Jack Nicklaus in hot water with Justice Department over filled wetlands at golf club

The Bear's Club, co-developed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in legal hot water with the U.S. Department of Justice over construction work his companies performed on environmentally protected wetlands at The Bear’s Club, a 369-acre private golf course community in Jupiter which the six-time Masters champion co-developed in 1999.

FBI corruption probe at Broward Health allegedly blocked by hospital district’s lawyer

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By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s Health’s general counsel failed to cooperate with the FBI, withheld evidence and protected an executive accused of attempting to rape several employees, according to an explosive e-mail sent last week by a private investigator hired by the late Dr. Nabil El Sanadi to look into alleged corruption at the public hospital system.

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U.S. settles case against Broward Health for millions less than it lost in alleged fraud

Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The U.S. Justice Department settled a massive healthcare fraud case against Broward Health last month for millions of dollars less than the government lost as a result of the alleged fraud, records show.

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Growing chorus of Miami-Dade teachers denounce pay deal by Carvalho, union

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
As Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho blames Tallahassee for failing to overhaul student and teacher performance evaluations, a growing chorus of disgruntled rank-and-file teachers accuse him, the school board and the teacher’s union of breaking state law governing their employment contract.

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Speaking up for safety can lead to retaliation against workers

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By Stuart Silverstein and Brian Joseph
FairWarning
As both a veteran railroad worker and union official responsible for safety, Mike Elliott became alarmed when he learned of trouble-plagued train signals in his home state of Washington.
Signals, he said, at times would inexplicably switch from red to yellow to green – potentially creating confusion that could lead to a crash.

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Fort Lauderdale to use “poor people’s money” to subsidize transit for affluent?

A rendering of Fort Lauderdale's proposed WAVE streetcar. Will tax dollars intended to eliminate slums be used to pay for it?

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale’s recent approval of a no-bid contract to update the plan for the troubled Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment Agency has raised concerns about a lack of public input amid a rush to add projects not in the current plan at the expense of community needs.

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Hallandale Beach skyline to change with massive Diplomat expansion

A rendering of the proposed four-tower project adjacent to the Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa in Hallandale

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
A proposal for a massive, four-tower project in Hallandale Beach featuring three hotels, 938 rooms and a 250-unit high-rise condominium under the Diplomat brand will be officially unveiled to nearby residents at a meeting Thursday in the city’s Cultural Center.

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Judge: Pipeline foes can’t raise Gov. Scott’s alleged conflict of interest

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Tallahassee administrative judge has ruled that environmental opponents of the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline cannot raise allegations that Gov. Rick Scott has a financial conflict of interest in the project.

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The color of debt: How collection suits squeeze black neighborhoods

ProPublica's first-of-its-kind analysis shows that the suits are far more common in black communities than white ones.

By Paul Kiel and Annie Waldman
ProPublica
On a recent afternoon, the new African-American mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Jennings, population 15,000, looked at a computer list of every debt collection lawsuit against a resident of her city – at least 4,500 in just five years. She saw the names of many of her neighbors. Then she saw her own name.

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Rep. Alcee Hastings and 10 other House members implicated in alleged bribery scheme

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Congressional ethics investigators will review allegations that South Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings and 10 other House members took bribes by accepting campaign contributions from the payday lending industry shortly before or after taking official actions in support of the industry.

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Pipeline company to judge: Evidence of Gov. Scott’s investment in us ‘irrelevant’

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Lawyers for a company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline in north Florida have told a judge that environmental opponents should be blocked from “presenting evidence or argument” about Gov. Rick Scott’s financial interest in the company.

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