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Canberra mornings: February 6, 2015

Today's top stories

Australian journalist Peter Greste waves to supporters after arriving in Brisbane. Photo: Tertius Pickard.

Turnbull answers questions at The Dam Hotel in Warnervale on the central coast. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has directly confronted Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a crunch meeting about the government's woes before Wednesday's cabinet meeting.

The Communications Minister pressed the Prime Minister on how the government would extricate itself from its current leadership woes, and had an interesting response to Mr Abbott's reply.

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Sport

Canberra Raiders player Mark Nicholls. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

Canberra Raiders player Mark Nicholls. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Forgotten Canberra Raiders prop Mark Nicholls wanted to know how he could crack the NRL again, so he walked into the coach's office and asked.

The former Junior Australian Kangaroos representative was Raiders rookie of the year in his debut 2012 season, playing 12 games straight, including two NRL finals.

A badly broken arm soured 2013, then last year, despite making the NSW Residents representative team, Nicholls didn't get a look in. Next month , it will be two years since the last of his 14 NRL games.

Road closures

We are not aware of any road closures today.

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What's on today

Watson Arts Centre will again host the preview showing of the Bald Archy Prize 2015 from 10am today. 

Sing-a-long to musical favourite Grease at Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas from 6pm at the Patrick White Lawns near the National Library.

Looking to the weekend, the AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon will roll through Stromlo Forest Park on Saturday with a variety of trail combinations. 

Meanwhile, the Summerside Festival offers a number of dining, wining and cultural events over the next few days.

For more weekend events, see Canberra Life below. 

Canberra Life

Former X Factor winner Dami Im.

Former X Factor winner Dami Im performs at Googfest on Saturday.

Summerside Festival delights, an X Factor star, jazz at parli and more Skywhale - Canberra is the place to be this weekend.

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Today's David Pope

David Pope Canberra Times editorial cartoon

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Pic of the day

Barber Steve Carbone and owner Steve Gamarra in Braddon barbershop, Groomed, the newest addition to Lonsdale Street's Ori building. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Barber Steve Carbone and owner Steve Gamarra in Braddon barbershop, Groomed, the newest addition to Lonsdale Street's Ori building. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Weather

Today: It will be a sunny Friday in Canberra with light winds, a forecast minimum of 11 degrees and a top of 28 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Saturday, mostly sunny - min 10, max 30; Sunday, sunny - min 14, max 33; Monday, possible shower developing - min 15 max 30; Tuesday, partly cloudy - min 15, max 33

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