Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap

Al Masra's front page story last month with the story of Pakistan's release of al Qaeda boss Ayman Zawahiri's two daughters and the widow of ex-Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But news reports this month say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by Pakistan in exchange for the son of the country’s former army chief.

Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.

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The Miami fight over right to sue to block controversial development

A rendering of planned development on Watson Island

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A proposed amendment to Miami’s charter that would help a series of lawsuits aimed at stopping controversial mega-projects on public waterfront land has drawn fierce opposition from City Attorney Victoria Mendez. Amendment supporters, on the other hand, accuse Mendez of running interference because she fears the lawsuits — if allowed to move forward — would expose her office’s role in violating the city charter, breaking Florida’s public records law and feeding misinformation to city commissioners.

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Miami-Dade Commission to vote on multi-million dollar Liberty Square redevelopment

A rendering from Miami's proposed Liberty Square redevelopment project

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Three years after taking over the affordable-housing division of a scandalous company that defrauded $26 million from the federal government, Atlantic Pacific Communities is still dealing with the fallout.

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Push to block Sabal Trail gas pipeline looks to enlist U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sabal Trail pipeline opponents handed out signs and leaflets in Live Oak on April 21. Photo: John S. Quarterman

By Jake Galvin and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In an escalating effort to block the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, opponents are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine allegations that information about potential environmental hazards was overlooked during the regulatory process.

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Florida DEP sought little public input about plan to allow more toxins in state waters

everglades

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters. Most Floridians have been kept in the dark regarding the plan that will cause great harm to the state’s aquatic environment, residents and visitors, according to activists and some elected officials.

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Report: ChildNet Broward is failing, ‘urgent’ need to fix county’s child welfare system

childnet

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Burdened with high caseloads and mired in millions of dollars in debt, the lead agency in Broward’s child welfare system is failing. That’s the gist of a 15-page state task force report obtained by FloridaBulldog.org about ChildNet Broward, the nonprofit that received $67 million from Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) this year to provide community-based child welfare services.

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FOIA lawsuit disputes 9-11 Review Commission effort to discredit sensational FBI report

FBI Director James Comey, second from right,  is flanked by 9/11 Review Commissioners Tim Roemer, right, Ed Meese and Bruce Hoffman, far left. Photo: FBI

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two blue ribbon government panels on 9/11, two approaches to public accountability. The 9/11 Commission held a dozen public hearings before issuing its report in 2004. Last year’s lesser known FBI 9/11 Review Commission was more secretive. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Miami seeks access to its records that the FBI has refused to release.

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Broward’s Inspector General probes Hallandale Beach CRA – again

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper is flanked on the left by Commissioners Keith London and Michele Lazarow and on the right by Commissioners Bill Julian and Anthony Sanders. The commission also sits at the city CRA's board of directors

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward County Inspector General’s Office has launched another inquiry into Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, three years after finding the city “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in CRA funds.

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Broward County’s $18.9 million airport flip-flop and a new, secret whistleblower case

The Broward County Commission before Tuesday's vote to pay $18.9  million to settle a dispute with airport contractor Tutor Prerini.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
With little public discussion, the Broward County Commission has overwhelmingly approved an $18.9-million payout to airport contractor Tutor Perini to settle a bitter dispute about who was to blame for costly construction delays.

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Environmentalists blow whistle on state proposal to allow more toxins in state waters

Photo: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes and coastal waters face a dramatic increase in the level of toxic chemicals that cause cancer and other serious illnesses under a proposal by the pro-business administration of Gov. Rick Scott to water down state environmental protections.

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