Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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Arlene Cordova, 1933-2016: In her 80s, she took on Scientology and reunited with her daughter

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[Barbara Cordova Oliver, before she became ill]

It’s been a while since we checked in with Arlene Cordova about her daughter Barbara, and so we called her yesterday only to learn some unhappy news. We were unaware that Arlene had died last week, on July 22, at the age of 83. It was Barbara who answered our phone call. We told her how sorry we were to hear about her mother. For a couple of years, we had enjoyed several really meaningful phone calls with Arlene as she struggled to reunite with her daughter. Barbara said she didn’t want to speak for an article, and so we wished her well.

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As Stacy Murphy lawsuit heads to crucial hearing, two Scientology entities settle

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Thanks to one of our researchers, we noticed something odd about the docket in the wrongful death lawsuit that Stacy Murphy’s family is pursuing against Scientology’s drug rehab center in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead. And when we looked into it, we learned something pretty surprising.

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How Scientology split up teen sweethearts who reunited more than 40 years later

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On Sunday, The Spokesman-Review, a newspaper in Spokane, Washington, published a touching story about high school sweethearts who were forced apart and then finally, after more than 40 years, reunited and got married.

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Hungarian tabloid’s wacky claim: Shit poured on Scientology’s leader in Budapest protest

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We’ve heard from three of our Hungarian readers who each brought to our attention a rather astounding story that appeared in an online scandal sheet known as “RiPost” about this past weekend’s Scientology “Ideal Org” opening in Budapest.

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Why does Scientology have no sense of humor? Because seriousness is a sacrament

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We’re in transit again, and so we’re grateful that frequent contributor Jeffrey Augustine came through with another fun look at Scientology’s underlying policies. This one really needs no more explanation than that…

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A billboard sprouts in Florida, and other Scientology chaos in our social media review

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[Phil and Willie Jones yesterday at the dedication of their new Florida billboard with Nora Crest, Valeska Paris, Derek Bloch, and Brian Sheen. Photo by Chukicita.]

It’s time again for Rod Keller’s Scientology Social Media Review. He’s made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to the ‘net. He’s a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week…

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Bomb diggety! It’s more Scientologists high on L. Ron Hubbard and the everloving ‘tech’

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One of our tipsters came through for us today with some hilarious screenshots from the latest testimonials video that was sent out to Scientology members. In the past, we’ve had the video itself, and we hope eventually to get this one. But for now, we’re just really happy to get these glimpses of Scientologists high on L. Ron Hubbard. What a gas.

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Was it something we said? Scientology wants Cindy Plahuta’s letter in fraud lawsuit struck

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[Cindy Plahuta’s letter didn’t sit well with Scientology attorney Wally Pope]

On Wednesday, we revealed that Tampa federal Judge James D. Whittemore had put two letters into the court file of the federal fraud lawsuit filed by California residents Luis and Rocio Garcia against the Church of Scientology.

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Scientology goes shopping for a new top cop in L.A., and a new video from Chris Shelton!

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[Rapper The Game (a/k/a Jayceon Terrell Taylor) and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck]

We’re on the road today, and so we’re thankful that frequent contributors Jeffrey Augustine and Chris Shelton have pitched in with a couple of interesting items. First, Jeffrey had some thoughts about this past weekend’s noted gang summit in south Los Angeles, and what it means for Scientology…

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BILLBOARD UP IN FLORIDA: Scientology ‘disconnection’ on view near Clearwater ‘mecca’

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We just got word from Phil and Willie Jones. Their second “Call Me” billboard just went up in Largo, Florida, bringing attention to Scientology’s “disconnection” policy just a few miles from where the church has its international spiritual “mecca” in the town of Clearwater.

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