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Canberra: where 'everything closes at 8pm'

Fans show their appreciation after Ryan Carters of the Sydney Sixers hits a four.

Henry Belot 11:51 AM   Judging by the reactions of our interstate colleagues on social media, or “electronic graffiti” if you will, Canberra is possibly worst place to celebrate after winning a cricket grand-final on a Wednesday night.

Parents face great lunch box challenge as children return to school

Imogen Taylor enjoying a healthy lunch.

Natasha Boddy 11:47 AM   As children across Canberra prepare to return to school next week, parents are faced with the dreaded task of another year of packing the school lunch box.

Cyclist in critical condition after serious crash

Kent Street in Deakin was closed on Thursday after a collision involving a cyclist.

Primrose Riordan 10:19 AM   A 50-year-old cyclist is in a critical condition after falling off his bike in Deakin. Police think his bike may have been to blame.

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Karinya House gets $700k boost

Karinya House director Marie-Louise Corkhill with some residents.

Tom McIlroy 9:38 PM   Canberra's Karinya House will develop a new mothers and children unit and expand outreach services.

Taxi industry review launched as Uber considers Canberra


Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Customer service, competition and Uber to be considered in a review of Canberra's taxi industry. 

Canberra fraudster secretly assumed army recruit's identity


Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A stolen birth certificate was all it took for Adam Gregory Towney to shed his chequered past and assume the identity of a young soldier training to serve his country.

Canberra man to face sentencing for child pornography

Investigation: The Australian Federal Police acted after being informed that a specific IP address had visited a known child pornography website.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A Canberra man was found with thousands of child pornography files, some in the most heinous category, that involved roughly 40 young victims.

Asbestos found in NSW home as testing widens in Mr Fluffy saga

The NSW government has followed the ACT in offering free testing for asbestos in homes.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The first property to test positive for loose-fill asbestos as part of the NSW government's free testing program has been identified.

Countdown begins to Enlighten 2015 in Canberra

Excited Particles' Michael Bennett and Patrick Helean explore the physics of beer at Questacon.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Beer appreciators might not have thought far beyond the liquid's quenching taste as they knocked back a few cold ones.

Fairy floss, animals and snow cones: show comes to town

Broni Jekyll of Drap'hyd Merino stud and Annastashya Mogil, 5 at the launch of the 2015 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show in Civic.

Sally Coen 5:44 PM   The city centre was overrun with sheep, poultry and excited children on Wednesday for the official launch of the 2015 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show.  

Indigenous housing organisation closes, transfers six properties to ACT Government

A spokesman for Minister for Housing Yvette Berry said the six properties would still be designated for Canberra's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Henry Belot 5:40 PM   A Canberra-based indigenous housing organisation will be deregistered by special administrators after years of spiralling debt and “bad financial management”, with six residential properties transferred to the ACT government.

Residents' concern over airport plan: 'We're collateral damage'

Trouble overhead: Residents fear airport traffic will be heard as far away as Gungahlin.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Jerrabomberra residents fear the Canberra Airport master plan underestimates the impact of aircraft noise.

Canberra Hospital to review security after woman reports seeing baby dropped on its head

An ACT Health spokeswoman said Canberra Hospital has reviewed security in the playground and decided a duress button should be installed.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A woman who said she witnessed a parent drop a baby on its head in the hospital playground claims hospital staff were reluctant to intervene as the playground was a public place.

Woman arrested after Goulburn ice find could have links to outlaw bikie gang

The drug ice

4:15 PM   Woman facing Goulburn court over possession of drugs and stolen property.

Gang-gang: Canberran in his cups

Trevor Dickinson's Bus Shelter mug, on the street.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Artist Trevor Dickinson is amazed that it has taken him so long to imagine our old bush shelters as a mug.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - Singin' in the rain

Gene Kelly in the 1952 movie <i>Singin' In The Rain</i>.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Perhaps the Hollywood creators of Gene Kelly's joyous dancing-in-the-rain sequence in the 1952 musical Singin' In The Rain (Gene's character is deliriously in love and dances through a downpour) had heard of a famous incident in Goulburn.

'Nobody wants to go to Darwin': ACT Chief Minister steps up territorial war


Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy 2:33 PM   ACT Chief Minister has stepped up his attack on The Northern Territory, suggesting that our northern counterparts are attempting to "steal" nationally significant events from Canberra

Health experts blast Raiders for McDonald's advertising

McDonald's chips.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Public health experts have criticised the Canberra Raiders for allowing McDonald's to place coupons and advertising on tickets to a trial match at Seiffert Oval in February.

Groovin The Moo line-up announced

Brisbane band Ball Park Music who have been announced as part of the 2015 Groovin The Moo lineup.

Jil Hogan 1:34 PM   Hilltop Hoods, A$AP Ferg, Meg Mac and Ball Park Music all part of the local and international line-up coming to Canberra in May.

Former ACT Chamber of Commerce head takes on new regional role

Andrew Blyth.

Phillip Thomson 1:16 PM   Andrew Blyth has been appointed chair of the Regional Development Australia committees in the ACT.

Pedestrian hit by P-plate drink driver over Australia Day weekend

generic police car

1:00 PM   A 33-year-old man is in a stable condition after being hit by a 18-year-old drink driver in Canberra on Sunday.

Canberra Grammar School describes knighthood as 'inappropriate' and 'undemocratic'

The principal of Canberra Grammar School, Justin Garrick, at the school in Red Hill.

Henry Belot 12:55 PM   The principal of Canberra Grammar School has described Tony Abbott's decision to appoint Prince Philip a knight of the Order of Australia as "inappropriate" and "undemocratic".

Kangaroo leaves cyclist clutching kidney

Public servant Neil Buttriss was cycling to work when he hit a kangaroo and sustained kidney damage and terrible bruising.

Primrose Riordan 12:13 PM   A 44-year-old public servant was catapulted off his bike by a large kangaroo on his commute to work, sustaining kidney damage and terrible bruising.

Emergency Services battle grass fire in Crace

ACT firefighters

12:01 PM   Emergency services are warning a grass fire is burning on Gundaroo Drive, Crace.

Public housing waiting lists growing in the ACT


The number of potential tenants waiting for public housing in Canberra has increased by about 900 in the past four years, a Productivity Commission report has found. 

Customs officers' allowances in firing line

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector.

Noel Towell   Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.

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APS outsourcing: no-one is safe, says 1990s outsourcing guru

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell   No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.

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

Canberra mornings.

A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.