More Tales of Pain Pill Mill Debauchery
Did you notice that the Sun-Sentinel endorsed Jerry Fadgen for Plantation mayor over the weekend? Listen,
I'm not a fan of any politicians in this city, but Fadgen... well, let's hear about him from a reader who wrote a letter to the Pulp about the endorsement:
Yes, Plantation has a clear choice, but the Sun Sentinel's choice is clearly wrong unless you want a "Tea Party" Republican who espouses Rick Scott's values and wants to cut in order to create more unemployment which will continue to spiral down our economy. This is a person who wanted to reinstall the old Board of Directors of the Plantation Athletic League, a group of people who stole parents and kids money for their own personal use. This is a guy who picketed abortion clinics and a womens right to choose. This is a guy who never got involved in Plantation schools until he was going to run for Mayor. This is a guy who was against a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a guy who doesn't believe in the separation of Church and State. This is a guy that gave a advisory board position to a former Councilman knowing that he had pleaded guilty to ethics violations. Sorry Sun-Sentinel... you need to do your due dilligence.
And it's all true. Thanks, Denise.
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-- The Cleveland Plain Dealer, a pretty well-respected newspaper, actually bought the idea that the Adam Walsh's face is seen in the image of Luminol from a suspect's floorboard. Columnist Michael Scott also falls over himself claiming that the book by Les Standiford and Joe Matthews offers strong proof that Ottis Toole committed the crime -- another big stretch.
The book is being released tomorrow.
--The Miami Herald does a nice job breaking down more of the guts of the Statewide Grand Jury report in this morning's paper, more evidence that the School Board members totally sold the public down the river for the lobbyists and contractors who funded their campaigns:
To understand how contractors ran roughshod over the Broward school district, look no further than Everglades [High School]. Rather than force the contractor to fix things, the district issued a "temporary certificate of occupancy,'' allowing students to move into a flawed campus, and letting the builder off the hook.
It happened over and over -- at Tamarac Elementary, Martin Luther King Elementary, and Boyd Anderson High, to name just a few schools.
Opening unfinished, unsafe schools is only one example of how the Broward school board turned a blind eye to waste and mismanagement over the past decade. According to a grand jury report released last Friday, board members routinely meddled in construction projects, green lighting unnecessary new schools, hiring unlicensed and undertrained inspectors, and padding the pockets of contractors and project managers.
Among the grand jury's findings:
• The school system doled out more than $1.5 million to contractors prematurely. In many cases, the contractors abandoned the projects after receiving payment, leaving work unfinished.
• Rather than taking the lowest bids on some projects, School Board members insisted the contracts go to a committee that didn't have to choose the best price. Board members used to sit on the committee and had "tremendous influence" over which companies receive the lucrative contracts.
• Top district administrators created about 35 project manager positions for school district cronies. The jobs, which were unnecessary, paid between $80,000 and $100,000.
• Board members wasted millions of dollars pursuing pet projects and hiring their friends.
I wonder if Ann Murray has read the report yet.
-- You know, newspapers love to publish mug shots (including this one). A lot of times, I think it offers undue humiliation to someone in a bad spot who may or may not have committed a minor crime. Not this one:
He is Mladen Antolic, a seemingly mild-mannered physician in Orlando who has been charged with unlawfully dispensing pain pills. But that's just the start, according to the Orlando Sentinel:
"By night, authorities say, Antolic was hosting wild drug and sex parties at his 4,700-square-foot Hunter's Creek home.
The 55-year-old Croatian doctor is accused of enticing women -- some of whom he treated at his practice -- to attend nightly bashes where he showered them with prescription drugs, cocaine and money."
A female patient who became addicted to oxycodone under Antolic's care wrote a letter to authorities describing how he lured her to a party and how he would give women drugs in exchange for sexual favors. "He is a doctor and I accepted because I expected something entirely different from what occurred," she wrote. "I care deeply about his using these oxycodones 'recreationally' in order to get women either addicted or 'stoned' just so he can have sexual relations with them. He is a doctor. He shouldn't be propositioning his patients to start with."
Now as for that sheepish look in the mug shot, it looks like Antolic was busted cold. The newspaper reported that agents found 1,475 oxycodone tablets, 290 suspected alprazolam tablets, 10 grams of cocaine, five handguns, more than $37,000 in cash, an electronic money counter, and "photographs of a sexual nature."
That was his first arrest in October. He bonded out and went right back to the drugs and sex parties. He was popped again in December and bonded out again. Then a colleague testified that Antolic prescribed too many narcotics and "flagged" all the young women who came into the practice so that only he could see them. Antolic was arrested again in January, this time on a slew of charges that include racketeering and prostitution and is now sitting in jail unable to post bond.
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