News in 5 Minutes: Mass protests over police shooting in North Carolina, Scotland’s rising social care bill, and Brangelinaggedon


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (20 September) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the mass protests over police shooting in North Carolina, the report into Scotland’s rising social care bill, and Brangelinaggedon.

News: Mass protests in North Carolina after police shooting

North Carolina declares state of emergency after protests rock Charlotte

Protests over the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott have led the governor of North Carolina to call for a state of emergency. Protests rocked the city of Charlotte last night, with clashes between police and protestors.

Politics: Budget cuts partially responsible for “unsustainable” social care bill

Report cites austerity and ageing population as sources of future spending increases

The financial watchdog the Accounts Commission has warned of spiralling costs in providing social care in Scotland as a result of cuts to public spending and an ageing population. Scotland’s local authorities currently spend about £3.1bn annually on social care, with commission estimating that around £667m in additional funds would be needed to maintain current levels of care.

Sport: Celtic through to Scottish League Cup semi-finals after beating Alloa Athletic

Celtic 2-0 Alloa Athletic after part time team puts up stoic defense

Celtic are through to the semi-finals round of the Scottish League Cup after beating part-time side Alloa Athletic 2-0. Alloa managed to hold Celtic of in the first half, but yielded to two late goals in the second half. Celtic will join Rangers and Greenock Morton in the semi-finals.

Culture: Something called a Brangelina has disintegrated



This matters to some people apparently

See above, the world’s reaction to the most important cultural news of the century so far.

Weather: A warm, clear sunny day

Soak it up

A pleasant day is predicted across Scotland today, with clear skies and sun, and temperatures hovering around 15 degrees.

And another thing: Question Time and the panel of doom (no.3496732)

The full spectrum of political beliefs and opinions in contemporary Britain on display

Behold it, in all its diverse majesty

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