New majority on Hallandale commission wants to know: Where did CRA millions go?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Update: Jan. 23 – Hallandale Beach city commissioners Monday night gave initial approval to hiring an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit of the city’s long troubled Community Redevelopment Agency.

A curious search for justice amid Miami-Dade judges’ desire for new civil courthouse

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
The effort to build a new civil court building to replace the historic, but crumbling, Dade County Courthouse in downtown Miami recently took a bizarre turn that prompted a local judge to remove herself from a high-profile case involving prominent developer Russell Galbut and another local landmark, the Shelborne Hotel in Miami Beach.

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Report: Taxpayer-supported Broward Health engaged in ‘cultural civil war’

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The law firm that’s overseeing taxpayer-supported Broward Health’s compliance with conditions imposed by the U.S. last year when it paid $70 million to resolve alleged lawbreaking has concluded the troubled hospital district is in a state of “cultural civil war.”

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Developer’s trail of lawsuits backdrop claim of illegal campaign contributions

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Arthur Falcone, a Boca Raton-based developer behind a downtown Miami project at the center of illegal campaign contribution allegations, has blazed a trail of lawsuits accusing him of swindling business associates and creditors out of tens of millions of dollars during the height of the real estate market crash.

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Broward Health begins lobbyist registration – 12 years and millions in contracts late

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s long-lost lobbyist registration policy is, at last, resurrected. Lobbyists looking to influence district policy or the award of profitable contracts must now publicly identify themselves and their clients.

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Miami City Attorney’s Office in another fight – this time with the county ethics commission

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
A City of Miami senior assistant city attorney is trying to block the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust from reconsidering its decision six months ago to not sanction her for breaking local ethics rules.

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

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.

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

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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Broward courts accused of nurturing double standard of justice for poor, minorities

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A letter from the U.S. Justice Department urging state judges across the country to eliminate “common” court practices that illegally trap poor defendants in cycles of debt and jail is reverberating in Broward with accusations that courts here favor the well-off.

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Jack Nicklaus, partners pay $400K to settle charges they filled wetlands at golf club

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus has given up a legal battle over federal accusations that his companies violated the Clean Water Act by disturbing environmentally protected wetlands in The Bear’s Club, a private golf course community he built 17 years ago.

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9/11 terrorists, submersibles and an untold Fort Lauderdale story

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
On September 12, 2001, Fort Lauderdale businessman Bill Brown’s morning routine began like most others. After dropping his young daughter off at day care, the widower drove to work at his marine accessories store, The Nautical Niche. What Brown says happened next was anything but ordinary.

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