Too many heroin addicts, too few treatment beds; The runaround in Miami-Dade

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
As a heroin epidemic builds in South Florida, one drug interventionist is finding it difficult to get Miami-Dade County’s assistance to open a long-term treatment facility.

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.

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New report details how U.S. House members used their positions to benefit themselves, family

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A new study by a Washington watchdog group describes how numerous members of the U.S. House of Representatives – including 18 from Florida – have used their positions to financially benefit themselves and family members.

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Miramar busts Broward’s trash monopoly; Bergeron gets a deal worth millions

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
A decades-long monopoly was shattered Tuesday when Miramar agreed to let an upstart company handle its waste disposal.

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Weak ethics agencies, lobbyist regulation tarnish Florida in national integrity investigation

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org with The Center for Public Integrity
Florida kicked off the modern era of open government reforms when it became the first state to pass an open meetings law in 1967. Today, Florida’s Sunshine Law, and its even older Public Records Law, are among the strongest in the nation.
But while Florida lets plenty of sun shine in on public meetings and records, it has done a poor job of illuminating the activities of lobbyists.

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New questions about FBI probe of Saudis’ post-9/11 exodus

By Robbyn Swan
Special to BrowardBulldog.org
The FBI mishandled its investigation of the travel of a Saudi prince and his companions out of Florida within days of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, new interviews, 9/11 Commission documents and FBI files reveal.

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Classified documents contradict FBI on post 9/11probe of Saudis, Graham says

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Broward Bulldog on Feb. 20. As on Monday, we are re-posting our coverage of the 9/11 investigation after it was picked up today, March 13, by MSNBC. By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers Former Florida Senator Bob Graham has seen two classified FBI documents that he says raise […]

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FBI informant says Sarasota Saudi praised bin Laden; knew Broward Qaeda suspect

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Broward Bulldog and the London Daily Telegraph on Feb. 18. We are re-posting it here after it was picked up today, March 12, by MSNBC and NBC News4 New York. By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers  A Saudi man who triggered an FBI investigation after he and his […]

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Broward’s city managers use secrecy in push for huge trash deal; public excluded from meetings

By Dan Christensen and Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward’s top city and county managers regularly meet in secret to discuss public business, formulate policy and even negotiate contracts.

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To resuscitate or not to resuscitate PIP insurance — a South Florida pocketbook issue

By Amber Statler-Matthews
BrowardBulldog.org
The tug-of-war may be in Tallahassee over personal injury protection insurance, but at the heart of the battle are drivers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties who are paying more each year in premiums.

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Hallandale Beach holds back records in “botched” audit; $20 million in contracts go unchecked

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
An outside auditing firm did not review more than $20 million in Hallandale Beach vendor contracts because the city failed to provide the information and limitations on the scope of the audit.

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