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Bush's budget director resigns for California post

Gov. Jeb Bush's budget director resigned Monday to accept a permanent position with California Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In a letter to Bush, Donna Arduin, 40, said the audit she is performing for Schwarzenegger was taking longer than expected and she was resigning so Bush could appoint a new budget director in time to draft his budget recommendations for next year.

Arduin was one of the first people Schwarzenegger appointed to his transition team after winning California's gubernatorial recall election Oct. 7. She came to work for Bush in January 1999 from New York, where she served in similar positions.

Bush selected the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, Mike Hansen, to succeed Arduin. Hansen, 51, was formerly Bush's health and human services policy coordinator.

Boat missing off Naples

beaches at Canaveral

CAPE CANAVERAL _ A boat that disappeared more than two weeks ago in waters off Florida's west coast washed up near a Cape Canaveral launch pad on the east coast with one set of human remains on board, the Coast Guard said Monday.

The FBI and local law enforcement were called in to help identify the body, thought to be one of the three missing boaters.

The 24-foot What's Left, carrying Neil Eddleman, 47, his son, Neil Alan Eddleman, 13, and Gary Lisk, 61, left on a fishing trip from Naples Oct. 17. The Coast Guard launched an air and sea search when it did not return as scheduled, but ended it after a week.

The boat was found floating upside down in the surf.

The distance from Naples around the tip of Florida to Cape Canaveral is at least 450 miles.

Teen shot in leg after

playing Halloween prank

PUNTA GORDA _ A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg as he and some friends ran away from a house after playing a Halloween prank, sheriff's deputies said.

The man who fired the handgun said he only meant to scare the six teens Saturday night, but he was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Charlotte County sheriff's spokesman Bob Carpenter said.

The boy, who was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, was hospitalized overnight and released Sunday.

He and five friends decided to play a prank on another friend in the neighborhood, Carpenter said. One boy got on the shoulders of another and they donned a mask and draped a sheet around them.

The friend wasn't home so they rang another doorbell. The tall, shadowy figure at the door scared Verdell Young, who summoned her son and gave him a handgun.

Derrick Anthony Young, 30, opened the door and fired one shot at the boys, who were about 175 feet away in the yard of a house across the street, Carpenter said.

Derrick Young was still in jail Monday with no bail set.

Bay County residents

evenly divided on airport

PANAMA CITY, Fla. _ A poll shows that Bay County residents are sharply divided in a dispute over building a new airport, the cornerstone of development plans in the Florida Panhandle by the state's largest private landowner, the St. Joe Co.

The telephone survey of 388 residents favored the airport 44 percent to 41 percent, with 15 percent undecided. The poll, with an error margin of 5 percentage points, was conducted Oct. 20-21 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for WJHG-TV.

Jacksonville-based St. Joe and other proponents, including Gov. Jeb Bush, want to relocate the Panama City-Bay County International Airport to a much larger site on land St. Joe would donate north of Panama City.

Bethune-Cookman College

picks its new president

DAYTONA BEACH _ Gloria Bromell-Tinubu was selected Monday as the next president of Bethune-Cookman College, school officials said.

Bromell-Tinubu, 50, an economics professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, is scheduled on July 1 to succeed the retiring Dr. Oswald Bronson Sr., president since 1975 of the private, historically black college with 2,700 students and a budget of $45-million.

_ Staff, wire reports