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Beryl Women's Refuge manager Robyn Martin ACT Woman of the Year

9:46 PM   Leading women recognised for contribution to Canberra.

Sports community unites to tackle racism

Former Brumbies and Wallabies player Pat McCabe with students of Kaleen Primary School at the Say No to Racism Program.

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   A new school-based initiative will teach young Canberrans the importance of tolerance and cultural diversity through sporting role models.

Billy Zane eyes House of Cards-style TV series, art exhibition in Canberra as Blue World Order wraps filming

Billy Zane posted this photo in front of Blue Poles.

Primrose Riordan 7:56 PM   Hollywood star Billy Zane has vowed to return to Canberra after shooting a film in the ACT

ACT firefighters warned of cancer-causing chemical in uniforms

Warning: A study found protective clothing could contain formaldehyde if it had been treated with an additive called Proban.

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   ACT firefighters have been advised to take precautions handling their uniforms.

Snow Centre a trojan horse to lead Asian education in Australia

The Snow Center for Education in the Asian Century at Canberra Grammar School.

Emma Kelly 11:00 PM   The $8 million Snow Centre for Education in the Asian Century aims to lead the Australian education's "biggest challenge".

Reflections on Gallipoli a highly collaborative production

Conflict: Trench warfare at Gallipoli, State Library of South Australia

Janet Wilson 6:55 PM   Four remarkable people were involved in the conception of Reflections on Gallipoli.

What's on in Canberra's art scene

Mono: Out West, an exhibition of landscape and pinhole camera photography, is on at the Manuka Arts Centre until March 22.

Out West exhibition at PhotoAccess.

6:54 PM   What's on where and when for arts in Canberra this week.

Large hazard reduction burn blankets Canberra in smoke


6:15 PM   A large hazard reduction burn across the border is spreading smoke across the capital.

Fake police car tries to pull over driver in Canberra's north

The car had flashing lights and a siren.

5:26 PM   A fake police car clad with emergency lights and a blaring siren has been caught after driving dangerously and trying to pull over another driver in Canberra's north. 

Spying revelations send wrong signal to our neighbours

Observation: Insiders say we are living in a "golden age" of signals intelligence.

Philip Dorling 5:25 PM   News today that Australia’s electronic espionage agency has been targeting Indonesian communications isn’t in itself much of a surprise.

Slump continues for struggling retailers

 Work progresses at the Canberra Ikea store worksite at Majura Park.

John Thistleton 5:21 PM   Canberra retailers have missed out on the flow-on benefits of lower petrol prices and interest rates.

'We must do better and we must act now', politicians urged to act on domestic violence

Tara Costigan was allegedly murdered by her former partner Marcus Rappel, 40.

Christopher Knaus 5:13 PM   Politicians have been urged to end the blight of domestic violence in Australia, for the sake of Tara Costigan’s three children and the thousands of women attacked each year.

Acrid smell evacuates 1000 from Defence in Russell

An ACT emergency services unit.

5:02 PM   About 400 Defence staff have been evacuated from the Russell Offices Thursday afternoon thanks to a bad stench sparked by microwaved food. 

Chemistry makes scam flick watchable

Plenty of laughs: Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus.

Jane Freebury 3:48 PM   Margot Robbie and Will Smith look like they really should be together.

Business, not pleasure

Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson and Vince Vaughn star in Unfinished Business.

Jim Schembri 3:47 PM   Big names can't save this routine comedy.

Flying doctors to call Canberra home

Martin Laverty: The Royal Flying Doctor Service is moving in to Canberra.

Henry Belot 3:02 PM   The Royal Flying Doctor Service has established a permanent base in Canberra in an effort to reduce health disparities between those living in cities and remote or rural communities.

Man who raped wife was exerting 'power and control': court


Christopher Knaus 2:26 PM   A man who broke into his wife's home and raped her after a break-up wanted to show his "power and control" over her, a court has heard.

Offender rorted drug testing regime while on parole


Michael Inman 1:27 PM   A Forrest man thwarted the territory’s drug testing regime by abstaining before analysis, a court has heard.

Jason Byrne lunacy at Canberra Comedy Festival

Jason Byrne is performing at the Canberra Comedy Festival.

Kate Kingsmill 11:53 AM   Former Irish electrician Jason Byrne does lunatic stand-up comedy and was once in a movie - blink and you'll miss him - with Bono.

Highlights for next week

Dan Sultan is doing two shows at The Street Theatre.

10:58 AM   Music highlights for the coming week include Judith Lucy, Sky Fire, the Canberra Comedy Festival and Dan Sultan.

Alpine Q & A

Alpine are performing as part of Enlighten.

11:00 PM   Lou from Alpine answers questions from On the Road.

Deadly salmonella strain in Belconnen nursing home traced to South Coast bakery


Cydonee Mardon 10:40 AM   A sample from the Betta Maid bakery in Unanderra has tested positive for the rare salmonella strain implicated in the outbreak at Canberra and Illawarra aged care facilities which has claimed two lives.

Betty Churcher isn't scared of death

Betty Churcher.

Emma Kelly 10:08 AM   Her cancer prognosis isn't good, but the former NGA director says "I hope we're not talking years".

What's on in Canberra March 6-9

The Balloon Festival in Canberra.

Jil Hogan 9:45 AM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

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

Canberra mornings.

9:21 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Another Queanbeyan Fluffy home found

Asbestos fibres

Kirsten Lawson 9:10 AM   Queanbeyan City Council has called on more residents to put their hands up for the free testing.

Vulnerable women turned away as funds dry up

Canberra-based Beryl Women's Refuge manager Robyn Martin.

Christopher Knaus 8:01 AM   A legal service for vulnerable women will be forced to turn 500 Canberrans away due to federal funding cuts, while a local refuge warns it is struggling to find free beds for those who desperately need help.

Canberra schools applauded as My School goes live

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Emma Macdonald 12:00 AM   The My School website has been updated overnight to allow parents to look up details of schools across the nation - most notably their performance in literacy and numeracy as well as financial status, social make-up and attendance record.

ACT schools that add value

Wanniassa School Year 4 students Rani Measham and Charleigh Byrne, right, go about their class work.

Emma Macdonald 11:58 PM   Wanniassa School, Holy Trinity Primary and Canberra Grammar are among 20 schools which have taken their students above and beyond the average when it comes to literacy and numeracy.

Axe murder accused breached order

Marcus Rappel, who has been accused of the murder of Tara Costigan.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Tara Costigan, who Marcus Rappel is accused of killing, had applied for a domestic violence order against him the day before. And it wasn't the first such order against him.