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ACT Fire and Rescue appoints new chief officer

3:51 PM   ACT Fire and Rescue's chief officer A firefighter with three decades of experience at Australia's largest fire service has been appointed 

Police should use social media when young witnesses go missing: judge

Court case

Christopher Knaus 2:10 PM   Judge says Facebook could have been used to track down witnesses to an alleged serious drunken assault in Civic. 

Hermitude's Dark Night Sweet Light

Hermitude's new album, Dark Night Sweet Light.

Andrew Drever 2:02 PM   This album mines a similar template of booming future beats, tweaked synths and chopped, pitched vocals.

Man steals elderly woman's purse at Raiders Club Gungahlin

Police are investigating a gatecrashing in Silver Sands

1:01 PM   A man has stolen an elderly woman's purse after making her feel uncomfortable at a northside club on Monday.

Half-day strikes to hit public service in June

John Lloyd had dismissed the industrial action that had taken place so far, saying it had little effect.

Noel Towell 12:28 PM   John Lloyd said 'low-level' industrial action has had little effect, now one union is escalating its campaign.

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'Kick the teeth through the back of your head': Rebel sentenced for bike debt assault

A high-ranking Rebels member has been told to think about his association with the club while behind bars.

Christopher Knaus 12:25 PM   Rebels bikie assaulted nominee after threatening to "kick the teeth through the back of your head".

My journey from manager to scratching for change

Anne John and Ewan Dempster live with their three children in public housing in Red Hill. They  turned to the Salvation Army for help during a time of financial hardship.

Scott Hannaford 11:10 AM   Canberra family man Ewan Dempster's very normal life fell apart in a matter of months.

Fluffy scheme unfair, confused and unlikely to save lives: council

With the Fluffy demolitions to begin soon, a community council has called on the government to abandon its plan to rezone the blocks.

Kirsten Lawson 9:34 AM   Allowing Fluffy blocks to be subdivided is unfair on both owners and their neighbours, the Inner South Community Council says.

Crackdown on illegal collection of firewood across Canberra

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9:25 AM   ACT Parks and Conservation Service is urging residents to report the illegal collection of firewood from the territory's reserves as cold Canberrans begin lighting their fireplaces.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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8:40 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

ACT government funding boost for Legal Aid ACT

Attorney-General Simon Corbell: "We know there has been a significant increase in demand for grants of legal assistance."

Emma Kelly 7:08 AM   Legal Aid ACT will get an additional $867,000 funding boost over the next two years.

Millions living in poverty, say Salvos

About 2.5 million Australians are estimated to be living in poverty.

Scott Hannaford 12:15 AM   A major new report by the Salvation Army shows an alarming growth in the number of Australians living below the poverty line, with many trying to survive on just $18 a day after accommodation expenses.

Fancy owning a rough and ready tourist attraction? Old Bywong gold town for sale

A neighbour Joe Azzopardi at old Bywong Town in 2012.

John Thistleton 8:46 PM   The long-abandoned tourist facility Bywong Gold Town is now a town for sale, blacksmith's forge included.

'Canberra medicos helped save my daughter's life'

Erin Molan described her sister as an 'inspiration'.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   It was difficult not to be moved by Erin Molan's recent interview on The Footy Show with her sister, bowel cancer survivor Sarah Sutton – so imagine being their parents.

Most jobs to go at ACTTAB: union

Most staff at ACTTAB will lose their jobs in the coming months, the union says.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   ACTTAB is effectively being dismantled and staff are devastated, says the union.

Manuka Oval wants its events louder, lighter and later

Manuka Oval lit up for the first day/night Prime minister's XI match against the West Indies in 2013.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Manuka Oval has been accused of sounding like a rock stadium. Now it wants to be one.

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$1.3 facelift to switch Tuggeranong fire station into ambulance hub

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Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Greenway's former fire station will get a $1.3 million transformation into an ambulance hub as part of this year's territory budget.

Captain Cook memorial fountain back in action

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David Ellery 8:27 PM   While Canberra's Captain Cook Memorial fountain is a wonderful thing everybody is glad to see back in action, the time may have come for the National Capital Authority to pump up the volume.

Lawyer wins defamation lawsuit against online ZGeek forum

Gang rapist Bilal Skaf, left, in Goulburn jail.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Lawyer who was attacked in online forum for coming forward about jury misconduct in gang rape trial wins defamation.

Graffiti gets the green light - in the right places

The ACT government will spend $250,000 on graffiti removal and more spaces for street art
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Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Highly visible locations around Canberra are set to see a new approach to graffiti and street art as the ACT government allocates $250,000 for management from next week's budget.  

Canberra's health sector gears up for for winter disease outbreaks

ACT Medicare Local Chair, Dr Martin Liedvogel gives Emma Kennedy a flu shot in his Fisher practice.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Canberrans have been urged to get their flu shot and practice cough etiquette to stop the spread of disease and lighten the winter burden on the ACT's health system.

NGA visitor takes a trip on Turrell's light fantastic

James Turrell's Virtuality Squared piece appears to have 'no visible edges or corners'.

7:56 PM   A visitor to the James Turrell retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia "fell" in one of the exhibits late last year.

Mr Fluffy memories committed to film

Residents of Mr Fluffy houses who took part in the film all share a sense of loss.

Megan Doherty 7:53 PM   Older Mr Fluffy house owners feel abandoned by the buyback scheme as they commit their stories to film

Clouston and Hall shuts its city shop

Clouston and Hall owners Tom, Sally and Jack Clouston, right, with manager Rod Howell.

Ron Cerabona 7:53 PM   The Civic branch of Clouston and Hall Booksellers is falling victim to high rents and insufficient sales but its owners say the Fyshwick warehouse and mail order business will remain and they hope to run pop-up shops.

Surgeons body sets up bullying survey

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has hired an independent research company to conduct a survey of bullying in the medical profession.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter 7:21 PM   The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is asking medical staff to share their experiences of bullying so it can assess the extent of the problem in the profession.

Trophy trout under pressure

Eucumbene River is a hot spot for trophy anglers.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Tighter rules are keeping keen trout fishermen out of one another's way.

Punch accused cannot remember drunken brawl, court hears

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Christopher Knaus 5:02 PM   Drunken punch accused had no memory of fight 14 hours later, court hears.

Gang Gang - On this day - Wednesday May 27

Even 100 years ago the bilby was rare.

David Ellery 4:37 PM   Human flesh eating bilbys reported in the Queanbeyan Age 110 years ago.

Gang Gang: Bomber Command's sacrifice to be remembered

The RAAF's No 460 Squadron was officially reformed in 2010. Members of the new squadron are with G for George which flew with 460 Squadron during World War II.

David Ellery 4:21 PM   Some of Australia's bravest are dropping in for a visit.

Injured passenger sues driver over Kings Highway crash

Court case

Christopher Knaus   Passenger left with traumatic brain injury in Kings Highway crash settles with negligent driver.