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Business leaders push convention centre over tram

light rail.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Canberra's business community, while accepting that light rail is important for the city, believe a new convention centre should be higher priority.

Guide to vibrant National Folk Festival at EPIC

News.  Heartstring Quartet from Ireland who will perform at the National Folk Festival,  from left, Nollaig Casey, M??ire N?? Chathasaigh, Chris Newman and Arty McGlynn at Exhibition Park in Canberra.  31 March 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Clare Colley 10:45 PM   The acts at the National Folk Festival will be diverse but all have one thing in common – they're making music on their own terms.

ICON sale a step closer

Slow internet connection speeds have been blamed on Telstra's use of copper, something that will be alleviated when the network is upgraded to fibre optic connections.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Government fibre system pioneer "flabbergasted" that a sell-off back on the agenda.

Preschool kids taught to run, jump and catch

News. 31st March 2015. Kids at Play Active Play program at Charles Conder Preschool. Emmerson Miller 4-years old.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   A new programs aims to set youngsters up for an active and healthy adult life.

Alleged ANU rape victim's version of events contradicted by residential advisor

Scales of justice

Michael Inman 8:20 PM   Evidence from a residential advisor at an Australian National University dormitory has contradicted the version of events of a student who alleges she was raped in an on-campus room.

Scientists, Stanhope push cat lock-up

Contained cats avoid accidents.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   One signature could save Australia's native animals in Canberra, say 30 eminent ACT scientists, conservationists and former politicans

Burch calls for new approach to domestic violence

Joy Burch says Canberrans have stayed silent for too long on the issue.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Police and Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch wants to see material on relationships integrated into school curriculums.

Catholic priest told police alleged victim looking for love

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Michael Inman 7:23 PM   A former Catholic priest accused of molesting a friend's daughter told police the girl was always looking for love.

Gang-gang. Portrait Gallery's Perfect Purchase

Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh

Ian Warden 7:21 PM   On Tuesday we attended the National Portrait Gallery's introduction to the nation of its exciting new acquisition.

Gungahlin population booms as Tuggeranong declines: ABS

Construction work at the new Canberra suburb Crace.

Primrose Riordan 5:42 PM   Crace is the fastest growing suburb in Australia, as Gungahlin's population surged in 2013-14, new ABS figures show.

Letters to the Editor

Words into sentences

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5:11 PM   Who can take issue with Magistrate Karen Fryer speaking up for women who suffer from domestic violence (‘‘Magistrate speaks up for women’’, March 28, p1).

'Blockbuster Betty' brought crowds to art

Betty Churcher.

Sally Pryor 4:45 PM   The art world is in mourning today with the news that Betty Churcher, the inimitable former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died, aged 84.

Kings and queens to work hard for their masters

Alana Chibnall playing chess at the ACT Chess Association chess expo in Garema Place.

Mark Sawa 4:38 PM   Chess masters will prepare their opening gambits ahead of Australia’s premier weekend chess tournament at Easter.

The tweet that added $1 billion to company's bottom line

Elon Musk's news sparked the hashtag #TeslaNewProductGuesses, with guesses ranging from a time machine to a real-life Iron Man suit.

4:34 PM   Elon Musk, the billionaire technology entrepreneur, has announced a "major" new Tesla product line that is "not a car", in a cryptic tweet which has left millions guessing.

More CBD laneways to be opened to graffiti artists

The Tocumwal Lane Street Party in the City.

Georgina Connery 4:13 PM   More city laneways could be covered in street art after the success of the Tocumwal Lane graffiti party on the weekend, Canberra CBD Limited have announced.

Keepers hope it will be giraffe love at first sight for Shaba and Mzungu

New giraffe Shaba on his way to the National Zoo and Aquarium.

Georgina Connery 4:07 PM   Shaba has just arrived at the National Zoo and Aquarium and there are high hopes this strapping male Giraffe will be a fitting new boyfriend for the zoo's four-year-old female Mzungu.

Queanbeyan Quilters special quilt destined for The Hague

Anny De Pauw with a remembrance photo quilt set for the Hague.

Kimberley Granger 1:36 PM   A quilt designed and made by Queanbeyan Quilters is destined for The Hague.

Water refill stations popular at primary school

Year 6 students Declan Yates and Kim Shoard, both 11, use the new water resource station at Monash Primary School.

Kimberley Granger 1:32 PM   School students in every government primary school in the ACT now have access to chilled water on tap.

Lawyer found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct


Michael Inman 10:54 AM   A Canberra lawyer who witnessed documents in a clients absence has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.

Ram raid targets another jewellery store

Another jewellery store was targeted in the Gungahlin ram raid.

Primrose Riordan and Georgina Connery 10:47 AM   A baker holding a tray of hot cross buns thought he was going to be killed as a car hurtled towards him in the second ram raid in two days in Canberra.

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Paper genie enjoys seven seconds of fame


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Lots of (uniformed) young men with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Glenn Maxwell physiques took part in Monday's Red Bull Paper Wings competition, held at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Belconnen suburbs move into new Gungahlin electorate

ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   Liberal Speaker Vicki Dunne and transport spokesman Alistair Coe have their home suburbs shifted into a new Gungahlin-based electorate, under new boundaries that divide the city into five electorates.

Controversial anti-drugs group opposes medical marijuana plan

A cannabis plant.

Tom McIlroy   An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an increase in addiction. 

Hospital cafe goes to new owners after 20 years

Cafe Hoz owner Richard Butler,  who finishes a "terrific" 20 years of operating the cafe at Canberra Hospital on May 1 after losing the tender.

Kirsten Lawson   Twenty years running the Canberra Hospital cafe has put Richard Butler firmly in touch with what's important in  life, and after losing the cafe tender he plans to spend time "down the beach and playing golf".

ABC's Chris Kimball to take CEO role at rescue helicopter trust

New Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter chief executive Chris Kimball with his children Violet and Noah.

Scott Hannaford   Former current affairs presenter Chris Kimball to take over at Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter trust.

Housing program for relatives of patients launched at Calvary Hospital

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Megan Gorrey   An initiative that will provide housing to ease the discomfort and financial pain often experienced by family members of hospital patients has been launched in Canberra.

ACT providers spend big in NDIS lead-up


Clare Colley   ACT disability providers are spending thousands of dollars to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but fear service prices have been set too low jeopardising quality.

ANU student allegedly raped in dorm room after pub crawl

Lewis Todd Meegan, 23, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Inman   A Canberra student allegedly raped by a fellow resident at an on-campus dormitory had a casual sexual relationship with the man in the weeks after, a trial has heard.

Forced-adoption exhibition 'to open hearts and minds'

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard opened the new exhibiton Without Consent: Australia's adoption processes, on the history of forced adoption in Australia.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Megan Gorrey   All Tony and Sarah Liston knew of their first child for more than four decades was that it was a baby girl.