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'Amy is always in our life'

Megan Doherty 11:39 PM   Trevor Hickman reveals his very personal story about the loss of his beloved wife, Amy, to breast cancer last year.

Canberra auditions for performers who hope to run away with the circus

Bega's Cassia Jamieson, 18,   is put through her paces at the audition.

Megan Gorrey 10:46 PM   Lithe performers juggle to win places at the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Taxi driver defections expected as Uber starts up

Prospective Canberra Uber drivers, Teferi Gungui, right and Gary Woodbridge.

Matthew Raggatt 10:30 PM   A widespread defection of taxi drivers to Uber has been tipped as the service prepares to start Canberra operations.

'His lips started going blue': Canberra's heroin problem

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Kimberley Le Lievre 10:30 PM   Australia is once again on an upward epidemic curve of opioid overdose.

Cubby houses sell under the hammer for charity

My Cubby House Rocks auction at Floriade with auctioneer Andrew Potts.

Sonja Koremans 8:08 PM   The humble cubby has gone high end for a good cause, with Canberra's top building minds creating mini masterpieces to raise money for charity.     

Govt slammed for dumping popular electrician apprenticeship program

Electrical apprentice Allyce Daley Boorn,23, is disappointed she had a year under a 2 year pilot program for an improved electrical apprenticeship scheme that has not had its funding renewed this financial year

Matthew Raggatt 10:30 PM   Program had doubled the retention rate of apprentice electricians to more than 90 per cent. 

Art reaches the spots that medication cannot

Matija Burrett, 20, was diagnosed with schizophrenia a year ago.

Kimberley Le Lievre 10:30 PM   The sound of someone knocking at the door became haunting for 20-year-old Canberra student Matja Burrett.

Indigenous leaders welcome custom-designed public housing units

An artist's impression of public housing planned for Jenke Circuit, Kambah.

Georgina Connery 11:00 PM   The ACT government is working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body on custom dwellings.

The conditions that send Australians to an early grave

A total of 2.7 million Australians are daily smokers.

Georgina Connery 10:30 PM   Stopping smoking, especially for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, would stop many premature deaths.

Melba man accused of procuring sex with minor through Facebook

Man on Facebook sex charge.

Kimberley Le Lievre 6:32 PM   A Canberra man facing sex charges has had his passport confiscated to remove any risk of flight.

Parties disagree on three-lane-wide median strip amid calls for underpass

Planned duplication for Gundaroo Drive from Mirrabei Drive to the Barton Highway.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Questions have been raised as to why a busy road will be brought closer to homes to create a 10 metre-wide median strip.

Bianca Elmir's rough road to the Olympics

Bianca Elmir: "Getting punched in the face makes me feel alive."

Kimberley Le Lievre 10:30 PM   Canberra boxer is aiming high after enduring constant scrutiny from the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority.

Cradle of Australian culture on offer as Miles Franklin’s former home Brindabella Station for sale

Mr Barlin says Brindabella's most famous resident Miles Franklin came to the property as a baby in the late 1870s.

5:46 PM   A farm which was the genesis of Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, is entering a new chapter in its rich history.

Fire at Mitchell telephone exchange

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Megan Gorrey 4:39 PM   A fire broke out in a telephone exchange in Canberra's north on Saturday morning.

Pet sitters wanted as owners put holidays on hold

Tara Munro with her rescued rabbit, which she has had looked after through the Pawshake community.

Matthew Raggatt 11:12 AM   Nine out of 10 Australian pet owners have cancelled or postponed a holiday because they can't get appropriate care for their furry friend, a new survey has found. 

The music festival that reveals Gundaroo's heart and soul

Sue Windsor with her daughters Emma, left, and Jess and their puppy Bruce at their home in Gundaroo.

Megan Doherty   The Gundaroo Music Festival is on Saturday, featuring a stellar line-up including Mental as Anything and Angry Anderson with the James Southwell band, lots of activities for the kids and, to cap it all off, a fireworks display.

Calvary Hospital boss warns junior staff need more support

Karen Edwards said earlier this year that misconduct was under-reported because of a boys' club mentality.

Henry Belot   Calvary Hospital chief executive Karen Edwards believes juniors must be provided with more support.

Private Capital: Duffy's Ntasha​ Gerebtzoff a woman of steel

 Duffy mum Ntasha Gerebtzoff at the parade of nations in Hawaii this week where she will compete in world ironman triathlon championships this weekend.

Megan Doherty   Duffy mum Ntasha Gerebtzoff will be running through the lava fields of Hawaii this weekend in one of the world's toughest events.

RUFUS embark on You Were Right tour

Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt of RUFUS.

Josephine Huynh   Josephine Huynh takes five with RÜFÜS keyboardist Jon George to get a taste of the group’s new sound ahead of their You Were Right tour.

Warm weather with a chance of rain

A swamp wallaby eating Blooms of a wattle tree in Tidbinbilla.

Emma Kelly   The first of several possible storms for the weekend passed over Canberra on Friday evening as the Bureau of Meteorology warned of a severe thunderstorm in the region.

Aspen Medical launch ambulance service in south Texas

Peggy Fonseca, Aspen Medical USA director of Emergency Medical Services; ACT chief minister Andrew Barr and Glenn Keys, co-founder of Aspen Medical.

