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Simmonds Support Raises Republican Hopes
Republican campaign officials are highlighting recent polling results that show incumbent presidential candidate Anne Colleton gaining on her Democratic challenger, Bartholomew Ogama. Pundits attribute the last minute surge to increasing involvement of speaking sensation Paul Simmonds, son on Microdeck VP Jack Simmonds. The young executive has made numerous appearances on behalf of Republican candidates in the past month, and observers point to his easy charm, self-effacing style, and heroic story as reasons for the public response to this otherwise unknown newcomer.
Colleton’s campaign has made no comment on rumors that the president plans to announce her intent to make Simmonds part of her cabinet if she wins re-election, but observers say such a move is likely. The younger Simmonds has been booked for rallies and fundraisers nearly every day leading up to next week’s election.
Charitable Organizations Raise Alarm on Disappearances
Several local charities and homeless organizations have publicly called for a police investigation into alleged disappearances amongst the city’s SINless population. Representatives for NWB, MPP, and UBL held a joint press conference yesterday, claiming that over a dozen underprivileged residents have disappeared over the past week. They acknowledged that most of the missing individuals were involved with the use of the street drug, tempo, but argued that these “unfortunate souls” deserved due process and protection of the law as much as any other citizen.
Lone Star Security Services has released a statement indicating that they are aware of the “alleged” disappearances and have “dedicated resources to look into the problem”.
New Life for Banned Drug?
Spectropharm officials have refused to confirm or deny recent rumors that the FDA has reopened the files on their anti-follicular agent, Bearantin. The medication was released in July, but recalled several months later after reports of severe side effects that prompted a court injunction and several class-action lawsuits. Unofficial sources have hinted that the FDA may be evaluating an alternative use for Bearantin, but further information is unavailable. FDA officials have declined comment.
Student Union Protests Corporate Takeover
Pharmacy graduate students at the University of Washington have staged several protests with the backing of their student government. The demonstrations are in response to the disruption of graduate research activities after the University administration announced that several labs would be leased to an unidentified corporate client. Student Body President Susan James told reporters that the move was “corporate exploitation at its worst.” She pointed out that the state-of-the-art research labs were funded through the “exorbitant” tuition fees paid by students and “generous” donations by alumni organizations, and should not be “summarily co-opted” by corporate interests. The K-wing of Magnuson Health Sciences Building has been closed to public access and University representatives have declined official comment.
More Revelations Expected at Inquiry
Observers are predicting more fireworks at the Hutts Inquiry today as Roger Muran continues his second round of testimony. City Solicitor Sharon Tremblay questioned the Lone Star executive about the recent deaths of twelve employees at a Maritech Enterprises factory. Miss Tremblay introduced transcripts and recordings of communications between Lone Star executives that suggest a high level attempt to cover-up the security corporation’s involvement in the deaths. Lone Star lawyer Nathan Burrows raised numerous objections to the evidence, citing corporate privilege and complaining of a lack of disclosure by the city legal team. Justice Hutts conceded parts of Mr. Burrows’ complaints and adjourned the hearing for the weekend to allow the Lone Star representative to review the new evidence.
Knight Errant Baffled by Elven Murder
SAN FRANCISCO INQUIRER (NNT) – Knight Errant investigators have finally released the name of an elven male found dead at the Majic Kingdom™ theme park last Tuesday. Elias Kirby was a park performer specializing in mime and busking. His body was found Tuesday evening by maintenance staff who were emptying waste bins at the popular Hurler ride. An official cause of death has not been released, but unofficial sources suggest that the young mime’s body showed no evidence of trauma or assault at the time it was found. KE officials say they have not yet identified suspects in the case, and have appealed to park attendees to come forward with any information they may have, no matter how small.