ACT News

Canberra mornings: February 12, 2016

Today's top stories

Kristel Shelley looks at the damage to her carport after a storm hits Queanbeyan.
Kristel Shelley looks at the damage to her carport after a storm hits Queanbeyan.  Photo: Melissa Adams

A top FBI forensic expert who helped cement the case against David Eastman was embroiled in an explosive misconduct probe that was scathing of his competence and reliability. 

Fairfax Media can also reveal that federal police and Commonwealth prosecutors may have known of serious concerns about the FBI examiner's credibility since 2000, but did not pass it on to Eastman, who spent 19 years behind bars on a now-quashed murder conviction.

Road closures

The ACT government has announced a series of traffic and public transport changes to cater for the National Multicultural Festival this weekend.

  • Tocumwal Lane has been closed at the intersection with Bunda Street until Monday, 6am.

  • The following roads will be closed on Saturday and Sunday;  East Row between London Circuit and Alinga Street, Mort Street between Alinga Street and Bunda Street, Alinga Street between Northbourne Avenue and East Row. The car park at the corner of London Circuit and Commonwealth Avenue

If you see any accidents or have any info on the morning commute, let us know whenever it is safe to do so: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Spending the weekend in Canberra? Start planning with Canberra Weekender: What's on February 12 to 14

Canberra's 2016 National Multicultural Festival is so close, you can almost hear the hiss of the ubiquitous meat-on-sticks on the hotplate. Figure out what to do, see, eat and drink right here. From February 12 to 14. 

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is making its way to Canberra's central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns. Until 21 Feb.

See 2015's best political cartoons at the Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. 

See the year's best cartoons in Behind the Lines 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Today's David Pope

Canberra Times editorial cartoon

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Weather

Today: Partly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Light winds.. Max 31.

Saturday: Sunny. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly.  Min 15, Max 34.

Sunday: Mostly sunny morning. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. Also the chance of a thunderstorm.  Min 16, Max 33.