More controversy as Broward looks to begin $800 million school construction program

Pictures of water build up under a leaky roof in an outside hallway at Fort Lauderdale's Northeast High School that were used to push for passage of last year's bond issue. Photo:  NBC6

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
The controversy surrounding the Broward School District’s $800-million bond construction program continues with an allegation of another Sunshine Law violation, and a question as to why the same company was ranked first for two offsetting contracts designed to check and balance each other.

Florida gives $3.8 million to Lauren’s Kids charity after questionable poll on sex abuse

Gov. Rick Scott and Lauren Book at an April rally in Tallahassee  for Lauren's Kids charity

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Florida gave it another $3.8 million this month, the politically-connected charity Lauren’s Kids published the results of an alarming online survey about child abuse whose trustworthiness can’t be verified.

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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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State drops burglary case against teen; Satz tolerates police misconduct, Finkelstein says again

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward State Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony burglary charge against a 15-year-old boy who defense attorneys say was coerced by Fort Lauderdale Police into falsely confessing to a crime he did not commit.

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Fort Lauderdale police used tear gas during beach disturbance later downplayed by chief

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
A crowd disturbance on Fort Lauderdale beach that resulted in the Police Department’s deployment of tear gas has left beach residents and business owners in an uproar.

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With two huge contracts up for grabs, the plotting quickens at the Broward Sheriff’s Office

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two of the biggest contracts that Broward Sheriff Scott Israel will ever get to hand out – worth as much as $350 million to the winning bidders – are scheduled for award this summer.

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Majority of Supreme Court justices are millionaires; Ginsburg, Breyer top list of wealthiest

By Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
At least five and perhaps as many as eight of the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court are millionaires according to recently released financial disclosures, and only two hold any consumer debt.

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Unhappy Broward commissioners want more control over city CRAs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County commissioners vowed to seek changes in state law to give them more oversight over municipal redevelopment agencies after learning they cannot audit alleged misspending by Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

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The NSA black hole: 5 basic things we still don’t know about the agency’s snooping

By Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica
Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know:

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Legislature asks Hallandale for answers about CRA spending; Subpoenas land at city hall

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Florida Legislature’s joint auditing committee is wading into Hallandale Beach’s questionable spending of local redevelopment funds, demanding that city officials explain the use and handling of those funds.

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