Prodded by federal judge, FBI finally identifies Sarasota Saudis by name in court

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Six years after news broke that the FBI found ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Saudi family who’d moved abruptly out of their Sarasota home two weeks before the terrorist attacks – and didn’t tell Congress – the FBI has identified the family publicly.

Strange case: BSO looking to buy rights to embarrassing lawsuit to quash it

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is making a bizarre bid to squelch a disturbing lawsuit brought against it by a former employee by purchasing all rights to the lawsuit from a bankruptcy court trustee.

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FBI Director Comey’s credibility issues go beyond presidential politics to 9/11 panel

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
FBI Director James Comey’s credibility is under heavy fire due to his headline-making public statements about the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton that have entangled the bureau in presidential politics. But those aren’t the only credibility issues to be raised about Republican Comey since he became FBI chief in 2013.

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Broward Health data breach released patient information to tax fraud ring

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in three years, a data breach at Broward Health has caused the release of personal patient information in what one district executive called “a ring of thugs.”

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Non-profit donors allegedly acting as “fronts” for utilities backing Amendment 1

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Consumers for Smart Solar, the Political Action Committee supporting controversial Amendment 1 that critics say would give Florida utility companies a monopoly on solar energy, has raised $4.45 million from three non-profit groups allegedly acting as “fronts” for utility industry contributions.

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Broward grand jury to review death of black man tasered by Coconut Creek police

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s grand jury will convene next week to consider whether four Coconut Creek police officers should face criminal charges in the death of a black man who was shot multiple times by police firing Taser stun guns.

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Race for job of Broward chief judge takes shape; Three hopefuls so far

By David Lyons
FloridaBulldog.org
A three-way race is looming among prominent circuit judges to become the next chief judge of Broward County, a largely ceremonial post that has been used as a bully pulpit for better court services and a venue for third-rail policy disputes.

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Miami-Dade Commissioner questions value of $3.7 million Beacon Council subsidy

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
An elected official’s recent inquiry into The Beacon Council, a private agency that is tasked with keeping companies in Miami-Dade and attracting new ones, revealed that 10 firms that supposedly received assistance in the past year have either zero presence or no employees based locally.

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Report: Taxpayer-supported Broward Health engaged in ‘cultural civil war’

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The law firm that’s overseeing taxpayer-supported Broward Health’s compliance with conditions imposed by the U.S. last year when it paid $70 million to resolve alleged lawbreaking has concluded the troubled hospital district is in a state of “cultural civil war.”

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Developer’s trail of lawsuits backdrop claim of illegal campaign contributions

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Arthur Falcone, a Boca Raton-based developer behind a downtown Miami project at the center of illegal campaign contribution allegations, has blazed a trail of lawsuits accusing him of swindling business associates and creditors out of tens of millions of dollars during the height of the real estate market crash.

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Broward Health begins lobbyist registration – 12 years and millions in contracts late

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s long-lost lobbyist registration policy is, at last, resurrected. Lobbyists looking to influence district policy or the award of profitable contracts must now publicly identify themselves and their clients.

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