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Man charged over weapons haul in Edinburgh house

scotsman.com — POLICE have charged a man with a weapons offence after the recovery of a 'number of firearms' at an address in Edinburgh. Residents living near Jamaica Mews were evacuated as a precaution as police and bomb disposal teams carried out the operation last night.

Joe Biden joins Instagram, posts selfie with Obama

scotsman.com — VICE President of the United States Joe Biden has christened his new Instagram account with the now customary selfie, managing to get President Barack Obama to pose for the photo. The 71-year-old joined the photo-sharing app on Wednesday, and has already posted four images to his 44,939 followers.

Bill Jamieson: Scots universities are cream of crop

scotsman.com — An insightful exploration proves the nation's tertiary education is up there with the best, writes Bill Jamieson Barely a year goes by without some critical heart-searching report on the shortcomings of Scotland's higher education sector. I daresay these criticisms are important and compel attention.
.@Bill_Jamieson article on Scottish universities being the 'cream of the crop' is going down well this morning: bit.ly/1gJXQ0L

Sam Stanton signs new four-year deal with Hibs

scotsman.com — HIBERNIAN have announced that highly-rated midfielder Sam Stanton has agreed a new four-year deal with the club, keeping him at Easter Road until 2018. The 19-year-old, who joined the club's youth set-up aged 12, forced his way into the first team around the midpoint of the 2013/14 season, and the lifelong Hibs fan has revealed he is 'excited about the future'.
Hibernian midfielder Sam Stanton (@stanton_s8) agrees new deal, keeping him at the club until 2018: bit.ly/1gKhj1h

Power restored to 200,000 homes after blackout

scotsman.com — POWER has been restored to more than 200,000 homes after a blackout last night. The mass power outage affected around 205,000 homes across the Highlands and Islands and into Moray. Customers first reported problems at 8.30pm last night. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Power Distribution said it was working to identify the fault and restore power as quickly as possible.
Power restored to 200,000 homes after blackout hit the Highlands and Islands and parts of Moray last night: bit.ly/1gK5t7m

Liberton High to reopen after wall collapse death

scotsman.com — A SCHOOL where a 12-year-old pupil was killed by a falling wall is due to reopen following structural checks. Keane Wallis-Bennett died on 1 April when a free-standing modesty wall collapsed on her at Liberton High in Edinburgh, while she was changing for a PE class.
Liberton High School set to reopen after death of 12-year-old Keane Wallis-Bennett bit.ly/1hIRyiL

Chocolart: Exhibit you can eat comes to Edinburgh

scotsman.com — IT SOUNDS like something conjured up inside Willy Wonka's mysterious factory - a dark room in which the walls are made entirely of chocolate. But that is what will await visitors to Jupiter Artland, Scotland's biggest sculpture park, on the outskirts of Edinburgh next month, when its owners unveil the latest additions to their collection.
What would Willy Wonka make of it? An art installation made entirely of chocolate - opening in #Edinburgh next month: bit.ly/1eT87Ub


scotsman.com — FORMER MSP Bill Walker is attempting to have his conviction for domestic abuse offences against three former wives and a stepdaughter quashed. Walker was jailed for 12 months last September after being found guilty of 23 assaults and one breach of the peace which spanned decades.
Ex-MSP Bill Walker will today attempt to have his conviction for domestic abuse offences quashed: bit.ly/1lalcw5

One in four baby boys in Glasgow won’t live to 65

scotsman.com — A QUARTER of boys born in Glasgow between 2010 and 2012 will not live to see their 65th birthday, according to research which shows the city has the lowest life expectancy in Britain. Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal public health problems continue to ail Scotland's largest city, at a time when it is preparing to host the Commonwealth Games.

Tom Peterkin: Alan Bissett’s satire thrills SNP

scotsman.com — Before last weekend's SNP conference, the last time I had been to the theatre was to see a musical adaptation of Neil Munro's Para Handy Tales. Needless to say, it was "chust sublime". Sadly, the same cannot be said of the sneak preview of the new Alan Bissett play performed before Alex Salmond's speech in Aberdeen on Saturday.
Tom Peterkin offers an early verdict on Alan Bissett’s "The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant" bit.ly/1eADU1y @edfringe #indyfest

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Gaelic broadcaster MG Alba gets £2.1m boost

scotsman.com — THE Gaelic broadcaster MG Alba has won an additional £2.1million in funding from the Scottish Government. First Minister Alex Salmond announced the extra cash, which will support the production of new programmes, as he officially opened the organisation's new £2.5million headquarters in Stornoway.
Gaelic broadcaster MG Alba gets £2.1m boost bit.ly/1kziodD @thescotsman

Archer: Fonda will refuse to see Vietnam war play

scotsman.com — HOLLYWOOD star Anne Archer believes fellow actress Jane Fonda will never want to see a hard-hitting new play about her famous campaign against the Vietnam War - which will be unveiled at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe - because the issue is still so divisive.
Full interview with actress Anne Archer & husband Terry Jastrow on the Jane Fonda play heading to @edfringe this yr: bit.ly/1tb0t0S
Hollywood star Anne Archer predicts Jane Fonda will refuse to see her Vietnam play, launching at @edfringe this year: bit.ly/1taXrd7

South Korea: Hundreds missing after ferry sinks

scotsman.com — A HIGH school field trip to a holiday island turned to disaster today when a ferry sank off South Korea, leaving at least four dead and 283 others missing. A massive rescue operation involving divers was launched after the Sewol, with 462 people on board, capsized 12 miles off the coast.