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  1. Alex Salmond effigy to be burned at East Sussex bonfire
  2. Glasgow to keep The Queen's Baton
  3. Court hears toddler death 999 call
  4. Legal aid 'not fit for purpose'
  5. 'No safe alcohol limit' for drivers

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By Thomas McGuigan, Graham Fraser and Louise Sayers

All times stated are UK

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Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

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Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest from around Scotland.

Weir finds his way to Loch Lomond

Plans are on track to unveil a statue of popular countryside broadcaster Tom Weir on the banks of Loch Lomond on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Tom Weir
Friends of Loch Lomond

A public appeal has raised £60,000 for a life-size likeness of the presenter of the "Weir's Way" television programmes from the 1970s and 80s.

Planning permission has been granted by the National Park Authority for the statue to overlook Balmaha Bay.

50 in for 'Well job

Jonathan Sutherland

BBC Scotland

Motherwell have now received more than 50 applications for their vacant manager's position following the resignation of Stuart McCall.

Fir Park

The club, however, will not appoint anyone before Friday's home meeting with Dundee United.

Kenny Black, who was McCall's assistant, will be in charge of the team for that match.

Dundee vs Aberdeen

BBC Scotland will broadcast the Scottish Cup fourth round match between Dundee and Aberdeen live.

Dundee vs Aberdeen

The match, on Saturday 29 November, kicks off at 12:15 GMT at Dens Park.

BBC One Scotland will broadcast the game, and it is also available on the BBC Scotland website.

Smith Commission

Representatives from the five Holyrood parties

will start looking at the thousands of submissions to the Smith Commission on more powers for Scotland.

Businesses, charities and civic organisations made 380 submissions and there were 14,000 letters and emails from the public.

Lord Smith of Kelvin

The Smith Commission is chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin.

It was set up after the Scottish independence referendum to examine greater devolution in Scotland.

Unite back Findlay

The UK's biggest union has urged its members to back Scottish Labour's health spokesman Neil Findlay to become the party's new leader.

Neil Findlay
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Unite said the MSP understood the concerns of working people and would "fight doggedly" on their behalf.

Mr Findlay is facing competition from MP Jim Murphy, seen as a frontrunner in the contest, and MSP Sarah Boyack.

Jack Bruce remembered

Guests including Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker

have paid a farewell in song to their former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce at his funeral.

Jack Bruce

The Scottish-born bass player and singer died last month as a result of liver disease.

Clapton and Baker were among a number of musicians who joined Bruce's family at Golders Green Crematorium in north London.

Campsite death trial

Two people are to go on trial charged with causing the death of a man by dangerous driving at a campsite.

Nathaniel Cooper, 30, from Inverbervie, and Kylie Johnston, 26, from Stonehaven, are both alleged to have been driving a car when Andrew MacKay was crushed between it and a caravan.

Salmond effigy

The Scottish government has criticised plans to burn an effigy of Alex Salmond during bonfire night celebrations in an English town.

Alex Salmond
East Sussex Council

Thousands of people are expected to converge on the East Sussex town of Lewes to see the effigy of the Scottish first minister set alight on a bonfire.

A spokesman for the first minister said it was a "typical Tory attitude to Scotland".

Hutton to stand down

Turnbull Hutton is to give up his role as Raith Rovers chairman,

the Scottish Championship club have announced.

Turnbull Hutton

The news came as the Kirkcaldy club announced a profit of £97,500 - a 20% increase - in the year until June.

Prisoner dies

An investigation is under way after a teenage prisoner was found dead at all-female prison Cornton Vale.

Dionne Kayleigh Kennedy died at the young offenders institute at the jail near Stirling on Sunday.

The 19-year-old had been in custody for a year.

Gilmour gets ready for Schafer

Kirsty Gilmour will face American Rong Schafer in the first round of the Scottish Open Grand Prix.

Kirsty Gilmour

Gilmour, who took the women's singles silver medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, finished runner-up in last year's event.

The Scottish Open is held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow from 19-23 November.

Warning over legal highs

A study by NHS Tayside has

warned of a "rapidly growing issue" around the use of so-called "legal high" drugs.

The heath board spoke to 700 people in Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross anonymously as part of the study of "new psychoactive substances".

Of these, more than 100 had themselves or known someone who required emergency medical help after taking them.

The survey report recommended cracking down on the sale of the substances and improving support for users.

Tonev appeals

Celtic have appealed against Aleksandar Tonev's seven-match ban for racially abusing Aberdeen's Shay Logan.

