Broward School Supt. Robert Runcie

Broward School Board backs Runcie on keeping public off selection committee

By William Hladky,, Special to, May 26, 2015 – In the face of public suspicion, a majority of the Broward School Board last week allowed Superintendent Robert Runcie’s move to exclude the public from sitting on a committee that will select companies to manage $800 million in voter-approved construction projects. The suspicion: that Runcie and Derek Messier, his chief facilities officer, want to get around contracting reforms imposed after a scandal in order to control who gets the lucrative […]

Broward  Democratic Chairman Mitch Ceasar (L) & Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein (R)

Enemies: Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and Demo Boss Mitch Ceasar (Video)

By Buddy Nevins,, Special to, May 26, 2015 – You can’t even describe Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and Democratic boss Mitch Ceasar as frenemies. They are just plain enemies. Political enemies. This is a brewing inner-party squabble the Broward Democrats can do without. Liberal Democrat Finkelstein has picked a political fight with the durable leader of the state’s largest Democratic Party organization, Ceasar.  He did this by endorsing Ceasar’s opponent for the Broward Clerk of the Courts. Finkelstein not […]

The Closest Look Yet at Ceres’ Many Bright Spots

The Closest Look Yet at Ceres’ Many Bright Spots

By Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo, May 22, 2015 – Earlier this month we discovered that Ceres’ pair of mysterious bright spots were, in fact, not two—they were many, many more. Now, we’ve got the closest look yet of the spots thanks to NASA’s Dawn mission. This image, captured on May 16th, show a group of the brightest spots on the dwarf planet. Taken from a distance of 4,500 miles, each pixel represents 2,250 feet (0.4 miles). “Dawn scientists can now conclude that the […]

by · May 22, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, space
Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief aboard a JetBlue plane at FLL

Third Annual Autism in Flight Program Takes Off at FLL

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, May 21, 2015 – “The sky is the limit,” proclaimed Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief as she boarded a JetBlue Airways mock flight today with fifty children who participated in the Third Annual Autism in Flight Program at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. The Autism in Flight Program began in 2013 after Commissioner Sharief was contacted by a family in her district with an autistic child and learned of the potential challenges they faced when using airports. […]

Rock 3 might be balancing on Comet 67P's surface.

A rock is teetering on a comet’s surface, but how it got there is a mystery

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, May 21, 2015 – A probe orbiting a comet speeding through deep space may have spied something a little odd: a huge, balancing rock on the comet’s surface. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft snapped a photo of a boulder that appears to be balancing on Comet 67P. The large boulder is about 98 feet in diameter, a little longer than an NBA basketball court. SEE ALSO: Rosetta beams back more incredible comet photos “How the […]


Watch this stunning time-lapse of the aurora borealis from space

By Anthony Domanico, CNET. com, May 21, 2015 – European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is aboard the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 42 and 43 crew. She took some time away from her scientific endeavors to snap several images of the aurora from space. Those images were then stitched together into a stunning time-lapse video posted Tuesday so those of us stuck on Earth could witness the beauty of looking down at our planet and watching this […]

by · May 21, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, space
Lea Krauss

Third Lawyer In Fight For Open Judicial Seat

By Buddy Nevins,, Special to, May 21, 2015 – The Broward Courthouse’s worst kept secret has finally become public: Attorney Lea Krauss has opened her campaign for judge. A criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, Krauss has been quietly making the rounds of political clubs, fundraisers and potential donors for several months. She became the third candidate for the Circuit Court seat now held by the retiring Judge Susan Lebow. The others who want Lebow’s seat are Maxine Streeter […]

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Under prodding from feds, Takata agrees to recall 34 million airbags

By James R. Hood, Consumer Affairs, May 20, 2015 – After months of negotiations, Takata Corporation today agreed to recall 34 million airbags that can explode and spray shrapnel into cars’ passengers compartments. Six deaths and 100 injuries have been attributed to the defect so far. The agreement between Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) comes after Takata at first denied the airbags were defective and at one point even questioned NHTSA’s authority to order a recall. “From the […]

Update: Broward’s Weird Candidate For Sheriff

Update: Broward’s Weird Candidate For Sheriff

By Buddy Nevins,, Special to, May 20, 2015 – Edison Jules, the Ohio wannabe running for sheriff, apparently has so few ties to Broward, he can’t find local pictures to dress up his Facebook page — one more weird flaw in his strange campaign. Jules used a Facebook profile picture from somewhere, but not Broward. One person who saw it said it looked like Sydney, Australia. One political picture on Facebook shows him standing in front of a Democratic sign…an […]

Sixth Street Plaza

Auditor rips Ft. Lauderdale CRA as taxpayers face $1 million loss

By William Hladky,, Special to, May 18, 2015 – A new Fort Lauderdale auditor’s report castigates the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for its poor oversight of a taxpayer-financed office and retail plaza that was to be the centerpiece of the city’s ambitious plans to revitalize the Sistrunk Boulevard corridor. Sixth Street Plaza, a 23,000-square foot building at 900 NW Sixth Street, filed for bankruptcy this month, further jeopardizing the repayment of almost $1 million in taxpayer loans. “The […]

Legislature Works for Fair Distribution of Amendment 1 Funds

Legislature Works for Fair Distribution of Amendment 1 Funds

By Chris Leggatt of the Daily Broward For, May 17, 2015 – With a 75% percent majority, Amendment 1 was passed in November of last year.  It was a confirmation of something many already knew, that Floridians are strongly committed to the health of our state’s environment, wildlife, water resources and water quality.  The amendment was confirmation of the majority of Florida voter’s belief in good stewardship of the land under state management. Here was the precise text that was on the ballot in […]

Crews push their 16-foot-long Hobie Cat sailboats into the Atlantic Ocean off Key West, Fla., Saturday, May 16, 2015,  (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

First Sanctioned Key West-to-Cuba Sailing Race in 50 Years Begins (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For, May 16, 2015 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Five teams of American Hobie Cat sailboat racers departed Key West’s South Beach at Saturday morning on a Key West-to-Havana race, believed to be the first U.S. government-sanctioned sailing race between the two cities in more than 50 years. The Havana Challenge features 16-foot Hobie Cat catamarans, most skippered by Florida Keys-based sailors, navigating more than 90 miles across the Florida Straits to Cuba. “Key West is unique in […]