Broward Health looks to pay headhunting firm $300,000 to find a $950,000 CEO

Broward Health Interim CEO Pauline Grant, whose salary will be voted on Wednesday. Photo: Nova Southeastern University

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Taxpayer supported Broward Health’s board of commissioners will be asked today to approve spending $300,000 for a search firm to find a new CEO whose total pay would be $950,000 a year.

Broward Health seeks bids for ad contract as huge no-bid deal with Zimmerman dies

Broward Health hq

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
In a signal that Broward Health’s controversial no-bid $71.4 million deal with Zimmerman Advertising is dead, blueprints have been drafted for a new, smaller marketing campaign for the public health system.

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Bob Graham questions decision to send Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehab

The Mohammad bin Naif Counseling and Care Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which claims a nearly 90 percent success rate in rehabilitating terrorists

By Dan Christensen
Ex-Florida Sen. Bob Graham is questioning the wisdom of the Obama Administration’s decision to release nine Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia for “rehabilitation.”

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9-11 widows ask Obama to read secret ’28 pages,’ support bill to allow suit against Saudis

The National September 11 Memorial in New York City

By Dan Christensen
Five 9/11 widows said Tuesday they were “horrified” to watch President Obama say in a Monday television interview that he hasn’t read the secret 28 pages of a congressional investigation into 9/11 said to implicate Saudi Arabia in support for the hijackers.

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Banned in New Jersey’s public schools, ex-official wants on Miami-Dade School Board

Steven Gallon III

By William Gjebre
A former Miami-Dade County school principal/district administrator banned from working in New Jersey public schools following an investigation during his tenure as superintendent of a 7,000-student district is seeking a seat on the Miami-Dade School Board.

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Saudi Arabia’s king ran state charity that 9/11 victims say funded and armed al Qaeda

Saudi King Salman with President Obama at Erga Palace during a January 27, 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Pete Souza, official White House photo

By Dan Christensen
Editor’s Note: This story was first published Feb. 6, 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s king, Salman, “actively directed” a Saudi charity whose funding was “especially important to al Qaeda acquiring the strike capabilities used to launch attacks in the U.S.,” say court papers filed this week by lawyers representing 9/11 victims and their families.

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Marco Rubio’s campaign racks up inquiries about prohibited contributions

Sen. Marco Rubio

By Dan Christensen
In what has become a regular habit for Marco Rubio’s campaigns, the Federal Elections Commission has again flagged the senator’s presidential committee for possibly skirting federal law limiting the types and amounts of donations it can receive.

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After “60 Minutes” on The 28 Pages, a new call to open up classified 9/11 records

Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, left with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes

By Dan Christensen
The push to declassify the government’s secret 9/11 records got an invigorating jolt Monday with House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s call to open up the 28 hidden pages in Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks.

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Broward Health Chairman Di Pietro quits the hospital district’s governing board

Gov. Rick Scott, left, and suspended Broward Health board chairman David Di Pietro

By Dan Christensen
UPDATE : Thursday, April 14 — Suspended Broward Health Chairman David Di Pietro today announced his resignation for the hospital district’s board of directors. He offered no explanation. On Monday, a judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott to reinstate Di Pietro. Scott has appealed that ruling.

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Bulldog Extra

By Brian P. McGlinchey, georgewbushkingabdullah

As President Obama prepares to visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, his administration is under increasing pressure to declassify 28 pages that, according to many who’ve read them, illustrate financial links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 hijackers.

Meanwhile, a far lesser-known document from the files of the 9/11 Commission—written by the same principal authors as the 28 pages and declassified last summer without publicity and without media analysis—indicates investigators proposed exploring to what extent “political, economic and other considerations” affected U.S. government investigations of links between Saudi Arabia and 9/11. Full Story »


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