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
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
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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Fort Lauderdale hopes for state and federal money to repair crumbling neighborhood bridges

By Ann Henson Feltgen
Its ocean-access waterways and backyard yachts define Fort Lauderdale’s pricey Harbor Beach neighborhood.
Yet despite its wealth, and its reliance on the water, the neighborhood is home to several of the worst bridges in Fort Lauderdale.

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Internet ammunition sales draw scrutiny

By Fred Schulte
Center for Public Integrity
Proposed legislation to regulate online purchases of ammunition and high-capacity magazines is bringing new attention to a growing cyberspace ammo market that has operated with little government oversight.

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Billboard industry touts discredited research to support safety claims for electronic signs

By Myron Levin
Fair Warning
A Swedish study has found that drivers take long gazes at electronic billboards, possibly raising the risk of highway crashes.
The new research has put the U.S. billboard industry into a defensive mode.

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Home builders lobby weakens drywall legislation

By Joaquin Sapien
Last week, federal lawmakers trumpeted the passage of the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 as a bipartisan victory for thousands of homeowners harmed by contaminated drywall.
But the bill doesn’t actually set preventative standards.

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Broward Health believes whistleblower is behind anti-kickback probe; Justice Department involved

By Karla Bowsher
A whistleblower apparently sparked the ongoing federal anti-kickback inquiry into allegations of false Medicare and Medicaid claims at Broward Health.

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States have subsidized makers of assault weapons to tune of $19 million

By John Christie, Naomi Schalit, Theresa Sullivan Barger and Nathaniel Herz
Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
Taxpayers across the country are subsidizing the manufacturers of assault rifles used in multiple mass killings, including the massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. last month.

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Broward Inspector General looks ready to ask prosecutors to investigate Hallandale grants

By William Gjebre
The Broward Inspector General’s Office is poised to ask Broward prosecutors to investigate a Hallandale Beach group that received at least $25,000 in city funds, according to the attorney for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

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Broward Health’s assets at “distressed” levels, “below book value” without tax levy, study says

By Karla Bowsher
A new state-ordered study compares the value of Broward Health’s operating assets to those of a “distressed hospital” worth “significantly below book value.”

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Hallandale commission fires CRA boss; abrupt move avoids airing “dirty laundry,” mayor says

By William Gjebre
Hallandale Beach city commissioners last night fired the executive director of the city’s embattled Community Redevelopment Agency after just two years on the job.

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