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Joel Osteen

Midday Roundup: Joel Osteen takes over the airwaves

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All Osteen, all the time. Joel Osteen, pastor of the giant Lakewood Church in Houston, is getting his own channel on SiriusXM satellite radio. The station will air his sermon at Yankee Stadium live this Saturday. Osteen, who preaches to 40,000 people each week at Lakewood, already broadcasts his messages on the Trinity television network. The new SiriusXM channel will feature live call-in shows hosted by Osteen and his wife, Victoria, along with rebroadcasts of Osteen’s past sermons. SiriusXM said Monday that it will announce later when Osteen’s new channel will begin operation. Sirius has some 25.8 million subscribers worldwide.

Missing. Six climbers are presumed dead after they didn’t return as planned from their expedition up Washington state’s Mount Rainier. The group, which included some who had scaled the mountain before, was headed up the treacherous Liberty Ridge. Officials with Mount Rainier National Park say the conditions on the mountain are too risky to send out a search team. The expedition included two guides from Alpine Ascents International, which lost five Sherpa guides in a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest in April.

Passing the scepter. Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who led the country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, announced today he will abdicate to his son in January. He said the 46-year-old Crown Prince Felipe, whose 70 percent approval rating in a recent El Mundo newspaper poll dwarfs his father’s 41 percent, is ready to be king. Juan Carlos’ popularity plummeted in recent years amid scandals. His son-in-law was accused of embezzling state money. In 2012, the king injured himself on a secret trip to hunt elephants in Africa. The public criticized him for living an opulent lifestyle while the country suffered from an economic meltdown.

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Plane crash. A small jet crash north of Boston killed the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer over the weekend. The jet drove off the end of the runway during takeoff and burst into flames, killing all seven people on board. Lewis Katz and a partner were in the middle of closing a deal to buy out the Inquirer’s other co-owners. Katz was returning from a dinner party in New Jersey with friends. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. 

America’s favorite housekeeper. Ann B. Davis, the actress who played the iconic housekeeper Alice on TV’s The Brady Bunch, died Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. She was 88. Bill Frey, a retired Episcopal bishop and a longtime friend of Davis, said she suffered a fall Saturday. Davis had lived with Frey and his wife, Barbara, since 1976. Frey said Davis became part of his and his wife’s household after she re-embraced her Christian faith and left Hollywood behind. “The public image of her that people have is an accurate image of a strong, wonderful, lively human being,” he said. “The only part that’s inaccurate about that is she had trouble relating to small children, and she doesn’t cook.”

Lynde Langdon
Lynde Langdon

Lynde lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. She holds degrees from the University of Missouri in journalism, Russian, and business administration. She is in a long-term, committed relationship with the Lutheran church. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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