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Blogger Margaret Zhang bringing her Instagram tricks to Canberra with a special workshop

Jil Hogan 4:54 PM   At only 21 years old, Margaret Zhang has gathered an impressive number of accomplishments under her belt. She's a law and commerce student, a fashion blogger, a stylist, a photographer, writer and general fashion superstar with her fingers in many pies.

STAR students take to the lake to raise awareness of domestic violence

Lyneham High School students from left Chido Nyakuengama, 15, Hannah Nandan 14 and behind from left, Tilda Barrie, 15 and Laura Mobini-Kesheh, 14.

Emma Kelly 4:51 PM   A group of young women has used a school-based empowerment program to raise awareness of domestic violence among their peers and the broader Canberra community.

Supabarn squeezed for falsely labelling juice

The apple juice was advertised as "straight from a farm" and locally produced in the NSW town of Griffith "using the freshest quality apples".

Emma Kelly 4:23 PM   The label said it was "straight from a farm" and locally produced "using the freshest quality apples". The truth was far from it.

Woman trapped, seriously injured in one of five crashes on Canberra roads

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Emma Kelly 4:19 PM   A young woman was freed from her car and taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries in a two-car crash in Spence on Thursday morning.

CCTV camera moved before vicious prison bashing

Steven Freeman was taken to  hospital after being critically injured within hours of being remanded to the ACT prison.

Christopher Knaus 2:56 PM   CCTV camera turned away from covering cell before inmate viciously bashed, court hears.

New fund to drive ACT road safety

Shane Rattenbury said motorists will have to pay an extra 50 cents into the new fund.

Emma Kelly 1:07 PM   A fund to replace the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust will see motorists pay slightly more for vehicle registration.

Cannabis grow house accused released on bail

A cannabis grow house in Fisher, Canberra.

Christopher Knaus 12:01 PM   Canberra grow house found with more than 30 kilograms of dried cannabis, as part of a sophisticated system.

Ignore Barr and recognise Canberra on list, heritage experts urge

Former chairman of the ACT Heritage Council Duncan Marshall: National heritage listing important for Canberra and for the credibility of the list.

Kirsten Lawson 11:49 AM   Heritage experts have rejected Andrew Barr's opposition and called for Canberra to be on the National Heritage List

Armed men threatened shoppers in Woden

Two men armed with knives robbed the Hughes IGA

10:55 AM   Two men armed with large knives threatened customers and staff at a Woden supermarket on Sunday night.

Abetz defiant in the face of half-day strikes

John Lloyd had dismissed the industrial action that had taken place so far, saying it had little effect.

Noel Towell 10:01 AM   Union is escalating its campaign, minister defiant.

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Canberra Weekender: Your guide to the best culture and arts

Elixir, who is performing as part of the Capital Jazz Project kicking off on Saturday.

Jil Hogan 9:50 AM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings.

9:49 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

Canberra public schools launch 'one-stop shop' website

 A teacher at work.

6:20 AM   The ACT government hopes a new web portal will better streamline school information to parents and carers.

Canberra Theatre Centre gets $4.1 million for upgrade

Canberra Theatre director Bruce Carmichael and chief executive Harriet Elvin are pleased with a budget allocation of $1.85 million and a $170,000 feasibility study for a potential new theatre in Canberra.

11:30 PM   The Canberra Theatre Centre will gain seating, carpet, and an upgraded foyer and backstage area over the next three years as part of $4.1 million worth of upgrades.

ACT residents say they wait too long to see medical specialists

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Clare Colley 11:30 PM   People in the ACT were the Australians most likely to have seen a medical specialist in the last 12 months, but more than a third who did felt they waited too long for an appointment, ABS data reveals.

Canberra club denies money laundering, terrorism funding

The Canberra Southern Cross Club has been ordered to appoint an independent auditor to assess its compliance with anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing laws.

Clare Colley 9:49 PM   The Canberra Southern Cross Club has been accused of "systemic and serious non-compliance" with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

Last days of autumn bring dynamic weather to ACT

Red mushrooms captured in the garden.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Canberrans have been warned to brace for a wild ride as the skies dish out a mixed bag of weather conditions for the rest of the week.

Appeal judges still hamstrung on non-parole periods, despite reform calls

Justice Richard Refshauge last year urged for reforms to laws restricting appeal courts from reducing non-parole periods in some cases.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   ACT laws are preventing appeal courts from reducing non-parole periods in some cases, even when they find a sentence is excessive.

New wave of refugees set sail from Immigration

There are more high-level departures on the way at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Another wave of high level departures is underway at the Immigration Department as the agency's boss reveals that yet more of his executives have been placed on "performance notice".

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Storytelling time with the Brumbies

Jordan Smiler and Joshua Mann-Rea read to a crowd of children at the NLA National Simultaneous Storytime event

11:30 PM   Some children may be used to having a story read to them, but it's not every day the storyteller is someone very special.

ACT Fire and Rescue appoints new chief officer

Mark Brown will take the helm of ACT Fire and Rescue, having served as the assistant commissioner in NSW.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   ACT Fire and Rescue's chief officer A firefighter with three decades of experience at Australia's largest fire service has been appointed 

Reward for information about former Canberra man's disappearance

Stephen Jelfs.

8:06 PM   Police hope a $100,000 reward will reveal information about Stephen Jelfs' disappearance and death in the late 1970s.

ACT budget to spend $23m on bike paths

Next week's ACT budget will boost bike paths and cycle infrastructure

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Tuesday's ACT budget will include new funding for bike and walking paths, cycling infrastructure and the planned Molonglo cycle highway project. 

ACT government defends Ashley Drive price tag

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Roads Minister Mick Gentleman announcing funding for Ashley Drive duplication works

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government has defended its plans to spend more money than expected to duplicate a smaller section of Tuggeranong's Ashley Drive. 

No Liberal challenge to Zed

Senator Zed Seselja, left and ACT Roads Minister, Mick Gentleman cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Senator Zed Seselja will not be challenged for Liberal Party preselection for the election.

Coroner holds inquest into hiker's disappearance

Mr Srawn disappeared after parking a rental car in the Charlotte Pass Village, sparking weeks of searches.

Tom McIlroy 7:32 PM   More than two years after the disappearance and suspected death of Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn, a coronial inquest into his case began in Cooma on Tuesday. 

Gang Gang: On This Day May 28

A lighthouse is battered by waves during stormy weather in Newhaven on the southern coast of England.

David Ellery 9:45 PM   Plane travel beats a migrant ship any day of the week.

Police should use social media when young witnesses go missing: judge

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Christopher Knaus   Judge says Facebook could have been used to track down witnesses to an alleged serious drunken assault in Civic. 

ZGeek case confirms defamation law applies to all communication: expert

Gang rapist Bilal Skaf, left, in Goulburn jail.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Successful defamation action against online forum serves as reminder to new media, communications law expert says.