About Town: Scenes from capital's first Enlighten Night Noodle Markets.

Trevor Robinson urges drivers to use caution after life-changing motorbike crash

Motorcycle accident victim Trevor Robinson of Duffy, 52, holds the dented fuel tank from his bike at the AFP stand at the Royal Canberra Show.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Trevor Robinson has a novel solution he reckons would make reckless drivers sit up and listen before they continued to wreak havoc on Canberra's roads.

ACT school canteens to face tighter regulations under healthy eating push

Year 4 student Claire Bodorkos, 9, with a bean  from the school garden as part of the new food and drink policy for ACT public schools.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   All school canteens in ACT will need to be registered as food businesses and have to review their menus once a year under a new food and drink policy for Canberra schools. 

No one does it like Cold Chisel

Cold Chisel.

Chris Johnson 6:40 PM   All it took was one strike of Mossy's Stratocaster and the capacity crowd at Canberra's Royal Theatre were on their feet screaming.

Inside the travelling school for show children

Seven-year-old Mia Chambers of Brisbane, gets on with her work under the watchful eye of teacher, Lisa Calkins, in the mobile classroom.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Have you ever wondered about the children of show families who spend most of the year on the road and are rarely in one place for more than a week?

Man taken to hospital after motorbike crash closes Hume Highway

Snowy Hydro helicopter

6:12 PM   A motorcyclist was hospitalised after a crash on the Hume Highway, one of several crashes on Friday morning.

Ben Quilty and Alex Seton review: The art of war

Ben Quilty, Captain S, after Afghanistan, 2012, oil on linen, 140 x 190 cm. On tour as part of the exhibition Ben Quilty: After Afghanistan, acquired under the official art scheme in 2012

Sasha Grishin 11:45 PM   The work of two leading new artists has been brought together in moving commentary on the scars of war.

Emerging Contemporaries review

In <i>Portraits of a Tea Cosy<i>:   Loani Prior, <i>All Form and No Function<i> and <i>That Hat<i>.

Kerry-Anne Cousins 11:45 PM   Craft by Kerry-Anne Cousins. Craft ACT, Civic. On until 28 March.

Fairy floss, ferris wheels and fun at the Royal Canberra Show

Blake Robinson, 2, of Watson, enjoys a chocolate icecream.

Clare Sibthorpe 5:02 PM   A partly cloudy start to Friday was not enough to deter bumper crowds who flocked to Exhibition Park on the first day of the Royal Canberra Show.

Rosie Batty to speak at Canberra event to raise domestic violence awareness

Domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty will speak at the Blue and White Gala Ball.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Australian of the Year Rosie Batty is set to speak at a Canberra event to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Mr Fluffy buyback accepts 511 homes

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Woden valley.

Tom McIlroy   Home owners with Mr Fluffy asbestos-insulated houses have four months to accept offers made through the ACT Government buyback scheme.

Parliament contracts poorly managed, in-house food under fire: audit

Carol Mills, Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary, during an earlier estimates hearing.

Primrose Riordan   A new report has attacked DPS over its management of $62.8 million worth of contracts, saying the business cases for the majority of them don't show clear value for money.

Last chance to enter our summer photo competition

Belinda Garfath's daughter Ava enjoys her first summer outside in the bath.

Emma Kelly   Summer has drawn Canberra photographers from all walks of life outside behind the camera, many with their children in tow.

Canberra remembers Battle of Sunda Strait

Former Sub Lieutenant of HMAS Perth, Gavin Campbell attends the 73rd Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial.

David Ellery 11:30 PM   HMAS Perth survivor, Gavin Campbell's gun never fired a shot on the night the ship engaged a Japanese invasion fleet during the Battle of Sunda Straight 73 years ago.

CSIRO scientists threaten walk-out over pay, conditions

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has made it clear that the wage deal would be in line with the federal government's tough public sector bargaining guidelines.

Noel Towell   Thousands of CSIRO scientists have started a campaign of action to force their bosses to the negotiating table over pay and conditions.

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The end of the Year 10 formal?

Are Year 10 school formals a relic of another age?

Kim Pham   The principal of Karabar High School and Distance Education Centre Andrew Turvey has stood by his decision to cancel the Year 10 formal describing it as "a relic of the past".