Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott

By Dan Christensen
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.

Accusations of spying by FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office dissolve amid generous plea deals

Defense attorney Howard Srebnick, left, and Assistant U.S. Attorney James V. Hayes

By Dan Christensen
Weeks after being accused of spying on the defense in a $55-million Medicare fraud case, the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office gave all three defendants generous plea deals that closed the case and made the misconduct accusations go away.

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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
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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As heroin, fentanyl deaths mount, Miami-Dade leaders “research the topic”

Epidemiologist James Hall, left, and drug addiction interventionist John Schmidt

By Francisco Alvarado
Three months after presenting a plan to Miami-Dade commissioners to tackle an alarming rise in overdose deaths, drug-addiction experts say the county has not moved quickly enough to curb the local opiate epidemic.

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Its spy vs spy as CIA directors differ on making public 28 hidden pages of 9-11 report

CIA Director John Brennan, right, and former CIA Director Porter Goss

By Dan Christensen
Two CIA directors. Two conflicting opinions.
On Monday, former CIA director Porter Goss strongly disagreed with current CIA chief John Brennan’s assertions on Meet the Press as to why President Obama should keep secret 28 classified pages from a 14-year-old congressional report about 9/11 said to implicate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the terrorist attacks.

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Broward Health looks to pay headhunting firm $300,000 to find a $950,000 CEO

Broward Health Interim CEO Pauline Grant, whose salary will be voted on Wednesday. Photo: Nova Southeastern University

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
Taxpayer supported Broward Health’s board of commissioners will be asked today to approve spending $300,000 for a search firm to find a new CEO whose total pay would be $950,000 a year.

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Broward Health seeks bids for ad contract as huge no-bid deal with Zimmerman dies

Broward Health hq

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
In a signal that Broward Health’s controversial no-bid $71.4 million deal with Zimmerman Advertising is dead, blueprints have been drafted for a new, smaller marketing campaign for the public health system.

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Bob Graham questions decision to send Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehab

The Mohammad bin Naif Counseling and Care Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which claims a nearly 90 percent success rate in rehabilitating terrorists

By Dan Christensen
Ex-Florida Sen. Bob Graham is questioning the wisdom of the Obama Administration’s decision to release nine Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia for “rehabilitation.”

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9-11 widows ask Obama to read secret ’28 pages,’ support bill to allow suit against Saudis

The National September 11 Memorial in New York City

By Dan Christensen
Five 9/11 widows said Tuesday they were “horrified” to watch President Obama say in a Monday television interview that he hasn’t read the secret 28 pages of a congressional investigation into 9/11 said to implicate Saudi Arabia in support for the hijackers.

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Banned in New Jersey’s public schools, ex-official wants on Miami-Dade School Board

Steven Gallon III

By William Gjebre
A former Miami-Dade County school principal/district administrator banned from working in New Jersey public schools following an investigation during his tenure as superintendent of a 7,000-student district is seeking a seat on the Miami-Dade School Board.

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9/11 Commission lawyers wanted to probe possible Saudi Royal family ties to hijackers

By Brian McGlinchey
A 9/11 Commission document declassified last summer without publicity or media analysis indicates that investigators proposed exploring to what extent “political, economic and other considerations” affected U.S. government investigations of links between Saudi Arabia and 9/11.

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