Tainted water releases likely to continue even after Lake Okeechobee dike is refurbished

Crews install a partial cutoff wall in the middle of the Herbert Hoover Dike near Pahokee in 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 21.4 miles of cutoff wall in the southeast side of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee from 2007-2013. Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
While Floridians are anticipating the completion of the renovation to the 75-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee during 2020, more water discharges, like those that occurred this winter, will likely be required after the work is complete, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

‘What’s going on?’ Broward airport contractor said to owe millions may win millions instead

Former Broward Aviation Department Director Kent George

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Five months after demanding that contractor Tutor Perini pay Broward more than $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, ex-county aviation boss Kent George instead wants the county to pay Tutor Perini $18.9 million.

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Peter Deutsch’s Ben Gamla charter schools win nod for new Hollywood high/middle school

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By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Update: Dec. 20 – Former U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch won conditional approval early Friday morning from a key Hollywood board to build a controversial Ben Gamla middle and senior charter high school in a traffic congested neighborhood near City Hall.

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Broward Health commissioner upgrades unpaid post to well-paid lobbyist for hospital district

Clarence McKee, center, with  Gov. Rick Scott and former U.S. Rep. Allen West. Photo: McKee Communications

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
When Clarence V. McKee quit his commissioner’s seat on the governing board of Broward Health in January, records show he urged his colleagues to keep an eye on consulting contracts doled out by the tax supported public health care system. But less than a month later and without any public discussion by his former colleagues, McKee upgraded his unpaid position to a lobbying contract worth $65,000.

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New push to release censored pages in Congressional report that detail 9/11 link to Saudi Arabia

The skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center.

By Jamie Reno
International Business Times
Since terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, victims’ loved ones, injured survivors, and members of the media have all tried without much success to discover the true nature of the relationship between the 19 hijackers – 15 of them Saudi nationals – and the Saudi Arabian government.

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The nation’s state supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

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By Reity O’Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young
Center for Public Integrity
Last December, the California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal filed by a couple who had accused financial giant Wells Fargo & Co. of predatory lending. One justice, who owned stock in the bank, recused himself from the case. But Justice Kathryn Werdegar, who owned as much as $1 million of Wells Fargo stock, participated — and shouldn’t have.

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Leisure parks chain looks to buy Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s iconic attraction

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By John Dorschner
BrowardBulldog.org
The owner of South Florida’s iconic tourist attraction, the Miami Seaquarium, has had “discussions” about selling to a California-based subsidiary of a Spanish parks operator, but said no final deal has been struck.

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The ‘lobbyist’ is dead; Long live the ‘government relations professional’

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By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
The lobbyist, like Philip Morris, ValuJet and the World Wrestling Federation before him, died today.
He was 150 years old, give or take a decade, the victim of relentless pejorativation and transmogrification. Naysayers who believed he too often abused the right to petition his government for a redress of grievances hastened his demise.

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Two senators short-circuit Legislature’s plan to audit troubled Hallandale Beach CRA

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood and State Sen. Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A Florida Legislature’s joint auditing committee is dropping its inquiry of Hallandale Beach’s questionable use of local redevelopment funds at the urging of two area state senators, one a long-time acquaintance of Mayor Joy Cooper.

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Push against offshore secrecy an uphill battle

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom talk in the Oval Office before their meeting in March 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Michael Hudson
Center for Public Integrity
Offshore tax havens are under attack again in the wake of scandal. Britain has vowed to lift secrecy covering the Cayman Islands and other financial sanctuaries under its flag. France’s president has promised to “eradicate” tax havens. Will this time be different?

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Star of Oscar-winning film about dolphin hunting cast in long-running Broward civil action

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By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Six years after it began, a sprawling civil action targeting the Miami-based star of an Academy Award-winning documentary about dolphin hunting in Japan drags on in Broward Circuit Court with no end in sight.

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