Teen Heartthrob Disappears from Local Hospital

George Roundy, star of the popular “The Vampire’s Diary” film franchise, disappeared under mysterious circumstances from the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada early this morning.

By Cassie Sandsmark | Las Vegas Star

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LVPD comb the area surrounding the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for evidence

In a terse press release, the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada reported that George Roundy (21) had disappeared from his tenth floor room at the UMC earlier this morning.

Sherry Fineman (32) discovered that Mr. Roundy, who has been recuperating since the tragic maiden voyage of The E.E. Destiny earlier this month, was missing at approximately 2:30 AM shortly after coming on duty.

“I’d just started reviewing the status of the new patients [on the floor] when all the lights started flickering. Then, [Mr. Roundy’s] ECG indicated that he had flatlined. I mobilized the crash team but, when we arrived, he was gone.”

Roundy was admitted to the UMC in comatose condition after The E.E. Destiny crash-landed on the outskirts of Las Vegas in the early morning hours of January 1. Unlike the remaining survivors, all of whom suffered minor injuries and were released shortly aftewr being treated, Roundy was uninjured. His condition had UMC staff baffled according to Dr. April Wednesday.

“Mr. Roundy was in perfect health. In fact, his vitals were textbook across the board — he didn’t even have a scratch on him — yet he was completely unresponsive when brought in and his condition has remained unchanged ever since.”

Detective Raoul Gonzales, lead investigator in the latest mystery involving The E.E. Destiny, admitted to this reporter that the LVPD have no leads as to who might have been responsible for Roundy’s abduction.

“We have been unable to determine how the perpatrators entered and left the hospital without being caught on CCTV or how they could have removed Mr. Roundy from his room so quickly without being seen. We are hoping that someone in the area might have seen something that will put us on the trail of the kidnappers.”

Roundy’s agent and father, Mr. Thomas Roundy, went on the air coast-to-coast this afternoon, pleading with the kidnappers to return his son unharmed. No demands have been made for Roundy’s return according to a source close to the investigation.

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Security Breach at Area II

An unknown number of operatives breached the security of Nellis Air Force Base Area II and made off with a top secret payload the doomed E.E. Destiny was carrying yesterday.

By Alexander Summers | The Las Vegas Chronicle

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The sign posted outside the main entrance to Area II

At approximately 3:14 AM local time, one or more individuals successfully infiltrated Nellis Air Force Base Area II and stole the “classified payload” The E.E. Destiny had been carrying in her hold a spokesperson for the Air Force reported at a press conference earlier today.

Without tripping any alarms or alerting Nellis security detail on duty at the time to the presence of intruders, the culprit or culprits managed to gain access to the hangar currently housing the debris of The E.E. Destiny while investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) attempt to discover what downed the world’s first space liner earlier this month.

A source in the NTSB who wishes to remain anonymous claims that the “payload” in question was not removed from the site but rather that something inside its storage housing had “torn its way out”. This, however, has not been corroborated as yet.

When asked what The Destiny was carrying, the spokesman, Major Nathaniel Adams, declined to comment citing the top secret nature of the payload. Niles Ellison, CEO of Ellison Enterprises, could not be reached for comment.

Nellis Air Force Base Area II is a separate facility about a mile northeast of the main base on the northern outskirts of Las Vegas. Area II is munitions storage facility for both conventional bombs and “non-conventional” munitions which reportedly include 200 nuclear warheads.

Major Adams concluded the brief press conference by saying that the authorities were confident that they would soon apprehend those responsible. When asked whether authorities suspected anyone currently stationed at Nellis, he stated that “[the authorities] will follow the evidence wherever it takes us.”

The Rise and Fall of Destiny

The Destiny crashes to Earth with a handful of survivors after disappearing from the skies.

Henry McCabe | The Reno Bugle

Despite speculation that the December 31 launch of The E.E. Destiny would again be postponed due to technical issues, Ellison Enterprises’ commercial space liner blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:25 PM PST.

The Destiny successfully completed its scheduled three orbits of the Earth. Passengers and crew celebrated New Year’s Eve in orbit above Millennium City before Elliot “E.T.” Greene, pilot of the Destiny, was cleared to engage its ion drive and head to Mars, where it was to orbit the red planet and return. The brainchild of Millennium City whiz kid Niles Ellison, the ion drive would have made the 110 million kilometer round trip from Earth to Mars and back in an unprecedented nine days.

Wreckage of Spaceship Two lying in the Mojave Desert of California
Wreckage of the Destiny

However, disaster struck.

