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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - L. Ron Hubbard
Filling in coloring books as a kid growing up in Jamaica, Michael Talbot never imagined his passion for art would win him a prize in an international illustration contest and a trip to Hollywood.
Four years of research and the discovery of a wooden sign have uncovered a historical link between Tacoma, the first trails at Mount Rainier and L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology.
Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston were reportedly among the thousands of Scientologists who flocked to the church in Clearwater, Fla., to reveal the new $145 million Flag Building, where devotees can develop super powers and "create a new world," the Tampa Bay Times first reported.
"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief" (Alfred A. Knopf), by Lawrence Wright
Director Paul Thomas Anderson acknowledges that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was the inspiration for the title character in `'The Master," but says the focus of the film is the relationship between a charismatic spiritual leader and his troubled follower, not the movement itself.
Hubbard, the endlessly interesting founder of Scientology, wrote, "If it is not true for you, it isn't true."
`'I really don't know a whole hell of a lot about Scientology, particularly now," he said. `'But I do know a lot about the beginning of the movement and it inspired me to use it as a backdrop for these characters."