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Shooting stars to light up Canberra skies

This unusually large meteor shot through Canberra's skies on Sunday night. The bright lights on the left is light pollution from Canberra.

Katie Burgess 4:45 PM   Between Margot Robbie and Simon Baker, Canberra has been showered with stars lately – and some even hotter ones are headed our way

ACT contractors want help from Senate building insolvency probe

The Richards brothers Wayne and Craig of Erincole building services, Queanbeyan mortgaged both their homes to save themselves from bankruptcy during the build of the National Portrait Gallery.

David Ellery 4:29 PM   Canberra builders left millions of dollars out of pocket by construction industry insolvencies look to the Senate for aid

Police officer involved in hit-and-run

The motorcycle police believe was involved in a hit-and-run with one of its officers.

4:06 PM   Officer attempted to pull over motorcycle rider, but instead the rider fled scene.

A musical celebration of the baby boomers

Stars of the show Baby Boomers the Musical: Nathan Rutups, Fraser Findlay and Keith Young.

Ron Cerabona 3:39 PM   Hits and memories from the last 70 years come to life in this revue.

Why The Mentalist was at the NGA

Actor Simon Baker toured the National Gallery of Australia's Tom Roberts exhibition.

Clare Colley 3:34 PM   Hollywood star Simon Baker toured the NGA Tom Roberts retrospective and he liked what he saw, but gave a backhanded swipe to Canberra.

Protestors stage sit-in at Parliament

Protesters stage a sit-in at Parliament House on Wednesday.

2:25 PM   Hundreds of protesters have swarmed Parliament House to demand action on climate change.

CFMEU Canberra raid ruled illegal

CFMEU ACT branch secretary Dean Hall at the ACT Supreme Court in September as part of the union's challenge to the legality of a police raid.

Michael Inman 2:16 PM   Police ordered to return thousands of documents seized during a raid on the CFMEU's headquarters in August.

Gilbert and George mark NGA's revamp

Gilbert and George in front of their work at the National Gallery of Australia.

Sasha Grishin 2:02 PM   The British duo helped mark the rehang of the national institution with their talents.

Killer called police during 'grotesque and senseless' murder

Luigi Costa stabbed Terrence Freebody in a frenzied attack at his Red Hill home.

Christopher Knaus 12:49 PM   'It's the only case that I'm aware of where the perpetrator is calling the police while actually committing the act.'

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

A break away! 1891 by Tom Roberts
oil on canvas 137.3 x 167.8 cm
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Elder Bequest Fund, 1899

12:48 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene.

Convicted contract killer's parole revoked


Michael Inman 12:06 PM   A convicted contract killer has had his parole revoked and is expected to serve out the rest of his sentence.

Andrew Leigh's Christmas card could be the most adorable you see this year

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh's 2015 Christmas card.

Katie Burgess 11:42 AM   When Canberra MP tried for the quintessential politician Christmas photo, his youngest son did not want to play ball.

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Sex shop, Subway robbed in late-night break-ins across Canberra

One of the offenders (left) is described as approximately 180 to 190 centimetres tall, wearing a black jumper with the hood pulled over his head and dark Adidas pants. They are believed to have driven a grey Toyota Camry (right).

10:30 AM   Multiple burglaries across Fyshwick, Phillip, Mawson, and Yarralumla late Monday night.

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Rugby union

Boys in blue: Brumbies unveil new jersey

Jarrad Butler and Allan Alaalatoa show off the Brumbies' new jersey.

Chris Dutton 7:15 AM   The ACT Brumbies are taking a bold step into the future, scrapping the strip they've worn for most of their Super Rugby history.

Confine cats or face $1500 fine


Kirsten Lawson 9:42 PM   Residents in two more ACT suburbs will face fines for letting their feline friends roam free.

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Capital cracks top-20 ranking

University students Andre Nogales, 29 of Turner, Nik Felding, 21 of Gungahlin, Paige Mewton, 21 of Dunlop and Georgina Ims, 20 of Acton.

Emma Macdonald and Clare Sibthorpe 9:19 PM   When it comes to the best cities for students, Canberra outranks New York.

Paramedic shines light on mental illness

Canberra intensive care paramedic Jennifer Pedvin was motivated by her own experience with post-traumatic stress disorder and the death of a colleague to start a conversation about mental illness among emergency services workers.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Intensive care paramedic Jennifer Pedvin knows her job comes at a cost.

Scientists isolate Alzheimer's genes

Associate Professor Mauricio Arcos-Burgos from the Australian National University who is the lead researcher for a group of scientists that have identified a network of nine genes that play a key role in the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   An ANU scientist has led a study that could unlock potential new treatments to delay the onset of the disease.

