Issue 40




The Olb City Announcer

Volume 4, Issue 10
May 9th-May 15th, 2021

By Tony Yuan

Arenztopia Bay-On Tuesday, the Arenztopia Navy ship ANBS Kranz caught on fire and sunk in Arenztopia Bay. Five people died and two are hospitalized; the ship was originally carrying 125 people. The Kranz, a Uirvmwhsrk-class 400-foot armed troop carrier, was on its way to a training exercise when one of its engines exploded, triggering the sink. The Kranz was built in 1990s as an American vessel, but it was bought by Arenztopia in 2020. The ship had a 150-person capacity, three machine guns, two main gun turrets, half-inch steel armor, and a top speed of 40 knots. The Kranz cost 120 million Arenzos. The exact cause of the sinking is under investigation; the Kranz's wreck near the mouth of the bay is expected to be raised and towed to a different spot to become an artificial reef. All Uirvmwhsrk-class armed troop carriers are being inspected for dangers of another explosion.


by Owen Miyazoi

The Sculptor's Association of Arenztopia (SAA) announced its dissolution on Thursday, after a scandal which caused the resignment of prominent artists like Bao Mokino, Moe Kinakshi, Miekl Kyonankii, and others. The CEO of the association, a classical-style artist named Sinclair Yindranishikan, was found to be a member of the Classicist Revolutionaries, which attacked Miekl Kyonankii's studio a couple months ago (See Issue 24). Due to his endorsement of the Classicist Revolutionaries, Yindranishikan had broke the SAA's rules against prejudice. In addition, Yindranishikan was among the people found guilty of breaking and entering into Kyonankii's studio. He was sentenced to a year in jail.


By Sam-Louis Alrocaet

On Wednesday, the Chanlanian Cheetahs lost to the Arenzish Atmospheres as the soccer season continues. The Arenzish Atmospheres are expected to go against the Olb City Opossums in the finals next week.


By Owen Miyazoi

Welcome to our new Science column! In it, we will report science news from around Arenztopia.

On Tuesday, researchers at Olb University successfully demonstrated an experimental rocket engine being developed for the ASA. They fitted it onto a General Rocketry 118 rocket and launched it from Indanburg Air Force Base near New Austin. The rocket reached 115 miles in altitude and made 20 orbits before making a controlled reentry over the Arenztopian desert. The ASA said that the test was a success, and that they may be attempting to launch a satellite using the engine next month.


By Mezoir Logan

Next week will be sunny throughout, with highs of 39 degrees Celsius and lows of 27 degrees.

Coronavirus Report

By Owen Miyazoi

Cases remain at zero, with vaccinations slowing. About 41,000,000 people have been vaccinated, with nine million still to go. Many of those nine million are children, because Avac has not been approved for children 16 and under. Dr. Johannes Peterson, the Officer of Health, has ordered around a million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for children 12 and over.

Feature: Minoshi Conaway

By Tony Yuan

Today we interviewed Minoshi Conaway, a racecar driver for ASCRO car #33, sponsored by Kaiath Systems. #33 was involved in a huge and famous crash at Olb Speedway in 2018, where Conaway lost control of his car and did a barrel roll, crashing into and setting several other cars on fire. Two people were killed in the crash and it led to a reform of the ASCRO rules.

Olb City Announcer: Hello! To start off, can you tell us a bit about the famous crash in 2018?

Minoshi Conaway: Sure! So I clearly remember that the crash was very sudden, because one moment I was pulling into the lead and then the next moment my car was spinning and on fire, right? So my first thought was literally “OMG OMG what is going on” and then I looked outside of my window and saw that there were a bunch of sirens and fire and yelling, so I thought “Well, this is bad,” and at that point my car crashed into the barrier and I blacked out. And this was all in the space of maybe six seconds, so it was all very intense and abrupt.

OCA: So what is your theory about why you lost control and caused the crash?

MC: Well, my theory is that I was going a bit too fast, because I was pulling into the lead, which means I need to go fast, but I was also turning, which means that I needed to go a bit slower to avoid losing control. I incorrectly chose the former option, and that cost two people their lives, so I am eternally regretful for that.

OCA: Could you tell us a bit about your career before and after the crash?

MC: So my career before the crash was actually pretty good, I had won multiple races already, and I already had a bit of a reputation for going too fast, and people were saying, “Conaway is gonna get into a huge crash someday,” but nobody thought that it was going to be so soon. After the crash, I competed in exactly three races, and I got first place in one of them and second place in the other two. And then I retired at the end of the 2018 season, and now I run a foundation called Azra to provide support for people who were injured in racing accidents.

OCA: Well, that looks like all the questions that we have for you today! Thank you for coming!

MC: Thank you for inviting me! It was a joy to talk to you!

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

You can donate to Conaway's foundation at

General Rocketry announces new rocket

By Sam-Louis Alrocaet

General Rocketry, an areonautics company, recently announced a new rocket called the Epsilon Alpha II. It will be the successor to the Epsilon Alpha I, which is GR's largest rocket. The Epsilon Alpha II will stand 200 feet tall, and it will be the second-largest rocket produced in Arenztopia after the Proton 190, which is 235 feet tall.

WESTAR releases new lifeboat

By Owen Miyazoi

WESTAR, the survival equipment company, released a new lifeboat on Tuesday. It is called the Hippo II, and it is a freefall-style enclosed lifeboat that can hold 5 people and can go at speeds of 50 mph for 2 1/2 hours when carrying max capacity on its two electric engines.

Book Recommendation

By Sam-Louis Alrocaet

Today we recommend the fantasy series Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland. It is a captivating and brilliantly written series about a fictional world inhabited by intelligent dragons.


By Lorenzo Avila


By Owen Miyazoi

On Tuesday, the famous actor Aanorin Jahinon died at the age of 87. Jahinon began his career in the mid-1960s with supporting and starring roles in B movies, but he gained fame in 1988 with his starring role in the cult classic Eep!. To show sympathy, call 680-9301-0920.