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Amid rush to deploy driverless cars, federal regulators urged to keep hands on the wheel

Friday, December 8th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
The era of driverless vehicles appears to be rapidly approaching, raising a bevy of urgent questions about how to prevent the emergence of new hazards on the nation’s roads.
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Facing liability, Broward changes course on helping homeless in mental health court

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Brandishing research into federal law won Broward County Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren what she wants: a unified approach to sheltering homeless people who appear in her mental health court.
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75 years later, U.S. refuses plea to bring home remains of fallen Broward war hero

Monday, December 4th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly 76 years after Fort Lauderdale Medal of Honor winner Alexander R. “Sandy” Nininger Jr. was killed in action in the Philippines, the U.S. is refusing his family’s request to use DNA testing to identify Nininger’s remains and bring him home.
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Broward Outreach shelter yanks welcome mat for mental health court referrals

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
When homeless people turn up in Broward County’s mental health court, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren does everything she can to keep them out of jail. One of the court’s few options was sending them to a Broward Outreach Center homeless shelter. But earlier this month, days after BOC told the judge it would no longer accept her referrals, she had visions of rootless, disturbed people being forced to grapple alone with a tough, lottery-like system to apply for a bed.
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Miami-Dade nursing home chain sues its lawyers over $17 million healthcare fraud settlement

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two years ago, Plaza Health Network agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $17 million to settle a civil investigation that revealed the Aventura-based nursing home chain operated an illegal kickback scheme involving Medicare and Medicaid patient referrals. Now, Plaza Health is looking to recoup the money by suing its former general counsel and the prominent law firm he was a partner in for malpractice.
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Ex-FBI agent says 9/11 Commission misled public about hijackers who attacked Pentagon

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a powerful sworn statement, the FBI agent who led a 400-member Los Angeles-based task force on the 9/11 attacks has accused the 9/11 Commission of making “incorrect” statements to the American public about his team’s investigative findings.
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Broward Health: Lawyers, lawyers everywhere and taxpayers to foot the bill

Monday, November 13th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Lawyers for fired Broward Health chief executive Pauline Grant filed a pair of public records requests on the district in May that they believed might shed light on her sudden dismissal last December. Six months later, Broward Health hasn’t produced a single requested document in response.

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Gov. Scott, his lobbyist pal, a nursing home deal and a curious change of heart at AHCA

Monday, November 6th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Three years ago, state healthcare regulators moved to block Dr. Jack Michel’s bid to buy the Hollywood nursing home where more than a dozen elderly patients later met their deaths in the wake of Hurricane Irma. But months later, after Michel retained a lobbyist confidant of Gov. Rick Scott the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) reversed course.
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Broward Health’s ‘independent’ probe led by law firms with undisclosed ties to Gov. Scott

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Broward Health General Counsel Lynn Barrett started an “independent” investigation that led to last December’s ouster of popular hospital district President/CEO Pauline Grant, the two law firms she retained to investigate and advise about Grant had deep, undisclosed ties to Gov. Rick Scott.
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Before deaths, Gov. Rick Scott and Hollywood nursing home owner were chummy

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Gov. Rick Scott and South Florida healthcare mogul Dr. Jack Michel began pointing fingers at each other after elderly patients baked to death in Michel’s now-closed Hollywood nursing home, the two men were pals of a sort.
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News groups ask appeals court to protect American’s Freedom of Information Act rights

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Accusing the FBI of years of dishonesty in handling Freedom of Information Act requests, a legion of news organizations and support groups asked a federal appeals court Monday to protect Americans’ rights under the law.
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Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court has been asked to overturn a Miami district court judge and order a Freedom of Information Act trial to determine whether the FBI made a proper search for records about its secretive 9/11 Review Commission.
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Florida hired owner of Hollywood nursing home where patients died to plan for disasters

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Twice in the last five years, Florida hired to review area disaster planning a hospital run by the owner of the Hollywood nursing home where elderly patients died after Hurricane Irma cut power to air-conditioning.
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First Amendment claims seen as Rx for drug makers, headache for consumers

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

By Paul Raeburn
FairWarning
Off-label promotion has long been considered a serious white-collar crime. The FDA has fined drug companies billions of dollars for off-label violations. The aim: to prevent them from overstating the benefits and understating the risks of their products, a practice known as misbranding – and one that sometimes leads to patients getting drugs that prove harmful or even deadly.
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Poor Fort Lauderdale neighborhood pays millions for city streetcar line that won’t reach it

