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Marilee J. Layman

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02:08 pm: News Nuggets
1. An able-bodied guy who parked in a handicapped spot in Union, SC, was sentenced to stand near the handicapped spots wearing a sign that says "I am not handicapped. I just parked there, sorry."

2. The 2006 population estimate shows that so many people have moved out of Louisiana that they'll lose a representative in Congress. The 2010 count is what will actually be used.

3. Georgia's former director of elections divisions has taken a lobbying job with Diebold Election Systems, the company that made the GA voting machines. In federal jobs, people can't lobby for two years after they leave their fed job.

4. Locally, there's been a big deal about a woman who lost control of her car and went into a pond. A middle-school supervisor got there first and got the baby (in carseat) out onto the roof and then the woman got out and on the roof. A passing firefighter waded in and carried the baby out over his head and the women waded after him. This is being lauded as a Christmas miracle, but nobody does more than mention that she was talking on her cell phone when she lost control. This is her fault and there's not a word of that.

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