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Colleton Continues to Struggle
In the closing weeks of the election race, incumbent President Anne Colleton’s campaign continues to struggle against the rising popularity of Bartholemew Ogama’s message of hope and change. The Republicans have been rocked by recent accusations that Vice President Xavier Dunn traded Gubernatorial influence for sexual favors during his term in Massachusetts. Several former lobbyists came forward last week, claiming that Dunn offered to support their proposals if they performed sexual acts. Several of the young women have admitted, under oath, to acquiescing to the deal, but claim to have never received the promised influence with the Governor’s office.
Governor Ogama indicated that his campaign would not comment on the accusations, stating that ‘hearsay and innuendo have no part in UCAS politics’. Meanwhile, pro-Democratic Matrix broadcasters have been releasing and rebroadcasting excerpts from the lobbyist’s testimony on a near-hourly basis.
Executive Recalled to Hearing
Lone Star Senior Vice President, Roger Muran, has once again been subpoenaed to take the stand at the Hutts inquiry. Justice Hutts told reporters that the massacre of twelve employees at a Maritech Enterprises packing plant last week was “a tragedy that needed to be discussed.” Rumors have persisted for days that Lone Star attempted to whitewash the killings, and many observers believe Justice Hutts may have received information about this alleged cover-up. Muran was present for a marathon session of testimony at the inquiry, spending 12 days on the stand from late September to early October.
Two More Elves Found Dead
The bodies of two elven men were found floating in Lake Sammamish early this morning, dead from apparent strangulation. The identities of the men have not been released, but bystanders reported that both were dressed in expensive business clothing. Lone Star officials have not made any statements to the public at this point, merely indicating that their investigation is ongoing.
The deaths are the 15th and 16th murders of elven males in the past month, continuing to fuel concerns of a serial killer or killers in the city. Rumors previously swirled that Aztechnology was behind the killings in retribution for the rape of the Aztlan ambassador’s daughter, Eréndira Bonilla, by an elf. Music agent and elf-poser, Joshua Rochu, was arrested last week for the sexual assault and remains in custody.
Mob Violence on the Rise
Near open warfare on the streets of Seattle has escalated since the bombing of a Tacoma port warehouse last week. Insiders claim that the building belonged to the Gianelli crime family and that its destruction appears to have triggered some sort of internal struggle for power and control. At least three businesses known to be front organizations for the crime family have been targeted by fire bombings and drive-by shootings. Lone Star officials have been hesitant to speculate on the meaning of the growing violence, but unofficial sources suggest that the destabilization of the mob organization could spill over into other criminal organizations as they compete to snatch up the spoils.
Violence across many major UCAS cities has escalated steadily over the summer, as criminal organizations compete for shares of the profitable tempo trade. Boston, Chicago, Manhattan, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto have all experienced levels of street violence not seen since the chaos of the Matrix Crash of 2064.