Eyewitness: Hollywood cops tasered man in handcuffs and leg shackles

Daniel Tyson

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A neighbor who watched Daniel Tyson die last October during a confrontation with Hollywood police says officers twice shocked Tyson with a Taser after he was restrained facedown on the ground in handcuffs and leg shackles.

Lurid sex claims against Ft. Lauderdale police major and the difficulty of coming forward

Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Coral Springs police believed a 13-year-old girl who said her uncle, Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna molested her in 2010. But prosecutors declined to prosecute and Internal Affairs detectives did not sustain a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. The case illustrates how uncomfortable it is for victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

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Broward School Board backs Runcie on keeping public off selection committee

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie WSVN-Channel 7

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
In the face of public suspicion, a majority of the Broward School Board last week voiced support for Superintendent Robert Runcie’s move to exclude the public from sitting on a committee that will select companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved construction projects.

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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.

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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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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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