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November 26, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A woman filed a $6-million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday against the Church of Scientology for allegedly driving her son to commit suicide last year. Irene Marshall said in her suit that church officials tried to destroy the close relationship she had with her son, Pedro Rimando, 22, and that their efforts drove him to leap off the sixth floor of a church-owned building in Hollywood on Nov. 25, 1986. The suit charges the church, the Rev. Ken Hoden and J.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2009 | David Kelly
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors suspended an ordinance limiting protest outside a Church of Scientology complex near Hemet, one week after its passage. The board suspended the measure temporarily, saying it didn't clearly define where demonstrators could assemble and what form their protests could take. Last week, Supervisor Jeff Stone introduced the measure requiring protesters to remain 50 feet from the property line of any private residence in unincorporated parts of the county.
OPINION
July 7, 2008
Re "Scientology link rouses worries at star's school," June 29 The Times writes, "One teaching method the school uses is study technology, which was developed by [Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard] and focuses on students gaining hands-on experience, mastering subject matter before moving to the next level, and being taught not to read past words they don't understand." This technique has been used by good teachers for centuries. While Hubbard may have come up with the jargon "study technology," he did not invent the ideas of hands-on experience, mastering subject matter before moving to the next level and being taught not to read past words the student doesn't understand.
OPINION
June 28, 2004
Re "Schools Bar Anti-Drug Program," June 24: For the past four years, my seventh-grade health classes have been incredibly fortunate to have Narconon presentations as part of their drug prevention education. I am selective with my guest presentations, and I was shocked to read that Narconon presenters may use these prevention programs as a forum to spread the teachings of Scientology. All of the information presented by Narconon in my classroom has been accurate, fact-based drug education.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The page was barely refreshed on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce filing when the quips started flying.  (Our colleague Ben Fritz on Twitter: “Somebody  make a joke about Katie having seen 'Rock of Ages.'”) But all the snark did highlight a more substantive question: How does this play into Cruise's up-and-down career? The actor - who, jeepers, becomes eligible for AARP next week - had resurrected his image after his “Tropic Thunder” cameo four years ago. He then parlayed that rising stock into leading roles and box-office success, namely with the blockbuster “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” last Christmas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1997
Re "State Seeks Delicate Balance in Approving Books for Schools," Aug. 1: I've read some of the educational books written by or associated with L. Ron Hubbard, and to be honest, they do not have any overt promotion of Scientology. They are, for the most part, just based on common sense, which most educators know instinctively. Scientologists, of course, want these texts included in public schools because this validates Hubbard's name and prestige. Opponents opposed this for the same reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Church of Scientology handed over $8.6 million this week to resolve the lawsuit of a former member who charged that the controversial church caused him to develop bipolar disorder and nearly drove him to suicide. The payment came nearly 22 years after Lawrence Wollersheim, 53, filed his 1980 lawsuit, and nearly 16 years after a California jury awarded him $30 million. In the intervening years, the award was reduced on appeal to $2.5 million and went all the way to the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
  Paul Thomas Anderson's film"The Master" -- highly anticipated in part because its story seems to have much in common with Scientology --  will debut a month earlier than originally scheduled. Weinstein Co. announced Friday that it will open the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer on Sept. 14 in New York and Los Angeles, with an expansion to other cities planned for the following weekend. As part of its plans, the company is shifting its Brad Pitt-starrer "Killing Them Softly," which they acquired before this year's Cannes Film Festival, from Sept.
OPINION
April 24, 2011 | By Peter Mehlman
At the place I lunch every day in an effort to cut down on life choices, I've been reading a Tolstoy-sized article in the New Yorker about Scientology. Nearly every day, some patron raids my airspace, saying something like, "I read that article. " Eye roll, then, "What whack jobs. " L.A. finds Scientology so endlessly fascinating that weeks after publication, people are still talking about the article all over town. Why? Here's a theory: There is no city on Earth that makes rationalization more difficult than Los Angeles.
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