The Florida Panthers people are trying to get new breaks from the county in the form of a loan and debt restructuring. The parent company, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, is also asking commissioners to approve the giant pie-in-the-sky development it calls Oz (an apt name, really, because it seems to be all make-believe). So SSE owner Alan Cohen has both hands out these days when it comes to the commission. Oh, wait a second -- didn't Cohen hire Broward Mayor Stacy Ritter's husband, Russ Klenet, as a lobbyist? Yeah he did. Hey, this seems to really help explain that hire, doesn't it?
But wait a second. Klenet also has the gig as a paid lobbyist for the City of Sunrise (thanks to buddy Roger Wishner, the mayor who cast the deciding vote in Klenet's favor). Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is, of course, located in Sunrise and has constant business with the city. Isn't that a conflict of interest?
Hey, maybe somebody should ask Sunrise City Attorney Stuart Michelson. Oh, wait a second. Isn't Michelson is the husband of Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman? Hey, isn't she buddies with Klenet and Ritter? Why yes, she is.
Isn't Broward cozy?
-- Anthony Caravella, who spent his teens, 20s, and 30s in prison for a rape and murder he didn't commit, was finally freed. Now, after this railroading by police and prosecutors, shouldn't somebody pay the price for the crime that was committed upon Caravella?
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(As an aside, reporter Paula McMahon helped make that case happen -- and the Sentinel had a strong newspaper today. Hey, credit where credit is due.)