Broward Schools construction program woes cloud vote on $800 million bond issue

Nathalie Lynch-Walsh

By William Gjebre
hree years after a scathing grand jury report about the Broward school district’s construction program, community activists are raising concerns about the management of future construction projects should voters approve an $800 million public schools bond issue in November.

Gov. Scott had stake in pipeline firm whose $3 billion venture he and his appointees backed

Florida's existing and proposed pipeline routes. Gov. Scott invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in companies that own all three. Illustration: NextEra Energy

By Dan Christensen
Shortly after Gov. Rick Scott was elected, a Florida Power & Light executive on his transition team pitched the idea of building a major new natural gas pipeline. Last year, Scott signed bills to speed up permitting for the project and the Public Service Commission approved its construction. Not known at the time: Scott owned a stake in the company that will build the $3 billion pipeline.

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FBI says again it found no ties between Sarasota Saudis and 9/11 hijackers; won’t release details

By Dan Christensen
A top Florida FBI agent said Thursday that members of a Saudi family living quietly near Sarasota were questioned after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but no evidence was found that linked them to the hijackers.

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U.S. Rep. Castor calls for investigation of 9/11 Sarasota connection; Graham prods White House

By Dan Christensen
Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor Monday called on the House Intelligence Committee to investigate why the FBI did not disclose to Congress information it learned about a Saudi couple living in southwest Florida with ties to the 9/11 hijackers.

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Graham asks Obama for answers on Saudi 9/11 role; FBI denies Sarasota probe found ties to plot

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham has called on President Obama to use his authority to get answers to long-lingering questions about possible Saudi involvement in 9/11.

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FBI found direct ties between 9/11 hijackers and Saudis living in Florida; Congress kept in dark

By Anthony Summers and Dan Christensen
Just two weeks before the 9/11 hijackers slammed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center, members of a Saudi family abruptly left their luxury home near Sarasota, leaving a brand new car in the driveway, a refrigerator full of food, fruit on the counter — and an open safe in the master bedroom.

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‘Police Women’ star wrongly claimed juvenile confessed during BSO crime stats scandal

By Wanda J. DeMarzo and Dan Christensen
Altered police reports and a controversial off-duty employment policy for sheriff’s deputies chase the Police Women of Broward County.

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Governor refuses to reappoint Broward medical examiner who autopsied Anna Nicole Smith

By Dan Christensen
Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday rejected a recommendation that he reappoint Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward’s high-profile medical examiner, to another three-year term.
The move appears to signal the end of Perper’s 17-year tenure as Broward’s Chief Medical Examiner – a post that in 2007 made him a national media celebrity after he conducted the examination and autopsy of the body of model and actress Anna Nicole Smith.

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Federal government checking whether Hollywood has discriminated against Orthodox Jewish family

By Karla Bowsher
Hollywood is under a federal fair housing investigation after a family of 10 Sephardic Orthodox Jews accused the city of discrimination and harassment.

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It’s Waste Management vs. Team Bergeron as cities seek to lower cost of trash disposal

By Dan Christensen
The shrinking cost of trash disposal in Broward is shrinking again – and could tumble further if enough cities decide to band together in a new purchasing co-op.

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Oakland Park residents wary as decision looms on location of new veteran’s program

By Buddy Nevins
A unique proposed treatment program for veterans has run into a firefight in Oakland Park as upset residents fear their neighborhood will be overrun with drunks, drug addicts and mental patients.

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Prominent developer targets anonymous blogger in First Amendment battle

By Lynn Walsh, A First Amendment battle has erupted between a prominent South Florida developer and a blogger, who so far has only been identified as “John Doe.” Raanan Katz, a minority owner of the Miami Heat, and his family-owned company R.K. Associates are suing the anonymous blogger for defamation and libel for reports […]

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