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Scientology’s new Flag Building is the centerpiece of a $160-million construction campaign. “I get chills when I see that building,” says Scientologist Randy Poletz. But its sheer size — it commands a full city block — makes some non-church members nervous.
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Scientology's town
As Scientologists launch unprecedented expansion, downtown Clearwater's identity is at stake. A two-part special report
About Scientology
Scientology, which means "knowing how to know," is a religion based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986).
The history: A timeline
1950: L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health is published.
Striving for mainstream, building new connections
A local lawyer and political consultant are hired to help break down barriers for Scientology.
Four key Scientologists