Auditor rips Ft. Lauderdale CRA as taxpayers face $1 million loss

Sixth Street Plaza

By William Hladky,  A new Fort Lauderdale auditor’s report castigates the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for its poor oversight of a taxpayer-financed office and retail plaza that was to be the centerpiece of the city’s ambitious plans to revitalize the Sistrunk Boulevard corridor. Sixth Street Plaza, a 23,000-square foot building at 900 NW […]

Coconut Creek police Taser shooting a homicide; Death by electrocution, lawyer says

Calvon "Andre" Reid

By Dan Christensen
The death of a black man shot multiple times by Coconut Creek police firing Taser stun guns has been ruled a homicide by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, has learned.

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Governor’s choice for Broward Health board got immunity to testify in Jenne case

Former Sheriff Ken Jenne the  day he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in September 2007. Photo: WSVN, Channel 7

By Dan Christensen
Gov. Rick Scott’s recent choice to serve on the governing board of Broward Health testified under a grant of immunity before the federal grand jury that investigated disgraced former sheriff Ken Jenne.

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Sudden turnover at the top, financial downgrade raise flags about state prison provider Corizon


By Dan Christensen
The two top executives of a state vendor who negotiated a $1.2 billion contract with the Florida Department of Corrections to provide medical care for thousands of state prisoners were abruptly fired on Wednesday.

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Breaking away: Top public universities push for ‘autonomy’ from states

Florida State University's Westcott Building

By Marian Wang
The chancellor of Oregon’s higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state’s public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she’ll be chancellor of four. The schools aren’t closing. Rather, Oregon’s three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest of the public system.

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Lagging in South Florida, Broward County has no on-demand video of public meetings

A screen shot from an on-demand video of a meeting last month by the Miami-Dade County Commission. Broward commissioners don't make on-demand viewing of their meetings available to the public.

By William Hladky
Unlike most local governments, the Broward County Commission limits the amount of sunlight that shines on its meetings. Broward is the only county in Southeast Florida, and the only major government in Broward County, that does not archive its recorded commission meetings for later on-demand viewing online by the public.

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Florida prison officials didn’t ask, companies didn’t tell about hundreds of malpractice cases


By Dan Christensen
The Florida Department of Corrections awarded a five-year, $1.2 billion contract to provide medical care for thousands of state prisoners in north and central Florida to Corizon, a Tennessee company that was sued 660 times for malpractice in the last five years.

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Security clearance lapses stemmed from Washington’s emphasis on speed over quality

Headquarters for U.S. Investigations Services Inc., or USIS, in Falls Church, Virginia. Photo:  Sarah Whitmire/Center for Public Integrity

By Rebecca LaFlure
Center for Public Integrity
Efforts by the government to fix a notable problem sometimes create a new mess that turns out to be as insidious and troublesome as the first, or even worse. This is what happened when Washington attempted to improve the way its security agencies vetted hundreds of thousands of workers needed suddenly after the 9/11 attacks to pursue counterterror tasks and oversee heightened secrecy requirements.

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The impact and echoes of the Wal-Mart discrimination case

Betty Dukes (C), one of the six named plaintiffs, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

By Nina Martin
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes in June 2011, no one needed a Richter scale to know it was a Big One. In throwing out a mammoth lawsuit by women employees who claimed that they’d been systematically underpaid and underpromoted by the world’s biggest corporation, the ruling upended decades of employment discrimination law and raised serious barriers to future large-scale discrimination cases of every kind.

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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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Goldman Sachs exec is 20th elite Obama fundraiser nominated for diplomatic post this term

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, May 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

By Michael Beckel
Center for Public Integrity
A veteran Goldman Sachs & Co. executive and major fundraiser for President Barack Obama has been nominated as the next ambassador to Canada — the latest in a parade of big-dollar campaign backers slated to represent U.S. interests abroad.

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