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By United Press International  |  April 11, 2005 at 6:30 AM
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Man wins appeal in mistaken ID kidnap

HUDSON, N.Y., April 10 (UPI) -- An upstate New York man who claims a kidnapping was a case of mistaken identity in an S&M date has won an appeal of his conviction and 15-year sentence.

At his 2003 trial, Roger Gudz of New Baltimore said that he had made an assignation over the Internet with a woman named Judith who had fantasies about being abducted and forced to be a sex slave. But he got the wrong woman, a New York banker who was bicycling along a road in Columbia County.

The victim fought Gudz off, the Kingston Daily Freeman reported. But a driver who saw the incident followed his car, and he was arrested.

A state appeals court ruled last week that the judge wrongly told jurors they would have to decide not only if Gudz made an honest mistake but whether that mistake was one a "reasonable" person would have made.

Former poor student gives school $30m

OXFORD, Ohio, April 10 (UPI) -- A former penniless student has given Ohio's Miami University the largest donation in school history, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday.

Richard Farmer graduated from Miami University in 1956 and went on to found Cintas Corp. Now the student who could barely make ends meet is a multi-millionaire.

School officials announced Saturday that Farmer and his wife, Joyce, alongside the Farmer Family Foundation, had given the university $30 million for a new business school and an endowment to recruit business instructors

"It's huge," Miami President James Garland said. "It's the largest gift in the history of the university."

More watch race than royal wedding

LONDON, April 10 (UPI) -- More British TV viewers watched the BBC's coverage of the Grand National Steeplechase than the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

An average 6.2 million viewers watched Saturday's wedding, with the figure peaking at 7.6 million during the couple's blessing at St George's Chapel, the BBC reported Sunday.

However, Grand National Grandstand attracted an average of 7.3 million viewers, rising to 9.5 million during the race itself.

The BBC said the wedding represented around 49 percent of the audience share, peaking at 53 percent of the audience share when the viewing figures were at their highest.

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