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Morning Juice: Sifting Through the Ashes of Local Churches, Political Figures

Let's see what's newsy in Broward and Palm Beach this Thursday morning:

  • Hollywood ophthalmologist Alan Mendelsohn, a major fundraiser for Charlie Crist, turned himself in after being charged by the FBI with fraud. The allegations against Mendelsohn first appeared on Daily Pulp this past March. [WPLG]
  • Remember Hollywood Commissioner Keith Wasserstrom? He got busted for failing to make a full disclosure of what he had to gain from approval of an $18 million sludge contract. Appeal: denied. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • The woman rendered brain dead after a visit to Weston's Medspa is believed to have suffered complications from the anesthesia used in a liposuction procedure. No criminal charges for negligence -- at least not yet. [Miami Herald]
  • The man suspected of setting a Riviera Beach church on fire is also a suspect in a fire that occurred at a church in West Palm. [WFLX]
  • Jonathan "Benny" Gonzalez was a popular guy among lawmen -- the Lantana-area man attracted investigations by both the FBI and the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office. Selling hand grenades, assault weapons, hard drugs and sex slaves tends to have that effect. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Two church elders have bolted from Coral Ridge Presbyterian, claiming retaliation after they tried to help the cause to fire the church's new pastor, Rev. Tullian Tchividjian. Yeah, that's the thing about failed coups: Not real popular with the target of your coup. Enjoy Butterfly World! [Sun-Sentinel]

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Thomas Francis

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