Chris White

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Mail Online

Scientology's never-before-seen secret bases revealed

The last of Scientology's top-secret bases have been revealed to be located in an eerie Northern California outpost, a deserted Midwest ranch, and the former home of late Dallas star Larry Hagman. The controversial church’s real estate arm purchased the party animal actor's Ojai home in 2014 for $5 million. The 43 acres of land, with an estate that boasted nine-bedrooms, ten bathrooms, and an outdoor pool, now stands as a $30,000-a-month rehab facility for the stars.
Mail Online

WORLD EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Meghan Markle's first boyfriend grew up to be a famous rapper who stars on TV with James Corden!

The first boy kissed by Meghan Markle grew up to be a famous rapper who stars on TV with James Corden, MailOnline can reveal. In a little-known interview with chat show host Larry King the former Suits star told how she had smooched with her first crush Joshua Silverstein when she was a starry-eyed teenager. 'Joshua Silverstein. I was 13, it was a summer camp and I kissed him!' Meghan recalled.
South China Morning Post

South Korea’s ‘Smart City’: not quite smart enough?

LOOKING wistfully around at the surroundings, a strange mix of marshland and random high-rise buildings, Shim Jong-rae shakes his head, echoing the sentiment of many residents: “It’s a ghost town.” For more than a decade, urban planners have been studying the construction of Songdo, South Korea, the world’s first Smart City. Built within 25 miles of Seoul, it was to be the antithesis of the suffocating, overpopulated capital. A new way of thinking for more than 300,000 residents, spread out over 600 hectares of reclaimed land from the Yellow Sea.
Mail Online

Scientology guard reveals rivalry between Tom Cruise and John Travolta

A former security guard for the Church of Scientology has revealed the behind-the-scenes rivalry between the church's most high-profile members and how he was allegedly brutally punished for speaking to them. Working at its global headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, Brendan Tighe, 37, had an unrivaled view of 'Scientology VIPs' Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. A Scientologist for 30 years, he has given DailyMail.com his experiences and observations about the celebrity culture within the Church
South China Morning Post

Are Asia’s sweatshops a thing of the past?

Asian garment factories are struggling to keep up with the relentless global appetite for cheap clothes, but Tuomo Poutiainen is convinced that sweatshops will soon be a thing of the past. “In 10 years, the time of sweatshops will be over,” says Poutiainen, a United Nations expert on the industry. “There is so much attention and visibility on this subject. Transparency means there’s no space for sweatshops and substandard conditions, there’s plenty of eyes to report them. Twenty years ago it was easy to hide in these situations.”
Mail Online

Brad Pitt's Hurricane Katrina homes are rotting, leaking and caving in

Walking around New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood, people are still angry at the impact of Hurricane Katrina and how unprepared the city was for the massive storm nearly 13 years on. But now some of their wrath is directed at Brad Pitt and his charity Make It Right. After the levees of the city's industrial canal were breached, the Lower Ninth Ward of predominantly black and low-income families was decimated by the floods, with most houses swept away or left in ruins.
Stern Magazine - Germany

Rich Kids of Zimbabwe - Stern Magazine (GER)

Fancy a pair of alligator skin, gold plated Giuseppe Zanotti $14,000 trainers? No problem. Don’t like your Rolex watch anymore? Just pour a whole bottle of expensive champagne all over it in front of your mates in a nightclub. Welcome to the rich kids of Zimbabwe, where silver plated Rolls-Royces and private jets lined in gold are just the norm - and showing off your tens of millions are essential social media viewing.
Mail Online

Former Scientologist says she 'was kicked out after being raped'

A former member of the Church of Scientology's elite Sea Org has told how the Church shamed, punished and ultimately kicked her out after she was drugged and raped as an 18-year-old. Most painful of all, in her darkest hour, Siberian-born Katrina Reyes who signed the Sea Org's infamous billion-year-contract at 11 years old, was betrayed by the one person she thought she could turn to: her mother. The Sea Org's rules concerning sexual contact effectively turned Katrina's rape into a crime.
Esquire

Robert Mugabe's Sons And The 'Rich Kids Of Zimbabwe' Are Really Quite Something On Instagram

Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old Zimbabwean dictator whose 37-year rule came to an end this week after he was ousted by his military, must be feeling a little down at the moment. On the streets outside, he can probably just about hear his country's people celebrating, high on the hope they're witnessing the end to an economic crisis that has left them, on average, 15% poorer than they were in 1980. Well, some of them. Not these very rich kids.
Mail Online

Brother of 'The Co-Ed' serial killer Edmund Kemper breaks 40 year family silence

David Weber didn't celebrate when he was told that his half-brother Edmund Kemper had been denied parole last month. He just breathed a sigh of relief. For over 40 years, Kemper's relatives have been living in fear that one of America's most notorious serial killers might be released from prison and come after them. Speaking publicly for the first time, David Weber - a name he uses to protect his identity - tells DailyMail.com: 'He has this control over the family, and there's still anger over
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