FBI’s attempt to water down judicial order denied; 9/11 documents begin to flow to judge

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
A Fort Lauderdale federal judge Friday gave the FBI another week to produce tens of thousands of pages from its massive 9/11 investigation for his inspection, but forcefully denied government requests that he water down his own previous order requiring disclosure.

Judge awaits FBI’s Sarasota Saudi documents; Justice Department wants more time

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By Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Relatives of 9/11 victims are eagerly watching the legal struggle over information held by the FBI concerning a Saudi Arabian family in Sarasota with possible ties to terrorists, even as calls in Congress ramp up for more disclosure about how the attackers were funded. Late Thursday, the government asked a Fort Lauderdale federal judge for more time to submit its 9/11 records.

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Radio pitchman’s investment empire under siege by financial regulators

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
David Lerner has made a fortune peddling controversial real estate investments for 20 years, but has left a trail of complaints, litigation and regulatory sanctions. Now his investment empire is threatened by charges that he and his company deceived customers – including thousands of unsophisticated, elderly South Florida investors.

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Broward IG questions former Hallandale commissioner about CRA deals, newspaper loan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A former Hallandale Beach commissioner said he voluntarily met with Broward Inspector General investigators Monday who questioned him about the city’s embattled Community Redevelopment Agency, its purchase of property once owned by group headed by Vice Mayor Anthony Sanders and a city loan to a local newspaper.

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ALEC faces new challenge to tax-exempt status; Group benefits private interests, complaint says

By John Dunbar, iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity  A prominent tax attorney has accused an organization of state lawmakers and corporations officials with improperly claiming nonprofit status, alleging the group’s role is to benefit businesses, the Republican Party, and legislators and not the public.

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Broward Inspector General hits first legal hurdle; Hallandale CRA says hands off

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency, run by the city’s five elected commissioners, has sent a message to Broward’s new Inspector General’s Office – you can’t touch us.

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Farmworkers plagued by pesticides, red tape

By Ronnie Greene, iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Laboring in the blackberry fields of central Arkansas, the 18-year-old Mexican immigrant suddenly turned ill. Her nose began to bleed, her skin developed a rash, and she vomited. The doctor told her it was most likely flu or bacterial infection, but […]

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Details emerge about Broward IG’s Hallandale probe; payments to commissioner’s wife eyed

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
A Hallandale Beach program that funneled hundreds of thousands of dollar in grants and contributions to community groups is a key focus of the Broward Inspector General’s widespread investigation of city management practices.

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Broward finally looks to build a new Elections HQ; a politically connected developer wants the job

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County may finally be closing in on a new home for its Supervisor of Elections following 10 years of trying re-locate to new digs.

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Nonprofits outspent Super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel, iWatchNews by The Center for Public Integrity  While Super PACs were cast as the big, bad wolves during the last election, the groups were outspent by “social welfare” organizations by a 3-2 margin, a trend that may continue amid reports that major donors are giving tens of millions of dollars to the […]

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Hallandale refuses full cooperation in county probe; Which commissioners are targets?

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach City Manager’s Office has refused to fully cooperate with the Broward Inspector General’s Office investigation into the city’s management of the Community Redevelopment district.

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