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Rumors for March 28, 2008

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Public Knowledge

  • The Daily Dirge [.doc]: Serious Questions Arise About the NYPD Reorganization; Lucasta Anniversary Approaches; Paterson Inaugurated; Staten Island ‘Surge’ Ending

Sect and Clan

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Other

  • People in Search of Work (Personal for Leopold DuSable): A lot of riff-raff have been contacting the company about getting work at a rubber plant. They seem to be under the impression that you would be willing to overlook questionable backgrounds.

Bureaucracy

  • Bureaucracy x1: Efforts to derail the proposed menu and recycling initiatives have failed.

  • Bureaucracy x4: Someone definitely had it out for Spitzer.

  • Bureaucracy x5: I was right - Molly's new 'friend' quickly realized what a nutjob she is.

Church

  • Church x2: Planning continues for the April 25 - 27 papal visit among those who approve of Pope Benedict XVI... and also among those who do not. There is some increasing muttering against the Catholic church and the direction Benedict is moving in. Seems some people are unhappy with his conservative attitude.

Finance

  • Finance x1: Recession fears continue to grip the financial community. The big questions is when to get out, not if.

  • Finance x2: There is a lot of behind-the-scenes activity going on in financial circles as companies try to encourage and shape government 'help' in the wake of the economy's downturn.

Health

  • Health x2: You hear - they're gonna be cracking down on reporting of gunshot wounds and other wounds resulting from violent crime. It's because of that Staten Island bullshit.

High Society

  • High Society x1: So the Watch roughed up some scum? Whats your point? Its not like they were really people, after all.

  • High Society x2: There is a lot of behind-the-scenes activity as power-players try to encourage and shape government 'help' in the wake of the economy's downturn.

  • High Society x5: A high-class 'discipline' service has been advertising a lot recently.

    Some chick driver was pretty popular at Cel-ray's second release party. You know? The one a few days ago. It's funny, though? She looks kinda familiar, you know?

Industry

  • Industry x1: Even though the number of jobs in the city has picked up, industrial jobs are dropping.

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Legal

  • Legal x2: Shit if flying over the Clear Channel deal falling apart.

  • Legal x3: Several members of the Attorney General's office are surprisingly unsurprised to hear about Spitzer's lady friends... There is a lot of behind-the-scenes activity as power-players try to encourage and shape government 'help' in the wake of the economy's downturn.

  • Legal x4: You notice that those feds were already poking around Spitzer's finances when they found the hooker connection... that wasn't an accident.

Media

  • Media x1: Media feeding frenzy on the police reorganization! Without actually finding much in the way of evidence of wrong doing, the media is having a field day criticizing everything about the reorganization and the intelligence of those behind it.

  • Media x3: Seems there has been an interesting run of accidents and break-ins involving VIPS at the NYPD...

  • Media x4: Fucking cops! One of the editors working on the reorg story had their car windows busted, and the cops wont do anything about it. They say there is nothing they can do, because there were no witnesses. Thats because the guy with the bat probably was wearing a badge!

  • Media x5: You hear - someone got hit by a train saving a kid who fell on the subway tracks, but the story got killed for some reason.

Occult

  • Occult x1: Two weeks and counting till the various Lucasta groups start unveiling their special surprises...

    A couple of low-level (superstitious) cops have been 'unofficially' inquiring about the possibility of 'occultish' explanations for the recent attacks on police higher-ups.

  • Occult x2: The occult 'community' as a whole is uniting over one thing: Lucasta. They're tired of putting up with it.

  • Occult x3: People are saying some pretty nasty shit about Lucasta and Lucasta cults.

  • Occult x4: The Shepherds of the Bitter Flower are recruiting. They follow a sort of new age, eclectic egalitarian ideal, and are only really notable for their intensity. Not much is known about them, except that they use a blackened, dead rose as their main symbol.

    Some people are even calling Lucasta a deceiver, claiming that he was only pretending to help people in order to get their worship.

  • Occult x5: A few brave souls have gone so far as to call Lucasta a demon, but not where any of the Lucasta worshipers could overhear...

Police

  • Police x1: The chiefs are really worked up over *something*, something bigger than just Hilbert.

    Stupid incompetent whiny media! Why are they attacking the reorganization now?!? They never seem to get enough of bitching about police incompetence, but when we try to do something about it, they pitch a fit.

