Lunchtime Links: February 18, 2010

Wednesday was a gold mine for U.S. Olympic athletes as three of the team’s most high-profile stars, snowboarder Shaun White, skier Lindsey Vonn and speedskater Shani Davis, won events.

Tiger Woods intends to end three months of silence by apologizing on Friday, the first time he will be seen in public since a Thanksgiving car crash started a domino effect of sexual allegations against him.

Snipers are complicating the movement of U.S. and Afghan forces into areas of southern Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban.

University of Alabama-Huntsville students had lodged several complaints about Professor Amy Bishop prior to her shooting of colleagues last week at the school.

Cable channel TLC settled a breach of contract lawsuit with Jon Gosselin on Wednesday. Gosselin’s divorce of his ex-wife Kate prompted the dissolution of the popular reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” Kate Gosselin is working a new show with the network and publishing a new book.

A new comprehensive study released Wednesday by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life indicates an interesting blend of attitudes and practices by the millennial generation.

Eight of the 10 Baptist missionaries from Idaho were freed by a Haitian judge Wednesday in Port-au-Prince. Group leader Laura Silbsy and Charisa Coulter, who worked for Silsby as a nanny, will remain for further questioning. Silsby and Coulter were in Haiti before the earthquake in December, and Haitian officials want to know what role that visit may have played in the group’s attempted transport of a busload of children over the border with the Dominican Republic.

An investigation by a Dallas TV station has pointed to large expenses on the part of megachurch pastor Ed Young, brining into question suggestions of financial impropriety. A private jet, a 10,000-square foot home, and a $1 million yearly salary are some of the allegations News 8 sources have made. The local news station accused the pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, not of breaking laws but of keeping secrets from his congregation. But Young’s nearly 20,000-member congregation isn’t buying it. During a weekend worship service earlier this month, attendees stood from their seats applauding and cheering their pastor in a show of support. Young had also received encouraging texts and e-mails from members since the media report came out Feb. 5.

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