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Atlanta air show drops 'Dixie' name

ATLANTA The Wings Over Dixie Air Show has been renamed the Great Georgia Air Show because of complaints about using the word "Dixie."

The show will still be held Sept. 14-15 at Falcon Field in suburban Peachtree City, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday.

An online poll at the newspaper's Web site (www.ajc.com) showed readers opposed the name change by a 3-to-1 margin as of last night.

Earlier this year, the group that supplies most of the vintage World War II planes for the air show, the Confederate Air Force, renamed itself the Commemmorative Air Force

Anthrax hoax suspect guilty of other charges

CINCINNATI A man suspected of mailing fake anthrax letters to abortion clinics nationwide was convicted yesterday on separate firearms and car theft charges.

A U.S. District Court jury deliberated just 40 minutes before finding Clayton Lee Waagner of Kennerdell, Pa., guilty of all six charges. He faces 15 years to life in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.

Waagner, who is not a lawyer, defended himself in the case. He said he will appeal, though he acknowledged in his closing argument that he stole a handgun and wasn't surprised by the verdict.

Waagner told jurors the government prosecuted him to cover up its opposition of what he has called his war on the abortion industry.

Judge clears Ramseys of ex-employee libel

ATLANTA John and Patsy Ramsey did not libel their former housekeeper in a book about the slaying of their daughter, 6-year-old Jonbenet, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash dismissed Linda Hoffman-Pugh's lawsuit, saying the Ramseys did not name her as a suspect, nor did she fit the profile of the person the Ramseys thought killed JonBenet at the family's Boulder, Colo., home.

Judge Thrash dismissed the defamation suit in an order signed earlier this month and reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday. The Ramseys now live in the Atlanta area.

No one has been charged in the Dec. 26, 1996, slaying.

Brown confirmed as DEA deputy chief

DEA Agent John B. Brown III, who headed the agency's Dallas division, has been confirmed as the Drug Enforcement Administration's deputy administrator.

"Special Agent Brown brings a wealth of effective law enforcement experience to this critical job," said DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson. "I have worked with him over the last few months and found his insight and vision invaluable. He will make a real difference at DEA."

Mr. Brown has served as acting deputy administrator for the past several months, waiting confirmation. He formerly headed the Dallas division, where he oversaw enforcement and intelligence operations in north Texas and Oklahoma.

He also formerly managed the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) in Texas, which collects, analyzes and disseminates information to law enforcement on illegal drug trafficking.

Howard nomination sent to full Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a former New Hampshire attorney general for a federal appeals court position yesterday.

The committee sent the nomination of Jeffrey Howard, candidate for the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, to the full Senate by a 19-0 vote.

The Senate has approved 43 of President Bush's 98 nominations for federal trial and appellate courts. The Democratic-controlled Judiciary Committee rejected one nominee, U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi, for an appeals court seat.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Howard would go to the court that oversees federal appeals in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico.

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