s727-snl_screen_grab.standalone.prod_affiliate.74Is Tiger Woods making other famous philanderers look limp?  Saturday Night Live used that premise to zing South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards and Nevada Sen. John Ensign.

In last week’s opening skit, the Sanford character says of the Tiger  frenzy, “The coverage has been excessive, it has been lurid and it has completely overshadowed coverage of our extramarital affairs.”  The Edwards character boasts that he has “a love child.”

The skit aired one day after Sanford’s wife Jenny filed for divorce.

See the NBC.com video and excerpts from the skit compiled by The State.

No toys for immigrant tots: Two of the nation’s largest holiday gift programs, Toys for Tots and Angel Tree, require that families show proof of citizenship to get toys.  As a result, The Tennessean reported, 4-year-old Karla Montiel will not get the doll she asked Santa Claus to bring her.  Karla has a Social Security card but her mother does not.  Some immigration activists say thousands of families in Nashille alone could be affected by the rule.  The charities argue the rule is necessary to prevent fraud.

a4s_pastattoo120509a_97551cMakeup trial for made-up defendant: Neo-Nazi John Ditullio will get a second trial and perhaps another round of cosmetics.  A Pasco County, Florida, jury was unable to reach a verdict last week on charges Ditullio murdered a neighbor in a fit of racial rage.  The re-trial is set to begin March 22.  For the first trial, the court ordered that a cosmetologist be hired at taxpayers’ expense to cover Ditullio’s tattoos, which include a swastika and the words “f— you.”

Time in a bottle … somewhere: For their upcoming reunion, members of the Southeast High Class of 1990 in Macon, Georgia, want to show off contents of the time capsule they buried 20 years ago.  Problem is, nobody knows for sure where it’s buried.  The school was closed in 2003 and Ballard-Hudson Middle School now sits on part of the old schoolyard.  School officials are asking members of the class to dig out photos and maybe donate a few metal detectors to try to locate the time capsule.

Picture 1Dew Droplets: The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk is offering free admission to anyone willing to take a swine flu shot offered at the zoo … Charlotte, North Carolina, police say stolen minivans — particularly older Chryslers — have become the vehicle of choice for burglars … Two men robbed a tanning salon in Valdosta, Georgia … The Roswell, Georgia, city council voted to ban roosters but will allow a few hens … George Beverly Shea,  Billy Graham’s longtime soloist, celebrated his 100th birthday with  a short medley during a Christmas concert at Charlotte’s First Baptist Church.

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Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor was born and raised in Georgia and worked more than 40 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a reporter and editor and as an online producer for ajc.com and AccessAtlanta. He served for a time as the newspaper's regional editor, overseeing coverage of the South. He is co-author, with Dr. Leonard Ray Teel, of Into the Newsroom:  An Introduction to Journalism and has conducted workshops in the Middle East on feature writing.

One Comment
  1. Cliff Green

    Don’t you just love the Christmas spirit displayed by those big-hearted folks at Toys for Tots and Angel Tree?

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