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Scientology Center Awarded $1.97M

Hernando County commissioners accepted a mediated settlement on Tuesday that awards $1.97 million to Narconon, the operator of a Scientology-affiliated drug treatment center in Spring Hill, the Tampa Bay Times reports. According to the Times, the settlement ends the legal battle that began when the commission initially turned down plans for the Suncoast Rehabilitation Center to expand in 2009.
(Editor's note: Health News Florida posts links to major articles about Scientology because of the church's general opposition to psychiatry, psychotropic medications and other aspects of traditional approaches to mental illness.  The church was started by writer L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s; its spiritual headquarters is in Clearwater.)

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