Aleksandar Tonev

The Bulgarian winger, 24, was found guilty of "excessive misconduct" by the Scottish Football Association following an incident in Celtic's win over Aberdeen in September.

Firm making waves in jobs market

BAE Systems aims to recruit 165 apprentices and graduates for its naval ship building business on the River Clyde in Glasgow.

Work will start next year on major contracts to deliver the Royal Navy's future warships, including Type 26 Global Combat Ships.

young apprentices

There are 113 apprentice positions, 34 roles for graduates, 13 industrial placements and five summer internships.

Political hot topic

East Sussex County Council have

tweeted this picture showing effigies of outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond and the Loch Ness monster to be burned in the 5 November bonfire celebrations.

The message reads: "A sneak preview of Alex Salmond and Nessie ahead of tonight's bonfire in Lewes - it just rolled up at County Hall."

Alex Salmond model
East Sussex County Council

However, the council have since stressed that they are not responsible for the model.


via their official twitter account the council said: "Please note that the Alex Salmond and Nessie models were created by Waterloo Bonfire Society #LewesBonfire and have NO connection to ESCC."

Workplace phrases - Your Views

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Mitch Neil: It's difficult to soar with eagles when you work with turkeys.

Protest art

An exhibition of posters which may have helped change the course of history is to go on show in Dundee.

protest art
Estate of Ken Sprague

The "A World To Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution" display is to arrive at the McManus art gallery on tour from the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Caravan park attack

Police are investigating an assault at a caravan park which left a man in hospital with serious injuries.

The "vicious" attack took place at the Ryan Bay Caravan Park near Stranraer at 21:20 on Tuesday.

caravan site
Andy Farrington

A 51-year-old man was attacked on the site by two men. He was punched and kicked and suffered injuries from a "bladed implement".

The victim was taken to Galloway Community Hospital with "serious but not life-threatening injuries".

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Nuclear archive

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has outlined plans to build an archive centre near Wick.

nuclear power plant

The building would store information and records related to the Dounreay experimental nuclear power plant (pictured) on the north Caithness coast near Thurso.

Dounreay is being decommissioned at a cost of £1.6bn.

Bright baboons

Researchers have shown that the essential elements of the capacity of humans to build on the work of others may also be present in baboons.


The phenomenon, known as cumulative culture, sees people make gradual improvements in knowledge over time.

Wrap up warm!

BBC Scotland tweets: -5?! Aw man! "@bbcweather: A #cold #bonfirenight to come later & those temps will still be low tomorrow morning. Jo "

bbc weather

Burnett through

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Darren Burnett survived a tough test against fellow Scotsman Wayne Hogg at the Scottish International Open.

Darren Burnett

Burnett moved into the quarter-finals by beating the Fifer, who is the latest Scot in the world's top 16, 10-6 8-4.

The event in Perth had already witnessed the exit of double Games gold medallist Alex Marshall.

Lamborghini drug smuggler avoids jail

An army veteran who transported £151,000 of drug cash out of Scotland in a Lamborghini Gallardo has been told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Timothy Shaw, 52, from Clydebank, took the cash from Motherwell to Manchester to meet drug dealer James Thorne on 8 August 2010.

He admitted breaching the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

At the High Court in Livingston, the judge decided against a prison term after hearing how Shaw was remorseful and had turned his life around.

Collins on Astra

John Collins was at Glasgow Airport today as Celtic travelled to Romania for the Europa League match against Astra.

Interview - Celtic assistant manager John Collins

Watch as the assistant manager speaks about the game and the banning of Aleksandar Tonev.

Saints 'disappointed' with Goodwin

St Mirren have revealed they are "disappointed" with player-coach Jim Goodwin after accepting his three-match ban for violent conduct.

The 32-year-old was hit with the fixed penalty by the SFA for elbowing Dundee United's Aidan Connolly in the face during his side's 3-1 weekend defeat.

St Mirren player-coach Jim Goodwin

St Mirren said they were "disappointed in Jim's conduct given this is not the first time he has been guilty of an offence of this nature."

The Buddies have taken internal action.

Safer cycling - Your views

Lee Wootton: We should definitely enforce the wearing of helmets for cyclists. In fact we should go further and adopt the Dutch model in that cyclists are subject to the rules of the road and can be stopped and punished by police if they break them. Motor vehicle drivers can get done if they break a rule but cyclists can't. This should change.

Tweeting Tricia

The Scottish Parliament's presiding officer, Tricia Marwick, has joined social media and started to tweet.

