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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon The "good point" to which Chief Nyerere is referring is Benjamin's statement on the previous page that he had been working solo before he was assigned to work with Caprice, so going out alone to bring in Haas isn't an unreasonable proposition.
(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs I guess the crisis is deferred -- but for how long???

In other news, the polls have closed and the last results have just arrived from the ridings in the Western Arctic. And as of press time, in a shocking upset the people of the Solar System have apparently voted for change and Pluto, secure in its position since its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, is demoted from planetary status by a single vote! Never again should you believe someone who tells you your vote isn't important. However, note that if the Demote Pluto forces are unable to form a minority government, the Keep Pluto faction may gain the opportunity to form a coalition with the "promote all large Kuiper Belt objects" faction, in which case we might go from nine to fourteen planets or more. It's all very exciting.

(Note that only my almost monastic levels of self-control kept me from casting a last-minute vote myself to fix the results, Chicago-style.)