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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Australian Victoria Cross recipients

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William

8:18pm Royal couple wrap up a day in the nation's capital with an intimate reception hosted by the Governor-General.

Five-car accident in Fyshwick

Police Car, with Siren and lights, Cops, Emergencies, Generic

Ben Westcott 8:42pm Two lanes were closed on Canberra Avenue following a five-car accident on Thursday afternoon.

A royal-mad smorgasboard of fans in Canberra for Duke, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

HENRY BELOT 6:14pm Canberrans of all generations lined the streets of Canberra and Parliament House to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess on Thursday as they began their formal duties in the capital.

DansonFest concert to honour murder victim Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber.

Michael Inman and Christopher Knaus 4:24pm The man accused of murdering Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber has again faced an ACT court.

Girl should have been confined, not arrested, magistrate says

Magistrate Peter Dingwall.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 4:24pm A magistrate has criticised the decision of ACT authorities not to use special powers to confine a 12-year-old child.

Prince William praises Canberra twins at tree planting

Royal encounter: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, greets twin brothers Oliver and Sebastian Lye, at the National Arboretum in Canberra.

MEGAN DOHERTY 2:35pm Those cute little twin boys who helped water in the oak planted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Canberra on Thursday morning came from a local family with a power of strength and love behind them.

Royal tour 2014: Duke and Duchess full of praise for Australia

POOL PHOTO: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, arrive at the National Arboretum in Canberra during the Royal Tour of Australia, on Thursday 24 April 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (FAIRFAX MEDIA / NEWS CORP POOL ONLY)

EMMA MACDONALD 3:52pm The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have praised Australia's work ethic and quality of life, saying they leave reluctantly after a hugely successful family tour.

New plan to limit dumping at Canberra charity bins

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury.

TOM MCILROY 2:03pm The latest efforts to stop illegal dumping of rubbish at charity bins around Canberra will see the donation points reorganised into 14 central hubs.

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Queanbeyan residents face rate rise to fund infrastructure

Australian dollar notes.

CLARE COLLEY 1:52pm Queanbeyan ratepayers will be hit with annual rate increases as high as 13.5 per cent as the council moves to rake in more revenue to replace ageing infrastructure.

Canberra royal watcher keeps eye out for Queen's brooch

Scott Coleman from Waramanga with a replica of the Australian Wattle Brooch from his replica royal jewellery collection.

JIL HOGAN 12:46pm While most of the country has their eye on what the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing during her visit to Australia, one Canberran is keeping a keen eye out for a specific brooch.

Canberra boy found safe after four days missing

Kane Randle

12:16pm Missing Canberra boy Kane Randle has been found safe and well.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge charm the crowd at the National Arboretum

POOL PHOTO: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, tour the Pod Playground at the National Arboretum in Canberra, during the Royal Tour of Australia, on Thursday 24 April 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (FAIRFAX MEDIA / NEWS CORP POOL ONLY)

MEGAN DOHERTY 12:00pm It’s a while before they take the throne back home but Kate and William can officially be called the King and Queen of the Playground after their joyful visit to the National Arboretum Canberra for a tree planting on Thursday morning.

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Man who shot guard during Mawson robbery fails in appeal

Court

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 11:13am A man who blasted a security guard with a shotgun during a $151,000 armed robbery outside the Mawson Club has lost a bid to clear his name.

Royal tour 2014: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit Canberra

POOL PHOTO: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke
of Cambridge, attend a reception given by the Governor-General and
Lady Cosgrove at Government House.
24 April 2014
The Canberra Times
photo  by Jay Cronan (FAIRFAX MEDIA / NEWS CORP POOL ONLY)

9:55am On day nine of their Australian tour, Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, will visit the sights of the nation's capital. For full coverage of the Royal visit, head to our dedicated page.

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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday April 24

Canberra Mornings Live - generic images.

TEGAN OSBORNE 7:01am Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

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Autumn photo competition

Season lens itself to beauty

Canberra Times readers Autumn photo competition.

Autumn continues to inspire Canberra's backyard photographers, as these entries in The Canberra Times Autumn Photo Competition show.

Lead actors collared at Legally Blonde canine casting call

Mikayla Williams, who will play Elle in the Legally Blonde stage show, with Violet, who will play Bruiser, and her friends Jazz, Wilson and Jedda.

MEGAN DOHERTY At least half the showbiz adage of ''never work with children or animals'' is being ignored for a new Legally Blonde musical.

13-day cold snap for Canberra

A 13-day cold streak has signaled the start of Canberra's winter season.

BEN WESTCOTT A 13-day cold streak had signalled the start of Canberra's winter season, with gas consumption doubling in the ACT as people switch on their heaters.

Hope rises for earless dragons as population hits high

The local Grassland Earless Dragon population is the highest it has been in the past 10 years.

MEGAN GORREY The territory's population of grassland earless dragons has hit a 10-year high, which has given researchers hope the threatened species is slowly recovering after being devastated by drought.

