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387.03 // High profile recruitment agency ‘Simply Galaxy’ stormed in dawn raid.

GRID operatives have raided the headquarters of galactic headhunting firm ‘Simply Galaxy’, located in the heart of the business quarter on Coruscant. The raid which took place in the early hours of the morning is believed to be tied directly to the missing force sensitive children.

Sources from inside GRID have told Holonews that it is believed that Simply Galaxy is responsible for the sourcing of mercenaries to target children on behalf of a larger unnamed faction.

In a statement from Simply Galaxy, they strongly denied any wrong doing

“Simply Galaxy does not have any involvement with the disappearances of recent years, and will assist GRID with any information and access they may require to exonerate our company. Our priority is and always will be to help citizens of the galaxy take the next step in their careers.”

As of yet it appears that no charges have been brought forward and as such, the next 48 hours will make for interesting watching. Many citizens see this as an end game move from GRID and that they must surely be closing in on bringing the children home.

The first child was taken roughly 5 years ago and surely with this latest move, GRID alongside the Jedi Order are at a point where they feel finally in a position to put this to bed.

The first domino has fallen, will the second?

386.28 // Strikes over job losses lead to violence in seven major Vohai cities

Strikes have gripped the major industrial cities of Vohai as unrest continues to mount: mass lootings and violence sweep through the streets, as industrial protesters and sympathisers for the terrorist cell ‘the People’s Will’ continue to clash with Republic garrisons.

In a press release earlier today, the Governor of the Vohai System, Lord Xannash, was bombarded by bottles and rotten fruit as protesters began to chant ‘freedom or death’ as they stormed the podium. Another incident of a fuel explosion outside the city of Exalorest has set much of the surrounding buildings on fire, with firefighters spread too thin to effectively deal with ensuing wildfires.

Over seven have died as violence with another four-hundred injured as violence continues to grow. Talks between union leaders and business officials continue to fail due to the increasing radicalisation of the worker’s unions under the assumed pressure of the terrorist cell known as the People’s Will, and their influential leader ‘Mother Mu’la’.

With no end in sight, the Chief of State has expressed immediate worries about the increasing pressure of Vohai and its regional unrest.

386.08 // Unexpected turn of the tide.

Eris Canan, head of the Canan family, certainly wasn’t expecting to exit the Sanshur court in custody today after he was called before the bar.

Halla Wissin, the attorney responsible for defending the accused Troptur Reed surprised the court with a major revelation. She accused, with supporting evidences, Eris Canan of conspiracy against her client but also of the kidnapping of Reed’s daughter and selling her to Hutt slavers. Documents, security footage but a damning confession of one of Canan’s accomplice were all submitted into evidence. Eris Canan, who was caught by the local security forces (VSF) trying to escape during Troptur Reed’s arrest, admitted to taking part in the kidnapping though not in her enslavement.

A cold comfort for Reed, who was convicted of involuntary homicide, barbaric action and participation in a criminal association and will have to follow Canan’s trial behind bars.

We don’t know yet the motivations behind the head of the Canan family actions though rumors have already started circulate. One major explanation for his actions is linked to the Canan family’s recent and aggressive movement within the Vlemoth Port housing market. The Reeds always refused Canan’s offers for their property and people are pointing out that blackmail might have been a new method of persuasion for the investing family.

As you can imagine, as the skies have grown darker here over Sanshur, the mood has grown darker as well and people here are beginning to resign themselves to the possibility that they are witnessing yet another tragedy.

Whatever are the reasons behind those acts we can only hope that the VSF will be able to stern this recent crime wave.

385.12 // Astronomers baffled by vanished star in a distant galaxy

On 384.12, astronomers of the Chandrila Larger Array Telescope reported a discrepancy between their bi-year astro-cartographical assessment and the observations from their telescope. Following this report, 37 major astronomical observatories have confirmed the discrepancy, causing excitement among the astronomical community.

All this excitement revolves around WR-765 star, in the Nebula N2-56, around 2 billions light years away. WR-765 is (or should we say, was) a Classic or Population 1 star, that according to Astronomy sources has lost its layer of Hydrogen, and was now fusing Helium. Put simply, it was in the second stage of its stellar life and had about two hundred to six hundred millions of years, before we expected it to explode violently into an impressive Supernova, leaving a black Hole five times larger that a standard Sun.

But, contrary to all our expectations, the star went off far sooner, and not with a bang, but a whimper. According to the now aggregated astronomical data, we stopped receiving light from the star between 382.27 and 383.02. Even more remarkably, it appears that regardless of distance, arc of observation or relative planetary speeds, all observations appear to be astronomically simultaneous, at least in the orders of magnitude Astronomy is concerned. To put simply, such a disappearance should have been observed in very different time periods for each observatory, as expected by our current understanding of the universe.

“This is amazing, it’s the first discovery that does not fit with our astronomical models in thousand of years! There is no precedence like this in the galaxy, nor any similar event registered. A new day for Astronomy, a new day for all Physics has dawned”, said Dr. Maani Inkari, Associate Proffessor of Stellar Progression Mechanics.

When asked if this event is a cause for concern, Proffessor Bama Kallos of Corruscant was reassuring:

“This event has already taken place in that galaxy at least two billion years ago, had there been any worrisome events we would have long noticed by now. While it is currently unexplainable, we would do well to remember that this is how science evolved, discovering unexplainable events, and working them out. It’s a very interesting discovery, and I can’t wait to see where it will lead us.”

But not all scientists are so excited. Others are pointing out to more mundane explanations, to explain this event, such as Professor Pamaf Burkan, of the Institute of Stellar Physics:

“Caution should always be advised when the public is treated to sensuous and mysterious headlines. It’s not a miracle event, untill all other cases have been exhaustively tested. With careful observation, we might find a large gas cloud obscuring observation, or a larger planetary body covering our arc or even a larger, unobserved black hole, in transit between Galaxies.”

Whatever the reason for this mysterious disappearance is, the spark of excitement that it ignited within the community is impossible to miss.

Sovi Ya’qul for the Republic Daily

385.09 // The Galactic Budget

The Galactic Budget for 385-390ABY has been released.

The address which came from Chief Finance Minister Junessburg Mara outlined where the vast 7.1 quadrillion credit budget will be spent.

Questions were raised by the Senate finance committee around the marked 4% increase in the security budget which already makes up a staggering 18% of the overall budget. A key takeaway was the multi billion credit increase for GRID specifically identified for use in an ‘Operation Lost Stars’.

When asked Minister Mara had this to say

Operation Lost Stars is the core GRID operation around the missing force sensitive children in conjunction with the Jedi Order.

Many members of the public have asked if they contribute to the cause, and whilst GRID will not be accepting donations, I can confirm that an ancillary fund has been set up to support the friends and family of those taken.

One thing is for certain, with cuts to housing and emergency services to enable this investment, the pressure is on GRID and the Jedi Order to start delivering results.