Customers accuse Broward flying machine maker of fraud; Attorney General investigating

A marketing photo for JetLev's Acquaflyer

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Dania Beach firm that sells James Bond-style jetpacks is being sued for fraud by a California watersports company that alleges it paid more than $1 million for expensive jetpacks it never received.

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.

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Broward Sheriff Israel hires lobbyists to twist arms at county hall; no client conflicts, his lawyer says

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
New Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has shuffled his office’s outside lobbying team, signing $7,000-a-month contracts with a pair of well-connected lobbyists with clients whose interests sometimes conflict with BSO.

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No charges in Coconut Creek police misconduct case; prosecutors OK with enhanced interrogation

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Coconut Creek police officer who held an activated Taser stun gun at the ready while questioning a frightened 19-year-old theft suspect he made stand in a bathtub won’t be charged with a crime. Civil rights advocates call the police interrogation of Blake L. Robinson a disturbing example of police misconduct akin to torture. But Broward corruption prosecutors did not see it that way.

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Oops…Florida lawmakers scramble to repeal foreign driving law

By Lloyd Dunkelberger and Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Gov. Rick Scott and state lawmakers said they will work to alter or overturn a new law that requires Canadian and other foreign travelers to obtain international permits to drive in Florida.

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Canadian tourists fear insurance implications of state’s new driving rule

By Michael Pollick and Justine Griffin
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
ust because a law isn’t being enforced doesn’t mean it can’t still bite you — in the wallet, anyway. In the international driver’s license furor now straining relations between the Sunshine State and the Great North, insurance appears to be the rub.

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Fort Lauderdale draws up vision for the future

By Ann Henson Feltgen
BrowardBulldog.org
Within the next few months, if city commissioners approve, Fort Lauderdale residents will have the option of receiving and paying their bills for city services online. The savings in postage and personnel will be used to purchase shade trees for residents who use the online pay system, or be placed elsewhere around the city.

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Judicial Secrecy Turns Consumer Protection Case Into a Mystery

By Lilly Fowler
FairWarning.org
It’s about as secret as a lawsuit can get.

When the Consumer Product Safety Commission two years ago launched SaferProducts.gov, a database allowing consumers to report and learn about hazardous products, it was inevitable that some business would go to court to keep a customer’s complaint private.

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Altered rules let ex-Hallandale city manager’s son-in-law join lucrative pension plan

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials altered city pension guidelines to enable the son-in-law of former city manager Mike Good to join a lucrative management-only pension plan after it was closed to additional employees.

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Insurance firm accused in smear told to pay $6 million to owners of Pompano Beach company

By Michael Pollick
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A Broward County Circuit Court jury has levied a $6 million judgment against FCCI Commercial Insurance Co. for breaching a contract and maliciously prosecuting the owners of a Pompano Beach-based woodworking company, Custom Wood Creations Inc.

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Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?

By Jennifer LaFleur
ProPublica
After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency.
Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

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