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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.

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.

Compromise deal spares 17 Northbourne buildings from bulldozers

Northbourne Housing precinct heritage compromise reached

Tom McIlroy 7:40 PM   About 17 buildings in the Northbourne public housing precinct will be registered for heritage protection. 

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.

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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Mammoth sheep gets shorn

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Phillip Thomson and Emma Kelly 3:18 PM   Shearer believes a very woolly sheep found near Canberra believes has set a new Australian record with a 42.5kg fleece.

RSPCA sheep's massive fleece the heaviest in the world

Chris the sheep carried about 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Emma Kelly 3:15 PM   The shearing operation that potentially saved the life of an errant sheep near Canberra is being claimed as a world record.

DHS pay offer 'better than nothing'

Government Senate leader and employment minister Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell 12:53 PM   The APS's largest department is battling to win hearts and minds. With very simple mathematics.

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Canberrans experience rainy start to spring as patchy showers sweep the capital

Craig Webber walks through the Rainforest at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, in the rain.

Megan Gorrey 12:09 PM   An overnight shower and patchy rain on Thursday has been forecast to give way to glimpses of sunshine in time for the weekend.

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School accuses opponents of deception

Brindabella Christian College is asking residents to support its sports facility plans.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Lyneham school hits back at opponents of its oval redevelopment

Barr backs China free trade deal

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said exporters out of Canberra stood to "benefit greatly" from a China free trade agreement.

Tom McIlroy and Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says there is a lot of political grandstanding going on in relation to Australia's free trade agreement with China, when there is broad support for a deal.

Fly Planner: What's on this week

Jess Ribeiro has a new album out called Kill It Yourself.

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Revamp planned for APS

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Noel Towell 12:15 AM   Commission to make profound changes to the Australian Public Service

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Homeowners group rejects dual occupancy plan

An Assembly committee is considering plans to allow dual occupancy on Mr Fluffy house sites

Tom McIlroy and Henry Belot 9:53 PM   A Mr Fluffy homeowners group has rejected a proposal to allow affected blocks to be split into two, describing the moves as unfair and subjecting Canberra suburbs to risk of overdevelopment. 

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Rex Nan Kivell's famous and infamous on show at National Library

Curator Nat Williams with a portrait of Sir Rex Nan Kivell in a show of Kivell's collection at the National Library of Australia.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Famous or infamous people, rulers or rogues, collectors or liars, who would you choose? All will be revealed.

Grass is greener in Gungahlin as families move north

News. Recently moved to Gungahlin are former Belconnen residents, 25 year old Jessie Graham with her 22 month old daughter, Sienna Shepherd, having a relaxing afternoon at the Yerrabi Pond District Park. September 2nd 2015
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Emma Kelly and Katie Burgess 9:00 PM    Young Canberrans and families are overlooking the original "nappy valley" for greener pastures across the lake as Gungahlin continues to drive Canberra's population growth.

AMA urges Canberrans to avoid unnecessary ED visits

AMA urge Canberrans to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department with staff working overtime

Henry Belot and Tom McIlroy 8:54 PM   The ACT Australian Medical Association has urged Canberrans to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department and praised the efforts of staff working overtime to meet demand.

Driver in fatal accident had ice in his system, court hears

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Michael Inman 8:39 PM   The vision of Canberra driver in a fatal accident with a pedestrian could have been affected by the methylamphetamine in his system, a medical expert says.

Fun Run goers may face fines for parking on median strips, verges or footpaths

There'll be parking enforcement in place for Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run.

Clare Sibthorpe   The much-anticipated annual Canberra Times Fun Run is fast approaching, and the ACT government is reminding people to park only in authorised areas, exercise caution when crossing roads, and take advantage of shuttle buses.

Westpac team bringing choppers to the course

Westpac ACT regional general manager Daniel Flowers, his wife, Vanessa and daughter, Rebecca,4 of Wamboin.

Jil Hogan   It won't be hard to spot Daniel Flowers on the 5km course of The Canberra Times Fun Run – he'll be the one dressed as a helicopter.

Business and community groups urge government to prioritise Woden town centre

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Business and community groups have warned the ACT government that urgent action is required to revitalise the Woden town centre.

CFMEU knew of Kivalu corruption allegations, royal commission told

ACT CFMEU organiser Zac Smith at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on Wednesday.

David Ellery   Secret recordings show organisers discussing whether former organiser Halafihi "Fihi" Kivalu had been "leaning on" a contractor.

Very woolly sheep seeking shearer

Chris the sheep carried about 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Alexandra Back   The RSPCA desperately sought a shearer after a sheep with a mammoth coat appeared near Canberra.

'It's like a house party, but no one knows where it's happening'

'It's just a beautiful area, it should be treasured': King O'Malley's Managing Director, Peter Barclay.

Alexandra Back, Katie Burgess   Urban renewal on multiple fronts throughout Canberra has been at the expense of the older parts of Civic.