  • Police x2: Although most of the reinforcements are being pulled out of Staten Island, some people are still being shifted in. The department is aware that a heightened presence will be needed for a while longer.

    A couple more VIPs had their apartments vandalized... Jesus, what the fuck is going on! Commissioner Kelley is really, really, really pissed. You **DO NOT** fuck with his men.

    The regular 'what-the-fucks' with higer ups is throwing a monkey wrench into the planned reorganization. You hear? Hilbert was about to get a nice bump up from the reorg.

  • Police x3: So get this - some moronic editor at the Times has their car vandalized when they're 'reporting' something or other in a bad neighborhood, and they get all upset when we tell them that that sort of thing happens all the time, and without witnesses, there is nothing we can do...

    Dep. Chief Picard is spitting mad over the criticism of the reorg.

    Several gun busts are planned for Staten Island in the near future.

  • Police x4: Deputy Chief Ramsey is really freaked out paranoid. It's getting worse.

    Although, to be fair, I know the guy who paid off the hoodlums to take bats to the editor's car.

    Several higher-ups at the department are a bit miffed at the FBI, although its not clear why.

  • Police x5: Here is one for 'worlds least competent arsonists' - get seen walking into the building carrying a can of gas, and ten minutes later it goes up.

  • Police x6: The guy what asked for the magnum is that sleazy fuck Lou - yeah, you know the one I mean. "Lou with the Badge." The creepy guys always get the good shit.

    I mean, neither of them even knew they were up for new positions. That has to be more than coincidence.

Politics

  • Politics x1: Council continues to hold its ground over the laws requiring more nutritional information on menu and a much stronger recycling program. There amount of support these issues are getting is surprising.

  • Politics x2: There has been a surprising amount of lobbyist support for both the recycling and menu regulation issues.

    There is a lot of behind-the-scenes activity going on in financial circles as companies try to encourage and shape government 'help' in the wake of the economy's downturn.

  • Politics x3: Some politicians are seriously reconsidering their support of the Watch due to the recent scandals... but they aren't quite ready to say so publicly.

    What with the hubbub over the NYPD reorganization, council may have to step in and do something...

    There are increasing concerns over Pope Benedict's conservative views as his visit draws near. There has also been some quiet talk about problems with the Catholic Church and its past behavior.

Street

  • Street x1: The police presence in Staten Island has started to draw down, and things have been quiet so far as they do...

    Incresaingly frequent reports of Watch misconduct have led some to question whether or not the Watch is worth keeping around...

  • Street x2: Things are about to explode again in Staten Island.

  • Street x3: There has been a push among some of the remaining 'street' people in Staten Island to move to Brooklyn or some other burrough until the rest of the fighting dies down. Many people had already left or gone into hiding.

  • Street x4: Word has it the cops are on the lookout for guns. There may be busts coming.

Transportation

  • Transportation x1: There is talk about trying to get cabbies and bus drivers to report 'suspicious' activity on the part of their fares... with a stick in case someone fails to report.

    The Taxi Commission recently awarded several cabbies with various awards for good deeds performed in the course of their work.

  • Transportation x2: Enemies of the proposed Pennsylvania Station financial district project are high-fiving over their successful effort to convince the owners of Madison Square Gardens not to relocate.

Underworld

  • Underworld x1: The cease fire in Staten Island ain't gonna hold much longer.

  • Underworld x2: There is definite concern over the arrest of Money Laundering Carlos. More specifically, people are concerned about what will happen if he takes the stand. If someone could arrange for him *not* to talk to the cops, there would be a reward of some sort...

  • Underworld x3: There are also other jobs open for interested snoops and hitmen.

  • Underworld x4: The Russians, Mafia and TCH's old boys are jointly offering a bounty on some jackass McClin. $100,000.

University

  • University x1: There is a rapidly growing anti-Neighborhood Watch sentiment among local college students. The program was never popular on college campuses and was frequently criticized as an imposition on critical civil rights.The increasing frequency of reported misconduct by Watch leaders have greatly increased this sentiment.

  • University x3: Someone has made a very good impression at several staffers and faculty at Columbia.

  • University x4: They seem to be focusing on people in security and at the library, and they are involved with faculty governance.

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