Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap

Al Masra's front page story last month with the story of Pakistan's release of al Qaeda boss Ayman Zawahiri's two daughters and the widow of ex-Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But news reports this month say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by Pakistan in exchange for the son of the country’s former army chief.

Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.

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Accusations of spying by FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office dissolve amid generous plea deals

Defense attorney Howard Srebnick, left, and Assistant U.S. Attorney James V. Hayes

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Weeks after being accused of spying on the defense in a $55-million Medicare fraud case, the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office gave all three defendants generous plea deals that closed the case and made the misconduct accusations go away.

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‘We are a law firm’: How telemarketers sold false hope to homeowners struggling to pay mortgages

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity

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Owners at South Beach’s Shelborne fight $30 million assessments, foreclosure

The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the past four years, about 40 investors and snowbirds who own 42 rooms in a landmark oceanfront art deco hotel have been locked in a pitched court battle with one of Miami Beach’s most politically connected families to keep their units.

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Lawsuit: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has tolerated and covered-up the illegal use of force

The late Steven Jerold Thompson, left, and suspended BSO Deputy Gerald Wengert

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy has sued the deputy and Sheriff Scott Israel, alleging wrongful death, serious and repeated failures of police oversight, and cover-up.

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Secret U.S. Marshals’ report ID’d security weaknesses at Broward courthouse before escape

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A confidential U.S. Marshals’ security assessment for the Broward County Courthouse exposed numerous weaknesses in the building’s security system four years before last week’s scandalous escape of a 21-year-old murder suspect.

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28 pages connect Saudi prince to al Qaeda leader, supporters of 9/11 hijackers

From left to right: Dick Cheney, Prince Bandar, Condoleezza Rice, and George W. Bush, on the Truman Balcony of the White House on September 13, 2001. [Source: White House via HistoryCommons.org]

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Saudi ambassador who met with President George W. Bush at the White House two days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 had connections to a major al-Qaeda figure and other Saudis suspected of helping two of the suicide hijackers while they were in the United States.

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Broward medical examiner’s evidence policy worries prosecutors, defense lawyers

Broward Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak

By Eric Barton
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward County medical examiner has been destroying some tissue and blood samples after they are a year old, a policy defense attorneys and prosecutors say could affect untold numbers of criminal cases.

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U.S. Rep. Graham asks Gov. Scott to call special session on Lake O crisis

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
In a sharply worded rebuke of Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) urged the governor to call a special legislative session to deal with the toxic algae bloom discharges from Lake Okeechobee threatening the state’s ecosystem as well as the tourism and fishing industries.

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The release of the 28 pages isn’t the last word in the search for who was behind 9/11

The 28 pages originally were censored from the 2003 report of Congress's Joint Inquiry into 9/11.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
It took 13 years and enormous public pressure to force President Obama to order the release of the suppressed chapter from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report about apparent Saudi support for the 9/11 suicide hijackers. Those 28 pages, however, aren’t nearly the last word about the people and events behind 9/11.

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