And So It Begins ...

Very soon (today, supposedly), posts will appear on this blog authored by strange names like "Lisa Rab," "Stefan Kamph," "Michael Cohen," and "Brandon K. Thorp." 

Well, they aren't that strange -- those of you who read the Juice blog already know the work of these fine reporters, so it won't be new for you at all. 

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JenJen's school back under fed microscope (after jump).
​For the next few days, I'll be writing here, and they will too. The more the merrier, I say.

By the way, in case you haven't been following the back pages of the Sentinel and Herald, we have a real-life corruption trial under way here in Broward County. 

Former Deerfield Beach Commissioner Steve Gonot is fighting for his freedom against charges that he stole campaign money for himself in a ruse involving his "personal banker," Joseph DePrimo.

Read the latest on it here and here

Inside, the $25 million pet school you bought for Jennifer Gottlieb in Hollywood just can't seem to stay out of controversy. 
The school, Beachside Village Montessori, which was highlighted by the grand jury in its scathing report as an unnecessary expense for taxpayers, remains under federal investigation for alleged discrimination against poor minorities in the area. 

The U.S. Department of Eduction's Office of Civil Rights had begun an investigation of the school and then closed it. Well, it recently informed Hollywood Commissioner Heidi O'Sheehan, who courageously filed the complaint, that it had reopened the investigation. 

It's the right thing to do -- because the school is clearly giving preference to its neighbors who have the money to afford the school's $135-a-week pre-K program, which essentially weeds out those who can't. Here's a copy of the DOE letter: 

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wise lady
wise lady

VSY is unavailable to those who live closest. It is overwhelmingly attended by the family of school board admin staff who send their kids there alleging it is close to their workplace.

Pulp find out how many government employees kids go to this school - compare it to any others and you will see that this school has 3 times as many government employee kids than the average school.

Captlwr
Captlwr

wonder if anyone has taken the time to look at Jen-jen's Facebook page - it is EYEOPENING to say the least

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Ok am I just a conspiracy theorist or is something afoul in the New Times? I click on the new times and the only story that Bob wrote in the Pulp is the Imperato story. I click on the "Pulp" link and the comment counter says 37 comments on the Rick Scott and Brietbart stories. Only problem is there are nowhere near 37 comments and it looks like the New Times is burying Bob's article.

Is this all a coincidence or are the New Times bosses pining for a job on the School Board or County Commission?

I am trying to be patient, This bullshit about posting 4 different things on the Pulp while the Juice hasn't had a post in days SUCKS ASS.

I'll Be looking for Bob on Channel 10. It is clear the New Times has no idea what made this blog popular. It looks like they are just getting hit rates up on the other authors so that they can sell advertising.

Dr_augusta
Dr_augusta

We really don't need Juice Redux.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

@ the bosses and reporters at the New Times,

Might I be so humble to suggest a few things. From my perspective, the popularity of this blog is due to the personal commitment and interaction that Bob Norman has with the readers. There is a singular voice / point of view. I think it would be a mistake to have multiple people reporting here.

Another value of the blog is the political nature of the reporting. Whoever takes over, needs to detest corruption but can still get the corrupt to talk to them. They need to have the chops to write hard hitting political stories. I know that Lisa Rab has done some good stories. Look at your hit rates, bounce rates, and comments. You know what you have with them. Does the Juice compare to the Pulp? Stealing a line from Patti, "If not why not?"

Bob Norman's stories cut right to the bone. Does the Juice? Do you think you can keep the audience with what you have? I would look at the late show wars as guidance. Leno was able to replace Carson but lost a lot to Letterman but CoCo could not replace Leno. Gary Shandling and Joan Rivers filled in for Johnny way more than Leno. Leno got the gig and did a good job (after Hugh Grant). So are your Shandlings and Rivers ready to step up? Do you have Leno or Conan?

You don't have a lot of time to figure it out. While your figuring it out, Bob will be up and running down the street. There is room for two good blogs. The New Times has an advantage as the visceral nature of the reporting that can be done here, over what is done at Channel 10.

For many of the "regulars", this blog has become our neighborhood bar without the booze (at times I'm not so sure about the lack of booze). Our favorite bartender is going to a new bar down the street but they only have a beer and wine license and our old bar hasn't figured out who's gonna tend bar yet.

I do want to suggest to the powers that be, reach out to Wanda DeMarzo. She has done some hard hitting political reporting. She has the contacts. She's available. Seems like a good fit to me (if she can dedicate the time it takes).

I don't think a multiple reporter format will work. We won't have that one person we can identify with. The blog will be too disjointed.

anonymous
anonymous

Some good writers up there joining the blog. I've met Lisa and she's a very good investigative journalist. Bob, can you occasionally come back and be a contributing blogger?

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Kudos to Heidi O'Sheehan. It is only when people like Heidi are willing to stand up to obvious wrong-doing that citizens will be able to change the political climate in Broward. It's time for more of us to write to the school board and DEMAND change. The Montessori method of education has been proven to inspire students to develop critical thinking skills. To exclude poor and/or minority students is self defeating. They are the students who will benefit the most...and therefore so will their communities. Thank you Ms. O'Sheehan !!!

Truth
Truth

Those schools were a $25,000,000. waste of taxpayer money so that Gottlieb could ingratiate herself with the Jewish Groups that help to elect her. The truth needs to be said and I don't care if people think its antisemtic. It isn't meant to be. It's a disgrace when the Federal Government shuts down a school for discrimination. This should be front page news.

Troll List
Troll List

The following are the top 3 loser trolls that will NOT be missed:

Dr_augustaParkland manVirgil Starkwell

anonymous
anonymous

Wait A Minute! The New Times was the only place in town that let us have our say...uncensored! Let's all remember that. Eric Barton is a damn good guy, and I'll bet he's taken a lot of punches for us.

Fllbear
Fllbear

@DeathFrog3:disqus

Inever jump in..but I couldn't let the neighborhood bar ref go by...a perfect metaphor.

anonymous
anonymous

What do you mean, DF3, they have has much time as we'll give them, and really, we owe them some time, without threats of leaving. The New Times created us, don't forget that by being a fair weather friend. Let's stick with them, until they get it right, even if it takes some time. I'm both backing Bob and The New Times.

Hellvis
Hellvis

I agree. To myself the Juice columns are all over the place, people rarely post comments. I started reading the Pulp when I first saw the Jewish Avenger article in the print version. Although I rarely comment I do enjoy reading everyones elses, even the trolls. Its one of the reasons I read this column. Hopefully at Bob's new home everyone will be able to interact like on here.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Missed? I love "The Juice", so I aints goin' anywhere. They have fantastic writers, starting with Brandon Thorp, Lisa Rab, Eric Barton, et al.

parkland man
parkland man

what are you a wanna be lawyer u fn scumbag,parklands man only problem is fn lawyers,and if you dont like it go fuck yourself and your lawyer to.

Dr_augusta
Dr_augusta

Hey I'm in the company with Virgil? Wow, you are way too kind! Please don't refrain from throwing barbs on my account!

Vlad
Vlad

So true. Add Christy to the list too.

Dr_augusta
Dr_augusta

Model Citizen, Indeed that was your best yet - and perfect for the situation! Thanks....

GayRothstein
GayRothstein

People are know by the company they keep. Although you may aspire to that list you cannot join it. You are a voice of sanity and reason.

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Troll List

Not you. You really have to try harder to suck as bad as those 3...

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