Plaza Health Network cited repeatedly by feds, state for nursing home violations

Plaza Health Network President and CEO Elaine Bloom and Chairman Ronald Lowy Photo: NBC 6

By Francisco Alvarado
Plaza Health Network, the embattled nursing home chain that six months ago agreed to pay $21.5 million to settle federal civil charges that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid, has habitually violated state and federal healthcare regulations by providing inadequate, and at times negligent, care to residents at its facilities.

New union deal at Miami-Dade Schools to begin push toward $15 hourly minimum wage


By William Gjebre
A tentative agreement between Miami-Dade Public Schools and the union representing its general employees raises the minimum pay for some of district’s lowest paid workers to $10 an hour, marking what a top union official says is the start of a drive to obtain a minimum hourly wage of $15.

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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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Broward commission looks to defy Gov. Scott on access for Obamacare ‘navigators’

Protestors from the Broward Democratic Party, Service Employees International Union, the Broward AFL-CIO and the “online action hub” Fight for Florida outside the office of State Representative George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday. The activists support Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Photo: William Hladky

By Wiliam Hladky
Heavily Democratic Broward County is expected to join Pinellas County in resisting Republican Governor Rick Scott’s decision to bar Obamacare enrollment advisors from state health department facilities.

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Use Only as Directed: Acetaminophen can kill, but regulators don’t act


By Jeff Gerth and T. Christian Miller
During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety: acetaminophen, one of the nation’s most popular pain relievers.

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Broward commissioners move to retake contract power; change would reverse 2010 reforms

From left, Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca, Stacy Ritter, Martin David Kiar, Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Lois Wexler,  Dale V.C. Holness, Mayor Kristin Jacobs, Sue Gunzburger and Tim Ryan

By William Hladky
The Broward County Commission has taken its first step to snatch back power to influence the awarding of contracts, and more change is in the air.

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Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms


By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar
Center for Public Integrity
On March 11, 2008, Christopher Cox, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox’s SEC.

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Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash


By Daniel Wagner
Center for Public Integrity
Andy Pollock rode the last subprime mortgage wave to the top then got out as the industry collapsed and took the U.S. economy with it. Today, he’s back in business.

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Broward opens broad inquiry into misuse of property tax dollars by CRAs; millions at stake


By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
The Broward Inspector General’s Office has opened a broad inquiry into the potential misuse of public funds across the county with written requests to at least nine cities with a Community Redevelopment Agency to hand over a variety of financial records for inspection.

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