Most talked about Edinburgh Evening News stories

Tributes to bin lorry driver crushed to death — TRIBUTES have been paid to the driver of a bin lorry who died after being crushed his own vehicle. Maurice Willis, 58, is thought to have been attempting to climb into the moving cab when he became trapped between his vehicle and a stone pillar at the rear car park of the Hawes Inn, South ­Queensferry.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @alanyoung3000: Tributes to bin lorry driver, named as Maurice Willis, who died when he was crushed by his own vehicle in Queensferry

Lothian sells buses to firm part-owned by boss — LOTHIAN Buses has sold nine vehicles to a firm part-owned by chief executive Ian Craig. The council-owned business also hired a design firm run by Mr Craig and his wife to carry out work at its offices.
Nov 22, 2014

Lothian Buses boss keeps it in the family - buses sold to his brother's firm, wife hired to do interior design…

Nov 22, 2014

"@edinburghpaper: Today's splash - Lothian Buses has sold nine vehicles to a firm part owned by its own boss"

Edinburgh gets its skates on for Christmas — Edinburgh's famous Christmas festivities got off to a flying start as revellers rushed to take advantage of a 20 per cent discount for locals. Around two dozen skaters took to the St Andrew Square ice rink after it opened last night, and the new circular track has already run rings around last year's efforts.

‘Rideshare’ app targets Edinburgh taxi trade — A LEADING 'ridesharing' service has its eyes on the Capital's taxi market as it bids to open its first Scottish branch. Multi-billion pound American company Uber connects passengers to a background-checked driver via a smartphone app, with the firm taking a 20 per cent cut of the fare.

5 years to fix repairs scandal - bill reaches £10m — CLEARING the backlog of cases from the statutory repair scandal will take at least five years, the News can reveal.

Forth Awards: Community heroes join stars — A GIANT conga line snaked across a star-studded stage as Scouting For Girls closed the Forth Awards in style. As the chart-toppers belted out their best-known hit, She's So Lovely, they could have been signing about Strictly Come Dancing star Pixie Lott, who stole the show and melted hearts at the Usher Hall.

Pelamis wave power firm goes into administration — An Edinburgh firm specialising in renewable energy from waves has gone into administration. Pelamis, which is based at Leith Docks, say they had not found the funding needed to continue developing its products.

Huge drop in carrier bag use after 5p tax — SHOPPERS are remembering to pack their own bags before heading to the supermarket, major chains have revealed a month after the controversial 5p charge came into force. Morrisons said it had seen an 80 per cent slide in the number of customers taking plastic carriers for their groceries.

Edinburgh secret Santa scheme takes off — A FESTIVE office ritual is set to sprinkle Christmas cheer across the Capital with the first city-wide present exchange. Edinburgh's Secret Santa project will match hundreds of generous gift-givers in the hope of bringing together locals in the season of goodwill.

Meet the world’s worst spy, rumbled in Edinburgh — Conman sent to watch British navy shipping was useless but ended up in America after playing British and Germans for fools HIS suit was smart enough, a well-cut lounge suit with fancy silk lapels. And he certainly appeared to have had the looks, perhaps more Sean Connery than blond, slimline and buff ­Daniel Craig.

Scottish Cabinet reshuffle: Kenny MacAskill out — First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced her new Cabinet, in a reshuffle which sees Edinburgh East MSP Kenny MacAskill leave the post of Secretary for Justice. City-born MSP John Swinney becomes the new Deputy First Minister, while retaining his finance role.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Scottish Cabinet reshuffle: Kenny MacAskill out. Find out who got the top jobs here:

Review: Men Should Weep — I won't lie: the thought of watching a play about Depression-era poverty in Glasgow isn't likely to fill you with festive cheer. * * * * CHURCHILL THEATRE Witnessing the Morrison family lurch from one domestic disaster to the next is (emotionally) hard to endure.

Review: Erasure - Edinburgh Evening News — There's nothing overly complicated about Erasure's live shows. The electro-pop duo, like their audience, just want to have fun. And that's what was had at the Corn Exchange last night.

Top Christmas shows at St Andrew Square — Christmas comes to St Andrew Square with a host of shows all worth a look. Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden highlights the best SPECTACULAR circus skills, hilarious pop parodies and men in their pants - just three of the highlights coming to St Andrew Square as the Paradiso Spiegeltent returns to the Capital, the focus of this year's Edinburgh Christmas entertainment.

Paterson eager to get back into action for Hearts — Callum Paterson smiles and takes a seat in the reception area at Hearts' Riccarton training complex. He is polite, courteous and enthusiastic in conversation, especially on his recent Scotland call-up. If the truth be told, though, he is sick of sitting around talking about football.

O’Brien out after breaking thumb in four places — Livingston have been hit by a blow with the news that veteran midfielder Burton O'Brien has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after undergoing an operation on a broken thumb. The injury occurred during last Saturday's narrow defeat at home to Dumbarton after a tackle with the Sons' Chris Turner.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @NMcGlade: Big blow for Livingston as Burton O'Brien is likely to be out until January with thumb injury @LiviFCOfficial #Livi

Scandal-hit care home to reopen — A SCANDAL-hit care home is set to re-open as a "step-down" facility in a bid to ease the bed-blocking crisis in the city. Pentland Hill, which shut in summer, forcing 61 residents to find new homes, will house elderly patients ready to leave hospital but with no care plans in place.

Wicked - Edinburgh Evening News — One fine day in the Emerald City, a charming wizard arrived and all of the real magic in Oz was slowly replaced by flim-flam and misleading marketing ploys. It's a situation that may somewhat remind readers of post-Thatcher British politics.

Grand Theft Auto V angers anti-rape campaigners — ANTI-rape campaigners have slated the makers of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) for allowing players to attack and murder prostitutes in its new game. The latest version of the series, pictured, created by Edinburgh-based Rockstar North has a "killer's eye view" and allows players to pay for sex, then attack the woman and steal her money Eileen Maitland, of Rape Crisis Scotland, said the concept was "damaging and wrong".
Nov 21, 2014

RT @edinburghpaper: Grand Theft Auto V angers anti-rape campaigners with 'killer's-eye-view' of prostitute murder