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Alright, that's all from us this morning on the live news coverage.

We hope you can join us again tomorrow from 6.30am for our Friday blog!

In the meantime, we've got the latest on the guns and drugs haul in Canberra - you can find the full story here.

And don't forget to check back in on the site throughout the day - we'll have more on the 25th birthday of Parliament House and other centenary celebrations happening across the capital.

Have a great day!

Before we head off, let’s take a look at what everyone is reading on our site this morning.

  • Public servants offered redundancy payouts have been told they free to return to the bureaucracy a week later.
  • The US kidnapping case has captivated our readers this week – police have charged Ariel Castro with the rape and kidnapping of the three women in Cleveland, as it emerged he had a dungeon with ropes and chains inside his home.
  • Imposing a legal duty on motorists to display care to wards pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists is among the policy options that could be examined by an inquiry into Canberra’s “vulnerable road users”. There’s some healthy debate happening on this story – head on over and let us know your thoughts.
  • Are we too hard on Julia Gillard? Mark Kenny’s opinion piece is generating a lot of comments across the Fairfax sites this morning.
  • And the Nishi developmentwork on the stalled site could be resumed as early as Monday.
Lee Gaskin sports reporter

Asbestos is being removed from the Australian Institute of Sport Aquatic Centre at the same time the country's elite swimmers are using the centre.

Renovations are underway the moment - at the same time the national swimming team is at the AIS for an orientation camp.

The full story can be read here.

Asbestos cladding being removed from the exterior of the
 swimming pool building at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Asbestos cladding being removed from the exterior of the swimming pool building at the Australian Institute of Sport. Photo: Graham Tidy

Have you entered our Autumn Photo Competition yet? If not, time is running out. So get snapping! 

Here's how to enter the competition.

In the meantime, you can flick through some of the entries we've received so far.

The man who was the original voice of Charlie Brown in the Peanuts television specials has been sentenced to a year in jail for stalking a former girlfriend, and threatening her plastic surgeon - but he was immediately released to a residential drug treatment centre to complete his sentence.

Peter Robbins, 56, has already been in jail for four months, and has been ordered to pay $US15,000 in restitution to the plastic surgeon.

Borrowing a line from Charlie Brown's friend Lucy, the judge told Robbins, "Don't be a blockhead."

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Kostya Tszyu's son Nikita talks boxing, his dad and early morning starts at an AIS boxing camp in Canberra.

An Arizona climber has been found dead, dangling from a rope on a cliff face south of Tucson, after apparently being stung to death by bees.

Reuters has reported that Steven Johnson, 55, was found about 70 feet up a mountain. He had some 30 years experience in hiking and climbing. His dog was also stung to death, and was found nearby.

ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell has marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of new Parliament House by describing it as isolated and increasingly inaccessible.

Speaking on ABC radio this morning, Mr Corbell said the building had magnificent architecture but failed in terms in accessibility.

“It’s increasingly become like a portrait - very difficult to get in and out of, very isolated from the rest of the city,” he said.

“It’s almost a city within a city. And I think that’s a bit sad, given the important role of the building.”

Mr Corbell also spoke about his experiences as a former guide at Parliament House.

“It certainly taught me a few things about talking to large groups of people in public,” he said.


This story is going pretty bananas this morning.

Should motorists be required to display care towards pedestrians, bike riders and motorcyclists?

The comments are coming in thick and fast - some commenters have raised some unusual points, but it's nice to see a good, healthy debate on who should be taking responsibility.

Police also seized a hand gun and capsicum spray.
Police also seized a hand gun and capsicum spray. Photo: ACT Policing

Police have found a double-barrel shotgun, handgun, a laser pointer and drugs including steroids and heroin in two search warrants in Canberra homes yesterday.

Two people have been summonsed over the haul, which was uncovered at homes in Casey and Chisholm.

We'll have the full story up shortly.

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Are you mourning the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson from his reign at Manchester United?

For your viewing pleasure, the BBC has compiled a list of the 10 things you may not know about him.

We've also got this news video of the announcement and reactions.

The mercury has climbed to 8.1 degrees in the capital this morning - it dipped to 1.1 earlier today.

The early fog should have lifted as we head to a top of 23 degrees.

It should be much the same tomorrow before the maximum drops a couple of degrees on the weekend. But all in all, some pretty good autumn weather this week, we hope you're enjoying it.

The federal government will unveil new funding to help people update their electronic health records with details of how they'd like to be cared for in their older years.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek will today announce more than $10 million in federal funding to develop new advanced care planning and end-of-life care initiatives.

The changes will also see advance care directives put on the national eHealth record system, so doctors across the states and territories can follow the predetermined wishes of their patients.

One from the “whoa” files: A woman has miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon in Brazil.

The 28-year-old woman was hit in her cervical spine by the harpoon – her husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off.

Doctors say the harpoon came within one centimetre of killing her.

British film director Bryan Forbes, who made the 1970s sci-fi horror classic The Stepford Wives, has died aged 86, a family friend has said.

Forbes also directed Whistle Down the Wind (1961), about three English farm children who discover a fugitive living in their barn and believe he is Jesus.

Forbes died at his home in Surrey, southern England, "following a long illness" and was surrounded by his family.

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Here's the rest of the photos from Paul Jurak on the lake this morning - we're not sure how he gets down there in the cold every morning, but we're all very grateful that he does. What beautiful shots!


NAB has reported a massive profit for the first half of 2013 - with cash earnings of $2.92 billion.

This figure is up 3.1 per cent on the previous corresponding year. The bank has recorded a 22.8 per cent increase in net profit to $2.52 billion.

A new study has revealed that  more than 60,000 Australian lives have been saved in the fight against cancer over the past 20 years.

The most successful factor is the anti-smoking campaign, according to the Cancer Council.

The community contribution of Arthur and Heather Shakespeare is to be remembered today at lunchtime, with the opening of a city square to be named in their honour.

The Heather and Arthur Shakespeare Square – at 15 London Circuit in City West – will be officially opened by Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Arthur Shakespeare, journalist and newspaper editor, was best known for founding The Canberra Times – and wife Heather joined him at the times in 1929.

Descendants of the Shakespeares will be there today.

From our colleagues at the SMH, police are currently raiding a number of homes in Sydney’s south-west as part of efforts to smash gun and organised crime.

‘‘It is part of a Middle Eastern Organised Crime investigation ... and further details will come later today,’’ a NSW Police spokesman said.

Check in with the SMH story for more details this morning. 

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