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Michigan Mega Conference

The Michigan Mega Conference was a large high school athletic league comprising twenty-eight schools which disbanded in mid-2009, with its former members either becoming independent or forming their own leagues. Member schools were predominantly located in suburban Wayne County, Michigan in Downriver; the other schools were located in neighboring Washtenaw Counties. The schools were members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and compete in the organization's post-season state championships. Depending on the sport, the schools were divided into four divisions; when the MEGA conference was formed in 1993, many schools were denied entry into the conference. The repudiated schools alleged that this was because of their large black student population, the founding schools "discriminated in the formation and operation of the league." Current member schools Dearborn Heights Robichaud and Romulus filed complaints against the conference for denying their admission as members to the Office of Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education.

OCR determined that the athletic league violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The schools declined a resolution offered by the OCR and subsequently sent the subject to the Justice Department in the summer of 1995. A resolution was succeeded by the eighteen founding members and the Justice Department to include the aforementioned schools and five others encompassing an athletic conference of twenty five schools. Allen Park Belleville Dearborn Fordson Monroe Southgate Anderson Truman Carlson Edsel Ford Kennedy Lincoln Park Redford Union Trenton Woodhaven Roosevelt Garden City Highland Park Inkster Melvindale Romulus Ypsilanti Annapolis Crestwood Ecorse River Rouge Robichaud Thurston Willow Run Baseball Boys' basketball Girls' basketball Boys' bowling Girls' competitive cheer Boys' cross country Girls' cross country Football Boys' golf Boys' gymnastics Girls' gymnastics Boys' ice hockey Girls' soccer Softball Boys' swimming Girls' swimming Boys' tennis Girls' tennis Boys' track Girls' track Girls' volleyball Wrestling The Mega Conference disbanded after the 2008 season after members of the league began to fracture off and form their own conferences, citing a desire to have more geographically centered leagues, as opposed to leagues more focused around the schools' athletic strength.

There were 2 main conferences formed from the ashes of the Mega Conference, with those being the Western Wayne Athletic Conference and the Downriver League. However, a couple of schools chose instead to join the Southeastern Conference, while a few others chose to run an independent schedule

The Old Devils

The Old Devils is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1986. The novel won the Booker Prize, it was adapted for television by Andrew Davies for the BBC in 1992, starring John Stride, Bernard Hepton, James Grout and Ray Smith. Alun Weaver, a writer of modest celebrity, returns to his native Wales with his wife, sometime girlfriend of Weaver's old acquaintance Peter Thomas. Alun begins associating with a group of former friends, including Peter, all of whom have continued to live locally while he was away. While drinking in the house of another acquaintance, Alun drops dead, leaving the rest of the group to pick up the pieces of their brief reunion; the Old Devils is considered to be Amis's masterpiece by his son, Martin Amis, who wrote in his memoir, "it stands comparison with any English novel of the century."