Amid rising inquiries, Gov. Scott files and makes public 2013 income tax return

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A day after aides refused to say whether Gov. Rick Scott had filed his 2013 federal income tax return, or say whether he would release it, the governor made the 34-page document public Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera’s relatives profited from his 2008 House campaign, probe found

Carlos Lopez-Cantera is sworn in as lieutenant governor on Feb. 3 as family members and Gov. Rick Scott look on.

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
When Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera was a state legislator in 2008 his campaign paid more than $20,000 to an electioneering firm run by his sister and her husband. The arrangement sparked a quiet public corruption probe. No criminal charges were filed, yet a prosecutor concluded that what happened “may not look good” to the public.

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Broward trash disposal board eyes new no-bid deal with long-time partner Wheelabrator

By Buddy Nevins
BrowardBulldog.org

The bruising battle over which firm can tap into Broward County’s multi-million dollar waste stream is back to where it started: With a no bid deal.

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Romney on board: Marriott accused of cheating clients on his watch

By Lucy Komisar
100Reporters
Mitt Romney, who makes his hands-on business experience a talking point in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, was a member of the board of directors and audit committee of a global company when it paid millions of dollars to settle charges of extracting kickbacks that cheated clients.

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State ethics board finds it likely that ex-Broward Health commissioner broke law; does nothing

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
The Florida ethics commission has found probable cause to believe that Fort Lauderdale consultant Joseph Cobo had business conflicts that “interfered with his public duties” as a North Broward Hospital District commissioner.

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A Pompano Beach murder mystery; a year later BSO has not cracked it

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
During the first week of January 2011, Russell Walker answered his front door and was shot nine times, his body left lying face down in a pool of blood on the floor of his Pompano Beach home.
The killer got a long head start on a getaway. A week would pass before anyone even knew Walker was dead.

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Reality TV show case leads to disclosure of countywide roster of cops in trouble with the law

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
An investigation involving a Broward Sheriff’s Office reality TV show has led to the release of a state attorney’s list of 137 police officers and deputies whose testimony may be suspect because of their troubles with the law.

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Broward sheriff’s deputy who stars in reality TV show investigated by corruption prosecutors

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy and reality television star is under criminal investigation for falsifying records, Broward Bulldog has learned. Deputy Jerry Wengert, who starred in TLC/Discovery Channel’s “Unleashed: K-9 Broward County,” was notified of the probe in August by the prosecutor in charge of the State Attorney’s public corruption unit.

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Miramar deal could break Waste Management’s countywide grip on trash disposal

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Waste Management’s three-decade virtual monopoly on trash disposal in Broward appears to be nearing an end after a competing syndicate’s “best and final offer” for the job was ranked higher by a Miramar bid committee.

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U.S. ordered to pay $4.4 million for Weston air traffic controller’s negligence in fatal crash

By Karla Bowsher
BrowardBulldog.org
A deadly mix of pilot error and an air traffic controller’s negligence has led a federal judge to order the United States to pay $4.4 million to the family of a wealthy Boca Raton businessman who crashed his private plane in bad weather six years ago.

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Constitutional amendment proves no guarantee to opening up hospital records to patients

By Amber Statler-Matthews
BrowardBulldog.org
Harlan Ginsberg of Coral Springs was rushed to Margate’s Northwest Medical Center in 2006 after a kidney stone attack. During surgery to remove the stone, he says, a doctor mistakenly cut a tube that delivered urine to his bladder and removed a kidney that another doctor testified was healthy.

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