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Tracey McManus - Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

Pinellas County Commission, Scientology and Clearwater Reporter

I cover Pinellas County with a focus on the workings and impacts of government, environmental issues, the City of Clearwater, the Church of Scientology, animal welfare and other topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I spent five years with The Augusta Chronicle in Georgia. I've wanted to be a journalist pretty much since I was old enough to read the newspapers my dad kept stacked near the kitchen table every day. That's never changed. I was born in Brooklyn but grew up in south Florida and graduated from University of Florida in 2010 with degrees in journalism and Spanish. When not on deadline, I'm usually out running with my two dogs Tiger and Ollie, both strays I found in Georgia.

  1. A team of a dozen victims' rights attorneys on Wednesday filed the third lawsuit in three months against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige. The complaint states a woman was repeatedly sexually abused as a child in Scientology's care and that church policy enabled the abuse.
    The third lawsuit filed against Scientology and leader David Miscavige in three months accuses the church of sexual battery, racketeering and conspiracy
  2. Kathy Stearns, Dade City’s Wild Things owner, was arrested on fraud charges
    The criminal charges come amid an ongoing civil lawsuit with PETA, which alleges Wild Things’ cub petting business is abusive for pulling cubs from mothers and confining adults to barren cages.
  3. Actor Danny Masterson arrives at the Youth for Human Rights International Celebrity Benefit in Los Angeles in 2014. He called a lawsuit filed Wednesday against him and Scientology “beyond ridiculous.” Associated Press (2014)
  4. Director of Dade City’s Wild Things Kathy Stearns holds a 2 week-old baby tiger after bottle feeding in 2015. Wild Things’ cub petting business is at the center of a federal lawsuit brought by PETA  [CHRIS URSO   |   Times (2015)]
  5. The 380,000 square-foot Flag building is Scientology’s international spiritual headquarters in downtown Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2011)]
  6. Valor Capital CEO Moises Agami, and his father-son partners Elias and Diego Jafif, is proposing a 7-story, 86-foot condo on the vacant lot at Edgewater Drive and Sunset Point Road. [photo courtesy Valor Capital]
  7. Valor Capital CEO Moises Agami, and his father-son partners Elias and Diego Jafif, is proposing a 7-story, 86-foot condo on the vacant lot at Edgewater Drive and Sunset Point Road. [photo courtesy Valor Capital]
  8. The 40-year-old Fire Station on Franklin is expected to be demolished. [CLEARWATER FIRE & RESCUE]
  9. From left: Howie Shirley, F. Bowling and Keith Ford, co-owners of the Clearwater Brewing Co., settle in for a round of pints on Tuesday at their bar in the Old Clearwater Bay district north of downtown on N Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater. The microbrewery, which opens to the public on Saturday, is inching the city closer to its long struggling goal of luring breweries to downtown. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]
  10. Assistant City Manager Micah Maxwell (left), interim Assistant City Manager Michael Delk (middle) and interim Planning and Development Director Gina Clayton (right) all will assume these new roles to fill the void left by departing Deputy City Manager Jill Silverboard. [photos courtesy of City of Clearwater and Times files]