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Street artists transform blank walls into superhero playground

Clare Colley 5:05 PM   With spray paint fumes and hip-hop beats wafting around the CBD it was hard to miss Tocumwal Lane on Sunday.

Three men go on a wild rampage through Northbridge

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3:18 PM   Three men went on a wild rampage through Northbridge on Saturday night, allegedly threatening diners with a knife and throwing chairs and wooden poles at them.

Monaro candidates anxiously wait final count in NSW state election

Queanbeyan's Nationals candidate John Barilaro has stopped just shy of claiming victory over Labor candidate Steve Whan in the seat of Monaro.

Ross Peake 10:47 AM   Candidates in the bellwether NSW seat of Monaro are anxiously waiting on Sunday for the counting of 8,000 pre-poll votes.

NSW state election: Barilaro and Whan battle it out for the seat of Monaro

Nationals John Barilaro is interviewed while waiting for results at the Roos Club in Queanbeyan.

Kimberley Granger 11:21 PM   Just minutes after NSW Liberal leader Mike Baird claimed victory as the returning NSW Premier, Queanbeyan's Nationals candidate John Barilaro stopped just shy of claimingre-entered the Queanbeyan Roos Club claiming victory in the mini-bellwether seat of Monaro.

Manuka childcare centre holds protest after being told to move

Hannah Claudianos, five, and Jack Rochester, three, join their fellow students to protest the closure of MOCCA.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   A popular childcare centre in Manuka was full of the children's laughter and Elvis songs on Saturday Sunday but in less than two years, it could be replaced by the ring of poker machines, according to the centre.

ACT can be a leader in better business-research connections

Science and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane: "We must translate our ideas and research into real goods and services, technologies and life improvements."

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Collaboration the key to tech advances as Australia ranks bottom in developed world.

Letters to the Editor

No need for waivers

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Paul Malone reported a welcome Commonwealth crackdown on Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers (‘‘More education regulation required’’, March 22, p15).

Shotgun seized in Crace

Police seized this shortened pump-action shotgun during the search of a Crace residence on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt   ACT Policing seized a firearm in Crace on Friday as part of investigations into recent Southside shooting incidents.

Canberra invention poised to save parched California

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Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   A Canberra invention could be a saviour for drought-ridden California households.

Kyrgios brings star factor to Relay for Life

Mikayla O'Brien, 15, from Chisholm ran for her boyfriend, and Leah Astle-Monahan, 14, from Tuggeranong ran for her Nan on Saturday.

Matthew Raggatt   He's a man used to an endurance event, and Nick Kyrgios brought his starpower to the start of the 24-hour Relay for Life at the AIS track on Saturday.

ACT health spending still rising sharply, federal funding not keeping up

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell says steps have been taken to bring the budget under control, but the federal government had yet to recognise the ACT's special status as a provider for a larger region.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Between 2007 and 2013, ACT government spending on hospitals rose by 4.9 per cent per person, the highest of any jurisdiction in Australia and two per cent above the national average.

Cost of living pushes international students to the edge

International students find Canberra beautiful, but struggle to find affordable accommodation and employment.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   International students studying in the ACT are finding it difficult to get basic amenities such as decent housing and a well-paying job, according to student groups.

Small stores fear IKEA could kill them

Furniture Wise owner Charmaine Lageman and manager Andrew Latta say they are already struggling.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Fyshwick's furniture retailers are worried about their future when IKEA opens.

Arrow shot through window of Calwell home

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Kimberley Granger   An arrow has been shot through the window of a Calwell home overnight, with police called to the residence in the early hours of Saturday morning to investigate.

Crace motorcyclist found with knives, batons and drugs after bus crash

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Matthew Raggatt   Knives, batons and drugs were found on a Crace motorcyclist, a court has heard.

Career-ending punch and serious police misconduct detailed in report

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Mark Sawa 11:30 PM   Punching a drunken man in the face for no reason ended one police officer’s career while two other serious breaches in the use of force left two other officers facing disciplinary action.

Lower dollar a boon for Canberra wine exporter

Greg Corra, from Inland Trading, exports Australian wines all over the world.

Matthew Raggatt   It may mean more expensive holidays for some, but one ACT registered company has enjoyed a profitable time thanks to the sharp fall in the Australian currency against the US dollar. 

Bureaucratic 'gobbledygook' fuels National Disability Insurance Scheme anxiety

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Clare Colley   Bureaucratic “gobbledygook”, a lack of respite and transport funding, and inexperienced planners are just some of the problems creating anxiety around the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Election tally board finds a home at Old Parliament House

A section of the massive national tally board goes into storage.

Ross Peake   The iconic tally board from the former national tally room, previously used for federal elections, will become part of history at Old Parliament House. However, the Museum of Australian Democracy will not have space to display the entire board which is 37 metres wide and seven metres high.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen'

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson   Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Magistrate condemns 'pernicious evil' of domestic violence while sentencing drunk wife-basher

Magistrate Karen Fryar says domestic violence stems from the perpetrator's attitude to women, and from his  desire to exert control.

Christopher Knaus   A magistrate has spoken out against the "pernicious evil" of the domestic violence she has dealt with for 15 years, condemning offenders who wrongly blame alcohol or anger problems instead of their controlling attitudes to women.

Woman who recanted husband rape allegations 'pressured' by family, court hears

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Christopher Knaus   A woman has recanted allegations that her husband raped her and threatened to derail her family's visa application, a court has heard.

Protesters urged to take anti-abortion prayer vigil to ACT politicians

Pro-life supporters take part in a prayer vigil outside the ACT Health building in Moore Street, Civic, in support of anti-abortion campaign 40 Days For Life.

Megan Gorrey   Politicians have urged pro-life protesters to shift their regular prayer vigil from outside a city abortion clinic to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

ACT Wildlife fields 2000 calls for help in its first year

A tiny swamp wallaby joey rescued by ACT Wildlife.

Clare Colley   In its first full year of operation, animal rescue group ACT Wildlife received more than 2000 calls for assistance.

For the love of glassmaking

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Kerry-Anne Cousins   The work of eight of Australia's best glass artists were chosen and linked to a diplomatic mission of countries with glass making traditions.

'X-Rated' - Canberra's sex industry goes on display

Canberra-made Lost In Paradise porn video. From CMAG's 'X-Rated' exhibition

Ian Warden   For perhaps the first time in Canberra one of our exhibition-displaying cultural institutions is creating an adults-only "sealed section".

Teenager sets sights on running festival glory

 Joshua Torley,15 of Wanniassa will be taking part in the 10km run at the Australian Running Festival.

Henry Belot   Not everyone runs at the same pace in this world, just ask Joshua Torley.

Experts split on alleged killer's dementia diagnosis

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman   Experts are split on whether accused killer Luigi Costa suffers from dementia.

Life off-grid in straw bale home at Michelago

 John Schneider and Jill Dobkin at their rural property. Ten years ago they had a straw bale home built on their land which is off the grid and totally self sufficient.

John Thistleton   A decade after moving from Canberra into an off-grid home near Michelago with two water-less toilets John Schneider and his wife Jill Dobkin are still uncovering the depths of their resilience in the bush.

South Tuggeranong's new $17 million ACT Fire and Rescue station unveiled

Senior firefighter Mitch Brennan, station officer Paul Thorpe, senior firefighters Mark Callaway, and Gavin Kaylock at the official opening of the new ACT Fire and Rescue station at South Tuggeranong.

Megan Gorrey   Quicker response times to house fires and closer proximity to any blazes that might break out in bushland on the territory's fringe are among the benefits of a new fire station in Canberra's southern suburbs.