Hallandale freezes payments for city development, jobs programs citing waste & fraud

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton has ordered what could be a multi-million dollar freeze on all payments under two city jobs and business development programs, saying they “have lost their way.”

Report: Hallandale commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in pattern of misconduct”

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A preliminary report by the Broward Inspector General’s Office says Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” when he “failed to disclose payments” made to him and other family members by a community group which Sanders voted to give thousands of dollars in city grants and other funding.

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Coconut Creek officers kill man with Tasers; Police clam up about Wynmoor shooting

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Coconut Creek Police officers firing Tasers killed a man early Sunday morning inside the sprawling Wynmoor condominium complex, a usually tranquil gated retirement community, FloridaBulldog.org has learned.

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Sexual affair between Miami judge, witness alleged amid tainted U.S. court proceedings

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A dozen years ago, Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Martin Chambers to 15 years in prison for money laundering. For years, hushed allegations have swirled that the judge slept with the government’s key witness – a dashing Royal Canadian Mounted Police undercover agent.

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Embattled nonprofit Plaza Health Network sells property, insider pockets millions

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
When nonprofit Miami-Dade nursing home operator Plaza Health Network sold a prime slice of Miami Beach real estate for $13.6 million last spring, its board chairman, Russell Galbut, collected more than $3 million for himself and his real estate company, Crescent Heights, according to company documents reviewed by FloridaBulldog.org.

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Humana facing new federal scrutiny over private Medicare plans

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Giant health insurer Humana, Inc. faces new scrutiny from the Justice Department over allegations it has overcharged the government by claiming some elderly patients enrolled in its popular Medicare plans are sicker than they actually are.

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Going from bad to worse: the new southbound exit at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood airport

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
The new southbound exit ramp out of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport funnels vehicles to an intersection so congested it is rated near the bottom for traffic flow, according to a study commissioned by state transportation officials.

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Town’s class action RICO lawsuit says Florida public records law misused to extort settlements

By Dan Moffett
The Coastal Star
Town of Gulf Stream in South Palm Beach County has rolled out the heavy artillery in its legal war against residents Martin O’Boyle and Christopher O’Hare, filing a class-action RICO lawsuit Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court.

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Miami-Dade commissioners find $30 million to fix iconic courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Last year, local judges and prominent attorneys led an unsuccessful campaign to convince Miami-Dade voters to foot the bill for a new $368 million civil court building, plus $25 million to fix up the iconic Dade County Courthouse. The measure failed 2-to-1. Now it turns out Miami-Dade County already had a pot of taxpayer money available for extensive repairs needed at the deteriorating, 87-year-old landmark.

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Jeb Bush’s missing emails detail his lobbying support for Bacardi as contributions flowed

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The mass release of emails covering presidential aspirant Jeb Bush’s years as governor omitted at least a dozen emails documenting behind-the-scenes lobbying support he gave to liquor giant Bacardi.

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Federal highway agency takes a hit over safety report on electronic billboards

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards.

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