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ben shaw • clearwater • cost • david miscavige • death • fort harrison hotel (also, flag land base) @ 210 south fort harrison avenue clearwater fl united states • fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentation • gabriel "gabe" cazares • internal revenue service (irs) • joan wood • lawsuit • legal • lisa mcpherson • mark c. "marty" rathbun • michael j. "mike" rinder • operation snow white • protest, picket • real estate • richard a. haworth • sea organization (sea org, so) • super power/flag building (formerly, gray moss inn) @ 215 south fort harrison avenue clearwater fl united states • tax matter • the truth rundown (st. petersburg times' special report) • thomas c. tobin • tommy davis
Reference materials The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)336 1st Avenue North St. Petersburg FL United States
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Dec 23, 2005
Yellow house rings up lots of green — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Sep 9, 2005
State: Scientology reaches out and touches a nerve — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jul 9, 2005
Scientology case takes toll on doctor — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Susan Taylor Martin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Dr. Joan Wood gives up her medical license after a report strongly criticizes her handling of a disputed 1995 death. Former Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Joan Wood has relinquished her Florida medical license in the wake of a state health department claim that she "became an advocate for the Church of Scientology" in a bitter dispute over the 1995 death of Scientology member Lisa McPherson. Wood changed the probable cause of death from "severe dehydration" to "accident" based on "factors other than ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 30, 2005
The press vs. Scientology — Salon
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Strupp
Source: Salon
After years of conflict, the church and the media seem to have reached a truce. Is it because Scientology has become less confrontational — or because the press is scared? For anyone interested in the Church of Scientology, the May 6, 1991, issue of Time magazine remains a milestone in news coverage. For those who back the church, it ran an outrageously biased account that eventually led to a libel suit by the church — later dismissed — and prompted Scientology ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 5, 2005
Project could recast part of Clearwater — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The largest private development project planned for downtown could reshape the northwest corner with two condo towers and upscale shops. CLEARWATER — What started as a modest plan for 39 condominiums just north of the Church of Scientology's Sandcastle retreat has gradually blossomed into an ambitious residential and retail development plan that could dramatically reshape the long neglected northwest corner of downtown Clearwater. Triangle Development is now proposing two 15-story condominium towers on the bluffs overlooking Clearwater Harbor. Between them will ...
May 26, 2005
Bush vetoes Scientology bill — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed a bill Thursday that would have required schools to inform parents about the possible repercussions of mental disorder diagnoses before referring students for mental evaluations. By attempting to color parents' perception, the bill "places the school between the parent and the medical professional," Bush said. The bill was backed by the Church of Scientology and sponsored by Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami Beach and Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa.
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 26, 2005
Scientology program may fall to budget ax — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The sponsor gets word that Bush plans to veto $500,000 for the prison program. TALLAHASSEE — A $500,000 program that uses some teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to help prison inmates likely will be vetoed by the governor today, the bill's sponsor says. The program, known as Criminon, was quietly added to the state budget by one powerful legislator: Rep. Gus Barreiro, a Miami Beach Republican. He heads the House subcommittee overseeing billions of dollars in criminal ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 12, 2005
Editorial // Scientology in schools — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Bills in the state Legislature that aim to keep students from receiving psychiatric treatment bear the familiar marks of Scientology. L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction writer before he decided, more than a half-century ago, to publish his views on mental health. Now, apparently, his adherents are writing Florida law. Two bills aimed at schoolchildren that are winding their way through the Legislature bear a familiar Hubbard trademark. They hold the practice of modern mental health medicine in contempt and, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 9, 2005
Scientologists push mental health law — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Alisa Ulferts
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Opponents say the legislation takes advantage of lingering stigma and will deter parents from seeking help for their children. TALLAHASSEE - Legislation backed by an offshoot of the Church of Scientology aims to discourage public school students from seeking mental health services. The measure would require schools to tell parents that any mental health treatment would be part of a student's permanent record, which is true only in limited cases now. It also would require school officials to tell parents that ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Feb 6, 2005
