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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Auditor rips Ft. Lauderdale CRA as taxpayers face $1 million loss

Sixth Street Plaza

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
A new Fort Lauderdale auditor’s report castigates the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for its poor oversight of a taxpayer-financed office and retail plaza that was to be the centerpiece of the city’s ambitious plans to revitalize the Sistrunk Boulevard corridor.

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Coconut Creek police Taser shooting a homicide; Death by electrocution, lawyer says

Calvon "Andre" Reid

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The death of a black man shot multiple times by Coconut Creek police firing Taser stun guns has been ruled a homicide by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, FloridaBulldog.org has learned.

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Broward school administrators look to bypass anti-corruption reforms

The Broward School Board building in downtown Fort Lauderdale

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
Purchasing reforms enacted five years ago by the Broward School Board in the wake of corruption scandals would be bypassed amid a dispute over public participation in the selection of companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved bond projects.

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Marco Rubio’s refunds of excessive campaign contributions continue

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign continues to trickle out refunds to donors who made excessive contributions last year. This time, it was a $10,000 returned to Anthony Trey Traviesa, a former Florida state representative from the Tampa area.

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Tallahassee jackpot: Politicians send millions to charity of lobbyist’s daughter

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera at an April 22 rally in Tallahassee for Lauren's Kids with Lauren and Ron Book

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Over the last four years, Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit founded by the daughter of top Tallahassee lobbyist Ron Book has become one the legislature’s favorite charities, raking in nearly $7 million in taxpayer funds. If and when legislators reconvene to pass a budget, that total is slated to rise to $10.8 million.

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Actions of Coconut Creek detectives investigating Taser death questioned

In early March, Bonnie Eshleman demonstrated how she watched Coconut Creek officers shoot Calvon Reid with Taser stun guns. Photo: CBS4Miami

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Coconut Creek detectives investigating the death of a black man shot multiple times by police Tasers in the Wynmoor condo complex have re-questioned two eyewitnesses in what outside police sources say was an apparent attempt to discredit their testimony.

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Another Broward Schools whistleblower alleges misconduct, this time in land sale

Broward Schools administrators want to sell this nearly 12 acre site at Broward Boulevard and Hiatus Road

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
A senior property coordinator for Broward County Schools who resigned last month claims district administrators appear to have violated state law by not telling the school board about a bidder that offered to pay a higher price for surplus school land.

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Another Startling Verdict for Forensic Science

hairevidence

By Ryan Gabrielson
ProPublica
With the introduction of DNA analysis three decades ago, criminal investigations and prosecutions gained a powerful tool to link suspects to crimes through biological evidence. This field has also exposed scores of wrongful convictions, and raised serious questions about the forensic science used in building cases.

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U.S. judge asked to okay deposition of FBI agent in Sarasota Saudi probe

FBI Director James Comey

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI should be ordered to publicly identify and make available for questioning under oath the special agent it says authored a “wholly unsubstantiated” 2002 report that connected a Sarasota Saudi family to 9/11 terrorists, newly filed court papers say.

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