Scott campaign ad touting jobs record stars convicted smuggler

A Rick Scott television ad features the governor shoulder to shoulder with flag-waving smuggler Maikel Duarte-Torres

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
A Cuban-born grocery store owner starring in a Rick Scott Spanish language television campaign ad touting the governor’s job creation record was convicted on human smuggling charges in St. Maarten four years ago. THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED

Holness: Margate isn’t the only city that’s mishandled CRA funds

Broward Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
In the wake of a critical inspector general’s report that accused Margate of mishandling millions of dollars in community redevelopment funds, Broward Commissioner Dale Holness says he expects similar findings of wrongdoing about other cities as the county’s investigation continues.

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Did the 9/11 hijackers have accomplices? Once secret FBI records spark push to find out

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
New FBI records connecting Saudis who lived in Sarasota before 9/11 to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks” have spurred a renewed push to find out whether the al Qaeda suicide hijackers who killed nearly 3,000 people had help.

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FBI records say Sarasota Saudis who fled home had “many connections” to individuals tied to 9/11

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
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A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before September 11th had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records.

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Hallandale Beach turns tables, accuses Broward Inspector General of “factual inaccuracies”

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials have fired back at county investigators who last month found “gross mismanagement” of tax funds at the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, accusing them of “numerous factual inaccuracies” and challenging their legal authority.

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Voter information wars: Will the GOP team Up with Wal-Mart’s data specialist?

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
The Republicans have admitted it: They need to get serious about collecting and analyzing voter data. Well, you can’t get much more serious than talking to Teradata, the “data warehousing” company that helps Wal-Mart, Apple and eBay store massive amounts of information about the behavior of their customers.

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Inside the global offshore money maze

By Gerard Ryle, Marina Walker Guevara, Michael Hudson, Duncan Campbell, Stefan Candea and Nicky Hager
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity
A cache of 2.5 million files has cracked open the secrets of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, exposing hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over.

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Coconut Creek police probe of officer in bathtub Taser incident missed facts, short on answers

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
An internal police investigation of a Coconut Creek officer who pulled his Taser while interrogating a frightened theft suspect in a bathtub omitted relevant facts and did not follow department policy.

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Hallandale city managers erased millions in code violation fines with little oversight

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Nearly $11 million in fines imposed for property code violations in Hallandale Beach in the past five years have been excused by city managers without the city commission’s review or approval, according to city records. The city collected only a fraction of the total.

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Course load: The growing burden of college fees

By Marian Wang
ProPublica
At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees — including a small charge for what’s billed as “free” HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the state’s flagship schools, but they are also responsible for covering 18 different fees, including a “life safety and security fee.”

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Tax-subsidized Broward Health in six-figure endorsement deal with Miami Dolphins QB

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
The newest face of Broward Health hangs shoulder pads around his neck instead of a stethoscope. But like a doctor, he earns six figures a year from the tax-subsidized public health care system.

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