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.

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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South Florida winning war against saltwater intrusion, but it’s not cheap

An illustration of saltwater intrusion. Courtesy: floridaswater.com

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saltwater intrusion leading to contaminated drinking water wells has long been feared in South Florida. But, billions spent on measures to protect our water supply — mostly paid for by utilities and their customers — have paid off so far.

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Connections, conflicts and $600K in deal criticized by Miami-Dade schools auditor

Doral College executives, State Sen. Anitere Flores, left and Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Since 2013, a non-accredited college employing two Miami-Dade state legislators as its top executives has collected $600,000 in state charter school funds for offering high school students virtually worthless two-year degrees.

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Is Broward terrorist figure Adnan Shukrijumah dead? FBI can’t confirm it

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Six months after former Broward resident and suspected al Qaeda leader Adnan El Shukrijumah was reported killed by the Pakistan army, the FBI has not confirmed his death and continues to include him on its list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.”

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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.

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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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How Medicare Advantage investors made billions off loose government lips

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By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
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.

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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

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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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