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What did we buy at the Boxing Day sales

Gabrielle Wilkie bought Jo Mercer shoes and a Zara trench while Kris Collins bought Hype shoes and a Rodd and Gunn shirt.

Primrose Riordan 11:32 PM   Boxing Day shoppers revealed their haul to The Canberra Times, but it was not that sexy, with work clothes and household linen a big theme.

Drivers are the most common fatality in crashes, say police

Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson, left, and Road Safety Operations Team Sergeant Stuart Howes.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Drivers were the most likely victims of deadly smashes on ACT roads in the past five years, police crash data showed.

Bringing sexy back to ACT politics

Fiona Patten and Jorian Gardner.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Australian Sex Party scores in Melbourne, looking to pick up seats in Canberra.

Retailers' tills are alive to to the sound of ringing

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Primrose Riordan 7:58 PM   Despite the cuts and redundancies, and warnings that we've squandered the biggest boom this country has seen, Canberrans opened their wallets and joined the annual Boxing Day retail pilgrimage.

Woman acquitted of hit and run on love rival

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Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A Canberra woman sentenced for a hit and run on her former friend during a fight over a love interest has had her conviction overturned on appeal.

Death knock a tough task for ACT police

Sgt. Dick Dauth has had to break the tragic news to many families that one of their members has died.

Megan Gorrey 11:45 PM   It's difficult to know what to expect as you knock on a stranger's front door with news their loved one will never come home.

No-cyanide mining message comes to Canberra

Jeff Wolford from Araluen is protesting about the gold mine using cyanide.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A Majors Creek man has travelled to Canberra towing a handmade sign protesting the potential use of cyanide at a goldmine south of Braidwood.

Wheelchair user Lud Kerec slams airline's 'archaic' plane access for people with disabilities at Canberra Airport

Quadraplegic Lud Kerec says Canberra airport's open-air  scissor-lift style device makes him feel unsafe.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Boarding planes and disembarking onto the tarmac via stairs in all weather is common at Canberra Airport, but wheelchair users are in an even worse position.

Libby's second chance at life from a stranger

Libby Mutimer received a life-saving liver transplant when she was two-years-old. She is pictured here with husband Scott.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Libby Mutimer is alive thanks to the generous donation from a person she'll never meet.

ACT awaits details on NSW-led medical marijuana trial

Health Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   The ACT government is yet to finalise plans for its involvement in a New South Wales-led medicinal marijuana trial, which could see patients or researchers given access to the drug in Canberra. 

Drunk and dangerous: Canberra's worst drink drivers

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Megan Gorrey   They've smashed their cars into light poles, mounted curbs in the city's centre, uprooted trees and been spied as they staggered back behind the wheel.

Man jailed for almost four years for two knifepoint robberies

Scales of Justice: Balance favoured prison.

Michael Inman   A Canberra man who stole $360 during two knifepoint robberies has been jailed for almost four years.

Boxing Day madness: Retailers ready

David Jones Civic store manager Alisha Guy and visual merchandise manager Peita Lee are gearing up for their annual Boxing Day sale.

Henry Belot   Retailers are hoping for Boxing Day bonanzas to counter miserable sales figures throughout the ACT.

Cloudy with a chance of raindeer

Christmas Day in Canberra will get off to a sunny start but thunderstorms and showers are forecast for the afternoon.

Natasha Boddy   Short, sharp and festive showers were already hitting Canberra at 10.30am on Christmas Day as forecasts predicted a high chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Canberrans refuse to let rain get in the way of an active Christmas

Canberra's Santa (aka Andrew Blair) rides with a group of cyclists past the Lodge on Christmas Day.

Primrose Riordan   Despite the downer weather, Canberrans cycled, gardened, walked their pups and picniced through Christmas Day.

ACT retailers' outlook dire despite Boxing Day hopes

spending.

Henry Belot   Retailers across the ACT are hoping Canberrans spend big at Boxing Day sales to counter the worst retail growth prediction in Australia thanks to low consumer confidence.

Fire in Kambah house on Christmas Eve

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

A Kambah house has been damaged by a fire in its living room on Christmas Eve.

Thirty million reasons for one Canberra family to celebrate this Christmas

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Christmas has come early for one incredibly lucky Canberra family who now have 30 million reasons to celebrate. 

ACT Health advises people to stay safe in the heat

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With temperatures expected to stay warm for the rest of the week, ACT Health is urging people to stay safe in the heat this festive season. 

Synthetic marijuana seized at Calwell Butts N Brew store

The seized cannabinoids.

Police said they seized 285 1.5 gram packets of synthetic marijuana during a raid on the Butts N Brew store in Calwell on Wednesday.

Public service colleagues regret Kris Kringle calamity

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a Kris Kringle gift that was given to him by one of his colleagues as a mean-spirited prank.

Primrose Riordan   While the perpetrator is yet to surface, colleagues of former Canberra public servant and Kris Kringle disaster victim have reached out to say they regret the affair.

Uriarra solar farm application delayed

A solar farm under construction at Royalla. A similar development at Uriarra has concerned residents.

Tom McIlroy   A decision on the development application for a controversial solar farm at Uriarra has been delayed until at least early 2015. 

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Abbott threatens APS annual holiday bonus at Christmas: union

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Ross Peake   Public servants' annual days off at risk from hardline approach to pay negotiations, says the union.

Octogenarian had skull fractured in assault

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Michael Inman   A Torrens man has been charged over the bashing of an 82-year-old man, which caused life-threatening skull fractures and a brain bleed.

Leading judge appointed to hear Eastman application

Anthony Whealy.

Michael Inman   A leading NSW anti-corruption figure has been appointed to hear David Harold Eastman’s bid to avoid a retrial.

CIT loses tender for migrant English teaching program

Stripped: CIT no longer has funding for the Adult Migration English program.

Henry Belot   Despite losing funding for a long-running migrant English program, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) hopes to find new roles for staff.

Speeding Canberra teen narrowly misses train

United stand: ACT and NSW police are joining forces again this Christmas season to promote road safety.

Primrose Riordan and Luca Lombardo   Police urge safe holiday driving after a Canberra teen escaped a fatal collision when speeding over a rail crossing.

Fluffy owners must leave solar panels behind

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Owners of Mr Fluffy homes will have to leave their solar panels behind when their homes are demolished.

Feed-in solar scheme shines on 10,000-plus households

Solar scheme

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Three-and-a-half years after the scheme was closed to new customers, households are still connecting to the 20-year deal.