Gov. Scott, his investments and the ‘temptation to dishonor’

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
When Gov. Rick Scott set up his first blind trust in April 2011, his lawyers asked Florida’s ethics commission whether he had any conflicts of interest because of his investments in companies doing business in Florida. Topping their list of concern was Texas-based Energy Transfer Equity…

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

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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.

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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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Obama nonprofit not disclosing all donor data

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
President Barack Obama’s new nonprofit advocacy group wants to know what its donors do professionally and for whom they work. But don’t expect to ever see the information.

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Wal-Mart looks to enter Ft. Lauderdale market; eyes unprosperous area near downtown

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Walmart wants to build its first store in Fort Lauderdale – a Neighborhood Market on a seven-acre site on the southwest corner of Andrews Ave. and Sunrise Blvd. If built, it will be the first Walmart store in east central Broward County.

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Split Hallandale commission votes to give Miami developer Tibor Hollo big break on fines

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners have let a prominent developer off the hook for nearly half-a-million dollars in fines for property code violations accumulated before it bought the land at a much lower price than paid by the former owners.

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Drilling Deeper: The Wealth of Connections for Obama’s Energy Pick

By Justin Elliott
ProPublica
President Obama’s energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz is a nuclear scientist who spent the last decade serving on a range of boards and advisory councils for energy industry heavyweights, including some that do business with the Department of Energy.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell at the Broward State Attorney’s Office

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward prosecutors who declined to charge a Coconut Creek policeman who pulled a Taser on a frightened theft suspect standing in a bathtub never asked the officer under oath why he hadn’t mentioned the incident in his police reports.

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