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TAMPA LEADERS HONORED AT SCIENTOLOGY OPEN HOUSE

TAMPA, FLORIDAWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012

The Church of Scientology of Tampa honored five civic leaders August 4 at a special open house held in honor of International Day of Friendship. The Church presented awards to Shannon Edge, Maria Asuncion Lopez, Sam Mobley, Dr. Wallace Reyes, and Pastor Essie Sims for their work to make a difference in the Tampa Bay community.

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RUSSIAN SCIENTOLOGISTS DEDICATED MONTH TO HUMAN RIGHTS

RUSSIAMONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012

In honor of the 10th anniversary of their annual Human Rights Marathon, Scientology Churches and Missions throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States have dedicated the entire month from July 5 to August 4 to human rights awareness activities.

Major events were staged in cities throughout the CIS. The month’s activities began July 5 in Kiev with the grand finale held Saturday, August 4 in St. Petersburg.

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DUTCH SCIENTOLOGISTS TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS

AMSTERDAM, HOLLANDTUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

This summer, volunteers from the Church of Scientology are taking aim against drugs in the Waterland and Zaan region of the Netherlands, where teen drug abuse runs well above national averages. In this area, one in five youths ages 13 – 17 have used drugs—one in 11 in the past month alone.

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BAY AREA SCIENTOLOGISTS REDEDICATE IDEAL CHURCH OF LOS GATOS

LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIASATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

On Saturday, July 28, fifteen hundred Scientologists from across the San Francisco Bay Area gathered to rededicate the Church of Scientology Los Gatos.

The ribbon cutting marked the transformation of the Ideal Church of Scientology (Ideal Org) to better accommodate its ever-growing congregation and to extend Church social betterment and humanitarian programs to all communities along the Santa Cruz Mountains and southwestern San Jose.

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SCIENTOLOGY ADDED TO THE DICTIONARY OF THE ROYAL SPANISH ACADEMY

MADRID, SPAINTUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

For the first time, the Scientology religion is included in the Diccionario de la Lengua Española de la Real Academia Española (Dictionary of the Spanish Language of the Royal Academy of Spain) or DRAE, the most authoritative dictionary of the Spanish language. Produced, edited, and published by the Royal Spanish Academy since 1780 and now in its 22nd edition, it defines Scientology religion as a “religious movement originating in the United States, which aims to promote awareness through certain introspective techniques.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—THOUGHTS OF GROUND ZERO 10 YEARS LATER

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTSSUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

On the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Ground Zero cleanup operation, Scientologist Caralyn Percy remembers 9/11/01.

Scientologist Caralyn Percy’s rendition of “Everyday Heroes” by Geoff Levin and Harriet Schock is a tribute to rescue and recovery workers of Ground Zero, New York. If it resonates with a compassion born of experience, it’s because Percy was there.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY COMMUNITY CENTER HOSTS CLASSICAL CONCERT

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIAWEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

The Church of Scientology Community Center of South Los Angeles hosted a special performance June 24, the fifth annual concert of “Love-in-Music,” a nonprofit organization that introduces underserved children of the Los Angeles area to the joys of classical music.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY BACKS UN DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION STRATEGY

INTERNATIONALTUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

Active in drug education and prevention throughout the year, Scientologists around the world participated in United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—PATRICIA GORE’S PHD IN MAKING IT GO RIGHT

WASHINGTON D.C.FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

The empowerment of knowing how to know.

Scientologist Patricia Gore is a “first” lady.

She was the first in her family to finish college and receive a master’s degree, first to move away from home, first to work eight years for the Congress of the United States—during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and the first Black ever to have achieved the State of Clear on African soil.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—PAOLA MARTINEZ, COMMITTED TO HUMAN RIGHTS

TAMPA, FLORIDAWEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012

Scientologist Paola Martinez, working to make human rights a fact.

Scientologist Paola Martinez, Human Rights Coordinator of the Church of Scientology Tampa, hosted the second annual Colors of the World Fair Trade Fashion Show for Human Rights June 9—one of the many programs she participates in to raise awareness on human right issues and bring an end to abuse in Tampa, Florida, and around the world.