A spokesman for Ellison Enterprises made this statement:

“Captain Greene was cleared to engage the ship’s ion drive at 2:28 AM EST January 1. The Destiny had just flown past the Moon when Earth tracking stations lost all contact with it at approximately 3:35 AM EST for as-yet undetermined reasons. When contact was re-established, the lone surviving member of the crew, co-pilot Dr. Kumar Singh, reported that the ship had suffered severe structural damage and that he would attempt to land the craft. The Destiny crash landed in the Nevada desert at 6:18 local time. Rescue teams from Nellis (Air Force Base) evacuated the survivors.”

A source inside Ellison Enterprises said that the transponder on board The Destiny was functioning perfectly throughout the flight even after its mysterious twenty-three minute disappearance. An official for NASA who requested to remain anonymous claimed that The Destiny “didn’t just stop sending telemetry: it simply disappeared.”

Of the eighty-nine passengers and crew, a handful are known to have survived yet both Ellison Enterprises and NASA have declined to release a list of survivors. There is an unconfirmed report that one of the passengers, Canadian singer-songwriter Pennie, may have been lost during the explosive decompression of the Observation Deck.

It is unknown how this disaster will affect Ellison Enterprises’ plans for regular commercial space flights.

Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist To Be Stripped Of Medals

A spokesperson for The International Olympic Committee announced that Las Vegas local Isabelle McIntire will be stripped of her medals on grounds of moral turpitude.

by Scott Montgomery | Las Vegas Tribune

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Dangerous curves: A publicity shot of Ms. McIntire

Hans Gruber, spokesman for The International Olympic Committee, announced yesterday that the IOC was going ahead with plans to strip Isabelle McIntire of her gold medals after discovering that she is an exotic dancer at a local gentlemen’s club.

The IOC has complete authority to strip Olympians of their medals. In the past, medals have been stripped as the result of doping or exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. However, it is not unheard of for the IOC to strip an Olympian of their medal for something else.

In 1968, the entire Pentathlon team from Sweden were stripped of its medals because athlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was disqualified for drinking two beers before his pistol shooting event. In 1972, swimmer Rick DeMont was stripped of his medal after testing positive for a prohibited substance present in a prescription asthma medication.

McIntire, who won a gold medal in Taekwondo and Gymnastics in last year’s Summer Olympics, was outraged.

“This decision is ludicrous.” McIntire’s legal representative Janice Caulder told this reporter. “My client has never used her successes in any sporting competitions to promote herself. She has won numerous awards solely on the merits of her dancing, most recently the Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year Award in June’s Exotic Dancer’s Awards for the second time in her career.”

McIntire’s only comment was this: “The Committee is in the wrong here and I’ll fight their decision to the bitter end.”

There have been unconfirmed rumors that McIntire might be headed to Hollywood to star in a reboot of the 1990s Lady Dragon film franchise. McIntire’s agent declined to comment.

The Right Stuff

“I am very pleased to have made the cut because this is an important flight for all of us: Not just for myself, or even for Ellison Enterprises but for the entire future of manned spaceflight.” Dr. Kumar Singh

Dr. Kumar Singh talks about his upcoming flight on the Ellison Enterprises’ Destiny

by Jan Simmons

I got a chance to talk with Doctor Kumar Singh, who has been selected to join the flight crew of the first commercial spaceliner, The E.E. Destiny, on it’s maiden voyage to the stars. Of course, his reputation preceded him but I was taken aback when I actually met him. Unlike the stereotypical scientist, Dr. Singh was a tall handsome man of obvious Indian ancestry with large brown eyes, rugged good looks and thick black hair.

“So, Dr. Singh, is it true that you are the first Indian—”

“Ms. Simmons, I am not here to promote more division of our planet – I am an American citizen of Indian descent and, yes, I am also a citizen of India but my ethnicity has NOTHING to do with this venture. Pardon my bluntness, but I wish to have irrelevant questions stopped now.”

“Of course. What are your thoughts on the upcoming flight?”

“I am very pleased to have made the cut because this is an important flight for all of us: Not just for myself, or even for Ellison Enterprises but for the entire future of manned spaceflight.”

“Dr. Singh, you are an accomplished academic with doctorates in several fields. What are your areas of specialization?”

“My fields of expertise are astrophysics, engineering, and theoretical physics.”

“I also understand that you have served in the United States Air Force.”

“Yes, for 15 years and I have been certified on a number of commercial and military aircraft though, on this mission, I’ll be responsible for navigation and communications.”

“I’ve heard that the number of qualified applicants vying for a spot on the crew of the Destiny was huge. How exactly were you chosen for this prestigious mission? Do you know what criteria was used to make the selections?”

He chuckled. “You would have to ask the selection committee.”

