Lunchtime Links: March 30, 2010

A novella tied to the third book in the “Twilight” series will be released in June. “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” is a spin off from the plot line of “Eclipse” by Stephenie Meyer.

The last members of an extremist militia group claiming Christian ties were arrested Monday in Michigan as part of an FBI investigation.

Spending linked to a risqué Hollywood topless nightclub is causing headaches for the Republican National Committee.

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider managed to make two proton beams collide at high energy Tuesday, marking a “new territory” in physics, according to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

John Piper, one of the most influential and well-read pastors in evangelical circles, will be taking an eight month leave of absence. Piper said he needs to attend to personal matters and “sins of my own soul,” although he indicated marital infidelity isn’t one of them between himself and his wife of 41 years, Noel.

A group of students at Trinity University in San Antonio is lobbying trustees to drop a reference to “Our Lord” on their diplomas, arguing it does not respect the diversity of religions on campus. “A diploma is a very personal item, and people want to proudly display it in their offices and homes,” said Sidra Qureshi, president of Trinity Diversity Connection. “By having the phrase ‘In the Year of Our Lord,’ it is directly referencing Jesus Christ, and not everyone believes in Jesus Christ.”

Butler University rolled the dice and won on head coach Brad Stevens, who at 33 is the youngest coach to take a team to the Final Four since Bob Knight did so with Indiana in 1973.

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