Lawsuit: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has tolerated and covered-up the illegal use of force

The late Steven Jerold Thompson, left, and suspended BSO Deputy Gerald Wengert

By Dan Christensen
The family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy has sued the deputy and Sheriff Scott Israel, alleging wrongful death, serious and repeated failures of police oversight, and cover-up.

Secret U.S. Marshals’ report ID’d security weaknesses at Broward courthouse before escape

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
A confidential U.S. Marshals’ security assessment for the Broward County Courthouse exposed numerous weaknesses in the building’s security system four years before last week’s scandalous escape of a 21-year-old murder suspect.

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Pay for play? Curbelo campaign boosted by School Board vendors he voted to help

Miami Congressman-Elect Carlos Curbelo visits Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary School in southwest Miami-Dade.

By Francisco Alvarado
During his campaign for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Carlos Curbelo wasn’t shy about collecting thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from individuals directly tied to corporations that benefited from his vote on the Miami-Dade School Board.

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Florida’s chief justice and the hunt for goof-off judges

Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

By Dan Christensen
Florida’s chief justice has ordered the state’s 20 chief judges to monitor the work of each judge in their circuit looking for goof-offs – a move that’s unnerved judges in South Florida and elsewhere.

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Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D- Ca., outgoing chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee

By Kara Bradeisky and Sisi Wei
The Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program nearly six years ago. On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee finally released the report’s blistering executive summary. What took so long? It’s a tale of White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and CIA snooping.

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Slain al Qaeda chief tied to 9/11; Key figure in FBI’s once secret probe of Sarasota Saudis

Adnan Shukrijumah, left, and Abdulazziz al-Hijji

By Dan Christensen
A top al Qaeda operative reportedly shot dead in a weekend raid by the Pakistan army was a key figure in the FBI’s Sarasota investigation of a Saudi couple that declassified FBI documents say had “many connections” to the 9/11 hijackers.

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“Serious concerns” about court orders altered by BSO prompt Broward judges’ meeting

Broward County Court Judges Sharon Zeller, right, and Ginger Lerner-Wren

By Dan Christensen
Concerned that the sheriff’s office has altered the terms of misdemeanor probation orders without informing judges, Broward’s top county court judge has called a meeting of judges for next week to assess what’s happening.

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Broward’s criminal justice system failing mentally ill, too costly

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

By Howard Finkelstein
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Editor’s note: Broward’s public defender writes to the chief judge to say the county’s mental health is backwards, cruel and unnecessarily costly and urges Broward to follow Miami-Dade’s lead.

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Hallandale commissioners cash-in on new travel allowance policy they approved


By William Gjebre
Hallandale Beach’s new travel reimbursement policy has paid big dividends to city commissioners less traveled. Five Hallandale Beach city commissioners pocketed nearly $35,000 of their unspent travel allowances last month under the new policy they enacted last year. Previously, unspent travel funds were returned to the city’s general budget.

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Not yet sworn in, Curbelo facing FEC’s questions about campaign finances

Miami Congressman-Elect Carlos Curbelo

By Francisco Alvarado
After running a campaign promising to restore public trust and integrity to the seat he won on Election Day this month, Congressman-elect Carlos Curbelo is already drawing scrutiny from federal regulators.

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They say “Drink Responsibly,” but what does it mean?


By Stuart Silverstein
The “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don’t impress Jennifer Romo. “Nobody actually takes that seriously,” said Romo, a 21-year-old political science major at UCLA. She added: “‘Drink responsibly,’ what does that even mean?”

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