Auditor rips Ft. Lauderdale CRA as taxpayers face $1 million loss

Sixth Street Plaza

By William Hladky, FloridaBulldog.org  A new Fort Lauderdale auditor’s report castigates the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for its poor oversight of a taxpayer-financed office and retail plaza that was to be the centerpiece of the city’s ambitious plans to revitalize the Sistrunk Boulevard corridor. Sixth Street Plaza, a 23,000-square foot building at 900 NW […]

Coconut Creek police Taser shooting a homicide; Death by electrocution, lawyer says

Calvon "Andre" Reid

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The death of a black man shot multiple times by Coconut Creek police firing Taser stun guns has been ruled a homicide by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, FloridaBulldog.org has learned.

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Broward school administrators look to bypass anti-corruption reforms

The Broward School Board building in downtown Fort Lauderdale

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
Purchasing reforms enacted five years ago by the Broward School Board in the wake of corruption scandals would be bypassed amid a dispute over public participation in the selection of companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved bond projects.

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Marco Rubio’s refunds of excessive campaign contributions continue

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign continues to trickle out refunds to donors who made excessive contributions last year. This time, it was a $10,000 returned to Anthony Trey Traviesa, a former Florida state representative from the Tampa area.

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Tallahassee jackpot: Politicians send millions to charity of lobbyist’s daughter

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera at an April 22 rally in Tallahassee for Lauren's Kids with Lauren and Ron Book

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Over the last four years, Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit founded by the daughter of top Tallahassee lobbyist Ron Book has become one the legislature’s favorite charities, raking in nearly $7 million in taxpayer funds. If and when legislators reconvene to pass a budget, that total is slated to rise to $10.8 million.

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Actions of Coconut Creek detectives investigating Taser death questioned

In early March, Bonnie Eshleman demonstrated how she watched Coconut Creek officers shoot Calvon Reid with Taser stun guns. Photo: CBS4Miami

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Coconut Creek detectives investigating the death of a black man shot multiple times by police Tasers in the Wynmoor condo complex have re-questioned two eyewitnesses in what outside police sources say was an apparent attempt to discredit their testimony.

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Talc-Ovarian cancer link sparks growing legal battle

Deane Berg, who filed a first-of-its kind lawsuit blaming her ovarian cancer on Johnson & Johnson talc powders

By Myron Levin, FairWarning  Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse.  Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite her 25 years as […]

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Another Broward Schools whistleblower alleges misconduct, this time in land sale

Broward Schools administrators want to sell this nearly 12 acre site at Broward Boulevard and Hiatus Road

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
A senior property coordinator for Broward County Schools who resigned last month claims district administrators appear to have violated state law by not telling the school board about a bidder that offered to pay a higher price for surplus school land.

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Another Startling Verdict for Forensic Science

hairevidence

By Ryan Gabrielson
ProPublica
With the introduction of DNA analysis three decades ago, criminal investigations and prosecutions gained a powerful tool to link suspects to crimes through biological evidence. This field has also exposed scores of wrongful convictions, and raised serious questions about the forensic science used in building cases.

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Bulldog Extra

By Fred Schulte, Center for Public Integrity medicarecard

The third of February 2011 was mostly a ho-hum day on Wall Street­ — but not for companies offering Medicare Advantage plans. Several of those firms hit the jackpot, tacking on billions of dollars in new value after federal officials signaled they might go easy on health plans suspected of overcharging the government.

The stocks took off after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised the health plans in a memo that it was rethinking a move to ratchet up audits of the privately run Medicare plans. Some of these plans are run by publicly traded insurance companies whose fortunes can rise and fall significantly upon news of a change in Medicare policy. Full Story »

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