FBI’s attempt to water down judicial order denied; 9/11 documents begin to flow to judge

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A Fort Lauderdale federal judge Friday gave the FBI another week to produce tens of thousands of pages from its massive 9/11 investigation for his inspection, but forcefully denied government requests that he water down his own previous order requiring disclosure.

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.

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Fresh questions about use of public money for Deutsch’s Ben Gamla charter schools

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By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A Broward civic activist has urged the School Board to re-examine whether the publicly funded Ben Gamla charter schools are violating the Constitutional separation of church and state mandate. In response, a top district official has asked for a review of the matter.

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Push to extend ‘Doc’ Sistrunk’s name and legacy raises tensions in Fort Lauderdale

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By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
To honor James “Doc” Sistrunk’s legacy, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission may have to defy Flagler Village Civic Association opposition to extend the boulevard named for the black physician.

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FBI resists thorough search of vast 9/11 files in Tampa for records about Sarasota Saudis

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A mass of documents detailing the Tampa area connection to the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, many of which may have never been made public, are stored out of sight in the FBI’s Tampa field office.

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Hollywood neighbors oppose ex-U.S. Rep. Deutsch’s plan for another Ben Gamla school

Rendering of proposed Ben Gamla charter School in Hollywood

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Former Democratic U.S. Congressman Peter Deutsch is pushing to build another Ben Gamla charter school, this time in Hollywood over the opposition of residents in a working-class neighborhood congested by morning and afternoon traffic.

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The Surveillance Reforms Obama Supported Before He Was President

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By Kara Brandeisky
ProPublica
When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the measure. But five years ago, Illinois Senator Barack Obama supported substantial changes to NSA surveillance programs.

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Broward homicide detective blows whistle on Sheriff Israel; alleges cover up and retaliation

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Broward Sheriff’s homicide detective has filed a whistleblower suit alleging that Sheriff Scott Israel and members of his command staff sought to cover up misconduct by a Fort Lauderdale canine officer at an arrest scene.

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Broward Sheriff picks Armor for lucrative jail contract; questions about cost, care linger

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: Aug. 8 — Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has chosen Miami’s Armor Correctional Health Services for another lucrative term providing medical, dental and other care to the county’s jail inmates. Click through to read more.

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Broward jail healthcare firm up for new contract did not disclose $800K wrongful death payout

Allen Daniel Hicks died last year as a result of multiple blunders by Armor Correctional Health Services.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Miami healthcare company looking to renew its multimillion dollar contract to care for Broward’s jail inmates did not disclose in bid documents that it paid an $800,000 wrongful-death settlement earlier this year in Tampa.

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Bid rules at Broward Aviation are different; company cries foul

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By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
The rules are different at the Broward County Aviation Department. Although the Broward County Commission in 2011 approved a major overhaul of the county’s procurement code, the rule changes only partially affected the Aviation Department.

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