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Changes in Edinburgh's retail landscape could lead to the fascinating prospect of part of Princes Street being returned to residential use, Alexander says.

David Alexander comment: Retail outlet could return residents to city living

On Thursday last week, John Lewis announced that its profit for the first half of the financial year had plunged as a result of “challenging times in retail”. Somewhat ironically, the previous day saw the construction of the St James Quarter in central Edinburgh, a shopping and leisure complex comprising 850,000 sq ft of retail space to open in two years’ time, reach the halfway stage.

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Brian Monteith: Why independence and Brexit are not the same

As I write this week’s column it is four years since the independence referendum took place, but there are times when it feels like the campaigning has never stopped. The demands for a rerun have seen to that, as have the two general elections and the Scottish elections that have given us earache in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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Shaun Woodburn was killed outside a pub in Leith on Hogmanay 2017.

Kezia Dugdale: Crime victims need a voice to bring change

It’s been 18 months since Kevin Woodburn’s son Shaun was killed outside a Leith pub. The grief for his surviving ­family is still very real and very raw.

Somehow, however, the family have found the strength to stand back and use their pain to ask some hard questions of the justice system.

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