Canberra-based company Aspen Medical has launched a 24-hour ambulance service in south Texas.

Canberra cannabis grow house accused deported despite magistrate's warning

ACT Policing has seized more than $7 million worth of cannabis as part of Operation Armscote.

Megan Gorrey   An illegal immigrant linked to a large-scale cannabis grow house network in Canberra has been deported despite concerns he could never face justice for his alleged criminal behaviour.

Man still missing from Yass property

Leonard Watkinson has been missing since Monday.

Alexandra Back, Emma Kelly   Family and police have twice searched the dam on Leonard Wilkinson's property since the Yass man went missing.

Portable cricket pitch firm helping in Floriade redesign

The company behind portable cricket pitch technology used at the MCG is working on a redesign of Floriade.

Tom McIlroy   The company behind the MCG 's portable cricket pitch technology is part of the plan to redesign Floriade, with 2016 billed as a transition year moving the festival from Commonwealth Park to the city.

Canberra launches ambitious bid to host US giant Tesla Motors

A man looks around Tesla Motors' Model S P85 in the Tesla showroom in Beijing.

Henry Belot   The ACT government has launched an ambitious bid for US giant Tesla Motors to establish a research presence in Canberra.

Rep season launch has a bit of everything

Canberra Repertory Society's season launch for 2016, Director Tony Turner, president David Bennett and director Jordan Best.

Ron Cerabona   Canberra Rep's upcoming season has plenty of variety.

A wonderful and varied collection

Slavica Zivkovic, The Stillness of Now in Exchange: Celebrating 21 years of the Southern Highlands Printmakers at Megalo.

Sasha Grishin   This exhibition by the Southern Highlands Printmakers displays plenty of talent.

Solo and group displays with messages

Tony Fleming, "Aurora Base Camp" (2013) in "Antarctica" at Photoaccess.

Peter Haynes   Tony Fleming's Antactic images and the PhotoAccess members' exhibition are both worthwhile.

Men linked to cannabis grow houses plead guilty

ACT Policing charged six people and seized more than 900 cannabis plants worth $6 million when they raided eight grow houses across the ACT as part of Operation Armscote.

Megan Gorrey   Sophisticated hydroponic grow house network was uncovered at houses across Canberra earlier this year.

Canberra Writers Festival to be rewritten

The Canberra Writers Festival will be back in 2016.

Katie Burgess   The Canberra Writers Festival will be revived next year, as a three-day event in late August.

Greek Embassy opens to public art exhibition on Lemnos in World War II

Greek Ambassadrice Eva (Eyvah) T Dafaranos has curated an art exhibition focusing on Lemnos and the Greek perspective on world War II as part of Windows to the World.

Alexandra Back   The exhibition actually is an honour for Australia and for New Zealanders, says Eva T. Dafaranos, the Greek Ambassadrice and curator of the exhibition

Domestic violence victim 'changed forever' after savage assault, rape

The ACT Supreme Court

Megan Gorrey   A woman viciously bashed and raped by her former partner still bears the emotional scars of the "terrifying, savage and prolonged attack", prosecutors have told a court.

Book review

Poetry of Canberra and crocodiles

Impressions of Canberra.

Peter Pierce   Three new poetry books include a book on Canberra.

'They thought nothing could fix me': Sarah's decade-long battle with mental illness

Sarah Short, 23, is at the bright end of a long and difficult journey living with mental illness.

Clare Sibthorpe   As a 14-year-old, Sarah thought everyone in her life was a paid actor. And it was movies that stopped her getting help.

"I realised I could do two things with running; raise money and be stress-free"

Denis Reid  is running from Merimbula to Jindabyne without stopping to raise money for MS.

Kimberley Le Lievre 10:30 PM   Running 200 kilometres in less than 48 hours might not seem relaxing, but for Denis Reid it will be more like a holiday.

Car crashes into wall at Bega Flats

Police car

Emma Kelly   A car has crashed into a wall at the Bega Flats Friday morning.

The Canberra Times news quiz for October 9

Christopher Pyne dines in Kingston to film an episode of Kitchen Cabinet.

How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Gungahlin jewellery store ram raid accused committed for trial

The jewellery store targeted in the Gungahlin ram raid.

Megan Gorrey   A man who pleaded not guilty to a brazen ram raid on a Gungahlin jewellery store has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Music festival honours late founder

Scott Windsor with his daughter Jess at the first Gundaroo Music Festival in 2013. Mr Windsor died this year of motor neurone disease and the festival raises money for research into the disorder.

Megan Doherty   Saturday's Gundaroo Music Festival will feature Mental as Anything and Angry Anderson, kids activities and a fireworks display. And all in support of a cause close to the community's heart.

Armed man robs soccer club

CCTV footage of the man who robbed the Belconnen Soccer Club in August.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed a man steal cash from Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar in August to come forward.

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Public service peace talks at last

Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for
Employment and Minister for Women.

Noel Towell   Michaelia Cash, Nadine Flood held talks in Melbourne this week.

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Refugee whistleblower to speak out about abuses on Nauru

Nauru whistle-blower and former Save the Children worker Toby (Tobias) Gunn will speak about his experiences at a protest in Canberra at the weekend.

Ross Peake   Refugee whistleblower speaks out ahead of Canberra rally