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February 15, 2001

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Kennedy Center given $50 million gift

Alberto Vilar, the opera world's biggest charitable donor, has made a gift of $50 million to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The donation, the largest gift in Kennedy Center history, will be used over 10 years to fund annual visits of the Kirov Ballet and Opera companies of St. Petersburg, Russia, and to establish the Vilar Institute for Arts Management.

Vilar, founder of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., is also the largest single donor to Los Angeles Opera.

CHICAGO

'Springer' guest arrested on sex charge

A man was charged with criminal sexual abuse of a minor after authorities watched him appear on "The Jerry Springer Show" with his pregnant, 15-year-old girlfriend.

Brandon Parks, 19, was arrested at his trailer park residence on the misdemeanor charge after authorities interviewed the girl and reviewed a tape of the Oct. 2 show. During the show, which is taped in Chicago, Parks accused his girlfriend of sleeping with other people.

The girl countered that Parks impregnated her and had slept with her older sister.

LOS ANGELES

Three people convicted of murdering tourist

Three people were convicted of murder Wednesday in the slaying of a German tourist who was shot during a holdup because he could not understand the robbers' demands.

Lamont Dion Santos, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder in a non-jury trial Roshana Latiesha Roberts, 21, and Tyrina Lakeisha Griffin, 20, were found guilty of second-degree murder. All three were also convicted of attempted murder and attempted robbery. Paul Carpenter, 23, also accused in the case, remains at large.

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