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Six-member team to lead Gallagher's campaign

By Times Staff
Published June 14, 2005


TALLAHASSEE - Republican Tom Gallagher has named a six member leadership team to serve as co-chairs of his campaign for governor.

The team consists of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami; former Secretary of State Jim Smith, former House Speaker John Thrasher and past GOP chairmen Tom Slade, Al Cardenas and Van Poole.

"Usually you are fortunate to have one person serve as chair of your campaign, but we were blessed with six," Gallagher said Monday. "I'm proud of the support from these men and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and what it says about our vision for the state."

Gallagher and Attorney General Charlie Crist are the leading GOP candidates in a battle to succeed Gov. Jeb Bush, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits. The general election is November 2006.

Democrats in the race include State Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua, U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa and former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox.

Autopsy links man's death to cocaine, not Taser

WEST PARK - A Fort Lauderdale man shocked with a Taser stun gun by sheriff's deputies had cocaine in his system and died from cardiac arrest, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said Sunday. Deputies used a Taser to subdue Horace Owens, 48, after he broke into a West Park home Saturday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said.

The medical examiner ruled that the cocaine in Owens' system sent him into cardiac arrest, not the shock from the Taser, she said. The death was ruled accidental.

Families of soldiers killed in crash sue contractor

JACKSONVILLE - The families of three soldiers killed in an Afghanistan plane crash on Monday sued the contractor that supplied the plane and crew, saying it didn't make safety a priority and was negligent.

Lt. Col. Jeannette McMahon, an Army helicopter pilot whose husband died in the November crash, shed tears as she discussed the suit she and the families of two other soldiers filed against Melbourne-based Blackwater USA and its subsidiaries.

Three employees of Blackwater USA also died when the plane slammed into a mountain. FSU senior dies in train accident in Germany

ATLANTA - A Florida State University senior was found dead at a subway station in Munich, Germany, apparently after he fell beneath a train.

Witnesses noticed the body of Rob Fortuna, 23, lying near the tracks at the subway station Friday, authorities said.

A police statement says he appeared to have slipped between two carriages while trying to board a train.

The departing train dragged him and ran over his body. There is no evidence of foul play, police said.

Fortuna, a native of Atlanta, was traveling in Germany.

A memorial service will be Wednesday in Atlanta.