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Orlando mayor wants Chiles' job

Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick, who friends say is frustrated with the progress being made by Gov. Lawton Chiles, plans to seek the office himself in 1994, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Frederick has been a longtime associate and friend of Chiles and Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay, who is certain to seek the nomination himself if Chiles decides against a second term. Frederick, who is finishing his third four-year term as mayor, told the Orlando Sentinel earlier this week that he wouldn't run for the office as a Republican. Chiles, who has hinted on several occasions that he may not run in 1994, wasn't bothered by reports of a possible Frederick candidacy. "This is such a good job I'm just surprised people aren't knocking down the door to get in the office," Chiles said Tuesday.

Armed Cubans

rescued at sea

ISLAMORADA _ Two Cuban defectors dressed in military fatigues, armed with grenades and accompanied by two women and a child, were rescued Tuesday from an inflatable raft off the Florida coast, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. A separate group of six Cuban men aboard a flimsy raft also was rescued near the same coastal waters off Islamorada, a popular fishing and tourism center in the Florida Keys. Both groups of Cubans were immediately placed in the custody of the U.S. Immigration Service, the Coast Guard said.

Judge approves

AIDS settlement

STUART _ A judge has approved a settlement between a former citrus worker and an insurance company that referred him to the dentist who infected him with the AIDS virus. The amount of the settlement between Richard Driskill and CIGNA Dental Health of Florida was confidential. Part of the settlement approved Monday by Circuit Judge Robert Makemson will provide a college education for Driskill's daughter, Michelle, who is 12. The "great majority" of the confidential CIGNA settlement will go toward Driskill's medical bills, Eaton said. Driskill was one of five patients who contracted the AIDS virus from Stuart dentist Dr. David Acer, who died in 1990 of complications from acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Chiles aide

plans to run

TALLAHASSEE _ The top Cabinet aide to Gov. Lawton Chiles announced his resignation Tuesday to seek the congressional seat in southwest Florida being vacated by U.S. Rep. Andy Ireland. Rand Snell, 36, said he would leave March 2 to begin raising money and setting up a campaign organization to run as a Democrat in a district expected to include parts of Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. He is the second key Chiles' adviser to announce plans to leave the administration in recent weeks. Mary Jane Gallagher, the governor's communications director, also is stepping down soon. Snell, a Manatee County native, has never held elected office but was a Chiles aide when the governor was in the U.S. Senate.