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Artesian Commons

Artesian Commons is a 0.2-acre park in downtown Olympia, Washington built in May 2014 around an artesian spring. It is described by the city as Olympia's first urban park; the free, public downtown artesian spring has long been used by Olympians for drinking water, along with other springs used to make beer brewed at Well 80 Artesian Brewing across the street from Artesian Commons. Artesian well water is tested by the city, along with the main city supplies at McAllister Wellfield and Allison Springs. Lead levels at the artesian spring in 2015 were less than 0.001 mg/L. A summer, 2016 survey of over 400 park users showed that the median user bottled between 4 and 6 gallons of their own water to take home, was the only drinking water supply for 70% of the respondents; the park has been controversial because of a "steady stream of problems" including its high use by homeless people, drug dealing and other criminal activity. The trash generated by park users is three quarters that of a well-used 40-acre Olympia park, or 150 times greater on a per-acre basis.

The park had a paid "well host", Garrett Cooper, an Army veteran, a park ranger charged with enforcement. In early 2016, the city applied some crime prevention through environmental design practices including fencing and lighting to deter unwanted behavior. In August, 2018, following four years of incidents including 1,400 calls for police at the park, it was permanently closed. Although the park was closed, the Portland Loo and the artesian well remained accessible to the public. In closing the park, the city cited "violent incidents, verbal altercations, nuisance behaviors, mental health emergencies"; the closure was met with a September protest involving occupation of the park, in which people were arrested for trespassing and for assaulting police. The park's artesian well was decorated with public art murals by local artist Jennifer Kuhns. An urban legend states that if one drinks artesian water from one of the over 90 artesian springs in Olympia, one will return to the city. Olympia, Washington § Artesian water Artesian Well Park, Salt Lake City Official website at Olympia Parks Department

Hiratsuto Station

Hiratsuto Station is a railway station on the Yamada Line in the city of Miyako, Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Hiratsuto Station is served by the Yamada Line, is located 52.2 kilometers from the terminus of the line at Morioka Station. Hiratsuto Station has a single side platform serving a single bi-directional line; the station is unattended. Hiratsuto Station opened on 31 October 1931; the station was absorbed into the JR East network upon the privatization of the Japanese National Railways on 1 April 1987. National Route 106 List of railway stations in Japan Official website

San Filippo, Fossombrone

San Filippo is a Baroque-style Roman Catholic former church, now deconsecrated, located Corso Garibaldi, near Porta Fano, in Fossombrone, region of Marche, Italy. The church was erected between 1608 and 1613, it had been commissioned earlier to celebrate the birth of the ill-fated Federico Ubaldo and heir of the Duke Francesco Maria II Della Rovere. But it was ceded soon to the Order of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, although they did not have a formal charter in the town till 1620; the brick facade in 2015 appears nearly decrepit, with closed windows. Decoration continued till consecration in 1726; the interior has a number of paintings by Giovanni Francesco Guerrieri, including a Madonna with the Five Patron Saints of Pesaro offering her the Planned Church, a St Michael Archangel and the Trinity, a St Barnaba Praying. The church has a St John the Baptist painted by Carlo Ridolfi, works by Francesco Gessi, Lazzaro Baldi, Giovanni Diamantini, Giovanni Lapis; the church is now used for concerts and cultural events

Bluewaters Power Station

Bluewaters Power Station was the first owned, coal-fired power station in Western Australia. It was built by Griffin Energy in 2009; the site is 4.5 km northeast of Collie. The plant consists of two 208 megawatts units; the boilers were constructed by IHI while the generators were supplied by Alstom. EPC contractors were Hitachi Plant Technologies. Griffin Coal appointed administrators KordaMentha after financial difficulty in 2009, however the power station continues to operate. Community consultation commenced in 2009 for a proposed expansion and the WA Government approved it in 2010; the proposal is to bring the capacity of the plant to 830 megawatts. As of 2018 it remains on hold, with two years remaining until they are required to re-apply for approvals

University High School (Los Angeles)

