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B4 Orlando Sentinel FRIDAY, Local News TALLAHASSEE State Sen. Dave Aronberg said Thursday that he would run for attorney general in 2010, the first Democrat to enter what could be a crowded primary. Aronberg, a Greenacres Democrat and former assistant attorney general, could face primary challenges from state Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach, and former Sen. Rod Smith, an Alachua lawyer and failed 2006 gubernatorial candidate.

Aronberg, 38, is a Harvard-educated lawyer who served as a U.S. Justice Department fel- low during the Clinton administration. In the Legislature, he has pushed bills to protect consumers, crack down on sex offenders and reform primary elections. U.S. Sen.

Bill Nelson, and others have been trying quietly to persuade the three would-be candidates not to wage a bruising primary contest. But announcement could push the others to jump in. hurts us to have these kinds of primaries. But I believe that this one was said former state party director Screven Watson, an adviser to Smith who ran two legislative campaigns and spoke with both men about the race Thurs- day. Minutes after announcement, Gelber said he was likely to do the same.

Until last weekend, Gelber was an announced candidate for U.S. Senate. hope was that there would be time for all of us to be thoughtful and to Gelber said in a statement. given Sen. decision, I will announce my plans In the past week, Aronberg drove to Miami and Orlando to meet with both Gelber and Smith, but neither was willing to commit to sit out the race, party officials said.

postponed my announcement for a month in the hope that we could work this Aronberg said. have a lot of respect for the others, but after a month of delaying, I just think I need to get If Gelber runs, it could entice Smith, who might figure Gelber and Aronberg would split the South Florida vote. Republicans also may have a primary for the post. Bill McCollum, the GOP incumbent, is running for governor. Lt.

Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, state Rep. Bill Galvano of Bradenton and Orlando lawyer Will McBride are considering the race. Aaron Deslatte can be reached at 850-222-5564 or Attorney race draws first Dem By Aaron Deslatte TALLAHASSEE BUREAU Acall for people to take part in the study is offering hope to an estimated 40,000 Central Florida residents affected by the debilitating disease. Current medications for disease, a disorder characterized by progressive loss of memory and cognitive function as brain cells are lost, are mostly aimed at making the most of remaining brain activity.

Scientific evidence suggests that a toxic substance in the brain known as betaamyloidplays a role in the onset and progression of the disease. The experimental drug, known as designed to remove beta amy- loid from the brain. the amyloid hypothesis is correct, this new treatment could prevent more neurons from dying and keep patients from declining as said Dr. William Honeycutt of Neurology Associates in Maitland, which is coordinating the local study. Participants will join more than 2,000 volunteers in 200 study sites in the U.S.

and Canada and receive free medication, physical exams and laboratory services. Each participant also will be monitored by a study coordinator and aphysician. The study is seeking men and women 50 to88 who have mild to moderate and have a caregiver willing to be involved in the study. a neurologist, you see how tragic disease is. watching people deteriorate, and this can be even more painful for family members and Honeycutt said.

the disease progresses, it gets tougher to treat it. This approach at least shows some Honeycutt said potential side effects from the new drug include inflammation of the brain, which is why patients will be monitored throughout the study. Still, Honeycutt and others are excited by the potential. the impending wave of aging baby boomers, the number of people with will double in the next couple of said Nancy Squillacioti, executive director of the Resource Center in Orlando. going to bankrupt the health-care system unless we get ahead of the Fernando Quintero can be reached at 407-650-6333 or STUDY FROM PAGEB1 Learn about study For more information, go to or call 1-888-770-6366.

chael M. Clarke, 22, of Orlandomet with prosecutors in Sanford and told them what happened to her Aug. 7. According to a Seminole County report, Clarke drove Hataway home that night after the two went to the home of friends. She leaned over to hug him goodbye, according to the report, and he began squeezing her.

On Tuesday, she told reporters that he wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her. She managed to get out of the car and run down the street but tripped, and he grabbed her by the hair and began slamming her head into the ground, according to the Office report. He also twisted her neck in an apparent attempt to break it, according to the report. Clarke began to scream, and when neighbors came outdoors, Hataway fled, she told reporters. By the time Seminole County deputies arrived, Hataway was gone, according to the report.

But Clarke had bruises on her neck and scratches and scrapes on her face, back, hand, arms and knee. That all happened in Fern Park in Seminole County, where Hataway lived at the time. Deputies tried to find Hataway during the next few days but could not, according to the report, so they filed paperwork with the State Office in Sanford. Even so, Hataway was never charged. Chris White, chief assistant state attorney in Seminole, said Thursday that was because Clarke failed to respond when his office asked for her help.

That changed this week. After learning that Hataway was a person of interest in disappearance, Clarke went to Ocoee police. On Thursday, she said she was unhappy that Hataway had not already been charged with attacking her. White said prosecutors did not file charges in August because they needed to hear version of events and needed to know whether she would be willing to testify against Hataway. Nowthat told them yes, trying to track down witnesses, he said.

want to find the people who heard her screaming and came out and interrupted his attack on White said. Prosecutors also want to talk to people who, earlier in the evening, saw Clarke and Hataway together. Seminole County deputies originally treated the attack as a misdemeanor, but if there is sufficient evidence, White said, charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery or false imprisonment could be appropriate. In the other case, friends and family held out hope Thursday that the 27-year-old jewelry maker would be found soon. keeping my hopes said Emily Hamilton, a close friend.

I think this is going to have a positive Detectives have scoured the area near Ocoee home with bloodhounds and cadaver dogs but have found no sign of Ocasio, said Ocoee police Sgt. Randy Conyers. A search inside home produced similar results. Surveillance video shows Ocasio leaving the Florida Tap Room in MetroWest with Hataway sometime after 12:30 a.m. May 27 after an Orlando Magic playoff game, according to police.

Ocoee detectives found her yellow, two-door Chevrolet Cobalt abandoned and unlocked less than a half-mile from cell phone is missing, but newly released reports show that her mother tried to call her on it about 8:30 a.m. the morning she disappeared. Cell-phone records show that call pinged off a tower about 1,000 feet from home. Ocasio told Hamilton that she first met Hataway at the Florida Tap Room about a week before she disappeared. Detectives encourage anyone with information about this case to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.

Tipsters, who can remain anonymous, are eligible for up to a $5,000 reward. Apopka police earlier this week re-interviewed Hataway about the disappearance of another person, friend Onda Christopher George, 29. He disappeared in February and has not been seen since. Hataway and two other men were seen by police near abandoned car on Ocoee-Apopka Road. Rene Stutzman can be reached at or 407-650-6394.

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