Scottish papers: Gest's death and tiny spaceships

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The story of the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh rumbles on as one of Scotland's leading architects, Malcolm Fraser, calls for the procurement of school buildings to be returned to Scotland's councils amid criticism of the private finance initiative funding mechanism, reports The Scotsman.

The National says that almost half of Scotland's universities increased the number of staff they employed on zero-hours contracts over the last year.

Tiny spaceships will be blasted by laser beams from Earth to explore our nearest star system 25 trillion miles away under plans for the most ambitious space mission in history, reports The Times.

The Scottish Daily Mail publishes what it says are some of the last photographs of reality TV star David Gest, which show him "looking frail and tired" on the London underground - days before he was found dead in a London hotel room.

On the same story, The Scottish Sun claims that the entertainer, who it describes as best friends with the late Michael Jackson, spent the final 48 hours of his life alone.

The Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson will unveil a 10-point plan spelling out how she will tackle the Nationalists with her party challenging Labour for second place in next month's election, reports The Scottish Daily Express.

The Daily Record devotes its front page to claims that a prison officer at top security Shotts jail has been accused of raping a woman in a Glasgow park.

The Press and Journal has video footage of what it says is a fight between two schoolboys outside an Aberdeenshire school and claims it shows that one of them has a knife. The video was shot in April last year, just a few months before the killing of Bailey Gwynne.

What The Courier calls "hardworking nurses" could be due over £1m in back-dated wages after changes to their terms and conditions with NHS Tayside.

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