Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

ATV deaths top 15,000 threshold in latest government report

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

By Eli Wolfe and Myron Levin
FloridaBulldog.org
Since the early 1980s, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has conducted a grim census, tracking reports of deaths from crashes of all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. Now the body count has risen above 15,250, according to the agency’s latest annual report, with more than one in five of the deaths suffered by children under 16.
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Friends of WLRN fires top executive amid turf war with public radio station boss

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A turf war between the top executives of WLRN and its non-profit fundraising arm has ended with one of them out of a job.
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A Streetcar Named Devour: Downtown Fort Lauderdale officials invested over $18M in quiet bet on WAVE ‘Loop’ they pushed

Monday, March 18th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Downtown Development Authority board members Alan Hooper and Tim Petrillo invested more than $18 million in real estate beside or near a planned “Loop” route along North Andrews Avenue at the northern WAVE terminus, near high-end Flagler Village. The timing of those deals raises concerns about a possible conflict of interest that was not made public.
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Judge ‘leaning toward’ unsealing antitrust records, orders Waste Management to explain why they should remain secret

Friday, March 15th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Broward judge late Thursday gave Waste Management 10 days to explain in writing why internal company documents about federal and state antitrust reviews of a 2016 merger should be kept secret.
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Waste Management attorneys shut down court hearing after judge refuses to exclude reporter

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in a week, attorneys for Waste Management on Tuesday halted a legal proceeding after objecting to the courtroom presence of a Florida Bulldog reporter.
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As Republicans move to scrap blind trusts, Democrat agriculture chief Nikki Fried launches one

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
After years of embarrassing news about mega-wealthy former Gov. Rick Scott’s financial conflicts of interest, state Republicans in the House and Senate are pushing bills to repeal Florida’s controversial qualified blind trust statute. But that won’t affect the new blind trust quietly set up by new Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried.
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In secretive lawsuit, Waste Management’s lawyers shut down deposition of Broward’s top executive

Friday, March 8th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry was supposed to testify Thursday afternoon in a high-profile civil lawsuit that pits Davie recycling businessman Ron Bergeron against trash disposal giant Waste Management. But Henry’s video-taped deposition was abruptly canceled when Waste Management’s attorneys walked out after objecting to the presence of a reporter for Florida Bulldog.
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As Florida jails more kids than any other state, criminal justice reform is again on the table in Tallahassee

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

By Deirdra Funcheon
Thanks to decades of tough-on-crime policies, Florida now has the third-largest prison population in the United States — nearly 100,000 people, including more minors than any other state. Florida requires people to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences and has abolished parole. All this costs taxpayers $2.4 billion per year.
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Lake Worth uses cops, code enforcement in brazen effort to get rid of city’s poor

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
During a workshop drenched in anti-immigrant and racist overtones, Lake Worth commissioners laid the groundwork for an ongoing code enforcement crackdown on low-income residents in some the city’s poorest sections.
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Whistleblower sues Broward County over corruption and retaliation at Port Everglades

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A former Port Everglades supervisor is blowing the whistle on corruption there, including “widespread” purchasing card abuse by port employees and Broward County’s failure to protect him from retaliation.
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Manager says millions lost to cheap rents at Port Everglades; County investigating

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Port Everglades’ property manager has resigned, a month after accusing port administrators of allowing commercial tenants to dodge millions of dollars in rent by “dramatically undercharging” for port warehouse space.
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Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez fights to silence whistleblower firefighter

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Hialeah firefighter Eric Johnson’s days of whistleblowing on the misdeeds of Mayor Carlos Hernandez could soon be numbered.
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Has developer-dominated Fort Lauderdale DDA taxing district outlived its usefulness?

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Republican State Rep. Chip LaMarca, wants to extend the life of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority until 2050. DDA critics are not happy.
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Is Florida’s prison diet strictly kosher? Who knows? U.S. monitor has backed off

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Court oversight of Florida’s kosher diet program, prison variety, appears to be dissolving like a sugar cube in hot tea.
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High-living Roger Stone, search warrants and more than $1 million in unpaid income taxes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The day before the FBI arrested Roger Stone during a pre-dawn raid at his rented, canal-front home in ritzy Las Olas Isles, the presiding U.S. magistrate authorized a pair of sealed search warrants…
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Builder of collapsed FIU pedestrian bridge had troubling construction failure at Port Everglades

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after last year’s fatal FIU pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, the company that built the bridge was responsible for a troubling construction failure at Port Everglades.
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BSO, County Auditor probe out-of-control P-Card spending by Port Everglades employees

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Port Everglades plumber was fired, another quit and current and former port public works employees are under suspicion amid a quiet investigation into apparent out-of-control spending using county credit cards.
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Crypto Code A Introduction

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

A large number of companies have come up with the idea of designing robots for investment and trading in business. The bots are deputized to act in place of the investors and make profitable investments. According to the preference of the investors, the algorithm used in designing the robot goes through the data and finds profitable and effective investments. The profit is huge and there is a huge demand nowadays as there is no room for error in such a scenario.
It is said that a minimal investment will provide maximum profits but it is important to read and do proper research and if possible talk to people who have gone through with this before going forward with the investment. There are scamming schemes as well that might manipulate the details and provide fake information to get money. It is important that an investor should know what is good and what is fake before putting their hard earned money into the test.
Familiarising Crypto Code
A lot of time and money has been invested by the developers to produce a software that is the next best thing in the world of business and finance. There was a need to make this software user-friendly and more easily accessible rather than being difficult to navigate through the workspace and regarding more details that are in constant need. It is of prime importance that the product provided stable and profitable results otherwise there is no need to invest in such a product that might not be able to provide results.
There should be an increase in opportunities for the investment along with proper safety for the money that is being invested. The software is an integrated one that is in sync with popular brokers and people well versed with this field of business and finance. A lot

