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October 22, 2006 A New Word in Literacy - Scientology Scientology started classes at its Washington Street literacy center with a grand opening that offered free food and sidewalk chalk for children. The church members who staff the literacy center, in a storefront marked with bright-yellow "Boston Scientology Ministry" signs, say they wanted to do something about the increase in violence in Boston, which they attribute in part to poor education. Salon owner Helen Roy said people on the block have noticed the Scientology center but many won't walk inside. Press, space opera
October 15, 2006 Inside the Odd World of Scientology Proponents claim Scientology is a method of counselling that helps individuals break free from negative emotions to live more rewarding and fulfilling lives. However, Scientology's theology is somewhat shaky. In fact, the church's creation myth revolves around an intergalactic warlord named 'Xenu' who kidnaps billions of alien lifeforms, chains them near Earth's volcanoes and blows them up with nuclear weapons. Press
October 8, 2006 Too Much Control, Not Enough Cruise First there was all that sofa-jumping, when Cruise demonstrated his love for new girlfriend Katie Holmes by behaving like a lovesick loon on primetime television. Then came the rumours about how his public devotion to Scientology was turning off the multiplexes. When Cruise suggested Brooke Shields should not have taken antidepressants for her postnatal depression but relied instead on vitamins, he alienated most of his female fans at a stroke. The climax came in August when Paramount announced it was dumping Cruise because his recent conduct had 'not been acceptable'. Press, Tom Cruise
October 4, 2006 Anti-Gay Scientologists Backed Mark Foley Mark Foley, who resigned from Congress because he got caught sending sexually suggestive e-mails to teenage male pages, had a political relationship with the very anti-gay Church of Scientology. The controversial cult-like church has major operations in Clearwater, Fla., which just happens to be in Foley's district. The group also hosted a fund-raiser for Foley in May 2003 when he was considering a Senate run. Clearwater, Mark Foley, Press, Scientology and Society
October 3, 2006 Cazares' Blend Of Fire and Kindness Gabe Cazares never shied from a fight, regardless of how powerful the opponent. But he was as kind-hearted as he was feisty, and his community benefited because of his service. In the 1970s the former Clearwater mayor and Pinellas County commissioner - who died last week at 86 - took on the Church of Scientology and overcame the church's efforts to smear him with a phony hit-and-run accident. Clearwater, Fair Game, Gabe Cazares, Press
October 3, 2006 Pandora: The Sect, the Shindig and the Party Animals Our MPs receive small forests of embossed invitations to assorted freebee shindigs. There is to be a "Grand Opening" of the Church of Scientology's jazzy new London headquarters. The rich sect boasts such celebrities as John Travolta and Tom Cruise. "We would be quite nervous about going," says one parliamentary aide, "but we think a few female MPs will head down on the off chance that Cruise turns up." Celebrities, John Travolta, London, Press, Tom Cruise
October 1, 2006 A Punk's Life At 14 she divorced her parents. By 18 she was an Oscar-nominated movie star. Now, post-rehab and with a little help from Scientology, Juliette Lewis is back as a rock chick. Nick Duerden met her Juliette Lewis, Press, Steve Berra, Tom Cruise
October 1, 2006 German Police Told To Target Scientologists Germans are being warned of the 'danger' of Scientology amid growing concerns over the numbers of after-school tutoring programmes springing up across the country. The government has told internal security forces to step up their scrutiny of the movement, claiming that the Scientologists, which they label a cult, are seeking to take advantage of Germany's ailing education system as a means to recruit children. It has prompted US embassy officials to lobby the German government on the sect's behalf. Germany, Press, Scientology and Society, Stealth Scientology
August 14, 2006 Wired: The Sleazy Life and Nasty Death of Russia's Spam King He withheld pay from employees, boasted of his sexual adventures, enraged government officials, and flooded Russia with 25 million emails a day. Kushnir shrugged off the grievances, often finding solace in one of the Scientology books scattered around the office, muttering that opinions mattered little in the face of financial growth. Press
July 27, 2006 Surrey Comet: Scientology Survey Blasted as 'Misleading' Residents in New Malden have expressed concern after personality questionnaires originating from the Church of Scientology dropped through their letterboxes. Press

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May 12, 2006 Polish Scientologists Ordered to Remove Tents When Scientology erected tents in Warsaw's city center to attract new members, city officials ordered them taken down. Press
September 30, 1996 Patrice Vic Trial Begins - Scientology Executive Charged with Manslaughter Trial begins in the death of Patrice Vic. Scientology executive Jean-Jacques Mazier is charged with manslaughter, and 22 other Scientologists also face charges. crimes, deaths, France, Patrice Vic, Press