Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK


By Francisco Alvarado
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe


By Dan Christensen
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Broward Auditor looks at Hallandale Beach CRA with eye toward recovering misspent funds

By William Gjebre
The Broward County Auditor’s Office has begun looking into whether Hallandale Beach should be required to repay some of the millions in tax dollars allegedly misspent due to “gross mismanagement” by city officials.

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Hidden owner of ‘news’ site gave $120,000 to group that paid sheriff’s campaign manager

By Dan Christensen
The registered owner of an online Broward “news” operation contributed over $120,000 to a political group that made payments to a firm owned by Sheriff Scott Israel’s campaign manager, Amy Rose, and to her husband.

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Everything we know about what’s happened under sequestration

By Theodoric Meyer
When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high gear. It rescued the event — held since 1878 — with money from “corporate sponsors and the sale of commemorative wooden eggs,” according to the Washington Post. But other programs haven’t been so lucky.

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Nullification: How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws

By Lois Beckett
In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could manufacture and sell semi-automatic weapons in-state without a federal license or any federal oversight.
Kansas’ “Second Amendment Protection Act” backs up its states’ rights claims with a penalty aimed at federal agents: when dealing with “Made in Kansas” guns, any attempt to enforce federal law is now a felony.

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Nudity, streaking, petting: New report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss
Center for Public Integrity
Put on a sex registry for the offense of public nudity as a minor. Harassed by neighbors out of a home and banned from a homeless shelter because of an offense committed at age 15. The New York-based research group Human Rights Watch issued an extensive report Wednesday on the life-shattering consequences of putting minors on sex registries for offenses — sometimes shockingly mild offenses — for the rest of their lives.

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Fort Lauderdale police don’t enforce law requiring checks on buyers at gun shows

By William Hladky
An apparent misreading of state law by the Fort Lauderdale Police has kept officers from enforcing a Broward County ordinance that requires criminal background checks on gun buyers at gun shows.

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Reversal of Fortune: A Prosecutor on Trial

By Raymond Bonner
Special to ProPublica
For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas. Earlier this month, he walked into the courthouse again, this time as a defendant for helping to end an innocent man to prison.

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The admission arms race: Six ways colleges game their numbers

By Marian Wang
As college-bound students weigh their options, they often look to the various statistics that universities trumpet — things like the high number of applications, high test scores, and low acceptance rate. But students may want to consider yet another piece of info: the ways in which schools can pump up their stats.

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Gun groups, defense contractors and Facebook increase spending on lobbyists

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and the world’s largest social network increased their spending on lobbying last quarter, bucking an overall downward trend, newly filed congressional disclosures show.

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