Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Broward homicide detective blows whistle on Sheriff Israel; alleges cover up and retaliation

Broward Sheriff's Homicide Detective Jeffrey Kogan Photo: A&E Network

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Broward Sheriff’s homicide detective has filed a whistleblower suit alleging that Sheriff Scott Israel and members of his command staff sought to cover up misconduct by a Fort Lauderdale canine officer at an arrest scene.

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Broward Sheriff picks Armor for lucrative jail contract; questions about cost, care linger

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: Aug. 8 — Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has chosen Miami’s Armor Correctional Health Services for another lucrative term providing medical, dental and other care to the county’s jail inmates. Click through to read more.

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Broward jail healthcare firm up for new contract did not disclose $800K wrongful death payout

Allen Daniel Hicks died last year as a result of multiple blunders by Armor Correctional Health Services.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Miami healthcare company looking to renew its multimillion dollar contract to care for Broward’s jail inmates did not disclose in bid documents that it paid an $800,000 wrongful-death settlement earlier this year in Tampa.

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Bid rules at Broward Aviation are different; company cries foul

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By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
The rules are different at the Broward County Aviation Department. Although the Broward County Commission in 2011 approved a major overhaul of the county’s procurement code, the rule changes only partially affected the Aviation Department.

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The other Washington could hold the key to Medicare’s cost crisis

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By Joe Eaton
Center for Public Integrity
A recent federal assessment of Medicare’s fiscal health contained a shred of good news — the public health insurance program for the elderly is burning through cash at a slightly slower rate than expected. Yet declining health care costs haven’t bought much time.

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Amid intrigue and suspicion, Broward sheriff to award $145 million jail healthcare contract

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is expected soon to award a contact worth as much as $145 million over the next five years for the delivery of healthcare services to the county’s approximately 5,000 jail inmates. The road to a deal has been full of turns, with intrigue and suspicion around every curve.

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ObamaCare oversight: Budget squeeze forces HHS watchdog to trim investigative targets

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By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Facing major budget and staff cuts, federal officials are scaling back several high-profile health care fraud and abuse investigations, including an audit of the state insurance exchanges that are set to open later this year as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

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Syria’s Jihadi migration emerges as top terror threat in Europe, beyond

The suicide bombing at al-Nairab military base in northern Syria on June 1, 2012, as seen in a propaganda video by al-Nusrah, al-Qaida's Syrian branch.

By Sebastian Rotella
ProPublica
Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone.

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Nanotechnology: Harmful or benign?

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By Sheila Kaplan
Investigative Reporting Workshop
Nanotechnology is a booming industry, with growth an any industry would envy. But reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GAO, academic researchers and manufacturers reveal the downside of such rapid development: Nobody really knows if these wonder products are safe.

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