Lunchtime Links: December 31, 2009

On their 20th anniversary “The Simpsons” has found an unusual ally – the Vatican.

New Year’s Eve services are particularly significant for many African-American congregations. Dec. 31st represents “Watch Night,” which links to the last day of 1862 when slaves gathered in churches awaiting dawn and the legalization of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Mike and Tracey Hermanstorfer of Colorado credit God with providing them a miracle which has made national headlines. Tracey Hermanstorfer and her son Coltyn were both pronounced dead Christmas Eve as she gave birth. Both were brought back to life by doctors, leaving the thankful couple relying on their faith.

Texas Tech fired head football coach Mike Leach Wednesday over allegations he confined wide receiver Adam James while the player was recovering from a concussion. Leach’s firing, coupled with the axing of Kansas coach Mark Mangino earlier this month, points toward a trend of intolerance toward over-the-top coaching tactics.

Taliban forces claimed responsibility today for an attack on a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan today which killed eight CIA employees.

General Motors is offering deeply discounted fire sale prices on Pontiac and Saturn automobiles as they attempt clear inventory of the now-defunct brands.

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