Push to block Sabal Trail gas pipeline looks to enlist U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sabal Trail pipeline opponents handed out signs and leaflets in Live Oak on April 21. Photo: John S. Quarterman

By Jake Galvin and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In an escalating effort to block the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, opponents are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine allegations that information about potential environmental hazards was overlooked during the regulatory process.

Florida DEP sought little public input about plan to allow more toxins in state waters

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters. Most Floridians have been kept in the dark regarding the plan that will cause great harm to the state’s aquatic environment, residents and visitors, according to activists and some elected officials.

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Report: ChildNet Broward is failing, ‘urgent’ need to fix county’s child welfare system

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Burdened with high caseloads and mired in millions of dollars in debt, the lead agency in Broward’s child welfare system is failing. That’s the gist of a 15-page state task force report obtained by FloridaBulldog.org about ChildNet Broward, the nonprofit that received $67 million from Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) this year to provide community-based child welfare services.

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FOIA lawsuit disputes 9-11 Review Commission effort to discredit sensational FBI report

FBI Director James Comey, second from right,  is flanked by 9/11 Review Commissioners Tim Roemer, right, Ed Meese and Bruce Hoffman, far left. Photo: FBI

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two blue ribbon government panels on 9/11, two approaches to public accountability. The 9/11 Commission held a dozen public hearings before issuing its report in 2004. Last year’s lesser known FBI 9/11 Review Commission was more secretive. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Miami seeks access to its records that the FBI has refused to release.

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Broward’s Inspector General probes Hallandale Beach CRA – again

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper is flanked on the left by Commissioners Keith London and Michele Lazarow and on the right by Commissioners Bill Julian and Anthony Sanders. The commission also sits at the city CRA's board of directors

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward County Inspector General’s Office has launched another inquiry into Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, three years after finding the city “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in CRA funds.

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Broward County’s $18.9 million airport flip-flop and a new, secret whistleblower case

The Broward County Commission before Tuesday's vote to pay $18.9  million to settle a dispute with airport contractor Tutor Prerini.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
With little public discussion, the Broward County Commission has overwhelmingly approved an $18.9-million payout to airport contractor Tutor Perini to settle a bitter dispute about who was to blame for costly construction delays.

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Environmentalists blow whistle on state proposal to allow more toxins in state waters

Photo: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes and coastal waters face a dramatic increase in the level of toxic chemicals that cause cancer and other serious illnesses under a proposal by the pro-business administration of Gov. Rick Scott to water down state environmental protections.

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Growing momentum for self-driving cars worries safety advocates

Many of the self-driving cars in Google’s fleet are converted Lexus SUVs.

By Brian Joseph
FairWarning
On Valentine’s Day in Silicon Valley, one of Google’s experimental, self-driving cars sideswiped a city bus at 2 miles an hour. The incident marked the first time an autonomous car contributed to an accident on a public road, but did nothing to diminish the Obama administration’s enthusiasm for driverless vehicles.

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Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI accused of spying on defense in Medicare fraud case

Judge Cooke has set a June 8 hearing to consider alleged wrongdoing by federal prosecutors and agents.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a stunning twist in a long-running Medicare fraud case, both the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI stand accused of spying on a defendant’s lawyer by illegally and secretly obtaining copies of confidential defense documents.

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Bulldog Extra

By Brian Joseph, FairWarning 

Ikea store in Sunrise

Ikea store in Sunrise

IKEA, the home furnishings giant, announced Tuesday that it is recalling about 180 models of chests and dressers that it admitted do not meet voluntary industry safety standards, including the popular MALM-style dresser, which has killed three children by tipping over and falling on them. Full Story »

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