Broward PD Finkelstein says bond court judge Hurley must go; Chief judge says no

Broward County Court Judge John "Jay" Hurley Photo: NBC6 Miami

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
John “Jay” Hurley, a Broward County judge who’s gained a measure of online celebrity for his brand of televised justice, will keep his post in bond court despite a call for his removal by Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein.

Rick Scott and allegations of corporate spying and theft by a company he helped oversee

Rick Scott celebrates his Republican primary victory over Bill McCollum at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina on Aug. 24, 2010. One month earlier, Envestnet, a company where Scott was an investor and board member, settled civil charges of corporate espionage and theft.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Most Floridians know that before Rick Scott was governor he headed a hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges of healthcare fraud. Less known is the story of Scott’s involvement as an investor, director and paid consultant at another firm that settled civil claims of corporate spying and theft a month before Scott’s 2010 victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary propelled him towards the governor’s mansion.

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Ft. Lauderdale police start enforcing background checks for buyers at gun shows

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
Fresh efforts to enforce two county ordinances should prevent cash-and-carry gun sales at guns shows in Broward County for buyers who have not already passed a state background check.

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Electric cars and the Department of Energy: Two giant loans, two different paths

By Ronnie Greene
Center for Public Integrity
They are two cutting-edge electric car makers, headquartered in California and backed by powerhouses of politics and money. In 2009, each secured half-billion dollar loan commitments from President Obama’s Department of Energy to help transform their clean-energy cars from drawing boards to showrooms. But this week, the fortunes of Tesla Motors and Fisker Automotive took sharply divergent turns.

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A prolonged stay: The reasons behind the slow pace of executions

By Raymond Bonner
Special to ProPublica
States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions.

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Killer’s wife set to inherit victim’s money; “a travesty,” Broward prosector says

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Ten years ago, killer Robert Burkell bludgeoned to death his 81-year-old tenant Charles Bertheas. The motive: money. Today, Burkell is in prison for life. But his wife Susan, who authorities say did not participate in the slaying but knew what was happening, is set to inherit the victim’s money.

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On Victory Drive, soldiers defeated by debt

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace
Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge high annual percentage rates, sometimes exceeding 400 percent.

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A problematic model: Hallandale Beach CRA under city manager’s thumb

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
After a brief period of independence, the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is once again under the thumb of the city manager.

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IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed; 2012 banner year for nonprofit applications

By Dave Levinthal
Center for Public Integrity
Amid withering accusations the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups with enhanced scrutiny, the agency faces another problem: it’s drowning in paperwork.

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Broward Auditor looks at Hallandale Beach CRA with eye toward recovering misspent funds

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Broward County Auditor’s Office has begun looking into whether Hallandale Beach should be required to repay some of the millions in tax dollars allegedly misspent due to “gross mismanagement” by city officials.

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Is Obama delivering on his promise of a ’21st Century’ approach to drugs?

By Christie Thompson
ProPublica
When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug policy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. But a recent government report has questioned his office’s impact so far.

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