Pay for play? Curbelo campaign boosted by School Board vendors he voted to help

Miami Congressman-Elect Carlos Curbelo visits Dr. Gilbert L. Porter Elementary School in southwest Miami-Dade.

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
During his campaign for Florida’s 26th congressional district, Carlos Curbelo wasn’t shy about collecting thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from individuals directly tied to corporations that benefited from his vote on the Miami-Dade School Board.

Florida’s chief justice and the hunt for goof-off judges

Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Florida’s chief justice has ordered the state’s 20 chief judges to monitor the work of each judge in their circuit looking for goof-offs – a move that’s unnerved judges in South Florida and elsewhere.

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Hallandale may seek Attorney General opinion on CRA spending; statewide impact seen

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners on Wednesday will consider asking the Florida Attorney General for a ruling on how community redevelopment funds can be spent, a decision that could have a far-reaching impact.

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Hallandale diverts millions from CRA’s budget to pay for non-redevelopment programs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach has diverted nearly a third of its Community Redevelopment Agency’s $11.6 million annual budget to pay for various city programs, including some apparently outside state guidelines for CRA expenditures.

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State drops burglary case against teen; Satz tolerates police misconduct, Finkelstein says again

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward State Attorney’s Office has dropped a felony burglary charge against a 15-year-old boy who defense attorneys say was coerced by Fort Lauderdale Police into falsely confessing to a crime he did not commit.

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Fact-check: The NSA and September 11th

By Justin Elliott
ProPublica
In defending the NSA’s sweeping collection of Americans’ phone call records, Obama administration officials have repeatedly pointed out how it could have helped thwart the 9/11 attacks: If only the surveillance program been in place before Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. authorities would have been able to identify one of the future hijackers who was living in San Diego. Last weekend, former Vice President Dick Cheney invoked the same argument.

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Fort Lauderdale police used tear gas during beach disturbance later downplayed by chief

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
A crowd disturbance on Fort Lauderdale beach that resulted in the Police Department’s deployment of tear gas has left beach residents and business owners in an uproar.

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With two huge contracts up for grabs, the plotting quickens at the Broward Sheriff’s Office

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Two of the biggest contracts that Broward Sheriff Scott Israel will ever get to hand out – worth as much as $350 million to the winning bidders – are scheduled for award this summer.

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Majority of Supreme Court justices are millionaires; Ginsburg, Breyer top list of wealthiest

By Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
At least five and perhaps as many as eight of the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court are millionaires according to recently released financial disclosures, and only two hold any consumer debt.

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Unhappy Broward commissioners want more control over city CRAs

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County commissioners vowed to seek changes in state law to give them more oversight over municipal redevelopment agencies after learning they cannot audit alleged misspending by Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

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The NSA black hole: 5 basic things we still don’t know about the agency’s snooping

By Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer
ProPublica
Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But secrecy around the programs has meant even basic questions are still unanswered. Here’s what we still don’t know:

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