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Canberra mornings: March 13, 2015

Today's top stories

Symonston man Jeffrey David Lee has been charged with murder.

Symonston man Jeffrey David Lee has been charged with murder.

A man sat with his bedridden mother and allegedly confessed to killing her de facto partner as the body lay in the entrance hallway.

The woman last saw Neal Keith Wilkinson alive when she took a morning dose of medication about 9am on Tuesday.

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She awoke to find Jeffrey David Lee in her bedroom and asked where her partner of 29 years was.

Lee, 45, is alleged to have responded: "He's dead. I killed him."

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Robbie Coleman trains ahead of the clash against the Queensland Reds. Photo: Graham Tidy

Robbie Coleman in training. Photo: Graham Tidy

ACT Brumbies fullback Robbie Coleman will consider sacrificing his immediate Super Rugby ambitions to chase an Olympic Games dream, admitting he's entertaining a switch to sevens rugby next year.

Coleman's manager is locked in negotiations with the Brumbies and the ARU about his next career move, with the Queanbeyan junior still weighing up the chance to chase Olympic gold.

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What's on today

The balloons are not going up today:

Celtic dance, music and song combine in Irish Nights at the Erindale Vikings' Auditorium from 6pm.

Graeme Connors will perform his first album North, followed by a mix of his hit songs at Canberra Theatre's the Playhouse from 7.30pm.

Heart-warming classic Mary Poppins is also centrestage at the Canberra Theatre Centre today until March 29. 

Over at the Street Theatre play Handle It, the story of a teen whose life is thrown upside down after compromising photos of her are posted online, starts at 7.30pm.

Step back in time at the Hollywood Glamour Vintage Ball at the Albert Hall from 7pm.

Looking to the weekend:

Skyfire will light up the city with fireworks from 8.30pm Saturday.

Sunday morning is the last chance to glimpse the floating colour of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular from outside Old Parliament House.

The quarterly Handmade Market is back at its new location of EPIC from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. 

The Art, Not Apart festival takes over New Acton from Saturday afternoon.

Find more weekend events here.

Canberra Life

Coda Conduct. Erica Mallet and Sally Coleman

Coda Conduct. Erica Mallet and Sally Coleman

An up and coming Canberra all-girl rap duo have lashed out at Queanbeyan in a comical attack on national radio, calling the city a "wannabe" Canberra and "basically part of the ACT".

Coda Conduct members Sally Coleman, 23 and Erica Mallet 22, were invited to perform the rap, which has since spread across social media, as part of the weather forecast on Triple J's breakfast show Matt and Alex.

"Queanbeyan! What a wannabe! Copied our forecast, got it free. But it's not a shock, cos you're basically... just part of the ACT," the most offending line reads.

The rap – now named Is it a Quanger?! – goes on to give the city heaps over its residents' tendency to don socks and sandals, its opening hours, and oversupply of takeaway joints. 

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Pic of the day

Health Minister Simon Corbell is launching an audit done by the Heart Foundation on unhealthy advertisting to kids in Canberra. Samuel 5, and Grace de Carvalho, 3 of Fisher get active. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Artist Hayley West, here with daughter Ramona Richardson, 5, will debut her work I Remember You, at the Art, Not Apart Festival. Photo: Tobias Richardson

 

Weather

Today: A cloudy day in Canberra with a forecast minimum 10 degrees and a top of 22 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Saturday, cloud clearing - min 7, max 26; Sunday, mostly sunny - min 11, max 26; Monday, sunny - min 8, max 25; Tuesday, shower or two - min 10, max 26.

 

The Canberra Mornings Friday news quiz: how closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

How did you go?

1-3: Have you been paying any attention at all? You could have guessed that many right.

4-6: A solid effort, but you need to visit canberratimes.com.au more often to stay informed. 

7-10: Nice work, you've obviously been paying attention.