1. Archive

Prostitute plans career change

A 37-year-old prostitute who was bound and gagged in the apartment of a man later charged with killing six other prostitutes says she is going to change her line of work. "I've thought a lot about what happened, and I've decided to leave this way of life," said the woman, identified only as Gloria by the Miami Herald on Friday. Monday, police charged Rory Enrique Conde, 30, with six counts of first-degree murder and with raping the woman.

287 illegal aliens

caught in Panhandle

CRESTVIEW _ U.S. Border Patrol agents said they arrested 287 illegal aliens this week in the Florida Panhandle as part of a Southeast sweep that has netted more than 2,100 arrests. The arrests included five aliens working for a contractor at Eglin Air Force Base and one man charged with smuggling illegal immigrants, said Border Patrol Assistant Chief Herbert Jefferson.

Chiles invites

Scott to hearing

TALLAHASSEE _ Gov. Lawton Chiles invited Senate President Jim Scott to a two-day public hearing next week in Broward County _ Scott's home turf _ to discuss health care reform. It's uncertain the Fort Lauderdale Republican will accept. He left Friday for a weeklong vacation to Colorado, spokeswoman Karen Chandler said.

Ex-justices back fees

for lawyers in refund

ORLANDO _ Two former Florida Supreme Court justices support lawyers who want to collect $28-million for winning $187-million in state refunds on automotive impact fees. Each person would have to kick in $44.25 of the $295 refund. Raymond Ehrlich and Alan C. Sundberg may testify at a hearing next week in support of two law firms seeking the attorneys' fees.