In the Shadows of the Rotten Apple...

Breaking News --- Blood in the Streets
Murder on the Courthouse Steps

Manhattan – Jake Sprangston – a local business owner was assassinated on the courthouse steps following a routine court appearance.

Sprangston died instantly, the bullet entered directly between his eyes and exited the back of his head. Det. Arnold Greymer, leaving the courthouse after his own highly publicized trial, was walking behind the victim when the shooting occurred and was sprayed with Sprangston’s blood and brains.

While there are rumors of corruption surrounding the business owner, who has been the target of numerous lawsuits of late, most of which were filed by lawyers working for the Renraku corporation or its subsidiaries, sources inside the police department say they are at a loss as to why Sprangston would be the target of what some are claiming to be a professional hit.

Witnesses on the scene reported seeing a man dressed in a Renraku private security uniform fleeing the scene, Det. Greymer, despite the distraction of his own legal issues, was quick to react, and lead the manhunt which ultimately cornered and captured the suspect. Renraku public relations officers quickly released a statement claiming the company had no knowledge of, or involvement in the attack, and offering condolences to Prys, Jake’s wife, who we have reached out to for comment, but have been unable to contact.
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Police have been unable to elicit a confession from the man caught fleeing the scene, one Souma Kuro, who claims to have no knowledge of the attack, and have been unable to find any connection between Kuro and Renraku, nor did they find any weapons on him. Police have also yet to turn up any actual witnesses who saw Kuro shoot Mr. Sprangston, he was only seen fleeing the scene.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bullet was actually fired from a high powered rifle, at long range, and not a from handgun, as early reports indicated, though, as seems to have become the status quo of late, police officials refuse to corroborate this information.

In the wake of the public response from Renraku spokesmen, demonstrations against the corporation have sprung up, both around the location of the shooting, as well as on public forums in the Matrix, claiming the corporation, after yet another loss in court, decided to take matters into their own hands. These demonstrators claim Renraku subsidiaries have been trying to take control of Mr. Sprangston’s business assets for months, to no avail, and with court costs mounting, activists claim it was simply cheaper to have him killed, and say that his wife will be next, as she now takes sole control of the companies assets.

Renraku spokesmen claim these allegations are absurd, pointing out the foolishness of sending someone dressed in their official uniform to commit murder, while demonstrators say that Renraku is simply making a public statement to anyone foolish enough to stand up to them in the future.

Police are asking for anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mrs. Sprangston to please contact the police, as they have, as yet, been unable to locate her.

(Reporting by Markoff Dobuzinskis, Manhattan, NewsNet)

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Breaking News --- Multiple explosions lead to 5 alarm fire in downtown Manhattan

Manhattan – Another terrorist attack in Manhattan leaves at least 14 dead and 36 injured, with casualty reports still coming in.

The attack began with what was assumed to be a prank or art performance, with witnesses reporting a man (referred to as ‘The Mummy’ because of his eccentric style of dress) climbing the outside of a Renraku Corporate research facility, but ended in chaos and misery.

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Calls began to trickle into news and emergency response agencies around 3 p.m. that a man was climbing the outside of a high rise, at approximately the 400 level, with no visible safety equipment or harness, or any apparent wing suit or parachute. Minutes later the “Mummy” fell to what spectators assumed was a grisly end onto a sky bridge some dozen floors below, but he was miraculously unharmed and promptly resumed his climb on a neighboring building to the amazement of onlookers.

Minutes later the gathering crowd was rocked by a small explosion that launched the climber into a nearby building, somehow triggering a massive explosion which caused severe structural damage, killing and wounding employees at several research laboratories. The raining debris killed several more on sky bridges below, collapsing one sky bridge completely and blocking traffic on several others.

This unlikely image of the stunt man impacting the Renraku building and triggering the explosion was captured by a bystander, quite by accident he claims. The amateur photographer was startled by the initial blast and forgot to take his finger off of the shutter release, but wasn’t paying attention to where his camera was pointed.

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Following so closely on the heels of the attack on a Renraku housing facility which was claimed by the Reaper motorcycle gang, many speculate that the Reapers are behind this attack as well, and rumors of Renraku retaliation are running rampant. Renraku has yet to comment on these claims.

The fire continues to burn long into the night, a statement released by the Manhattan Corporate Fire Department announced that as many innocent bystanders as possible were evacuated from the area, but because of the significant structural damage to the affected building, sending fire crews in was not feasible, and the cost of using fire fighting drones was deemed too high compared to the value of the research labs and surviving staff by Renraku officials.

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Whether the recent unconfirmed reports of “sniper” activity have anything to do with this uptick in Reaper motorcycle gang activity, or is in anyway tied to these attacks is, as yet, unknown, but sources inside the police department are unusually tight lipped regarding these rumors.

