Scotland's papers: Heathrow 'big boost' and council tarot 'storm'

Plans in England to rebrand a host of small private higher education providers as universities is a "threat to the international reputation" of institutions in Scotland, according to warnings published in The Herald.

Scotland will see "significant benefits" from construction of a third runway at Heathrow, ministers said yesterday after the UK government confirmed a "truly momentous" decision on expanding airport capacity, reports The Scotsman.

The Times Scotland says Heathrow is drawing up plans to build its new runway at least eight metres above Britain's busiest motorway amid warnings of gridlocked roads and a £3.5bn bill for the taxpayer.

Men convicted in Scotland of having same-sex relationships under "discriminatory" outdated laws are to get a full and automatic pardon, according to The National.

The Scottish Daily Express reports that liver cancer death rates have soared by 52% in the past decade as Scotland continues to struggle in its battle against obesity and alcoholism.

Nicola Sturgeon's plan to "hammer" hard-working Scots with a "double tax whammy" could send the economy into reverse and threaten jobs, claims the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Daily Record says "we know who did this" as they quote police officers saying they have identified a hit-and-run "madman" who mowed down two officers.

"Astonishing messages" charting communications between police and a BBC reporter have been seized by Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers for a £1.5m court fight, writes The Scottish Sun.

The paper also reports that "secret" tarot card readings for council workers in Aberdeen have been branded as "absolute madness". Two fortune-telling sessions, titled Are You Seeking the Future, were part of internal training for staff.

The late Pete Burns said that he had "died before" in a "haunting secret" shortly before his death, claims the Daily Star of Scotland.

Aberdeen councillors have backed plans to allow taxi drivers to automatically add a controversial £2 airport drop-off fee to passengers' fares, reports the Press and Journal.

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