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Trial demolition of Mr Fluffy house begins 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Canberra Times

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.

The Sheriff: veteran sergeant reflects as decades of experience leaves ACT force

ACT Policing Station Sergeant Daryl Neit is leaving ACT Policing after 33 years.

Christopher Knaus   Two small marks hidden amid carnage and twisted metal would alter the future of Sergeant Daryl Neit and his crash investigation team.

Women injured in three car crash at Yarralumla

AMBULANCE.

Jil Hogan   Firefighters and paramedics have used a spinal stabalisation device to free a woman from a collision in Yarralumla.

CFMEU urges probe into sham contracts, phoenixing and tax dodging on ACT sites

A building site

Michael Inman and Meredith Clisby   The construction union has asked three government bodies to investigate sham contracting, tax dodging, and phoenixing in the ACT formwork industry.

A 'modest change' is better than none

Frank Brennan with his book on constitutional reform - No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia.

Clare Colley   Jesuit priest Father Frank Brennan knows it's hard to convince Australians to change, but he believes there's a way forward to achieve constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Smogasbord of ceramics

Rachael Lionel . Inawinytji Stanley . Rachael Lionel . Tjimpuna Williams and Rhoda Tjitayi - Stoneware Pots - Tallest 265mm.  Yangapalu show at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For Ceramics Triennale top 10 shows.

You might not know it, but Canberra is playing host to the Australian Ceramics Triennale.

ACT teachers' pay deal could draw and retain high quality staff: expert

Teacher pointing to raised hands in a classroom.

Megan Gorrey   Six-figure salaries could attract and retain more high-quality teachers to the ACT, a leading education expert says.

ACT Public Service boss Kathy Leigh on being the first woman in the job and what's ahead

Kathy Leigh says the ACT Public Service is Australia's youngest and "most agile and responsive".

Megan Doherty   The head of the ACT Public Service, Kathy Leigh, has given her first major interview since she was appointed more than a year ago

Reverse call: Send Maccas staff to public service

Business Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott – a former public servant herself – wants public sector workers to learn from the corporate sector.

Phillip Thomson   Respected academic calls for private sector bosses to work in bureaucracy while APSC works with ex-public servant Jennifer Westacott.

Ambassador's husband breaks down as he denies child sex charges

Vytas Kapociunas entered the witness box to give evidence in his defence on Friday

Christopher Knaus   Vytas Kapociunas, 71, struggles to hold back tears as he gives evidence in child abuse trial.