Broward Health rattled by corruption probes, may seek a new way to govern itself

Fort Lauderdale's Broward Health Medical Center, flagship of the North Broward Hospital District.

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
“What a colossal mess!” That’s the opening salvo from the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury’s August 2010 report on ailing Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The same could be said today of Broward Health.

Jack Nicklaus in hot water with Justice Department over filled wetlands at golf club

The Bear's Club, co-developed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is in legal hot water with the U.S. Department of Justice over construction work his companies performed on environmentally protected wetlands at The Bear’s Club, a 369-acre private golf course community in Jupiter which the six-time Masters champion co-developed in 1999.

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Pipeline company to judge: Evidence of Gov. Scott’s investment in us ‘irrelevant’

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Lawyers for a company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline in north Florida have told a judge that environmental opponents should be blocked from “presenting evidence or argument” about Gov. Rick Scott’s financial interest in the company.

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Carvalho’s contract “contrary to law” but Miami-Dade schools boss won’t fix it

Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Nine months ago, a state audit concluded that Miami Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s generous severance package violated state law. Despite the finding, Carvalho has refused to amend his employment agreement to fix one of the problems identified in the audit, claiming he doesn’t have to do so.

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Broward Health’s $70 million settlement leaves risk of criminal charges

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Court documents describe the massive healthcare fraud that led Broward Health to pay $69.5 million to settle a whistleblower’s lawsuit last week as an illegal “scheme of mutual enrichment” between the hospital system and its physicians. Was it a criminal scheme?

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Illegal kickbacks to doctors to cost Broward Health $69.5 million

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health has agreed to pay $69.5 million in penalties to settle federal allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks to nine doctors who referred patients to its hospitals in a scheme that went on for more than a decade.

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Hollywood Beach CRA the target of moves to cut its funding, or kill it

Rendering of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. Photo: City of Hollywood

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Hollywood City Commissioner Peter Hernandez says the Beach Community Redevelopment Agency should be abolished because it has had increasing property tax funds for its use — at times exceeding its needs — while the “rest of the city is starving” to pay for operations and needed improvements.

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A stonewall of secrecy hides many 9-11 records on 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks

Osama bin Laden, left, with his successor as al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Seven weeks after the end of the massive cleanup at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in 2002, a legal investigator for the families of 9/11 victims requested a copy of an arrest warrant issued by Interpol for fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Justice Department replied that she’d first need bin Laden to sign a privacy waiver.

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Pipeline foes ask DEP to deny key permit; Cite ‘conflict of interest’ by Gov. Scott

Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in North Florida are asking Florida regulators to reject the project, citing both dangers to the environment and a “conflict of interest” by the regulators’ boss, Gov. Rick Scott.

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Democracy inaction: old equipment and partisan battles threaten election integrity nationwide

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By Nicholas Kusnetz
Center for Public Integrity
The offices in a former Kohl’s department store here look inconsequential enough — linoleum floors, fluorescent lights and cookie-cutter furniture. But what happens in this strip mall, and other equally nondescript settings nationwide, could in fact be crucial to the struggle over America’s voting laws and apparatus — a struggle that may go a long way toward determining the outcome of next November’s presidential election.

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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.

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