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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2003


Butterworth to be a judge

TALLAHASSEE -- Two months after losing a bid for the state Senate, former state Attorney General Bob Butterworth is taking a job as a senior judge in Broward County courts.

Senior judges typically fill in for absent judges or help with overcrowded calendars. The Florida Supreme Court approved the appointment Dec. 11.

Butterworth, 60, who has served in public jobs for three decades, was a Broward judge from 1974 to 1978.

Alzheimer's summit set

Florida House Speaker Johnnie Byrd will convene a legislative summit next month on Alzheimer's disease.

The two-day meeting, Feb. 6-7 in the Capitol, will feature talks by several experts, including Dr. Steven DeKosky, chairman of the neurology department at the University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Richard Powers, head of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Dr. Eric Reiman, professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona.

Byrd, R-Plant City, has made finding a cure for Alzheimer's a priority during his two-year term as speaker. His father died of the disease.

Brogan still in FAU hunt

BOCA RATON -- Florida Atlantic University's search committee chose Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan as one of three finalists for president Friday. The other two are Stanley Fish, liberal arts and sciences dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Thomas Hanley, engineering dean at the University of Louisville.

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