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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Executives talk, but PBS&J walks in campaign scheme

By Dan Christensen, browardbulldog.org 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, browardbulldog.org 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, browardbulldog.org   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, browardbulldog.org 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, browardbulldog.org 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, browardbulldog.org 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, browardbulldog.org 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, BrowardBulldog.org 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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Money, politics and Bush’s failed plan to name a Broward loyalist U.S. Surgeon General

By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org 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, BrowardBulldog.org 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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