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.

Broward courts accused of nurturing double standard of justice for poor, minorities

Broward Chief Judge Peter Weinstein, left, and Public Defender Howard Finkelstein

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A letter from the U.S. Justice Department urging state judges across the country to eliminate “common” court practices that illegally trap poor defendants in cycles of debt and jail is reverberating in Broward with accusations that courts here favor the well-off.

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Miami-Dade commissioners find $30 million to fix iconic courthouse

The Dade County Courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Last year, local judges and prominent attorneys led an unsuccessful campaign to convince Miami-Dade voters to foot the bill for a new $368 million civil court building, plus $25 million to fix up the iconic Dade County Courthouse. The measure failed 2-to-1. Now it turns out Miami-Dade County already had a pot of taxpayer money available for extensive repairs needed at the deteriorating, 87-year-old landmark.

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Jeb Bush’s missing emails detail his lobbying support for Bacardi as contributions flowed

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The mass release of emails covering presidential aspirant Jeb Bush’s years as governor omitted at least a dozen emails documenting behind-the-scenes lobbying support he gave to liquor giant Bacardi.

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Federal highway agency takes a hit over safety report on electronic billboards

Photo: Scenic America

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards.

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New Saudi king ran state charity that 9/11 victims say funded and armed al Qaeda

Saudi King Salman with President Obama at Erga Palace during a January 27, 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Pete Souza, official White House photo

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, “actively directed” a Saudi charity whose funding was “especially important to al Qaeda acquiring the strike capabilities used to launch attacks in the U.S.,” say new court papers filed by lawyers representing 9/11 victims and their families.

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Fort Lauderdale redevelopment project fails; $1 million in taxpayer funds at risk

Fort Lauderdale's Sixth Street Plaza

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
Almost $1 million in taxpayer loans may never be repaid due to the forced sale of the Sixth Street Plaza, centerpiece of Fort Lauderdale’s ambitious plans to revitalize Sistrunk Boulevard corridor, at a public auction on May 5.

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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.

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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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Top two FDLE agents in Miami are out; Turmoil amid takeover of police shooting probes

Addy Villanueva, former special agent-in-charge of the FDLE's Miami regional office Photo: CBSMiami

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The abrupt replacement of Gerald Bailey as Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner wasn’t the only major shake-up at the state’s top law enforcement agency in December. Also out amid reports of internal intrigue: the first woman to lead FDLE’s Miami Regional Operations Center, Addy Villanueva, and her number two, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Breeden.

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Coconut Creek police botched 82 child rape and other cases; Dashed hopes for justice

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Coconut Creek police botched dozens of criminal cases involving disturbing reports about children who were raped or abused and seniors who were neglected or exploited. But what happened has remained largely hidden from public view.

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