Hollywood neighbors beset by traffic fear further expansion by Ben Gamla school

Work on the new Ben Gamla school in Hollywood nears completion. Photo: William Gjebre

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Representatives of a traffic-congested Hollywood neighborhood are expressing new fears regarding the Ben Gamla middle-high public charter school complex, now under construction, after discovering that ex-congressman Peter Deutsch, a top school official, is linked to acquisition of additional nearby properties which they say could be for future expansion.

Trump money too hot to handle, but tainted donors back Miami-Dade mayor, opponent

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and School Board Member Raquel Regalado

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez gears up for a tough 2016 re-election battle against Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado, the political organizations supporting the two candidates are taking money from donors with scandalous histories.

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Better late than never: Online access to court files arrives in South Florida

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two decades after the federal courts did it, state courts in South Florida and across the Sunshine State have begun to allow the public online access to documents contained in case files.

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More Medicare Advantage audits in South Florida and elsewhere reveal overcharges

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By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Government audits just released as the result of a lawsuit detail widespread billing errors in private Medicare Advantage health plans going back years, including overpayments of thousands of dollars a year for some patients.

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Federal judge tosses out town’s RICO suit against residents seeking public records

By Dan Moffett
The Coastal Star
Gulf Stream’s legal offensive against residents Martin O’Boyle and Chris O’Hare suffered a huge setback late last month when a federal judge in West Palm Beach threw out the town’s federal racketeering suit against the two men.

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Sex offender convinces appeal court to reverse Broward judge

Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Every day, state prisoners flood Florida’s courts with appeals and pleadings about their cases that they’ve written themselves. Those pro se filings – Latin for “on his own behalf” – rarely get far. This spring, however, an inmate sex offender serving a life sentence convinced the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal that a Broward judge erred when she failed to order prosecutors to explain potentially serious discrepancies about his Miranda rights warning form.

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More controversy as Broward looks to begin $800 million school construction program

Pictures of water build up under a leaky roof in an outside hallway at Fort Lauderdale's Northeast High School that were used to push for passage of last year's bond issue. Photo:  NBC6

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
The controversy surrounding the Broward School District’s $800-million bond construction program continues with an allegation of another Sunshine Law violation, and a question as to why the same company was ranked first for two offsetting contracts designed to check and balance each other.

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Collision course: With wary eye on big trucks, bike riders seek safe space on city streets

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By Bridget Huber
FairWarning
On a July afternoon in New Orleans last year, Philip Geeck was riding his bicycle in a marked bike lane on a busy street when he was crushed to death by a tractor-trailer truck that witnesses said tried to turn right without signaling. Heavy trucks make up a fraction of the vehicles on the road, but they are involved in a disproportionate share of accidents that kill bicyclists and pedestrians, according to federal data.

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Florida gives $3.8 million to Lauren’s Kids charity after questionable poll on sex abuse

Gov. Rick Scott and Lauren Book at an April rally in Tallahassee  for Lauren's Kids charity

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Florida gave it another $3.8 million this month, the politically-connected charity Lauren’s Kids published the results of an alarming online survey about child abuse whose trustworthiness can’t be verified.

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Editor’s note: This story by Nancy West was sponsored by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and hosted by Vermont’s VTDigger. West founded the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism, which will launch its news website NHinDepth on Sept. 1. 

Debra Jean Milke

Debra Jean Milke

Maybe Debra Jean Milke masterminded the murder of her tow-haired son Christopher in Phoenix just before Christmas 1989 to collect the 4-year-old’s $5,000 life insurance policy.

Or maybe – as Milke has insisted all along – she was just the innocent victim of a corrupt cop with a proven pattern of lying who was out to win a conviction. Full Story »

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