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Dec 23, 2006 Still on church's drawing board — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Sep 17, 2006 Scientology's scourge — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Aug 24, 2006 Tom Cruise's behavior and Scientology: A link? // The debate continues as the controversial religion thrives — ABC News
"In my opinion," says Rick Ross, who has spent years studying cults and religious groups, "(Tom Cruise's) meltdown is likely attributable to Scientology. He's made some bad career choices lately. He's damaged goods. How do you go from the world's biggest movie star to someone Viacom dumps?" The New York Times this morning said simply that Cruise has gone "into full Scientology mode." Indeed, his recent responses to Matt Lauer, inveighing against modern psychiatric care, reflect Scientology's claim that its own ...
Aug 6, 2006 Plans for Expansion — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jul 13, 2006 Man arrested after dispute with moviemaker — Clearwater Citizen
Jul 11, 2006 Two tussle over filmmaker's camera — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jacob H. Fries
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A longtime Scientologist has been charged with battery in a sidewalk scuffle over a filmmaker's videocamera. CLEARWATER — A longtime member of the Church of Scientology was arrested Saturday after he scuffled with an amateur filmmaker who was videotaping on a downtown sidewalk next to a sign reading "Cult Watch," police and a witness said. Michael Fitzgerald, 52, a self-employed carpenter, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a misdemeanor battery charge and released after posting $250 bail. Fitzgerald said ...
Jul 10, 2006 He said, they said — Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks
A man filming a documentary outside the Church of Scientology in Clearwater says he was attacked by a man claiming to be a Scientologist. But a Scientology spokeswoman says the photographer, Shawn Lonsdale, has been harassing their staff and members for weeks, and that the fight was not a church incident. Lonsdale said his cameras have been pointed toward the Church of Scientology in Clearwater every day for two weeks. "Basically, I'm filming a pseudo-documentary for one of our free-access Pinellas ...
Jul 9, 2006 Scientologists spreading into Plant City, beyond — Tampa Bay Tribune (Florida)
Tampa Bay Tribune (Florida)
Scientologists describe their religion as a cathartic journey toward happiness and clarity of mind. Church of Scientology critics call it kooky science fiction disguised as religion. Whatever you believe, the church says it is growing. Although the church's membership remains a much-debated mystery, its land holdings tell the story of a robust organization in the midst of a new chapter of growth. Worldwide, Scientologists say they have bought 21 buildings they plan to turn into churches. Still, some former Scientologists and ...
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