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Indians Whip Maddux and Braves

The Baltimore Sun

Indians Manager Mike Hargrove said he could think of more pleasing thoughts than facing Atlanta ace and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux while being just one game away from elimination.

Here's one, for instance. How about Cleveland beating up on Maddux and staying alive in the World Series, which is what the Indians did in Game 5 Thursday night. Orel Hershiser allowed two runs over eight innings, Albert Belle hit a two-run homer and Jim Thome hit a tie-breaking single in the sixth and a monster homer in the eighth as the Indians beat Maddux and the Braves, 54.

Atlanta, down three runs in the ninth, got two back on Ryan Klesko's homer off Cleveland closer Jose Mesa. But the Indians hung on and can proceed with the knowledge that Greg Maddux likely won't start again in the Series, which resumes in Atlanta Saturday.

"I don't know if beating Maddux makes us believe we're that much better," said Hargrove. "I think we've always believed we're a good team."

The legend of Maddux, already significant, magnified overnight after the Indians' Game 4 loss. The Tribe was down three games to one, and the Indians faced the "impossible" task of beating Maddux, one Cleveland TV station said.

Officials Say Disparate Cocaine Sentences Could Lead to Riots

The Washington Post

Federal prison officials this summer warned that disparities between sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses could lead to the rioting that has resulted in lock-downs this week at 28 penitentiaries.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons alerted sentencing officials that rioting was possible because of inmate anger over current mandatory minimum sentences that give the same punishment to first-time crack dealers as they do to people who sell 100 times the amount of powder cocaine.

The widespread prison unrest came within 24 hours of Congress's blocking a U.S. Sentencing Commission recommendation to change the current minimums. Critics have complained that the sentencing difference is racially discriminatory since crack cocaine is overwhelmingly associated with black narcotics sellers and powder cocaine is usually associated with whites.

Sentencing commission chairman Richard P. Conaboy said in an interview this week he was not surprised to hear of the prison disturbances. Information provided to the commission described inmates and their families organizing to express outrage about the guidelines.

While a Justice Department official described the sentencing controversy as a dominant theory about the cause of the disturbances, federal prison officials were more cautious. They said yesterday they are still investigating possible reasons for inmate uprisings in Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Illinois.