ACT government loses bid to unseat tribunal member in doctor racism row

The ACT Supreme Court has backed the impartiality of a tribunal member who found the ACT government's policy of preferring Australian-trained medical interns racially discriminated against a Chinese doctor.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Court backs impartiality of tribunal member who found against government in doctor racism case.

'Scores on doors' launched across Queanbeyan eateries

The NSW version of a 'Scores on Doors' card.

Megan Gorrey 7:28 PM   Queanbeyan has adopted a food hygiene rating system that was abandoned by the ACT government.

Belconnen's first breast screening clinic opens

A patient about to go undergo a mammogram.

7:09 PM   Belconnen's first breast screening clinic opened on Wednesday at the Community Health Centre.

New rural fire station for Captains Flat

NSW Rural Firefighters

6:59 PM   The tiny town of Captains Flat will get a new fire station as part of the Monaro's share of $240,000 in bushfire funding announced by the government earlier this year.

Church rejects sale of prime Braddon site

St Patrick's church in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson 6:44 PM   The Catholic church has no plans to sell the land, despite the ACT Government marketing adjacent public housing blocks.

Scooter returned to grieving grandmother after burglary

Teal says her grandmother and the family are still coming to terms with the robbery at such an emotional time.

6:09 PM   The 87-year-old woman had lost her only mode of transport in a callous break-in.

Slight downturn in NAPLAN cheating and security breaches

ACARA's annual test incidents report shows a slight downturn in breaches of the rules.

Emma Macdonald 1:00 AM   The ACT had three breaches of the NAPLAN testing protocols warranting investigation from the national testing authority.

Improbable platypuses afloat in Canberra waters


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   What is this bizarre creature (pictured) photographed on Sunday at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve?

Sour taste for Canberra bashers

Work-life balance - Canberrans are happy with the balance they have.

Phillip Thomson   More than two-thirds of workers in the ACT have something those in other cities do not.

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Murder-accused 'not faking' psychosis

Christopher Navin has pleaded not guilty to murder by way of mental impairment.

Michael Inman   Murder trial hears Christopher Navin would be locked up irrespective of the verdict in his murder trial.

Canberra Weekender: What's on December 4-6

Mighty feast: Grant Kells and Alicia Doherty want Canberrans to experience the best international barbecue fare.

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

Comments called on registration of Starlight drive-in movie sign

The restored Starlight drive-in sign, reinstated in October.

Kirsten Lawson   The ACT Heritage Council has called for public comment on the Starlight drive-in cinema sign's heritage registration, but not to reopen debate about whether it should or shouldn't be protected.

Aspen Medical wins tender to provide Indigenous health care

RAHC registered nurse Aaron Richardson on placement in Ampilatwatja in the NT.

Natasha Boddy   A Canberra company has won a tender to offer a program where health professionals from metropolitan areas like the ACT can volunteer to work in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

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   Poker machines in the casino 'would rip the carpet out from under our business' says Hawkins

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   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. 

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Tom Roberts sees war's 'smashed faces'

A World War I veteran's face being rebuilt at Wandsworth Hospital for war-wounded.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The National Gallery's Tom Roberts extravaganza is to be officially opened today. Where was Roberts (1856-1931) 100 years ago today and what was he doing? How was the Great War touching him?

A strong female season at the Q

A season of 4000 Miles, Amy Herzog's award-winning American play, will begin in February.

Ron Cerabona 8:00 PM   Next year's offerings at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre include plenty of shows by and about women.

Canberra home values strongest growth in Australia: index

Rising values: Auctioneer Dan McAlpine of Peter Blackshaw real estate at a recent Canberra auction.

Katie Burgess   Canberra - a great place if you're an investor, but not if you're trying to buy or build your first home.

Staying grounded: Megalo Print Studio celebrates 35 years

Megalo Print Studio and Gallery exterior

Claire Capel-Stanley   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.

Total fire bans in Canberra region

Sweeping fire bans have been declared across NSW.

Canberra is wedged between sweeping fire bans across southern NSW as residents brace for a hot, gusty day.

Six-car pile-up slows Canberra peak-hour traffic

A six-car pile-up on Gungahlin Drive reduced traffic to a crawl heading southbound in Canberra on Tuesday morning.

Multiple crashes across Canberra during peak hour on Tuesday morning slowed traffic across the capital.

Man pleads not guilty to $1.65m fraud

The alleged fraud scandal at the ACT Public Trustee's office involved $1.65million,

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman   The alleged fraud involved an organisation entrusted with funds of some of the ACT's most vulnerable.

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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   NASA said the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex dishes would will play a central part in missions.

Tabcorp property sale nets $6 million

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

Emma Kelly   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.

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.