Judge awaits FBI’s Sarasota Saudi documents; Justice Department wants more time

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By Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Relatives of 9/11 victims are eagerly watching the legal struggle over information held by the FBI concerning a Saudi Arabian family in Sarasota with possible ties to terrorists, even as calls in Congress ramp up for more disclosure about how the attackers were funded. Late Thursday, the government asked a Fort Lauderdale federal judge for more time to submit its 9/11 records.

Broward prosecutors vilify BSO detective who alleged misconduct; ‘Bloody…not improper’

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Broward Sheriff’s homicide detective who reported that Fort Lauderdale police unleashed a dog on a murder suspect who was in custody and no longer a threat should not be believed, according to a memo by local prosecutors closing the case.

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How many railroad crossings will close for new downtown passenger train service?

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By Ann Henson-Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
New downtown passenger train service that will speed users from Orlando to South Florida and back may sound like a tourism dream come true, but there’s a potentially unexpected cost to local residents.

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A conservative judge rebukes FBI as he orders it to find and turn over 9/11 documents

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Judge William J. Zloch has a reputation as a no-nonsense, conservative judge who can be short on patience, but is long on courtroom preparation and does not recoil from speaking his mind. On Friday, after months of legal wrangling, Zloch spoke his mind for the first time on the FBI’s handling of a Freedom of Information lawsuit about 9/11.

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Skeptical U.S. judge gives FBI two weeks to conduct better search of 9/11 records

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE 4/4/14 — Troubled by “inconsistencies” and the government’s sometimes “nonsensical” legal arguments, a federal judge on Friday ordered the FBI to conduct a detailed search of its records for information about apparent terrorist activity in Sarasota prior to 9/11.

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What the proposed NSA reforms wouldn’t do; big differences among plans

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Photo: The Guardian/Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras

By Kara Brandeisky
ProPublica/small>
Ten months after Edward Snowden’s first disclosures, three main legislative proposals have emerged for surveillance reform: one from President Obama, one from the House Intelligence Committee, and one proposal favored by civil libertarians. All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences – and a lot they don’t do. Here’s a rundown.

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Gov. Scott’s blind trust deviates from U.S. model; Florida law omits federal safeguards

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
When Florida’s Commission on Ethics OK’d Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust last September it acted after being told by the governor’s lawyers that it was “modeled on the blind trust of the federal Office of Government Ethics.” But the governor’s blind trust – packed with more than $70 million in Scott’s stocks, bonds and other financial assets – deviates substantially from the federal model.

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Inside the Koch brothers’ campus crusade; Billionaire industrialists investing in students

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By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch may rank among the nation’s biggest bankrollers of conservative causes and Republican campaign vehicles. But Koch proselytizing of government deregulation and pro-business civics is increasingly targeted not just at creatures of Capitol Hill, or couch sitters in swing states, but at the hearts and minds of American college students, as well.

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Citing broad public interest, newspapers ask judge to deny U.S. bid to block 9/11 lawsuit

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Two Florida newspapers have asked a Fort Lauderdale federal judge to deny the Justice Department’s effort to shut down a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records from an FBI investigation into apparent terrorist activity in Sarasota shortly before 9/11.

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By Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica Red-Cross

Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money?

A year and a half after the storm, it’s surprisingly difficult to get a detailed answer.

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