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Man dies after car hits tree near Holt

8:45 PM   A man, believed to be aged between 20 to 30, has died after his car hit a tree on Stockdill Drive in Holt on Sunday evening.

Canberrans party in the warmer weather for Groovin the Moo music festival

 Jake Ventry of Cann River in Victoria.

Jil Hogan 7:32 PM   Thousands of pasty, white limbs came out to play on Sunday for the Groovin The Moo music festival at University of Canberra.

Engadine bike rider dies after fall near Goulburn

An elderly woman died after being trapped under car at Brookside Shopping Centre.

John Thistleton 7:30 PM   A 61-year-old cyclist fell over a guard rail and died near Goulburn on Saturday.

Olympic indoor pool reopens after leak investigation

Aquatic coordinator Adrian Van Lith at Canberra Olympic Pool before the indoor and outdoor pools were closed for a leak probe.

7:00 PM   Canberra Olympic Pool has reopened its indoor pool but the outdoor pools require major repairs.

North Canberra hit with more than 35 car break-ins in 48 hours

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10:41 AM   Police are investigating a string of more than 35 car break-ins across Canberra's north over the weekend.

Airport claims inclusion in future light rail plan

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Mark Sawa 11:04 PM   Minister for Capital Metro's spokesman says no commitment has been made to any business entity or group about light rail routes.

Electrical union warns of safety fears if ActewAGL jobs cut

Electrical union exec warns of risk to public safety.

Matthew Raggatt   A leading union representing ActewAGL staff will seek meetings with the company's management to warn job cuts risk public safety.

9000 comic books given away in one day

Comic book fans had over 50 free titles to choose from at Impact Comics.

Kimberley Granger   More than 9000 comic books were given away on Saturday at Impact Comics as part of the annual international Free Comic Book Day.

Young girl with head injuries airlifted from Narooma

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Kimberley Granger   A four-year-old girl with head injuries is being transported by helicopter from Narooma.

Canberra's Nepalese community come together for support

Nepal Earthquake Relief Coordination Canberra coordinator Binod Nepal gathers with the ACT's Nepalese community.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   One week after the devastating earthquake which destroyed homes and lives in Nepal, Canberra's Nepalese community has come together to share stories, a meal and support each other.

Dutch celebrate Canberra's first Oranjefeest

The Oranjefeest at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah.

Kimberley Granger   Decked out in vivid orange the Dutch community came together for a celebration of the King's birthday on Saturday, at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah.

Waramanga domestic violence accused despite death threats

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Matthew Raggatt   A man charged with assaulting his former partner has been granted bail despite threatening to kill the woman if she did not tell the truth about alleged cheating. 

Medical science student charged with drug offences

An Australian teenager died at a Sydney dance party after taking part in a ecstasy swallowing contest.

Matthew Raggatt   Police find 170 capsules of ecstasy in car but suspect denies they are hers.

'Like night and day' – calls for federal government to approve new Hep C drugs

Sione Crawford says it is important that Hepatitis C medication is added to the PBS.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Advocates in Canberra have called on the government to urgently subsidise new, advanced treatments for hepatitis C, saying each month they delay about 50 people die from the condition.

Canberra childcare growing at the fastest rate in Australia

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Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Many new childcare facilities have opened, meaning some are not operating at full capacity.

More than 100 ecstasy tablets seized by police in Wright

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A 24-year-old Wright woman will face court this morning after ecstasy, methamphetamine and cocaine were allegedly found in her car on Friday night.

APS union pledges "fight of our lives"

Public servants demonstrating in Canberra in November last year.

Noel Towell   The Australian Public Service is facing its worst industrial strife in 30 years.

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Leading lady Lana

Lana Jones and Adam Bull in rehearsals for Giselle.

Jil Hogan   The romantic ballet Giselle is coming to Canberra in May for the first time since 1988, and playing the role of Giselle on opening night is Canberra girl Lana Jones.

Hewatt back in driver's seat

Civil contractor Geoff Hewatt went broke on Majura Parkway last year.

John Thistleton   Civil contractor Geoff Hewatt is set to regain his two companies that collapsed last year owing tens of millions of dollars on the Majura parkway.

Reflections of truth

Juliette Binoche (left) and Kristen Stewart in  Clouds of Sils Maria.

Simon Weaving   In a complex, richly layered tale, Juliette Binoche explores the power of memory and making connections.

Thieves steal gear from ACT emergency crews helping clean up after NSW storms

ACT Taskforce Commander Paul Cortese with one of his vehicles at the SES headquarters in Tighes Hill.

Megan Gorrey   Thieves have stolen equipment thought to be worth thousands of dollars from ACT emergency services crews who were sent to help clean up after wild weather battered parts of NSW.

ACT police search for car linked to Gowrie shooting

A Saab 9-3 that may be linked to the February shooting in Gowrie.

ACT Policing is seeking information as to the whereabouts of a Saab 9-3 that may be linked to the February shooting incident in Dalziel Street, Gowrie.

New aged-care centre treats residents to the finer things in life

New residents Nancy Vane and Lorna Glasson, both 87.

Primrose Riordan   A new aged care centre in Griffith has a cinema and a day spa as well as a children's playground, with the aim of integrating its older residents better into the community.

Liver cancer mum to be remembered at football game

Rachael Netting.

Christopher Knaus   It was a tragedy that stole a woman considered "one in a million" by her football club. Now, the Belconnen Magpies will pay their respects.

Challenging behaviour in schools under the microscope

Complex needs: Professor Tony Shaddock will lead the review.

Kirsten Lawson   In the wake of the boy-in-a-cage affair, ACT Education Minister Joy Burch has announced a wide review of how schools deal with children with challenging behaviour, from violence to classroom disruption.

Indigenous housing mismanagement case goes to mediation

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Michael Inman   A civil case to fine the former directors of a Canberra indigenous housing organisation has been sent to mediation.

Canberra start-up Reposit Power's GridCredit technology rolled out with Tesla home batteries

The new Tesla Energy Powerwall Home Battery launched in Hawthorne, California on Friday.

Clare Colley   Technology developed in Canberra will be at the heart of new batteries to power homes developed by electric car maker Tesla.

ACT pushes to expand its renewable energy industry

Clean energy: A wind farm near Canberra.

Clare Colley   The ACT could become Australia's Silicon Valley of renewable energy development and a test site for new technology.

Collector ready for a souped-up pumpkin festival

Felicity Poile and the soup recipe's creator Carolyn Hannan with president of the Collector Villiage Pumpkin Festival, Gary Poile.

Megan Doherty   Only about 150 people live in Collector but thousands will descend on the little village north of Canberra on Sunday for its annual pumpkin festival.

Organic farmers dig in again foxes, fire and frost

Permaculture farmer, Penny Kothe, at her farm Caroola, which she is opening to the public on Sunday for international permaculture day.

John Thistleton    Organic farmers combating their soil's decline must deal with foxes first.