Hotel developers deal blow over new Royal High School plans

Developers behind controversial plans to turn Edinburgh’s former Royal High School into a luxury hotel have slammed critics of the project – as they unveiled a scaled-back vision for the site.

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A stretch of pavement measuring 120 yards along Queen Street was shattered in 1944. Picture: The Scotsman

The 1945 blast which shook central Edinburgh

ON THE night of 24 August 1945 the centre of Edinburgh was rocked by a colossal explosion which tore up 120 yards of Queen Street.

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Primark has removed a t-shirt promoting hit US TV show The Walking Dead after it was branded "fantastically offensive" and "racist"

Primark pulls Walking Dead t-shirt after row over racism

Primark has removed a t-shirt promoting hit US TV show The Walking Dead from its stores after it was branded “fantastically offensive” and “racist” by an angry shopper.

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The High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Man jailed for six years over rape of woman in Edinburgh flat

A man has been jailed for six years for raping a young woman who was too drunk to give her consent.

Wavegarden Scotland is to be created in the Capital. Picture; contributed

Disused Edinburgh quarry to become surf water park

A MAN-MADE surf park is to be created in the Capital under plans which would see a disused quarry pit turned into an artificial lake with waves controlled at the flick of a switch.

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Fenella McAlister and Martin Cruickshank on-board the rowing boat in the Atlantic. Picture; SWNS

Rogue wave forced rowboat to capsize ‘in middle of Atlantic’

A brother and sister who attempted to row across the Atlantic have told how a freak wave caused their boat to capsize in the middle of the ocean.

Sports Direct. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Princes St Sports Direct benefits from ‘tax cut’

FINANCE Secretary Derek Mackay today promised new steps to support business as the rates row grew with the revelation that controversial retailer Sports Direct will have the bill for its Princes Street store reduced.

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A Disney pub crawl has been planned for the Capital. Picture; contrbuted

Disney pub crawl set for Edinburgh

A Disney pub crawl is being organised in the Capital on March 24.

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Video: Hotel plan set to be approved for old BHS building

A BID to transform the old BHS on Princes Street into shops, a hotel and restaurant is expected to win planning permission tomorrow after just one objection.

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Sophie Sabbage, pictured, will be holding a talk at Edinburgh Maggie's Centre tomorrow

Cancer patient turned author backs Maggie’s ahead of Edinburgh talk

A CANCER patient turned author has spoken of her wish that she’d found a Maggie’s centre sooner as she prepares to make a guest appearance at the charity’s Edinburgh base.

Some have claimed that a number of bills passed have killed off businesses in the Capital. Picture; stock image

Plea to halt bills that cost Capital jobs

THE body in charge of revaluing properties for business rates is under pressure to halt the process and carry out a review amid growing concern about the threat to jobs and livelihoods from rocketing bills.

The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival will not be returning to the Assembly Rooms this year.

Assembly Rooms to revert back to traditional Fringe venue

One of the longest-running Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues is to go back to its roots after ditching a controversial digital event derided as “somewhere between pointless and insulting.”

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Police have arrested a 30-year-old. Stock image; John Devlin

Appeal following West Lothian break in

Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a housebreaking at an address in Joseph Cumming Gardens, Broxburn.

Police have charged one man folloiwng the blaze. Picture; John Devlin

Man charged following blaze in Haddington flats

A man has been charged with fireraising after damage was caused to flats in Haddington at the weekend.

House prices in the Hillside area of Edinburgh have shot up more than 340 per cent in 20 years.

House prices soar as buyers are ‘priced out’ across the Capital

HOUSE prices in some parts of the Capital have risen by an eye-watering 340 per cent in just 20 years.

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The highly infectious bug is sweeping across the UK. Picture; stock image

Shigellosis: Everything you need to know about this highly infectious bug

This highly-infectious vomiting bug is sweeping schools across the UK, leading to a warning to parents to know the symptoms.

It is hoped the planned cut to air passenger duty will boost growth at Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Air levy cuts ‘will help the wealthy rather than the poor’

The SNP’s plan to slash Air Passenger Duty will benefit the wealthy rather than low-income families, transport campaigners have said.

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Edward McGregor was placed on a Community Payback Order at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Ex-charity boss gets community payback order for embezzlement

The manager of a charity who helped bring about its collapse by siphoning off £20,000 has been placed on a Community Payback Order and will have to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work.

The former Ramsay Tecnical College building on Inchview Terrace. Picture: Bill Henry/TSPL

When the army took over Charles’ Portobello chocolate factory

WHEN successful Galashiels cloth merchant Charles Schulze decided to open Scotland’s first continental chocolate factory in Portobello, it should have been a triumph. But within just a few short years the venture would quickly melt into a tragic case of wrong time, wrong place.

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