Lunchtime Links: January 8, 2010

A special report in the Philadelphia Inquirer looks at how Orthodox and Catholic churches which once were the cornerstones on ethnic neighborhoods have fallen on hard times with congregations a small fraction of what they used to be.

The stakes in the federal trial starting next week in California challenging the legality of the state’s Proposition 8 law which bans gay marriage are huge, perhaps setting the stage for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the issue.

Thursday afternoon the New Jersey Senate rejected an amendment to legalize gay marriage in the state. The vote was 20-14.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a devastating injury to his shoulder during Thursday’s BCS National Championship game which greatly affected Alabama’s 37-21 victory. McCoy was direct in discussing how his faith remained intact despite the disappointing ending to his college career.

Unemployment stayed steady at 10 percent in December according to figures released this morning. The number was disappointing to many economists who were projecting a slight decrease in the rate. Any rise in the rate was held down by unemployed workers who have stopped actively looking for new jobs, a factor which is not included in calculating the rate.

The Jay Leno Show,” which has been panned by critics and suffered from poor ratings, may be moved to an 11:30 p.m. time slot and push back “The Tonight Show” with Conan O’Brien an half-hour. Since taking over for Leno over the summer, O’Brien’s ratings have sunk and allowed David Letterman to regain the top spot among late night talk show hosts.

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