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
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.

U.S. judge asked to okay deposition of FBI agent in Sarasota Saudi probe

FBI Director James Comey

By Dan Christensen
The FBI should be ordered to publicly identify and make available for questioning under oath the special agent it says authored a “wholly unsubstantiated” 2002 report that connected a Sarasota Saudi family to 9/11 terrorists, newly filed court papers say.

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Hallandale finds allies amid aggressive response to county’s request for CRA documents


By William Gjebre
A group of Broward cities have reached an agreement with the county Inspector Genera’s Office to turn over financial documents from their redevelopment agencies, temporarily heading off a possible court battle over the county’s claim that it has jurisdiction to investigate those agencies.

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Broward commission looks to defy Gov. Scott on access for Obamacare ‘navigators’

Protestors from the Broward Democratic Party, Service Employees International Union, the Broward AFL-CIO and the “online action hub” Fight for Florida outside the office of State Representative George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday. The activists support Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Photo: William Hladky

By Wiliam Hladky
Heavily Democratic Broward County is expected to join Pinellas County in resisting Republican Governor Rick Scott’s decision to bar Obamacare enrollment advisors from state health department facilities.

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Use Only as Directed: Acetaminophen can kill, but regulators don’t act


By Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller
During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety: acetaminophen, one of the nation’s most popular pain relievers.

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Broward commissioners move to retake contract power; change would reverse 2010 reforms

From left, Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca, Stacy Ritter, Martin David Kiar, Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Lois Wexler,  Dale V.C. Holness, Mayor Kristin Jacobs, Sue Gunzburger and Tim Ryan

By William Hladky
The Broward County Commission has taken its first step to snatch back power to influence the awarding of contracts, and more change is in the air.

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Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms


By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar
Center for Public Integrity
On March 11, 2008, Christopher Cox, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox’s SEC.

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Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash


By Daniel Wagner
Center for Public Integrity
Andy Pollock rode the last subprime mortgage wave to the top then got out as the industry collapsed and took the U.S. economy with it. Today, he’s back in business.

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Broward opens broad inquiry into misuse of property tax dollars by CRAs; millions at stake


By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
The Broward Inspector General’s Office has opened a broad inquiry into the potential misuse of public funds across the county with written requests to at least nine cities with a Community Redevelopment Agency to hand over a variety of financial records for inspection.

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Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world


By Alison Fitzgerald
Center for Public Integrity
Five years after the near-collapse of the nation’s financial system, the economy continues a slow recovery. Many of the top Wall Street bankers who were largely responsible for the disaster are also unemployed. But they walked away with millions and they’re juggling their ample free time between mansions, golf, skiing and tennis

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On 9/11 anniversary, push in Congress to win day in court for victims of terrorism on U.S. soil


By Dan Christensen
Twelve years after al Qaeda hijackers flew jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – killing nearly 3,000 people – a renewed push is underway in Congress to ensure that victims of terrorism on American soil can hold its foreign sponsors to account in U.S. courts.

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