HEBER SPRINGS, ARK.
Country star found dead
Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, was found dead on the front porch of her home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office said. She was 37. McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 and signed a recording contract with BNA Records. In 1996, her Guys Do It All the Time hit No. 1 with its dig at male chauvinism. Other singles included Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now, A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do) and You’ll Never Know. She had appeared in concert with stars including George Strait, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson.
WEST WARWICK, R.I.
2003 disaster recalled
Survivors of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people and relatives of those killed huddled together in bitter cold Sunday at the site to mark the 10th anniversary. Some brought flowers and paid their respects at the handmade crosses that dot the site for each person who died. Others cried and spoke of missing their loved ones and the difficulty of moving past such trauma. The anniversary is Wednesday. The fire broke out when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable packing foam that had been installed in the club as soundproofing. Last month, a fire at a nightclub in Brazil killed more than 230 people under circumstances that were eerily similar.
Doctors are optimistic that two firefighters will recover from serious burns suffered in a fire that killed two colleagues, Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor said Sunday. He declined to speculate on what started Friday night’s fire at an unoccupied Knights of Columbus Hall, which claimed the lives of Lt. Eric Wallace and Lt. Gregory Pickard. Firefighters Ricky Mantey Jr. and Mitchel Moran are hospitalized in serious but stable condition. Elsewhere, a second medic died early Sunday from injuries sustained when a car collided with an ambulance that was not on an emergency run and had the right of way in downtown Indianapolis, authorities said. Paramedic Cody Medley, 22, of Indianapolis, died about 3 a.m. Sunday. Ambulance driver Tim McCormick, 24, died Saturday.
Compiled from wire reports.