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

Rooftop "vegetation" atop Hollywood's Ben Gamla middle-high school. Photo: William Gjebre

By William Gjebre
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.

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

Keys Gate Charter School in Homestead. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

By Francisco Alvarado
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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Lawsuit: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has tolerated and covered-up the illegal use of force

The late Steven Jerold Thompson, left, and suspended BSO Deputy Gerald Wengert

By Dan Christensen
The family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy has sued the deputy and Sheriff Scott Israel, alleging wrongful death, serious and repeated failures of police oversight, and cover-up.

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Secret U.S. Marshals’ report ID’d security weaknesses at Broward courthouse before escape

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
A confidential U.S. Marshals’ security assessment for the Broward County Courthouse exposed numerous weaknesses in the building’s security system four years before last week’s scandalous escape of a 21-year-old murder suspect.

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28 pages connect Saudi prince to al Qaeda leader, supporters of 9/11 hijackers

From left to right: Dick Cheney, Prince Bandar, Condoleezza Rice, and George W. Bush, on the Truman Balcony of the White House on September 13, 2001. [Source: White House via]

By Dan Christensen
The Saudi ambassador who met with President George W. Bush at the White House two days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 had connections to a major al-Qaeda figure and other Saudis suspected of helping two of the suicide hijackers while they were in the United States.

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Broward medical examiner’s evidence policy worries prosecutors, defense lawyers

Broward Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak

By Eric Barton
The Broward County medical examiner has been destroying some tissue and blood samples after they are a year old, a policy defense attorneys and prosecutors say could affect untold numbers of criminal cases.

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U.S. Rep. Graham asks Gov. Scott to call special session on Lake O crisis

By Francisco Alvarado
In a sharply worded rebuke of Rick Scott, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) urged the governor to call a special legislative session to deal with the toxic algae bloom discharges from Lake Okeechobee threatening the state’s ecosystem as well as the tourism and fishing industries.

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The release of the 28 pages isn’t the last word in the search for who was behind 9/11

The 28 pages originally were censored from the 2003 report of Congress's Joint Inquiry into 9/11.

By Dan Christensen
It took 13 years and enormous public pressure to force President Obama to order the release of the suppressed chapter from Congress’s Joint Inquiry report about apparent Saudi support for the 9/11 suicide hijackers. Those 28 pages, however, aren’t nearly the last word about the people and events behind 9/11.

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The Miami fight over right to sue to block controversial development

A rendering of planned development on Watson Island

By Francisco Alvarado
A proposed amendment to Miami’s charter that would help a series of lawsuits aimed at stopping controversial mega-projects on public waterfront land has drawn fierce opposition from City Attorney Victoria Mendez. Amendment supporters, on the other hand, accuse Mendez of running interference because she fears the lawsuits — if allowed to move forward — would expose her office’s role in violating the city charter, breaking Florida’s public records law and feeding misinformation to city commissioners.

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Miami-Dade Commission to vote on multi-million dollar Liberty Square redevelopment

A rendering from Miami's proposed Liberty Square redevelopment project

By Francisco Alvarado
Three years after taking over the affordable-housing division of a scandalous company that defrauded $26 million from the federal government, Atlantic Pacific Communities is still dealing with the fallout.

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Push to block Sabal Trail gas pipeline looks to enlist U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sabal Trail pipeline opponents handed out signs and leaflets in Live Oak on April 21. Photo: John S. Quarterman

By Jake Galvin and Dan Christensen
In an escalating effort to block the controversial Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline, opponents are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine allegations that information about potential environmental hazards was overlooked during the regulatory process.

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