Convicted thief sets up South Florida super PAC with Federal Election Commission’s OK

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Four years after being convicted of stealing $35,000 worth of textbooks from Ohio State University’s law school library, Christopher Brian Valdes set up a super PAC this month in South Florida with the blessing of the Federal Election Commission.

Powerful medicine: Broward Health offers nearly $70 million to settle federal fraud probe

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health offered Thursday to pay nearly $70 million to settle a four-year-old federal investigation into allegations of massive Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

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Broward school administrators look to bypass anti-corruption reforms

The Broward School Board building in downtown Fort Lauderdale

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
Purchasing reforms enacted five years ago by the Broward School Board in the wake of corruption scandals would be bypassed amid a dispute over public participation in the selection of companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved bond projects.

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Marco Rubio’s refunds of excessive campaign contributions continue

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign continues to trickle out refunds to donors who made excessive contributions last year. This time, it was a $10,000 returned to Anthony Trey Traviesa, a former Florida state representative from the Tampa area.

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Tallahassee jackpot: Politicians send millions to charity of lobbyist’s daughter

Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera at an April 22 rally in Tallahassee for Lauren's Kids with Lauren and Ron Book

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Over the last four years, Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit founded by the daughter of top Tallahassee lobbyist Ron Book has become one the legislature’s favorite charities, raking in nearly $7 million in taxpayer funds. If and when legislators reconvene to pass a budget, that total is slated to rise to $10.8 million.

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Actions of Coconut Creek detectives investigating Taser death questioned

In early March, Bonnie Eshleman demonstrated how she watched Coconut Creek officers shoot Calvon Reid with Taser stun guns. Photo: CBS4Miami

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Coconut Creek detectives investigating the death of a black man shot multiple times by police Tasers in the Wynmoor condo complex have re-questioned two eyewitnesses in what outside police sources say was an apparent attempt to discredit their testimony.

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Another Broward Schools whistleblower alleges misconduct, this time in land sale

Broward Schools administrators want to sell this nearly 12 acre site at Broward Boulevard and Hiatus Road

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
A senior property coordinator for Broward County Schools who resigned last month claims district administrators appear to have violated state law by not telling the school board about a bidder that offered to pay a higher price for surplus school land.

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Another Startling Verdict for Forensic Science

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By Ryan Gabrielson
ProPublica
With the introduction of DNA analysis three decades ago, criminal investigations and prosecutions gained a powerful tool to link suspects to crimes through biological evidence. This field has also exposed scores of wrongful convictions, and raised serious questions about the forensic science used in building cases.

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U.S. judge asked to okay deposition of FBI agent in Sarasota Saudi probe

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI should be ordered to publicly identify and make available for questioning under oath the special agent it says authored a “wholly unsubstantiated” 2002 report that connected a Sarasota Saudi family to 9/11 terrorists, newly filed court papers say.

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Rubio’s new campaign plagued by continuing election law violations

Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign logo

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two days before he officially announced his run for the presidency last week, Marco Rubio’s campaign disclosed that it had refunded more than $23,000 in excessive contributions it previously had accepted.

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Health data breaches sow confusion, frustration

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By Charles Ornstein
ProPublica
As the privacy officer for The Advisory Board Co., Rebecca Fayed knows a thing or two about privacy and what can happen when it’s violated.
But when Fayed received a letter telling her that she, like nearly 80 million others, was the victim of a hacking attack on health insurer Anthem Inc., she couldn’t figure out why. Anthem wasn’t her insurance provider.

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