Persistent sleuthing uncovers state flaw — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Sep 1, 2004
Is Scientology in your schools? — The Humanist
Type: Press
Author(s): Robin Jacobs
Source: The Humanist
For obvious reasons, the lauding of religious leaders isn’t supposed to be practiced in U.S. public schools, at least not as a class activity. Yet one widely used school program concludes by having students applaud Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The program is called Narconon, and it has notable Scientology links. The state of California is now in the midst of a three-month investigation of the Narconon Drug Prevention and Education program with an eye to possibly barring it from the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 19, 2004
Four key Scientologists — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Ben Shaw, 53, is the church's lead spokesman in Clearwater. The son of a career Army officer, Shaw graduated from high school in India, where he played in a rock band and studied Indian religions. After reading Dianetics while working on a shrimp boat in Key West in 1971, he joined the church staff. He became a minister in 1978 and has held church positions throughout Europe and in Miami, Boston and Los Angeles. He has directed external affairs in Clearwater ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 19, 2004
Scientology's town // Striving for mainstream, building new connections — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley, Jennifer Farrell
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A local lawyer and political consultant are hired to help break down barriers for Scientology. It was a sticky decision and everyone in the room knew it. Bennetta Slaughter, the charismatic businesswoman whose tireless committee work had impressed so many, was being nominated to the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors. "Do we really want one on the board?" several asked. By "one" they meant: a Scientologist. Board members worried that the chamber's rank and file might quit in ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 19, 2004
St. Petersburg Times: Photo gallery — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
[Picture / Caption: After Alicia and Jason Regensburg married, the location of their first home was a no-brainer: Clearwater. Alicia grew up in Clearwater’s Scientology circles. Now, the second-generation church member likes living close to the church's spiritual headquarters downtown, where she takes Scientology courses “pretty much constantly.” Also nearby is Clearwater Academy International, the Hubbard-flavored school where the couple’s 3-year-old son, Hudson, is in pre-school.] [Picture / Caption: The Church of Scientology gets credit for bringing Starbucks downtown. Church officials ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 18, 2004
About Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jul 18, 2004
Scientology's footprint in downtown Clearwater — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jul 18, 2004
Scientology's town — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jul 18, 2004
The history: A timeline — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jun 17, 2004
Man hit by bus still listed serious — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The driver, a Church of Scientology employee, says the man ran at the bus; others disagree. CLEARWATER — A Largo man remained in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center on Wednesday, a day after being struck by a Church of Scientology bus in downtown Clearwater. The bus driver, an employee of the church's Flag Service Organization in Clearwater, told church officials the injured man ran at the moving bus and punched a window before slipping under it, according to church spokesman ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 6, 2004
Church settlement brings relief — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
To the disappointment of some outsiders, those mired in the Scientology case were ready for the draining episode to end. CLEARWATER — The recent settlement of the 7-year-old Lisa McPherson wrongful death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology was a shocker for many, seemingly coming out of nowhere. It wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision at all, but rather a resolution that had been simmering more than six months in quiet negotiations at the St. Petersburg law offices of mediator Michael Keane. It ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 29, 2004
Scientologists settle death suit — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Terms of the unexpected settlement are confidential in the wrongful death suit brought by the estate of Lisa McPherson. A 7-year-old wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of Lisa McPherson against the Church of Scientology reached a surprise settlement this week, ending one of the most fiercely contested and enduring legal battles in Pinellas County history. The out-of-court agreement ends the last remaining legal threat facing the church after the widely publicized 1995 death of McPherson, a Scientologist who died ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Mar 25, 2004
Opinion: IRS' 'chosen people' — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
