Hallandale city manager’s going away gift of public money to departing commissioner

Hallandale Beach City Manager Renee Miller, ex-Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Thanks to Hallandale Beach City Manager Renee Miller’s generosity, former Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy collected a tidy gift of taxpayer cash after he quit the city commission last May before his term was finished.

9/11, Saudi Arabia and the search for answers amid government secrecy

President Obama with Saudi King Abdullah at the White House in 2010; President George W. Bush with Crown Prince Abdullah shortly before he became king in 2005

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
t’s been 13 years since al Qaeda hijackers commandeered four U.S. passenger jets and slammed them into America’s heart, yet a basic question persists: Did they act alone or with the help of a support network?

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Fort Lauderdale police don’t enforce law requiring checks on buyers at gun shows

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
An apparent misreading of state law by the Fort Lauderdale Police has kept officers from enforcing a Broward County ordinance that requires criminal background checks on gun buyers at gun shows.

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Reversal of Fortune: A Prosecutor on Trial

By Raymond Bonner
Special to ProPublica
For 30 years, Ken Anderson was the face of law enforcement in Williamson County, Texas. Earlier this month, he walked into the courthouse again, this time as a defendant for helping to end an innocent man to prison.

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The admission arms race: Six ways colleges game their numbers

By Marian Wang
ProPublica
As college-bound students weigh their options, they often look to the various statistics that universities trumpet — things like the high number of applications, high test scores, and low acceptance rate. But students may want to consider yet another piece of info: the ways in which schools can pump up their stats.

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Gun groups, defense contractors and Facebook increase spending on lobbyists

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and the world’s largest social network increased their spending on lobbying last quarter, bucking an overall downward trend, newly filed congressional disclosures show.

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Broward Inspector General: Hallandale leaders don’t know what they’re talking about

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward Inspector General’s final report on the “gross mismanagement” of millions in tax dollars by Hallandale Beach is sharply critical of city leaders it says have shown a “basic misunderstanding” of what’s gone wrong.

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Popular, but flawed novelty helmets account for hundreds of motorcyle deaths; regulators don’t act

By Rick Schmitt
FairWarning
The results were tragic, but not surprising, last May when Suzanne Randa and her fiance, Thomas Donohoe, crashed while riding Donohoe’s Harley Davidson on Highway 79 near the Southern California city of Loma Linda. Donohoe, who was wearing a helmet meeting federal safety standards, escaped injury and walked away from the accident. Randa, 49, who wore a so-called novelty helmet that was cheap and stylish but offered but no real protection, died at the scene

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Hunger Strikes and Indefinite Detention: A Rundown on What’s Going on at Gitmo

By Coral Currier
ProPublica
It’s been 11 years since the first detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay. But the future of the prison, and the fate of the men inside it, is far from certain. With 59 detainees at Gitmo currently on hunger strike, by the military’s count, here’s a primer on what’s going at the island prison.

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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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