Lunchtime Links: January 13, 2010

Humanitarian agencies, Christian and secular alike, are mobilizing to aid the victims of the estimated 7.0-magnitude earthquake which struck the deeply impoverished island nation of Haiti on Monday afternoon.

While the issue of same-sex marriage is widely expected to work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court over the next few years, another thorny legal question raised in the case has already landed before the high court: cameras in federal courtrooms.

Faith has become an increasingly central theme for families and individuals facing foreclosures. Many faith-based groups say that, in the mire of the nation’s financial malaise, they have been galvanized by religious themes such as forgiveness (for homeowners unable to keep up with mortgage payments) and the sin of usury (lending money at exorbitant interest rates).

At 20 years old Jordin Sparks is quickly becoming a veteran of the music business. The Season 6 winner of American Idol in 2007 is establishing herself as a pop mainstay. Her second album, Battlefield peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard album charts in August and she was selected as the opening act for Britney Spears on the second leg of her tour last fall.

Conan O’Brien lashed out at his probable soon to be former employer NBC, saying he would never accept continuing to host The Tonight Show after a half-hour Jay Leno Show as has been proposed by the network.

Lane Kiffin stunned the college football world in general and specifically angered fans of the University of Tennessee when he left his position as the Volunteers’ head coach after just one season to fill the vacancy at the University of Southern California. Former USC coach Pete Carroll started the chain of events by leaving the Trojans last weekend to become coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

 

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