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

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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.

28 pages connect Saudi prince to al Qaeda leader, supporters of 9/11 hijackers

From left to right: Dick Cheney, Prince Bandar, Condoleezza Rice, and George W. Bush, on the Truman Balcony of the White House on September 13, 2001. [Source: White House via HistoryCommons.org]

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Saudi ambassador who met with President George W. Bush at the White House two days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 had connections to a major al-Qaeda figure and other Saudis suspected of helping two of the suicide hijackers while they were in the United States.

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Federal judge: ‘Bullying’ by Florida JQC threatens independence of state judges

U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, left, former Palm Beach State Attorney Peter Antonacci, center, and Palm Beach County Judge Barry M. Cohen

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
In unusual public criticism, a South Florida federal judge has accused the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission of “bullying” that threatens the independence of the state’s judges.

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FBI search can’t find any more info on Sarasota Saudis, even its own investigative reports

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
The FBI told a federal judge Friday that its page-by-page review of more than 80,000 pages of records from its 9/11 investigation turned up “no additional substantive information” about connections it has said existed between Saudis in Sarasota and 9/11 terrorist figures.

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Democrats skirmish over open Broward House seat

Florida House candidates Steve Perman and Kristin Jacobs

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County political campaigns run on food. Bagels and cream cheese, Danish, hummus, spaghetti, barbeque and fruit salad for vegetarians who might show up at a political event – all paid for by candidates.

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Possibility of catastrophic Cuban oil spill stokes push to alter trade embargo for safety’s sake

Dolphins swimming through oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo: NOAA

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
South Florida’s fragile coastal environment and multibillion-dollar tourist industry are threatened by Cuba’s apparent plans to restart its offshore oil-drilling program next year without adequate safety measures in place to prevent or contain a catastrophic spill.

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Miami Marlins to pay clubhouse workers back wages to settle U.S. labor investigation

First Pitch at Marlins Park, April 4, 2012 Photo: Roberto Coquis, Creative Commons

By Myron Levin and Stuart Silverstein
FairWarning
The Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to settle a Labor Department investigations into possible violations of U.S. wage standards by agreeing to give back wages to underpaid workers.

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Florida revenue department files, then yanks tax lien against Gov. Scott and First Lady

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Like 96,412 other Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott were hit last year with a lien for unpaid taxes by the state Department of Revenue. Unlike most other taxpayers, however, the Scotts’ tax warrant was voluntarily withdrawn, and the lien released, by state revenue officials one week after it was recorded with the court clerk.

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$100 million water and sewer contract decision due in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade Water & Sewer repaired this water main break along NW 15 Avenue and 36th Street  in Miami in 2012. 
Photo: CBS 4

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
A global engineering firm with a problematic track record has one final shot at winning a coveted Miami-Dade County government contract worth nearly $100 million.

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Feds in South Florida investigating allegations Humana overcharged Medicare Advantage

The entrance to Humana headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Giant health insurer Humana Inc. faces multiple federal investigations into allegations that it overbilled the government for treating elderly patients enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans, court records reveal.

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In support of Gov. Askew’s legacy of open government, ex-aide challenges Florida’s blind trust law at Supreme Court

Governor Reubin Askew holds a press conference in 1971 Photo: State Archives of Florid

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The former chief of staff for the late Gov. Reubin Askew filed an emergency petition at the Florida Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the legality of the state’s 2013 blind trust law.

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