Hallandale freezes payments for city development, jobs programs citing waste & fraud

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager Roger Carlton has ordered what could be a multi-million dollar freeze on all payments under two city jobs and business development programs, saying they “have lost their way.”

Report: Hallandale commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in pattern of misconduct”

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A preliminary report by the Broward Inspector General’s Office says Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Anthony Sanders “engaged in a pattern of misconduct” when he “failed to disclose payments” made to him and other family members by a community group which Sanders voted to give thousands of dollars in city grants and other funding.

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A psychiatric hospital for North Ridge site? Oakland Park commission set to decide

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: FEB. 21 — With anxious residents watching at city hall and at home on computers and cable television, Oakland Park has put off for two weeks a decision on whether to approve a controversial psychiatric and drug rehabilitation hospital. The reason: Wednesday night’s hearing ran too late to finish the hearing.

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Judge: Deerfield Beach pump maker MWI doesn’t have to pay millions sought by U.S.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
After a bitter, 16-year fight with the Justice Department, Deerfield Beach pump maker MWI scored a big victory last week with a federal judge’s ruling that the company isn’t liable for any damages for its violations of the False Claims Act.

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Florida ethics bill: Lobbyists at independent taxing districts must register, disclose

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A government ethics bill introduced in the Florida Senate would for the first time require lobbyists before many large independent special districts to register and disclose their clients, areas of interest and general compensation.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Deutsch stirs the pot in Hollywood; New school plans upset neighbors

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Five weeks after receiving approval for a middle-senior high school in Hollywood, Ben Gamla charter school officials are exploring “substantive” changes to the project, sparking renewed controversy.

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Broward commissioners tell Henry to come up with a plan for video-on-demand of meetings

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: FEB. 5 – The Broward County Commission has directed the county administrator to prepare a cost analysis and implementation plan to create an on-line, video archive of commission meetings.

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As Broward commission races take shape, LaMarca, Keechl fear nasty re-run

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and former Commissioner Ken Keechl approach their upcoming race for the commission like a child approaches the first day of school — with anxiety and trepidation.

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Post traumatic stress crisis ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries. So when researchers started screening patients there for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011, they assumed they would find cases. They just didn’t know how many.

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EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns

By Douglas P. Guarino
Center for Public Integrity
The Environmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste in an area that could expose more than 100,000 residents to cancer-causing radiation levels.

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Amid rising deaths, a warning that heroin epidemic has begun in South Florida

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A new report sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that a heroin epidemic is underway in South Florida. “The key issue identified in 2013 is the outbreak of a heroin epidemic in South Florida and particularly in Miami-Dade County,” the report says.

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