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Glasgow's busiest streets to become no-go zones for cars

heraldscotland.com — Plans to reduce congestion and improve the overall environment in Glasgow city centre have led to two new no-go zones for private transport being identified, with hundreds of on-street car parking spaces also due to be removed.

MP puts forward plan for a British federal structure

heraldscotland.com — Andrew Rosindell, in a short Commons debate, put forward his Parliamentary and Constitutional Reform Bill to create a new UK constitutional settlement following the Scottish independence referendum. The MP for Romford in London said his Bill, to be debated in January, would create a new federal framework, evolving and enhancing the role of the British Parliament and the devolved administrations.

Murphy vows to increase taxes on the rich if he becomes FM

heraldscotland.com — The Scottish Labour leadership frontrunner yesterday pledged to set a 50p top rate of income tax, using powers expected to be announced by the Smith Commission tomorrow, and challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to follow suit. Labour plan to introduce a 50p top rate of tax across the UK if the party wins next May's Westminster election.

Crime gap narrowing between biggest two cities

heraldscotland.com — New figures show that, in the first year that Police Scotland had responsibility for law and order, areas around the eastern Central Belt saw increased crime while it largely fell in the west. In the capital, there was a 14 per cent increase in offending, the highest rise of any local authority area in Scotland.

Ferguson burns as riots follow grand jury decision

heraldscotland.com — Ferguson burned through the night despite pleas for calm from President Barack Obama and the family of Michael Brown after St Louis County's top prosecutor announced the officer would face no state criminal charges. The destruction appeared to be much worse than the protests after Mr Brown's death in August when 61 people were arrested.

Creative centre to write own future

heraldscotland.com — Moniack Mhor, near Loch Ness, offers writing retreats for authors as well as awards and fellowships. For more than 20 years it has worked with Arvon, formerly the literary Arvon Foundation, but now it will run independently. Patrons of Moniack Mhor include Carol Ann Duffy, Liz Lochhead, Jackie Kay, Val McDermid, Mairi Hedderwick and James Robertson.
Nov 26, 2014

One of Scotland's leading writing centres declares independence. Authors to celebrate. heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Shetland festival opens up a new chapter for lovers of crime fiction

heraldscotland.com — A new literary festival focusing on the crime genre is to be staged in Shetland, the first of its kind on the islands. It will take place from November 13-15 next year. Initial headliners for the festival, which will take place at the Mareel venue in Lerwick, include Denise Mina, Stuart MacBride and Alex Gray.
Nov 26, 2014

Shetland Noir: a new crime festival, with links to Iceland, to be staged next year. heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ho…

Eric Schlosser: there should be an honest appraisal of the risks and benefits of Trident

heraldscotland.com — The choice to stay within the United Kingdom meant that Faslane remains home to Britain's nuclear deterrent for the foreseeable future. But with the Trident missile programme up for renewal in 2016 the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser believes it should remain a live issue.

Drop in alcohol use among young

heraldscotland.com — The proportion of 15-year-olds who drank alcohol in the last week fell to 19% in 2013, down from 34% in 2010 and for 13-year-olds to 4%, down from 14%. These were the lowest levels since 1990.
Nov 25, 2014

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Director cleared of racial abuse at Celtic match

heraldscotland.com — Paul Riley, who appears in the BBC comedy show Still Game, had denied Ian Duffy, 55, shouted to Marcello Crolla and Franco Cortellessa that they were "dirty Italian b*******" in an executive suite during the club's 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.
Nov 25, 2014

Director cleared of racial abuse at Celtic match after evidence from Still Game's Winston heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Nov 25, 2014

Director cleared of racial abuse at Celtic match after evidence from Still Game's Winston heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Nov 25, 2014

Director cleared of racial abuse at Celtic match after evidence from Still Game's Winston: heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ho…

Nov 25, 2014

Company director cleared of racial abuse at Celtic Park after evidence from Still Game's Winston. heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/ho…

Collins: we could struggle to land January transfer targets if we don't clinch Europa knock-out slot

heraldscotland.com — The Hoops host Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday night with a place in the Last 32 within reach. A win over the Austrian champions or the failure of Group D rivals Dinamo Zagreb to beat Astra in Romania would be enough to see Ronny Deila's men through with a game to spare.
Nov 25, 2014

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Spiers on Sport: would Ally McCoist put Rangers first, and walk away?

heraldscotland.com — The received wisdom in football is that he won't, and that few ever do. A toiling football manager, come what may, is said to hang on for grim life, or, more accurately, for a compensation cheque when his contract is ripped up in the event of a sacking.
Nov 25, 2014

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Murphy to support handing full income tax powers to Holyrood

heraldscotland.com — In a speech to supporters, the MP will say the move would leave Holyrood administrations with "no hiding place" if they wished to pursue radical but costly new policies. His comments will be taken as confirmation that Labour has finally bowed to pressure during the Smith Commission negotiations on devolving further powers to Holyrood.

Sir Stephen House: Police Scotland support staff face more job cuts next year

heraldscotland.com — The organisation has an overall strategic target of saving £1.1 billion by 2026, Holyrood's Justice Committee heard. "We are internally very confident that we will meet that strategic target," Sir Stephen said. He warned that the path ahead is "not smooth" and there is no area - except police officers numbers, which are protected - which will not be considered in order to make savings.
Nov 25, 2014

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Research: homosexuality grew out of humans' need for social bonding

heraldscotland.com — Dr Diana Fleischman, of the University of Portsmouth, says that the results of a preliminary study provide the first evidence that our need to bond with others increases our openness to engaging in homosexual behaviour. She examined the relationship between the hormone progesterone and sexual attitudes to explore the role that homosexual behaviour may have played in cementing alliances over the course of human evolution.

Miranda Hart: I'm killing off my sitcom character because I've outgrown her

heraldscotland.com — The actress, 41, is ending popular BBC1 show Miranda after this year's Christmas specials, having said that she wants to go out on a high. Now she has suggested to Radio Times magazine that acting out her character's constant mishaps had lost some of its appeal.
Nov 25, 2014

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Hack attack: David Mellor taped swearing at taxi driver after BuckPal visit

heraldscotland.com — David Mellor, a QC and former Conservative MP, called the cab driver a "sweaty, stupid little s**t" during an argument about the route he wanted to travel on Friday. Mr Mellor, who had accompanied his partner, VisitEngland chairman Viscountess Penelope Cobham, to an Investiture ceremony with the Prince of Wales, was heard in a mobile phone recording given to The Sun.
Nov 25, 2014

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Glasgow street most expensive outside London

heraldscotland.com — That is according to global real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield, which said the Glaswegian street can command rent of £1,887 per square metre per year, beating the Scottish capital's Princes Street, which came in at £1,406.
Nov 25, 2014

Glasgow shopping street most expensive outside London | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/business/compa… via @hsnewsbreak

Call for North Sea tax cuts to boost industry

heraldscotland.com — Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce said confidence among local firms in the prospects for the United Kingdom Continental Shelf has fallen to a six year low as the sharp fall in the oil price weighs on sentiment.
Nov 25, 2014

North Sea oil & gas firms raise pressure on George Osborne for tax cuts | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/business/marke… via @hsnewsbreak