University High School Charter known as "Uni", is a public secondary school, built 1923-1924, founded 1924, located in West Los Angeles, a district in Los Angeles, near the border with Santa Monica. University High is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District; the campus holds Indian Springs Continuation High School. The school contains the Serra Springs, a sacred site of the Tongva–Gabrieleño native people and a registered California Historical Landmark. While under construction it was known as Sawtelle High School, but it opened as Warren G. Harding High School when completed in 1924, after 29th President Warren G. Harding, who had died; the school was renamed in 1929 after the University of California at Los Angeles moved its campus from East Hollywood to Westwood, the reputation of former President Harding had declined after the infamous Teapot Dome scandal and other situations. The name University is supposed to have originated because it became a site where teachers-in-training from nearby UCLA worked as assistant teachers/interns.

The original administration building was designed by the firm Russell & Alpaugh and the construction process began in 1923. The style, chosen recalls the Romanesque of Northern Italy and Spanish Mission style architecture; the administration building once displayed an octagonal tower and a portico, but these features were toppled in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. An original cafeteria building was located where theater stand today. Although the gymnasium and a beautiful and admired auditorium were condemned following the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, the school's original main building from 1924 remains in use; the music building and gym have been scheduled to be taken down because they sit on a fault line and therefore against district policy. As of July 2010, the music building is gone. Music classes have been moved to another unused room near the top of the school; the gym was still in use while, on the south end of the campus, in what was a student parking lot, a new gym facility was under construction in 2010.

The current football stadium, last rebuilt following the 1994 Northridge earthquake, is named in honor of Jackie Robinson, of Pasadena, the first African American professional baseball player in Major League Baseball, playing in 1947-1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, who previously attended nearby UCLA, 1939-1940. Uni is one of a few pre-World War II high schools in Los Angeles whose buildings have been at least spared by three major earthquakes since its inception; the main building presents a traditional and dignified appearance, with weathered brick and arched doorways, such that the campus is popular with film crews. One-third of its class of 1942 did not graduate because of the internment of Japanese-Americans. In fall 2007, some neighborhoods zoned to have their students to attend Hamilton High School were rezoned to University High School. In 2009, Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times stated that the school was "struggling to regain its reputation as a center of excellence"; that year, as part of a grant program, the Academy of Engineering was established at the high school.

For the entire 88-year history of University High, the football/baseball field had been without stadium lights until they were installed in the Spring of 2012. Located on Uni's campus are the Serra Springs, California Historical Landmark #522; the springs, called "Kuruvungna" by the native Gabrieleno Tongva people, were used as a source of natural fresh water by the Tongva people since 400 BC, they continue to produce 22,000-25,000 gallons of water a day. The springs are found at two separate locations on campus; the larger is now closed off from the rest of the campus and is under the care of the Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation. Prior to its being fenced off, the area surrounding the springs and pond into which its waters feed was popular among the students as a place to meet and relax; the other spring is located on the northeastern edge of the so-called Girls' Field. A third spring was located farther north, near Texas Avenue, but it ceased to flow during the 1940s when a local water company began drawing from the aquifer.

The Portolá Expedition of 1769, one of the two expeditions that led to the founding of Los Angeles, camped at the Kuruvunga village while travelling along the route that would become known as El Camino Real. The name Serra comes from Father Junípero Serra the founder of the Alta California mission chain, reported to have said Mass to there. In the 1800s, the spring served as the water supply for the city of Santa Monica. Construction at the school in 1925 unearthed evidence of a Native America village, in 1975, a grave was discovered from what archaeologists now believe to be a burial site. In 1980, Indian Springs Continuation High School, housed on the part of the campus where the springs are, was opened. In 1992, tribal descendants, community members, teachers and students from the school founded the Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation, a non-profit foundation, to fight a proposed development a block north of the springs that would have cut off the springs' underground water source, they fought the proposed parking structure, since that time, the Foundation has been active at the springs.

That same year, the newly established Foundation held the first annual Life Before Columbus Day event. The event, which takes place just before Columbus Day every year and celebrates the history of the land and of the Tongva people, has been known to draw upward of 600 people some years, including Native Americans from various tribes, local politicians, community me