Morning Juice: Salesman Not Buying FBI's Case; Embattled Palm Beach School Official Stripped of Duty

Here's what in the local news this morning:

  • Local targets of the FBI corruption sting were apparently unimpressed by the case that was made against them. The same day that former Broward County School Board member Beverly Gallagher entered a not guilty plea to selling her office, former Miramar Commissioner Fitzroy Salesman also refused plea deals, and now he too appears bound for trial. [Miami Herald]
  • Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Charlotte Rodstrom and Bruce Roberts have both contacted the state to request an investigation of Police Chief Frank Adderley's relationship with Scott Rothstein. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Jeffrey Hernandez, the chief academic officer for the Palm Beach County School Board, has been reassigned following controversy of a curriculum plan that called for frequent testing by schoolteachers. [Palm Beach Post]

  • The four major U.S. Senate candidates can agree on one thing: the importance of sucking up to hard-line Cubans. [WPLG]
  • South Florida's FBI chief John Gillies does not suffer corrupt public officials lightly. He says that until a terrorist plot gets hatched 'round these parts, corruption is his agency's single most sacred duty. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • In the escalating War Against Christmas, Jesus Christ reached for his double-barreled shotgun and just cold murdered Santa Claus, in a divinely inspired Christmas display that sits across the street from a school bus stop in California. [WPBF]

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