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Exhibition gives Canberrans a sneak peek at IKEA store

Megan Gorrey 10:15 PM   A pop-up exhibit filled with Byholma armchairs, Hektar pendant lamps and jars of Lingonberry jam has opened to give Canberrans a first taste of what to expect when IKEA hits in the capital.

Car crash closes Kings Highway near Bungendore

General direction: Rapid population growth on the city's outskirts is set to increase congestion.

9:15 PM   Two people have been injured in a head-on crash that closed the Kings Highway in both directions east of Bungendore on Friday.

Author Hazel Edwards at ALIA House

Diana Richards of New Acton, Belle Alderman of Kingston, Jane Carstens of Weetangera and Anna Comerford of Monash.

9:05 PM   About Town: Scenes from reading by Author Hazel Edwards at ALIA House in Deakin.

Canberra pensioner pleads for government to keep her in her home

Stroke victim Margot Harker fears that funding changes may force her from her home.

Megan Doherty 8:44 PM   More than 20,000 people have signed a petition started by a Canberra disabled pensioner calling for the Federal Government to halt funding changes that could force her from her home.

Police seek witnesses to Fyshwick hit and run

Police believe the driver of this dark-coloured Holden Commodore ute could have witnessed a collision between a man and a car in Fyshwick on Friday.

Megan Gorrey 8:19 PM   A Conder man was injured when he was flung over the bonnet of a car in a hit and run in Fyshwick on Friday. 

Mushrooms business on the market

An expression of interest campaign is being explored for Canberra Mushrooms.

John Thistleton 10:00 PM   Mushrooms grower calls in administrator.

Why the empty guardhouses at Parliament House?

Four unused security guardhouses on the perimeter of Parliament House are unkept and dirty.

Ross Peake 6:35 PM   Why are new gatehouses being built at Parliament House as part of a $108 million security upgrade when four of the original guardhouses are disused?

No Islamic State link to Canberra teen's Facebook hack: police

Police investigated claims a Facebook account was hacked by someone with a connection to Islamic State.

Megan Gorrey 6:06 PM   A Canberra mother's claims her teenager's Facebook account had been hacked by a member of Islamic State proved a false alarm, police say.

ACAT considers Northbourne public housing demolition

ACAT has excluded the National Trust from appealing the Northbourne Avenue public housing demolition plans.

Tom McIlroy 10:15 PM   ACAT considers Northbourne public housing demolition.

Teachers need to embrace professional standards: Joy Burch

ACT education minister Joy Burch tours the new Coombs Schoool site which is due to open in 2016.  
11 May 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Emma Kelly 5:21 PM   Education Minister Joy Burch wants Canberra educators to embrace better teaching standards and ensure graduate teachers are classroom ready.

How times have changed for Parliament House's security

Australian Federal Police officers lockdown the ministerial entrance to Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 22 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Ross Peake 5:12 PM   What would Robert Menzies think if he was still around to see a police officer carrying a rifle at the front door of Parliament House?

Animal activists vandalise National Farmers Federation's Canberra office

Graffiti at the National Farmers Federation's Barton office on Friday.

Emma Kelly 4:57 PM   Animal activists have taken to the country's peak farming body to unleash their disgust with Australian live exports.

Fine wool prices on the rise

The shearing shed built by Eric Dowling's grandfather during the 1920's.

John Thistleton 10:15 PM   ''I Wool If You Wool' say fashion designers, embracing merino's silky smooth texture.

Gorman House markets to close this weekend after more than 25 years

Items on sale at the markets in 2012.

Sally Pryor 4:27 PM   They were once one of Canberra's most popular weekend events – a place to shop, eat and spend a lazy Saturday in the heart of the city.

On the road again

Gang-gang loves this pic of the Feekens and friends camping out at what appears to be the ruins of the Eucla Telegraph station on the Nullarbor during one of their epic road trips in 1975. There isn't an SUV in sight, just a hardy HD Holden wagon, a Mazda 808 and a Renault 16.

David Ellery 3:47 PM   Former Canberran Erwin Feekin can give the Leyland brothers, and quite a few others, a serious run for their money in the `I've been everywhere man' stakes.

It takes a village to raise a child but what a diverse one it is

Karen Hardy

Karen Hardy 3:43 PM   Unlike certain residents of Nicholls I love the, let's call it diversity, of my neighbourhood.

Canberrans to walk and run to support people with multiple sclerosis

Bethany Lamont is a passionate advocate for those with MS and has vowed to continue campaigning until a cure is found.

Faizul Khan 3:38 PM   Canberrans will don their sneakers and pound the pavement next Sunday to show support for people living with multiple sclerosis. 

ACT budget sets aside almost $8 million to clean up Canberra suburbs

TAMS Gungahlin mower operator Laurie Hunter at work along Clarrie Hermes Drive.

3:24 PM   The ACT government has set aside almost $7.75 million in next month's budget for more frequent mowing and weeding among other suburban services.

Sunday road closures in Yarralumla

Road closed

3:09 PM   Drivers will be restricted from travelling along Lake Burley Griffin in Yarralumla on Sunday.

Gang Gang: Book of Hours

Virgin and Child on a crescent
moon and The seven joys of
the Virgin in the
Rothschild Prayer Book.

David Ellery 2:46 PM   How do I love The Rothschild Prayer Book? Let me count the ways.

Canberra's 'Chevy Chase' jailed for money laundering


Henry Belot 1:55 PM   Two men, including one who has used the alias of a famous actor, jailedfor stealing thousands from woman's bank account.

The Canberra Times news quiz for May 22

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra.

1:14 PM   How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Speed dating with a twist of geek chic

From left, Ravi Sharma and James Andrews the owners of e-sport and video gaming bar Reload will host speed dating on June 4.

Jil Hogan 2:00 PM   Any single person will be the first to tell you that Canberra isn't a single-friendly city.

Used nappies make up a quarter of rubbish dumped in Canberra

It can sometimes be hard to keep a nappy on your toddler.

Emma Kelly 10:59 AM   Used nappies make up a quarter of rubbish dumped across Canberra with highways the most common place to ditch the smelly litter.

Gail Winkworth appointed to Children and Youth Services Advisory Council

Gail Winkworth

10:58 AM   A former senior research fellow for the Institute of Child Protection Studies has been appointed to the ACT's interim Children and Youth Services Advisory Council.

ACT to abolish periodic detention


Emma Kelly 9:30 AM   The ACT government will abolish periodic detention from July 1 next year and is consulting on alternative options for the "ineffective and outdated" punishment.

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Anzac Day parking snub proves costly

A pay parking fine given on an ACT Government Anzac Day 'holiday' on Monday April 27, 2015.

Phillip Thomson 7:08 AM   'Pay up or we'll see you in court': Thousands had day off work but NCA says it was no public holiday.

Public servants' pay 'safety net' leaves a long way to fall

What a difference a fortnight makes. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison was the savior of the government when he announced proposed changes to the pension regime before the budget.

Markus Mannheim 11:46 PM   New minimum wages are far below what all government staff now receive.

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National audit warns traffic delays could cost $700 million in 2031

Northbourne Avenue.

Henry Belot 11:45 PM   Delays on major Canberra roads are tipped to cost $700 million by 2031 as the population of Gungahlin and Belconnen increases, according to a landmark Infrastructure Australia audit.