Trees a lasting legacy to decades of royal visits

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is watched by gardener Norm Dunn (left) and her husband Prince Philip (right) as she plants a 'Black Sally' gum tree in the grounds of Government House in Canberra, 2006.

MEGAN DOHERTY Once the soil has been turned, the photographs taken, the hands shaken and the media circus moved on, all those trees planted by royals and other dignitaries are almost forgotten. But here is proof that many of those saplings have flourished spectacularly long after the polished spades have been packed away and the royal connection but a memory.

Affordable Rental Scheme adjusted to tenants' capacity to pay

Changes to the ACTs affordable rental scheme mean that older tenants will now pay what they can afford, rather than a percentage of market rates.

TOM MCILROY Advocates for residents of social housing in the ACT have welcomed changes to a scheme providing affordable rent that will see older tenants pay what they can afford.

Red Cross injects energy into 100 years of service

Long time Red Cross volunteer, 81 year old Betty Mills of Pearce and 21 year old youth volunteer, Breanna Gasson of Deakin, both spoke at the function about their experiences.

Breanna Gasson grew up hearing how the Red Cross reunited her great-grandparents in Iran and helped them to resettle in Australia.

Bail denied to alleged drug dealer, baseball basher

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS An accused drug trafficker who allegedly took a debtor on a ''long drive'' to the bush, tied him to a pole and beat him with a baseball bat, has lost a second bid for release on bail.

Fashion designers rally for cause on anniversary of sweatshop disaster

EMMA MACDONALD It may seem on Thursday that a number of people rushed out their doors with their clothes on inside out. Instead, they are marking the anniversary of the Bangladesh garment factory disaster and making a statement that they know where their clothes have come from by wearing their labels on the outside.

ACT house prices fall most in Australia

Canberra house prices have slumped by the largest amount in the country in the first quarter of the year.

MEREDITH CLISBY Canberra house prices have slumped by the largest amount in the country in the first quarter of the year, after a rise at the end of 2013.

Anzace eve peace vigil will raise awareness of earlier wars

The Australian War Memorial will stop work on its Anzac Day preparations on Thursday evening to allow a peace vigil to use the parade ground.

ROSS PEAKE The Australian War Memorial will stop work on its Anzac Day preparations on Thursday evening to allow a peace vigil to use the parade ground.

Canberra's business leaders have no problem with 10-day weekend

Canberra's business leaders have said workers should not feel guilty about capitalizing on  a 10-day long weekend holiday.

Henry Belot and Ben Westcott Canberra's business leaders have said workers should not feel guilty about capitalising on a 10-day long weekend holiday, provided that increased tourism to the capital accounts for lost productivity.

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Plan gives drivers time to sober up before retrieving cars from night before

ACT clubs believe abolishing paid parking on Saturday and Sunday morning could help prevent drink drivers getting behind the wheel to avoid a parking fine.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS ACT clubs believe abolishing paid parking on Saturday and Sunday morning could help prevent drinkers getting behind the wheel to avoid a parking fine.

Public service bosses to pocket 5% pay rises as bargaining brawl looms

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ian Watt

NOEL TOWELL Australia's top public servant will get a $42,000 wage rise in July as industrial strife looms over pay rises for the Commonwealth's 160,000 rank-and-file bureaucrats.

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War Memorial to mark WWI centenary by placing messages on Diggers' graves

These special Anzac Day messages written on wooden crosses are part of an extensive centenary program by the Memorial aimed at placing almost 100,000 crosses on the overseas war graves of Australians during the next four commemorative years of the First World War. (From left) Blake Bennie age 11, Austin Bennie age 7, Eliza Niven age 12, Matthew Rutter age 11 and Tessa Niven age 10.

FLETA PAGE Messages from Australian schoolchildren will be among the wreaths laid by the visiting Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day.

Boxer not in court for road rage sentence

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS An Olympic boxer who punched a truck driver in a road rage spat in Fyshwick has failed to show up for sentencing because he did not read his mail for the past three months, a court has heard.

Canberra 2014 Anzac Day order of march and services

Lite Horse Regiment re-enactment

12:20pm On Friday April 25 there will be a number of services and events across the ACT region to commemorate Anzac Day, including the annual dawn service at the War Memorial.

Duntroon: The class of 1914

Anzac Duntroon
Group portrait of Lieutenant Cyril Albert?Clowes?(left), his?brother?Lieutenant Norman?Clowes (right) and E.L Vowles who later became Duntroon's commandant from 1945 to 1948.

DAVID ELLERY 10:57pm They were the first class of young officers produced by Duntroon, and they had a baptism of fire in WWI, writes David Ellery.

Duntroon: The class of 2014

(L-R) Staff Cadets, Steph Costa (F89 Minimi light support weapon), Russell Brien (66mm short range anti armor weapon), Jamie-Lee Britt (F88 steyr rifle) and Lachlan Findlay (f88 with grenade launcher attachement) at the RMC Duntroon grenade training range.

