State cuts back on hiring, post carrier catches baby, big deal for small things, new paint job for "fagbug"

David Paterson has told state agencies to stop hiring for all but essential positions. The governor says if agencies don't meet cost-saving targets, he will institute a freeze on all hiring. [TU]

A postal carrier caught a baby falling from from a second-story window in Albany yesterday morning. As you might expect, the carrier says it's the weirdest thing that's ever happened to her on the job -- she's never even been bitten by a dog. [TU] [Troy Record]

Gary Mittelman has dropped out of the race for the 21st Congressional District (McNulty's seat). The former Plug Power CEO says he has no interest in "horse-trading" his way into office. He'll spend his money setting up a foundation, instead. (AOA's Congressional Race Scorecard) [Business Review]

UAlbany's NanoCollege will be working with the feds to develop measurement standards for really, really small things. [TU]

Erin Davies unveiled her newly repainted "fagbug." The VW-funded paint job is a rainbow that wraps around the Beetle. Davies' documentary about her national tour against intolerance will debut in June. [Saratogian]

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