Florida gives $3.8 million to Lauren’s Kids charity after questionable poll on sex abuse

Gov. Rick Scott and Lauren Book at an April rally in Tallahassee  for Lauren's Kids charity

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Before Florida gave it another $3.8 million this month, the politically-connected charity Lauren’s Kids published the results of an alarming online survey about child abuse whose trustworthiness can’t be verified.

South Florida winning war against saltwater intrusion, but it’s not cheap

An illustration of saltwater intrusion. Courtesy: floridaswater.com

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saltwater intrusion leading to contaminated drinking water wells has long been feared in South Florida. But, billions spent on measures to protect our water supply — mostly paid for by utilities and their customers — have paid off so far.

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Arrests near in Coconut Creek Taser case? PBA chief suggests death from natural causes

Broward Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Citing a public records exemption requiring a good faith belief that an arrest will be made soon, Broward’s Medical Examiner is withholding autopsy records about a black man who was repeatedly shot with Tasers by Coconut Creek Police officers.

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Broward School Board’s budding bid rigging scandal takes a twist

Broward School Board headquarters in Fort Lauderdale

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
UPDATE MARCH 17 – In a public vote of confidence for Superintendent Robert Runcie and his staff amid allegations of bid rigging, the Broward School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to temporarily scrap plans to award a multi-million dollar management contract.

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Broward Schools whistleblower alleges bid rigging

A political committee's mailer asking voters to approve last November's $800 million bond measure.

By William Hladky
FloridaBulldog.org
Administrators at the Broward County School District “rigged” bidding procedures to ensure that Jacobs Project Management Company would receive a multi-million dollar contract to manage $800 million in capital projects that voters agreed to finance, according to a district whistleblower.

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Coconut Creek police chief forced out amid Taser death investigation; Acting chief named

Coconut Creek Police Chief Michael Mann

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Coconut Creek Police Chief Michael J. Mann, who less than a week ago publicly declared that there had been “no cover up” in his department’s ongoing investigation of city officers who shot and killed a man with Tasers, was forced to resign on Wednesday.

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Embattled Broward Health paid law firm $10.2 million; Tab included a lawyer’s M&Ms

Seven orthopedic surgeons are among 27 Broward Health physicians under scrutiny in a federal Medicare fraud probe

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health has paid $10.2 million so far for legal advice about how to deal with an ongoing federal investigation into allegations that it colluded with doctors to submit tens of millions of dollars in bogus claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

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How much is your arm worth? Depends on where you work

Top: Jeremy Lewis smokes a cigarette outside of his parents’ home in Albertville, Alabama, less than 50 miles from the Georgia state line. If he had been injured in Georgia he would have been entitled to far more than the $45,000 he received under Alabama’s workers’ comp system. Photo: Dustin Chambers for ProPublica

By by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR
Their injuries, suffered on the job at Southern industrial plants, were remarkably similar, too. Each man lost a portion of his left arm in a machinery accident. After that, though, their paths couldn’t have diverged more sharply.

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Weston teacher faces discipline for alleged slur to Muslim student

Photo: Local10.com

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Cypress Bay High School French teacher could lose her job after allegedly calling a Muslim student a “rag-head Taliban.”

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Coconut Creek officers kill man with Tasers; Police clam up about Wynmoor shooting

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Coconut Creek Police officers firing Tasers killed a man early Sunday morning inside the sprawling Wynmoor condominium complex, a usually tranquil gated retirement community, FloridaBulldog.org has learned.

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Sexual affair between Miami judge, witness alleged amid tainted U.S. court proceedings

Former Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigator William Majcher and Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A dozen years ago, Miami federal judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Martin Chambers to 15 years in prison for money laundering. For years, hushed allegations have swirled that the judge slept with the government’s key witness – a dashing Royal Canadian Mounted Police undercover agent.

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