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
What does sewage in the streets around western Sistrunk Blvd. (NW 6th Street) in Fort Lauderdale have to do with the $195- million Wave Streetcar line being developed for the city? Plenty, according to Marie “Ms. Peaches” Huntley, neighborhood resident, activist, businesswoman and candidate for commissioner in District 3 of Fort Lauderdale, as well as other critics.
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Without admitting wrongdoing, Miami Beach settles Taser death of teen street artist

Friday, October 6th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami Beach officials have settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Israel Hernandez-Llach, the 18-year-old street artist who died on Aug. 6, 2013 after he was shot in the chest with a Taser fired by a city cop who was chasing him for scrawling graffiti on a wall.
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Far right uses Fla. stand-your-ground law to recruit for white supremacist rally at UF

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
After lengthy negotiations, white supremacist Richard Spencer will speak at the university’s Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19. The date, finalized this week, was reported by a counter-protest group that is organizing online and acknowledged by Spencer’s lawyer.
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Lawsuit: Corrupt giveaway at Broward Health to cost $2.5 billion over 25 years

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A corrupt deal at Broward Health that “gave away” the public hospital district’s radiation business for treating cancer patients is costing the troubled public hospital system an estimated $100 million a year in revenue.
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Broward grand jury hears first witnesses in criminal probe of Broward Health

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
A Broward grand jury has begun hearing about alleged criminal conduct at long-troubled Broward Health, the taxpayer-supported public medical system for the northern two-thirds of the county.
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Attorney General Bondi gives Broward Health deep discount in fraud settlement

Monday, September 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Eighteen months ago, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office demanded Broward Health pay more than $5.3 million to settle state Medicaid fraud claims uncovered during a federal whistleblower probe that cost Broward Health $69.5 million.
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Corruption allegations involving Broward Health, Gov. Scott unsealed in whistleblower suit

Monday, September 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Bulldog exclusively reported last year about 21st Century’s unprecedented 2012 contract to provide radiation oncology services at Broward Health, and how it was inked while the governor was an investor in a private-equity firm that owned 21st Century Oncology.
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In Hialeah, money meant to feed poor kids pays for Las Vegas trip for city officials

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two years ago, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez signed off on spending $7,621 from a $10,000 corporate grant for feeding poor children. Instead, the money went to pay for airline tickets and posh hotel accommodations for himself, his chief of staff, a police detective and four other city employees to attend a parks and recreation conference in Las Vegas.
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FBI probe of tie between Saudi ambassador, al Qaeda leader put on ice

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI now appears never to have restarted a suspended 2002 investigation into why a captured al Qaeda leader possessed the unlisted phone number of an offshore company tied to Saudi Arabia’s U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
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Florida Zika emergency funds went to partner of Ann Scott’s aerial spray businesses

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott has used his emergency authority to spend $33.3 million to combat Zika, some of which went to pay for aerial spraying done by a company that is partnered with his wife’s mosquito spraying businesses in another state.
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Don’t drive distracted, wireless industry says, but safety advocates want more than talk

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
In recent years thousands have died on the nation’s highways, mostly in ones and twos, as a result of drivers fiddling with their phones. Despite more crashworthy vehicles, 2016 U.S. traffic deaths reached 40,000, the highest number in years, according to an estimate by the National Safety Council.
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Hidden audit shows big budget hole at union for Miami Dade schools lowest-paid workers

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
An embattled union representing the lowest-paid Miami-Dade public schools employees is facing new problems that include a $210,000 budget deficit, possibly driven by compensation paid to a handful of top union officials.
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Broward chief judge leads push to release from jail nonviolent poor who can’t make bail

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Concerned that poor people charged with minor, nonviolent offenses who can’t post bond are clogging the jail at taxpayers’ expense, Broward Chief Judge Jack Tuter is spearheading a push to release more of them before trial.
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Hallandale Beach commissioner says she’s victim of identity theft, blames political foes

Monday, August 21st, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anabelle Taub has become the victim of credit card fraud and blames her political opponents for playing a part in publicizing her personal information during last year’s bitterly contested commission election.
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State Sen. Lauren Book seeks restraining order to silence protester

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Broward State Sen. Lauren Book prepares for her annual walk to raise awareness about child sex abuse, she wants to make sure one of her harshest critics is nowhere near her.
On July 26, Sen. Book filed a petition in Broward Circuit Court seeking a restraining order against Derek Logue, a 40-year-old Ohio man convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in 2001. Logue today is an advocate for registered sex offenders.
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Saudi Arabia cites FBI’s Meese Commission in asking judge to toss 9/11 victims’ lawsuit

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Forced back into court by an act of Congress and faced with tens of billions of dollars in potential civil liability, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is asking a U.S. judge again to throw out a lawsuit brought against it by thousands of 9/11 victims.
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