FBI corruption probe at Broward Health allegedly blocked by hospital district’s lawyer

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By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s Health’s general counsel failed to cooperate with the FBI, withheld evidence and protected an executive accused of attempting to rape several employees, according to an explosive e-mail sent last week by a private investigator hired by the late Dr. Nabil El Sanadi to look into alleged corruption at the public hospital system.

In wake of El Sanadi suicide, Florida IG probes every Broward Health contract since 2012

Dr. Nabil El Sanadi's casket leaves Friday's funeral service at First Baptist church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Sun-Sentinel

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
As Gov. Rick Scott and hundreds of others paid their final respects Friday to Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health’s late president, Florida’s chief inspector general quietly opened a wide-ranging investigation into how the hospital district hands out millions of dollars in contracts.

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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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No charges in Coconut Creek police misconduct case; prosecutors OK with enhanced interrogation

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime. Civil rights advocates call the police interrogation of Blake L. Robinson a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture. But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.

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Oops…Florida lawmakers scramble to repeal foreign driving law

By Lloyd Dunkelberger and Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers said they will work to alter or overturn a new law that requires Canadian and other foreign travelers to obtain international permits to drive in Florida.

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Canadian tourists fear insurance implications of state’s new driving rule

By Michael Pollick and Justine Griffin
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
ust because a law isn’t being enforced doesn’t mean it can’t still bite you — in the wallet, anyway. In the international driver’s license furor now straining relations between the Sunshine State and the Great North, insurance appears to be the rub.

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Fort Lauderdale draws up vision for the future

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
Within the next few months, if city commissioners approve, Fort Lauderdale residents will have the option of receiving and paying their bills for city services online. The savings in postage and personnel will be used to purchase shade trees for residents who use the online pay system, or be placed elsewhere around the city.

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Judicial Secrecy Turns Consumer Protection Case Into a Mystery

By Lilly Fowler
FairWarning.org
It’s about as secret as a lawsuit can get.

When the Consumer Product Safety Commission two years ago launched SaferProducts.gov, a database allowing consumers to report and learn about hazardous products, it was inevitable that some business would go to court to keep a customer’s complaint private.

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Altered rules let ex-Hallandale city manager’s son-in-law join lucrative pension plan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials altered city pension guidelines to enable the son-in-law of former city manager Mike Good to join a lucrative management-only pension plan after it was closed to additional employees.

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Insurance firm accused in smear told to pay $6 million to owners of Pompano Beach company

By Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A Broward County Circuit Court jury has levied a $6 million judgment against FCCI Commercial Insurance Co. for breaching a contract and maliciously prosecuting the owners of a Pompano Beach-based woodworking company, Custom Wood Creations Inc.

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