9/11, Saudi Arabia and the search for answers amid government secrecy

President Obama with Saudi King Abdullah at the White House in 2010; President George W. Bush with Crown Prince Abdullah shortly before he became king in 2005

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
t’s been 13 years since al Qaeda hijackers commandeered four U.S. passenger jets and slammed them into America’s heart, yet a basic question persists: Did they act alone or with the help of a support network?

Broward to seek return of CRA tax dollars mishandled by cities; Millions at stake

Broward Administrator Bertha Henry and attorney and FAU professor Frank Schnidman

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward will seek the return of county property tax dollars from city community redevelopment agencies that hoarded that money instead of spending it on projects to fight slum and blight that are ready to get underway, according to County Administrator Bertha Henry.

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Justice hard to find for South Florida investment victims, but swindler will be home for holidays

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
There is no justice for Marion Green and others victimized by stock broker and swindler Gary J. Gross.
He fleeced dozens of his clients from across South Florida, many he worshiped with at a Boca Raton synagogue. Their total losses were as much as $20 million. Federal arbitrators ruled Gross should pay three-dozen of his victims $7.5 million. Other big awards were imposed, too, but so far no one has seen a dime.

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Denied permission to expand, detox center files federal lawsuit against Deerfield Beach

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
A substance abuse treatment center has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against Deerfield Beach alleging the city illegally blocked its plans to expand after neighbors complained.

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After criticism about land buying spree, Hallandale places restrictions on land purchases

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach city commissioners have tightened oversight on property acquisitions by its controversial redevelopment agency, and reduced the power of agency officials to unilaterally buy land.

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Bob Graham says FBI has not proved that it disclosed all it knew about 9/11 to Congress

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
In September, news about a previously unknown FBI investigation that found ties between 9/11 hijackers and a Saudi family living near Sarasota led the FBI to deny there was any connection and assert that it made all of its files available to congressional investigators a decade ago.

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Red light camera settlement means windfall for Hallandale Beach

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Thousands of drivers ticketed under Hallandale Beach’s controversial red light camera program are eligible to receive small refunds as part of a lawsuit settlement that lets the city keep most of the $1.2 million in disputed fines it collected.

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Five ex-Deerfield Beach commissioners cleared of wrongdoing about free festival tickets

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
UPDATE: Dec. 16 – Five current and former Deerfield Beach commissioners have been cleared of accusations that they broke state conflict of interest and gift disclosure laws.

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Hallandale Beach ready to buy more land, this time a post office site for about $9 million

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach officials are vying to add another big ticket property to the city’s controversial land bank: a 9.1 acre U.S. Postal Service complex next to city hall at a cost of about $9 million.

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Hallandale Beach’s purchase of ex-congressman Deutsch’s school site comes with hefty repair bill

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Hallandale Beach’s controversial decision in July to pay $1.2 million for property owned by a charter school group headed by former Broward Democratic congressman Peter Deutsch keeps getting more costly for the city.

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Upcoming decision on controversial southwest landfill tied to trash bills for the rest of Broward

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org
The smelly, greasy castaways stuffed in containers and put on the curb for collection is garbage to most of us. But to a handful of businesses it is gold.

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Hallandale Beach takes a bath on land deals; properties for redevelopment sit idle for years

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has rolled the dice over the past five years by investing $23.5 million in tax dollars in real estate it often had only vague plans for – and like other land speculators the agency finds itself losing big.

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