Prepare yourself for nightly news clips featuring a blue-faced Mel Gibson in a kilt. Some 700 years post-'Braveheart'; voters in Scotland will decide on two initiatives that could give the kingdom its first parliament since 1707. One would create a separate Scottish Parliament; another would give that body the power to levy taxes. If a parliament is created, it would administer Scotland's share of the UK government budget, currently $22.5 billion. That appears to be enough for locals, who support the idea of a parliament but balk at it actually having any power over their wallets.
Expect more dramatic pictures from the Red Planet tomorrow as the Mars Global Surveyor settles into orbit for a three-year high-altitude mapping mission.