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July 29, 2012 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - No one ever asked and the chance never came up, but I have always wanted to cover Wimbledon. I wanted to taste the strawberries and cream, drink in the history of a place civil enough to call athletes "Mister" and "Miss," and see the court where Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg, Martina Navratilova and so many champions lifted those wonderful plates. But my career took me in different directions and I never got closer than my TV. After a while I accepted the idea that Wimbledon would be one event I'd never check off my bucket list of professional accomplishments.
July 27, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON - There is no way to ignore the towering cupola and arched windows, the 18th century architecture all around. Then comes another surprise - bells tolling from Big Ben just a few blocks away. It makes sense that beach volleyball players have felt a little out of place as they move into their new home for the 2012 London Olympics, a trio of sand courts set amid historic government and military buildings in the heart of the city. "It's unbelievable," U.S. player Jake Gibb said.
July 14, 2012 | By Allan M. Jalon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Few artists suffered the Job-like misfortunes of composer-organist Louis Vierne. Born almost blind, in 1870, he badly injured his leg when he fell in a Paris street as a young man and had his heart broken by the best friend who slept with his wife. A brother and son died in World War I. Then came financial ruin, more women who left him and the total loss of his sight. Vierne had good luck too, from family connections that brought him into the center of French musical life as the 19th century turned into the 20th to his career as the chief organist of Notre Dame Cathedral between 1900 and his death in 1937 while sitting at the great instrument.
June 14, 2012
Re "Crystal Cathedral gets a new name," June 10 When the Rev. Robert Schuller named his famous sanctuary Crystal Cathedral, he did not realize that the name, even though an alliteration (the building was neither made of crystal nor was it a cathedral), was prophetic. Changing the name to Christ Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange brings this magnificent building full circle: The name of Jesus Christ takes center stage and with the installation of the cathedra, or bishop's throne, it becomes a cathedral in the real sense of the word.
June 10, 2012 | Nicole Santa Cruz
When Father Christopher H. Smith was a child, he'd peek through the eucalyptus trees in his grandparents' yard on Sunday mornings at the drive-in theater next door to watch a man give a sermon on the top of a tar-papered snack bar, the same place where he'd grab his popcorn on movie evenings. The man atop the snack bar was the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, preaching from humble beginnings at the Orange Drive-In Theater. "We thought that was very cool," Smith said. Now, decades later, Smith has found himself linked to Schuller once again.
April 30, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Lately, attending the Crystal Cathedral has been like going to a reunion. Longtime members have returned, along with a 60-person robed choir. Traditional hymns fill the church. And on Sunday, a recognizable face unexpectedly took the pulpit for the first time in years: the Rev. Bobby Schuller, the charismatic grandson of founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, participated in a brief interview and read Scripture. "I'm excited to be back," he told congregants, who learned that the 30-year-old pastor will be appearing at the Crystal Cathedral on an occasional basis, while still maintaining a separate ministry in Orange.
April 23, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of people came to the square in front of a Moscow cathedral Sunday in a show of support for the Russian Orthodox Church, which is facing criticism for its close ties to the Kremlin and the wealth of its leaders. Under golden cupolas and a warm spring sun, church leaders dressed in red-and-gold robes carried crosses and icons around the mighty white walls of Christ the Savior Cathedral in a procession led by Patriarch Kirill. "What are we doing, my dears, here today, having gathered in such a multitude?"
April 19, 2012 | By Rick Schultz
Stile Antico, an early-music vocal ensemble from England, made its Los Angeles debut on Wednesday for the Da Camera Society's Chamber Music in Historic Sites series at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral downtown. Offering a generous program of Renaissance masterpieces, along with a stunning 21stcentury work by John McCabe, the group dramatically bridged the stile antico, or "old style," fashionable in Palestrina's day, with McCabe's modern style. Though the phrase "old style" sounds disparaging to modern ears, the ensemble proved that though fashion goes out of style, an engaging style never goes out of fashion.
April 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Once the signature of Robert H. Schuller's worldwide television ministry, the "Hour of Power" will be chopped to 30-minute episodes in some markets when it returns to the air Sunday. The 42-year-old television ministry, filmed at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, announced the format change Thursday as it detailed plans to return to the airwaves. The show has been in reruns since Schuller abruptly cut ties to the ministry last month. "We've been considering this move for years," John Charles, president and chief executive of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, said in a statement.
March 24, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Reporting from Sacramento   Trailing by eight points at halftime, in foul trouble and getting wiped out in the rebounding department, Mission Hills Alemany faced lots of obstacles against San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III state championship basketball game Saturday night at Power Balance Pavilion. At the same time, there was a deep belief that when the game was going to be decided in the second half, the Warriors' two season-long standouts, Marqueze Coleman and Max Guercy, would find a way to come through.
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