Broward Schools construction program woes cloud vote on $800 million bond issue

Nathalie Lynch-Walsh

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
hree years after a scathing grand jury report about the Broward school district’s construction program, community activists are raising concerns about the management of future construction projects should voters approve an $800 million public schools bond issue in November.

Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed

Florida's existing and proposed pipeline routes. Gov. Scott invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in companies that own all three. Illustration: NextEra Energy

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Shortly after Gov. Rick Scott was elected, a Florida Power & Light executive on his transition team pitched the idea of building a major new natural gas pipeline. Last year, Scott signed bills to speed up permitting for the project and the Public Service Commission approved its construction. Not known at the time: Scott owned a stake in the company that will build the $3 billion pipeline.

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Audit: $1 million grant for Miami-Dade trade school wasted by mismanagement

Bay Point School in Miami-Dade County

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
A defunct youth offender program in Miami-Dade wasted a $1 million county grant building a vocational trade school that has sat empty for the last three years, according to a scathing audit by the Miami-Dade Inspector General.

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Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

The low doses of arsenic similar to what many Americans consume in their drinking water are enough to develop tumors in mice, a new NIH study has found.

By David Heath
Center for Public Integrity
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health fed mice very low doses of arsenic and were surprised to find that many of them developed lung cancer, according to a study just published.

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U.S. Supreme Court green lights 9/11 victims lawsuit against Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
In a decision largely unreported by the national media, the U.S. Supreme Court last week denied Saudi Arabia’s appeal that it be dropped as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging it bankrolled al Qaeda in the years before 9/11.

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Hollywood tenants pushed out for upscale housing sue for relocation assistance

Hollywood Circle's proposed 25-story housing and hotel project at Young Circle.

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Residents of a Hollywood apartment building say they are entitled to relocation assistance after they were forced out of their homes on short notice to make way for a city-sponsored, multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. The residents made the allegations in a class action lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court by Legal Aid Service of Broward County.

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New FBI records: A chilling find in a dumpster; 9/11 “person of interest” re-enters U.S.

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Freshly released, but heavily-censored FBI documents include tantalizing new information about events connected to the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars, about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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As more imported foods reach the dinner table, holes remain in FDA safety net

Overwhelmed by a rising tide of imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is able to inspect a tiny fraction of shipments due to budget constraints.

By Rick Schmitt
FairWarning
In April 2012, a team of inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigated a seafood company in southern India that had been exporting tons of frozen yellow fin tuna to the United States. Tainted fish shipped by the company sickened 425 people in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

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Miami-Dade prosecutors, state agents investigate police chief, internal affairs officers

Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
Miami-Dade prosecutors and state law enforcement agents are investigating Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle’s alleged participation in an elaborate scheme to hide and destroy public records requested by an officer he terminated, BrowardBulldog.org has learned.

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Bulldog Extra

By Julia Angwin, ProPublica fingerprint.jpg

A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com.

First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. Full Story »

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