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.

Broward prosecutors vilify BSO detective who alleged misconduct; ‘Bloody…not improper’

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Broward Sheriff’s homicide detective who reported that Fort Lauderdale police unleashed a dog on a murder suspect who was in custody and no longer a threat should not be believed, according to a memo by local prosecutors closing the case.

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A psychiatric hospital for North Ridge site? Oakland Park commission set to decide

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: FEB. 21 — With anxious residents watching at city hall and at home on computers and cable television, Oakland Park has put off for two weeks a decision on whether to approve a controversial psychiatric and drug rehabilitation hospital. The reason: Wednesday night’s hearing ran too late to finish the hearing.

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Judge: Deerfield Beach pump maker MWI doesn’t have to pay millions sought by U.S.

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
After a bitter, 16-year fight with the Justice Department, Deerfield Beach pump maker MWI scored a big victory last week with a federal judge’s ruling that the company isn’t liable for any damages for its violations of the False Claims Act.

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Florida ethics bill: Lobbyists at independent taxing districts must register, disclose

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A government ethics bill introduced in the Florida Senate would for the first time require lobbyists before many large independent special districts to register and disclose their clients, areas of interest and general compensation.

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Ex-U.S. Rep. Deutsch stirs the pot in Hollywood; New school plans upset neighbors

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By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Five weeks after receiving approval for a middle-senior high school in Hollywood, Ben Gamla charter school officials are exploring “substantive” changes to the project, sparking renewed controversy.

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Broward commissioners tell Henry to come up with a plan for video-on-demand of meetings

The Broward County Commission. Lois Wexler is second from right. Chip LaMarca is at the far left.

By William Hladky
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: FEB. 5 – The Broward County Commission has directed the county administrator to prepare a cost analysis and implementation plan to create an on-line, video archive of commission meetings.

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As Broward commission races take shape, LaMarca, Keechl fear nasty re-run

Broward Commissioner Chip LaMarca, left, and challenger Ken Keechl

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and former Commissioner Ken Keechl approach their upcoming race for the commission like a child approaches the first day of school — with anxiety and trepidation.

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Post traumatic stress crisis ignored: Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods

A shooting victim is rushed to the hospital in Miami. Photo: CBS4

By Lois Beckett
ProPublica
Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, treating about 2,000 patients a year for gunshots, stabbings and other violent injuries. So when researchers started screening patients there for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011, they assumed they would find cases. They just didn’t know how many.

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EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns

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By Douglas P. Guarino
Center for Public Integrity
The Environmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste in an area that could expose more than 100,000 residents to cancer-causing radiation levels.

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Amid rising deaths, a warning that heroin epidemic has begun in South Florida

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A new report sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has determined that a heroin epidemic is underway in South Florida. “The key issue identified in 2013 is the outbreak of a heroin epidemic in South Florida and particularly in Miami-Dade County,” the report says.

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