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House Speaker insists he’s not getting in the middle of Scientology vs. Clearwater Aquarium

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Ever since he was able to put a leash on rapper Pitbull‘s contract with VISIT Florida, Richard Corcoran has been the patron saint of those hoping to ferret out egregious government spending. Hospitals paying too much to their executives and lobbyists? Call Speaker Corcoran. Lottery makes a deal with a vendor which encumbers future legislative bodies? Call Speaker Corcoran. Tourist development councils spending money on frivolous activities? Call Speaker Corcoran. By now, you get the point. If you think some…

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Scientology leader details downtown plans in closed-door meeting

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Downtown Clearwater stakeholders got a preview of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s retail and entertainment plan for the area during an invitation-only presentation at the Fort Harrison Hotel Tuesday. Scientology spokesperson Ben Shaw denied media requests to attend the meeting, reports Tracey McManus of the Tampa Bay Times. The two-hour presentation included the church’s plan to pay for new facades for stores on the stretch of Cleveland Street between Osceola and Myrtle avenues, as well as the organization’s use of consultants…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.16.15 — On DWS, David Jolly and the COS

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Happy Friday, y’all. I want to draw your attention to two stories in the news this morning. The first is a Daily Beast piece by Tim Mak with the unfortunate title of, “Scientology could get its own senator,” referring to David Jolly. Jolly of course represents Clearwater in Congress, the “spiritual home” of the Church of Scientology (COS). While the title of the story is a bit absurd,  the content of the story is accurate in referring to a couple of events that…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.7.15 — John Travolta finally comments on ‘Going Clear’

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First today — condolences to the friends and family of former Fox-13 reporter Warren Elly, who died yesterday of adrenal cortical carcinoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. He was only 64. It’s a big blow to the Tampa Bay area, where he contributed so much with his journalism and his friendship and his tutoring to so many people over the past three decades. RIP, Warren. Moving on, if you’ve seen the documentary Going Clear, you know that director Alex…

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‘Going Clear’ documentary unites voices against Scientology

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Mike Rinder had spent virtually all of his life in the Church of Scientology. From the age of 6 he was raised in the church, eventually rising to become its chief spokesman. Everyone he knew was a Scientologist, including his wife, his two children, his mother, his brother and his sister. But after spending more than a year in a disciplinary facility known as “the hole,” where Rinder says he and other Scientology executives were confined, an increasingly disillusioned Rinder…

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5 things I think about this weekend’s St. Petersburg Times: A banner week for the newspaper

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What a roller-coaster week it’s been for the folks at First Avenue South. After word spread — on this blog first — that the Times was dropping its lawsuit against the City of St. Petersburg, thereby ceding the fight over the city’s solicitation ban, many, including me, were ready to write that the axiom “You never pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel” no longer applied to the opponents of the St. Petersburg Times. At least that was…

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5 things I think about this weekend’s St. Petersburg Times: A banner week for the newspaper

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What a roller-coaster week it’s been for the folks at First Avenue South. After word spread — on this blog first — that the Times was dropping its lawsuit against the City of St. Petersburg, thereby ceding the fight over the city’s solicitation ban, many, including me, were ready to write that the axiom ‘You never pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrel’ no longer applied to the opponents of the St. Petersburg Times. At least that was…

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