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Canberra mornings: March 11, 2015

Today's top stories

Police cordoned off the area near the McWhae Circuit home in Wanniassa, where police classified a man's death as suspicious. Photo: Melissa Adams

Police cordoned off the area near the McWhae Circuit home in Wanniassa, where police classified a man's death as suspicious. Photo: Melissa Adams

ACT police are investigating the suspicious death of a 61-year-old man whose body was found in a Wanniassa house on Tuesday night.

Police were called to the McWhae Circuit home for a welfare check around 7pm and found the body of the man after forcing entry to the house.

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A 68-year-old invalid woman was found in a bedroom of the home, uninjured. 

Detective Superintendent Paul Shakeshaft, said there was a person of interest police wished to speak to.

Sport

Josh Mann-Rea, centre, has re-signed with the Brumbies along with Sam Carter, left, and Scott Fardy, right. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Josh Mann-Rea, centre, has re-signed with the Brumbies along with Sam Carter, left, and Scott Fardy, right. Photo: Rohan Thomson

An against-the-odds career has taught Josh Mann-Rea that nothing is impossible and the former coal miner is refusing to put a line through his World Cup hopes or an end date on his playing days after signing his first multi-year contract.

Mann-Rea completed a triple signing coup for the ACT Brumbies on Tuesday, joining Scott Fardy and Sam Carter in re-committing to the club until at least the end of 2017.

Road closures

9.46am: The crash on the GDE has now been cleared. At least four cars were involved. 

9.19am: We are hearing there is still heavy traffic southbound on the GDE near the Barton Highway following a crash that has left one person in hospital with minor injuries.

9am: One person has been taken to Calvary Hospital with minor injuries after that crash on the GDE.

8.14am: There are reports there has been a car accident on the Gungahlin Drive Extension near the Barton Highway. Two vehicles are involved according to police.

7.13am: Police have asked motorists to avoid the Canberra Arboretum near Lady Denman Drive, as there is congestion in the area due to the Canberra Balloon Festival.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Canberra Balloon Spectacular balloons will not be launching from outside Old Parliament House this morning. 

Some of the Balloons will be launching from Mount Stromlo according to Events ACT. The best vantage points are around Scrivener Dam.

Canberra Life

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and competitors set to take on the Bravest adventure obstacle course at Stromlo Forest Park. Photo: Jay Cronan

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and competitors set to take on the Bravest adventure obstacle course at Stromlo Forest Park. Photo: Jay Cronan

Close to 15 kilometres of the Stromlo Forest Park have been transformed into an obstacle course that promises to test the fitness of even the most athletic Canberrans.

Boasting a variety of makeshift tunnels, fences and 30 obstacles, the race known as The Bravest will see individuals and teams push themselves to their muddy limits on Saturday.

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Pic of the day

A Delta jet which skidded off the runway at Laguardia airport

Student Palesa Molefe, 21, of Queanbeyan with her two-year-old daughter Neriah Ganya at the opening of the new facility at Canberra College. Photo: Jamila Toderas

 

Weather

Today: A possible afternoon shower in Canberra with a forecast minimum 13 degrees and a top of 31 degrees. 

The rest of the week:  Thursday, mostly sunny - min 13, max 29; Friday, cloudy - min 10, max 22; Saturday, mostly sunny- min 7, max 26