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Colloton Names VP Choice
President Angela Colloton this morning announced the nomination of Massachusetts Governor Xavier Dunn as her choice to replace former Vice President James Mitchener, who died two weeks ago in the crash of Flight 7346 in Seattle. Colloton told reporters that while Mr. Mitchener would continue to be mourned by the nation, she hoped that the UCAS Congress and Commons would act quickly to ratify her choice and once again stabilize the country’s government and line of succession. Mr. Dunn is scheduled to hold a press conference this afternoon to formally accept President Colloton’s nomination.
Dunn is well known in UCAS politics, having served as Mayor of the Boston Metroplex for 10 years before being elected to the Senate in 2053 and then becoming Governor of Massachusetts in 2065. A staunch Republican, Dunn has supported Colloton’s presidency since she first announced her intention to run for the office in 2068.
HMHVV ‘Survivor’ Hospitalized
A man claiming to have been cured of HMHVV was been hospitalized at the Psychiatric Unit of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. Hospital officials told reporters that Omar Tran arrived in the facility’s emergency room late last night and informed triage staff that he had been living as a ghoul for nearly five years. The man claimed that he was cured in a Redmond clinic after receiving several injections of medication. Hospital staff report that Mr. Tran became highly agitated when ER staff refused to acknowledge his claims and perform diagnostic tests to confirm his condition. After a brief altercation in which several hospital employees were injured, the man was sedated and admitted to the facility for observation and treatment of psychosis.
The medical community was recently abuzz with claims of an HMHVV cure when Dr. Carrie McGrath published news of a major breakthrough in her Toronto-based lab. Unfortunately, the facility was badly damaged and Dr. McGrath’s research lost when an accidental explosion ripped through her laboratory. The researcher later succumbed to her injuries in the Aurora Medical Centre in Denver. Other teams have failed to replicate Dr. McGrath’s published results.
Burrows Apologizes for Outburst
Yesterday’s session of the Lone Star Inquiry started off on a conciliatory note as Lone Star legal counsel, Nathan Burrows, formally apologized to Chief Justice Lionel Hutts for his outburst on Friday afternoon. Burrows told the court that he regretted the disrespectful display and offered his resignation as head counsel for the security corporation. Justice Hutts was magnanimous in his response, thanking Burrows for his professionalism and stating that the passionate outburst on Friday was “a shining example of dedication to the cause of the client, in the best tradition of what makes our legal system one of the finest in the world”. Hutts then surprised the courtroom by refusing to accept Burrows’ resignation, stating that the loss of their lead counsel would place Lone Star Security Services at an unfair disadvantage throughout the rest of the proceedings.
Seattle’s chief solicitor, Sharon Tremblay, echoed Hutts’ words, commenting that “Nathan is a passionate person, and the courtroom can be an easy environment to become caught up in the moment.”
Garibaldi Shines in New Role
Francesco Delgado, agent for struggling former Seattle Mariners starter, Mark Garibaldi, claimed this morning that the pitcher was “on his way back to the Majors”. Fans of the former star were thrilled by last night’s performance against the Manila Typhoon. An energized Garibaldi took to the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning, and struck out six Typhoon hitters in a row, including Pacific League-leading slugger, Ricardo Sisante.
The 25-year-old baseball star has been struggling since early in the season, and was sent to the minor league Tacoma Rainiers last month. Last week, the team announced that it would be moving the pitcher to a relief role and the rumor mill indicated that he would be dropped to a Double-A team soon. Many have pointed to the announcement of his engagement to fashion diva Veronica Vashon in May as the starting point for the star’s problems.
Estevez’ Death Ruled Suicide
The office of the Seattle Medical Examiner this morning released their official report into the death of Sim-star Charlie Estevez. Chief Coroner Carmelina Rini stated that investigators have conclusively determined that the star’s death in June was due to the intentional ingestion of multiple substances. “Although Mr. Estevez did not leave a suicide note”, stated Dr. Rini, “there is ample evidence that his death was planned and organized well in advance.”
Family members and MIBC officials have been quick to condemn the finding, citing several of Estevez’s last netcasts in which he raved about how “fucking amazing life is”. They have publicly questioned the duration and lack of transparency in the investigation. Critics also point to the still unidentified young woman who called 911 as a crucial missing piece to the puzzle of Estevez’s death.
Simmonds Wows Fundraiser Crowd
Paul Simmonds, son of Microdeck VP Jack Simmonds, stole the show at at last night’s gala fundraiser event for Charles Seaver. Simmonds spoke eloquently on behalf of the Republican Senator, highlighting Seaver’s extensive work on anti-crime and anti-terrorism bills. The young man spoke openly about his terrifying experiences at the hands of the eco-terrorist organization Greenwar, and had the crowd hanging on every word. At the end of the speech, the audience gave Simmonds a five minute standing ovation and rushed to supplement their donations to Seaver’s re-election campaign.
Representatives for Mr. Simmonds have confirmed that the Microdeck executive has been asked to speak at several Republican rallies and fundraisers in coming weeks, but declined to comment on whether the young man would accept the offers. Simmonds was held by Greenwar activists for almost four months before being rescued in a dramatic gun battle in the Fort Lewis wilderness.