It's Friday in Broward and Palm Beach. Let's check the news:
- Jeffrey Hernandez, chief academic officer in Palm Beach County public schools, says he "took a bullet" for Superintendent Art Johnson after parents rejected a new curriculum designed to improve standardized test performance. [Palm Beach Post]
- Broward Sheriff's Office layoffs will hit the jail's deputies particularly hard this year, based on Sheriff Al Lamberti's first budget proposal. The majority of those deputies are black and it just happens that they supported Scott Isreal in the 2008 campaign. [Sun-Sentinel]
- A Boynton Beach mother is angry about what she says were provocative pictures taken of her daughter, who was disciplined for violating the dress code at Christa McAuliffe Middle School. [WPTV-5]
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- A former Florida GOP financial director admitted during a deposition that the firm spun off businesses as a way to avoid conflicts of interest in doing consulting work for political figures. [South Florida Business Journal]
- A 125-ton steel containment dome represents the best hope of slowing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But no, this isn't even close to a long-term solution. [Miami Herald]
- In suburban West Palm Beach, a man was shot while driving his girlfriend and their two kids on Woodcrest Road North. Police don't appear to have a very good description of the shooters or a grasp of the motive. [Palm Beach Post]