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Smith's Alternative given a second lease on life

Talia Liolios 9:08 PM   Smith's Alternative survives liquidation thanks to Canberra Musician's Club entertainment co-ordinator Nigel McRae.

We need to lift our game on financial advice: banks

Commonwealth Bank chief Ian Narev apologised to customers.

Clancy Yeates and James Eyers 7:37 PM   Chief executives confronted their banks' past wrongdoing before a high-stakes Senate hearing in Parliament House on Tuesday.

Feedback wanted on Gungahlin road works

Mr Gentleman said the government had received close to 200 responses with more than 70 percent of respondents wanting upgrades to happen at the same time.

Henry Belot 7:25 PM   Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman has called on Canberrans to provide feedback on proposed changes to Gungahlin roads.  

Two sides of love and loss

The musical, by Jason Robert Brown,  tells the story of writer Jamie (Findlay) and actress Cathy (de Jager) from two different perspectives - his, from the beginning of their relationship to its end, and hers, from the end to the beginning.

Ron Cerabona 6:06 PM   Actors Vanessa de Jager and Fraser Findlay said they identified with the characters in The Last Five Years - not their own, but each other's.

ACT crews on their way to NSW

Emergency services assess the DHL roof collapse.

Emma Kelly and Henry Belot 5:51 PM   Canberra SES volunteers are preparing for redeployment to assist their NSW colleagues.

Stranded cruise ship 'a floating island'

Carnival Spirit: Passengers report being in good spirits but concerned by the delay.

Tom Decent 5:39 PM   The 2500 guests aboard the Carnival Spirit are likely to be stuck off Sydney Heads until Thursday.

Poppies grow in Floriade fields in Anzac reflection

Floriade Nightfest.

Tom McIlroy 5:08 PM   Canberra's iconic flower festival is picking up the Anzac centenary theme this year, in a reflective floral tribute.

In Review: Noel Fielding

An Evening with Noel Fielding

Erika Bacon 5:06 PM   A night with comedian Noel Fielding is one to remember.

Man armed with shears robs northside Canberra store

The Canberra Times. April 21, 2015. A man police want to speak to about a Latham robbery.

4:27 PM   A man armed with a pair of shears has robbed a store in Canberra's north.

Proud Queanbeyan families honour digger ancestors

Josh McInnes, 6, wearing his grandfather Raymond Kenneth McInnes' war medals.

Kimberley Granger 2:58 PM   For six-year-old Josh McInnes, Anzac Day will mean more this year than just feasting on his favourite biscuits. 

The National Zoo mourns the death of Sumatran tiger, Berani

The National Zoo and Aquarium has announced the death of 13-year-old Sumatran tiger, Berani.

Henry Belot and Emma Kelly 1:01 PM   Staff and carers at Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium have said a sad farewell to their 14-year-old Sumatran tiger, Berani, who died unexpectedly on Monday.

Brothers to stand trial for planning violent Mawson Club robbery


Christopher Knaus 12:59 PM   A man is set to stand trial for allegedly handing over detailed information about the movements of a Chubb security van before it was held up outside the Mawson Club in broad daylight.

Property Council's plan to phase out stamp duty

Stamp duty is being phased out over 20 years in the ACT.

Simon Evans 12:39 PM   The Property Council in South Australia wants stamp duty on real estate abolished, but warns against adopting the ACT model.

An intricate web of life

Kangaroos gather at dusk in the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve,
where 740 of them are to be culled.

Brett McNamara 12:37 PM   More than  three decades ago when I began my career as a ranger, one of the first principles of conservation land management I sensed was everything in nature was connected, linked by association, akin to a web of life.

The secret war prison built in Canberra

Alan Foskett at Molonglo Mall where a WWI prisoner of war internment camp for Germans and Austrians was in 1919.

Mark Sawa 12:07 PM   Almost 100 years ago, during World War I, an internment camp for thousands of Germans and Austrians was built in Canberra. 

Charlie Hebdo attack: Julie Bishop presents French cartoonists with David Pope's famous work

Julie Bishop shows off the cartoon before presenting it to the survivors of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Nick Miller 11:34 AM   A new cartoon sits on the crowded walls of Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris.

Jane Austen Festival takes participants back in time

Madeleline James of Calwell with her bonnet in progress during a workshop held as part of the Jane Austen Festival at Albert Hall.

Kimberley Granger 11:25 AM   The Jane Austen Festival proves a success for another year in Canberra.

Police search for man accused of indecent exposure

ACT Policing has released a face-fit image of a man who indecently exposed himself in Greenway.

10:59 AM   Police have released a face-fit image of man who indecently exposed himself in Tuggeranong earlier this month.

Canberrans unconcerned by their weight problems

About a quarter of ACT children and more than 60 per cent of ACT adults are overweight or obese.

Kirsten Lawson, Markus Mannheim 9:50 AM   Overweight and obese Canberrans seem to be in big-time denial.

Tens of thousands clamour for APS jobs

Deluge: Thousands have applied for service delivery jobs at Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency.

Noel Towell 9:44 AM   There have been 41,000 applications for only 1250 public service jobs.

ABS bosses blame government for wages stalemate

The Australian Bureau of Statistics building in Canberra. The bureau's 2800 public servants have been waiting for a wage offer for almost 10 months.

Noel Towell 9:41 AM   Unions say the Australian Bureau of Statistics' public servants have heard enough excuses.

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Canberra shivers through cold, windy start to the week

The industry is battling political uncertainty, a consultant says.

Emma Kelly 7:06 AM   Canberrans shivered through a cold and windy start to the week on Monday with apparent temperatures below 6 degrees.

Father calls for inquiry into sudden death of diabetic vet

Dr Ella Ormes Lichacz died in her sleep in March, aged 28.

Scott Hannaford 7:02 AM   The father of a well-known Canberra vet has called for an investigation into the insulin product he believed may have contributed to his daughter's death.

Todd on a mission for his fallen comrades

Todd Berry is travelling to Sydney to undertake the inaugural Anzac Day Challenge - a 100km ultra-marathon over 24 hours.

Talia Liolios 11:11 PM   Todd Berry has challenged himself to run a 100-kilometre ultramarathon to commemorate the Anzac centenary and raise money for physically and psychologically wounded veterans.

Special scooter helps Ricky find his independence

Ricky Haines has achieved new-found freedom through the support of a $10,000 ACT government Enhanced Service Offer grant, and now has a scooter that is wheelchair accessible.

Joseph Walker   Ricky Haines can't remember the last time he was able to drive freely on the open road. But just a couple of months ago he was doing precisely that on a joyride to Araluen, using a new scooter he purchased with the help of an ACT Government grant.

ACT Health to address six week wait for vaccinations in north Canberra


Henry Belot 11:45 PM   Some northside residents are facing waiting lists of up to six-weeks for vaccination appointments as public health experts call on Canberrans to get their flu shots early.

Overstretched residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services turn addicts away

The drug ice.

Clare Colley 11:45 PM   Addicts are being turned away from residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment as demand pushes out wait times to six months.

Pair faces fresh charges over Canberra animal abuse houses


Megan Gorrey 11:45 PM   A man and his mother, who allegedly starved dozens of dogs, now face 40 new charges.

More than a third of Canberra's homeless aged 25 or under

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Mark Sawa   New data also shows the majority of homeless young people are female.