Lurid sex claims against Ft. Lauderdale police major and the difficulty of coming forward

Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Coral Springs police believed a 13-year-old girl who said her uncle, Fort Lauderdale Police Maj. Eric Brogna molested her in 2010. But prosecutors declined to prosecute and Internal Affairs detectives did not sustain a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. The case illustrates how uncomfortable it is for victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

Broward School Board backs Runcie on keeping public off selection committee

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie WSVN-Channel 7

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
In the face of public suspicion, a majority of the Broward School Board last week voiced support for Superintendent Robert Runcie’s move to exclude the public from sitting on a committee that will select companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved construction projects.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell at the Broward State Attorney’s Office

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward prosecutors who declined to charge a Coconut Creek policeman who pulled a Taser on a frightened theft suspect standing in a bathtub never asked the officer under oath why he hadn’t mentioned the incident in his police reports.

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Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures, including Florida

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
SANTA FE — On February 20, New Mexico’s House Energy and Natural Resources Committee gathered for one of its regular meetings in a drab room here at the capitol, a circular building known as the Roundhouse. On the agenda: a bill that would hike fees and penalties for energy companies drilling wells in the state.

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Hallandale mayor, ex-city managers defend millions in suspect spending to county agents

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Current and former top Hallandale Beach officials defended – or offered excuses for – the handling of millions of dollars in community redevelopment funds to county investigators who have now accused the city of “gross mismanagement.”

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New data shows drugmakers’ payments to hundreds of thousands of doctors

By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
ProPublica
Dr. John W. Draud is the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals. But he’s also notable for another professional pursuit: during the last four years, he’s earned more than $1 million for delivering promotional talks and consulting for seven drug companies.

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Medicaid cuts top Broward Health’s concerns for the 2013 legislative session

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health could lose at least $6.5 million a year if Tallahassee lawmakers ignore their pleas not to reduce Medicaid health insurance payments. That’s on top of $179 million the north Broward public hospital system expects to lose to federal cutbacks over the next decade.

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Florida Senate passes sweeping ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The Republican-controlled Florida Senate unanimously passed a landmark ethics reform package on Tuesday, the first day of the legislative session, setting the stage for what could be the first major changes to the state’s ethics laws in decades.

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Broward Inspector General slams Hallandale for “gross mismanagement”; CRAs elsewhere eyed

By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward’s Inspector General has found that Hallandale Beach officials “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in public funds “entrusted to the care of its Community Redevelopment Agency,” says report.

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Finkelstein to feds: “Please do something” about improper police interrogations in Broward

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein has asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate what he called the Broward State Attorney’s “long, distressing history” of condoning police use of “threatening, improper interrogation techniques.”

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Broward Sheriff Israel hires lobbyists to twist arms at county hall; no client conflicts, his lawyer says

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
New Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has shuffled his office’s outside lobbying team, signing $7,000-a-month contracts with a pair of well-connected lobbyists with clients whose interests sometimes conflict with BSO.

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