Lunchtime Links: May 5, 2010

Domes are being installed today to cap the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil spill in a last-ditch effort to stave off a potential environmental catastrophe. Meanwhile, residents of a small Louisiana town at the center of the spill’s coverage turn in part to prayer to soothe its great concerns.

Questions abound over how attempted Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad was cleared to board a flight to Dubai prior to his last-minute arrest.

The floodwaters which ravaged the Nashville area over the weekend have receded, leaving massive cleanup needs in its wake. Included are stories of faith and heroism by local residents and first responders in reacting to the massive weather disaster.

Despite the obvious religious significance, baptisms in the Jordan River are potentially hazardous to human health. “If you drink the water, you’re likely to get diarrhea or stomach problems, and if you have a cut, you will probably get a rash,” Gidon Bromberg, of Friends of the Earth Middle East, said. “Israel bans people from being baptized here, and the Jordanians advise against it, but it’s still hard to stop people.”

The final five “American Idol” contestants had wildly different reviews of their covers of Frank Sinatra classics Tuesday night.

University of Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love suffered a violent death at the hands of men’s lacrosse player George Huguely, according to local police reports. Love and Huguely, both 22, were dating but the relationship had ended.

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