Hollywood neighbors beset by traffic fear further expansion by Ben Gamla school

Work on the new Ben Gamla school in Hollywood nears completion. Photo: William Gjebre

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Representatives of a traffic-congested Hollywood neighborhood are expressing new fears regarding the Ben Gamla middle-high public charter school complex, now under construction, after discovering that ex-congressman Peter Deutsch, a top school official, is linked to acquisition of additional nearby properties which they say could be for future expansion.

Trump money too hot to handle, but tainted donors back Miami-Dade mayor, opponent

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and School Board Member Raquel Regalado

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez gears up for a tough 2016 re-election battle against Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado, the political organizations supporting the two candidates are taking money from donors with scandalous histories.

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Plans for a new ‘marijuana court’ advance in Broward; addressing racial disparity in arrests

Law and Marijuana

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Since the birth of drug court in South Florida nearly 25 years ago, so-called problem-solving courts have proliferated in courthouses across the country. Now a new idea that would take judicial specialization a step further could debut soon in Broward after its tentative approval Friday by Broward State Attorney Mike Satz.

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Findings of racial disparity in Broward marijuana arrests pits Satz, Finkelstein

State Attorney Mike Satz, left, and Public Defender Howard Finkelstein

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Recent findings that blacks are much more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in Broward has led State Attorney Mike Satz to issue an unusual personal defense of himself, his office and local police.

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Farmworker advocates from Florida, elsewhere press EPA to update pesticide rules

pesticides

By Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity
Saying they are plagued by pesticides but protected by only a thin layer of government regulation, farmworkers and their advocates are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to update rules that are two decades old, and, critics say, dangerously dated.

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“Raw nerves” in push to improve Dixie Highway in Fort Lauderdale neighborhood

Dixie Highway in the Middle River Terrace neighborhood Photo: Laura Croscenco

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Bitter disagreement over a proposed Dixie Highway improvement project is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River Terrace neighborhood.

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Defiant Hallandale commissioners reject call for new legal opinion on CRA spending

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners have shot down a request from a legislative committee that it seek a new opinion from the Florida Attorney General on how community redevelopment funds can be spent and abide by the ruling.

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Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts; failures to investigate and more cuts coming

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Citing massive budget and staff cuts, federal officials are set to scale back or drop a host of investigations into Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse — even though cracking down on government waste and cutting health care costs have been top priorities for the Obama administration.

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Hallandale may seek Attorney General opinion on CRA spending; statewide impact seen

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners on Wednesday will consider asking the Florida Attorney General for a ruling on how community redevelopment funds can be spent, a decision that could have a far-reaching impact.

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Hallandale diverts millions from CRA’s budget to pay for non-redevelopment programs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach has diverted nearly a third of its Community Redevelopment Agency’s $11.6 million annual budget to pay for various city programs, including some apparently outside state guidelines for CRA expenditures.

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State drops burglary case against teen; Satz tolerates police misconduct, Finkelstein says again

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward State Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony burglary charge against a 15-year-old boy who defense attorneys say was coerced by Fort Lauderdale Police into falsely confessing to a crime he did not commit.

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