U.S. judge tosses lawsuit to block All Aboard Florida; Money for Phase 2 still in question

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando survived a lawsuit filed by Indian River and Martin counties when a federal judge on May 10 dismissed the suit. But funding problems remain.

Trial looms as judge denies FBI request to keep 9/11 records secret for privacy reasons

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a ruling that could lead to the release of significant new information about 9/11, including details about who funded the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, a Miami federal judge has rejected FBI assertions that many records should be kept secret due to privacy considerations.

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Amid probe, Broward Health’s top heart doctor takes pay cut; “Every bit about the money”

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A prominent Fort Lauderdale cardiologist at the center of a federal investigation into alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud at Broward Health has signed a new contract featuring a hefty pay cut and an unfamiliar requirement that he treat poor people.

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Top two FDLE agents in Miami are out; Turmoil amid takeover of police shooting probes

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The abrupt replacement of Gerald Bailey as Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner wasn’t the only major shake-up at the state’s top law enforcement agency in December. Also out amid reports of internal intrigue: the first woman to lead FDLE’s Miami Regional Operations Center, Addy Villanueva, and her number two, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Breeden.

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Coconut Creek police botched 82 child rape and other cases; Dashed hopes for justice

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Coconut Creek police botched dozens of criminal cases involving disturbing reports about children who were raped or abused and seniors who were neglected or exploited. But what happened has remained largely hidden from public view.

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Florida congressman denied access to censored pages from Congress’ 9/11 report

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: JAN 10 Click through to watch video of former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, Congressmen Walter Jones, R-N.C. and Stephen Lynch, D-Ma. and others talk about the need to declassify the 28 censored pages from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report on 9/11. Wednesday’s press conference followed news that the U.S. House Intelligence Committee denied Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fl, access to the 28 pages.

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Customers accuse Broward flying machine maker of fraud; Attorney General investigating

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Dania Beach firm that sells James Bond-style jetpacks is being sued for fraud by a California watersports company that alleges it paid more than $1 million for expensive jetpacks it never received.

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Pay for play? Curbelo campaign boosted by School Board vendors he voted to help

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
During his campaign for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Carlos Curbelo wasn’t shy about collecting thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from individuals directly tied to corporations that benefited from his vote on the Miami-Dade School Board.

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Florida homeowners facing foreclosure catch a break in courts

By Alison Fitzgerald
Center for Public Integrity
Florida homeowners may soon find a more friendly reception in the state’s courtrooms after a state Supreme Court panel found that some judicial practices designed to speed up foreclosure cases may be improper.

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Florida’s chief justice and the hunt for goof-off judges

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Florida’s chief justice has ordered the state’s 20 chief judges to monitor the work of each judge in their circuit looking for goof-offs – a move that’s unnerved judges in South Florida and elsewhere.

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Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

By Kara Bradeisky and Sisi Wei
ProPublica
The Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program nearly six years ago. On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee finally released the report’s blistering executive summary. What took so long? It’s a tale of White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and CIA snooping.

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