Morning Juice: One School Board Wrestles With Corruption; the Other With Curriculum

The headlines in Broward and Palm Beach:

  • Investigators are circling Bruce Chait of Prestige Homes -- and not just for the developer's hiring of Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft's husband. Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber has alleged that Chait offered a $200,000 bribe in exchange for Mae Schreiber, Joe's wife, to drop out of the 2006 mayoral election. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Pat Foster is the name that the undercover FBI agent used in the Broward corruption sting, which also relied on the cover of an actual company -- Continental Glass of Hialeah -- which knew nothing of its role in the investigation and isn't thrilled to have itself linked to a corruption probe.  [Miami Herald]
  • Last night's meeting of the Palm Beach County School Board was mobbed by activists in orange garb, all upset over an academic program promoted by Superintendent Art Johnson. He pushed back against board members who opposed it on the activists' behalf. [Palm Beach Post]
  • For this February's Super Bowl, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom wants the city to relax its laws against imbibing on the street, in an effort to boost business for bars and restaurants. [CBS4]
  • In an apparent effort to get leverage in its negotiations for a compact with the Seminole Tribe, the Florida House has asked the federal government to shut down table games at the Seminole casinos. [Miami Herald]
  • Florida Power & Light says that it will scale back $37 million in executive compensation that was part of its proposed rate hike package, out of concern it will be a "distraction" from the otherwise legitimate case for getting more of your money. [Sun-Sentinel]

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