Lawsuit: Rescind variance for ex-U.S. Rep.’s Hollywood charter school

Rooftop "vegetation" atop Hollywood's Ben Gamla middle-high school. Photo: William Gjebre

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward lawsuit says Hollywood broke the law when it approved a request by the controversial Ben Gamla middle-high school to stop maintaining a rooftop vegetation area that was a key consideration for a zoning exception allowing the school in a residential neighborhood.

Two Miami-Dade charter schools loaned $900K in taxpayer funds to sister schools

Keys Gate Charter School in Homestead. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two Miami-Dade charter schools illegally transferred taxpayer funds by lending a combined $912,094 to sister schools outside the county, the top lawyer for the Florida Department of Education has determined. The school district’s auditor is recommending the district try to get the money back.

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FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota; Documents, evidence missing

New York's World Trade Center before September 11, 2001

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Newly released FBI documents say agents investigating 9/11 did not obtain security records from a Sarasota-area gated community containing alleged evidence that 9/11 hijackers had visited the residence of a Saudi family with ties to the royal family.

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Mother of slain ex-Broward al Qaeda boss hopes for end to stigma

FBI Director Robert Mueller  with wanted poster for  Adnan El Shukrijumah in 2003.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years have passed since Miramar’s Zuhrah A. Jumah got news that her eldest son, Adnan, had been killed during a military raid on an al Qaeda hideout in a mountainous corner of northwest Pakistan. Lately, she wonders how long Adnan El Shukrijumah’s ugly reputation as an al Qaeda commander will continue to trail her and her family.

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FBI Director Comey’s credibility issues go beyond presidential politics to 9/11 panel

FBI Director James Comey discusses the 9/11 Review Commission’s findings during a press conference at FBI headquarters on March 25, 2015. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese (left), and former Congressman Tim Roemer (right), are also pictured.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
FBI Director James Comey’s credibility is under heavy fire due to his headline-making public statements about the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton that have entangled the bureau in presidential politics. But those aren’t the only credibility issues to be raised about Republican Comey since he became FBI chief in 2013.

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Broward Health data breach released patient information to tax fraud ring

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in three years, a data breach at Broward Health has caused the release of personal patient information in what one district executive called “a ring of thugs.”

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Non-profit donors allegedly acting as “fronts” for utilities backing Amendment 1

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Consumers for Smart Solar, the Political Action Committee supporting controversial Amendment 1 that critics say would give Florida utility companies a monopoly on solar energy, has raised $4.45 million from three non-profit groups allegedly acting as “fronts” for utility industry contributions.

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Broward grand jury to review death of black man tasered by Coconut Creek police

Calvon "Andre" Reid

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s grand jury will convene next week to consider whether four Coconut Creek police officers should face criminal charges in the death of a black man who was shot multiple times by police firing Taser stun guns.

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Race for job of Broward chief judge takes shape; Three hopefuls so far

From left to right, Broward Circuit judges Alfred Horowitz, Jack Tuter and Carlos Rodriguez

By David Lyons
FloridaBulldog.org
A three-way race is looming among prominent circuit judges to become the next chief judge of Broward County, a largely ceremonial post that has been used as a bully pulpit for better court services and a venue for third-rail policy disputes.

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Bulldog Extra

By Brian Joseph, FairWarningillustration_2

Gwen Caplan’s nightmare began with a Yelp search.

It was the summer of 2012 and the middle-aged mother of two was looking for someone to move her and her kids from San Rafael, Calif., to Glendale, Ariz. Money was tight, so Caplan scoured the web for an affordable but reputable moving company.

Her search unearthed several moving companies. One was called America’s Best Movers. It had terrible reviews online. “I said to myself, ‘It’s a good thing I used Yelp. I’m not going to use these people,’ ” Caplan would later tell a criminal grand jury. Full Story »

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