05/31/19 -- National News: May, 2019

Aggregated News For Your Lives

CONNECTICUT — New London Police are working in coordination with the FBI to determine a possible motive behind the apparent kidnapping of Doctor Miranda Railey and the murder of her partner John Hanford. Railey was abducted from her home on the night of May 6th and authorities believe that Hanford, who is presumed to be Railey's boyfriend, was killed during the altercation. Railey, a retired microbiologist, was pardoned for her work under the Mitchell administration on an anti-expressive biological weapon known as Gorgon following her testimony against DoEA chief Georgia Mayes at the Albany War Crimes Tribunal.

TEXAS — The Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the last of the East Texas Oil Field fires has self-extinguished. The final well, the deepest and longest-burning of those set ablaze during the war, went dark on May 17th. Most of the other wells burned out between 2015 and 2017.

The East Texas Oil Field was a large oil and gas field in east Texas. Covering 140,000 acres and parts of five counties, and having 30,340 historic and active oil wells, it was the second-largest oil field in the United States outside Alaska, and was first in total volume of oil recovered since its discovery in 1930.

The fires in the oil field burned across parts of Gregg, western Rusk, southern Upshur, southeastern Smith, and northeastern Cherokee counties in the northeastern part of the state.

These fires were started by retreating Mitchell-administration loyalists during the civil war. Soldiers in the region were instructed to destroy the oil fields to achieve a military advantage, utilizing the intense smoke plumes as smoke screens created by the burning oil wells that inhibited Resistance offensive air strikes, foiled allied precision guided weapons and co-opted spy satellites, and could screen loyalist military movements. Furthermore, the heat, smoke, and debris from hundreds of burning oil wells presented a formidable area denial obstacle to Resistance forces. The onset of the oil well destruction supports this military dimension to the sabotage of the wells; for example, during the early stage of the Coalition air campaign, the number of oil wells afire was relatively small but the number increased dramatically in late March 2012 with the arrival of the ground war in Texas.

Loyalist combat engineers also released oil into low-lying areas for defensive purposes against infantry and mechanized units along Texas' eastern border, by constructing several "fire trenches" roughly 3 miles long long, 10 feet wide, and 10 feet deep to impede the advance of Resistance ground forces.

It was estimated that the fires would burn from two to five years before losing pressure and going out on their own, optimists estimating two years and pessimists estimating five while the majority estimated three years until this occurred. The financial loss from these fires is estimated at more than 400 billions of dollars in oil revenues.

NYC SAFE ZONE — SESA is reporting a potential Chesterfield Act Registration database breach located at Elmhurst Hospital. Hospital security detected the breach the morning of May 8th after an alert was raised from a mass download. SESA indicates that the database entries are not complete but do include physical addresses of any Registered SLC-Expressive who had received treatment at Elmhurst Hospital between May 2016 and 2019. SESA has not announced further details.

KANSAS CITY — Sources within the Department of Health and Human Services claim that a sample of a biological weapon developed by the Mitchell administration during the civil war may have gone missing from the newly constructed CDC headquarters in Kansas City. Speaking on terms of anonymity, the Times' source indicates that a sample of an anti-expressive biological weapon codenamed Gorgon was noticed missing from its refrigerated containment on a routine inventory on the morning of May 13th.

Gorgon was never unleashed on the American populace during the civil war thanks to the efforts of Resistance fighters who attacked the facility prior to the weapon's completion in June of 2013. Nearly every SLC-E resistance fighter who participated in the attack died within one month of the operation and those that survived experienced debilitating and permanent nerve damage.

The Department of Homeland Security is coordinating with DHHS to determine if the weapon was destroyed or if it was somehow taken from the facility.

PENNSYLVANIA — Amish residents of Lancaster County PA are receiving a Presidential honor this week. Secretary of State Catherine Chesterfield is in attendance with President Raymond Praeger in the city of Lancaster to present the city's Amish residents with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a public ceremony. The Pennsylvania Amish earned notoriety in the years immediately following the end of the civil war, lending aid to survivors who poured into Lancaster County from the surrounding, war-torn cities and continue to spread a sense of community and unity to those who settled the region as refugees when the war ended.

ILLINOIS — A documentary crew has disappeared while filming in the ruins of Chigago. Producers from the Gangplank Media independent film company reported the disappearance on May 22nd following a three-day communication blackout from their film crew. The studio, which is in the middle of filming its civil war documentary "The Long Walk From Kirby Plaza" chronicling the events leading up to the Second American Civil War between 2006 and 2011, made the announcement early on the morning of the 23rd. The ruins of Chicago, also known as the "Little Dead Zone" are among some of the most dangerous ruined urban centers in the United States. State police are currently coordinating with federal law enforcement agencies to begin a search of the area for the missing crew.

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