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National Library acquires elusive battlefield music score

Sally Pryor 9:03 PM   A violin sonata composed on the warfront during the Gallipoli campaign has arrived in Canberra.

Children embrace old-fashioned fun

Emily Holdom, 9, Jay Holdom, 10, and Sophie Cahill, 10, in the tug-of-war at an olden day games workshop at Tidbinbilla.

Kimberley Granger 5:25 PM   An olden day games activity day at Tidbinbilla aims to get children back out into nature.

Bail refused for teen up on nine driving-related charges

police car

Kimberley Granger 3:13 PM   A 19-year-old man was denied bail at the Queanbeyan bail court on Saturday morning after police nabbed him three times in two days for allegedly driving with a disqualified license.

Casey man charged with child pornography

Child pornography.

Matthew Raggatt 12:25 PM   A Casey man has been prohibited from accessing social media and dating sites after he was charged with possession of child pornography. 

Suicide prevention staff leaving over funding uncertainty

Uncertainty: "All we want is to know we can continue to do our job… we are saving lives every day."

Julia Medew, Craig Butt and Amy Corderoy 12:26 AM   Organisations unable to get answers about whether they will be funded and fear their money will be cut.

Tim the Yowie Man

The Gundaroo battler

Ted Watt, a 2nd Boer War veteran.

Tim the Yowie Man 11:45 PM   A visit to Gundaroo reveals a remarkable tale of Ted Watt, a veteran of the Second Boer War, who lived in a remote hut for 40 years.

Contemporary dancers embody artform's history

Elizabeth Dalman in <i>Old Lady</i> 2014.

Michelle Potter 11:45 PM   A series of performances with the Mirramu Dance Company in Canberra will mark a milestone in contemporary dance.

Einstein the formula for music festival

Albert Einstein: "The other thing that happened in 1915."

Tristan Kane 11:45 PM   Merging the universal appeal of both Einstein and Beethoven into this year’s festival is an expansive formula.

Light rail business case 'fit for purpose'

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 11:00 PM   The project's benefit-cost ratio won't be confirmed until bids are received from two private consortiums, a report says.

Canberra cadets collecting bicycles for disadvantaged African communities

Officer cadet Michael Skene and Midshipman Leigh Guilmartin have collected more than 100 bicycles for their project Bikes4Africa.

Emma Kelly 10:30 PM   Canberra's Michael Skene and Leigh Guilmartin have a stash of 100 bicycles between them - but before you start searching for your missing wheels, think again.

Marist Brothers to leave Canberra

Canberra's remaining Marist Brothers, from left, Brother Tony Shears, Brother Kevin Murray, Brother Anthony Atkinson and Brother Lawrie McCane  are expected to leave Canberra around the middle of the year.

David Ellery   Canberra’s Marist Brothers community is to be disbanded by the middle of the year following the deaths of two members.

Friends of the NLA mark anniversary

From left, Christine Goode of Ainslie, Kathryn Cole of Red Hill and John Seymour of Garran.

About Town: Friends of the National Library of Australia celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Record Store Day a time to indulge in a passion for vinyl

Landspeed Records owner Blake Budak.

Talia Liolios 11:30 PM   Record Store Day comes around again this year celebrating the culture of independent record stores

Pialligo Avenue crash delays Canberra Airport traffic


Canberrans travelling to the airport Friday night were delayed by a car crash on Pialligo Avenue.

ACT prison not living up to promise, auditor finds

There is a little time for education at the over-stretched  Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Prisoners in the ACT's over-stretched prison are are at risk of boredom and drug use due to the limited programs on offer.

Canberra prisoner loses High Court challenge to legality of detention

The High Court of Australia.

Christopher Knaus 10:00 PM   A former Canberra prisoner has failed to convince the High Court to hear his argument that sentence administration boards don't have the power to lock someone up when they fail to show for weekend detention.

Nutrition station opens in Civic

Manager and co-owner of Nutrition Station Aidan Gordon behind the counter of the Canberra store.

Jil Hogan   During the week we brought you the news that The Fix Cold Pressed Juice has opened the country's first cold pressed juice vending machine in the Canberra Centre food court below Dendy.

Family's home to be demolished after tribunal rules it a bushfire risk

Yalgum property near Kowen Forest has been deemed a bushfire risk.

Scott Hannaford   A Canberra family is to be evicted and their home of 26 years will be demolished after a court ruled that their property was too great a risk in the event of a bushfire.

Teenager appears in court over two jewellery store ram-raids

The scene of a ram-raid at Gunghalin Villiage Shopping centre last month

Christopher Knaus   Canberra teen formally charged over crime spree in late March including two ram-raids and four break-ins.

ACT needs its own domestic violence minister: report

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Megan Gorrey   The ACT government lacks a 'whole of government' approach to the issue, says the Domestic Violence Prevention Council.

ACT loses $130 million in GST revenue

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, centre, on Friday with South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, left, and Troy Pickard, the president of Australian Local Government Association.

Kirsten Lawson   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's 2015-16 budget is $130 million worse off after Friday's GST carve-up.

Canberra's Conor beats the Irish at their own game

Conor Simpson winning gold at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Montreal.

Talia Liolios   On the back of the announcement of Sasa Sestic​ claiming the title of world's best barista in Seattle this week, Canberra has had another international triumph.

Balancing zombies and the Hollywood Hills

Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran, who has won the Judges Choice Award in the Nova Employment - Focus on Ability Short Film Competition.

Jil Hogan   Next week, filmmaker Christian Doran will swap Canberra for a gated community in Hollywood after receiving the Judges Choice Award in the Nova Employment - Focus on Ability Short Film Competition.

50,000 expected to attend Canberra Anzac Dawn Service

Crowds surround the Australian War Memorial for the solemn dawn service on Anzac Day 2013.

David Ellery   Australian War Memorial director Dr Brendan Nelson expects a record breaking 50,000 people to turn out for this year's Dawn Service on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

Plenty of prangs on Canberra's wet roads

Fog and rain clouds over Canberra.

Georgina Connery   Cloudy weather and showers predicted for the week ahead, but it won't all be wet weather.

Urban homesteading on rise

Keith Colls, the Canberra City Farm treasurer and co-founder, in his Weetangera garden.

Matthew Raggatt 8:30 PM   Plums, apricots, apples, berries, corn and zucchinis grow at the Canberra Organic Growers Society gardens in Charnwood.

Police call for witnesses as they investigate death of Sabah Al-Mdwali

Forensic officers and police investigate the death of a woman, 28, in Gordon on Tuesday.

Detectives believe a group of young men spotted in a Gordon car park could help them solve murder investigation.

Stolen Mercedes gets airborne, almost ends up in backyard pool

Stolen Mercedes almost drives into pool.

A Mercedes that became airborne after crashing through a backyard fence landed on the edge of a swimming pool in Weetangera on Thursday night.

Rail journey to transport back to World War I

Garry Reynolds next to a 3016  steam train in preparation for the Our Boys Train experience at the Canberra Railway Museum in Kingston on Sunday.

Matthew Raggatt 8:32 AM   A steam locomotive will be the backdrop for a step back to the World War I home front.