Lawsuit: Rescind variance for ex-U.S. Rep.’s Hollywood charter school

Rooftop "vegetation" atop Hollywood's Ben Gamla middle-high school. Photo: William Gjebre

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward lawsuit says Hollywood broke the law when it approved a request by the controversial Ben Gamla middle-high school to stop maintaining a rooftop vegetation area that was a key consideration for a zoning exception allowing the school in a residential neighborhood.

Two Miami-Dade charter schools loaned $900K in taxpayer funds to sister schools

Keys Gate Charter School in Homestead. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two Miami-Dade charter schools illegally transferred taxpayer funds by lending a combined $912,094 to sister schools outside the county, the top lawyer for the Florida Department of Education has determined. The school district’s auditor is recommending the district try to get the money back.

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Florida DEP sought little public input about plan to allow more toxins in state waters

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By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
With minimum public input, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been working for four years on a proposal that could let more cancer-causing toxins be released into the state’s surface waters. Most Floridians have been kept in the dark regarding the plan that will cause great harm to the state’s aquatic environment, residents and visitors, according to activists and some elected officials.

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Report: ChildNet Broward is failing, ‘urgent’ need to fix county’s child welfare system

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Burdened with high caseloads and mired in millions of dollars in debt, the lead agency in Broward’s child welfare system is failing. That’s the gist of a 15-page state task force report obtained by FloridaBulldog.org about ChildNet Broward, the nonprofit that received $67 million from Florida’s Department of Children & Families (DCF) this year to provide community-based child welfare services.

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FOIA lawsuit disputes 9-11 Review Commission effort to discredit sensational FBI report

FBI Director James Comey, second from right,  is flanked by 9/11 Review Commissioners Tim Roemer, right, Ed Meese and Bruce Hoffman, far left. Photo: FBI

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two blue ribbon government panels on 9/11, two approaches to public accountability. The 9/11 Commission held a dozen public hearings before issuing its report in 2004. Last year’s lesser known FBI 9/11 Review Commission was more secretive. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Miami seeks access to its records that the FBI has refused to release.

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Broward’s Inspector General probes Hallandale Beach CRA – again

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper is flanked on the left by Commissioners Keith London and Michele Lazarow and on the right by Commissioners Bill Julian and Anthony Sanders. The commission also sits at the city CRA's board of directors

By William Gjebre
FloridaBulldog.org
The Broward County Inspector General’s Office has launched another inquiry into Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, three years after finding the city “grossly mismanaged” millions of dollars in CRA funds.

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Broward County’s $18.9 million airport flip-flop and a new, secret whistleblower case

The Broward County Commission before Tuesday's vote to pay $18.9  million to settle a dispute with airport contractor Tutor Prerini.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
With little public discussion, the Broward County Commission has overwhelmingly approved an $18.9-million payout to airport contractor Tutor Perini to settle a bitter dispute about who was to blame for costly construction delays.

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Environmentalists blow whistle on state proposal to allow more toxins in state waters

Photo: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida’s rivers, streams, lakes and coastal waters face a dramatic increase in the level of toxic chemicals that cause cancer and other serious illnesses under a proposal by the pro-business administration of Gov. Rick Scott to water down state environmental protections.

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Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI accused of spying on defense in Medicare fraud case

Judge Cooke has set a June 8 hearing to consider alleged wrongdoing by federal prosecutors and agents.

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
In a stunning twist in a long-running Medicare fraud case, both the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI stand accused of spying on a defendant’s lawyer by illegally and secretly obtaining copies of confidential defense documents.

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28 pages and 80,000 pages: The hunt for a Saudi support network for 9-11 hijackers

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By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Lawyers for the Florida Bulldog have asked a federal judge to award substantial attorney fees for years of efforts to obtain secret reports about the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation of Saudis in Sarasota with apparent ties to the suicide hijackers.

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Broward Health will start lobbyist registration in June, according to CEO

Broward Health's board of commissioners at a meeting last month.

By Dan Christensen and Karla Bowsher
FloridaBulldog.org
As Broward Health’s board of commissioners dithered last week about how to implement a 12-year-old, yet newly discovered lobbyist registration policy, reform-minded CEO Pauline Grant said she would have a registration system up and running in June.

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