New majority on Hallandale commission wants to know: Where did CRA millions go?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Update: Jan. 23 – Hallandale Beach city commissioners Monday night gave initial approval to hiring an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s long troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.

A curious search for justice amid Miami-Dade judges’ desire for new civil courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The effort to build a new civil court building to replace the historic, but crumbling, Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami recently took a bizarre turn that prompted a local judge to remove herself from a high-profile case involving prominent developer Russell Galbut and another local landmark, the Shelborne Hotel in Miami Beach.

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Two Miami-Dade charter schools loaned $900K in taxpayer funds to sister schools

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two Miami-Dade charter schools illegally transferred taxpayer funds by lending a combined $912,094 to sister schools outside the county, the top lawyer for the Florida Department of Education has determined. The school district’s auditor is recommending the district try to get the money back.

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FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota; Documents, evidence missing

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Newly released FBI documents say agents investigating 9/11 did not obtain security records from a Sarasota-area gated community containing alleged evidence that 9/11 hijackers had visited the residence of a Saudi family with ties to the royal family.

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Mother of slain ex-Broward al Qaeda boss hopes for end to stigma

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years have passed since Miramar’s Zuhrah A. Jumah got news that her eldest son, Adnan, had been killed during a military raid on an al Qaeda hideout in a mountainous corner of northwest Pakistan. Lately, she wonders how long Adnan El Shukrijumah’s ugly reputation as an al Qaeda commander will continue to trail her and her family.

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FBI Director Comey’s credibility issues go beyond presidential politics to 9/11 panel

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
FBI Director James Comey’s credibility is under heavy fire due to his headline-making public statements about the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton that have entangled the bureau in presidential politics. But those aren’t the only credibility issues to be raised about Republican Comey since he became FBI chief in 2013.

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Broward Health data breach released patient information to tax fraud ring

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in three years, a data breach at Broward Health has caused the release of personal patient information in what one district executive called “a ring of thugs.”

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Non-profit donors allegedly acting as “fronts” for utilities backing Amendment 1

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Consumers for Smart Solar, the Political Action Committee supporting controversial Amendment 1 that critics say would give Florida utility companies a monopoly on solar energy, has raised $4.45 million from three non-profit groups allegedly acting as “fronts” for utility industry contributions.

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Broward grand jury to review death of black man tasered by Coconut Creek police

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s grand jury will convene next week to consider whether four Coconut Creek police officers should face criminal charges in the death of a black man who was shot multiple times by police firing Taser stun guns.

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Race for job of Broward chief judge takes shape; Three hopefuls so far

By David Lyons
FloridaBulldog.org
A three-way race is looming among prominent circuit judges to become the next chief judge of Broward County, a largely ceremonial post that has been used as a bully pulpit for better court services and a venue for third-rail policy disputes.

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Miami-Dade Commissioner questions value of $3.7 million Beacon Council subsidy

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
An elected official’s recent inquiry into The Beacon Council, a private agency that is tasked with keeping companies in Miami-Dade and attracting new ones, revealed that 10 firms that supposedly received assistance in the past year have either zero presence or no employees based locally.

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