Lunchtime Links: February 11, 2010

Phil Harris, the captain on the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch,” died Wednesday in his native Alaska. Harris, 53, suffered a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while his boat, Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska.

The Mid-Atlantic region is slowly digging out of its second blizzard in a week.

A report by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers is forecasting modest growth of 95,000 jobs per month as the pace of recovery from the recession slowly moves forward.

The group of 10 missionaries from Idaho may soon be freed in Haiti, although nothing has been officially secured as of yet. The missionaries testified as a group in a closed-door hearing Wednesday in front of an examining judge and were sent back to jail. But Reuters, citing an anonymous Haitian judicial source, reported that the group could be released as soon as today. “One thing an investigating judge seeks in a criminal investigation is criminal intentions on the part of the people involved, and there is nothing that shows that criminal intention on the part of the Americans,” the source told Reuters.

The 11 church fires which have plagued east Texas the last two months have residents on edge regardless of their faith backgrounds. Many of the fires have been in small towns and there is not pattern of one denomination being targeted by arsonists. “I think maybe I would characterize the mood of our people as perplexed,” said Randy Daniels, mayor of Athens, Texas, a town of about 12,000 that has seen three of the church fires.

Activities for the NBA All-Star Game begin Friday in Dallas. The game, which will be played Sunday, is taking place at mammoth Cowboys Stadium and attendance may reach 100,000.

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