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Sport Charlie Mulgrew admits the Celtic squad are not thinking about breaking any records despite 23-match unbeaten run

Mulgrew was on target as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock to edge closer to another Scottish Premiership title

Roads closed as floods cause chaos

TORRENTIAL RAIN caused havoc in parts of Scotland and Wales last night. Some areas of Wales were on red-alert flood warnings while 11 people stranded by floods in Scotland were rescued by fire crews.

Right of Reply: Helen Liddell

The Scottish Office minister replies to our criticisms of the Labour Party in Scotland

Twins die in `suspicious' fire at their Ayrshire home

A HOUSEFIRE which left young twins dead yesterday is being treated as suspicious by Strathclyde police.

Murder hunt: two bodies found

POLICE searching for a couple allegedly shot dead in December have found two bodies near Crosbie Mains Farm, at West Kilbride in Ayrshire.

Obituary: Sir James Tait

JAMES TAIT was one of that doughty breed of Scottish engineers renowned both for their technical accomplishments and for their role in the development of engineering education. In 1966 he was the first Vice- Chancellor of the City University, London, and can be said to have created that university through his vision, determination and ability.

Scots councils called to account

THE public sector watchdog has criticised seven new Scottish councils for failing to produce their accounts for examination. In its annual report for 1997, The Accounts Commission for Scotland expresses concern over the "severe delays" which have prevented it from establishing if councils are spending public money in a proper way. The report also highlights a worrying level of misconduct among council workers.

All at sea - and loving every minute of it

Powerboating may not be the most sociable of watersports but boy does it get the adrenaline racing. By Rupert Isaacson

Obituary: Lord Wilson of Langside

Henry Stephen Wilson, lawyer and politician: born Glasgow 21 March 1916; called to the Scottish Bar 1946; Advocate-Depute 1948-51; Sheriff Substitute for Greenock 1955-56, for Glasgow 1956-65; QC Scotland 1965; Solicitor General for Scotland 1965-67; Lord Advocate 1967-70; PC 1967; created 1969 Baron Wilson of Langside; Director, Scottish Courts Administration 1971-74; Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin 1975-77; married 1942 Jay Waters (died 1996); died Glasgow 23 November 1997.

Words to save for a rainy day

The English language is rich in words for rain. As autumn approaches, perhaps this is a good time to add some of them to your vocabulary.

Scotland: The unanswered questions: The Politics

"The main obstacle to devolution in Scotland," ran the news copy in my hand, "according to Jim Sillars, speaking at a pro-devolution rally in Glasgow, is in Ayrshire."

Obituary: Capt William McVicar

William McVicar was responsible for guiding an open lifeboat packed with fellow survivors more than 1,500 miles to safety, in one of the epic examples of human endurance in the Second World War. His unrivalled qualities as a seaman saved many young lives and his achievements highlight the often forgotten part that civilian merchant navy personnel played in wartime.

Troon glory eludes Monty

Guy Hodgson asks why Europe's best driver had the roughest ride of all

Election '97: Health scare forces Scottish MP to quit

The Labour MP Willie McKelvey last night confirmed that he is standing down from the election race after a health scare. Mr McKelvey, 62, gave no details but is thought to have suffered a minor stroke last week. Friends said he had gone to hospital after feeling unwell while canvassing the previous day and tests showed he had suffered a minor stroke.
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