Coconut Creek officers kill man with Tasers; Police clam up about Wynmoor shooting


By Dan Christensen
Coconut Creek Police officers firing Tasers killed a man early Sunday morning inside the sprawling Wynmoor condominium complex, a usually tranquil gated retirement community, has learned.

Sexual affair between Miami judge, witness alleged amid tainted U.S. court proceedings

Former Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigator William Majcher and Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro

By Dan Christensen
A dozen years ago, Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Martin Chambers to 15 years in prison for money laundering. For years, hushed allegations have swirled that the judge slept with the government’s key witness – a dashing Royal Canadian Mounted Police undercover agent.

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Audit finds suspicious Medicare billing by thousands of doctors; high charges most common in Florida

By Fred Schulte, The Center for Public Integrity Thousands of doctors across the country are billing Medicare for routine medical care at rates far above their peers, potentially costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in overcharges, according to a new government report. The audit released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

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Hallandale’s generous loans to private surgery center raise more questions about city program

By William Gjebre
The owner of a private, for profit surgical center received two $100,000 taxpayer-backed business loans from Hallandale Beach after city officials changed guidelines that previously had allowed for only one such loan.

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Top 10 donors make up a third of donations to super PACs

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel, the Center for Public Integrity  Contrary to expectations, the much-criticized court decisions that gave us “super PACs” have not led to a tsunami of contributions flowing from the treasuries of Fortune 500 corporations — at least not yet anyway. What the Citizens United decision and a lower court ruling have done […]

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A pattern of brutality: Jury awards $175K to handcuffed suspect beaten by Miami cop

By Dan Christensen
A federal jury has awarded $175,000 to a state prisoner it found was brutalized while in Miami police custody in 2006.
Gerald Lelieve suffered severe internal injuries that nearly killed him when he was repeatedly kicked and stomped as he lay on the ground in handcuffs after his arrest on a drug charge

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Bureaucrats’ last minute demand alters Broward trash negotiations and could lead to higher rates

By Buddy Nevins
The promise of the lowest price for waste disposal could be thwarted by a last-minute demand from top Broward County administrators.
The county was in the throes of negotiating a multi-million dollar waste disposal contract when suddenly the government issued a requirement that any company must provide a list of disposal sites.

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Florida criminal probe, whistleblower suit spotlight tree poisoning to make way for billboards

By Myron Levin, Lilly Fowler and Stuart Silverstein

Robert J. Barnhart was a crew chief for a billboard company, and a soldier in a war on trees.
Trees were the enemy if they spoiled the view of a billboard. On days of an attack, Barnhart, 27, would arrive by dawn at Lamar Advertising Co. in Tallahassee, Fla. After removing the magnetic Lamar logo from a company truck, he would set forth with a machete, a hospital mask and a container of what he described as a “pretty gnarly” herbicide.

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Ex-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s law firm donates to pro-Obama Super PAC

By Michael Beckel, The Center for Public Integrity Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist made his name in the Republican Party, but his new employer — a personal injury law firm — leans the other way, as evidenced by a $50,000 donation it made to the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action.

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TD Bank accused of altering evidence by victim of Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme

By Brian Kindle
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TD Bank lost a $67 million jury verdict in January in a case related to the notorious Fort Lauderdale lawyer and swindler Scott Rothstein. Now, the Canadian-owned bank is accused of withholding evidence during the 70-day trial.

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Broadcasters are ‘against transparency,’ says FCC chairman

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Television stations, which have been fighting a government proposal to make political ad data more accessible, came in for some harsh criticism yesterday at their annual trade show in Las Vegas. In a keynote speech Monday at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski unleashed on […]

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