Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

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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Miami-Dade Prosecutor Loses Landmark Right To Record Case In Federal Court

Monday, July 17th, 2017
A Florida man won the right to surreptitiously record police officers while making internal affairs complaints without the threat of prosecution when he defeated the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (SAO) in a federal appeals court ruling.
Prosecutors tried to censor the citizen, who published his incriminating recording of a police chief.
A lower court erred by agreeing with Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle when she sent a written threat of prosecution under Florida’s wiretapping statute to Dr. Eric McDonough, for making a secret recording and publishing it on to YouTube, in a video which you can see below.
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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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Tucson Court to Hear Extradition of Woman Accused of Feeding her Mother

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Contributed by Janet Phelan
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On Tuesday, Pima County Superior Court in Arizona will hear a case involving a fugitive from justice and the request for extradition to Miami-Dade County, in Florida. The fugitive, a former New York attorney, is a 64-year-old woman named Barbara Stone.
Stone was originally arrested for feeding her mother.
Barbara Stane and her mom, Barbara surprised her mom, with a party
Yes, you read that correctly. Specifically, the 2013 charges against Stone were launched after she took her mother, who was under a guardianship with a “professional guardian” named Jacqueline Hertz, to lunch. Stone had visited her mother,

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Miami-Dade Schools give fat, multi-year lobbying contract to Trump-connected lobbyist

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Seeking an edge in Republican-dominated Washington politics, Miami-Dade public school officials awarded a federal lobbying contract to an influential Florida firm whose chief officer played a significant role in the election of President Donald Trump last fall.
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Using ethics loophole, Sen. Lauren Book votes to give her nonprofit $1.5 million

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward State Sen. Lauren Book voted “yes” last month to approve a state appropriations bill that included $1.5 million for Lauren’s Kids, the nonprofit she founded and leads as its $135,000-a-year chief executive officer.
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Homestead PD Still Doesn’t Know Photography Is Not A Crime

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Homestead Police Department (HPD), in South Florida, has myriad problems respecting the First Amendment. I went to HPD this week to serve some officers in a civil rights suit, the story was covered earlier. While entering I discovered that HPD still has not learned that photography is not a crime.
I covered HPD officer John Frank, last year, him initially claiming that I could not take his picture. He quickly backed down once I started recording the video below. HPD adopting a policy such as shown in the sign above makes it understandable that some of their officers would fail to realize that photography is not a crime.

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FBI asks Miami judge to reconsider, keep secret ‘sensitive details’ about 9/11

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI is pushing back against a federal judge’s findings that certain classified details about the funding of the 9/11 attacks and the 19 al Qaeda suicide hijackers should be made public.
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Red light ticket? Enforcement depends on where you got it and how you try to resolve it

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

By Susannah Nesmith
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade Traffic Magistrate Christopher Benjamin played a series of dramatic videos of crashes caught on tape by red-light cameras. The people in the audience gasped each time someone t-boned a car, flipped over a railing, struck a motorcyclist or nearly plowed through a line of kids crossing the street. “Ladies and gentlemen, please rise,” Benjamin told the audience after playing the videos. And then he surprised everyone. “Be safe out there. Case dismissed. Thank you.”
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‘Invisible’ crime: Immigrant scams are big business in South Florida, but few crooks caught

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

By Joseph A. Mann Jr.
FloridaBulldog.org
Infamous as the setting for many cases of high-profile financial fraud and chicanery, South Florida is also home to a relatively unknown scam that targets the region’s large immigrant population, bilking many of them for thousands of dollars for “expert” immigration services that are never delivered, a Florida Bulldog investigation has found.
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EXCLUSIVE: Miami’s Top Prosecutor Busted Censoring Darren Rainey Protesters

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Miami-Dade County’s State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is censoring at least 100 of her critics on Twitter, including a dozen accounts either named Darren Rainey or with the deceased man’s profile image.
We have pictures to prove it.
It all started when the prosecutor sent a tweet about freedom.
This exclusive report is based upon public records requested from the Miami-Dade SAO’s office under Florida’s Sunshine Law, including their social media policy, which as it turns out does not specify that a public official in their office has any allowance to censor citizens by blocking access to their public posts.
Miami residents are in an uproar

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Japan’s Teijin buys biggest asset in Scott’s blind trust; Governor pockets $200 million

