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Man charged over Calwell murder

Megan Gorrey 7:51 PM   Police say an axe lay beside the body of a woman found dead at a Calwell home on Saturday.

Hundreds of cyclists geared up for Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride

Anna Meares socialises with the crowds at the  Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride 2015
The Canberra Times  
Date:  01 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

6:39 PM   More than 1300 Canberra cyclists got the opportunity to turn their spokes beside eleven times world champion Anna Meares on Sunday.

Join a Clean Up Australia Day site in your surburb

Tuggeranong Lake Carers Group member Bill Perry uses his kayak to remove rubbish from the lake.

Georgina Connery 10:00 AM   Find out where you can get your hands dirty across the ACT this Sunday for Clean Up Australia Day 2015.

Woman found dead in suspected murder in Calwell

Police are investigating a suspected homicide in Canberra's south.

Georgina Connery 9:16 AM   A man is assisting police with enquiries after a woman was found dead in a Calwell house.

Up, up and away ... but not for very long

As seen on TV: John Robinson suited up with a fictional jetpack in 1965 for <i>Lost in Space</i>.

John Elder 12:38 AM   Personal jetpacks might finally be taking off.

Liberals to consider penalty rate cut to boost

Young Canberrans are earning less.

Ben Westcott 11:29 PM   While the ACT's adult average earnings remain among the highest in the country at $1422.20 per week, well above the national average, the junior rate is far lower.

Homestead promises continued growth for soldiers' service

Soldier On volunteer Todd Berry, left, with the charity's chief executive and co-founder John Bale at the organisation's new headquarters at the former CSIRO Sustainable
Ecosystems stone building in Crace.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   A rapid first year of growth has ended with Soldier On moving the battlefield to Crace.

Burch backs private ACT colleges

Minister Joy Burch.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Education and Training Minister Joy Burch has welcomed federal moves to crack down on private colleges, but said she was unaware of any shoddy providers in the ACT. 

Corbell fails to back up privacy on metadata

Simon Corbell.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   The ACT attorney-general has gone quiet on Canberrans' right to online privacy after his federal party indicated it would back controversial metadata retention laws.

Public servants shell out $3.6 million for paid parking

Malcolm Snow.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Motorists pay $1.2 million a month as drives to the the heart of the capital decline.

There were plenty of winners on Saturday at Canberra's Royal Show

The Champion of Champions of The Royal Canberra show Craft Expo, Tamara Dadswell with "Mirror Mirror" her lenticular mosaic lego piece.

Georgina Connery 8:13 PM   Among the sights, smells and sounds of the Royal Canberra Show, it is easy to forget the high-stakes competition occurring at across the grounds.

Motorcyclist in hospital after accident in Monash


Georgina Connery   A motorcycle rider has been transported to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition following an accident in Monash.

Police appeal to public in search for missing tradesman

43-year-old tradesman Bobby Briggs who has been missing since he left work on Friday morning.

Ben Westcott   Police have reached out to the public in help find an ACT tradesman who has been missing since Friday morning.

New arrivals put on military show

February 28 2015.

Australian Defence Force Academy year one officer cadets and midshipmen parade.  

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

Matthew Raggatt   The newest arrivals at the Australian Defence Force Academy have put on their first show, with planes, helicopters and the chief of the Defence Force playing a part in the opening year parade on Saturday.

Canberra schools confident of teacher quality as 'fictitious' ATARs targeted

Teaching graduates.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Canberra schools have no complaints about their teaching graduates, says the ACT Principals Association's Michael Hall.

Heritage listed house a shooting gallery

Robertsons' House in Oaks Estate has become a "shooting gallery" for drug addicts.

Mark Sawa 11:30 PM   A historic house placed on the ACT Heritage Register less than a month ago is being used as a “shooting gallery” by drug addicts.

Thunder and rain lead to a warm and wet summer in Canberra

A thunderstorm goes around the Narrabundah Ball Park.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Thunder crashing and the splash of rain have been the hallmarks of a Canberra summer in 2015, as the ACT swelters through another warm and wet start to the year.

Government moves to placate elderly owners of Mr Fluffy homes

An advertisement for Mr Fluffy.

Georgina Connery 11:30 PM   Canberra's community councils are hoping to appease distressed residents and bridge the information gap about the Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis through public information events.

Man refused bail after threat to kill wife over child access

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Matthew Raggatt   A Canberra man has been refused bail after facing court on allegations he threatened to kill his former partner because she would not give him immediate access to their child.

Andrew Barr mistaken for New Zealand PM John Key

Andrew Barr and John Key.

Emma Kelly   Chief Minister Andrew Barr is in New Zealand trying to muster support for direct international flights to Canberra. On Friday, he attracted more attention than he bargained for.

High fashion and high stakes at the Black Opal

Face of Canberra Racing Emily Dibden at the Seppelt marquee at Thoroughbred Park ahead of the 2015 Black Opal Stakes Day.

Kimberley Granger 11:30 PM   Muted colours and autumnal textures will be the focus of fashions on the field at Canberra's premier race day, the Black Opal Stakes, set to be held at Thoroughbred Park next Sunday.

Mother of two dies after medical blunder saw doctors miss cancer

Rachael Netting died of a curable liver cancer

Christopher Knaus   Tributes flow for woman killed by a cancer that was missed by doctors in a grave blunder.

Inmate committed suicide after asking to see mental health team

The entrance of the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Michael Inman   A Canberra inmate asked to see the mental health team on the day of his death, a court has heard.

Two children inside when bullets fired into Gowrie home, police believe


Christopher Knaus   Two children were inside a Gowrie home when five bullets were fired at it in a drive-by shooting earlier this month, according to court documents.

Government moves to allow form of 'cashless gambling' on poker machines

Minister Joy Burch.

Kirsten Lawson   Authorities moved late last year to allow a form of "cashless gambling" on poker machines in Canberra, in another unheralded change to gambling in the territory.

Kenoss project manager accused over workplace fatality gives evidence

Munir al-Hasani, former project manager at Kenoss Contractors, outside court.

Christopher Knaus   Kenoss project manager claims he is not "directly responsible" for truck driver's fatal electrocution, saying the man "should have followed directions".

Kambah woman performs CPR to save partner suffering a heart attack

Robert Brice and his partner Judi Lopez, with horses Charlie and Precision, at Kambah.

Megan Gorrey   Moments after Robert Brice's heart stopped and he fell from his horse's back, he heard his partner's voice repeat over and over: "Don't give up now, keep fighting."

Tim the Yowie Man's new book

Tim The Yowie Man.

John Thistleton   In late May, 1994, an ANU student hurried out of the Brindabella Mountains after seeing something that changed his life.