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A jury clears a Queensland man of all charges relating to the death of 30-year-old Luke Newsome at Summernats last year — even one tutti Fruitti Jump he admitted to. A Canberra teacher formed inappropriate relationships with “vulnerable young students”, and it took several complaints before they were investigated.

It’s one of at least 16 sexual harassment investigations in ACT Government directorates in recent years. Problem builders will be forced to undergo skill and technical knowledge tests under a stricter licencing regime being introduced next year, as the ACT Government moves to crack down on poor quality in the building industry. Inside a seemingly innocuous house in Canberra’s north lies a treasure trove of film history — hundreds of movie posters ranging from Gone with the Wind to Planet of the Apes. NASA is set to launch a new planet-hunting telescope that promises to send the number of alien planets we know through the roof — and make it easier to search for hints of life.

Where were you as Robert de Castella battled for marathon gold at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games? Almost four decades on, the famous race is still remembered as one of the most memorable moments in the nation’s sporting history. You may be surprised to know that scorpions are common across Australia — but don’t worry, there’s no need to fear them. Popular children’s group The Wiggles will be without its yellow performer Emma for its upcoming shows around the country, as she undergoes surgery to manage symptoms of chronic endometriosis.

Night-time technology use is disrupting the sleeping habits of children and damaging their mental health, the effects of which are becoming increasingly apparent in classrooms, educators say. Residents at a Canberra nursing home had something to smile about this week thanks to a special visit from a miniature horse. A gay ANU student who was eventually forced to leave his university-owned dormitory says he was threatened on multiple occasions by an anonymous letter-writer slipping messages under the door to his room. Steven Freeman’s mother says she hopes the coronial inquest into her son’s death in custody means she will never see another parent experience what she has been through. Canberra full-back Jack Wighton will fight multiple assault charges after pleading not guilty in ACT Magistrates Court. 30 shows rugby league Test stars snorting lines of cocaine just hours after playing for their country.

But cocaine use is not a new issue for the NRL. A missing persons report on a man who was “delirious and confused” when he left Canberra’s Calvary Hospital was delayed because of a typo in an email address, a coronial inquest into the man’s death hears. Lawyers for the driver of a car involved in the death of Luke Newsome at the 2017 Summernats car festival say a “momentary lapse” of judgement led to his car lurching forward, throwing Mr Newsome to the ground. With Nick Xenophon without a parliamentary seat in Canberra or South Australia, the ‘Nick Xenophon Team’ will officially change its name to the ‘Centre Alliance’. Canberra crime spikes, with burglaries, car theft and robberies hiking – and some areas seeing assaults quadruple.

Search your suburb to see if it’s a hotspot. The citizens’ jury process used to overhaul the ACT’s compulsory third-party insurance scheme is slammed by a juror, who says key information was kept from participants until the last minute. After weeks of rumours, the director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich, will be confirmed as the sixth director of the nation’s pre-eminent temple of fine art, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Dedicated volunteers with an intimate knowledge of local bushland are helping to get important work done in the capital. Where are Canberra’s first triplets now? On March 1, 1958 Bob, Mick and Tom French made history and were even featured in an advertising campaign — but what have they been up to in the more than half a century since? Parents of children with a disability say they have been let down by the NDIS process in Canberra, labelling it the “most stressful experience” of their lives.

Researchers are assessing the risk of releasing a herpes virus into waterways to kill European Carp. They say swimmers will be safe, but others fear there will be unintended consequences. Stories, people, conversations and news from where you live. Are we killing ourselves to look beautiful?