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SCIENTOLOGY DISASTER RESPONSE SPECIALISTS GRADUATION IN TANZANIA

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIATUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

Students at the Lord Baden Powell Memorial School in Dar es Salaam earn certificates from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Africa Goodwill Tour

A special graduation June 13 at the Lord Baden Powell Memorial School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, acknowledged students who completed Disaster Response Specialist Training through the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Africa Goodwill Tour.

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SCIENTOLOGISTS CUT THE RIBBON ON LANDMARK BUFFALO CHURCH

BUFFALO, NEW YORKSATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

More than a thousand Buffalo Area Scientologists gathered on Saturday, June 30, to celebrate the rededication of the Church of Scientology Buffalo.

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RIBBON FALLS ON IDEAL ORG IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF SCIENTOLOGY

PHOENIX, ARIZONASATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

Amid a burst of confetti and a flight of balloons, the ribbon was parted on the new Church of Scientology Ideal Organization of Phoenix on Saturday, June 23. More than 1,500 Scientologists, neighbors and dignitaries joined Church officials for the dedication ceremony.

Located on the southeast corner of 44th Street and Indianola Ave, the new Church stands just a mile south of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s historic home in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. It was there in 1952 he arrived at the monumental discovery that gave birth to the Scientology religion: the isolation, identification and exteriorization of the human spirit. During the formative years of the religion, Scientologists traveled to this city from across three continents to hear Mr. Hubbard speak. He delivered over 600 lectures in Phoenix—more than in any other city in the world. These lectures, along with seminal Scientology works he authored in Phoenix, comprise a significant portion of the religion’s fundamental scripture.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—SHERRY VAN HOOTEGEM

CLEARWATER, FLORIDATUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Scientologist Sherry Van Hootegem says Scientology gives her the tools to gets things done.

Sherry Van Hootegem isn’t particularly looking for trouble—but if trouble comes her way, she is never one to turn her back and pretend it isn’t there. And when it came to the North Greenwood neighborhood of Clearwater, Florida, trouble had been brewing for quite some time.

“I own some property in the community and when I found there were drugs being sold right on the street it made me mad,” she says.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST —HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE NIKO PAPAHERAKLIS

WASHINGTON D.C.MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Scientologist Niko Papaheraklis is the Director of Youth for Human Rights, Washington D.C. chapter, and has traveled around the world to promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Dividing his time between work, volunteering and Scientology, in Panama, Washington, D.C., and Clearwater, Florida, Niko Papaheraklis is a focused and fun-loving 26-year-old ball of energy.

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NEW IDEAL CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY FOR THE MILE-HIGH CITY

DENVER, COLORADOSATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012

On Saturday, June 16, more than a thousand Scientologists, guests, and state and city dignitaries assembled in Lower Downtown Denver to dedicate a new Church of Scientology.

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PINELLAS COUNTY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATED WITH AN EVENING OF JAZZ

FORT HARRISON, CLEARWATER, FLORIDASUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

In celebration of Pinellas County’s centennial, Tampa Bay residents gathered at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison on June 2nd for an Evening of Jazz, featuring jazz legend Chick Corea.

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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY MOSCOW INTRODUCES LEGISLATORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO THE LEGACY OF L. RON HUBBARD

GARDEN RING, MOSCOW, RUSSIASUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

At a round table at the Church of Scientology Moscow May 29 Church staff introduced legislators, community and civic leaders to the life and work of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard through the pages of a new 16-volume biographical encyclopedia.

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SCIENTOLOGY REBOOTS IDEAL CHURCH IN SILICON VALLEY

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIASATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012

Thousands of Bay Area Scientologists gathered on Saturday, June 9, to celebrate the rededication of the Church of Scientology Stevens Creek in San Jose.

The ceremony marked the transformation of the 57,000-square-foot Ideal Church of Scientology (Ideal Org) to better accommodate its ever-growing congregation and extend Church of Scientology humanitarian programs to all communities across Silicon Valley.

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MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST—GRACIA BENNISH, ART AND SOUL

CLEARWATER, FLORIDASATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012

Scientologist and artist Gracia Bennish, creating a better world.

In a unique meld of art and activism, Gracia Bennish leaves her mark in unexpected places.

A true citizen of the world, Bennish, who lives with husband Garry in Clearwater, Florida, was born and raised in Detroit, has lived in the United States, Australia, Europe and Mexico, and has worked or volunteered in Haiti, Baghdad, Myanmar, Africa, Thailand, Cuba and Colombia.

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