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Morning Juice: Lynn Students Tell Quake Survival Tale; Questions About Major Haiti Charity

Here's what happened in Broward and Palm Beach over the weekend:

  • The Lynn University students who escaped the earthquake in Haiti gave their horrifying first-person account. Two of the students and the group's two faculty advisers remain missing. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Scott Rothstein has been a wrecking ball through Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti's command staff. Though Lamberti has ordered an investigation of Lt. David Benjamin, it doesn't look like he'll do the same for Undersheriff Tom Wheeler, who joined Rothstein on a couple of private jet flights. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Wilfredo Ferrer, a Miami attorney and former aide to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, is the nominee for U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida, meaning he will oversee the federal investigation of Broward County corruption. During Ferrer's time as a federal prosecutor, he specialized in health-care fraud, and that should prove useful in this district. [Miami Herald]
  • Singer Wyclef Jean's Yele Foundation, which raised more than a million dollars for Haiti relief, appears to be a very inefficient charity, based on tax filings that show that only about a third of the money donated goes toward actual programs and services. [CBS4]
  • The amazing story of Mireille Boulos Dittmer, from Pembroke Pines, who was shopping at a grocery store in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake struck and by coincidence was rescued by a team from South Florida. She somehow survived five days without food or water. [Sun-Sentinel]

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