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Rumors for October 13, 2006

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Public Knowledge

  • The Daily Dirge [.doc] Beloved Giant Sting-Ray Stolen; N. Korea Performs Nuclear Tests; Strange Suspect in Bronx Arson/Murder Case; Yankees Pitcher Dies in Upper East Side Plane Crash

  • Super Amazingly Truthful Awesome News [.jpg]: Nuclear Power Enhanced Monster Attacks South Korea!, Teenage Biker from the Future Arrives!

  • The New York City Aquarium reported yesterday that one of its cherished attractions, the giant short-tail sting ray known affectionately as "Mr. McPancake," has been stolen from his tank. (See the paper for more details, or have it read to you if you happen to be blind or illiterate.)

Sect and Clan

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Other

  • Happy Birthday (Personal for Reino Haldor): Happy IC Birthday!

Bureaucracy

  • Bureaucracy x2: Increasingly, localized independent fire departments that operate in areas not protected by the larger and more heavily-funded district fire departments are shutting down due to financial difficulty.

Church

  • Church x1: A Lutheran cemetery was recently vandalized when several small trees overlooking the location were cut down during the night and transported from the area.

  • Church x2: Stories regarding the apparition of a pale, blood spattered woman haunting an arson site in the Bronx continue, but they seem to have calmed down a little, and the spectre has been making itself less visible.

    There is an increasing sentiment amongst the local Catholic community that this was another vision of the Virgin Mary (dubbed "Our Lady of Pain"), who is in a state of injury and sorrow due to the fallen state of God's earth.

    Some few devout have started leaving candles and flowers at the site of her appearance.

  • Church x5: There is rumor that the "Society" is running into FAR more trouble than they originally anticipated, and they have hence petitioned their contacts in the Church to mention as little as possible about them in the future.

  • Church x7: Leopold member Christine Darkwater has been forced underground by "the enemy." Keep her in your prayers. She keeps you in hers.

Finance

  • Finance x1: U.S. stocks rose sharply last Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average hitting another record high.

  • Finance x3: Magadron Incorporated, one of the nations largest growing pharmaceutical companies announced yesterday that its former major competitor, Autumn Health Systems, is to be merging under its umbrella.

Health

  • Health x1: Numerous new research projects are being opened with regards to xylothanamenic acid (the active hallucinogen in sempreverde) and its effects on the human nervous system.

  • Health x3: The syndrome that seemed to be hitting residents of the Bronx near the ruins of a recently burnt down building seems to be dying down, and fewer and fewer cases are being reported.

    The symptoms included the onset of sudden and intense pain of the skeletal muscles, resulting in temporary paralysis and occasional unconsciousness.

    Experts now believe that this was a temporary side-effect cause by some agent released in the fire, and are asking that research be done to identify the harmful agent, so that they might look into the matter further.

  • Health x4: Researchers continue to search for a link between the mass hysteria that seems to have gripped New York in the wake of the mass-killings during May known as "Devil's Thursday," and the effects of xylothanamenic acid, as it is seemingly very easy to plant hypnotic suggestions in people under the influence of the drug. While nothing has of yet been found, there is now suspicion that the drug might be a variant on a more potent version of the chemical which -while useless as a recreational drug-, might potentially be used for purposes of interrogation, or "mental conditioning."

    Magadron Incorporated, one of the nations largest growing pharmaceutical companies announced yesterday that its former major competitor, Autumn Health Systems is to be merging under its umbrella.

  • Health x5: A few patients at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital reported being visited by a strange figure. Reports vary, ranging from descriptions of an "angel" to a "vampire" to simply a "creepy guy." The hospital staff insists that no such visits occurred, and indicate that these visions may be linked to the fact that many of the patients were under the influence of pain-killing drugs.

High Society

  • High Society x1: The song "Danse Macabre" by Requiem for an Architect hit the #1 slot in the top ten this week.

  • High Society x2: Rumors abound that New York by Night actor Calvin Glasgow (who portrayed police detective Sam McKinney until the character's death in the series last week), left the show due to his addiction to methamphetamine and that he is currently in a rehab center somewhere in Kansas.

  • High Society x4: Shock performance artist Namir Sobeck was criticized heavily last week for his piece entitled "Black Flower" in which he simulated oral and anal sex with another man dressed in a costume made out of numerous black tentacle-like appendages.

Industry

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Legal

  • Legal x1: Further investigation into the matter of New York courts has led to charges being filed against Brooklyn Democratic party leader Marvin Small. Prosecutors claim that local judgeships were being sold by Small, who has considerable influence over the nomination and election of judges.

  • Legal x3: The trial of Phil Flowers, the children's television show actor who was arrested for murdering his fellow performer is apparently being rushed into court rather speedily. Prosecutor Giles Edgeworth is confident that a swift guilty verdict will be returned

Media

  • Media x1: The actor Phil Flowers who portrays the "Silver Shogun" in the children's television series of the same name was arrested Sunday for having allegedly killed his co-actor, Zack Slammer famous for portraying the show's villain the "Wicked Bureaucrat."

  • Media x2: An internet critique of All Wound Up, the documentary that claims that the terrorist attacks that claimed Spike Lee's life were an inside job, has been released. It claims to point out factual errors within the film, although it hasn't made much of an impact on the increasing sentiment that there was at least some form of government misleading of the public with regards to the Madison Square Garden terrorist attacks.

  • Media x5: Uwe Boll, known for such flops as Bloodrayne and Alone in the Dark has indicated that he would be interested in directing a New York by Night movie, although he has made no official movements to do so.

