U.S. judge tosses lawsuit to block All Aboard Florida; Money for Phase 2 still in question

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando survived a lawsuit filed by Indian River and Martin counties when a federal judge on May 10 dismissed the suit. But funding problems remain.

Trial looms as judge denies FBI request to keep 9/11 records secret for privacy reasons

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a ruling that could lead to the release of significant new information about 9/11, including details about who funded the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, a Miami federal judge has rejected FBI assertions that many records should be kept secret due to privacy considerations.

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Miami-Dade union leaders fear more outsourcing of members’ work at district schools

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Miami-Dade School Board has agreed to spend up to $1.8 million to outsource lawn service maintenance long done by unionized workers, and union leaders now say they fear Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is eyeing more privatization that could lead to additional work cuts for its members.

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Critics: Miami-Dade wants to make it harder for land owners to fight assessment hikes

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Miami-Dade property owners will find it much more difficult to contest their annual property assessments under a new guideline being considered by the Value Adjustment Board, a semi-governmental agency that mediates disputes between landowners and Property Appraiser Pedro J. Garcia, critics of the proposal claim.

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Miami federal judge denies FBI motion to postpone trial on secret 9-11 records

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal judge Thursday denied the FBI’s request to delay for 90 days a trial to decide whether certain secret records about 9/11 should be made public.

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New FBI document shows active probe of support network for 9/11 hijackers in 2012

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
As late as October 2012, federal prosecutors and FBI agents in New York City were actively exploring filing charges against a suspect for providing material support to the 9/11 hijackers and other crimes.

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New Miami-Dade School board member: Let’s focus on fixing failing schools

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Newly elected Miami-Dade School Board member Steve Gallon is proposing to focus the district’s attention on improving failing schools in some of the county’s poorest locations, often in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

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FBI scrubs contracts to hide how much it paid 9/11 Review Commission members

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The three men who served as members of the 9/11 Review Commission were on the FBI’s payroll, but the bureau is refusing to say how much they were paid.

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Lawsuit: Rescind variance for ex-U.S. Rep.’s Hollywood charter school

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward lawsuit says Hollywood broke the law when it approved a request by the controversial Ben Gamla middle-high school to stop maintaining a rooftop vegetation area that was a key consideration for a zoning exception allowing the school in a residential neighborhood.

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Two Miami-Dade charter schools loaned $900K in taxpayer funds to sister schools

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two Miami-Dade charter schools illegally transferred taxpayer funds by lending a combined $912,094 to sister schools outside the county, the top lawyer for the Florida Department of Education has determined. The school district’s auditor is recommending the district try to get the money back.

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FBI coughs up new 9/11 records about Sarasota; Documents, evidence missing

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Newly released FBI documents say agents investigating 9/11 did not obtain security records from a Sarasota-area gated community containing alleged evidence that 9/11 hijackers had visited the residence of a Saudi family with ties to the royal family.

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