Broward Health looks to pay headhunting firm $300,000 to find a $950,000 CEO

Broward Health Interim CEO Pauline Grant, whose salary will be voted on Wednesday. Photo: Nova Southeastern University

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer supported Broward Health’s board of commissioners will be asked today to approve spending $300,000 for a search firm to find a new CEO whose total pay would be $950,000 a year.

Broward Health seeks bids for ad contract as huge no-bid deal with Zimmerman dies

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By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a signal that Broward Health’s controversial no-bid $71.4 million deal with Zimmerman Advertising is dead, blueprints have been drafted for a new, smaller marketing campaign for the public health system.

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Killer’s wife set to inherit victim’s money; “a travesty,” Broward prosector says

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Ten years ago, killer Robert Burkell bludgeoned to death his 81-year-old tenant Charles Bertheas. The motive: money. Today, Burkell is in prison for life. But his wife Susan, who authorities say did not participate in the slaying but knew what was happening, is set to inherit the victim’s money.

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On Victory Drive, soldiers defeated by debt

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace
Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge high annual percentage rates, sometimes exceeding 400 percent.

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A problematic model: Hallandale Beach CRA under city manager’s thumb

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
After a brief period of independence, the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is once again under the thumb of the city manager.

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IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed; 2012 banner year for nonprofit applications

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Amid withering accusations the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups with enhanced scrutiny, the agency faces another problem: it’s drowning in paperwork.

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

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
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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Is Obama delivering on his promise of a ’21st Century’ approach to drugs?

By Christie Thompson
ProPublica
When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug policy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. But a recent government report has questioned his office’s impact so far.

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

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
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
ProPublica
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
ProPublica
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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