The first message she wrote from her @TriciaMarwickPO handle was about an apprenticeship scheme for young people.

Tricia Marwick's Twitter

The presiding officer, who chairs proceedings in the Edinburgh parliament, is a fortnight behind the Queen in taking to Twitter.

Ms Marwick's third posting was a plea to BBC Scotland's Brian Taylor to write his first tweet.

Royals scare

Two men are to go on trial accused of alarming police and security officers who were protecting the Earl and Countess of Wessex while they were attending a church of Scotland event in Edinburgh in May.

Earl and Countess of Wessex

Nathan Hannan, 17, from Leith and 24-year-old Daniel Mawdsley from South Queensferry have pleaded not guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to committing a breach of the peace.

They are accused of repeatedly following and distracting the police officers and then running towards the Royal couple to the alarm of those protecting them.

Cycling helmets - Your Views

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John, Buckie: Cycling is not only for sport. Many of us cycle for transport. Hi viz helmets etc are added expense. You sound like it's all for sportspeople with unlimited resources. Some of us do it because it's cheap and convenient. Helmets have not been proved to be effective in reducing injury.

Sectarianism in football

Brian Taylor

Political editor, Scotland

The new measures - brought into law two years ago - criminalise sectarian behaviour linked to football and also target bigoted abuse, particularly online.

Critics, including Celtic Football Club, say the measure is unfair to fans and may be counterproductive, in that it provokes supporters to resist other appeals to change.

Labour has promised to scrap the law if elected and has tabled today's motion in parliament urging early repeal, hoping to win support.

But the Scottish government says the Act is tackling sectarianism. Ministers say the Act has been used widely and not just against a single set of fans.

Madison Horn murder trial

A jury has heard the 999 call made by the man accused of murdering Fife toddler Madison Horn.

In the call, Kevin Park tells the operator the child fell off the bed, and isn't breathing. The operator instructs him to do CPR, to pump her chest, give her two breaths and keep pumping her chest. Mr Park replies at one stage saying he thinks she is breathing.

Madison Horn

Giving evidence at the High Court in Glasgow, Judith Cheney, the emergency call handler said she didn't think Mr Park was giving CPR at least initially, and he did not seem particularly alarmed.

Kevin Park denies murdering two-year-old Madison at the family home in Kelty in April, by repeatedly striking her.

City retains baton

Glasgow is to keep the Queen's Baton, one of the defining symbols of this summer's Commonwealth Games. The baton carried the Queen's hand-written message to the Commonwealth and visited 70 nations and territories during a nine-month long relay.

The Queen and the baton
Getty Images

Its journey ended at the Games opening ceremony at Celtic Park on 23 July when the Queen read the message inside.

The baton has been secured by Glasgow and will go on show in a new exhibition at the Riverside Museum early next year.

SNH shuts website

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

has taken its website offline in response to a potential risk to the site.

The government agency said "essential maintenance" was being done to the site and it hoped to restore services soon.

The issue has also affected other SNH sites, including Pearls in Peril and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

On its Facebook page, which has not been affected, SNH said: "Thankfully, these issues are rare, but we take them extremely seriously."

Sexual assault

Police have appealed for information about a

sexual assault in Aberdeen.

Officers say a 34-year-old woman got into a three-door blue car with three men in it in the Pittodrie area before being taken to the Torry Battery area.

The incident is believed to have happened between 27 September and 14 October.

Murray award

British Tennis

tweets: Congratulations @andy_murray for winning the @ATPWorldTour Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.

Andy Murray

Arctic heroes

Four Russian medal ceremonies

are to be held in Scotland to honour sailors who served on WWII's Arctic Convoys.

From 1941 to 1945, Allied ships sailed from Scotland and Iceland to Russia to supply it with food and weapons.

arctic convoys

More than 3,000 seamen lost their lives to the freezing conditions and attacks by German submarines and aircraft.

From Thursday, ceremonies will be held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Workplace phrases - Your Views

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Tom and 20 others

undefined I was recently told by the school's education expert my boy needed a better "work ethic". He's 6-yrs-old!

Workplace phrases - Get Involved

You've been gnashing your teeth on our

Facebook page about the most annoying phrases and buzzwords in the office [see 08:44].

Kevin Hutchens: Let me get back to you sometime, maybe then I can get around to it.

Office workers

Karen McKay: Let's unpack this...

Mo Ferrington: In the loop!!!

Do you have any other corkers to share? Have you ever been asked to "cascade" a message to your team or "drill down" a subject?

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