Morning Juice: Cones to Combat School Board Lobbyists; Recidivism for Cat Lady of Lake Worth

A glance at what's in the news this Wednesday.

  • A source told the Herald that Rothstein cheated his friend Ed Morse by faking a victorious lawsuit, then inventing a pretext through which Morse had to wire more than twice the amount of the judgment in order to get the funds out of a bank account in the Cayman Islands. [Miami Herald]
  • The family of the tree trimmer slain by stickup men on Monday in Lake Worth was a Haitian immigrant with a wife, a child, and another on the way. His coworker remains in critical condition. Just disgusting that a couple of guys can't trim trees at 3 in the afternoon without being mugged. [Palm Beach Post]
  • The mother of Matthew Bent, one of three boys charged as an adult in the torching of Michael Brewer, broke her silence and defended her son against media portrayals of being a monster. [Miami Herald]
  • The Broward County School Board, with one member facing corruption charges and another who's still being investigated for the same, is moving toward more restrictions in members' contact with lobbyists. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Gah! The cat lady of Lake Worth, who was supposed to change her cat-collecting ways just four years ago (after 46 of them perished in a fire), has backslid, it appears, as some 35 cats had to be removed recently from her home. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Three creditors of Alan Rothstein's Fort Lauderdale law firm filed to commit the firm to involuntary bankruptcy in hopes of getting back their stakes. [South Florida Biz Journal]
  • Bob Norman had another terrific scoop yesterday, as Casa Casuarina in South Beach was sent reeling by the allegations against Rothstein and is now trying desperately to find new management to replace Rothstein's Bova Group, which left tons of unpaid bills. [Daily Pulp]

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