U.S. judge tosses lawsuit to block All Aboard Florida; Money for Phase 2 still in question

By Ann Henson Feltgen
FloridaBulldog.org
All Aboard Florida’s plan to operate regular passenger train service between Miami and Orlando survived a lawsuit filed by Indian River and Martin counties when a federal judge on May 10 dismissed the suit. But funding problems remain.

Trial looms as judge denies FBI request to keep 9/11 records secret for privacy reasons

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a ruling that could lead to the release of significant new information about 9/11, including details about who funded the al Qaeda terrorist attacks, a Miami federal judge has rejected FBI assertions that many records should be kept secret due to privacy considerations.

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Mother of slain ex-Broward al Qaeda boss hopes for end to stigma

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Nearly two years have passed since Miramar’s Zuhrah A. Jumah got news that her eldest son, Adnan, had been killed during a military raid on an al Qaeda hideout in a mountainous corner of northwest Pakistan. Lately, she wonders how long Adnan El Shukrijumah’s ugly reputation as an al Qaeda commander will continue to trail her and her family.

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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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