Amid probe, Broward Health’s top heart doctor takes pay cut; “Every bit about the money”


By Dan Christensen
A prominent Fort Lauderdale cardiologist at the center of a federal investigation into alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud at Broward Health has signed a new contract featuring a hefty pay cut and an unfamiliar requirement that he treat poor people.

Top two FDLE agents in Miami are out; Turmoil amid takeover of police shooting probes

Addy Villanueva, former special agent-in-charge of the FDLE's Miami regional office Photo: CBSMiami

By Francisco Alvarado
The abrupt replacement of Gerald Bailey as Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner wasn’t the only major shake-up at the state’s top law enforcement agency in December. Also out amid reports of internal intrigue: the first woman to lead FDLE’s Miami Regional Operations Center, Addy Villanueva, and her number two, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Breeden.

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Broward General and other hospitals losing their names in marketing campaign

By Buddy Nevins
A plan to change the name of Broward General Medical Center, the county’s oldest hospital, and the names of three other public hospitals has physicians and others protesting.

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Miami cop jailed in trio of rapes had “dozens” of victims; city’s lawyers tell of hiring screw-ups

By Dan Christensen
There was little public discussion last fall when Miami commissioners voted unanimously to pay $550,000 to a working mom who had been kidnapped and raped by a city police officer in his patrol car.

But for 53 minutes before the vote, commissioners privately heard a disturbing earful from city lawyers

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NRA pushed ‘stand your ground’ laws across the nation

  By Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity In 2004, the National Rifle Association honored Republican Florida state legislator Dennis Baxley with a plum endorsement: Its Defender of Freedom award. The following year, Baxley, a state representative from Ocala, worked closely with the NRA to push through

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Archaeologists confirm major find in Fort Lauderdale; a “top five” historical site

By Ann Henson Feltgen
Archaeologists hired to examine artifacts unearthed last year at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park now say they are convinced they mark the sites of both a U.S. Army fort built in 1839 and a prehistoric home of the Tequesta Indians.

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New report details how U.S. House members used their positions to benefit themselves, family

By Dan Christensen
A new study by a Washington watchdog group describes how numerous members of the U.S. House of Representatives – including 18 from Florida – have used their positions to financially benefit themselves and family members.

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Miramar busts Broward’s trash monopoly; Bergeron gets a deal worth millions

By Buddy Nevins
A decades-long monopoly was shattered Tuesday when Miramar agreed to let an upstart company handle its waste disposal.

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50 states and no winners: lofty government ethics promises often fall short

Editor’s note: This story is an overview of the findings of the State Integrity Investigation, a first-of-its-kind, data-driven assessment of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption mechanisms in all 50 states. The project was overseen and edited by The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. By Caitlin Ginley, The Center for Public Integrity The tales are […]

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Weak ethics agencies, lobbyist regulation tarnish Florida in national integrity investigation

By Dan Christensen with The Center for Public Integrity
Florida kicked off the modern era of open government reforms when it became the first state to pass an open meetings law in 1967. Today, Florida’s Sunshine Law, and its even older Public Records Law, are among the strongest in the nation.
But while Florida lets plenty of sun shine in on public meetings and records, it has done a poor job of illuminating the activities of lobbyists.

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New questions about FBI probe of Saudis’ post-9/11 exodus

By Robbyn Swan
Special to
The FBI mishandled its investigation of the travel of a Saudi prince and his companions out of Florida within days of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, new interviews, 9/11 Commission documents and FBI files reveal.

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