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Authorities said Ms. Day’s 2000 Chrysler Town and Country van was stolen from her Decatur driveway sometime Sunday night.

Ms. Day, who uses a wheelchair, told WSB she prides herself on being independent and works part time as a greeter at Home Depot. Her mother relied on the van to take Ms. Day to work and to doctor appointments.

Ms. Day said “my mouth just dropped to the floor” when she learned Mr. Perry would give her a new van.

School for the deaf gets cash, Swift tickets after prank

Taylor Swift is giving $10,000 and concert tickets to a Boston school for the deaf after a prank during an online contest promising an on-campus performance by the Grammy-winning singer.

Horace Mann School for the Deaf was disqualified from the contest because many of the votes were from pranksters who thought it would be funny for a school for the deaf to win a concert.

Miss Swift, known for hits including “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story,” said every student at the K-12 school will receive a ticket to her next local concert. She donated $10,000 to the school, the contest sponsors donated $40,000 more, and VH1’s Save the Music program donated $10,000 in musical instruments.

“Any kind of specific instrument that can be purchased to bring music alive for these students will go a long way,” Boston Public School spokesman Matt Wilder said.

Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., won the on-campus concert and a $10,000 grant to its music department.

Miss Swift is releasing her fourth studio album, “Red,” on Oct. 22.

Formerly Hootie, Rucker to join Grand Ole Opry

Darius Rucker’s conversion to country is complete: He’s joining the Grand Ole Opry.

Mr. Rucker performed on Tuesday night’s Opry and received a visit from unannounced guest Brad Paisley, who surprised him with the invitation.

“I’m still surprised,” Mr. Rucker said afterward. “They shocked me. Everybody, my wife and I’m just finding out even my kids knew. I wasn’t expecting anything today. I didn’t think tonight is the night I’d be asked to be a member of the Opry. That’s unbelievable.”

The singer rose to fame as the frontman for South Carolina rockers Hootie & the Blowfish, but began to pursue his lifelong passion for country music a few years ago. He’s had a multiplatinum, award-winning run since and will release his third country album early next year.

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