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Rumors for March 2, 2006

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Public Knowledge

  • The Daily Dirge [.doc]: A Cry to Limit Chinese Imports at Paper; Cabaret Waves Goodbye to Natalie Hemming; General Dismissed after Claims of Mistreatment at Military Hospital

Sect and Clan

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Bureaucracy

  • Bureaucracy x1: RATS! EVERYWHERE! So goes the word. Several local franchises got busted by the media for having large rodent populations. Totals above thirteen now and climbing What's worse, some had recently passed health inspections. There's tut-tutting about the stupidity in this. Yes, of course the guy was bribed and that's all well and good. But Jesus, at least make sure that things are so bad that you'll get busted on it.

  • Bureaucracy x2: The federal housing secretary has blocked that planned $1.3 billion sale of Starrett City, a working class enclave of forty-six apartment buildings in Brooklyn. He cited the numerous violations in other properties held by David Bistricer, the planned buyer.

  • Bureaucracy x3: Although both the planned buyers and sellers in the Starrett City deal are attempting to resolve the issues, it is looking increasingly unlikely that the deal will be able to go forward. There are indications that whether or not the deal goes through, the complex will leave the federally subsidized housing program. It is currently the program's largest complex.

Church

  • Church x2: The Dogwood tree outside the window of the hospital where Christine Darkwater died continues to bloom.

  • Church x5: After the disaster with the Cenacle of St. Jude, the Society of Leopold is reporting that operations have pretty much been shut down in DC due to the resulting mess.

    Abbé St. Ferdinand John's possessions in the meantime have been confiscated and an investigation is underway. The Society is interested into why he was found dead before they got to him.

  • Church x6: It is now apparent that Ferdinand St. John, aided and abetted one of the minions of the enemy, and there is heavy suspicion that his death can be related to this.

  • Church x7: Various government officials have frozen Leopoldian operations in DC and are demanding a full account of what happened with the Cenacle of St. Jude. The Society is essentially helpless on the issue of New York as the FBI Special Affairs Division appears to be insistent on butting in.

    The only thing that the Society can really do these days is make the inquiry into Abbé St. John, and the S.A.D. seems to be trying to interfere with that too.

Finance

  • Finance x1: Stock shock! Prices fell SEVERAL HUNDRED POINTS Wednesday following an announcement from the Fed that a recession might be coming up. The market has been shaky since.

    The federal housing secretary has blocked that planned $1.3 billion sale of Starrett City, a working class enclave of forty-six apartment buildings in Brooklyn. He cited the numerous violations in other properties held by David Bistricer, the planned buyer.

  • Finance x2: Looks like the trouble started in China, specifically in Shanghai's exchange amid speculation of an impending government crackdown on illegal stock offerings. These illegal offerings had been driving rapid market growth for the past several weeks.

    Although both the planned buyers and sellers in the Starrett City deal are attempting to resolve the issues, it is looking increasingly unlikely that the deal will be able to go forward. There are indications that whether or not the deal goes through, the complex will leave the federally subsidized housing program. It is currently the program's largest complex.

  • Finance x3: CONSIDERABLE pressure was applied after Wednesday to get some good news, any good news out there. It looks like this push succeeded at least partially, but it is too soon to tell.

    There has been a flurry of inquiries aimed at determining what is up with Vontaug's new expansion. Its a sort of water-cooler mystery, because no one can figure out why its being done.

  • Finance x4: The building housing the leather bar and nightclub Daemon's has been repossessed by the bank, and is apparently going up for auction fairly soon.

    Layoff/buyout rounds are concluding at Vontaug.

  • Finance x5: Apparently, there is some sort of new supplier guideline being worked out at Vontaug.

    Vontaug's recent downsizing seems to have caused some ripples in related firms. More layoffs may be approaching, and they won't be as humane as the ones at Vontaug.

  • Finance x6: The key portion of the new Vontaug guidelines are increased security measures for Vontaug data held by suppliers and a 'do not employ' list. Basically, companies are given six weeks to insure that certain individuals are not employed. There is grumbling, but given Vontaug's size and that it is pushing this very strongly, it will likely go through.

  • Finance x7: The do not employ list contains the name of every person just fired from Vontaug.

Health

  • Health x2: There is an increasing research push in place to find newer and more efficient anticoagulants, refrigeration systems and transport methods for donated blood. Apparently the Red Cross is hoping to combat the laxity in New York donation rates by making blood keep longer. The hope to avoid the seasonal shortage of last year.

  • Health x4: There's been a notable, but small, problem with paper-work relating to blood donation. A few packets seem to have been lost as a result.

High Society

  • High Society x2: The star of Broadway's recent revival of Cabaret, actress Natalie Hemming, has been removed from the performing circuit again, this time due to the death of her mother. Hemming had left the production earlier in the year for a brief span due to laryngitis, and the show is starting to have to adapt to her continued absences.

