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Road closures as fun runners hit road

9:35 AM   There will be a number of roads closed during Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run as joggers hit the road and the pavement.

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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.

Lottery sales restricted to daytime

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Emma Kelly 8:20 AM   ACT government introduces restrictions on times tickets and scratchies can be sold in Canberra.

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.

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 8:22 PM   Blunder sees alleged violent offender accidentally released from custody.

Three of Canberra's oldest women reveal secrets to long life

Freda Bishop with her son Christopher, daughter Helen Scully and daughter-in-law Sylvia Bishop

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Together they've had 306 birthday cakes (soon to be 307), have lived in Canberra for 136 years and share a lifelong musical passion – meet three of Canberra's oldest women.

Ice rage: AMA calls for security to protect doctors

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The Australian Medical Association has warned crystal methamphetamine or ice is making the work of doctors more dangerous and called for additional security in hospitals.

Bringing parenting to the office

Tanja Meyerhofer, Amy Lees, Tanya Dannock, Vanessa Vanderhoek and Maree Gill during a meeting to discuss returning to work after having time from work for kids.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   They say it takes a village to raise a child. Now two Canberra women want to make sure that village includes the office.

Lawyer for fatal crash driver urges jury to remove emotion from decision

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Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman 7:43 PM   Lawyers for a speeding driver who hit and killed a woman as she crossed the street have told a jury to not let emotions about the case cloud their deliberations.

Changes to GP training zones have the AMA worried

The ACT AMA is concerned about changes to GP training zones.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Changes to the training boundaries for GPs will create an illogical division between the ACT and the NSW south coast, according to the ACT Australian Medical Association.

'It has made me a better person' - Former Army Chief David Morrison joins Diversity Council Australia

Retired Australian Army Chief David Morrison continues fight for diversity as new chairman of Diversity Council Australia

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Retired Lieutenant General David Morrison will bring enthusiasm as an advocate for gender equality, cultural diversity and LGBTI-inclusion to his new role.

CFMEU staged raid to intimidate builder, commission told

Jason O'Mara appearing before Commissioner Dyson Heydon.

David Ellery 11:30 PM   An excited union organiser about to conduct a "safety inspection" was speaking like a man preparing to go into battle the trade union royal commission has heard.

Opera singer crashes Bachelor date

Lorina Gore meets her idol Sam Wood, but not in a dating way.

Jil Hogan 8:30 PM   Happily married (though wedding ring-less) Lorina Gore made it onto the set of The Bachelor Australia - a show she happens to adore - to serenade the dating couple.

Butler to British high commissioner set up online account to access child porn

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Michael Inman 7:23 PM   A former butler to the British High Commissioner to Australia was disgusted and ashamed as he accessed child pornography.

Shear-shy sheep sets unofficial world record

Chris the sheep lugged around more than 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Phillip Thomson, Emma Kelly, Alexandra Back and Katie Burgess 6:51 PM   The world's media have been clamouring to hear more of the merino from Mulligan's Flat that was found carrying a massive 40.45-kilogram fleece on its back.

Recognition for citizen scientists who created birds paradise

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John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Canberra Ornithologists Group recognised for conservation of birds.

Play loses the plot

Lex Marinos is Tony in the play Ghosts in the Scheme.

Peter Wilkins 5:06 PM   This well-intended production lacks balance and cohesion and remains a work in progress.

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Jon Cattapan's Home game 1 (the Peanut Farm) 2008 on show at the Footy Fever exhibition.

4:53 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

School of Music students turn on management

Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor of the ANU, was jeered by angry School of Music students.

Emma Macdonald 4:47 PM   Irate School of Music students jeered the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University Professor Ian Young at crisis talks between management, students and staff on Thursday.

Canberra's very woolly sheep questions answered

Photos courtesy of the RSPCA ACT.

Alexandra Back 4:46 PM   Will a sheep's wool just keep growing and growing if not shorn?

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Brindabella Christian College board announces review as parents raise governance concerns

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Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The board of Brindabella Christian College has announced a review of the school's operations as parents expressed growing concerns over a lack of transparency and consultation in key school decisions.

One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

Professor Jane Burns said there were great opportunities to use technology to help young Australians at risk of suicide.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   One in three arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care.

Today in History

A possible shortage of home finance on the cards in 1965.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   On this day in 1965.