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Charles foundation upset with college

ATLANTA — The Ray Charles Foundation is demanding the return of a $3 million gift given to Al­bany State University a decade ago, saying the college has yet to use the donation to build a performing arts center in the late artist’s name.

In 2001, Charles gave the south Georgia school $1 million and donated $2 million a year later after receiving an honorary doctorate from the college. The Albany, Ga., native died in 2004 at age 73.

The money was given solely for the construction of the performing arts center, yet it exists only “on the drawing board and in an unapproved downsized plan,” the foundation said in a statement.

University spokesman Demetrius Love said the gift was never restricted and that the school continues to pursue funding for the building, which is expected to cost at least $23 million.

Fugitive arrested after calling for aid

EVANSTON, WYO. — A 59-year-old Georgia fugitive is back behind bars after he ran out of gas in Wyoming and called the local sheriff’s office for assistance.

Richard Vincent of Prine­ville, Ore., is wanted in Geor­gia for violating parole on a murder and escape conviction.

He called the Uinta Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, which sent state troopers to help him out. When they learned Vincent had an outstanding felony warrant from Atlanta, he was taken into custody.

Vincent is now being held for Georgia authorities pending extradition.


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