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Faithful and dedicated teacher died doing something he loved

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.

Still in the dark over White Night

The Forum Theatre in Flinders Street during White Night 2015.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 5:44 PM   The future for the all-night cultural festival remains unclear despite an $80 million boost to the body that manages the event.

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.

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.

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.

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

Scales of justice.

Christopher Knaus 3:39 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.

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.

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.

Armed women rob service station

Police.

10:22 AM   Two women armed with a syringe and what appeared to be a gun robbed a Calwell service station early Tuesday morning.

Public service defies the knockers

Terry Moran.

Noel Towell 9:40 AM   Don't believe the hype, says former top bureaucrat Terry Moran - those public service kids are alright.

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Suspicious white powder found at Indonesian embassy deemed safe

ACT Fire and Rescue outside the Indonesian
Embassy in Yarralumla.
on Monday.

Emma Kelly 9:38 AM   A suspicious white powder found in the Indonesian embassy's mail room on Monday has been deemed safe.

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Suspicious package found in mail room at Indonesian embassy

ACT Fire and Rescue attend an incident at the Indonesian
embassy in Yarralumla.

Emma Kelly 7:23 AM   Police and firefighters were called to the Indonesian embassy on Monday morning after a suspicious white powder was found in the mail room.

Higher wages for fewer public service sickies

Australian Public Service managers are failing to tackle the 'seemingly intractable' problem of sickies among their workers, internal APS documents reveal.

Noel Towell 10:25 PM   APS bosses can now put sickie rates on the table in wage talks.

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Celebrities get to sleep with lions, tigers

Entertainer Leo Sayer at the official opening of Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra.

Megan Gorrey 9:58 PM   As exotic animals prowled outside Canberra's Jamala Wildlife Lodge on Monday night, stars of business, sport and entertainment lingered within.

Tuggeranong residents reject being 'fattest and laziest' in Canberra

Stomach fat is a health danger sign.

Finbar O'Mallon 9:45 PM   Tuggeranong residents are unimpressed by 'laziest' tag and want government to do more to encourage active lifestyles.

How a colony of Griffith cats lure magpie feeders into their service

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John Thistleton 11:45 PM   On dusk Charlie and Betty Margulles Griffith home fills with magpies - until the cats arrive.

Canberra conference encourages young girls to lead

Frances Crimmins,  Executive Director of the YWCA of Canberra.

Hannah Moore 9:45 PM   A lack of women in public and private leadership roles is discouraging young girls from seeking out similar roles for themselves, a YWCA study has found.

About Town: National Zoo and Aquarium opens doors to Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium. Hummer the resident Giraffe at the lodge.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

8:17 PM   Canberrans and others from interstate were keen to visit the zoo's new Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Libs pledge to restore nurses for special schools

ACT Liberal Education spokesman Steve Doszpot.

Emma Macdonald 8:08 PM   The ACT Opposition has pledged $500,000 to put five nurses into four Canberra special schools if they win the next election.

Road users urged to share the road for National Road Safety Week

Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) co-founder Jessica Frazer at the ACT launch of National Road Safety Week.

Clare Colley 9:45 PM   The death of a man in Holt underlies the importance of road safety as National Road Safety Week begins.

ACT candidate search made more difficult by two elections in one year

Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja.

Kirsten Lawson 9:45 PM   Labor and Liberal have opened nominations this month for candidates to stand in next year's federal election, but the search for candidates is complicated by the ACT election coinciding with the federal one.

Urgent need for $1.6 million to treat ice scourge

Meth use is changing in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 9:45 PM    The dramatic increase in purity and strength of the crystalline form of methamphetamine threatens to overwhelm drug treatment services.

Body left unsupervised, staff told not to call police after dementia ward killing

The Jindalee Aged Care Residence in Narrabundah

Christopher Knaus 6:50 PM   Nursing staff were told not to call police after a man was discovered bashed to death in his bed at a Canberra dementia ward, an inquest has heard.

ACTTAB fraudster ordered to do community service

Pamela Susan Close, 61, was resentenced in the ACT Supreme Court.

Christopher Knaus 6:46 PM   Employee who swindled $1.42 million from ACTTAB to do 300 hours of community service after a knee replacement rules her out of weekend detention.

Hoddle Street killer's offer to settle defence abuse lawsuit rejected

Julian Knight is escorted by police at the Coroners Court over the Hoddle Street shootings.

Michael Inman   The Commonwealth has rejected an offer from the Hoddle Street killer to settle his lawsuit over alleged abuse he suffered as a staff cadet at Duntroon.