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12/23/2000 12:00:00 AM

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From his prison cell outside Sacramento, Ca, Marion Suge Knight, founder and CEO of always-controversial rap label, Death Row Records, gets to act like Santa this Christmas for a local-area kindergarten. Knight, has written a large check to the Hillsdale Early Head Start Program in Sacramento. The money will be used to replace the kindergarten's playground, carousels, swings, monkey bars and expensive rubber footing destroyed by an arson fire set by vandals some weeks ago. Says Knight: "I saw a report about it on local TV. A playground is the only safe place for kids to play and then somebody comes along and destroys it. A senseless crime that hurts little kids. I called Death Row Records in Los Angeles, told them to find out the cost to rebuild the playground and cut a check to cover it." Says Sacramento County Head Start Deputy Director Norma Johnson: "There really is a Santa Claus for us, thanks to Mr. Knight's generosity. It was an enormous,and expensive, shock to find our entire play area ruined by vandals." It's not the first time Knight and Death Row Records have made charitable contributions. Without media coverage, Death Row has made annual Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas toy giveaways, usually in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles, from where the label -- and many of its artists -- sprang. "We are a street label, recording street artists, and always will be," says Knight. "So when we give back, we give back to where it all came from -- the street. But this playground thing is a special case -- it really got to me personally."

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