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Canberra driver crashes into police station while trying to do a burnout

8:08 PM   A driver has crashed into the Gungahlin police station while trying to do a burnout.

Fatal crash on Drakeford Drive in Kambah

The scene of the fatal crash in Kambah on Friday night.

7:59 PM   A man died in a fatal crash on Drakeford Drive in Kambah on Friday night.

Speeding driver found guilty of culpable driving in fatal pedestrian crash

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Christopher Knaus 7:39 PM   A speeding driver who had ice in his system when he hit and killed an elderly pedestrian has been found guilty of culpable driving. 

International carillonneur Geert d'Hollander to play at Canberra's National Carillon

Belgian carillonneur Geert d'Hollander is in Canberra to perform at the National Carillon and inspire budding carillonneurs Kriti Mahajan,15, of Bonner and Peter Bray,15 of Curtin.

Megan Gorrey 7:27 PM   Belgian carillonneur Geert d'Hollander​ wants Canberrans to know they could just as likely hear the tunes of Lady Gaga as those of Bach drift across Lake Burley Griffin from the National Carillon.

Accidentally released detainee recaptured interstate, government promises inquiry

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Christopher Knaus 6:55 PM   Man who allegedly choked, bashed his girlfriend is recaptured after accidental release.

Magpie cull prompted by theft of food from child's mouth

Rangers are culling magpies near Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

Katie Burgess 6:49 PM   Authorities urge Canberrans to stop feeding magpies after birds attack people for food.

Canberra's private investigators hired to find cheating spouses, dodgy staff

Investigator Dale Coleman says the car has appeared several times at Summernats.

Alexandra Back 5:57 PM   Canberrans are hiring private investigators to uncover cheating spouses, dodgy staff and the whereabouts of a $60,000 car.

Work starts on $59 million Bunnings warehouse at Gungahlin

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Megan Doherty 5:32 PM   The 17,000 square metre outlet is taking shape on the corner of Gribble and Hibberson streets.

Union boss acknowledges setting membership quotas

ACT CFMEU branch secretary Jason O'Mara has denied there is a "code of silence" on criminal matters.

David Ellery 5:11 PM   Canberra Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union secretary Jason O'Mara confirms the existence of membership quotas for organisers at the royal commission hearing.

WIN Television HQ in Kingston passed in at auction

Didn't reach reserve: The WIN TV building in Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

Megan Doherty 4:49 PM   The WIN Television headquarters in Kingston was passed in at auction this week.

Man sentenced to nine months over near-fatal drunken punch

Victim Matt Pridham in Canberra Hospital after the attack.

Christopher Knaus 4:28 PM   A man has been sentenced to nine months behind bars for a drunken punch that left his victim fighting for his life.

Compromise on Northbourne Avenue housing precinct divides community

Northbourne Avenue flats will be replaced with new housing development.

Henry Belot 3:59 PM   A decision to save 17 buildings in the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct has divided public opinion.

Jail sought for ex-butler over porn sharing

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Joshua Ferguson, 30, of Melbourne, arrives at the ACT Supreme Court accused of child pornography charges. 


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Christopher Knaus 3:57 PM   Prosecutors insist that a man being sentenced for accessing and sharing child pornography is not an "innocent led astray", and should face jail time. 

Road closures as fun runners hit road

There'll be a number of road closures during Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run.

3:24 PM   There will be a number of roads closed during Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run as joggers hit the road and the pavement.

Canberra artist Hou Leong returns to art world with new exhibition

Hou Leong's <i>Crocodile Dundee</i> from the series An Australian.

Clare Colley 3:11 PM   Imagine Crocodile Dundee if Paul Hogan was Chinese. In 1994 Canberra artist Hou Leong made it happen.

The Canberra Times news quiz for September 4

Over grown un-sheared sheep.

2:35 PM   How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Styling the Big Apple

Canberra hairdresser Craig Rhodes is heading to the Big Apple for his third New York Fashion Week stint.

Jil Hogan 2:28 PM   Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan are hardly the first places that come to mind when you think of the cutting edge of fashion.

In defence of Tuggeranong - it has a soul and we see it every day

The view  from the top of Urambi Hills Nature reserve looking down on Oxley / Wanniassa   Canberra.

Megan Doherty 2:00 PM   It pretty much hurt my heart when I read comments this week about Tuggeranong being in decline and a place losing its soul.

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Fancy a Chris the sheep soft toy?

Chris the sheep carried about 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Emma Kelly 11:39 AM   Canberra's RSPCA hopes the global hype surrounding Chris the sheep's mega shear attracts extra support.

The Block's Alisa and Lysandra show their style in Canberra

From left, Franklin twins and The Block fans Sophie and Natalie Marjan meet Lysandra Stevens and Alisa Ayers.

Megan Doherty 11:11 AM   The Block twins Alisa and Lysandra met with fans in Canberra on Thursday night with Alisa glowing in her second pregnancy.

Traffic, weather, top news and today's cartoon in one click

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9:32 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Kiwis question Chris' clip

Chris the sheep carried about 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Katie Burgess 9:09 AM   New Zealand has taken its Trans-Tasman rivalry with Australia to a whole new level.

Compromise deal spares 17 Northbourne buildings from bulldozers

Northbourne Housing precinct heritage compromise reached

Tom McIlroy 6:49 AM   About 17 buildings in the Northbourne public housing precinct will be registered for heritage protection. 

Bad bosses ending public service careers

When bosses are bad, they are often bad enough to drive their workers to make career decisions and it is a problem that needs to be tackled, according to the Public Service Commission.

Noel Towell 11:20 PM   Why having a bad boss is not a good career move in the public service.

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Canberra's Christmas tree is back – and it's set to be a world-record breaker

Canberra's Christmas lights guru, David Richards in Civic near the Canberra Times fountain. This year's Christmas tree will be erected adjacent to the fountain, outside the Canberra Centre, with a record number of lights.

Megan Doherty 11:19 PM   Canberra's much-loved Christmas Tree is coming out of retirement to be turned into a potential world-beater.

Sex sites off limits, public service love rats warned

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has laid down the law on the use of Commonwealth government email addresses to create accounts on the cheating site.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Marriage vows are one thing, but the public service Code of Conduct, that's serious.

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Canberra's young drivers urged to fight FOMO and ignore mobile phones

Australians are currently 'leading the charge' in uploading photos and videos of illegal and bad road behaviour on the new global Roadshamer.com website, according to the site's managers.

Megan Gorrey 9:31 PM   Young drivers have been urged to fight a fear of missing out by ignoring their mobile phone when they're behind the wheel.

New underpass anything but pedestrian

A view through the Bowen Place underpass prior to completion. Photo: NCA

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Katie Burgess 9:29 PM   Cyclists, joggers and walkers will finally be able to complete the Lake Burley Griffin loop safely when the new Bowen Place Crossing underpass is unveiled on Friday.

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury warns against free trade agreement

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has warned against the proposed free trade agreement with China.

Henry Belot 9:22 PM   Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has warned the proposed free trade agreement with China may hurt Canberra interests despite potentially boosting local exports.

Authorities accidentally release man accused of bashing, choking girlfriend

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Christopher Knaus   Blunder sees alleged violent offender accidentally released from custody.