Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Resort known as Thorpe Park, is an amusement park located between the towns of Chertsey and Staines-upon-Thames in Surrey, England. It is operated and owned by Merlin Entertainments and includes rides, a themed hotel, live events and Stealth, the UK's fastest rollercoaster. After demolition of the Thorpe Park Estate in the 1930s, the site became a gravel pit. Thorpe Park Resort was built in the 1970s on the gravel pit, flooded, creating a water-based theme for the park, it was opened to the public by Lord Louis Mountbatten in 1979. It has since grown into one of the major theme parks in the UK. Major attractions include a large water ride Tidal Wave, a number of rollercoasters including Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, Saw – The Ride, The Swarm, The Walking Dead: The Ride and dark ride Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon. Other smaller attractions include a water area called an Angry Birds themed land, it has on-site accommodation, the Thorpe Shark Hotel. The demolition of the Thorpe Park Estate in the 1930s saw the site transform into a gravel pit owned by Ready Mixed Concrete Limited.

In the 1970s RMC flooded part of the site and created a water leisure and exhibition park, opening in 1979. The first theme park development began a few years with new attractions opening throughout the 1980s-90s; the last large attraction opened by the park's original owners was "X:\No Way Out" in 1996. In 1998, The Tussauds Group bought the park. From the outset the park started opening key attractions such as Tidal Wave in 2000, Colossus in 2002, Nemesis Inferno in 2003 and Stealth in 2006. In May 2007, Blackstone Group purchased The Tussauds Group from then-owner Dubai International Capital for US$1.9 billion. Dubai International Capital gained 20% of Merlin Entertainments. On 17 July 2007, as part of the financing for the Tussauds deal, Merlin sold Thorpe Park, to private investor Nick Leslau and his investment firm Prestbury under a sale and leaseback agreement. Although it is owned by Prestbury, the site is operated by Merlin based on a renewable 35-year lease. In 2018, along with other Merlin attractions, Thorpe Park teamed up with Coca-Cola to offer half price tickets for recycled plastic bottles.

The target audience for the Resort is Teenagers and Young Adults, adding rides such as Saw - The Ride and The Swarm for example. In 2014, Merlin decided to target a more broad-family based market with new attractions such as Angry Birds Land and the park's onsite hotel. On 20 February 2019, the official Twitter account of Thorpe Park confirmed the permanent closure of Loggers Leap, a log flume that opened in 1989 but had been closed since 2015. On the 25 February 2020, Thorpe Park announced the addition of a live action Black Mirror attraction, named Black Mirror Labyrinth, which will open on 27 March 2020. Since 2016, Thorpe Park is zoned into eight'island territories'. Port and Basecamp includes the turnstile entrance and dome. Amity opened with Tidal Wave and now includes Stealth, Depth Charge, Wet Wet Wet, Amity Beach and Storm Surge; the Jungle contains Nemesis Inferno, Rumba Rapids, Mr Monkey's Banana Ride and a street of restaurants. Angry Birds Land is sponsored by the Angry Birds video game.

Attractions in this area include Angry Birds 4D, Detonator: Bombs Away and King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems. Old Town is located towards the back of the park and includes Saw - The Ride, Rocky Express, Timber Tug Boat and Lumber Jump. Lost City contains Colossus, Quantum and Zodiac. Swarm Island opened as the plaza for The Swarm; the Dock Yard is the plaza outside Derren Brown's Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon and includes the nearby The Walking Dead: The Ride rollercoaster. The'Basecamp' area contains the bridge where guests enter the park; this leads to the dome, now named'The Port', which houses Fin's Bar and Grill, an arcade area and beverage outletes, lockers, the Island Gift Shop, guest services, first aid and staff areas. The dome was known as'Port Atlantis' with an Atlantis themed interior. Much the scenery and underwater effect went missing since Merlin's acquisition of the park and was removed altogether after the building's change of name. Amity is set as a 1950s-era American fishing village hit by a tidal wave and opened with Tidal Wave in 2000.

It was named'Amity Cove', as still named on themed signage. The area was expanded in 2006 with Stealth, set at'Amity Speedway' racetrack, it took on attractions from the former'Neptune's Beach' family area, Depth Charge, Wet Wet Wet and Amity Beach outdoor water park. It includes attractions from the former'European Park' area, Flying Fish and Storm In A Teacup'. Flying Fish was located beside Tidal Wave but moved following construction of Stealth to its present location. In 2011, the raft water ride Storm Surge was re-located from Cypress Gardens in Florida, USA to the former site of the'Octopus Garden' children's area; the area's main attractions are Nemesis Inferno, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster set in a volcano, Rumba Rapids. Named'Calypso Quay', the area includes part of the former'Ranger County' family area, including Mr Monkey's Banana Ride, as well as shopfronts and restaurants from the former'European Park' area. In 2019, Jungle Escape opened in the building housing the I'm a Celebrity...

