Florida gives $3.8 million to Lauren’s Kids charity after questionable poll on sex abuse

Gov. Rick Scott and Lauren Book at an April rally in Tallahassee  for Lauren's Kids charity

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Florida gave it another $3.8 million this month, the politically-connected charity Lauren’s Kids published the results of an alarming online survey about child abuse whose trustworthiness can’t be verified.

South Florida winning war against saltwater intrusion, but it’s not cheap

An illustration of saltwater intrusion. Courtesy: floridaswater.com

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saltwater intrusion leading to contaminated drinking water wells has long been feared in South Florida. But, billions spent on measures to protect our water supply — mostly paid for by utilities and their customers — have paid off so far.

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Hollywood mob lawyer Joe Varon’s final case: daughter vs. caregiver in messy probate fight

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
During a 40-year career attorney Joe Varon defended mobsters and other notorious figures, bragging while not all got off the hook none were executed. Now, it is his heirs who are in court.

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Worried over money for schools, teachers oppose ballot measure backed by Catholic Church

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
An argument over government support of religious organizations and schools has erupted between unionized teachers and the backers of a state proposed constitutional amendment, including the Catholic Church.

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Burned by health warnings, defiant tanning industry assails doctors, ‘sun scare’ conspiracy

By Bridget Huber, Fair Warning A doctor in a white lab coat stands at the pearly gates. The voice of God booms, “And your good deeds?” The man responds, “Well, as a dermatologist, I’ve been warning people that sunlight will kill them and that it’s as deadly as smoking.”

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Florida is ground zero for another partisan debate over who should be allowed to vote

By Ethan Magoc, News 21  Florida’s hanging chads and butterfly ballots in 2000 ignited the divisive battle that ended with the U.S. Supreme Court denying an election recount, effectively declaring that George W. Bush won the presidential election by 537 votes. Another potentially close election is ahead, and the nation’s largest swing state is again […]

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Political “news” blogger vocal in Hallandale mayoral race hid her marriage to candidate

By William Gjebre and Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A political writer for Examiner.com who for months has written stories attacking opponents of Hallandale Beach mayoral hopeful Jay Schorr did not tell her readers that she is Schorr’s wife.

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Bid manipulation alleged at DCF; Butterworth’s ex-agency said to steer him big Broward contract

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
An appeals court has pulled the rug out from under a bid protest alleging that a $44 million a year state management contract was illegally steered to a nonprofit led by former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth.
The court tossed the case last week without looking at the underlying corruption allegations.

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Two dark money groups outspending all Super PACs combined

By Kim Barker, ProPublica Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show. These nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s or c4s for their section of the tax code, don’t have […]

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Most eligible for Obama undocumented program already working; Aug. 15 start date to apply

By Susan Ferriss, iWatch News by the Center for Public Integrity  One of the nation’s top immigration think tanks estimates that 1.76 million undocumented people could attempt to benefit from an Obama administration decision to shield them from deportation, temporarily, and grant them two-year work permits. Moreover, the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. estimates in its […]

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Top Billboard Company Won’t Be Charged in Tree-Poisoning Case

By Myron Levin, FairWarning No criminal charges will be filed against billboard giant Lamar Advertising Co. despite evidence that company workers in Tallahassee, Fla., over at least seven years secretly chopped down or poisoned trees to provide clearer views of its roadside signs. In disclosing its decision not to prosecute, the State Attorney’s office in […]

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