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

By Ann Henson Feltgen
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
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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Scandal plagued Broward airport contractor ousts chairman

By Dan Christensen The slow motion fall of embattled PBS&J boss John Zumwalt moved rapidly toward closure over the weekend with the announcement that he had been replaced as company chairman and would soon resign. Zumwalt’s ouster by PBS&J shareholders after five years as the company’s powerful chairman and chief executive officer was a surprise. His decision […]

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No longer good enough to be a police officer, but fine to be a lawyer

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Daniel M. Zavadil no longer carries a badge. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department fired him last fall after he admitted to signing someone else’s name on an official document. Zavadil lost his job after authorities concluded he was unfit to serve as a city police officer because of a “lack of […]

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CEO of engineering firm for Broward’s $810 million runway expansion to step down amid scandals

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org The boss of one of Florida’s biggest government contractors has announced he’s stepping down. The news comes weeks after embarrassing disclosures about his personal involvement in a corporate pay to play scandal, and disclosures about possible corrupt payoffs overseas by company officials. “After a decade of my executive leadership through the best of […]

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FBI probes huge “Ponzi-style” scheme; thousands in U.S., Canada “financially destroyed”

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in South Florida are investigating allegations of yet another massive investment fraud in which thousands of investors across the U.S. and Canada are said to have lost $170 million, Broward Bulldog has learned. The investigation began last month after a 50-page preliminary report about the “Ponzi-style” […]

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High-living stockbroker who defrauded investors won’t pay, ordered to jail

UPDATE: At 2 p.m. today, Jan. 22, U.S. District Judge Middlebrooks denied ex-stockbroker Jamie Solow’s request that he stay his order sending Solow to jail on Monday. The judge did, however, delay Solow’s surrender date one week to allow Solow time to appeal. Solow’s new surrender date is Feb. 1.    By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org A globetrotting former stock broker who’s […]

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Finkelstein says Satz favors bigshots, police over “everyday citizens”

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org In what’s shaping up as an extraordinary clash of legal titans, Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein has accused Broward State Attorney Michael Satz of routinely violating defendants’ rights and applying a double standard of justice in the county. For years, the state attorney has given favorable treatment to police officers and […]

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Traffic ticket, screw-ups land Broward grandma in jail for 15 days

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org A 78-year-old Hallandale Beach grandmother ticketed for driving on a suspended driver’s license spent 15 days in jail before authorities announced her license wasn’t suspended and an outraged judge set her free. County Court Judge Lee J. Seidman ordered Gabrielle Shaink Trudeau’s release in December at her arraignment. “She’s handcuffed like Houdini, […]

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More woes for PBS&J as it probes possible corrupt payments to foreign officials

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org PBS&J, the giant Florida-based government contractor already rocked by a pay to play scandal that led to guilty pleas by two of its former chairmen, has informed the Justice Department and federal securities regulators that it is investigating other possible crimes involving its overseas construction projects. “The purpose of the internal […]

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

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org 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, browardbulldog.org 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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