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A to Z of Canberra in 2014

Clare Colley 12:15 AM   2014 was a big year for the territory but in case you missed it here’s the A to Z of the issues, people, and events that captivated our attention.

NGA lifts photography ban on permanent collection

"Selfies" allowed: The National Gallery of Australia has lifted its blanket ban on photography.

Megan Gorrey 7:09 PM   Curators at the National Gallery of Australia believe some of its most iconic artworks will become popular backdrops for visitors who are now free to capture them on their smartphones.

Gritty and witty and gay

August: Osage County.

Peter Wilkins 11:45 PM   Theatrical highlights for 2014 ranged from vibrant musicals to dramas both daring and disturbing.

Police say drunk, speeding drivers 'deplorable'

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11:30 PM   Police have condemned the "deplorable" antics of some holiday motorists after they nabbed one man allegedly guzzling a beer behind the wheel and caught another one driving more than 40km/h above the legal limit.

Heart Foundation calls for tough rules on e-cigarettes in the ACT

The Heart Foundation ACT wants to see e-cigarettes banned in smoke-free areas.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   There are calls for the ACT government to ban electronic cigarette use in smoke-free areas and restrict the sale of personal vaporisers in Canberra.

Crashes, burnouts and thrills at demolition derby

Action during the demolition derby.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   While many Canberrans were hoping to avoid a car crash on their way to the south coast, others at Moruya were deliberately seeking one.

Free Wi-Fi speeds out to Summernats


12:15 AM   The arrival of thousands of car-lovers for Summernats will coincide with the rollout of free wireless internet

Lawyers say jail security faults cut access to inmates


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A key Canberra jail security check has been out of action for almost three months, causing delays for lawyers visiting clients.

Clinkers evoke warm memories of old brickworks

Vern McMullen remembers the heat generated  at the former Commonwealth brickworks at Yarralumla.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Brickworks put the heat on Vern McMullen.

Canberra engineer Jacque Comery to lead Australian Antarctic Division team on Macquarie Island expedition

GHD's senior environmental engineer Jacque Comery will lead a one-year expedition of 12 people at Macquarie Island as part of the Australian Antarctic Division.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Environmental engineer Jacque Comery will swap her hard hat and high-vis vest for layers of thermals when she takes a year off work to lead the Australian Antarctic Division’s Macquarie Island expedition.

Renewed focus on ice welcomed by drug experts

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Rehabilitation and drug experts in Canberra have welcomed a renewed commitment from the federal government to tackle use of the damaging crystal methamphetamine drug known as "ice".

Scientists warn that superb parrots still vulnerable

A male and female superb parrot. The threatened birds are breeding again in the ACT and region, but could be removed from Commonwealth legislation as a threatened species.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Commonwealth Government reassesses eligibility of superb parrot on threatened species list.

Another Canberra Hospital unit under fire

Canberra Hospital.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   New reports of distrustful and dysfunctional relationships, cultural problems and poor communication within yet another unit at Canberra Hospital have surfaced in a new damaging leaked report.

Public art schemes leave costly repair bill

Artist Anne Ross with Gungahlin's sculpture<i>  A is for Alexander, B is for Bunyip and C is for Canberra</i>, which required $5370  of maintenance less than three years after it was unveiled.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The ACT government has allocated no new funding to public art since 2012, but is facing a mounting repair bill as artworks commissioned under defunct schemes age.

Christmas crime hits Canberra with taxi-driver robbed at knifepoint

Crime: Police have urged anyone who may have witnessed either incident to come forward.

Henry Belot 2:21 PM   Christmas Day was not without crime in Canberra with men accused of robbing a taxi driver at knife-point, and others allegedly knocking a Conder man unconscious before stealing his possessions.

Halal food shop fire in Canberra's north suspicious: police

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11:57 AM   Police believe a blaze that started in the roof cavity of a Halal food shop in Canberra's northern suburbs earlier this month was suspicious. 

Queanbeyan man to face court over alleged nuisance calls

Some customers were left without a landline or NBN connection in the September quarter.

11:46 AM   A nuisance caller who made multiple false reports of a fire from a public phone was arrested in Canberra's CBD on Saturday.

Heavy traffic on Kings Highway slows retreat to south coast

About three kilometres of stop-start traffic banked up at the Batemans Bay roundabout at the south coast on Saturday.

Henry Belot   Canberrans headed to the south coast were frustrated by bumper-to-bumper traffic on Saturday afternoon.

What did we buy at the Boxing Day sales

Gabrielle Wilkie bought Jo Mercer shoes and a Zara trench while Kris Collins bought Hype shoes and a Rodd and Gunn shirt.

Primrose Riordan   Boxing Day shoppers revealed their haul to The Canberra Times, but it was not that sexy, with work clothes and household linen a big theme.

Pakistani forces kill an alleged organiser of school massacre

Deaths: A makeshift memorial for the victims of the school attack.

Tim Craig   Security forces have killed an alleged organiser of the Peshawar school massacre, the latest sign that the government and military are stepping up their assault on the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamist militant groups.

Golden staph infections plummet in ACT


Ben Westcott   Golden staph infections in Canberra's hospitals have plunged in the past year, taking it from the worst to one of the best areas in Australia, but an infectious diseases expert says there is more work to be done.

Canberra soldier remembered far and wide

Memorials: Canberra man Captain Paul McKay, 31, died near the summit of a mountain in New York state.

Matthew Raggatt   It has been a year of tributes for the family of former Canberra soldier Paul McKay, who died near the summit of a US mountain after last being seen alive on New Year's Eve 2013.

Fears for drug rehab funding as users shift to ice


Matthew Raggatt   There are fears methamphatamine users may be wait longer for treatment due to funding cuts

Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint in Garran


Two men robbed a taxi driver at night point in the early hours of Saturday morning, police say.

Knocked unconscious in Christmas Day home invasion

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Three men forced their way into a Canberra man's home on Christmas Day, knocked him unconscious and robbed him.

Drivers are the most common fatality in crashes, say police

Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson, left, and Road Safety Operations Team Sergeant Stuart Howes.

Megan Gorrey   Drivers were the most likely victims of deadly smashes on ACT roads in the past five years, police crash data showed.

Bringing sexy back to ACT politics

Fiona Patten and Jorian Gardner.

Noel Towell   Australian Sex Party scores in Melbourne, looking to pick up seats in Canberra.

ACT animal welfare groups reject native pets proposal

Care: A baby wombat at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary. Sanctuary owner Donna Stepan says the government is unable to deal with the number of animal cruelty cases as it is.

Ben Westcott   Animal rights groups are opposing a new report that recommends the government allow more native animals to be kept as pets.

Retailers' tills are alive to to the sound of ringing


Primrose Riordan   Despite the cuts and redundancies, and warnings that we've squandered the biggest boom this country has seen, Canberrans opened their wallets and joined the annual Boxing Day retail pilgrimage.