Morning Juice: Rothstein Crawls Back; Broward School Officials Try Blame Game

It's Wednesday. Here's the local news:

  • A bruising campaign for mayor of Lake Worth will go a few more rounds as Rene Varela didn't quite win enough votes to avoid a runoff with Laurence McNamara. In the Commission races, conservative Scott Maxwell beat Ron Exline and Jo-Ann Golden won reelection. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Text messages from disgraced attorney Scott Rothstein suggest he contemplated suicide before returning from Casablance to Fort Lauderdale, where he's to face criminal charges related to misleading investors. Stay tuned to Pulp, where Norman will be posting his interview with former Rothstein employee, Roger Stone, excerpts of which are here. [Daily Pulp]
  • Remember that political scandal from September? It's still cruising along, as two businessmen have been indicted for their roles in the alleged money laundering of Broward Vice Mayor Josephus Eggelletion. [Sun-Sentinel]

  • A small chain of day spas with locations in Davie and Pembroke Pines closed, somewhat mysteriously, this week. A plausible theory: Following last month's accidental death of a woman at a Weston day spa, regulators are taking a closer look at how these joints are registered. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • After the recent corruption scandals in the Broward County School District's construction department, there's no way local officials going to blame the state... right? Wrong. [Miami Herald]
  • The Wilton Manors residence dubbed the "House of Filth" -- not to be confused with the Florida House of Representatives -- remains filthy. About a month ago, an elderly woman was found there, covered in feces. [CBS4]

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