IC News 12-01-04




DC Blackout Leaves Many Questions Unanswered; Devastation In Its Wake - WASHINGTON, DC — The nation's capital continues to clean up and recover what it can, after the most destructive disaster to befall an American city in decades, if not almost a century, leaves in its wake damage felt round the world in ways that make September 11th pale in comparison.

Even a month after the terrible tragedy, Utility companies and police have no further information on the cause, which has been the source of great consternation amongst the public and media, hungry for answers.

Earlier rumors of connections to a religious sect called

the Church of Abaddon Ascendant have been dismissed now, but no better theories have surfaced to replace them either. Mayor Anthony Williams has vehemently maintained that the Church is not connected to the Blackouts and law enforcement personnel should cease and desist any further harassment of the group. Phone calls to the only listed number for the group continue to go unanswered.

Schools, Banks and Government buildings have reopened, but many are short staffed. DC Public Schools are extending the school year into July, as voted in by the School Board in an emergency meeting held last week. Some universities are simply declaring the Fall Semester a "Freebie", giving students a simple passing grade and making plans to restart in the Spring Semester.

Financial institutions are still working overtime to correct the massive fluctuations the event caused in the world markets. Many local businesses were destroyed, literally and or financially, by the consequences of the blackout.



Local staff of the U.S. Parks Department report that in addition to prior locations throughout Washington that appear to have been mysteriously "cleaned up," that now apparently right under their noses, the mystery ecologists have sanitized and restored the waters of the Reflecting Pool on The Mall. No explanation for the rash of mystery "cleanings" has been found as of yet.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LEADS THE WAY - ALL DC CITY UNIVERSITIES AFFECTED BY THE BLACKOUT EXTEND ACADEMIC YEAR -- The President of Georgetown University made an announcement last week, after which nearly every University and several private schools followed suit. Georgetown has decided that far too much disruption was incurred by the Blackouts, and has granted those students who did not withdraw already, a passing grade in every class for the Fall Semester, to remove the pressure of finals with so much going on in everyone's lives. Students who already left may be granted the same status if they contact the Ombudsman's Office before the end of term. Students who are officially considered missing will have their transcripts held pending a decision by the Board of Trustees on the matter. Deceased students, as has been Georgetown's tradition, will be granted a degree posthumously, presented to the next-of-kin.

Classes will resume as normal in January.




By Gordon Martinelli

Washington Post Staff Writer


DCPD is maintaining a local ongoing database of the dead and missing after the Blackout of October 2004. The very fact that there are still bodies and other finds being discovered on the sites from September 11th, 2001 only goes to prove the overwhelming need for such a central clearinghouse of information for years to come.

As a public service, the Post has been logging Missing Persons Reports and will post random selections from the pool in the next several issues, hoping to reunite the displaced and missing with loved ones.




[DCPD Reports On File]


Jamie "DJ Mini-Me" Coxwell - Georgetown

Selena "Chastity Foxxx" Fox - NE

Michael "Osrel" Gallentine - NW

Scott Abraham Goldman - NW

Thomas "Blade" Jefferson - SE

Kareem "Sultan Homicide" Oakley - SE


[OOC NOTE: If you intend to follow up on any of these missing characters IC, please see Icey immediately]


Blackout Turns The Light Off for Four Rising Stars - SOUTHEAST -- VHHV, an increasingly popular, enigmatic gothic industrial band from New York, that was scheduled to open for Disturbed at Web of Night in early November, is now counted among the casualties taken by the recent blackout.

The band, having just arrived in Washington by bus, was en route to The Web to prepare for their performance opening for Disturbed here in the Nation's Capital, when the blackout fell over the city. Upon reaching an intersection in Southeast, coming off 295, the band's tour bus was broadsided by a tractor trailer who was unable to see the bus clearly in time due to the lack of street lighting anywhere in the area. 

The bus driver, Ryan McDonald (43), drummer Joseph McGuire (30), and keyboardist Nicole Hammel (30) were killed instantly in the crash. Vocalist and guitarist Sarah Ravenscraft (24) and bassist Scott Gravens (32) were rushed to DC General, where Gravens later died of internal injuries. Ravenscraft was kept for observation, then released. The driver of the truck, 27 year old Mack Rexrode of Shenandoah, Virginia, remains in a coma at DC General, and the prognosis that he will recover is guarded at best.

Miss Ravenscraft was unavailable for comment, however, the band's new general manager, William Sprinks, spoke to the press on the Band's behalf, saying "She [Ravenscraft] spoke with me earlier, and had already been talking about moving here to Washington. Sarah is rather shaken up over the accident, but is already bravely talking about moving on and looking for a new band. She's a strong girl and won't be down long. She was the legacy of what VHHV was, to live on, and be part of the history of something reborn from this great loss."

