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Aztechnology Threatens Lawsuit
Representatives from Aztlan and the Aztechnology Corporation today announced that they would pursue legal action against any media organization who continued to publicize rumors of a link between their organizations and several recent deaths in the city. At least twelve men of elven background have been found dead, all matching the description of a suspect wanted in connection with the alleged rape of the daughter of the Aztlan ambassador.
Corporate legal counsel, Gail Rodriguez, told reporters that Aztechnology “respects the laws and law enforcement officials of Seattle and United Canadian and Americans States.” She further stated that the government of Aztlan and the megacorporation have faith that justice will be served. She categorically denied rumors of extra-national activities by Aztechnology and stated that the deaths of the elven individuals are “tragedies that should receive as much legal attention as Ms. Bonilla’s assault.”
Auburn Blaze Sparks Fireworks
Seattle Fire Marshal investigators have determined that the cause of last week’s deadly blast in Auburn was the result of illegally stored ammunition and explosives. The fire and subsequent explosion damaged several buildings in a three block radius around Boris’ Vacuum Repairs, a locally owned business in the district. Investigator Derek Jones told reporters that the cause of the blaze was a malfunctioning ceramic space heater and took the opportunity to remind Seattle’s population of the dangers of unattended electrical heating appliances.
Lone Star has confirmed that they are investigating the presence illegal firearms and explosives in the shop. However, inside sources suggest that charges are unlikely following the death of the shop’s sole owner and proprietor during the blaze.
Colleton’s Polling Continues to Lag
The most recent Insta-Polls continue to show incumbent president Anne Colleton to be trailing her democratic opponent, Bartholomew Ogama. Virtually all sampling nodes from last week continued to place Colleton several percentage points behind Ogama in the race. The Democratic front runner downplayed the results, stating that ’there are still several weeks to go and anything can happen. We will continue to run a positive campaign and offer solutions and alternatives to the people of the UCAS."
Representatives from Colleton’s campaign stated that their candidate does not watch polling results and will continue to promote the president’s “impressively patriotic military and presidential record.”
The polling results are accurate to within 1.3 percentage points, 98% of the time.
Fashion House Rocked by Scandal
Shares in Vashon Industries took a nosedive yesterday afternoon with the arrest of Zafar Minesto, private secretary to Gino Vashon, on charges of embezzlement and insider trading. IFC investigators and Lone Star officers took the prominent employee into custody without incident, and he has been held without bail pending further investigation and hearings.
The Vashon family has expressed outrage at the allegations, and has vowed to provide Minesto with full legal representation. IFC officials have declined to comment on rumors that other members of the Vashon organization, including Gino Vashon himself, are under investigation.
Lone Star Criticism Continues to Grow
Critics of Lone Star Security Services’ recent decision to employ ex-metroplex guard officers in policing duties have continued to gain support. The drug-related violence that this plan was purportedly meant to stop has continued to grow on a weekly basis, while incidents of alleged excessive use of force by police officers have also skyrocketed. The topic has been central in the Hutt’s Inquiry during the past week, with ongoing testimony from several libertarian groups, including the Neoanarchist League.
Lone Star officials continue to point to several high profile successes in recent months, including the foiling of a Caribana bomb plot, as proof of the program’s success. They refused to disclose any details, but hinted that investigations are going well, and that a major announcement is expected shortly.