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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday August 8

Alright, that's it for this morning.

It's up to 7C in Canberra at 9.30am, heading to a top of 11C with a few more showers on the way.

Hamish Boland-Rudder will be steering the blogging ship on Friday morning.

Thanks for joining us this morning, have a great Thursday.

Career-making role: Bryan Cranston.
Career-making role: Bryan Cranston. 

Taking a look at the most popular stories on the site today. You guys are loving the entertainment stories today.

The Offspring recap in which someone significant dies (no spoilers here!) has leapt to the top of the site this morning.

The next season of Breaking Bad is just days away from gracing our screens (possibly our computer screens…) and this interview with Bryan Cranston, aka Walter White, is going off.

In more serious popular news, Kevin Rudd has demanded Tony Abbott detail any conversations he has had with media mogul Rupert Murdoch about the future of the NBN.

And news that Peter Beattie will be standing in the federal election for the seat of Forde is right up there.

Ah, we all love a good flashback photo! Here's a good one on Twitter..

Stephanie Anderson

ACT Policing is calling for the public's help after an 11-year-old boy was been followed home by the driver of a white van in Stirling yesterday.

It was the second such incident in less than two months for the Chapman Primary School student, who was walking along Fremantle Drive towards Bunbury Street around 3pm when he saw a white van driving slowly behind him.

The driver drove away quickly once the boy reached his home, and was last seen turning right onto Bunbury Street.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on on 1800 333 000 or via

The full story is online here.

In the AFL, the Bombers and coach James Hird have vigorously denied rumours that Hird is on his way out.

Hird was met by a large media contingent outside the club's headquarters this morning, amid more speculation that the coach was to be shown the door today.

It follows this tweet from the club overnight that Hird was there to stay.

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News that Peter Beattie is standing as a Federal ALP candidate for the seat of Forde is spreading quickly around Canberra - and on Twitter, it's now trending.

Telstra has delivered a net profit after tax of $3.9 billion for the last financial year, up on last year's $3.4 billion.

The company added 1.2 million new mobile customers in the past year, and its total revenue was $26 billion.


Here's a quick look at the top local stories on the site this morning.

Ikea. The one word that brings excitement to women, and fear to men. And it's on its way to Canberra.

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch ignored her own directorate's advice and approved two new private schools in Canberra despite warnings that one lacks viable enrolments and another threatens enrolments at existing schools.

And snow. Or the lack thereof. Predictions yesterday were that snow may fall in the capital this morning, alas it wasn't meant to be.

The Ikea store at Innaloo in Perth.
The Ikea store at Innaloo in Perth. 
Instagram shots of Beyonce riding a bike to her concert.
Instagram shots of Beyonce riding a bike to her concert. Photo: @beyonce

Not to be outdone by her husband who caught the subway to his Brooklyn concert, Beyonce has instagrammed photos of her riding a bike to her concert at Barclays stadium yesterday.

Stephanie Anderson

There have been reports that a student was followed home from Chapman Primary School yesterday.

The boy told his mother he was walking home when a white van with tinted windows and a sliding side door began to follow him, before stopping and opening the door.

The boy then ran home, according to a post uploaded to the Duffy Primary School Facebook page.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman has confirmed the report and more details are expected shortly.

A Facebook post by Duffy Primary School, uploaded on Wednesday.
A Facebook post by Duffy Primary School, uploaded on Wednesday. Photo: Supplied
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I guess this is a good thing.

Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz, who had a disastrous interview earlier this week in which he froze after being asked to name the six-point plan to stop the boats, is receiving some media training.

The Australian has reported that Mr Diaz’s excruciating six-minute interview prompted the training.

It’s just a matter of time then before we see him in front of the camera again…

Liberal candidate stumped on day one

Bumbling Liberal candidate for Greenway, Jaymes Diaz, learns the hard way that he shouldn't speak to journalists unprepared during his election campaign in August 2013.

Let's take another look at the weather (yep, no snow in the capital...)

It's 5.5C in Canberra just before 9am. We're exactly halfway to our expected top of 11C. Brrr!

We can expect some more isolated showers throughout today; we've seen 4mm of rain since 9am yesterday.

Friday: -3C, 13C. Cloudy, areas of fog and frost in the morning. The chance of showers during the late afternoon and evening.

Saturday: 4C, 16C. Partly cloudy.

Sunday: 0C, 16C. Areas of fog and frost in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon.

Liberal MP Kelly Dwyer has told Sky News Peter Beattie was one of the "big pretenders" and a "wrecker".

"He's very big on talk, wasn't very good on implementation... and I think that the QLD people did cast their judgement on his government."

Brisbane Times has the story here.

Peter Beattie .
Peter Beattie . Photo: AFR

Ah yes, it was a bit of wishful thinking...

Thanks to The Canberran for this one.

Hippo is set to reopen upstairs in Garema Place... with a Co at the end.

The cocktail bar Hippo Co will be reopening its doors this Saturday night.

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Stephanie Anderson
Door mats, available soon from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
Door mats, available soon from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Photo: Supplied

The major parties continue to slug it out over asylum seeker policy and refugee support groups are getting a little creative in their attempts to get attention.

There have been numerous protests, but we quite like the look of these little beauties pictured online by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre yesterday.

Anyone willing to try to get one up to Parliament House?

Canberra Times reporter Meredith Clisby

The architects behind the stylish new lights at Manuka Oval have put together a time lapse video of the first time they were switched on.

Cox Architecture received an urban design award at the recent ACT Architecture Awards for their illuminating work.

Manuka Oval Sport Lighting from Cox Architecture on Vimeo.

Lee Gaskin sports reporter
Patty Mills
Patty Mills Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Criticised for missing a golden chance to promote the sport a couple weeks ago, Basketball Australia is opening the doors to the premier men's and women's players today.

A who's who of Boomers and Opals stars, including hometown hero Patty Mills, will be doing the media rounds at the AIS as part of the final camp before the Oceania world championship qualifying series with New Zealand.

Joining Mills are Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes, while Lauren Jackson, Abby Bishop, Jenni Screen and Stephanie Talbot will represent the Opals.

The Boomers and Opals will take on New Zealand in a doubleheader at the AIS Arena on August 18.

And the Daily Telegraph cover has prompted this response from KRudd's daughter on Twitter a few minutes ago...

The Daily Telegraph's front page, August 8
The Daily Telegraph's front page, August 8 

In case you haven't seen it, the cover of the Daily Telegraph today is again creating headlines just about everywhere else, for all the wrong reasons...

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