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Sobering news surfaces about security at Fort Lauderdale Airport

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Mike Sallah, a Pulitzer Prize-winning member of the Miami Herald Brain Drain, may be working for Gannett in Washington, but he’s still looking out for the folks in Florida. Sallah and Naples Daily News staffer Kristyn Wellesley teamed up to add some important context to our understanding of airport security following the mass shooting in Fort Lauderdale that left five dead and thousands traumatized. Sallah and Wellesley looked at staffing levels and found that as passenger traffic grew by the…

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Lauren Book headed to Florida Senate, wins SD 32 race unopposed

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Just call her an instant winner. Lauren Book won her Senate District 32 race Friday after no other candidate qualified for the race. A second Democrat, Emmanuel Blimie, had indicated he planned to run, but state records show Blimie did not qualify. “Having met thousands of people in the Senate district, listening to and learning about the things most important to them, I am incredibly honored and proud to now have the opportunity and to be allowed to serve the…

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Street drug flakka ravaged South Florida, then disappeared

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A year after it ravaged South Florida, flakka – the synthetic street drug known for causing psychotic outbursts – is virtually gone. The deaths. The hallucinating users. The arrests. All of it. Broward County became infamous as the epicenter for the amphetamine, making national headlines in April 2015 after slowly building on the scene for several months. Users tore off clothes as their body temperatures spiked to 105 degrees. Some hallucinated that they were gods or that they were being…

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Meet Harrison Grandwilliams, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Harrison Grandwilliams didn’t take the most common path to becoming a young man of note in Broward politics, but in a way, that makes him classically Floridian. The chief legislative aide to Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr came to Florida by way of Long Island, N.Y., and New College of Florida, a small liberal arts college in Sarasota. Not exactly the well-worn path of most Florida pols and influencers, with their Blue Key and Burning Spear bona fides. But after years of advancement…

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Patrick Murphy unveils latest list of Democratic endorsements for his Senate bid

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While the political world watches and waits to see if Alan Grayson will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Senate, establishment favorite Patrick Murphy continues to stockpile endorsements. Today the South Florida Congressman announced eight Broward County Democrats getting behind his Senate campaign. They are: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish Broward County Commissioner Martin Kiar Broward County Commissioner Mark Bogen Broward County Commissioner…

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