Sex offender convinces appeal court to reverse Broward judge

Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Every day, state prisoners flood Florida’s courts with appeals and pleadings about their cases that they’ve written themselves. Those pro se filings – Latin for “on his own behalf” – rarely get far. This spring, however, an inmate sex offender serving a life sentence convinced the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal that a Broward judge erred when she failed to order prosecutors to explain potentially serious discrepancies about his Miranda rights warning form.

More controversy as Broward looks to begin $800 million school construction program

Pictures of water build up under a leaky roof in an outside hallway at Fort Lauderdale's Northeast High School that were used to push for passage of last year's bond issue. Photo:  NBC6

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
The controversy surrounding the Broward School District’s $800-million bond construction program continues with an allegation of another Sunshine Law violation, and a question as to why the same company was ranked first for two offsetting contracts designed to check and balance each other.

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Hallandale Beach turns tables, accuses Broward Inspector General of “factual inaccuracies”

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials have fired back at county investigators who last month found “gross mismanagement” of tax funds at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, accusing them of “numerous factual inaccuracies” and challenging their legal authority.

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Voter information wars: Will the GOP team Up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
The Republicans have admitted it: They need to get serious about collecting and analyzing voter data. Well, you can’t get much more serious than talking to Teradata, the “data warehousing” company that helps Wal-Mart, Apple and eBay store massive amounts of information about the behavior of their customers.

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Inside the global offshore money maze

By Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Duncan Campbell, Stefan Candea and Nicky Hager
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity
A cache of 2.5 million files has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over.

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Coconut Creek police probe of officer in bathtub Taser incident missed facts, short on answers

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
An internal police investigation of a Coconut Creek officer who pulled his Taser while interrogating a frightened theft suspect in a bathtub omitted relevant facts and did not follow department policy.

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Hallandale city managers erased millions in code violation fines with little oversight

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Nearly $11 million in fines imposed for property code violations in Hallandale Beach in the past five years have been excused by city managers without the city commission’s review or approval, according to city records. The city collected only a fraction of the total.

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Course load: The growing burden of college fees

By Marian Wang
ProPublica
At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees — including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the state’s flagship schools, but they are also responsible for covering 18 different fees, including a “life safety and security fee.”

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Tax-subsidized Broward Health in six-figure endorsement deal with Miami Dolphins QB

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
The newest face of Broward Health hangs shoulder pads around his neck instead of a stethoscope. But like a doctor, he earns six figures a year from the tax-subsidized public health care system.

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Obama nonprofit not disclosing all donor data

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
President Barack Obama’s new nonprofit advocacy group wants to know what its donors do professionally and for whom they work. But don’t expect to ever see the information.

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Wal-Mart looks to enter Ft. Lauderdale market; eyes unprosperous area near downtown

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Walmart wants to build its first store in Fort Lauderdale – a Neighborhood Market on a seven-acre site on the southwest corner of Andrews Ave. and Sunrise Blvd. If built, it will be the first Walmart store in east central Broward County.

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