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Parent had to ask childcare centre to call ambulance after kids took sleeping pills

Emma Macdonald 8:49 PM   Conder Early Learning Centre is under two separate investigations.

National Zoo and Aquarium holds annual art exhibition to fund wildlife protection

Meerkats from the National Zoo and Aquarium working on some paw paintings which will go on sale to raise money for the zoo's conservation partners.

Lin Yin 8:30 PM   It might not be Monet, but the National Zoo and Aquarium's budding meerkat artists are sure to give the Canberra art community paws for thought.

Road rage sparks crash on highway

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7:56 PM   Road rage has resulted in a two-car crash in Canberra's north over the weekend.

Man jailed for molesting step-daughters

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Michael Inman 7:01 PM   A Canberra man who molested two of his step-daughters has been jailed.

Police threatened to arrest CFMEU official at construction site, royal commission hears

John Lomax leaves the ACT Police Watch House after being charged with blackmail.

Michael Inman 4:56 PM   A Canberra police officer has told the union royal commission that a CFMEU official "tried to intimidate me".

The world's last surviving Mephisto arrives at the Australian War Memorial

Rare German tank Mephisto on display at the Australian War Memorial

Eleanor Mackay 4:35 PM   For Australian troops in World War I, the state of the art German tanks were something to be feared.

Pedestrian who claimed to be tossed 'like rag doll' in crash awarded damages

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Christopher Knaus 3:09 PM   Pedestrian awarded $258,000 after being struck while crossing road.

The retirement trap awaiting public servants

The federal president of the Superannuated Commonwealth Officers' Association Dr Annette Barbetti.

Noel Towell 2:35 PM   Public sector workers who opt for indexed pensions over lump-sum payments could lose out on the age pension side.

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New generation of quilters in Canberra

The Jackson family of Farrer. From left, Indigo, 4, Gemma and Atticus, 6, with some of the quilts that they will be entering in the upcoming Craft and Quilt Fair.

Kimberley Le Lievre 2:05 PM    Canberra's quilt and craft fair has attracted a new generation of quilters.

Share the Dignity: helping homeless women in Canberra

Moxom and Whitney florist on Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Co- owner, Belinda Whitney with a donation basket full of women's sanitary products, donated by customers for the Share the Dignity campaign.

Kimberley Le Lievre 2:04 PM   Share the Dignity campaign aims to collect feminine hygiene products for homeless women in Canberra.

Master plan for growing Kippax

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman says the master plan will ensure Kippax will be ready to attract new commercial opportunities, facilities and services as demand increases.

Emma Kelly 1:04 PM   The ACT government is preparing a draft master plan for Kippax, which is expected to grow as Belconnen expands west.

From drunks to pint glasses up bums: The trials of the ED

Doctors at Canberra Hospital were once tasked with removing a fork from inside an elderly man's penis.

Henry Belot 11:39 AM   As a doctor in a busy emergency department you need to be prepared for all manner of presentations, including pint glasses stuck up bums.

Our waste enough to fill seven Olympic pools

Roads ACT has collected almost 17,000 cubic metres of waste.

Emma Kelly 10:06 AM   Roads ACT sweeps up an incredible amount of waste from the territory's roads and waterways in a year.

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Dog-walker attacked by one-eyed wild boar

Canberra's Michaela Vodvarka.

Emma Kelly   A Canberra woman attacked by a wild pig while walking her parents' dog in Jerrabomberra has described the incident as "like something out of a horror film".

New partnership to reduce 'over-representation' of Aboriginal people in criminal system

A new partnership hopes to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Canberra justice system.

A new partnership hopes to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Canberra justice system.

Capital Metro strategy in firing line

An artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The closure of the London Circuit courts carpark for four years of tram construction is attracting widespread opposition.

ACT teacher hopes for spider honours after surprise discovery

Leslie Carr and a brush footed trapdoor spider.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   An ACT teacher is hopeful a new species of spider may be named in her honour after she helped discover it on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

Childcare centre pill scare

One of the three hospitalised children was kept for observation for two nights; the other two were discharged the same day.

Emma Macdonald   ACT Police are investigating how three young children swallowed medication brought into a southside early childhood centre.

Nearly half of obese Canberrans don't believe they're fat

"If you've got a grabbable gut it's a sure sign you have toxic fat around your internal organs."

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Nearly half of obese adults in Canberra consider themselves only slightly overweight, according to a new study by the Heart Foundation.

Lifetime risk of mesothelioma from Fluffy homes 16 in 100,000

While the risk of mesothelioma from living in an asbestos-contaminated house is small, an expert says anything greater than 1 in 100,000 is unacceptable.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The figure translates to just one extra mesothelioma case among people who have lived in Fluffy homes over the past 40 years

Gang-gang. Biting satire, nibbling satire

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   This column likes to try and help you forget perhaps for a while your drab, wretched lives* and so today to lift your spirits we bring you John Bundock's photograph of one of the ACT's anything-but-drab male Flame Robins

Canberra children challenged to be more active

Group fitness instructor Julijana Desa leads Harrison School students at the launch of the 2015 Active Kids Challenge.

Eleanor Mackay 11:30 PM   With one in four ACT kids overweight or obese and more than 80 per cent of children not getting enough daily exercise, Canberra students are being encouraged to participate in a two-month challenge to improve their physical activity. 

Young Archies finalist captured sister in rare moment of stillness

Young Archie finalist Harriet Mitchell,18, of Narrabundah, Canberra, with her younger sister Romy, 6, who has sat for her portrait many times.

Ron Cerabona   Canberra's only finalist in the Young Archie competition this year was 18-year-old Narrabundah artist Harriet Mitchell. She didn't have to look far for her subject, choosing her younger sister Romy, whom she frequently paints.

Fire safety lessons have kindy kids rolling on floor

Serena Edwards and Lucas Gill, both 5, enjoy a look inside a Fire and Rescue vehicle during Monday's fire safety session at Brindabella Christian College.

Lin Yin 11:30 PM   it's back to school for ACT firefighters as they take their fire safety messages to kindy kids in a fun program of activities.

ATO hiring policy OK, between consenting adults

Unions cried foul after the ATO went to hire new specialist public servants just months after paying more than 400 employees tens of millions of dollars to leave their jobs in the same area.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM    OK for ATO to hire new staff while paying redundancies, but only if its consensual.

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Man who molested stepdaughter shows no remorse, labels charges 'fabricated conspiracy'

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Christopher Knaus   A man who repeatedly molested his stepdaughter at her home and at Point Hut crossing has shown no remorse, labelling the charges as a "fabricated conspiracy", a court has heard.

Gang-gang: Eight sound grinders minimum for King's service

Some army recruits found the dental requirements hard to swallow 100 years ago.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   100 years ago this week, men of the Goulburn region were discovering that a passionate love of king and country and a desire to crush the Huns were not enough to get one into uniform. Without "eight sound grinders" among your teeth, your king and country didn't want you.

Introduce financial compensation for human rights breaches: commissioner

Dr Helen Watchirs has urged the government to allow Canberra's courts to award financial compensation to those who have suffered a breach of their human rights.

Michael Inman   Damages for Human Rights breaches should be introduced in the ACT as a way to gain full potential from the current protections in place, a watchdog says.

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