Zumba teacher gets jail
A Zumba fitness instructor at the center of a prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and more than 100 clients told a judge who sentenced her Friday to 10 months in jail that she’s happy to have escaped her former life. Fighting back tears, Alexis Wright said she felt relief when police raided her business on Feb. 12, 2012, because she wanted out. The former single mother was accused of conspiring with insurance business owner Mark Strong to run a prostitution business in which she videotaped clients without their knowledge and kept detailed records over an 18-month period indicating she made $150,000 tax-free. She also collected more than $40,000 in public assistance.
Four firefighters killed
Four firefighters searching for people they thought might be trapped in a blazing Houston motel and restaurant Friday were killed when the part of the structure collapsed and ensnared them, authorities said. At least five other firefighters were hospitalized in the blaze that became the deadliest in the 118-year history of the Houston Fire Department. Flames were shooting from the roof of the Southwest Inn, along one of Houston’s most heavily traveled freeways, U.S. Highway 59, and black smoke was blanketing the area as firefighters tried to extinguish the fire. Three firefighters were killed at the scene, while the fourth died at a hospital, according to the mayor’s office and a medical examiner. Five other people were injured. A cause of the blaze has not been determined.
Gun measure OK’d
The Illinois Legislature approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public. The 89-28 vote Friday in the Illinois House sealed a compromise that was a response to December’s federal appeals court order that Illinois drop its ban by June 9. The legislation now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not indicated whether he’ll sign it. The compromise requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can stay in place.
Compiled from wire reports.