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott appears to have pocketed $200 million in January when the biggest asset in his blind trust – Continental Structural Plastics – was sold to a subsidiary of the giant Japanese conglomerate Teijin Ltd.
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Miami-Dade State Attorney Censors Navy Corpsman On Memorial Day

Monday, May 29th, 2017
A Florida prosecutor just censored an active duty Navy Reserve Corpsman – on Memorial Day – for criticizing her frequently disparaged record.
Kathleen Fernandez-Rundle has been Miami-Dade’s State Attorney since 1993 when she succeeded Janet Reno who became the longest serving US Attorney General in history.
She hasn’t charged a police officer for an active duty killing in 24 years.
But she censored Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Suarez, an outspoken police accountability expert and Miami City Commission candidate.
On Memorial Day.
Daniel Suarez spent over six years on Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel which reviews the city’s police complaints.
This Memorial Day morning, Suarez quoted

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Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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The City of Homestead has a torrid reputation, and a pattern of willfully refusing to comply with the public records law. Homestead is a little town at the southern end of Miami-Dade County, rarely receiving the scrutiny it deserves as a cesspool of public corruption and maleficence.
 
I have used the records request process, as a pre-discovery method for investigating my civil rights claims. Homestead has failed to comply with the public records law on the majority of the nearly one hundred requests I have filed.
 
Homestead has a pattern and practice of unlawful noncompliance as it relates to the records law

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U.S. judge tosses lawsuit to block All Aboard Florida; Money for Phase 2 still in question

Friday, May 26th, 2017

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando survived a lawsuit filed by Indian River and Martin counties when a federal judge on May 10 dismissed the suit. But funding problems remain.
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Trial looms as judge denies FBI request to keep 9/11 records secret for privacy reasons

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a ruling that could lead to the release of significant new information about 9/11, including details about who funded the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, a Miami federal judge has rejected FBI assertions that many records should be kept secret due to privacy considerations.
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Hialeah’s mayor, a former crony, an off-the-books city gig and an ethics investigation

Friday, May 19th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Being a political operative for Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez comes with city perks.
Glenn Rice — a former city cop who worked on the mayor’s 2011 and 2013 campaigns — collected roughly $12,000 during a three-year period acting as an off-the-books employee monitoring the company Hialeah hired to collect trash from private homes, as well as investigating potential hires and vendors, a Miami-Dade ethics commission probe found.
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Gov. Scott doesn’t let politics get in way of investing in firm that believes in climate change

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, he told a reporter he wasn’t convinced that global warming was real. In 2015, the Scott Administration was reported to have told state employees to lay off using “climate change” and “global warming” in official communications. Today, the governor’s office dodges questions about Scott’s position on the use of those terms.
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Mysterious Saudi businessman in 9/11 puzzle surfaces – online

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A mysterious figure at the center of the puzzle about an apparent Sarasota-area support network for 9/11 hijackers is a rich Saudi Arabian businessman with ties to the kingdom’s ruling House of Saud and international and American political leaders.
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Headlight recall turns high beams on GM’s safety vow

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

By Christopher Jensen
FairWarning
Three years ago, General Motors chief executive Mary Barra vowed a new pro-safety attitude after admitting that for years the automaker had concealed an ignition-switch defect now linked to at least 124 deaths. But today federal safety regulators are investigating whether GM has been adequately handling a 429,000 vehicle recall for the sudden failure of low-beam headlights.
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Lauren’s Kids racks up six-figure donations via auto tag registration renewals

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In January, Broward County car owners who received their auto tag renewal notices also got a special message and sales pitch from Lauren’s Kids, the nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child sex abuse and founded by freshman State Sen. Lauren Book.
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NSFW: Florida Deputy Resigns After Videos of him Masturbating Surface

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

A Florida deputy who spent almost a year sending videos of himself masturbating to a woman he met online ended up resigning when the woman filed a complaint against him.
But Vera O’Reilly only filed a complaint against Gulf County sheriff’s deputy Brian Smith after he had purchased an airline ticket to visit her in Canada.
And Smith only resigned after O’Reilly’s initial complaints to the department went ignored and she turned to a retired cop turned private investigator who publicized the video showing Smith masturbating.
At first, Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison only gave smith a verbal reprimand.
But that was not

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