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Opening Arguments

I'll be 312, and UB313

This is exciting: An astronomer with the California Institute of Technology says he has discovered a 10th planet in our solar system, about 9.7 billion miles from the sun and orbiting it once every 560 years; talk about a daylight-saving-time issue. It was way back in 1930 when the ninth planet, Pluto, was discovered, so this is the end of a pretty long dry spell. For now, the planet is designated 2003UB313; the CIT astronomer says he has proposed a real name, but won't say what it is. Say, how about this, since some people think Fort Wayne has outgrown it?

Actually, some say UB313 is too small to be a planet, and, by the way, don't be so sure about Pluto, either, which is a lot smaller than its discoverers thought it was. So maybe we really have only eight planets. If the controversy really heats up, I'm sure we can figure out a way to blame Karl Rove.

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