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November 10, 1991 Little Time For Children Adeline Dodd-Bova also left Scientology. She said she got disillusioned after working at Los Angeles schools that catered to Scientology children. "I started seeing just really blatant neglect ... terrible cases of children that were not getting any food, they were being sent to school with no food for the entire day." She was surprised at how strictly people followed the notion that children are adults in small bodies, capable of caring for themselves. Clearwater, Press
October 26, 1991 Scientology Story Continues To Get Lots Of Attention The close-up look at Scientology, featured first in Time magazine in the spring and then condensed for Reader's Digest subscribers around the world, has earned a mention in the latest issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. This respected periodical features a "Darts and Laurels" column that dishes out praise and criticism for work in the world of journalism. A laurel goes to "Time magazine and associate editor Richard Behar for a mind-chilling status report on the Church of Scientology and its continuing spread into the mainstream." Press
October 18, 1991 Records Concerning Scientology School Held A judge has temporarily refused to allow the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to release records concerning an investigation of a Church of Scientology school, after the Scientologists claimed that doing so would cause "irreparable damage." The investigation was prompted by complaints of child abuse, which later were determined to have been unfounded, according to court records. Investigators from the Sheriff's Office and the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) participated. Press
October 1, 1991 Scientology - A Dangerous Cult Goes Mainstream The Church of Scientology, started by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to "clear" people of unhappiness, portrays itself as a religion. In reality, the church is a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner. At times during the past decade, revelations in the media and prosecutions against Scientology seemed to be curbing its menace. But now the group, which is trying to go mainstream, threatens to become insidious and pervasive than ever. Cynthia Kisser, David Miscavige, deaths, Dorothy Geary, front groups, L. Ron Hubbard, Margaret Singer, Noah Lottick, Press, Robert Geary, Scientology and Society, Vicki Aznaran
May 6, 1991 Time Magazine: Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power Ruined lives. Lost fortunes. Federal crimes. Scientology poses as a religion but really is a ruthless global scam -- and aiming for the mainstream. crimes, Press
April 23, 1991 Scientology Church On Trial In Canada The Church of Scientology goes on trial in Toronto, charged with stealing thousands of documents from government offices and law firms. It is the first time that a church has been put on trial in Canada. Charges include four counts of theft of documents and information, four counts of breach of trust and seven counts of possession of stolen property. crimes, Press, Toronto
March 31, 1991 An Unwelcome Proclamation Gov. Edgar's rescinding of "L. Ron Hubbard Day" two weeks after it was held makes many wonder what possessed the governor to declare a day for L. Ron Hubbard in the first place. Some might say that when it comes to "helping," the late Hubbard's Church of Scientology is a ripoff that helped itself to thousands of dollars members paid for so-called counseling sessions. Others say the organization is a cult. L. Ron Hubbard, Press
March 20, 1991 Scientologists Plan New Training Center The Church of Scientology said it plans to tear down the Gray Moss Inn and build a six-story, $42-million religious training center in its place. The 170,000-square-foot building would be at 215 S Fort Harrison Ave., across the street from the Fort Harrison Hotel, which Scientologists use as an international retreat. Construction could start in May and last two years. Press
January 1, 1991 Scientologists Are Sued For $127,000 Five companies are suing the Church of Scientology for more than $127,000, claiming that the organization has failed to pay its bills for construction work and equipment. Besides those lawsuits, the Scientologists have settled five others within the past two years from companies that claimed they were owed more than $39,000 for items ranging from travel services to construction materials. Clearwater, finances, lawsuits, Press
October 14, 1990 Short Road to Success Investing The Feshbachs run their firm strictly according to Hubbard's principles, and they contend that Scientology accounts for their success. They often speak at Scientology meetings and proselytize among their investment contacts. It was a Feshbach analyst using old-fashioned detective-style digging who uncovered fake contracts at ZZZZ Best Co., the infamous Reseda-based carpet-cleaning company. ZZZZ Best went bankrupt in 1987, and its whiz-kid founder, Barry Minkow, is in jail. The Feshbachs made big money. According to a Scientology publication, Kurt and Matt are both "patrons meritorious," having donated more than $250,000 each. Joe is a "patron with honors," having given more than $100,000. Ten other Feshbachs have given more than $40,000 each, making the family's total donations more than $1 million. 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