Tainted water releases likely to continue even after Lake Okeechobee dike is refurbished

Crews install a partial cutoff wall in the middle of the Herbert Hoover Dike near Pahokee in 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 21.4 miles of cutoff wall in the southeast side of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee from 2007-2013. Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
While Floridians are anticipating the completion of the renovation to the 75-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee during 2020, more water discharges, like those that occurred this winter, will likely be required after the work is complete, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

‘What’s going on?’ Broward airport contractor said to owe millions may win millions instead

Former Broward Aviation Department Director Kent George

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Five months after demanding that contractor Tutor Perini pay Broward more than $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, ex-county aviation boss Kent George instead wants the county to pay Tutor Perini $18.9 million.

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Broward Health seeks bids for ad contract as huge no-bid deal with Zimmerman dies

Broward Health hq

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a signal that Broward Health’s controversial no-bid $71.4 million deal with Zimmerman Advertising is dead, blueprints have been drafted for a new, smaller marketing campaign for the public health system.

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Bob Graham questions decision to send Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehab

The Mohammad bin Naif Counseling and Care Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which claims a nearly 90 percent success rate in rehabilitating terrorists

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Ex-Florida Sen. Bob Graham is questioning the wisdom of the Obama Administration’s decision to release nine Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia for “rehabilitation.”

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9-11 widows ask Obama to read secret ’28 pages,’ support bill to allow suit against Saudis

The National September 11 Memorial in New York City

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Five 9/11 widows said Tuesday they were “horrified” to watch President Obama say in a Monday television interview that he hasn’t read the secret 28 pages of a congressional investigation into 9/11 said to implicate Saudi Arabia in support for the hijackers.

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Banned in New Jersey’s public schools, ex-official wants on Miami-Dade School Board

Steven Gallon III

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A former Miami-Dade County school principal/district administrator banned from working in New Jersey public schools following an investigation during his tenure as superintendent of a 7,000-student district is seeking a seat on the Miami-Dade School Board.

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Saudi Arabia’s king ran state charity that 9/11 victims say funded and armed al Qaeda

Saudi King Salman with President Obama at Erga Palace during a January 27, 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Pete Souza, official White House photo

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Editor’s Note: This story was first published Feb. 6, 2015.
Saudi Arabia’s king, Salman, “actively directed” a Saudi charity whose funding was “especially important to al Qaeda acquiring the strike capabilities used to launch attacks in the U.S.,” say court papers filed this week by lawyers representing 9/11 victims and their families.

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Marco Rubio’s campaign racks up inquiries about prohibited contributions

Sen. Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In what has become a regular habit for Marco Rubio’s campaigns, the Federal Elections Commission has again flagged the senator’s presidential committee for possibly skirting federal law limiting the types and amounts of donations it can receive.

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After “60 Minutes” on The 28 Pages, a new call to open up classified 9/11 records

Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, left with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The push to declassify the government’s secret 9/11 records got an invigorating jolt Monday with House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s call to open up the 28 hidden pages in Congress’s Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks.

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Broward Health Chairman Di Pietro quits the hospital district’s governing board

Gov. Rick Scott, left, and suspended Broward Health board chairman David Di Pietro

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
UPDATE : Thursday, April 14 — Suspended Broward Health Chairman David Di Pietro today announced his resignation for the hospital district’s board of directors. He offered no explanation. On Monday, a judge ordered Gov. Rick Scott to reinstate Di Pietro. Scott has appealed that ruling.

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Republican-led Broward Health paid $3 million in legal fees to firms tied to Gov. Rick Scott

The Foley & Lardner law firm recently removed from its Facebook page this photo of Gov. Scott paying a visit to its Jacksonville office on Aug. 24.  Pictured with the governor, left to right, are Scott's former environmental secretary Herschel Vinyard, office managing partner Kevin Hyde and Karen Bowling, Scott's ex-partner in the Solantic urgent-care clinic chain

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Republican-controlled Broward Health paid two law firms with strong ties to Republican Gov. Rick Scott more than $3 million in legal fees in the last 12 months.

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