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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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Huge debt-relief fraud in Pompano Beach bilks $70 million from thousands of victims

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
In a debt-relief scheme that affected about 15,000 people across the country, three telemarketing executives headquartered in Pompano Beach and using a branch in Panama bilked victims out of an estimated $70 million, authorities say.
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New lookup to tell what’s in your water in South Florida and around the country

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By Dan Ross
FairWarning
Want to know what hazards might be lurking in your local water supply? An updated online database launched this week by the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization, provides some answers.
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Overlooked class action against Democratic Party and Wasserman Schultz turns nasty

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
An ongoing legal battle playing out in Fort Lauderdale federal court over the Democratic National Committee’s presidential nominating process has devolved into accusations of harassment and intimidation conducted by unknown political operatives.
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Rick Scott, Mike Pence: When campaign fundraising met tax incentives for Scott’s company

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after Florida Gov. Rick Scott helped then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fundraise in Fort Lauderdale last year, Pence announced a $650,000 incentives package for a company owned in large part by Scott.
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Fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare – and taxpayers – tens of billions last year

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Fred Schulte /b>
Kaiser Health News
Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.
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Hallandale freezes payments for city development, jobs programs citing waste & fraud

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton has ordered what could be a multi-million dollar freeze on all payments under two city jobs and business development programs, saying they “have lost their way.”
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Report: Hallandale commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in pattern of misconduct”

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A preliminary report by the Broward Inspector General’s Office says Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” when he “failed to disclose payments” made to him and other family members by a community group which Sanders voted to give thousands of dollars in city grants and other funding.
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New York boots Armor Correctional; In Florida, Armor boss named to powerful commission

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The company that provides health-care services to thousands of jail inmates across Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach counties, has been kicked out of New York for allegedly “placing inmates’ health in jeopardy.”
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Miami judge rules out FOIA trial, says FBI document on 9/11 funding to remain secret

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Secret FBI information about who funded the 9/11 attacks will remain hidden indefinitely after a Miami federal judge reversed herself last week and decided that the FBI was not improperly withholding it from the public.
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Scientists urge tighter scrutiny of germ-fighting chemicals

Friday, June 30th, 2017

By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
More than 200 scientists and public health advocates are urging regulators to take a closer look at the potential dangers of antimicrobial chemicals including triclosan, an additive that has been banned from hand soaps but remains an active ingredient in products ranging from building materials to Colgate’s Total toothpaste.
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Lauren’s Kids funnels $3.1 million to politically connected public relations firm

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A nonprofit run by Broward State Sen. Lauren Book and lavished with millions of dollars in state handouts by lawmakers paid a Tallahassee public relations firm with considerable political clout $3.1 million between 2012 and 2015.
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