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Ian Swanson: Holyrood humiliations haunt Labour — ONE senior Labour politician summed up the state of the party in simple terms: "It's a total shambles." And that was before Johann Lamont resigned with a volley of criticism against colleagues at Westminster.
Oct 30, 2014

Labour's shambles - how the party is haunted by Holyrood humiliation

Help us find Best Bar of the Year 2014 — Nominations are now open for Best Bar of the Year 2014 With your help, the competition will, once and for all, settle the great debate about the best watering hole in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Edinburgh’s Most Haunted: Blair Street Vaults — One of the Capital's most famous supernatural sites, the historic Blair Street Vaults are an experience not for the faint hearted. Haunted or not, the vaults- the spaces beneath the vast arches of South Bridge, completed in 1788 - are a fearsome place.

Senior cop slams licensing chief Eric Milligan — A Senior police officer has blasted the man in charge of alcohol licensing in the Capital, accusing him of "failing" in his responsibility by denying the link between crime and the number of pubs, clubs and off-licences.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @greendadtwit: .@CllrChasBooth right licensing boards should heed impacts of availability of alcohol.… Wish @ELCouncil would heed!

Oct 30, 2014

RT @mrjamesmack: @CllrChasBooth I'd want to see evidence that the police weren't looking at correlation and seeing a causal link here:…

Oct 30, 2014

Police say they can't deploy resources they want to tackle domestic abuse because cops patrolling pubs at weekends…

Oct 30, 2014

NHS Lothian spends £221m per year on alcohol-related health conditions and accidents…

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Lorry fire on Edinburgh Bypass near Lothianburn — POLICE closed one lane of the city bypass near the Lothianburn junction this morning after a lorry burst into flames, The Volvo lorry caught fire just before 10.30am on the eastbound carriageway, but the blaze was later extinguished and the vehicle moved to a layby.

Jamie Neish: Tis the season to be scary — HALLOWEEN is a time for ghosts, ghouls and all things scary. It's also a time for horror films. Yes, horror films are released all-year-round, but there's something about watching them on October 31st that's grown to become a tradition for many people.

Tour coaches face ban from Princes Street block — PRIVATE tour buses are set to be banned from part of Princes Street in a bid to cut traffic. The stretch from South Charlotte Street to South St David Street would be closed to tour buses and long-distance coaches between 7am and 8pm daily, as proposals could be approved by councillors this week.

Young Fathers win Mercury Music Prize — EDINBURGH-BASED hip hop trio Young Fathers have scooped one of UK music's most prestigious awards despite selling just over 2000 albums. They won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record over the past 12 months - an award previously handed to bands like Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and Franz Ferdinand.

Soul II Soul and Björn Again join Hogmanay — MUSIC acts Soul II Soul and Björn Again have been added to the line-up for "the greatest New Year celebration on the planet". The R'n'B group and the internationally-acclaimed ABBA tribute act will perform alongside headliner Lily Allen in the Concert in the Gardens on Hogmanay.

Alison Johnstone: Closing sports centres bad move — Edinburgh Leisure is a council-owned company which runs most of the city's swimming pools and other sporting facilities. No public company lacks critics but I believe it does an important job, with some truly excellent programmes, for toddlers to octogenarians, and with special initiatives for young people in care, citizens with disabilities and health issues, and older people in disadvantaged areas.

Three-year-old donates her hair for wigs — FOR most little girls the idea of cutting off their crowning glory would be unthinkable. But this three-year-old Rapunzel didn't hesitate to have her long blonde tresses trimmed short to help cancer victims after being inspired by the plight of a playschool friend.

Dogs don fancy dress for Hallowe’en — THEY will be howling at the moon, clawing at the door and devouring the food at a Hallowe'en party with a difference - this one is for four-legged friends in fancy dress. The spooky event organised by the dog-loving owners of Cafe Tartine, in Leith, will see the best-dressed pooches earn the title of top dog - with pumpkins, superheroes and skeletons among the crazy costumes.
Oct 30, 2014

Can't wait!! "Dogs don fancy dress for Hallowe’en - Edinburgh Evening News":…

HIbs boss delighted fans are backing his revolution — Alan Stubbs senses the Hibs fans are now buying into what he is trying to do after his team were cheered off the pitch following last night's agonising penalty shoot-out defeat against Dundee United. The Hibees produced one of their best home performances for several years to draw 3-3 with the high-flying Premiership outfit in a pulsating League Cup quarter-final tie at Easter Road.
Oct 30, 2014

Alan Stubbs says #Hibs fans now showing their support after cheering the team off despite LC loss:… by @anthonyabrown

Hearts full-back Liam Smith loves his test of Methil — Being packed off to Methil to toughen up would daunt many teenagers. For young Hearts defender Liam Smith, spending a few months on the Levenmouth coast is an ideal way to become battle-hardened. The 18-year-old is in the middle of a five-month loan at East Fife and benefiting from the rough and tumble of life at Bayview.

Key Hearts player facing intense injury battle — Hearts captain Danny Wilson faces an intense period of rehabilitation in an attempt to be fit for crucial matches next month. A recurrence of his hamstring injury saw the defender sent for a scan and he is now battling to be available for upcoming games against Raith Rovers, Falkirk and Rangers.
Oct 30, 2014

Hearts captain Danny Wilson facing an injury battle ahead of crucial games next month:… #HMFC #SPFL

Anger as school car ban ‘will miss hot spots’ — A MOVE to ban traffic from the streets surrounding city primaries has come under fire for failing to include the city's "more dangerous" areas. The plans, which aim to improve pupil safety, will introduce an exclusion zone around schools during the busy morning and afternoon periods.
Oct 30, 2014

@Edinburgh_CC says twice as many schools in 'safe schools' pilot as expected… some can't be added b/c of location

Oct 30, 2014

Bruntsfield Primary parents say it has highest proportion of pupils walking to school - but it's not on the list…

Oct 30, 2014

Parents' anger as schools miss out on 'safer streets' plan for drop-off times…

Kezia Dugdale reveals how she fell into politics — IT took 90 minutes for the idea to be suggested to Kezia Dugdale. She heard last Friday at around 6pm rumours that the leader of her party, Johann Lamont, was going to resign.

Hearts launch plans to create museum — BOLD plans to create a museum celebrating Hearts' 140-year history have been launched. Supporters said the statement by chairwoman Ann Budge was evidence that the club was moving in the right direction, on and off the pitch. Steven Kilgour, general secretary of the Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs, said: "They are putting the pride back into the club, on and off the pitch.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @shanedgj: Fab idea! Hearts launch plans to create museum - Edinburgh Evening News:…

£20k boost to memorial for Nazi-fighting bear — Campaigners battling to erect a memorial to a famous Nazi-fighting bear have received a £20,000 boost from the Scottish Government. Wojtek the bear was brought to Scotland by Polish soldiers after the Second World War - following a distinguished career fighting German troops in Italy at the height of the conflict.