Lunchtime Links: February 9, 2010

The size of the Toyota recall is staggering. The company is recalling 437,000 hybrid models, including the popular Prius, to fix braking systems. It brings the worldwide total of the recall to about 8 million vehicles.

The Mid-Atlantic states in general and Washington, D.C., in particular are about to take another wintertime pounding on top of the more than two feet of snow already on the ground. Another foot of snow for the beleaguered region could be on tap over the next two days.

Starting on Friday much of the world’s attention – both in terms of sports and general interest – will be directed toward Vancouver and the Winter Olympics. The American team has plenty of compelling story lines on and off the ice and ski slopes, among them stories of faith.

The pastor of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, largely stayed away from the swirling controversy of 10 jailed missionaries in Haiti charged with trying to abduct a busload of children. There has been widespread reporting of divisions between the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, and other missionaries.

Much of New Orleans is shutting down this afternoon in anticipation for a boisterous parade and celebration of the hometown Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

Christian humanitarian organization World Vision will be distributing about $2 million worth of unusable NFL apparel to Haiti relief efforts. Pre-printed shirts and caps proclaiming the Indianapolis Colts as Super Bowl XLIV champions will be shipped out to refugees in need of clothing.

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