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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday August 15

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Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond, including weather, traffic updates and what the capital is talking about

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Police attend the scene of an armed robbery at Yarralumla shops.

Police attend the scene of an armed robbery at Yarralumla shops. Photo: Karleen Minney

Tegan Osborne: And that's all from us today Canberra. One more day of morning blogging left - we'll be back tomorrow at 6.30am. In the meantime if you want to get in touch, email at online@canberratimes.com.au

Our top five 'most clicked' stories this morning are: 

1. Public servants told 400 must go                              

2. Girl, 8, abused by dad, court told                             

3. Poor road signs giving drivers wrong signals        

4. Rudd's honeymoon just a sugar hit, after all       

5. Early morning robbery at Yarralumla cafe

Essendon coach James Hird.

Essendon coach James Hird. Photo: Ken Irwin

To sport news quickly - this is an exclusive from Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Caroline Wilson.

Essendon club officials have been unable to tell ASADA or their players what drugs some of them were given when they were injected with a substance bought in Mexico by a Melbourne man suffering from muscular dystrophy.

The revelation that some players were injected with an unknown substance purchased overseas and not intended for use by sportspeople has prompted health concerns among the relatives of some of the injected players.

There's been an the aggravated robbery at Bees and Co cafe at Yarralumla shops this morning.

Employee Melanie Hanna has told The Canberra Times that she had come into the cafe for a coffee on her day off. 

“This is massive shock and it’s extremely distressing,” she said.

Ms Hanna said she believed it was the owner Andrea Beess and the two chefs in the cafe at the time. 

“Someone just came in with a gun and held them at gunpoint and tied them up," she said. 

She said the man "took whatever they could and left". 

Police were contacted at about 6.43am and have attended the scene.

Police attend the scene of an armed robbery at Yarralumla shops.

Police attend the scene of an armed robbery at Yarralumla shops. Photo: Karleen Minney

Tegan Osborne: Erm...ok. I blinked twice when I saw this.

It seems pop singer Katy Perry has weighed in on Australia's gay marriage debate as we head towards the election - dressing down opposition leader Tony Abbott over his negative stance on the issue.

"I love you as a human being but I can't give you my vote," Perry told Mr Abbott on Sydney's 2DayFM, after being informed he opposed same-sex marriage.

Does Katy Perry get a vote in the Australian election?

Katy Perry urged voters to speak out against Tony Abbott's stance on gay marriage.

Katy Perry urged voters to speak out against Tony Abbott's stance on gay marriage. Photo: MTV

Tom McIlroy: In case you didn't see it earlier in the blog, an observant Canberran tweeted us this great photo of security preparations for Floriade 2013. 

Lachlan Bickley asked the question we were all thinking. 

While the iconic Canberra flower festival is free for visitors, an Events ACT spokesperson said similar security arrangements were put in place every year. 

"The fencing has always been constructed in this way for safety and security reasons," the spokesperson said. 

"It prevents unauthorised access into Commonwealth Park by people simply moving the fence, and it also acts as a deterrent for those trying to get around the fence and falling into the water."

Visitor numbers for the event were up by more than 7 per cent in 2012 with more than 442,000 Canberrans and tourists attending. 

Last year, the event also recorded its largest ever attendance in a single day with 35,200 going along on September 30. 

This year the month-long festival gets underway on September 14 and closes on October 13. 

For more information, visit www.floriadeaustralia.com/ and let us know if you see something curious out there. 

Snap a photo on your smartphone and tweet to us @CanberraTimes

Do you remember Gia Allemand?

Ms Allemand, a former contestant on the US reality dating show The Bachelor, has died in New Orleans after an apparent suicide attempt.

<em>The Bachelor</em> contestant Gia Allemand died in hospital.

The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand died in hospital. Photo: Getty

Back to that second crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway.

All southbound traffic is now being diverted onto the Cotter Road.

Just updating you on the situation in Egypt, where the death toll continues to rise in bloody conflicts in Cairo.

