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Journalist Lunches at Church of Scientology Celebrity Center

Author Maria Bustillos takes a long, fascinating look back today via Awl.com at a groundbreaking 1990 LA Times series by Joel Sappell and Robert Welkos. She righly points out that the pair’s June 24-29 investigation into the Church of Scientology, the product of five years of old-school newspaper footwork, was far more courageous and substantive than the recent New Yorker-Paul Haggis piece.

As part of her report, Bustillos decided to take a late lunch at the Renaissance restaurant at the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Center on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. She gives the establishment an admirably objective thumbs up.

I asked to see a wine list, and the head waiter (whose French accent was so rich I thought he might be kidding, or practicing for an acting class) goes, “Red or white?”

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LAT In 90 Seconds

Want Fries With Your Funny? Reporter Robert Welkos surfs YouTube and finds this gem — laugh while you still can.

33561147.jpgRobert Goulet died: From the obit: “The strikingly handsome singer with the rich baritone who soared to stardom on the Broadway stage in 1960 playing Lancelot in the original production of the hit musical Camelot, died Tuesday morning. He was 73.”

33562528.jpgAll Together Now: This weird little page packages together a bunch of loosely related Halloween stories. We could see how this would work for, say, fire coverage. But Halloween? Nice trick, but it’s no treat.