Florida briefly

Published August 29, 2006

Davis-Smith race tighter, poll indicates

A new poll has the Democratic gubernatorial primary looking like a closer race, with U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa leading state Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua by 9 percentage points with 28 percent of voters undecided.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce poll has Davis with 36 percent, Smith with 27 percent and 8 percent choosing "some other candidate." The results are the first to be released since Wednesday's Democratic gubernatorial candidate debate.

The poll of 500 likely voters in the Democratic primary was conducted by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion Research Thursday and Friday. It was weighted for age, race, gender and geographic distribution. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

5 dead in home identified; all in one family

MIAMI - Five people found dead in a Miami-Dade County home were identified Monday as members of the same family, all apparently killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.

The investigation was continuing into how the deaths occurred, a statement from Miami-Dade County police said.

The dead were Robert Perez, 37; his wife, Maytee Marquez, 33; Marquez's mother, Maria Lucas, 56; and half-brothers Christopher Perez, 13, and Nestor Perez, 10.

Hurlburt Field to get antiterrorism unit

HURLBURT FIELD - A new antiterrorism unit at this Air Force special operations center will help locate insurgents in Iraq and elsewhere by analyzing video from unmanned aerial vehicles and through other specialized techniques.

Air Force Special Operations Command Lt. Col. Dave Hambleton is building the 11th Intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Field.