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Tonight: Tony Ortega's Book Explores Scientology's War On Its Critics

4 years ago by Alan Prendergast
The Church of Scientology has been taking a series of body blows in recent years from journalists and former members, ranging from multi-city protests organized by the hacker collective Anonymous to Lawrence Wright's New Yorker expose to the searing HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which features...
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Follow That Story

18 years ago by Alan Prendergast
A 22-year legal battle came to an abrupt end last week when the Church of Scientology paid $8.67 million to one of its harshest critics: a former member who claimed the church had harassed him for years and driven him "to the brink of insanity." The settlement between the church's...
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Hush-Hush Money

23 years ago by Alan Prendergast
After more than seventeen years of litigation, Lawrence Wollersheim knows that talk isn't cheap--not when you're talking to lawyers and your life's work happens to involve badmouthing the Church of Scientology. But the price of silence is even higher. Too high, in Wollersheim's estimation, which is why he says he...
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A Click in Time Saves Minds

18 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Go to GoTo.com, an Internet search engine that provides "sponsored" search results for America Online, Lycos, AltaVista and many other World Wide Web heavyweights. Type in "Scientology," and you'll get dozens of hits linking you to sites devoted to the Church of Scientology International. This is what you'll find most...
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Nightmare on the Net

23 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Strange things happen around Lawrence Wollersheim. His businesses collapse. His Boulder apartment gets raided by federal marshals, his computers seized. When college students offer to help him rebuild his computer bulletin-board system, they receive threatening phone calls--anonymous voices urging them to stay away from Larry. A California judge who presided...
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STALKING THE NET

24 years ago by Alan Prendergast
Lawrence Wollersheim's hands shake as he reads his notes, ticking off the damage done to his computers. Surrounding the 46-year-old Boulder resident is a cluster of reporters and, beyond that, a ring of glowering, dark-suited men (and one woman wearing a clerical collar), all packed into a hallway of the...
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LETTERS

The Loan Arranger Regarding Patricia Calhoun's "Checking Out," in the October 4 issue: Ms. Calhoun, surely even you can accept this basic fact: If you take out a loan, you are expected to pay it back. I am sorry that the Fords may lose their business, but they didn't have...
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HUNTING RABBITS, SERVING SPAM: THE NET UNDER SIEGE

24 years ago by Alan Prendergast
The growing popularity of the Internet has spawned discussion groups that offer something for just about everyone, from lovers of Jean-Luc Picard (try alt.sexy.bald.captains) to haters of a certain children's television program (alt.barney.dinosaur.die.die.die) to obsessives consumed by politics, computer lore, comic books or the hidden messages embedded in a single...
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Letters to the Editor

Paper Trail Now that both dailies have their Pulitzers (as Michael Roberts predicted and then recapped in his April 13 Message), maybe they'll quit forcing Columbine onto Page 1 day by day, month by month. And since the local and national media, the jocks-rule administrators, some parents and students and...
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Letters to the Editor

Fanning the Flames Hot scoop: I want to thank you for Michael Roberts's excellent article regarding the lack of media coverage during the recent outbreak of wildfires across the state ("Hot Spots," June 13). A friend and I traveled to Glenwood Springs the weekend of June 8 and 9 and...

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