FBI slams own 9/11 document; New report discounts Sarasota Saudis ties to hijackers

From left to right, Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, FBI Director James D. Comey and former Congressman Tim Roemer at a Wednesday press conference

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A report that lauds the FBI for making “great strides” in protecting the nation from terrorists in the past decade also says the Bureau produced and made public bad information linking Saudis in Sarasota to 9/11 terrorists.

A Broward tale: Property taxes, politics and conflicting interests

Martin Kiar being sworn in as Broward Vice Mayor last year by his father Monroe Kiar. Photo: Mark O’Loughlin, TheWoodlandsTamarac.com

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Vice Mayor Martin Kiar is beginning to look a lot like the county’s next property appraiser, but his political ambition already has created an apparent conflict of interest at the board that decides property tax appeals by homeowners and businesses.

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Grand jury: Miramar police justified in brothers’ shooting deaths, but one’s death “inadvertent”

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two years ago, Miramar police shot to death two brothers in a residential parking lot during a nighttime drug investigation.
Now it turns out that one of the men – shot six times – was killed by mistake, according to a Broward County Grand Jury report.

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Hallandale sues ex-city manager’s son-in-law for unpaid debt, but may be left holding empty bag

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach is suing the son-in-law of ex-City Manager Mike Good for failing to repay the city thousands of dollars in tuition reimbursements he received during Good’s tenure.

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At some schools, achievement lags behind opportunity

By Jennifer LaFleur
ProPublica
Some education experts say the opportunity to take advanced classes is critical to helping low-income students succeed later in life.
But opportunity doesn’t always equal achievement. Our new analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that, in some states, Advanced Placement exam passing rates remain lower in schools with more poor students.

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Coconut Creek cops won’t be prosecuted for passing law enforcement computer data to friend

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward State Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute three Coconut Creek police officers mixed up in a scheme to improperly access confidential law enforcement databases for personal reasons.

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New tanning industry campaign to dismiss skin cancer threat draws fire from doctors’ group

By Bridget Huber
Fair Warning
A new campaign by the tanning industry to promote the safety of sunbed use has come under fierce attack from the American Academy of Dermatology, which is accusing the industry of making claims that are “ridiculous” and unsupported by scientific evidence.

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Fort Lauderdale hopes for state and federal money to repair crumbling neighborhood bridges

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
Its ocean-access waterways and backyard yachts define Fort Lauderdale’s pricey Harbor Beach neighborhood.
Yet despite its wealth, and its reliance on the water, the neighborhood is home to several of the worst bridges in Fort Lauderdale.

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Internet ammunition sales draw scrutiny

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Proposed legislation to regulate online purchases of ammunition and high-capacity magazines is bringing new attention to a growing cyberspace ammo market that has operated with little government oversight.

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Billboard industry touts discredited research to support safety claims for electronic signs

By Myron Levin
Fair Warning
A Swedish study has found that drivers take long gazes at electronic billboards, possibly raising the risk of highway crashes.
The new research has put the U.S. billboard industry into a defensive mode.

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Home builders lobby weakens drywall legislation

By Joaquin Sapien
ProPublica.org
Last week, federal lawmakers trumpeted the passage of the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 as a bipartisan victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by contaminated drywall.
But the bill doesn’t actually set preventative standards.

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