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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.

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.

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.

3:43 PM   The northbound section of Molonglo River bridge on the new Majura Parkway is set to be finished within weeks.

Police push safety lesson as Canberrans speed through school zones


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.

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

Lost his notes: Attorney-General Department Secretary Chris Moraitis before a Senate committee last month.

Noel Towell 11:57 AM   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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Tafelmusik: A feast of sound and vision

Tafelkmusik in the frame.

Jennifer Gall 10:54 AM   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.

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

Canberra Mornings Thumb March 4

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 1:00 AM   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 11:30 PM   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 8:47 PM   Tara Costigan put her three children above all else, right till the end, her family says.

'This has touched all of Canberra': friends and strangers raise thousands for Tara's kids

 Emma Luke, of Captains Flat, with Jennelle McAppion, of Theodore, and Cass Grame, of Queanbeyan, who are raising funds in honour of Tara Costigan.

Primrose Riordan 8:38 PM   A campaign to raise money for the children of domestic violence victim Tara Costigan has spread rapidly across the capital.

Ball rolling on UC growth

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Parker

Emma Macdonald 8:26 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker will on Wednesday sign a Statement of Strategic Intent, committing the government to legislative changes that vary the Crown lease and Territory Plan to allow massive commercial growth within the university’s Bruce precinct.

Bullied CIT teacher wins compensation

Generic image of the Canberra Institute of Technology, Reid. July
30th. 2014 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Michael Inman 11:45 PM   A Canberra Institute of Technology teacher has won compensation after he was bullied by a supervisor, causing him to suffer depression and a skin condition.

O'Neill's Irish Pub in Dickson goes into liquidation but doors remain open

Pint of beer

Emma Kelly 11:45 PM   A popular inner north pub is still serving schooners as it pays back debt.

Cardiac arrest survivor meets his life saver's maker

Tim Ross' home
Photo by Eve Wilson for The Design Files

Henry Belot 11:45 PM   A Canberra man who suffered a cardiac arrest while competing in a triathlon has met the chief executive of a company that produced the defibrillator which saved his life.

Domestic violence workers see spike in demand for services after Tara Costigan death

Tara Costigan: "Our whole family is just devastated," her grandmother says.

Christopher Knaus 7:43 PM   The ACT's domestic violence crisis service has seen a spike in demand for support and information since the killing of Tara Costigan, 28.

Barr defends Heritage Council choice

Heritage concerns present a challenge to the ACT government's plans to redevelop Northbourne Avenue. Dickson Flats pictured.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The appointment of Canberra architect and urban transformation expert David Flannery to lead the ACT Heritage Council won't significantly benefit the government's push for light rail, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said on Tuesday.

Barr urges the Remuneration Tribunal to be restrained as it considers MPs' pay

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says politicians' pay rise should be treated with restraint.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr has urged the Remuneration Tribunal to limit any pay increase for politicians to the 1.5 per cent given to public servants, pointing to Canberra's difficult budget.

Student remembered with Lego expo and competition

Year 10 Woden school student Jack Froggatt, 15, plays with some Lego in memory of student Mark Roberts who died last year due to complications from muscular dystrophy.

Mark Sawa 6:23 PM   A school community and Lego enthusiasts have come together for an expo and competition in memory of student Mark Roberts.

Woolworths store smashed, cash stolen in Dunlop

A screen grab from CCTV footage showing the men breaking into the Woolworths at Dunlop

6:22 PM   New video has been released after three men were allegedly involved in robbing and smashing the front doors of a Woolworths store in Dunlop on February 12.

Belconnen community responds to master plan call out

Many submissions call for better use of the lake foreshore.

Mark Sawa   Residents, community groups and businesses have voiced their opinion on the direction of Belconnen’s town centre over the coming decades. More than 220 pages of recommendations were released under the Freedom of Information Act to The Chronicle.

Gang-gang. Half Pelican/Half Prime MinisterLake


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Readers, how well do you know your Canberra? Here is a little test.

Google Trekker meets G For George at the war memorial

Google Trekker Operator Richard Elwasfi, and Google Australia Spokesman Johnny Luu

David Ellery   Every child, young and old, who has ever stared at the Australian War Memorial’s G For George Lancaster bomber and wondered what would be like to see inside can now live the dream.

Simon Corbell hints at changes to site of Uriarra solar farm

A solar farm under construction at Royalla. A similar development at Uriarra has concerned residents.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Simon Corbell hinted at changes to controversial Uriarra solar farm when he released an update on progress towards 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Signs say no fines for parking bandits

A parking sign in the parliamentary triangle - but does it mean no parking or free parking?

Phillip Thomson   Punctuation courses for public servants have come at a good time.