FDLE’s Miami regional office ‘like ‘The Walking Dead'”

Miami FDLE Agent Addy Villanueva, former special agent in charge. Photo: CBSMiami.com

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The Miami regional office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was a dysfunctional, hostile workplace where the special agent-in-charge, Addy Villanueva, was in the dark about turmoil between rank-and-file officers and her abrasive second-in-command, Robert Breeden.

Amid probe, Broward Health’s top heart doctor takes pay cut; “Every bit about the money”

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A prominent Fort Lauderdale cardiologist at the center of a federal investigation into alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud at Broward Health has signed a new contract featuring a hefty pay cut and an unfamiliar requirement that he treat poor people.

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Nanotechnology: Harmful or benign?

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By Sheila Kaplan
Investigative Reporting Workshop
Nanotechnology is a booming industry, with growth an any industry would envy. But reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GAO, academic researchers and manufacturers reveal the downside of such rapid development: Nobody really knows if these wonder products are safe.

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Plans for a new ‘marijuana court’ advance in Broward; addressing racial disparity in arrests

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Since the birth of drug court in South Florida nearly 25 years ago, so-called problem-solving courts have proliferated in courthouses across the country. Now a new idea that would take judicial specialization a step further could debut soon in Broward after its tentative approval Friday by Broward State Attorney Mike Satz.

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Findings of racial disparity in Broward marijuana arrests pits Satz, Finkelstein

State Attorney Mike Satz, left, and Public Defender Howard Finkelstein

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Recent findings that blacks are much more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in Broward has led State Attorney Mike Satz to issue an unusual personal defense of himself, his office and local police.

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Farmworker advocates from Florida, elsewhere press EPA to update pesticide rules

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By Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity
Saying they are plagued by pesticides but protected by only a thin layer of government regulation, farmworkers and their advocates are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to update rules that are two decades old, and, critics say, dangerously dated.

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“Raw nerves” in push to improve Dixie Highway in Fort Lauderdale neighborhood

Dixie Highway in the Middle River Terrace neighborhood Photo: Laura Croscenco

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Bitter disagreement over a proposed Dixie Highway improvement project is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River Terrace neighborhood.

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Defiant Hallandale commissioners reject call for new legal opinion on CRA spending

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners have shot down a request from a legislative committee that it seek a new opinion from the Florida Attorney General on how community redevelopment funds can be spent and abide by the ruling.

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Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts; failures to investigate and more cuts coming

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Citing massive budget and staff cuts, federal officials are set to scale back or drop a host of investigations into Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse — even though cracking down on government waste and cutting health care costs have been top priorities for the Obama administration.

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Hallandale may seek Attorney General opinion on CRA spending; statewide impact seen

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners on Wednesday will consider asking the Florida Attorney General for a ruling on how community redevelopment funds can be spent, a decision that could have a far-reaching impact.

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Hallandale diverts millions from CRA’s budget to pay for non-redevelopment programs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach has diverted nearly a third of its Community Redevelopment Agency’s $11.6 million annual budget to pay for various city programs, including some apparently outside state guidelines for CRA expenditures.

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