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Still in the dark over White Night

The Forum Theatre in Flinders Street during White Night 2015.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 10:52 PM   The future for the all-night cultural festival remains unclear despite an $80 million boost to the body that manages the event.

Bashing confirms 'deeply held suspicions' about administration of justice

Steven Freeman.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   A senior Aboriginal health official has called for an independent inquiry into the bashing of Steven Freeman, who was left in a coma and possibly with a permanent brain injury after just two to three hours on remand in the ACT prison last week.

Transport top-brass shake-up defended


Tom McIlroy 8:11 PM   The ACT government denies that a juggling of management positions at ACTION Buses are anything to do with last year's changes to bus timetables and routes. 

Calvary hospital calls caterers into urgent meetings as relatives fear risk to patients

Instead of spending more money on hospitals, the health budget should emphasise preventative strategies.

Primrose Riordan 8:30 PM   Calvary Hospital called its caterers in for meetings on Tuesday as relatives issued warnings patients were receiving sub-standard meals late, leaving their health at risk.

Go spend, Hockey urges after rate cut

Kambah couple Leanne and Drew Salzke  with their third son, three-week-old Jack.

James Massola and Finbar O'Mallon 8:03 PM   Reserve Bank's decision to cut cash rates to record lows welcomed by Canberra home owners.

ACT calls for next generation solar farm to capture and store power

An artist's impression of the Mugga Lane solar farm.

Clare Colley 12:00 AM   Environment Minister Simon Corbell wants industry players to come forward with their ideas for projects to generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity.

Major Masters marches the streets for a good cause

News. The Salvation Army will celebrate 50 years of their Red Shield Appeal this year. Major Gary Masters will be involved in this year's door knock in Canberra.
May 5th 2015
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Hannah Moore 7:26 PM   Canberrans will be encouraged to open their doors and wallets at the end of the month to donate to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, now in its 50th year. 

Don't sign light rail contracts before the election: Alistair Coe

Light rail.

Tom McIlroy 7:20 PM   The opposition will call on the ACT government to delay signing contracts for Canberra's light rail line until after the 2016 territory election.

ACTION to trial 'cashless' bus routes in morning peaks

ACTION's 202 route will move to cashless travel from May 18

Tom McIlroy 7:10 PM   ACTION bus passengers on morning services will be required to use the My Way card in a trial of cashless fares.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra May 8-10

The Hysterical Girls from the cast of the Crucible (L-R) Yanina Clifton, Katy Larkin, Zoe Priest, Alysandra Grant, (back) Saffron Dudgeon.

Jil Hogan 6:43 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Canberra's Autumn skies are picture perfect for photo competition

Bibaswan Chowdhury's entry Autumn sunset

Finbar O'Mallon 6:26 PM   After a warm start to autumn, Canberrans might finally have a reason to pull the electric blankets and slippers out of storage this week with forecasters predicting cooler temperatures from Wednesday.

Faithful and dedicated teacher died doing something he loved

Illawarra Christian School science teacher Graeme Best riding in a previous Bike for Bibles event. He died while leading a group of students in the 2015 event.

Angela Thompson 6:07 PM   The 61-year-old is believed to have suffered a heart attack near Goulburn while riding with students and members of the school community.

Up to 300 townhouses and apartments on former school block

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman: approved high-density Downer development.

Kirsten Lawson 10:00 PM   ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to a controversial high-density housing development in Downer, with 300 townhouses and apartments to be built on the site of the former Downer primary school.

New owners hope to turn around troubled Hills in Hollywood bridal stores

New Hills in Hollywood manager Eirlys Chessa is excited about the brand's next chapter.

Primrose Riordan 5:37 PM   The new owners of the Hills in Hollywood brand have taken over the troubled Fyshwick bridal store from the former operator and moved locations, in the hope of turning the brand around.

Would be prisoners could be diverted from overcrowded ACT jail

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Clare Colley 11:45 PM   The ACT government will consider more measures to divert would be prisoners from jail as the inmate numbers at the Alexander Maconochie Centre continue to surge.

UC spate of crime

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Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   The University of Canberra has warned students and staff to take personal safety measures after a spate of robberies and hold-ups on campus.

Police recommend nursing home develops suspicious death protocol

The Jindalee Aged Care Residence in Narrabundah

Christopher Knaus 5:21 PM   Police recommend protocols to guide nursing home's response to suspicious deaths in the wake of the 2012 killing.

'If I am going to kill you, I will tell you first': woman allegedly forced into sexual servitude

Scales of justice.

Christopher Knaus 4:55 PM   She was allegedly forced into sexual servitude by a violent, controlling partner. After working up the courage to flee, she was sent to Villawood for being in the country unlawfully.

Builders get back the right to handle asbestos for structural work

A ban on builders dealing with asbestos created a problem for structural work, prompting a law change.

Kirsten Lawson 4:35 PM   Just four months after banning builders from working with asbestos, the ACT Government has reinstated their right to deal with the material.

Childcare with a gender-neutral philosophy

Ashley Fort, Nathan Mugford-Fort, 4 months, and Carralyn Christie, in the new Winyu childcare centre opening in Gungahlin.

Kimberley Granger 2:06 PM    A gender-neutral attitude is the hallmark of a new Gungahlin childcare centre.

Unique and exclusive music on the menu at Fashfest

Fashfest 2015 music director Ashley Feraude, aka Magnifik.

Kimberley Granger 1:54 PM    New music director Ashley Feraude aims to bring the music out of the background at this year's Fashfest.

Watercolour painting wipes away Goulburn's gloomy main streetscape

Chan Dissanayake's <i>Rainy Day in Goulburn</i> painting.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   How a storm kills colours to enliven an historic main street.

Today in history: Kingston traders complain of declining business

fortunes dip

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Deteriorating trade blamed on revaluation of properties and subsequent rises.

Moving, imaginative production of a classic

The hysterical girls from the Cast of the Crucible. From left, Yanina Clifton, Katy Larkin,  Zoe Priest, Alysandra Grant, (back) Saffron Dudgeon.

Alanna Maclean 11:45 PM   Arthur Miller's darkly moral play The Crucible is refreshed by an imaginative approach in Canberra Repertory's production.

Win one of three double passes to APIA Good Times Tour

Glenn Shorrock, Brian Cadd, Kate Ceberano and Joe Camilleri.

11:45 AM   This week we have three double passes to be won to see the APIA Good Times Tour at 8pm on Sunday, May 10 at the Royal Theatre. 

Another local shopping centre in Canberra getting a revamp

Developers of the Downer shops, Njegosh Popovich and Theo Poulos under the original shopping centre sign.

Kimberley Granger 11:09 AM   Inner north centre once surrounded by opium poppy fields is being refurbished in an attempt to revitalise the area.

Four car crashes and a bus fire cause chaos on Canberra roads

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Emma Kelly 10:53 AM   Multiple car crashes and a bus fire created peak-hour chaos on Canberra's roads Tuesday morning.

A mushroom to top 25 pizzas

Antonio D'Ambrosio has tasty plans for his super-sized mushroom.

John Thistleton 10:31 AM   Antonio D'Ambrosio's massive mushroom will keep him in pizzas for some time.