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Election Day Surge for Colleton
Polling results continue to show Republican Anne Colleton enjoying a moderate lead in voter preference going into today’s election voting. The incumbent president continues to ride a wave of sympathy after surviving an assassination attempt last week during a rally in Seattle. Colleton cast her vote this morning from the Oval Office, surrounded by supporters and colleagues. While the President was careful to avoid any early predictions of victory, she remained all smiles as possible future members of her cabinet also cast votes, including former Microdeck executive, Paul Simmonds, the newest addition to her inner circle.
Democratic challenger Bartholomew Ogama also held an event in his Boston area riding. The former front-runner continued to try to put a positive spin on the election, expressing hope that the citizens of the UCAS would vote with their heads rather than their hearts when the time came.
Matrix traffic at polling nodes is expected to reach record levels this year, and the UEA has increased security levels to prevent fraud or interference with the process.
Mayor Outraged by Inquiry Revelations
In a press conference held yesterday afternoon, Seattle Mayor Kenneth Brackhaven expressed outrage at the cover-up of police abuse and mismanagement at the highest level of Lone Star Security Services. Lone Star executive Roger Muran was on the defensive for most of the session, frequently reduced to citing corporate privilege to avoid answering pointed questions from city solicitor Sharon Tremblay. The most shocking revelations were transcripts of messages sent from Muran’s private commlink to Seattle area executives, apparently ordering them to falsify evidence from the Maritech Enterprises incident to place blame for the killings on “scumbag shadowrunners” instead of Lone Star officers. Representatives from the security corporation have refused comment.
Dead Dwarf Found by Jogger
Lone Star officers confirmed the city’s 1561st murder of 2072 after an early morning jogger found the partially decomposed corpse in an Auburn area park. The official report identified the man as Griswald Gundersson, a local hacker and thief known to frequent the area. Police have not released an official cause of death, but witnesses indicate that the man was likely killed by a single gunshot wound to the head.
Lone Star officials were non-committal when asked about the extent of the planned investigation into the shooting. An unidentified officer claimed, off the record, that they were treating it as a “simple drug-related murder.”
Spectropharm Stock Jumps
Stock prices for Pharmaceutical giant Spectropharm jumped 4.5% in trading overnight as several anonymous bond traders triggered a last minute buying frenzy at the close of the Neo-Tokyo Exchange. Speculators appeared to be caught unaware by the initial buy-up, and experts blame a “mob mentality” for the rush on the company’s stock.
The rise in stock price corrected quickly with the opening of the Prague Exchange as investors took profits and drove prices back to normal levels. There has been a steady upward pressure on Spectropharm stocks since the rumors of an FDA review of the failed anti-follicular agent, Bearantin.
Mob Violence Continues
Seattle continues to be rocked by near warfare on the streets of Tacoma as rival factions within the mafia fight for dominance. Experts point to the Gianelli crime family as the source of the violence, but the problem has escalated to include other organized crime rings in the city. Community advocates have criticized Lone Star for their ‘inaction’ on the issue, claiming that the police are ‘happy to let the criminals kill each other while the residents of Tacoma pay the price’. Security Corporation spokesman Lyle Waters downplayed the claims, stating that Lone Star works ‘to prevent crime, whether perpetrated by, or upon, the criminals.’