News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

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Sir Norman Graham: Civil servant who led the Scottish Education Department through a period of change and expansion

In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s the Scottish Office had the justified reputation of being run by a group of formidable, if austere, civil servants of great calibre who had no hesitation in presenting awkward and sometimes unpalatable facts to ministers – with whom they had generally an excellent and mutually respectful relationship.

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Time-travelling Tennant gets everywhere

Richard Todd: D-Day veteran and actor celebrated for his role as Guy Gibson in 'The Dam Busters'

A major star of the British cinema in the 1950s, Richard Todd won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a taciturn dying Scot in The Hasty Heart (1949), played Robin Hood and Sir Walter Raleigh on screen, and was Ian Fleming's first choice to play his creation, James Bond.

Best artisan beer: Brewdog's Hardcore IPA

The BrewDog boys – what a piece of work those two are. I first arranged to meet James B Watt and Martin Dickie last year, in Edinburgh. They suggested Princes Street Gardens. I found them there on a park bench, well away, like a couple of old topers, swigging their beers from brown paper bags and raising the finger to anyone who dared come on all self-righteous. I joined them, and we had a riotous time. Did we vomit in the street and slump comatose in a corner? No. We simply drank some of the best beer brewed on this planet.

Wham! Pow! With new Friends, DC Thomson is a rare success

How the firm's new buys, and old comics, cushion its news titles from recession.

Drug addict's killing of toddler 'not predicted'

The violent actions of a drug addict who killed his girlfriend's toddler son could not have been predicted, a report said today.

Jim Reid: Folk singer who celebrated the culture of north-east Scotland

Jim Reid was a singer and songwriter whose music had a strong flavour of his native Dundee and the Angus region. He sang, played guitar and mouth organ, and was particularly drawn to the traditional songs of Scottish travellers, (many of which he learned from the Stewarts of Blairgowrie) and also adapted numerous poems by the renowned Scottish poet Violet Jacob. A founder member and initially the leader of Arbroath's Foundry Bar Band, he eventually embarked on a solo career.

Green serene: How the spectacular new grounds at a unique refuge ar helping cancer patients

Maggie's Centre in Dundee had the UK's first Frank Gehry building, and finally it has a spectacular garden to go with it. Gehry was commissioned almost a decade ago, and his folded metal roof sits atop a little white house. It looks almost like a gingerbread cottage sat on the side of the Firth of Tay, overlooking the water and the hills.

Eight guilty in Scottish child abuse case

Eight men believed to have formed Scotland's largest paedophile network were found guilty of child abuse and pornography charges yesterday.

Members of paedophile ring found guilty

Eight members of a paedophile ring were found guilty today of a catalogue of child pornography and abuse charges, including the sexual assault of a three-month old baby.

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Hail the king of the rogues

Russell Reid: Long-standing editor of &lsquo;The Sunday Post&rsquo;

For almost half a century, with a short break for National Service, Russell Reid worked for the publishers D.C. Thomson.

Man convicted of killing two-year-old

A man was convicted yesterday of killing his girlfriend's 23-month-old son, prompting a review of child protection services. Robert Cunningham, 23, had denied murdering toddler Brandon Muir, who died in March last year after suffering more than 40 injuries, including a ruptured intestine. A jury at the High Court in Glasgow found him guilty of culpable homicide. He will be sentenced this month. During the trial, it emerged that before Brandon died, council social workers had been in touch with the his mother, Heather Boyd, a 23-year-old heroin addict. After the verdict was handed down, Dundee City Council announced it would conduct an independent review of its child protection services. Cunningham assaulted Brandon at the Dundee flat he shared with Ms Boyd while she was at the supermarket. Medical experts told the court the boy's injuries had been caused by a "massive blow" to his stomach and he would have been in "severe pain". Charges that Ms Boyd had also ill-treated Brandon and had failed to seek medical help after the assault were dropped last week. Brandon's father, John Muir, said: "Robert's been done with culpable homicide, which is five to ten years and if he gets five years, he'll be out in a year and a bit. Brandon's life was [worth] more than that."

Man found guilty of killing toddler

A man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend's young son.



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