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.

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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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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Talc-Ovarian cancer link sparks growing legal battle

Deane Berg, who filed a first-of-its kind lawsuit blaming her ovarian cancer on Johnson & Johnson talc powders

By Myron Levin, FairWarning  Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news. She’d had her ovaries removed, the pathology results were back, and they could not have been much worse.  Berg had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Despite her 25 years as […]

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Another Broward Schools whistleblower alleges misconduct, this time in land sale

Broward Schools administrators want to sell this nearly 12 acre site at Broward Boulevard and Hiatus Road

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
A senior property coordinator for Broward County Schools who resigned last month claims district administrators appear to have violated state law by not telling the school board about a bidder that offered to pay a higher price for surplus school land.

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