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Church of Scientology Banished to Dark Side of Moscow

For works of alien science-fiction, it has been both the best of times and the worst of times recently in Moscow.

On the one hand, the folks at Paramount Pictures cleverly treated movie reporters to a one-of-a-kind Transformers: Dark Side of Moon junket in and around Red Square, so journalists would have a lot to write and talk about besides the wretched movie. On the other hand, the Church of Scientology has another Ruskie legal battle on its hands after a court in the unpronouncable suburb of Shchyolkovo declared L. Ron Hubbard‘s books (pictured) to be ban-worthy material of an extremist nature. Per the AP wire report:

Attempts by Russian authorities to ban Scientology literature have been overturned recently. In May, the Russian Justice Ministry removed Hubbard’s books from the list of banned literature after a decision by a court in Siberia was overturned. Scientology officials said they would protest the latest court decision.

It all adds up to the Church’s very own version of a summer blockbuster sequel with a Moscow twist, complete with a plot line that cynics would argue includes parallel versions of Michael Bay‘s gleaming Autobots and Decepticons. Stay tuned.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.