As the human and financial costs grow in the aftermath of the Great Blackout of 2004, which some now call Black November, it's difficult to understand why it all happened.  However, when tragedy strikes for people with a full life still ahead of them, like the members of VHHV, it adds a more poignant tinge to the losses, as for many it feels as if it  takes all that hope with them. We can only hope that, like the thousands of others rebuilding their lives now,  Washington opens its arms for Sarah Ravenscraft and her new musical endeavors, and that she continues to entertain its people in return as she so loved to do with VHHV.


CDC Baffled by New York ‘Sea Monster’
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK — Previous reports of the “monster” seen in the East River might not have been out of line. CDC agents report that biological detritus left in the monster’s wake consisted of a never-before-seen amalgam of necrotic flesh and fungus, in addition to an amount of as-yet-unspecified bio-matter.



Explosion Reveals Hundreds of Bodies in Michigan Factory
IRON RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Local and national media today descended on the wreckage of the Iron Rapids Manufacturing plant after a series of explosions rocked the depressed steel belt town last night. Rows and rows of bodies, all with wooden stakes driven through their hearts, were found in a variety of windowless rooms, sources say. Law enforcement sealed off the area after one Detroit-area station broadcast footage of several of these corpses coming to life when the stakes were removed. Local resident Douglas Sands, arrested at the scene, screamed, “I got them, Faye!” to the cameras before being dragged away, apparently referring to his wife, abducted from their home last March and never found.



New England Town in Grip of Fanatics
Temple Corner, Maine — According to the few residents who managed to escape, the small town of Temple Corner, Maine has been invaded by a religious extremists. This nameless group reportedly serves a woman named “Zhyzhak, Chosen of Green Dragon” and uses a wild dogs and wolves in its rites. One escapee reported that many villagers had been fed to these apparently rabid animals. He also said he was given a message from the enigmatic Zhyzhak, one destined for a certain “Albrecht.”





Strange Airship Broadcasts Enigmatic Warning to Paris
PARIS, FRANCE A massive metal Zeppelin appeared above the city this morning, transmitting messages to every radio, television and computer screen in the region from a man calling himself “Czar Vargo, Master of the World.” In what he claimed was his “final message,” Vargo offered emigration to a new world of technological wonders for those who accepted his terms. “You denied my overtures for peace at the beginning of the last century. Now is your last chance. Accept universal brotherhood and join our hidden Utopia. Reject it, and you reap the ruin of your own unreason.”



Italian Cultists Claim Responsibility for Kidnappings
PALERMO, SICILY — Members of the cult calling itself the Society of the Nascent Flood today claimed credit for a mass kidnapping, claiming that those abducted would be used to feed the thirsts of their undead masters.


Japanese team discovers 3,500-year-old mummy in Egypt - TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese research team has found "a perfect mummy" in an undisturbed Egyptian tomb believed to be more than 3,500 years old, the team's leader said.
The mummy was in a sealed wooden coffin unearthed in the archeological site of Dahshur North in northern Egypt, said Sakuji Yoshimura, who headed the team from Tokyo's Waseda University.
The mummified man was believed to be from a period 3,500-4,000 years ago, older than the era of Tutankhamen, the pharaoh of ancient Egypt who ruled in 1336-1327 BC, Yoshimura said, citing characteristics of the coffin.
The mummy, wearing a mask painted blue and red that still retained vivid shades, was of high academic value as it was "a perfect mummy that has escaped robbery and other damage," he said on his website late Friday.
The coffin was painted yellow and inscribed with hieroglyphics in light blue, he said, adding the hieroglyphics showed the mummified man was an administrative officer.








We are pleased to report that several popular venues in Washington have begun to come back to life, after weeks of cleaning up and restocking following the blackout.

The first to rise up from the destruction, true to its nature as the Mecca of dreams and fantasies, was The Phantasm. Soon after were Bryan's Black Iron, and At Your Service Conciergerie in Northwest.

We anticipate that the Web, Rabble, Cap Hill and Bound should all be opening in another week or two.


MUSIC NEWS: Prior to the blackout, Loki and 1200 Murdered Brothers had been collaborating on a set of new Anti-Drug PSA's to be released this Spring on DC Radio and TV stations. Those plans have been put on hold now until further notice, pending dealing with personal losses suffered in the blackout, and the fact that front-man Kareem Oakley is one of the missing.


IT'S ABOUT TIME (AND MONEY): Prior to the disaster, sources say that one Raine Drouven and Meghan Ambrose were out and about town shopping for shiny treasures - the gold and diamond rings kind. Clearly they've weathered the Rape Trial That Almost Was... Stay tuned to see if she goes through with it this time, though, or if we have Runaway Bride III in the works.


THE ROCKS ARE ROLLING: Box O' Rocks and the Fairfield entourage made tracks for London during the blackout, and have decided to remain there to work on a new deal offered to them by Virgin Records (ironic, no?). The band has rented a large flat West of town and settled in nicely across the pond.