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

Broward County Courthouse

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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.

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 HistoryCommons.org]

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
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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New whistleblowers sue Plaza Health Network saying insiders milked nursing home chain

Plaza Health Network's headquarters at 1800 NE 168th St., North Miami Beach.

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
For the second time in four years, Miami Beach builder Russell Galbut and a nursing-home chain his family cofounded have been accused of illegal misconduct by a whistleblowing former executive.

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Broward Health deal exposes ethics loopholes big enough for multi-million dollar deals

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, and Broward Health's late CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca was part of a “concerted campaign” to divert public Broward Health money to pay for a marketing campaign run by his employer, Zimmerman Advertising.

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Broward Health’s Republican board fires recently hired law firm of Democratic fundraiser

Broward Health's board during Wednesday's invocation

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
Five weeks after hiring a Fort Lauderdale law firm to help it respond to a state review of its contracts, Broward Health’s governing board reversed course Wednesday and fired the firm.

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Tired of problems, Fort Lauderdale audits its community redevelopment agencies

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By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
Fed up with project failures, management problems and possible city overcharges, Fort Lauderdale commissioners have ordered an extensive audit of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agencies.

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Broward Health lawyer: Gov. Scott’s IG “intent upon destroying” public healthcare system

Broward Health Special Legal Counsel Mitchell Berger at a   Feb. 17 board meeting

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
An attorney hired by Broward Health to assist in responding to a state review of the district’s contracts has accused Gov. Rick Scott’s chief inspector general of being “intent upon destroying the very concept of a community-owned and operated public healthcare system.”

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Regulators, automakers urged to warn parents about flawed seats

Kayla Davidson and her son, Maxx, who was four-years-old when he died in a rear-end collision in Memphis in April, 2014.

By Myron Levin
FairWarning
For decades, safety regulators and the auto industry have known that even in a moderate speed rear-end crash a driver or front seat passenger can slide out of the seat belt and be launched headfirst into the backseat, badly injuring a backseat passenger or being paralyzed or killed himself. Since the 1990s, authorities have instructed parents to put young children in the backseat to avoid injury from an inflating airbag. But critics say they have failed to provide another crucial piece of information: Due to the risk of seat failure in a rear collision, the safest place for a child is behind an unoccupied seat, or else behind the lightest person in the front.

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Broward Health e-mails detail pressure to complete $71.4 million, no-bid advertising deal

Zimmerman Advertising's Cypress Creek offices

By Buddy Nevins and Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A politically connected advertising firm repeatedly pressured Broward Health staff to complete a no-bid, multi-million dollar contract despite the suicide of CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, the deal’s chief proponent.

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Suspended Broward Health board chairman sues Gov. Scott saying removal not lawful

Gov. Rick Scott, left, and suspended Broward Health board chairman David Di Pietro

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
FloridaBulldog.org
On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott suspended Broward Health Board Chairman David Di Pietro citing the “grave concerns” of his chief inspector general that board members might be interfering with her ongoing investigation. On Tuesday, Di Pietro fought back with an unusual civil lawsuit challenging Scott’s authority to suspend him. The suit also asks a Broward judge to order Scott to reinstate him to Broward Health’s board.

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Correction

On March 11 the Florida Bulldog incorrectly reported that in October 2014 a Florida limited liability company owned by Palm Beach developer Nicholas Mastroianni II purchased a Manhattan penthouse at 230 East 63rd Street. In fact, the penthouse was purchased by a Delaware limited liability corporation with the same name, 230 East 63rd-6 Trust LLC.
The story also reported that the Florida-based 230 East 63rd-6 Trust LLC donated a total of $50,000 to Floridians for a Strong Middle Class, a super PAC supporting the Senate campaign of Rep. Patrick Murphy, in two contributions on Sept. 2 and Dec. 14, 2015. However, it is not known whether the Florida LLC or the Delaware LLC made the two $25,000 contributions. An attorney for Mastroianni contends that the Delaware LLC made them. The contribution reports filed by Floridians for a Strong Middle Class do not state which of the two companies made the contributions.

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