A Legend Withdraws

Parent Category: News From the Front
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:00
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 20:33
Published on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:00
Written by Kottos
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PROVIDER: OUTBLACK ENTERTAINMENT
PROGRAM: STARBURST!
TIMESTAMP: [2653.07.10 08:23:47]
Amanda Kally

 

Sad news, race fans. It appears that the Champ has changed his mind. Captain Z, as his fans all know him, has decided to bow out of this year’s race, citing the rising paranoia over gene mods in the area would, “make it a lot less fun this time around”. He is known to have several Abascians on his crew, and rumours are starting to circulate that he’s boycotting the race due to the recent tariff issues in the region. Many of the more high-profile participants are anticipated to follow suit, as a show of solidarity. WaveFire Interstellar has already reported that they are withdrawing their sponsorship from this year’s event due to the alleged speceism of the Sphere government near the Gap. That makes this the first time the defending champion has pulled out of the race, as well as the first time a sponsor has backed out.
This just in: The advisory in Sector 4163 has been upgraded to a ... Class 5? Repeat, Sector 4163 is now under a full military travel restriction, issued by the TSN earlier today. Details are restricted, but we got this directive straight from Admiral Hall’s offices ... here on station.
In other news, though, business seems to be booming at the yards here. Major orders are coming in, and the belt miners are doubling up on shifts to meet the extensive material demands for the influx of large-scale orders. The Corporate Council here isn’t releasing the source of most of these orders, but word on the grapevine is that the bulk of them are coming in from the TSN. Third Fleet’s presence in-system and in neighboring systems is visibly increasing, but the Admiral’s offices are assuring the locals that there is no cause for alarm. Crews and ships from Sixth and Seventh are also turning up. Officially, they’re here for some old-fashioned R&R. Word from the cantines around the docks, however, suggests that they’re bound for Fourth Fleet with transfer orders.
I’m Amanda Kally and that’s your starburst for tonight.

Tags: Amanda Kally , Race to the Gap , Zebulon Clarkson , Zanzibar , Third Fleet , Admiral Hall , Abascia Station