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Mandalay Bus makeover

John Thistleton 10:35 AM   Sudden splash of paint gives Mandalay Bus supporters a chill.

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Trial demolition of Mr Fluffy house begins on Monday

Demolition of Mr Fluffy houses will begin on Monday.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Negative air units and strict safety procedures will be in place as the ACT government asbestos taskforce moves to demolish the first of five pilot Mr Fluffy homes on Monday.

Mr Fluffy's son speaks about the impact of Canberra's asbestos crisis

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Tom McIlroy 8:31 PM   One of the son's of the original Mr Fluffy business owner has apologised for the ongoing legacy of loose-fill asbestos in Canberra and New South Wales. 

Record numbers kick off 25th Kanga Cup

Representing Belnorth is Riley McQueenie, aged 10, of Giralang (front) at Canberra Stadium for the Kanga Cup opening ceremony.

Lee Gaskin 8:27 PM   The 25th Kanga Cup welcomes 350 teams this year, including New Zealand and Korean players.

NAIDOC Week kicks off in Canberra

Honey Beatty from hip-hop duo MajikHoney.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   About $100,000 of works to upgrade a national memorial dedicated to Australia's journey toward Indigenous reconciliation has been completed in time for NAIDOC Week 2015.

Patients set to pay more after Medibank terminates hospital contract

Medibank Private has terminated its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Ross Peake 12:15 AM   Thousands of ACT patients face the prospect of having to pay more for hospital care after Australia’s largest health insurer ended its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Calvary John James Hospital to introduce pay parking

Pay parking will be introduced to John James hospital and medical centre in Deakin in August.

Megan Gorrey 12:15 AM   Canberrans will soon have to fork out cash to visit Calvary John James Hospital as the Deakin facility prepares to introduce pay parking.

ATO pays to fire, pays to hire

The ATO is advertising technical specialist jobs after hundreds of experienced and trained technical staff were declared redundant in the last year.

Noel Towell 12:15 AM   Tax Office hiring tax specialists just months after making hundreds of them redundant.

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Gold Creek Station to rise out of ashes

Craig Starr, with dog Jenny, at Gold Creek Station, Hall, on the site of the tourist function centre that was destroyed by fire.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Fierce fire brings out the best in Hall community to rebuild Gold Creek Station.

Government denies considering overnight fire station closures to save money

The government says it has no plans to close some fire stations at night

Christopher Knaus 12:15 AM   The opposition claims the government has been told it could close fire stations at night to save money.

Westfield makes pitch for Immigration to stay

Westfield desperately wants the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's headquarters to stay in Belconnen, but says rumours Frank Lowy is personally involved are wrong.

Noel Towell 12:15 AM   Westfield Belconnen wants the Immigration Department to stay put.

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The ACT DPP needs independent oversight: defence barrister

Jack Pappas wants an independent body to review prosecutorial decisions made by the ACT office of the DPP and costs orders introduced for those unfairly or improperly prosecuted in the Supreme Court.

Michael Inman 12:15 AM   Independent oversight of Canberra's prosecutors and a costs recovery mechanism in the ACT Supreme Court could improve the administration of justice in the capital, a veteran defence barrister says.

Economists warn ACT budget surplus forecast is 'optimistic'

Chief Minister Andrew Barr preparing to deliver his budget speech in the Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   The Centre for Independent Economics also points to flawed justification for the tram, saying capital works spending must be justified on the project, not merely the jobs it creates

Redeploy your lanyards, Defence public servants urged

A screen shot from the Securing Defence Capability site.

Noel Towell 11:45 PM   New lanyard laws at Defence sparks a protest movement.

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Pet ambulance provides intensive care to sick animals

Claudia Blackley, Jarrod Male and their dog Moose. They are the owners and operators of Pet Ambulance, and have just purchased a new pet ambulance which was a former ambulance for people.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

Kimberley Le Lievre 2:23 PM   It was pitch black at 1am when Claudia Blackley and Jarrod Male got the call out.

Recycled builders' waste on fire at Pialligo

Crews from ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service at the scene of the fire.

John Thistleton 2:04 PM   A fire in builders waste at Pialligo could take days to extinguish.

Three premises burgled early on Sunday

Police investigated an attack by dogs on two women.

1:05 PM   Three aggravated burglaries occurred across Canberra in the early hours of Sunday morning in the suburbs of Wanniassa, Mitchell and Mawson.

A bite-sized approach to tackling domestic violence

Brooke Morris, front, in her family cafe, Little
Billy's Cafe at Weston Creek, which has raised $7000 for the
Tara Costigan Foundation. Other cafe staff, from left, are Rebecca Morris, Bill Lyras,
Karen Morris and Katelyn Cross-Hicks.

Georgina Connery   Community gives material support to foundation supporting victims of domestic violence.

Call to legalise Segways to cut down road congestion

Seg Glide Ride owner Di Orr has called for segways to be legalised for private users.

Matthew Raggatt   The ACT government may look at extending Segway use on public land as part of a review into the success of the popular lakeside tours. 

Iftar feasts in Canberra break Ramadan fast

Sumbal Suleman with 5-month-old son Omar Suleman and Tehmina Mohsin with 3-year-old daughter Hareem Soroya.

Georgina Connery   It was a full spread of international cuisine after sunset at the Spence Mosque when Canberra's Islamic community came together to break their Ramadan fast.

Bald is beautiful - but hair is nice too

Gabriela Izurieta.

Megan Doherty 10:30 PM   Spence teenager Gabriela Izurieta has never let her loss of hair affect her passion for dance.

Prestige cars lead sales growth as hotspots revealed

Two Canberra suburbs have split the title as home of the city's most BMWs.

Matthew Raggatt   Two suburbs in Canberra top the list for BMW ownership - one on the northside, one south.

Former AMC prisoner speaks out about his time in jail, and the support program that helped him through

Simon had been in and out of prison before he received treatment from Karralika.

Kimberley Le Lievre   Former AMC prisoner speaks out about his time in jail, and the support program that helped him through

Two dollars to the pound as Brit tourists rise

Sunday Times.  ACT Branch vice president of the Australia- British Society Greg Cornwell 77, of Yarralumla in front of the Australian War Memorial.  British tourist numbers to Canberra were up 20 per cent last year.   4 July 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Matthew Raggatt   Canberra enjoyed a 20 per cent boom in British tourists last year and the weak Aussie dollar may encourage more.

AMC smoking ban still on agenda after Victorian riot

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Metropolitan Remand Centre, 20 kilometres west of Melbourne, on Tuesday.

Matthew Raggatt   The ACT government has committed itself to phasing out smoking in prisons, but has given no time frame.

Frosty fourth of July celebrations in Canberra

Heat cheerleaders celebrating the 4th of July at King O'Malley's Irish Pub.

Georgina Connery   Waking up to frost and sub-zero temperatures on July 4 is foreign feeling for Americans, but it didn't stop folks getting out to celebrate.

Missing Canberra man's body found

The body of missing man Daemon Wolfe was found on Saturday morning.

The body of missing Greenway man Daemon Wolfe was found on Saturday morning.

How secure is Canberra's water supply?

Ross Peake.

Ross Peake   A tug-of-war is happening in the skies over Canberra, with the winner to decide the intensity of next summer's drought.

AWM on what happened when modernism met total war

Bomber Crash by Frank Hinder for AWM Reality in Flames Exhibition.

David Ellery   How Australia's modernist artists rose to the challenge of World War 2.