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May 27, 2009 | Associated Press
The son of famed Orange County television evangelist Robert H. Schuller said Tuesday he had acquired cable network AmericanLife TV from the Unification Church in partnership with a private equity fund that invests in Christian media firms. The deal comes seven months after the older Rev. Schuller said he was removing his son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, as the only preacher of "The Hour of Power" three years after turning the long-running Christian television program over to him.
June 5, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Assembly of God officials have suspended a pastor and sued him for allegedly failing to account for more than $4 million that was supposed to have been used to buy land in Irvine for a new church. But Pastor Barry Weddle said he can account for all the money and plans to keep preaching to his congregation, which is now holding Sunday services and Tuesday Bible classes at the Irvine Marriott.
July 2, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
For the second time this year, the City Council this week unanimously rejected a proposal by the owner of an adult bookstore to open a juice bar featuring nude dancers. Council members cited a parking shortage and a recently approved zoning ordinance outlawing adult entertainment in residential areas in turning down bookstore owner Waldon R. Welty's proposal. Welty had proposed demolishing his adult bookstore and arcade to make room for the new business.
March 2, 1987 | Bob Schwartz
Churchgoers leaving Sunday services at the Crystal Cathedral were greeted by punk rockers protesting the Garden Grove church's plans to raze nearby apartments and replace them with a six-story family center. "We're concerned about the people being evicted," said Marc Eric Ely-Chaitlin, a spokesman for the group. "No one is doing anything to help them, and we're outraged that he (the Rev. Robert Schuller) thinks he can do this."
January 17, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The life of the Crystal Cathedral's longtime music director -- who committed suicide at the church a month ago -- was celebrated Sunday in a lavish musical tribute that attracted 2,000 people. Before performing at the memorial at the Garden Grove church, pianist and composer Roger Williams said: "Johnnie Carl was my pal; I loved him." The acclaimed composer, who had struggled with mental illness, barricaded himself in his basement office and shot himself Dec.
May 27, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Easter at the Crystal Cathedral was once one of the church's signature events: packed with people, decorated with a flurry of fresh flowers, a full orchestra and a pageant performed with flying angels. But this year, things were different. About a quarter of the orchestra — including an oboist, flutist and four French horn players — walked out a mere hour before services began Sunday. They refused to play when they found out their paychecks were short, in some cases by half of what they were verbally promised.
It's gleaming white, cost nearly $24 million to build and has become a splashy and talked-about civic presence even before its official debut. So intense is the curiosity stirring among the general populace that more than 500,000 visitors are expected to show up during a six-week, once-in-a-lifetime open house early this year. "No one will ever mistake this for a tilt-up building in an industrial park," said Clyde Romney, who is planning the open house.
In the only exemption allowed in the Mediterranean fruit fly spraying program so far, state agriculture officials last month spared the Crystal Cathedral and 2,700 ministers attending a conference at the Garden Grove church from a dousing of malathion. Helicopter pilots spraying a 36-square-mile area on Jan. 25 were ordered by state officials not to spray the cathedral, officials said Friday.
May 27, 1988 | JESS BRAVIN, Times Staff Writer
The fired directors of Crystal Cathedral's holiday pageants filed a second suit against the Rev. Robert H. Schuller Thursday, alleging that he slandered them from the cathedral pulpit during a service earlier this month. The former directors, Michael Coleman and Conwell Worthington, have been embroiled in a bitter dispute with Schuller over control of the two pageants, "The Glory of Easter" and "The Glory of Christmas," held annually at the Garden Grove church.
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