Eyewitness: Hollywood cops tasered man in handcuffs and leg shackles

Daniel Tyson

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A neighbor who watched Daniel Tyson die last October during a confrontation with Hollywood police says officers twice shocked Tyson with a Taser after he was restrained facedown on the ground in handcuffs and leg shackles.

Lurid sex claims against Ft. Lauderdale police major and the difficulty of coming forward

Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Coral Springs police believed a 13-year-old girl who said her uncle, Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna molested her in 2010. But prosecutors declined to prosecute and Internal Affairs detectives did not sustain a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. The case illustrates how uncomfortable it is for victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

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Legislature asks Hallandale for answers about CRA spending; Subpoenas land at city hall

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Florida Legislature’s joint auditing committee is wading into Hallandale Beach’s questionable spending of local redevelopment funds, demanding that city officials explain the use and handling of those funds.

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9/11 family members demand the FBI ‘come clean’ about Sarasota Saudis

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A group representing 6,600 survivors and relatives of those killed and injured in the 9/11 attacks called on the FBI Thursday to “come clean” about its investigation of Saudis in Florida who may have aided the terrorist hijackers.

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Bob Graham: FBI hindered Congress’s 9/11 inquiry, withheld reports about Sarasota Saudis

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham has accused the FBI in court papers of having impeded Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 by withholding information about a Florida connection to the al-Qaeda attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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Now, you can’t ban guns at the public pool

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in a very pro-gun rights state. But its gun laws are now likely to be rolled back…

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Mystery of Sarasota Saudis deepens as Justice moves to end FOI lawsuit citing national security

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A senior FBI official has told a Fort Lauderdale federal judge that disclosure of certain classified information about Saudis who hurriedly left their Sarasota area home shortly before 9/11 “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.”

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Tobacco giant Reynolds American funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. last year helped fund several of the nation’s most politically active — and secretive — nonprofit organizations, according to a company document reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

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As Factory Farms spread, government efforts to curb threat from livestock waste bog down

By Bridget Huber
Fair Warning
As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, a major environmental threat has emerged: Pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals.

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Ft. Lauderdale police start enforcing background checks for buyers at gun shows

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Fresh efforts to enforce two county ordinances should prevent cash-and-carry gun sales at guns shows in Broward County for buyers who have not already passed a state background check.

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Electric cars and the Department of Energy: Two giant loans, two different paths

By Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity
They are two cutting-edge electric car makers, headquartered in California and backed by powerhouses of politics and money. In 2009, each secured half-billion dollar loan commitments from President Obama’s Department of Energy to help transform their clean-energy cars from drawing boards to showrooms. But this week, the fortunes of Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive took sharply divergent turns.

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