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Winn-Dixie computers overcharge debit cards

A computer glitch caused thousands of shoppers who used their bank debit cards at Winn-Dixie supermarkets over the past three weeks to be charged more than once for the same purchases.

Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. said Friday its computers had been unable to handle the high volume of purchases since before Easter. The result was that some debit card users were hit more than once with charges for the same purchases _ up to seven times in some cases.

The company said it didn't know how many customers were affected, but numbers provided by banks that issue debit cards indicate that at least 13,000 people were overcharged, according to the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville. One bank reported that it was seeing problems as recently as Thursday.

Banks were advising their customers to review their checking accounts every other day or so to make sure there were no more problems.

Winn-Dixie said in a statement it was taking steps to fix the problem.

Former tourism official

says he was forced to quit

TALLAHASSEE _ A former tourism official contends he was a victim of gender discrimination because he was falsely accused of sexual harassment to force his resignation.

R. Barry Kenney made the allegation in a federal lawsuit against the Florida Tourism Marketing Industry Corp., the public-private agency that promotes the state's tourism industry.

Also named as defendants are corporation president Austin Mott III, the state, and Gov. Lawton Chiles, who chairs the Florida Tourism Commission.

The lawsuit, filed March 25 in Ocala, says Mott confronted Kenney in December 1996 to accuse him of sexually harassing four women. Kenney then was told he would be fired if he did not resign, the lawsuit claims. He resigned about three weeks later.

Brawl breaks out

at little league game

DELTONA _ A bench-clearing brawl among players, parents and coaches at a little league baseball game sent one player to the hospital and injured two others.

The Braves and Yankees, senior division teams for 14- and 15-year-olds, were playing at Vann Park in Deltona, northeast of Orlando, when the scuffle broke out in right field about noon Saturday.

Witnesses said the Yankees were at bat in the sixth inning when a pitcher for the Braves exchanged words with a Yankees runner on first base. Accounts vary on who charged whom, but a fight began.

Three Volusia County Sheriff's deputies responded, and at least one deputy spent the rest of the day trying to interview witnesses and sort out stories. It wasn't known whether charges would be filed.