DAVID ELLERY 11:20pm Lachlan, Steph, Jamie-Lee and Russell, part of the latest intake at Duntroon, are articulate, hard-working, clever and fit – qualities they share with the Royal Military College's class of 1914.

Zara lawyers threaten Casey mother's home business

News
Neda Luketic of now Z and Co. previously known as Zarabumba was threatened to have legal action taken against her by fashion company Zara for the possible infringement on the company name she was originally trading under.  
The Canberra Times
23 April 2014
Photo Jay Cronan

HENRY BELOT 10:50pm A Canberran mother who runs a baby-clothing line from her Casey home has been threatened with legal action by retail giant Zara because her business name, Zarabumba, was considered too similar to their own.

About Town

How I Learned to Drive

Mia Stanton of McKellar and Hannah Blackwell of Cook at the ANU Arts Centre for the How I Learned to Drive show.

10:00pm How I Learned to Drive, by Paula Vogel, has opened at the ANU Arts Centre.

Kitchen fire in a massage parlour

News- 23rd April 2014. ACT Fire and Rescue firefighters attend a fire in Gladstone Street Fyshwick at Gina's place massage parlour. Canberra Times photo by Karleen Minney

BEN WESTCOTT A small kitchen fire in a Fyshwick massage parlour on Wednesday night has been extinguished.

Bobcat stolen in Crace

The missing bobcat.

BEN WESTCOTT A Bobcat excavator was stolen from a building site in Crace sometime on Tuesday night.

Police looking for missing 12-year-old Kane Randle

Kane Randle

Police are asking for the community's help to find a 12-year-old boy who has been missing since Sunday.

Gungahlin Jets robbed three times in three months

News
Chairman of the Gungahlin Jets Football Club Joe Cortese with the half built shed after federal government withdrew its funding support to build it.
The Canberra Times
09 February 2014
Photo Jay Cronan
The Canberra Times
08 February 2014
Photo Jay Cronan

BEN WESTCOTT They lost ten of thousands of dollars in funding and were then burgled twice - now Canberra's unluckiest sporting group, the Gungahlin Jets, have been dealt another blow.

Royal tour 2014: Where to see the royals in Canberra

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gestures to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge to play on DJ decks at the Northern Sound System on April 23, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk - Pool/Getty Images)

MEGAN DOHERTY Six-year-old Canberra twin brothers Oliver and Sebastian Lye are about to have the experience of a lifetime as they help the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fulfill one of their many engagements in Canberra over the next two days and the national capital gets its time to shine on the royal tour.

Man sentenced over Evatt standoff with police

Gavel

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS Man confronted police armed with a kitchen knife and a fake gun made from cardboard rolls.

Olympic boxer Adam Forsyth fails to appear for sentencing over road rage assault

Former Olympic boxer Adam Tony Forsyth

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS Confrontation took place after a truck driver beeped at him as he tried unsuccessfully to park a car.

Drug dealer allegedly beat debtor with baseball bat

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gaol

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS An accused drug trafficker allegedly tied a man to a pole and beat him with a baseball bat.

Fashion Revolution Day a statement on Bangladesh garment factory disaster

Environmentally sound designers Hannah Parris of the label Audrey Blue, Suzan Dlouhy of SZN and Kelli Donovan of Pure Pod wear their clothes inside out in a global day of action to commemorate the loss of more than 1000 Bangladesh garment workers last year.

EMMA MACDONALD It may seem people rushed out their doors with their clothes on inside out, but they know exactly what they are doing.

Garbage collectors to strike on Thursday and Friday next week

Canberra garbage collectors will strike on Wednesday and Thursday next week, in response to what they say are stalled negotiations with Sita Australia.

HENRY BELOT Canberra garbage collectors have voted to recommence their strike action on Thursday and Friday next week and have threatened further action should an agreement fail to be reached.

Region's gas prices to rise by $219 a year

Natural gas

Tom McIlroy, Angela Macdonald-Smith Canberrans are facing a likely $230 increase to their annual gas bills amid warnings the territory is particularly vulnerable to price hikes.

Deregulation of uni fees likened to Medicare levy by ANU vice-chancellor

Professor Ian Young

Clare Colley Removing the government's cap on student contributions would be akin to a Medicare levy with wealthier students paying more and poorer students supported through scholarships, Australian National University vice-chancellor Professor Ian Young says.

US sperm imports fill a gap in the Australian market

IVF clinic.

HENRY BELOT Canberra women hoping to conceive through sperm donorship are turning to the United States, the superpower of sperm exports, as Australian men continue to shy away from donating due to fears of dwindling anonymity.

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Hugh Laurie & the Copper Bottom Band

Mark van Deursen and Hannah Clapham of Gordon at the Hugh Laurie show at the Royal Theatre.

About Town: Hugh Laurie & the Copper Bottom Band play the Royal Theatre, Canberra.




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