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Federal Elections Commission reopens corruption case against ex-U.S. Rep. David Rivera

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Federal Elections Commission will get another crack at holding former Miami congressman David Rivera accountable for his role in an infamous South Florida campaign scandal.
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Construction giant Odebrecht goes after former top So. Fla execs for stealing trade secrets

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Odebrecht, the controversial global conglomerate that has an extensive portfolio of big-ticket government construction projects across Florida, is accusing three of its former top South Florida executives of pillaging trade secrets, company data and clients over the last two years.
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Broward’s elections chief misled ethics commission about Scott’s sham blind trust

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s newly appointed Broward elections boss was a staunch defender for Scott’s sham blind trust, and falsely told the Florida’s ethics commission five years ago that it was “modeled on” a federal blind trust.
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White property owners get full refunds for streetcar snafu, black community’s CRA takes hit

Monday, December 17th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale killed the controversial Wave streetcar in May and earlier this month the city announced that about $10 million in tax refund checks will go out on Feb. 1 to downtown property owners who paid a special tax to help build it. But a local agency created to clean up slum and blight that also kicked in heavily will up to $3 million hit.
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Big-name founders of Miami’s U.S. Century Bank in big-money fight with bank’s board

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
U.S. Century Bank, founded by big-name Miami developers and businessmen, has a turbulent history. Now it and appears headed for even more turmoil.
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Sunday, December 9th, 2018

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SFWMD’s last minute move to extend sugarcane lease triggers hearing demand

Friday, December 7th, 2018

By Katherine Lewin
FloridaBulldog.org
Nineteen years ago, the South Florida Water Management District bought 16,158 rural acres south of Lake Okeechobee leased for sugar cane farming as part of the massive Everglades restoration project. But one night last month, just hours before the district’s morning meeting, a resolution was quietly added to the governing board’s agenda that would extend the lease to a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, delaying restoration for as long as eight years.
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Who were pedophile Epstein and prosecutor Acosta protecting with ‘bizarre’ deal?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

By Noreen Marcus and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The secret deal that lawyers for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein struck with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta a decade ago did much more than protect the disgraced billionaire from an extended prison term. It also shut down a South Florida grand jury probe that could have reached to others in Epstein’s international sex-trafficking ring.
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What is Waste Management trying to hide about antitrust review?

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
High-stakes Broward litigation has heated up with a judge’s ruling that a recycling company has provided sufficient evidence to establish that Waste Management’s effort to hide certain corporate records is bogus because the garbage giant may have sought legal advice to perpetrate a crime or fraud.
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Inmates with hepatitis C, and their chief advocate, race against time

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

By Noreen Marcus
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal judge ordered Florida to give thousands of prisoners with chronic Hepatitis C virus a standard treatment with a cure rate of 95 percent. A year later, Florida could move faster to save lives.
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Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool if used correctly; it can help to promote your business by reaching a lot of new customers through your posts. The Financial Advisors can also make use of social media platforms to stay updated and advance their professional image. Many business persons and financial advisors create their social media accounts but are not seen to be very active on it, which is not a very good sign. Here are some mistakes all the financial advisors should avoid if they want to be seen as one of the leading in the business.
1) Not very active: It is important to keep your social media account or the website updated with recent posts. People who stay active on social media by posting frequent and important posts have many followers as compared to people who are not very active. People want to see the new and recent posts that help them to learn new things by reading your posts. It is a good idea to share important information or tips on your account so people can read it and share it.
2) Selling, guaranteeing or forecasting: It is a good idea to share some tips on your social media accounts but guaranteeing the market results on the social media accounts is not a very good idea. Why would you give the advice for free when you can charge for it? Instead, you can just give some suggestions or write about common mistakes people do and they can contact you for professional services.
3) Not using the platforms efficiently: Different social media platforms have different features like some allow limited words and so can be used for headlines, others allow putting up lots of photos so you can use it for providing pictorial

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Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Mistakes Financial Advisors Should Avoid On the Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool if used correctly; it can help to promote your business by reaching a lot of new customers through your posts. The Financial Advisors can also make use of social media platforms to stay updated and advance their professional image. Many business persons and financial advisors create their social media accounts but are not seen to be very active on it, which is not a very good sign. Here are some mistakes all the financial advisors should avoid if they want to be seen as one of the leading in the business.
1) Not very active: It is important to keep your social media account or the website updated with recent posts. People who stay active on social media by posting frequent and important posts have many followers as compared to people who are not very active. People want to see the new and recent posts that help them to learn new things by reading your posts. It is a good idea to share important information or tips on your account so people can read it and share it.
2) Selling, guaranteeing or forecasting: It is a good idea to share some tips on your social media accounts but guaranteeing the market results on the social media accounts is not a very good idea. Why would you give the advice for free when you can charge for it? Instead, you can just give some suggestions or write about common mistakes people do and they can contact you for professional services.
3) Not using the platforms efficiently: Different social media platforms have different features like some allow limited words and so can be used for headlines, others allow putting up lots of photos so you can use it for providing pictorial

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