At least 278 people were killed and more than 2000 have been injured so far, according to updated information from Egypt's health ministry, in the military operation to clear the thousands-strong protest camps in Nasr City and Giza that human rights groups have described as excessively violent.

There are fears the toll will climb much higher.

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Hundreds killed in Egypt clashes

Cairo is a war zone after Egyptian authorities used violent force to break up Muslim Brotherhood protest camps. Ruth Pollard reports from Cairo. Warning: graphic images.

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There's been another collision on the Tuggeranong Parkway - this time in the south bound lanes near the Cotter Road.

Avoid the area if you can.

The earlier crash and car fire on the Tuggeranong Parkway in the northbound lanes near the Arboretum has been cleared.

Lawrence Dutrieux: A big hat's off to the driver of a white skip truck who herded a pair of stranded swans on that parking lot called Parkes Way.

Risking his own life amid peak-hour traffic he flapped his arms wildly to persuade his confused feathered friends to get off road and into the pond at the roundabout off Coranderrk Street.

Canberra's twist on Swan Lake, indeed!

Cheers Mr Bin Man. 

Have you seen something quirky on Canberra streets recently? We'd love to hear about it. Leave a comment on the blog or email online@canberratimes.com.au

The Australian market looks set to open lower as hopes of an end to eurozone recession are outweighed by poor US earnings results.

These images out of the USA this morning are horrific...

A cargo plane has crashed in a grassy area outside an airport in the US state of Alabama, killing the two-member cockpit crew, officials say.

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UPS cargo jet crash kills two

Both pilot and copilot are killed when a UPS cargo jet crashed and exploded in Alabama.

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Twenty six of the 242 designs for a new lakeside home for the prime minister will be on show for the first time in an exhibition that opens today.

The exhibition will be formally launched at the Gallery of Australian Design tonight at 6pm, after which the exhibition will be open to the public.

The 'Lodge on the Lake' design competition was a Centenary of Canberra initiative by the University and the Gallery of Australian Design.

Australian designers were invited to submit their ideas for a new official residence for the prime minister at Attunga Point onLake Burley Griffin.

The $80,000 prize was awarded to Jack Davies and team members Nicholas Roberts and Henry Stephens during a ceremony in May.

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Design entries for the new Prime Minister's lodge

The winning design.

Another ACTION tweet.

Bees and Co... taped off by police.

Bees and Co... taped off by police. Photo: Karleen Minney

Stephanie Anderson: More on the aggravated robbery at Yarralumla shops this morning.

Jess Stewert works in another cafe, Farmer's Daughter, around the corner from the scene of the robbery at Bees and Co cafe.

Ms Stewart said that had been reports the suspect was armed with a gun and the victims were tied up, but this hasn't been confirmed by police.

She said it was lucky she didn't cross paths with the suspect when arriving for work at 6.30am.

"It's really scary for it happen in a suburb like this," she said. "It's usually very quiet."

Police have been door knocking nearby businesses in the wake of the robbery.

Great shot from our blogger Paul Jurak this morning.

More bus delays and cancellations.

Bees and Co at Yarralumla shops has been taped off by police.

Bees and Co at Yarralumla shops has been taped off by police. Photo: Karleen Minney

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at Bees and Co cafe in Yarralumla this morning.

Officers were called to shop on Bentham Street at 6.43am.

An area around the cafe has been taped off and group of people believed to be affected remained outside the building at 8am.

Officers have been speaking with businesses at the shopping strip and forensics have also attended the scene.

No further details are available at this time but police are expected to provide further comment as the morning progresses.

More to come.

Check out this tweet sent through to us late yesterday. Apparently the folks setting up for Floriade are being extra careful...

From ACTION this morning.

Police responding to an incident at Yarralumla Shops this morning, believed to be a robbery.

Several shop assistants from nearby stores have confirmed police are at the shopping strip this morning, reportedly investigating a robbery.

We'll bring you more in just a moment.

Stephanie Anderson: For those still mourning the loss of the National Tally Room, we’ve got something in the works for you too.

We’re piecing together a map of what venues throughout the capital are doing on the evening of September 7 and are pleased to report that some bars are getting into the political theme!