Occult

  • Occult x1: Throughout the city, occultists of all types are inquiring as to the existence and location of an individual capable of shape-shifting into a large stingray. They seem to be taking the possibility VERY seriously, but are willing to accept that it may be a "metaphorical" spirit stingray that the individual channels, similar to how Inuit "were-walruses" wouldn't actually shift into walruses.

    The Scions of the Mystic Sigil seem particularly interested.

    There are whispers, of course, that this may be related to the kidnapping of "Mr. McPancake" from the New York Aquarium.

    Stories regarding the apparition of a pale, blood spattered woman haunting an arson site in the Bronx continue, but they seem to have calmed down a little, and the spectre has been making itself less visible. Visitors to the site still report the area feeling "creepy" and a few have still reported being overcome with physical pain upon approaching. More often than not, however, the only phenomenon reported is what appears to be blood manifesting from the walls of the building.

  • Occult x2: The Brotherhood of the Black Rose has become increasingly associated with the image of an inverted cross drawn over a circle.

  • Occult x3: The Chosen of the Rainbow Serpent, a religious cult who inhabited the 7th Street squat, recently seem to have all dispersed and relocated elsewhere.

    Meanwhile in the Bronx, construction continues on the temple being erected by the religious group known as Loa's Children. Residents of the neighborhood, which is by all accounts a fairly bad one, seem to be welcoming to the group as it seems dedicated to promoting social well being and community improvements.

  • Occult x4: The Brotherhood of the Black Rose has announced to a select few that it does, in fact, seek to bring about an apocalypse on Earth, so that its members may ascend above the current phase of human history. At least one member has committed suicide.

  • Occult x5: It was, in fact, the Scions of the Mystic Sigil who kidnapped "Mr. McPancake" from the New York Aquarium. There is an indication that this was ordered by the cult's enigmatic and as of yet unknown leader.

    Santeria practitioners and other pseudo-Christian occult groups are increasingly on the lookout for practitioners of blood-drinking rituals, apparently due to some sort of research being done by a local scholar on Communion as occult ritual.

Police

  • Police x1: The police have gotten a few leads on the nun suspected of instigated the recent series of arsons and murders. They think that she may be a woman named "Christine Darkwater," who reportedly runs a soup kitchen in the Bronx. Although attempts to find and question this individual have proved fruitless thus far.

    Investigations into the case of Mr. McPancake, the short-tail string-ray that was stolen from the New York Aquarium this past week, indicate that the crime was carried out by a large number of people working in unison, perhaps with insider help in the Aquarium. Other than that, police are baffled.

  • Police x2: Boris Kalashov, a known associate of Russian mafia boss Vyacheslav Kirillovich Ivankov, was found dead in his apartment Friday morning. His body was found tied to a chair. All ten of his fingers had been broken off and both of his eyes were removed. The eventual cause of death seems to have been poisoning, and it seems that he was forced to ingest a large quantity of Atropine (a chemical derived from nightshade).

  • Police x4: The actor Phil Flowers who portrays the "Silver Shogun" in the children's television series of the same name was arrested Sunday for having allegedly killed his co-actor, Zack Slammer famous for portraying the show's villain the "Wicked Bureaucrat.

  • Police x5: Police Detective Bernard Motley, who was formerly reprimanded for inappropriate procedure regarding a crime scene investigation, is taking an extended vacation. There are whispers among the higher-ups that he's been asked to stay away from some of the cases he's been working on.

Politics

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Street

  • Street x1: "The Furies" are increasingly becoming one of the largest and most powerful gangs in the Bronx. They're symbol is an inverted cross over a circle.

  • Street x2: Christine Darkwater, the Dominican nun who helped to run the Shepherd of Rest soup kitchen, has dissappeared recently after being implicated in the recent string of Bronx arsons by police.

  • Street x4: The Chosen of the Rainbow Serpent, a religious cult who inhabited the 7th Street squat, recently seem to have all dispersed and relocated elsewhere.

    Meanwhile, in the Bronx, construction continues on the temple being erected by the religious group known as Loa's Children. Residents of the neighborhood, which is by all accounts a fairly bad one, seem to be welcoming to the group as it seems dedicated to promoting social well being and community improvements.

Transportation

  • Transportation x1: Airline restrictions on liquids and gels have been somewhat relaxed.

Underworld

  • Underworld x1: Boris Kalashov, a known associate of Russian mafia boss Vyacheslav Kirillovich Ivankov, was found dead in his apartment Friday morning. His body was found tied to a chair. All ten of his fingers had been broken off and both of his eyes were removed. The eventual cause of death seems to have been poisoning, and it seems that he was forced to ingest a large quantity of Atropine (a chemical derived from nightshade).

  • Underworld x2: A large shipment of unregistered and illegal Russian firearms has made its way down through Canada. The black market price of several hard-to-find weapons has been slightly devalued.

  • Underworld x5: Boris Kalashov was apparently killed after selling info regarding some of Ivankov's associates. They were not pleased.

University

  • University x1: A young NYU studio art major named Christine Berkowirtz recently committed suicide. Claire had been coping with an acute anxiety disorder for some time.

  • University x2: There's an increasing push for Bronx schools to have better access to after school programs and services for "at risk" children.

  • University x3: A large number of NYU and Columbia students involved in bio-chemistry have recently transferred to Lane University near Ontario.

  • University x4: Several of the transferred students were involved in the artificial blood research project that had been started jointly by the two universities.

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