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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Money, politics and Bush’s failed plan to name a Broward loyalist U.S. Surgeon General

By Dan Christensen, Sworn testimony in the Broward insider stock-trading case against a top Republican fundraiser is shedding new light on the alleged fraud and how political access is bought and sold. Fort Lauderdale heart doctor Zachariah P. Zachariah and two other physicians, including his brother, are accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

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Top Republican fundraiser’s insider trading trial called off amid possible deal

By Dan Christensen, Next week’s federal insider trading trial of a major Broward GOP fundraiser with close ties to former President George W. Bush has been called off while a possible settlement deal is worked out. Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, his physician brother and a third Fort Lauderdale doctor are accused of hauling down […]

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Anatomy of a frame-up

“To seek the just determination of all criminal matters that are presented to the State Attorney” – from the web site of Broward State Attorney Michael Satz By Dan Christensen, Once upon a time Jerry Frank Townsend was South Florida’s deadliest serial killer and rapist. Broward Sheriff’s Office and Miami Police Department homicide detectives […]

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Ten who would not have died

Ten women and children died between the day Jerry Frank Townsend was arrested for murder in 1979, and the day Eddie Lee Mosley was sent to a state hospital for the criminally insane in 1987. Each of these murders was later linked to Mosley by DNA testing or other means. The dead: 12/24/79   Susan Boyton 2/22/80   Arnette Tukes 3/10/80  […]

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