    While it is not grossing nearly as much as it previously did, critics are increasingly indicating that Hemming's understudy Alana Magpie is growing into the role of Sally Bowles, and that the production is destined to evolve and adapt should Hemming eventually leave the show (as has been rumored).

  • High Society x3: A great number of people are apparently looking for the millionaire Emanuel James Richardson IV, who was made infamous a few months ago for his rumored fling with film star Tom Cruise.

    Reports indicate however that he is no longer in New York and that he is rumored to have been seen in Chicago.

  • High Society x4: A few reports have indicated that somebody (not Richardson) has been spotted lounging around the vicinity of the notorious gay playboy's ritzy Manhattan apartment. People are curious as to who it could be.

  • High Society x5: Daily Dirge horoscopist Melvin Gaylord apparently hasn't shown up for work in several days.

    Stories regarding the mysterious stranger handing around Richardson's old apartment indicate that he's a long haired, lanky man not previously seen in Richardson's company. The gossip is of course that he's quite possibly one of Richardson's paramours.

  • High Society x6: Melvin Gaylord, the horoscopist for the Daily Dirge was apparently missing for a few days of work. When he showed up finally he was covered in bruises, and looking rather "roughed" up.

    Meanwhile, there's apparently also been a young, rather scruffy-looking girl seen in the company of Richardson's mystery man, although almost nothing is known of her.

Industry

  • Industry x3: Layoff Rounds are concluding at Vontaug.

  • Industry x4: Apparently, there is some sort of new supplier guideline being worked out at Vontaug.

  • Industry x5: The key portion of the new Vontaug guidelines are increased security measures for Vontaug data held by suppliers and a 'do not employ' list. Basically, companies are given six weeks to insure that certain individuals are not employed. There is grumbling, but given Vontaug's size and that it is pushing this very strongly, it will likely go through.

  • Industry x6: The do not employ list contains the name of every person just fired from Vontaug.

Legal

  • Legal x4: Daemon's nightclub in Harlem is a legal mess. In addition to the building having been repossessed and put up for sale, there are numerous tenants now suing the owner Layla Reese for massive negligence. Suspicions of insurance fraud are also slowly starting to arise.

Media

  • Media x1: CNN executive Darren West, the genius behind New York by Night, hasn't been heard from for nearly a month, and co-workers and friends have reported him as missing after being unable to contact him.

  • Media x2: Daily Dirge horoscopist Melvin Gaylord apparently hasn't shown up for work in several days. There are reports that he's incredibly depressed over something.

  • Media x3: Meanwhile, a few reports have indicated that somebody (not Richardson) has been spotted lounging around the vicinity of the notorious gay playboy's ritzy Manhattan apartment. People are curious as to who it could be.

  • Media x4: Stories regarding the mysterious stranger handing around Richardson's old apartment indicate that he's a long haired, lanky man not previously seen in Richardson's company. The gossip is of course that he's quite possibly one of Richardson's paramours.

  • Media x5: There's apparently also been a young rather scruffy-looking girl seen in the company of Richardson's mystery man, although almost nothing is known of her.

Occult

  • Occult x1: Lucasta doesn't seem to have been active for a while, and reports of the vigilante and general hero of underground culture seem to have begun to dwindle off into the stuff of conspiracy theorists and street prophets.

    However, the street prophets are still preaching, and they continue to preach the message that Lucasta is a harbinger of a glorious end of days. Reports of minor miracles are starting to surface all over the city, ranging from men walking on water in Lucasta's name to people having lurid visions of "The Age of the Lightbringer."

  • Occult x3: Police are re-investigating the possibilities of occult connections to the Joy Kamigawa murder last December in which a young grad student was found dead in Columbia University Library. Apparently there has been talk from within the department that the death of Christine Darkwater (the insane arsonist nun said to be graced by God) and Joy Kamigawa (a Columbia grad student found dead last December) can somehow be blamed on a "Secret Society" of some sort.

    There is talk of re-exploring Columbia Library and looking for possible leads regarding occult trappings allegedly found there (but dismissed) earlier in the investigation.

  • Occult x4: Loa's Children, the sun-worshiping cult in the Bronx previously led by the mysterious and now dead woman known only as "Loa," has appointed a new leader, who has taken the old leader's name. The group, while still recovering from their loss seems to be making progress and is reportedly getting aid from a local scholar in the occult field who is offering tutoring and general guidance as they rebuild.

Police

  • Police x1: As Lucasta reports continue to become more of an affair of tabloids and underground culture, police are shifting their focus from the vigilante somewhat. There seems to be a growing indication that whomever Lucasta is has effectively retired from his antics for the time being, and that NYPD resources would be better directed as stopping more prevalent and harmful criminal activity.

  • Police x2: CNN executive Darren West hasn't been heard from for nearly a month, and co-workers and friends have reported him as missing after being unable to contact him. Initial investigations indicate that he had recently booked a flight to Chicago, and apparently his flight arrived there, and he booked into a local hotel.

    The trail pretty much stops there. Nobody has seen him since.

