Miami-Dade Schools, union push costly private loan program for lowest paid workers

By William Gjebre
A union representing the lowest-paid Miami-Dade public schools employees has endorsed a proposed private loan program for its members that would charge 24 percent interest with the school district collecting loan repayments by deducting them from employee paychecks.

Hollywood targets hundreds arrested for domestic violence, public defender cries foul

By Dan Christensen
Hollywood police have sent letters to hundreds of residents arrested for domestic violence threatening to target them for enhanced “scrutiny and/or penalties” and “unannounced police checks on your residence.”

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As Rep. Wexler departs, his curious $150,000 campaign bet goes bust

By Dan Christensen, South Florida U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler’s 13-year sojourn in Congress is almost over, but his campaign – or rather his campaign’s fat bank account – will run on indefinitely. But the Wexler campaign’s final takeaway is likely to be lighter than the congressman expects. The reason: the apparent total loss of Wexler’s unusual and secretive investment […]

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Two doctors fined, another to trial in top Republican fundraiser’s insider trading case

By Dan Christensen, The former chairman of the Florida Board of Medicine and another Fort Lauderdale physician have agreed to pay substantial sums to settle federal civil charges of insider stock trading. Dr. Mammen P. Zachariah, appointed to the board of medicine by Gov. Jeb Bush in 2004, and Dr. Sheldon Nassberg allegedly reaped […]

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Executives talk, but PBS&J walks in campaign scheme

By Dan Christensen, Political gridlock in Washington has let one of Broward’s biggest government contractors off the hook for any liability in a decades-long scheme to win contracts by shoveling out illegal campaign contributions. PBS&J was not charged with a crime two years ago when its two immediate past chairmen pleaded guilty in federal […]

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FBI used paid informant against Eggelletion

By Dan Christensen, An obscure Fort Lauderdale businessman with international connections and a history of helping the FBI was a paid informant in the U.S. government’s case against suspended Broward commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, court records show. How much the government paid Patrick J. Lochrie, and what he did to earn that money, was not […]

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Rothstein arranged $6 million, high-interest loan to Riverside Hotel

By Dan Christensen,   Jailed ex-lawyer Scott Rothstein arranged a $6 million loan at a high rate of interest last spring to a subsidiary of The Las Olas Company, the struggling owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Riverside Hotel, county land records show. Las Olas Company president and chairman Irving Bowen mortgaged the venerable hotel to […]

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Eggelletion agrees to plead guilty

By Dan Christensen, Suspended Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion has agreed to plead guilty to a new federal information filed Tuesday that charges him with conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a trio of sources. Federal court records show that in exchange for Eggelletion’s plea, prosecutors have agreed to cap the amount of […]

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Money and betrayal on Las Olas Boulevard

 By Dan Christensen, The heiress to a Broward family fortune that includes Fort Lauderdale’s landmark Riverside Hotel and much of chic Las Olas Boulevard’s priciest real estate is suing her once trusted right hand man saying he betrayed her. Barbara S. Wells, whose grandfather started The Las Olas Company in 1936, alleges ex-company president […]

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Remembering the dead; Obsessed with justice

By Jonathon King, His right eye is swollen and sightless, the victim of diabetes, blinded by age and bursting blood vessels. But behind its brown glaze are the memories of one man’s accounting of the dead. So many dead. “I worked more homicides than I can count,” says retired Detective Doug Evans, sitting at […]

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Chief judge Tobin reopens old wounds, wins at Supreme Court

By Dan Christensen, When Broward Circuit Judge Victor Tobin was elected chief judge two years ago he vowed to heal a deeply divided courthouse and restore public faith in Broward’s judiciary. But Tobin’s recent decision to transfer two rival veteran judges to divisions they did not request, and have told supporters they do not […]

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Finalist for U.S. Attorney planted phony court records

By Dan Christensen, A Miami-Dade judge who President Obama is considering to be South Florida’s next U.S. Attorney once falsified official court records in apparent violation of state law. Judge Daryl Trawick, right, instructed the clerk’s office to alter the public court docket in 2002 at the request of state prosecutors seeking to protect a […]

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