Broward Health rattled by corruption probes, may seek a new way to govern itself

Fort Lauderdale's Broward Health Medical Center, flagship of the North Broward Hospital District.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
“What a colossal mess!” That’s the opening salvo from the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury’s August 2010 report on ailing Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The same could be said today of Broward Health.

Jack Nicklaus in hot water with Justice Department over filled wetlands at golf club

The Bear's Club, co-developed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

By Francisco Alvarado
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in legal hot water with the U.S. Department of Justice over construction work his companies performed on environmentally protected wetlands at The Bear’s Club, a 369-acre private golf course community in Jupiter which the six-time Masters champion co-developed in 1999.

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ATI career school company implodes amid fraud claims; $3.7 million whistleblower settlement

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By Dan Christensen
A for-profit career school operator with once-bustling campuses in Broward and Miami-Dade counties agreed this month to pay $3.7 million to the government to settle whistleblower fraud claims.

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Controversial “Wizard of Claws” dog seller back in business; target of federal lawsuit

James Anderson’s Teacup Puppies Store at 4001 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

By William Hladky
“Wizard of Claws” dog seller James Anderson, who shut his business four years ago amid numerous allegations of wrongdoing and a lawsuit by Florida Attorney General’s Office, is back in business in Fort Lauderdale under a new name and again is involved in legal controversy.

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Are civilian nuclear plants vulnerable to terror attacks?

Cooling tower at MIT's Nuclear Reactor Lab, in October 2009. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

By Rebecca LaFlure
Center for Public Integrity
Nuclear reactors are located 26 miles from the White House, in downtown Boston and in the Midwest near a 71,000-seat college football stadium. Yet more than a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, these facilities “are particularly vulnerable to sabotage attack,” say the authors of a new Pentagon-funded study.

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State records about Broward Sheriff altered; Israel to amend his financial disclosure

Scott Israel at his swearing in ceremony in January Photo: CBS4

By Dan Christensen
Online state records that listed Broward Sheriff Scott Israel as a “principal” in a Weston private investigations firm, Talon/G6 Services, were altered last week to delete the sheriff’s name. This week, the sheriff’s lawyer announced that Israel would amend his financial disclosure form after it was disclosed that the sheriff had underreported how much money he was paid last year by a Fort Lauderdale private security company.

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Fresh questions about use of public money for Deutsch’s Ben Gamla charter schools


By William Gjebre
A Broward civic activist has urged the School Board to re-examine whether the publicly funded Ben Gamla charter schools are violating the Constitutional separation of church and state mandate. In response, a top district official has asked for a review of the matter.

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Push to extend ‘Doc’ Sistrunk’s name and legacy raises tensions in Fort Lauderdale

Dr. James F. "Doc" Sistrunk

By William Hladky
To honor James “Doc” Sistrunk’s legacy, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission may have to defy Flagler Village Civic Association opposition to extend the boulevard named for the black physician.

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FBI resists thorough search of vast 9/11 files in Tampa for records about Sarasota Saudis

Times Square on Sept. 11, 2001

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
A mass of documents detailing the Tampa area connection to the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, many of which may have never been made public, are stored out of sight in the FBI’s Tampa field office.

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Protest by tobacco state politicians, business groups may snuff out Obama trade move


By Myron Levin
Fair Warning
Facing vehement protest from tobacco state lawmakers and business groups, the Obama administration appears to have retreated from efforts to keep cigarette makers from using trade treaties to attack countries that adopt strong anti-smoking rules.

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Hollywood neighbors oppose ex-U.S. Rep. Deutsch’s plan for another Ben Gamla school

Rendering of proposed Ben Gamla charter School in Hollywood

By William Gjebre
Former Democratic U.S. Congressman Peter Deutsch is pushing to build another Ben Gamla charter school, this time in Hollywood over the opposition of residents in a working-class neighborhood congested by morning and afternoon traffic.

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