  • Police x3: There's some investigation into somebody apparently impersonating Reino Haldor (the as-of-yet un-apprehended man who was accused earlier of attempting to impersonate police officers himself) and causing some sort of trouble with Daemon's nightclub, which was heavily watched without reason last year. The police are having trouble turning up leads though. People in the department are allegedly looking for somebody with the initials ER (middle initial either J or G).

    Meanwhile police are re-investigating the possibilities of occult connections to the Joy Kamigawa murder last December in which a young grad student was found dead in Columbia University Library.

  • Police x4: Recently disappeared CNN businessman Darren West's involvement with police is increasingly coming up as suspect, as rumors circulate throughout the department that somebody "had it in" for Motley.

    Meanwhile, There are an increasing number of missing persons reports from several of the poorer areas in the city.

  • Police x5: Increasingly, police are seeking to collaborate with a certain private detective, who allegedly has proven helpful in the past and helped to bring in Martinez the Bunyip a few weeks back.

  • Police x6: The PI's name is Ash Gently.

Politics

  • Politics x5: Offices of the legendary 'Society of Leopold' have been seized throughout the DC area by government investigators. Apparently the Society had a massive internal problem of some sort involving a rogue agent.

  • Politics x6: The FBI Special Affairs division has frozen Leopoldian holdings in DC and is trying to take over the investigation they were starting. They are especially intent on following up on the allegations of non-natural beings running rampant in the NYPD.

Street

  • Street x1: Lucasta doesn't seem to have been active for a while, and reports of the vigilante and general hero of underground culture seem to have begun to dwindle off into the stuff of conspiracy theorists and street prophets.

  • Street x3: There's a far reaching search on the streets for two men. One is a thin, mildly attractive gentleman reportedly in his twenties, with somewhat outlandish demeanor. The other is an older insanely creepy bearded man covered in scars. He reportedly wears a armband made out of bullets.

  • Street x6: Loa's Children, the sun-worshiping cult in the Bronx previously led by the mysterious and now dead woman known only as "Loa," has appointed a new leader, who has taken the old leader's name. The group, while still recovering from their loss seems to be making progress, and is reportedly getting aid from a local scholar in the occult field who is offering tutoring and general guidance as they rebuild.

Transportation

  • Transportation x1: Pedicabs are entering New York City in a big way. They're the new tourist thing, apparently.

  • Transportation x3: A lot of heavy machinery has been coming through the city recently.

  • Transportation x4: Some of the heavy equipment is from Germany. A bunch is from Japan. Whoever is buying is paying top dollar to get it here fast.

  • Transportation x5: Vontaug is the one buying all the new equipment.

    Apparently, there is some sort of new supplier guideline being worked out at Vontaug that is being distributed to the shipping companies.

Underworld

  • Underworld x1: Some guy named "Thumbs" is getting into the drug distribution business in a big way.

  • Underworld x2: Some of the main suppliers to Coney Island got whacked during the recent gang war and competition to fill the gap has been intense. "Thumbs" is involved.

  • Underworld x3: Organized crime contacts in Vontaug seem to be suffering from continuing trouble, although it is unclear exactly what is happening, why or just how serious a problem this is. Its not just the mob. It's hitting everyone now.

    Vinnie "Thumbs" is making serious waves trying to secure a larger share of the drug trafficking going into Coney Island. He's becoming known for collecting the thumbs of rivals who get in his way (hence the name).

  • Underworld x4: Vontaug is almost entirely cleaned out. Not just the mob now. Vory, Triad, and the Mexicans also are getting hit. Efforts to slow or stop the layoffs and buyouts have stopped. Everyone is scrambling to insure that their connections in other areas are still secure. Word is someone fucked up and started naming names. Tensions are rising between competing groups who blame each other for the problem. Its' like someone has a list of people associated with the family and has been working down it. Alphabetically.

  • Underworld x5: Vontaug IS entirely cleaned out. No one knows how. Even the feds aren't this good. It's scary. There is talk that Gregory Stevens may have sold out the mob and faked his own death. This theory has mostly been voiced by groups other than the Mafia, who adamantly deny the possibility. Further, this alone wouldn't explain the degree of penetration. High level meetings have been held between representatives of the various factions in an attempt to figure out what happened. Word is that heads WILL roll and the higher-ups are getting less picky about whose.

University

  • University x3: Police are re-investigating the possibilities of occult connections to the Joy Kamigawa murder last December in which a young grad student was found dead in Columbia University Library. Apparently there has been talk from witin the department that the death of Christine Darkwater (the insane arsonist nun said to be graced by God) and Joy Kamigawa (a Columbia grad student found dead last December) can somehow be blamed on a "Secret Society" of some sort.

    There is talk of re-exploring Columbia Library and looking for possible leads regarding occult trappings allegedly found there (but dismissed) earlier in the investigation.

  • University x5: Psychology professor Vincent Albarest of Queens College is apparently doing some outside work with community members regarding the diagnosis of various dementia.

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