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Lone Star Inquiry Begins Today
The public inquiry into the conduct and policies of the city policing contractor is set to open this morning. The commission was called last month after numerous incidents of alleged excessive force by members of Lone Star Security Services. Governor Brackhaven bowed to public outrage following the deadly riot in downtown Seattle sparked by sales of Excrement concert tickets. Political opponents have accused Brackhaven of using the Lone Star controversy to divert attention from accusations of corruption in his own cabinet.
Opening maneuvers by the various legal teams is expected to last for several days, as the various participants attempt to define the scope and powers of the inquiry. Lone Star representatives have questioned the authority of the commission over independent corporate contractors while also claiming that they will fully cooperate with any investigations.
Greenwar Issues New Threats
Eco-terrorist organization Greenwar has threatened to once again take violent action against “malignant corporate interests” in the Seattle Metroplex. Local chapter leader, Valerie Briggs, appeared in a brief news conference to highlight further exploitation and desecration of primordial lands in the Pacific Northwest. She did not specifically indicate a target for the action, but did claim that their actions would make Seattle “sit up and take notice”.
The eco-terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the bomb that killed UCAS Deputy Minister for Homeland Security, Claude Chartrand, in early June.
Garibaldi to the Minors
Slumping Seattle Mariners pitcher Mark Garibaldi was sent to the team’s minor league affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers yesterday. Head Coach Pat Burns had no comment for reporters when asked about the expected time frame for the star pitcher to return. Garibaldi has been in a record-breaking slump since announcing his engagement to fashion celebrity, Veronica Vashon, in late May.
Fans and sports gurus have been hammering the Mariners’ starter, culminating in a sad display at last weeks game against the Osaka Thunder. Garibaldi was driven off the mound by catcalls and thousands of promotional bobbleheads distributed to fans at the gates. Insiders with the Rainiers have commented that the team “isn’t sure we really want him.”
Caribana Opens Tomorrow
Party-goers sporting masks, traditional Caribbean costumes and waving Caribbean League flags will decend on the the city tomorrow for the week-long summer festival. Despite tensions between the CCC and the CLS over the inclusion of voodoun rites in the celebration, festival attendees have been flocking to the city over the past several days.
Multiple sites throughout the metroplex will host craft shows, food venues, and dancing demonstrations. Major parade routes are expected to be blocked at several points over the next few days for planned processions and street celebrations.
NTPD Reels in Drug Smugglers
After weeks of investigative work, members of the Neo-Tokyo Police Department have conducted their first bust. Police seized nearly fifty kilograms of the street drug tempo being smuggled into Japan inside freeze-dried codfish. The smugglers are believed to be members of a Korean organized-crime syndicate looking to expand into the Japanese market. Inside sources report that the fish originated in the eastern Quebec province of Newfoundland. NTPD detectives credit the bust to a reliable tip-off from a concerned citizen.
While not classified as a narcotic in Japan, tempo falls under a general ban on importing spices or herbs without paying a tariff, a law originally passed to prevent the circumvention of standard trade regulations concerning traditional Chinese medicine.
Drug-fueled Party Leads to Sexual Assault
Lone Star representatives have now confirmed that they are seeking a “person of interest” in the alleged sexual assault of nineteen-year-old Eréndira Bonilla, daughter of Arlan Bonilla, diplomatic attaché with the Aztlan embassy. According to the alleged victim, the assault took place last Saturday night in the women’s restroom at the Tacoma dockside nightclub Arrowpoint, a popular spot with Seattle’s younger crowd. Lone Star is not confirming rumors that blood tests show Eréndira was using tempo at the time of the assault. Lone Star spokesperson Sergeant Michael Donati said, “We are not releasing the results of Ms. Bonilla’s blood tests at this time. Our focus is on investigating this incident and finding our person of interest in this ongoing case.” An Aztlan appointed lawyer representing the Bonilla family added, “Whether or not Ms. Bonilla used poor judgement that night, a crime has been committed here against an innocent woman and the Aztlan nation stands behind its citizens and will see that the perpetrator faces justice.”
Despite Lone Star’s silence on the matter, eyewitness interviews indicate that there was heavy tempo use in the Arrowpoint nightclub at the time of the incident. Lone Star has not released a description or sketch of the person of interest to the public, but our sources tell us they are seeking a heavy-set Caucasian male elf with short dark hair between the age of twenty-five and thirty-five.