Developer’s trail of fraud lawsuits backdrop claim of illegal campaign contributions

Miami World Center site.

By Francisco Alvarado
Arthur Falcone, a Boca Raton-based developer behind a downtown Miami project at the center of illegal campaign contribution allegations, has blazed a trail of lawsuits accusing him of swindling business associates and creditors out of tens of millions of dollars during the height of the real estate market crash.

Broward Health begins lobbyist registration – 12 years and millions in contracts late

Broward Health's corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

By Dan Christensen
Broward Health’s long-lost lobbyist registration policy is, at last, resurrected. Lobbyists looking to influence district policy or the award of profitable contracts must now publicly identify themselves and their clients.

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Gov. Scott, his investments and the ‘temptation to dishonor’


By Dan Christensen
When Gov. Rick Scott set up his first blind trust in April 2011, his lawyers asked Florida’s ethics commission whether he had any conflicts of interest because of his investments in companies doing business in Florida. Topping their list of concern was Texas-based Energy Transfer Equity…

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Broward Schools construction program woes cloud vote on $800 million bond issue

Nathalie Lynch-Walsh

By William Gjebre
Three years after a scathing grand jury report about the Broward school district’s construction program, community activists are raising concerns about the management of future construction projects should voters approve an $800 million public schools bond issue in November.

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Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed

Florida's existing and proposed pipeline routes. Gov. Scott invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in companies that own all three. Illustration: NextEra Energy

By Dan Christensen
Shortly after Gov. Rick Scott was elected, a Florida Power & Light executive on his transition team pitched the idea of building a major new natural gas pipeline. Last year, Scott signed bills to speed up permitting for the project and the Public Service Commission approved its construction. Not known at the time: Scott owned a stake in the company that will build the $3 billion pipeline.

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Audit: $1 million grant for Miami-Dade trade school wasted by mismanagement

Bay Point School in Miami-Dade County

By Francisco Alvarado
A defunct youth offender program in Miami-Dade wasted a $1 million county grant building a vocational trade school that has sat empty for the last three years, according to a scathing audit by the Miami-Dade Inspector General.

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Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

The low doses of arsenic similar to what many Americans consume in their drinking water are enough to develop tumors in mice, a new NIH study has found.

By David Heath
Center for Public Integrity
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health fed mice very low doses of arsenic and were surprised to find that many of them developed lung cancer, according to a study just published.

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U.S. Supreme Court green lights 9/11 victims lawsuit against Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Dan Christensen
In a decision largely unreported by the national media, the U.S. Supreme Court last week denied Saudi Arabia’s appeal that it be dropped as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging it bankrolled al Qaeda in the years before 9/11.

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Hollywood tenants pushed out for upscale housing sue for relocation assistance

Hollywood Circle's proposed 25-story housing and hotel project at Young Circle.

By William Gjebre
Residents of a Hollywood apartment building say they are entitled to relocation assistance after they were forced out of their homes on short notice to make way for a city-sponsored, multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. The residents made the allegations in a class action lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court by Legal Aid Service of Broward County.

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New FBI records: A chilling find in a dumpster; 9/11 “person of interest” re-enters U.S.

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
Freshly released, but heavily-censored FBI documents include tantalizing new information about events connected to the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars, about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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As more imported foods reach the dinner table, holes remain in FDA safety net

Overwhelmed by a rising tide of imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is able to inspect a tiny fraction of shipments due to budget constraints.

By Rick Schmitt
In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated a seafood company in southern India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the United States. Tainted fish shipped by the company sickened 425 people in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

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