Maze. Angry Birds Land is sponsored by the Angry Birds video game. Attractions include King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems and Detonator: Bombs Away; this area is the plaza for Derren Brown's Ghost Tra

Crofton High School

Crofton High School is a high school located in the suburban community of Crofton, Maryland. It is part of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system and lies about 10 minutes northwest of Annapolis, 25 minutes east of the District of Columbia, 35 minutes southwest of Baltimore, it will serve students from the greater Crofton area. The school is under construction, it will open its doors to students in grades 9 and 10 only. The school will have 11th grade students starting fall 2021, will have its first senior class in the fall of 2022. All high school students in Crofton were served by Arundel High School in Gambrills. However, in the 1990s, Arundel High School began experiencing extreme overcrowding issues to point where the school held split sessions to alleviate the overcrowding. Community members started pushing for county officials to build a new high school in Crofton. In 1998, instead of building a new high school in Crofton, Anne Arundel County Public Schools officials decided to split Crofton Middle School students between two high schools in the county.

The plan redistricted students zoned to Crofton Meadows and Crofton Woods Elementary Schools from Arundel High School to South River High School in Edgewater beginning in the fall of 1998. Crofton residents were told by school district officials that the redistricting of students from Arundel to South River was only a temporary measure until a high school in Crofton would be built in the near future. However, the "temporary" solution became permanent as Crofton Middle School graduates were continuously split between Arundel and South River High Schools for 17 years with no plans of a new Crofton High School. During those 17 years, Crofton residents were advocating for a new high school to be built, but many of the attempts were met with no success. An activist group called "Build Crofton High School" was formed in 2012 by Crofton residents and pushed for AACPS to build a new high school in Crofton. In 2015, after AACPS did a professional study on their facilities and the results suggested to build a new high school in Crofton, Anne Arundel County Public Schools adopted a plan to build a new high school in Crofton.

It was decided that the new high school would be built on a portion of the land that belongs to Crofton Park, behind Crofton Middle School. Construction for the new school building began in November of 2017. Attendance boundaries for the school were finalized in April of 2019. On August 26, 2019, a ballot to vote on an official name for the new high school was held at Crofton Middle School and was attended by 402 people from Crofton and Odenton. 320 out of the 402 voters favored the name "Crofton High School,", the most popular vote. The name "Crofton High School" was approved by the county's Board of Education on September 11, 2019. Crofton High School will gather all students with Crofton addresses and some students with Gambrills and Odenton addresses that fall within the Crofton area. Crofton High School will only have one feeder middle school, Crofton Middle School. Crofton Middle School has four feeder elementary schools: Crofton E. S. Crofton Meadows E. S. Crofton Woods E. S. and Nantucket E.


University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform is a quarterly law review published by an independent student group at the University of Michigan Law School. It publishes student-written notes that propose legal reforms; these reforms can occur in one of three ways: changing the actual text of laws. Periodically, the journal hosts symposia where policymakers discuss legal reform. Past symposia have focused on topics such as media regulation, market-oriented welfare reform, managed care reform, jury reform, Title IX reform; the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform was established in 1968 under the name Prospectus: A Journal of Law Reform. It was conceptualized as a faculty edited journal. Before the publication of the first issue, the untimely death of Frank E. Cooper, the first faculty editor, transformed the journal into a wholly student-run journal. Then-Dean Francis A. Allen authored the first article. In this Prospectus for Reform, he set two goals for the journal: "to report efforts to improve the law and its administration and to stimulate thought and... action to this end," and "to enlarge the opportunities for law journal experience of students at the University of Michigan Law School."

Starting with its fourth volume in 1971, the journal obtained its current name. David L. Callies served as the first managing editor. A year Ronald B. Schram became the first editor-in-chief; the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief was Margaret L. Houy; the current editor-in-chief is Patrick Andrew Thronson. The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform uses a competitive process that takes into account an applicant's writing sample, résumé, personal statement, performance on a citation editing exercise. Applicants are required to identify an area of law in need of reform that could serve as the basis for a note; the journal selects between 46 and 50 editors annually from the incoming second-year law school class. Ellen Katz et al. Documenting Discrimination in Voting Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Since 1982, 39 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 643. Lawrence W. Waggoner, The Uniform Probate Code's Elective Share: Time for a Reassessment, 37 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 1. Steven J. Markman, Forward: The Truth in Criminal Justice Series, 22 U.

Mich. J. L. Reform 425. Herbert Hovenkamp, Derek Bok and the Merger of Law and Economics, 21 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 515. Senator Al Gore, Federal Biotechnology Policy: The Perils of Progress and the Risks of Uncertainty, 20 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 965. James Boyd White, Doctrine in a Vacuum: Reflections on What a Law School Ought to Be, 18 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 251. Wayne R. Lafave, Seizures Typology: Classifying Detentions of the Person to Resolve Warrant and Search Issues, 17 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 417. James J. White, Allocation of Scarce Goods under Section 2-615 of the Uniform Commercial Code: A Comparison of Some Rival Models, 12 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 503. Michael A. Woronoff, ″Public Employees or Private Citizens: The Off-Duty Sexual Activities of Police Officers and the Constitutional Right of Privacy″, 18 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 195 Official website