Let us know if you’ve got a particular place you’d like us to investigate via online@canberratimes.com.au

Breaking news this morning that police are responding to "an incident" at Yarralumla Shops.

No details yet on exactly what is happening there, but we have a reporter headed to the scene.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Tegan Osborne: Royal watchers, listen up.

Looks like you might get the chance to see Kate and Will's new baby sooner than expected.

The future king of Britain is headed to Australia next year.

Prince William and his wife Kate are planning a visit Down Under with baby George.

No word yet on which cities they'll visit. Could Canberra be on the cards? 

Coming to Australia: William and Kate with baby George.

Coming to Australia: William and Kate with baby George. Photo: Getty Images

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency crews are on their way to the Tuggeranong Parkway after reports of a car on fire this morning.

The car fire, located near the Arboretum between Hindmarsh Drive and Cotter Road, was called in shortly before 7.10am. It’s believed the car is off the roadway.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said fire crews were on their way to the scene, which was slowed traffic in the northbound lanes.

We’ll bring you more details as they come to hand.

Reports this morning that a car is on fire on the Tuggeranong Parkway, northbound near the National Arboretum.

Avoid the area if possible - more details shortly. 

A screen shot from Abbott VS Rudd, by Andrew Hill.

A screen shot from Abbott VS Rudd, by Andrew Hill.

Tegan Osborne: In some more important political news:

You can now throw sandwiches, shoes and blow up maps of Australia at your party leader of choice, via an iPhone app called Abbott VS Rudd.

In the name of research we at the Canberra Times downloaded the app. 

We particularly enjoyed the bit were Julia Gillard walked across the screen and yelled 'misogyny'.

Stephanie Anderson: In case anyone out there is starting to feel electioned out, some smart cookie has found a way to draw you back in.

The Election Sausage Sizzle Map is now online, giving voters a full rundown of food stalls operating on September 7.

There’s only five entries logged for Canberra so far, but we’re sure that will surge as the countdown to the federal vote continues.

Stephanie Anderson: Our political leaders will be heading to opposite ends of the country today as the countdown to the September 7 vote continues.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be jetting off to Darwin this morning, before making the trio across to Kununurra in Western Australia.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is heading south to Tasmania, where he will be starting the day in Launceston.

Today is also the final call for candidate nominations, which close at midday ahead of the ballot paper draws tomorrow.

Today's cartoon by David Pope.

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David Pope

Editorial cartoon Photo: David Pope

Today should be mostly sunny with a top of 14C.

Tomorrow morning we're in for a return to the chilly starts - the forecast minimum is -2C, which is likely to be a rude shock after some (relatively) warm starts this week.

After the early cold though, Friday should be sunny with a balmy top of 16C.

Looking ahead, there's quite a lot of rain forecast for the weekend.

Saturday - Rain at times, max 13.

Sunday - Shower or two developing, max 14.

Monday - Shower or two, max 10.

Mick Deane: shot dead in Egypt.

Mick Deane: shot dead in Egypt. Photo: AFP

Staying in Egypt - a TV cameraman for Britain's Sky News has been shot and killed while covering the violence.

Straight to world news - where Cairo has descended into a war zone.

At least 278 people have been killed as Egypt's security forces open fired on protesters in a bloody confrontation.

More than 1400 have been injured so far, according to Egypt's health ministry, in the military operation to clear the thousands-strong protest camps in Nasr City and Giza that human rights groups have described as excessively violent.

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi run from Egyptian security forces firing towards them during clashes in Cairo's Nasr City.

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi run from Egyptian security forces firing towards them during clashes in Cairo's Nasr City. Photo: AP

Tegan Osborne: Hi there. Welcome to another Canberra Mornings Live blog. Hope you're well.

There's lots of news coming up - including the latest from the election campaign trail.

We'll let you know what the pollies are up to shortly.

There's a full weather wrap on the way too - complete with what to expect on the weekend.

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  • Apparently Beez n Co was held up at gunpoint!

    It has been held up Flounder, but we don't know how. Gunpoint not confirmed. - CT online producer.

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