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Doctor Singh was pivotal in getting SpaceX’s Falcon9 rocket off the drawing board

“Now, Dr. Singh, could you tell me how you met Niles Ellison and Elon Musk?”

“Oh, I met Elon years ago during a test flight. As for Niles, I’d done some engineering for his firm in the past but he actually came to me, personally, to suggest that I throw my hat into the ring for a seat in the cockpit.”

“We understand one of the passengers is an associate of yours, Dr. Piotr Apostolov?”

He nodded, a smile on his faces. “Yes, Piotr and I are colleagues. We bump heads once in a while, but he’s a good man and an outstanding scientist. Although he’s one of the passengers, we might get a chance to discuss a few things – perhaps even agree to collaborate on one or two projects of interest.”

“The passenger list of Destiny’s maiden voyage is a real ‘who’s who’, isn’t it?”

“It is, indeed. Besides Doctor Apostolov, there will be plenty of luminaries from around the world.”

“Why do you think Ellison Enterprises made the inaugural flight an ‘invitation-only’ affair?”

He chuckled. “You’d have to ask Niles but, to be honest, I think he wants to associate Ellison Enterprises with commercial spaceflight among the world’s ‘movers and shakers’. It’s good business. And, by broadcasting and streaming the event live, he guarantees people think of Ellison Enterprises first when they think of space.”

It was unfortunate that our interview was cut short at this point as Dr. Singh was called away. I wish him as well as the passengers and the rest of the crew the best of luck.

Horizons: The Art and Music of the City

In Focus: Grace

The young artist who simply goes by Grace has been causing quite a stir in the local culture.  This up-and-coming twenty-five year old has made quite the splash with her love of multiple media’s, and seeming lack of concern about what the critics think of her works.  Her talents range from photography, to paints, charcoal and even tattoos.  

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One of her first works in mixed media, Grace completed “Recollections” when she was barely thirteen yet showed outstanding promise

The daughter of Henry and Barbara Collins, Grace attended the prestigious Yale University’s School of Art for two years before striking out on her own.  She broke into the scene last year when she was one of the finalists on the popular tattoo contest show Ink’d.  She can often be found watching the events and colorful denizens of such bustling urban centers as Manhattan and Los Angeles from a distance, preparing her next piece.

We had the chance to speak to her during the opening of her display at the Brextal Gallery in Millennium City. The softly spoken artist shared few words with us, instead letting her landscapes, sketches, and painting of the city and it’s rather unique inhabitants speak for her.
“I am just a lens, a camera to capture a moment and pass it on to others.  If someone can capture a look into the truth of this city through my art, that is all I could ever ask for.” she said as she showed us Helter Skelter, a piece showcasing a band of heroes fighting off one of the mechanical monstrosities that was unleashed on our fair city, framed by the iconic skyline of our city.
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“Helter Skelter” is a terse, unflinching character study

Of particular interest to those of us who have lived in the city for a while was the fact that the painting didn’t really detail the valiant defenders of the city, or even the terror they were facing.  All those elements were indistinct, undefined in subtle ways.  The true focus of the piece were the many citizens of the city portrayed in exacting detail, showing the impact of the events that happen here on the most often overlooked of those involved.  The common folk, such as you and I.

We look forward to seeing where this young lady chooses to make an impact next.

Pennie: Liquid Sky EP

Smokin’ hot just got an upgrade

Pennie’s six-track EP redefines Indie rock

One of this year’s true finds, Pennie carries the torch of true Indie rock with her finely-etched songs, smokey vocals and electrifying guitar riffs. Raised in Calgary, Alberta, a stone’s throw away from the Saddledome, her refusal to put up with bullying from school staff once saw her dad, a long haul trucker, hauled off to jail and then-thirteen-year-old Penelope Lane expelled for a week for spitting at a teacher.

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Pennie rivets the audience at last year’s Lollapalooza Music Festival

“If you attract attention, you also attract people who want to take you down,” Pennie says.

Her debut album Liquid Sky released by indie label Mad Dog Records is a must-have. Period. The tracks feature slick golden rhythms, precisely honed melodies, occasional freewheeling and Pennie’s characteristic dirtied, sun-baked vocals that are reminiscent of Bella Donna-era Stevie Nicks.

The eighteen year old could be the face Indie rock desperately needs. She easily holds her ground in the banal sea of unwashed dudes singing about pain, puberty and p***y”. Her jubilant, take-no-shit untamable voice soars with swagger. Songs like “Narcisist” and “Looking for Work” feature Pennie’s bold temperamental octaves, arching over rambling acoustic strums, thumping percussion and harmonized choruses.

It’s been years since a performer has burst onto the music scene with such force and feeling. If Liquid Sky is any indication, Pennie is here to stay.