What kind of special tax privileges are members of the Church of Scientology receiving that members of other religions are not? That is a question the Internal Revenue Service refuses to answer - even for a federal appeals court. The IRS claims it has a legal obligation to keep tax return information confidential, and for years it has extended that justification to the details of a 1993 agreement between the church and the IRS. Reportedly, in exchange for the church dropping ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 21, 2003
Scientology wanted millions, gets $4,500 — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jurors don't buy the church's argument that a lawyer involved in a wrongful death case owes it more than $2-million. CLEARWATER — A tiny smile creased Ken Dandar's face as a clerk read the first count of the jury verdict. Compensatory damages he owed the Church of Scientology: $4,500. Dandar knew then he had won. The grin widened and Dandar began to playfully pat his attorney, Luke Lirot, as the clerk read through the rest of the counts. The amount he ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 20, 2003
Scientology seeks millions as punishment — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
A lawyer involved in a wrongful death suit should pay more than $2-million, the church contends. CLEARWATER — Large and imposing, Church of Scientology attorney Samuel Rosen stood before a Pinellas County jury Tuesday, arms waving, voice booming. Pointing at Tampa lawyer Ken Dandar, he growled to jurors that Dandar had taken a "garden variety" wrongful death lawsuit and allowed a church critic to turn it into "a frontal attack on an entire religion." Now, Rosen said, Dandar must be punished. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Aug 10, 2003
Builders find room for luxury homes — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Clearwater Village's developers envision 126 Mediterranean-style homes with a median cost of $450,000 to $500,000. CLEARWATER — Unicorns. Free lunches. Large tracts of undeveloped Clearwater land. None of those things exist, right? In fact, 24 vacant acres do exist in Clearwater, land that has been largely untouched since mules grazed there some 80 years ago. Developers snatched it up, of course. And then they thought about what to do with their blank canvas. Surrounded as it is by a church, low-income ...
Jul 6, 2003
Scientology takes mission to the streets — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The church is buying property, increasing staff and raising its profile with TV ads and special offers. TAMPA — A group of high-ranking Scientologists, concerned the church's Tampa facilities aren't up to snuff, is investing more than $2.5-million to buy a second cigar factory in West Tampa and to lease and renovate a two-story building on one of the hottest corners in Ybor City. The church's three properties, staffed by nearly 100 people, will be the base for Scientology's most aggressive ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 11, 2003
Church withdraws venue change request — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Robert Farley
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientologists will let the trial "determine the ability to empanel an unbiased jury." CLEARWATER — Church of Scientology officials thought hard before making public a survey they commissioned that found widespread negative opinions about Scientology. The church then used the survey to argue that negative media reports had prejudiced Tampa Bay area residents so badly that the church could not get a fair trial in an upcoming civil case. The trial should be moved, they said. Church officials knew the survey ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 9, 2003
Editorial: Scientology's image — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology officials have gotten smarter about public relations, but they shouldn't be surprised that most local residents still remember their past tactics. Many Pinellas County residents know the story of how the Church of Scientology slipped into Pinellas under a different name in 1975 and began buying property in downtown Clearwater, where it established its international religious retreat known as Flag. They remember the clashes that followed between Clearwater city officials and Scientology, the church's penchant for secrecy and the disinformation ...
Jun 7, 2003
Scientologists agree to tame Ybor recruiters — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Cory Schouten
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
TAMPA — How many roving Scientologists are too many? The church, which has been criticized for aggressive canvassing in Ybor City, met with its neighbors this week and discussed that very question. After the meeting, Ybor civic leader Vince Pardo was pleased. The Scientologists, he said, had agreed to dispatch no more than two people at a time to recruit new members from the streets of Ybor. But church spokeswoman Ana Tirabassi didn't remember it that way. She said the church ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 6, 2003
Ybor adds Scientolgy to the mix on Saturday — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Author(s): Cory Schouten
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The church will use the renovated building to sell books, administer IQ tests and offer courses. But some merchants are grumbling about canvassing tactics. The Church of Scientology will raise its Ybor City profile with the grand opening Saturday of a building it renovated next to Centro Ybor. Scientology of Tampa spokeswoman Ana Tirabassi said the church wants to be a good neighbor. But some merchants and community leaders have raised concerns about canvassing tactics. The church spent $200,000 renovating the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
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