FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota; Documents, evidence missing

New York's World Trade Center before September 11, 2001

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Newly released FBI documents say agents investigating 9/11 did not obtain security records from a Sarasota-area gated community containing alleged evidence that 9/11 hijackers had visited the residence of a Saudi family with ties to the royal family.

Mother of slain ex-Broward al Qaeda boss hopes for end to stigma

FBI Director Robert Mueller  with wanted poster for  Adnan El Shukrijumah in 2003.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years have passed since Miramar’s Zuhrah A. Jumah got news that her eldest son, Adnan, had been killed during a military raid on an al Qaeda hideout in a mountainous corner of northwest Pakistan. Lately, she wonders how long Adnan El Shukrijumah’s ugly reputation as an al Qaeda commander will continue to trail her and her family.

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Broward commissioners move to retake contract power; change would reverse 2010 reforms

From left, Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca, Stacy Ritter, Martin David Kiar, Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Lois Wexler,  Dale V.C. Holness, Mayor Kristin Jacobs, Sue Gunzburger and Tim Ryan

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward County Commission has taken its first step to snatch back power to influence the awarding of contracts, and more change is in the air.

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Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

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By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar
Center for Public Integrity
On March 11, 2008, Christopher Cox, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox’s SEC.

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Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash

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By Daniel Wagner
Center for Public Integrity
Andy Pollock rode the last subprime mortgage wave to the top then got out as the industry collapsed and took the U.S. economy with it. Today, he’s back in business.

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Broward opens broad inquiry into misuse of property tax dollars by CRAs; millions at stake

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By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward Inspector General’s Office has opened a broad inquiry into the potential misuse of public funds across the county with written requests to at least nine cities with a Community Redevelopment Agency to hand over a variety of financial records for inspection.

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Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

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By Alison Fitzgerald
Center for Public Integrity
Five years after the near-collapse of the nation’s financial system, the economy continues a slow recovery. Many of the top Wall Street bankers who were largely responsible for the disaster are also unemployed. But they walked away with millions and they’re juggling their ample free time between mansions, golf, skiing and tennis

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On 9/11 anniversary, push in Congress to win day in court for victims of terrorism on U.S. soil

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Twelve years after al Qaeda hijackers flew jetliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – killing nearly 3,000 people – a renewed push is underway in Congress to ensure that victims of terrorism on American soil can hold its foreign sponsors to account in U.S. courts.

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Broward Sheriff Israel makes winners out of Coventry Health Care, lobbyist Rubin

BSO's Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex 
 Photo: WPLG-Local 10

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has named incumbent and low-bidder Coventry Health Care of Florida as his choice to provide group medical insurance to BSO’s 5,800 employees – a contract worth more than $355 million over the next five years.

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In new battleground over toxic reform, special interests target Florida, other states

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By Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity
HARTFORD, Conn. — In the bare-knuckle war over toxic chemicals, the fight between industry and activists has shifted noticeably from Washington, D.C., to state venues such as the golden-domed Capitol that rises over Hartford like a lordly manse.

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Charities in Broward, elsewhere that claim to support veterans spend big on overhead instead

FUM Management President Jamie O’Bryan and management consultant Douglas Sailors live in this million dollar home in Lighthouse Point. Both O’Bryan and Sailors declined to answer News21′s questions about the veterans’ charity they manage Photo: Chad Garland/News21

By Chad Garland and Andrew Knochel
News 21
Over four years, as veterans returned home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Pompano Beach charity called Disabled Veterans Services, reported raising more than $8 million in cash and nearly $4 million in donated goods it claimed would help disabled and homeless veterans. But barely a nickel of each dollar the charity raised in cash went directly to help veterans, a News21 analysis shows.

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