Widow of ex-South Florida al Qaeda figure reported in Pakistan hostage swap

Al Masra's front page story last month with the story of Pakistan's release of al Qaeda boss Ayman Zawahiri's two daughters and the widow of ex-Miramar resident Adnan Shukrijumah.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years after Pakistan’s army said it killed fugitive terrorist leader and ex-Broward resident Adnan El Shukrijumah, the FBI still hasn’t verified his death. But news reports this month say al Qaeda recently claimed that Shukrijumah’s widow was one of three women released by Pakistan in exchange for the son of the country’s former army chief.

Gov. Scott’s blind trust and a company with a massive pollution problem

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott put $133 million of his assets into a blind trust two years ago, he included his shares of Mosaic, owner of the Central Florida fertilizer plant where 215 million gallons of contaminated wastewater recently drained into an aquifer that provides drinking water for millions of Floridians.

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Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI accused of spying on defense in Medicare fraud case

Judge Cooke has set a June 8 hearing to consider alleged wrongdoing by federal prosecutors and agents.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a stunning twist in a long-running Medicare fraud case, both the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI stand accused of spying on a defendant’s lawyer by illegally and secretly obtaining copies of confidential defense documents.

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28 pages and 80,000 pages: The hunt for a Saudi support network for 9-11 hijackers

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Lawyers for the Florida Bulldog have asked a federal judge to award substantial attorney fees for years of efforts to obtain secret reports about the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation of Saudis in Sarasota with apparent ties to the suicide hijackers.

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Broward Health will start lobbyist registration in June, according to CEO

Broward Health's board of commissioners at a meeting last month.

By Dan Christensen and Karla Bowsher
FloridaBulldog.org
As Broward Health’s board of commissioners dithered last week about how to implement a 12-year-old, yet newly discovered lobbyist registration policy, reform-minded CEO Pauline Grant said she would have a registration system up and running in June.

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Tainted water releases likely to continue even after Lake Okeechobee dike is refurbished

Crews install a partial cutoff wall in the middle of the Herbert Hoover Dike near Pahokee in 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 21.4 miles of cutoff wall in the southeast side of the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee from 2007-2013. Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
While Floridians are anticipating the completion of the renovation to the 75-year-old Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee during 2020, more water discharges, like those that occurred this winter, will likely be required after the work is complete, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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In 2015, motorcycle crashes helped drive highway death toll to highest level in years

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By Paul Feldman
FairWarning
Last year was a bad one for motorcyclists, with a new estimate showing that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide, the worst death toll in seven years. And Florida led the nation.

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‘What’s going on?’ Broward airport contractor said to owe millions may win millions instead

Former Broward Aviation Department Director Kent George

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Five months after demanding that contractor Tutor Perini pay Broward more than $34 million in damages for costly airport construction delays, ex-county aviation boss Kent George instead wants the county to pay Tutor Perini $18.9 million.

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Fear of stalling as U.S. intelligence chief says Congress must OK release of 28 pages

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Photo: CNN

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a development that could delay the release of 28 classified pages from Congress’s report about Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11, the head of the nation’s intelligence community has told a delegation seeking their release that the ultimate decision about whether to make those pages public would be made by Congress.

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Study: New members of Congress rely on special interest money once in Washington

U.S. Reps. Gwen Graham and Carlos Curbelo

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly five-dozen newly elected members of Congress collectively raised $17.3 million in special interest money during their first year in office – increasing their reliance on contributions from single-issue political action committees, according to a new government watchdog report.

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Lobbyist rules? What rules? Broward Health fails to enforce own policy in another snafu

Broward Health's never used lobbyist registration form

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
For more than a decade Broward Health has ignored its own rules, allowing lobbyists to operate freely behind the scenes as they seek to influence who gets tens of millions of dollars in contracts the hospital district awards every year.

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