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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
Bruce John Ward, a former volunteer at the Crystal Cathedral, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Orange County Superior Court to charges that he molested a boy he met at the Garden Grove church. The 28-year-old Orange man is charged with 79 felony counts, including lewd conduct with a minor. The district attorney's office alleges that the acts occurred over three years, beginning when the youth was 14. Ward, who is free on $25,000 bond, has no previous criminal record, according to his lawyer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1994 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
As some restaurants should be saved only for special events, some concert venues should be used only for musical marathons, anniversaries or other gala occasions. The Crystal Cathedral, home of that huge, 12-year-old amalgam of two mammoth instruments--a Ruffatti and a Skinner, an organ standing five stories tall and incorporating 13,000 pipes, five manuals and 223 ranks--is such a venue.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange said Friday it has made a $50-million offer to buy the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral. The cash proposal would allow the Garden Grove church to lease the entire property for 36 months. At the end of the lease, the ministry would have to find a new location. "We wanted to be as flexible as possible given their situation," said Alan Martin, a bankruptcy attorney for the diocese. The Crystal Cathedral, founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and the home of the weekly "Hour of Power" broadcast, filed for bankruptcy in October, citing more than $50 million in debt . As the bankruptcy unfolds, the cathedral has received several offers for the property, which includes the glass cathedral, designed by architect Phillip Johnson, and a 234-foot prayer spire.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1994 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
As some restaurants should be saved only for special events, some concert venues should be used only for musical marathons, anniversaries or other gala occasions. The Crystal Cathedral, home of that huge, 12-year-old amalgam of two mammoth instruments--a Ruffatti and a Skinner, an organ standing five stories tall and incorporating 13,000 pipes, five manuals and 223 ranks--is such a venue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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