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WATCH: Florida Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man During Altercation

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Video posted to Facebook shows an unarmed man fatally shot during a scuffle with Florida deputies after a call to 911 about a domestic disturbance on December 7.
“They’re gonna shoot you, man,” onlookers shout at Jean Pedro Pierre as he holds Broward County deputy Sean Youngward’s ankle.
“Let him go. You’re gonna get yourself in bad trouble. There’s a lot more coming, man.”
Pierre, 42, kicks deputy Youngward’s thigh a few times before back up deputy Steven Briggs arrives with  his gun drawn.
“Tase him! Tase him! Don’t shoot him,” voices can be heard pleading with deputy Briggs.
Youngward tries to break away

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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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South Florida Police Release Video of Deputy Shooting Ex-Girlfriend Incident

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
They dated for five months before she broke it off, claiming the deputy was too racist and controlling for her taste.
But Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco ended up shooting her three times before turning the gun on himself.
Now police have released surveillance video footage of the moments leading up to her shooting on October 12.
DeMarco, 55, was on duty and in uniform when he pulled up in his unmarked patrol car and stepped out to confront Yuly Solano, 41, who was walking her dog inside the condo complex where they both lived.
“You treat me worse than a

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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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WATCH: Video Shows South Florida Cop Booking Hotel to have Sex with Mentally Ill Woman who Needed Help

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Video has emerged showing a Miami Gardens cop who responded to a call about a woman running in traffic taking her to a hotel for sex instead of back to her home where she lived in July 2016.
The woman was too afraid to go to police.
“She didn’t run. She didn’t call the police. Because he was the police,” said attorney Stephan Lopez who represented the woman in a lawsuit. which has since been settled, along with attorney Phillip Ortiz.
“The surveillance videos clearly establish a complete departure from all law enforcement policies and procedures,” Ortiz said in a written statement to Local

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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 Deputy’s Son Steals Patrol Car, Pulls Ex-Girlfriend Over, Orders her New Boyfriend Out of Car, then Robs him

Monday, October 16th, 2017
One day after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy shot his ex-girlfriend in the back before turning the gun on himself, the son of another deputy stole his father’s patrol car and pulled his ex-girlfriend over.
Christopher Combs, 22, who is a paid cadet with the sheriff’s office, then ordered her new boyfriend to step out of the car via intercom, directing him to lay on the ground and empty his pockets.
The victim, who said he felt a metal object pressed against his head, said he robbed of his personal belongings, according to WPTV.
He also said Combs was laughing.
Combs, the

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Florida Man Receives $37,500 Settlement after Cops Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth

Monday, October 16th, 2017
A Florida man received a $37,500 settlement after police arrested him, mistaking Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze in his car for meth.
A series of roadside drug tests yielded positive results for the street drug, landing him in jail for ten hours.
But another test determined it was only glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.
Dan Rushing, 65, was arrested in December 2015 following a traffic stop after Orlando cop Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins observed flakes on his floorboard, which she first suspected was crack, then crystal meth.
Rushing insisted to officers it was sugar from Krispy Kreme doughnuts he’d eaten.
‘I kept telling them, “That’s

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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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Florida Deputy was in Uniform when he Shot Ex-Girlfriend in Back as she Walked Dog

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
The Florida deputy who shot his ex-girlfriend several times as she walked her dog then turned the gun on himself Thursday morning was wearing his department-issued uniform at the time of his botched murder-suicide attempt.
Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Michael DeMarco was sitting in his squad car inside of a gated community prior to opening fire on Yuly Solano, who is now listed in critical but stable condition.
The two had dated less for four months before she broke up with him last month, which led to him filing a lawsuit against her over $2,400, the value of a mirror

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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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Florida Deputy Shoots Wife and Kills Himself During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A Florida deputy shot a woman with his service-issued handgun before turning it on himself Thursday morning.
The Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy killed himself in the attempted murder-suicide, but the victim survived.
However, both the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Boynton Beach Police Department, the agency investigating the shooting, have not released the deputy’s name or the name of the victim.
But local journalist Jose Lambiet spoke to a source that confirmed it was his wife.
Now Lambiet, who runs Gossip Extra, is criticizing the agency’s for protecting their own – especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The tragic shooting occurred

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Married Florida Cop Arrested After Exposing Himself to Handcuffed Inmate, Forcing her to Touch his Penis, Asking for Oral Sex

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

A married Florida cop was arrested on charges of indecent exposure, battery and false imprisonment after asking a handcuffed female inmate for oral sex and requesting to see her breasts while transporting her to jail on May 31.
Daytona Beach police officer Nick Aitchison had been on the job just over two months.
Aitchison apparently did not believe the woman would file a complaint against him, but she did immediately after he dropped her off at the jail.
When corrections officers informed Aitchison of the allegations against him, he “appeared sick” and “got red in the face,” according to Click Orlando.
Aitchison, who

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WATCH: Florida Doctor Assaults Woman, Seizing Phone, for Recording him Throwing Mother out of Office

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
A Florida doctor – who apparently missed his calling as a cop – seized a woman’s phone after she recorded him kicking her mother out of his office.
The Gainesville doctor, who has not yet been identified, was irate because the mother was complaining about waiting too long to be seen.
“Get the fuck out of my office,” the doctor told the mother, Jessica Stipe, who posted about the incident Monday on Facebook.
When the doctor realized her daughter had recorded his temper tantrum, he grabbed the phone from her hand and began walking away.
Stipe said he shoved her daughter when she

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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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