As trial date draws near, FBI releases more about secretive 9/11 Review Commission

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In moves aimed at heading off an unusual Freedom of Information Act trial in Miami next month, the FBI has released new information about the secretive work of its 9/11 Review Commission.

Broward insurance firm-turned-‘Ponzi scheme’ cost Florida, policyholders $100 million

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The final act in the little-noticed liquidation of a Fort Lauderdale-based insurance company that regulators say evolved into a “Ponzi scheme” that cost Florida and its policyholders more than $100 million is set to unfold in court this spring.

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Governor’s office clams up about Kisslan resignation, breakdown in appointment process

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s office says it vetted Sunrise City Attorney Kimberly Kisslan before her recent appointment to the governing board of Broward Health, yet failed to uncover damaging information that led to her abrupt resignation last Friday amid an inquiry.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch lives half-a-world away as millions flow to his Ben Gamla schools

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Peter Deutsch, the driving force behind South Florida’s controversial Ben Gamla charter schools, is a six-term former Democratic congressman with a unique status: he lives more than 6,000 miles away in Israel as an expatriate. Even so, Deutsch’s Ben Gamla schools have racked up hefty public funding: more than $10 million for nearly 1,800 students last school year alone.

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Legal battles blaze in Broward, elsewhere six decades after “safe” cigarette filter

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer—and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos.

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Broward Health commissioner quits amid governor’s inquiry into testimony in Jenne case

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Health Commissioner Kimberly Kisslan resigned Friday – two days after BrowardBulldog.org reported how she’d testified under a grant of immunity to the federal grand jury that investigated disgraced sheriff Ken Jenne.

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Governor’s choice for Broward Health board got immunity to testify in Jenne case

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s recent choice to serve on the governing board of Broward Health testified under a grant of immunity before the federal grand jury that investigated disgraced former sheriff Ken Jenne.

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In big win for defense industry, Obama rolls back limits on arms exports

By Cora Currier
ProPublica
The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions.

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Sudden turnover at the top, financial downgrade raise flags about state prison provider Corizon

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The two top executives of a state vendor who negotiated a $1.2 billion contract with the Florida Department of Corrections to provide medical care for thousands of state prisoners were abruptly fired on Wednesday.

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Breaking away: Top public universities push for ‘autonomy’ from states

By Marian Wang
ProPublica
The chancellor of Oregon’s higher-education system currently oversees all seven of the state’s public colleges and universities. But as of July next year, she’ll be chancellor of four. The schools aren’t closing. Rather, Oregon’s three largest state schools are in the process of breaking away from the rest of the public system.

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Lagging in South Florida, Broward County has no on-demand video of public meetings

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Unlike most local governments, the Broward County Commission limits the amount of sunlight that shines on its meetings. Broward is the only county in Southeast Florida, and the only major government in Broward County, that does not archive its recorded commission meetings for later on-demand viewing online by the public.

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