(Reporting by Markoff Dobuzinskis, Manhattan, NewsNet)

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Day 7 festival of Maks COMBAT BIKES finale XVII
The early release of the J4

-ORBITAL NEWS

This is all over the net. A recent leak in the Honda headquarters has forced an announcement of the first J4 hover bike released in america. The announcement was released to day when some crafty street gang in Manhattan our lovable huge city, stole the plans to this prototype bike and announced them to be ready and used in Saturdays finale of combat bikes XVII. combatbikej4.jpg

This is the Hond J4 150,000 Stock

here is the clip build from Muertos post board on manhattan undead.

“When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."
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With the release of this image we have noted that there is a severe Bounty out on the Person going by the nameCrank Shaft Props for you and good luck in this years Combat bikes finale and keep an eye out for The Dog pounders are claiming they are going to take the bounty by the end of that match. that if i may mention they arte not even in
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Honda was correct when they said “Combat Bikes will never be the same with the intro to hover bikes”
This is April Steel.

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Security Breach
files posted on open forum NYPD going nuts

Hey CHummers Muerto Here and I have got the skinny on some old files recently given to me and it brings me no cash so i give it to you freely. Those of you who have the coin, know how hard it was to get this and i can get more. IF you want the rest You know where to find me. These files dates and and names Have been changed to conceal the names of the Runners who have obtained them. Also i took the liberty to add music and Dreck so the odd gunk doesn’t seem so real.

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Breaking News --- 3 dead, 1 injured in high speed chase and hijacking

Manhattan – Chaos on the streets today as a group of armed Reaper gangers chase down and attack a semi-truck on the 4224 skylane at approximately 4 p.m. today.

The attackers, six in total, assaulted the truck from a stolen moving van and several heavily modified street bikes, causing the truck to crash, then shot and killed both the driver and passenger of the semi who had survived the impact, witnesses claim.
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The Reapers held traffic at bay with highly illegal automatic weaponry while they broke into the trailer, then forcefully stole a second truck at gunpoint which they used to hijack the trailer, all of its cargo, and make an escape.

Before fleeing the scene they fired rounds into several vehicles on the road to immobilize them, creating an effective roadblock, and greatly reducing emergency crews ability to respond.

Two Knight Errant officers arrived at the scene as the gang tried to escape, but their aircraft were shot down before they could engage the criminals. One died at the scene, the second is in critical condition at an unspecified medical facility, but is not expected to survive. The names of the officers are being withheld until the families can be notified.
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It is believed that these same motorcycle riding Reaper members were responsible for a terrorist attack and bombing that left at least 4 dead at a nearby Renraku housing facility just minutes before the shootout on the skyway. 3 of the dead were Renraku security staff and one was a gang member who crashed his bike and died, although this is unconfirmed as by the time news and law enforcement arrived the bike and riders body had been removed by unknown accomplices.

The Reaper gangers were able to make their escape after shooting down the Knights Errant, and traffic was blocked for over 7 hours while police investigated the incident and emergency crews cleared the wreckage. The local K.E. office is offering a standard reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of any members of the Reaper street gang.

An anonymous source has claimed that the K.E. and local law enforcement have no tangible leads to follow, claiming a “fighter for the freedom of the people” was controlling news and security camera feeds, preventing any indentifiable images of the assailants from being captured. Members of the police have admitted that their eyewitness reports have been wildly contradictory.

(Reporting by Markoff Dobuzinskis, Manhattan, NewsNet)

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Manhattan Undead message board post

-piper here chummers. I got low rats in high places, and ive seen some real dirty reals this week. Ive seen some heavy hitters get geeked on the street. If you got the chips I have the clips. for the rite players i have the loot if the trade is legit. If you are following my tune you’re my rat.

if your deck dont run with blood your machine dont run rite

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-Orbital News- "New York oddities or myths" Alligators in the sewers?

Slowly the world turns here in the Apple, but my readers and fans stand waiting every week for my newest finds. The classic myth that alligators live in the sewers of New York, I don’t by it. I have been here for my whole life and seen nothing, don’t get me wrong, the wrong gruff down an ally way is usually what i would refer to in this term. But maybe i am wrong. I have got some sources that wish to remain nameless. But stories say this alligator might be on the street not just on the street but also may be dangerous. No one has come out to the star about it. Not that your average surge walks into the star an admits to being handed its short and curlies by an old school story to prank your friends with. So i have done some digging of my own. This last week i got pay dirt. Its not much and it was after i got a glimpse but it was interesting to say the least and i know the picture does not do it justice so i will set the seen for you. I am on my way to my speeder. She is a sweet bike, when A large orc man comes at me with a knife. The brute demanded i give him the lock codes and keys to the bike, my cash,to do so quickly or i am dead. I figure i am dead so when i go to give him the keys i try and snap some shots with my key cam. Just as he slash’s my arm and coat with the blade The grate behind him Slings off The Glow lamps shatter and he is startled, as am i. Then like the wind It struck with a quickness i was not expecting brought him down dragged him to the grating and shredded his leg. I called the star and they showed arrested the orc. If it was not for the creature i would probably be dead. So here you go i know you have been staring at it this whole time.
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I have seen it out there. April Steel Bringing you the truth of the streets once again more to come next week.
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