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Colleton Shuffles Cabinet
Close on the heels of her surprise victory in last week’s election, President Colleton announced changes to her political cabinet. While many of the faces will remain unchanged, Colleton has shuffled some of the key positions, including Secretaries of State, Treasury, Homeland Security, and Energy. The President thanked the members retiring from her inner circle, highlighting their dedicated service and invaluable contributions to the country.
|Secretary of State:
Secretary of Homeland Security:
Secretary of Energy:
| Driscoll Holt
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Secretary of Corporate Affairs:
Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs:
| Hans Koch
K-Wing Reopens Amidst Rumors of Spectropharm Involvement
The pharmacy research wing at the Magnuson Health Sciences Building was reopened today after several unexplained deaths. University officials have vehemently denied rumors that Spectropharm was the unnamed firm leasing K-wing at the time, but student groups continue to highlight several pieces of evidence, including vials of the corporation’s antifollicular agent Bearantin, reportedly found in the wreckage. Students also point to the testimony of a seven year old girl who claims to have been in the facility at the time of the killings. Several UMC experts have stated publicly that the girl’s story is unreliable due to her age and the severity of her trauma. UW Psychology professor, Dr. Andrew Lau, has told investigators that the child likely experienced violence common to the less savory streets of the city, and has incorporated the news stories about the K-wing killings into her immature memories.
Study Confirms Increasing Violence Rates
The Fraisier Institute yesterday released it’s bi-annual report on crime and violence in our cities. As expected, the study shows that levels of violent crime has spiked in the past six months, largely driven by escalating drug-related violence. Non-violent crimes such as burglary and hacking have also increased, likely to fund the growing use of the street drug Tempo. Government officials have issued their usual criticism of TFI‘s methodology, claiming that ’official’ statistics show only a modest increase in criminal activity over the past year.
One bright note was highlighted in the report. HMHVV-related crime has dropped by 7.4% over the past six months. Study author, Dr. Simon Bolivar, told reporters that they were unsure of the reason for this specific drop, but pointed to Department of Health data that showed an overall decrease in [reported] HMHVV infection rates over the past summer.
Seattle Cancels Lone Star Contract, Others Follow
UCAS and corporate citizens were shocked yesterday evening when Seattle Governor Kenneth Brackhaven announced that the Emerald City would be canceling the policing contract with Lone Star Security Services. Brackhaven cited Lone Star’s ongoing inability to control tempo-related violence, several recent incidents of excessive police ‘brutality’, and the shocking revelations of cover-ups at the highest levels of the security corporation. The Governor reassured the city’s residents that there would be an orderly transfer of policing operations to Knight Errant, which has been working with the city over the past week.
Shortly after the Seattle announcement, city officials in Boston and Montréal also followed suit, canceling their contracts with the Texas-based corporation and turning to the Ares Macrotechnology subsidiary. Officials in other UCAS cities have refused comment on the status of their own contracts with Lone Star.
Senator Dies During Virtual Meeting
Seattle Senator Charles Seaver passed away yesterday evening during a virtual town hall meeting with constituents. The elven senator was in the midst of a discussion about tax rates and what President Colleton’s re-election would mean for the residents of Seattle, when his icon stopped moving at 23:15, and the meeting was cut short. Officials from the senator’s office confirmed that Mr. Seaver suffered a massive heart attack during the transmission. He was found dead in his office, still connected to his commlink. A memorial service will be held for the Senator tomorrow afternoon at three. Security is expected to be high at the venue.