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By Beth Hannan and Beth Hannan,Contributing Writer | April 1, 1994
If boring bumper cars and mirthless amusement parks make you want to hurl, two of your favorite buds from "Saturday Night Live" have something new for you this summer.WAYNE'S WORLD! AT KINGS DOMINION! EXCELLENT!The newest attraction at Paramount's Kings Dominion is Wayne's World, an eight-acre re-creation of Aurora, Ill., hometown to Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, centerpieces of Paramount Pictures' pair of "Wayne's World" movies. "There's an Aurora streetscape as you first enter the area," says Betsey Reardon, spokeswoman for Paramount Kings Dominion.
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By ANNA EISENBERG AND SARAH YURGEALITIS and ANNA EISENBERG AND SARAH YURGEALITIS,SUN REPORTERS | October 8, 2005
Didn't get enough amusement park thrills this past summer? Despite the cooler weather, area amusement parks remain open and offer some of the fall's best attractions. Instead of the heat and long lines of high season, enjoy haunted houses, spooky mazes and delicious autumn treats. Here's a rundown on what some area parks are offering this fall: Six Flags America Fright Fest 2005 runs through Oct. 30 and features a slew of spooky attractions like the Midnight Express Haunted Train, Hall Manor House of Horrors and a Trick-or-Treat Trail.
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By Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien and Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
A federal jury yesterday awarded $80,000 to a Baltimore woman who was accused of writing a bad check at Paramount's Kings Dominion, was locked up for a night and spent almost a year preparing for trial before charges were dropped.A U.S. District Court jury in Greenbelt awarded the damages to Stephanic P. Austin for false arrest, malicious prosecution and civil rights claims she filed against Paramount Parks, which owns Kings Dominion.The jury deliberated two days before awarding Austin $40,000 in compensatory damages for deprivation of her civil rights, false arrest and malicious prosecution.
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By Ben Bernier and Beckie Burkhardt and Ben Bernier and Beckie Burkhardt,Special to baltimoresun.com | March 21, 2005
The weather is blessedly humidity-free, the lines are surprisingly short and you're ready for a day full of barrel rolls, dog legs and headchoppers. Before you board that imposing and intriguing coaster, make sure you know what these and other terms mean. First, ask yourself these questions: 1) You just rode a launch coaster that made you experience negative Gs as you went over a camelback. What happened to you? A. You experienced weightlessness as a result of being flung at 80 mph over a series of small hills.
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By Pat O'Malley | July 14, 1991
Determination, hard work and sacrifice pays off, and often when you least expect it.Don Gilbert, one of the finest hitters to ever come out of this county, gave up a trip with friends to Kings Dominion on Friday because he had a bad night at the plate Thursday.As a result he was at home Friday morning to take the biggest phone call of his life."It's unbelievable, what I've dreamed so longfor and worked so hard for and my chance has come," said Gilbert after agreeing over the phone to a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
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By ANNA EISENBERG AND SARAH YURGEALITIS and ANNA EISENBERG AND SARAH YURGEALITIS,SUN REPORTERS | October 8, 2005
Didn't get enough amusement park thrills this past summer? Despite the cooler weather, area amusement parks remain open and offer some of the fall's best attractions. Instead of the heat and long lines of high season, enjoy haunted houses, spooky mazes and delicious autumn treats. Here's a rundown on what some area parks are offering this fall: Six Flags America Fright Fest 2005 runs through Oct. 30 and features a slew of spooky attractions like the Midnight Express Haunted Train, Hall Manor House of Horrors and a Trick-or-Treat Trail.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 23, 1996
Is there such a thing as corporate shame? The executives who run Kings Dominion -- which is owned by Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, which is a multibillion-dollar communications and entertainment conglomerate -- know how to make money, but do they know how to make things right? Do they have a sense of justice and decency?I come to these tall questions this week because of what happened to two of Paramount's customers -- a 46-year-old day care provider from Baltimore and a 25-year-old college student from Prince George's County -- on a Saturday in May 1994.
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By Ben Bernier and Beckie Burkhardt and Ben Bernier and Beckie Burkhardt,Special to baltimoresun.com | March 21, 2005
The weather is blessedly humidity-free, the lines are surprisingly short and you're ready for a day full of barrel rolls, dog legs and headchoppers. Before you board that imposing and intriguing coaster, make sure you know what these and other terms mean. First, ask yourself these questions: 1) You just rode a launch coaster that made you experience negative Gs as you went over a camelback. What happened to you? A. You experienced weightlessness as a result of being flung at 80 mph over a series of small hills.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 25, 1996
California Gov. Pete Wilson signed legislation last month giving security guards at Disneyland and other amusement parks more power to detain visitors suspected of wrongdoing. The new law, which also protects an amusement park from "wrongful detention" lawsuits, goes on the books at a time when Disney faces heightened criticism from patrons who complain of overzealous treatment at the hands of park security officers.I mention this as background to the second installment of the story of Octavia Eaton.
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February 1, 1993
State sponsors writing competitionThe fifth annual Maryland You Are Beautiful Student Literacy Writing Competition is open to students in public schools and participating private schools, grades kindergarten through 12. The students will compete on four levels based on their age.This year's theme is "Say No To Drugs -- Yes to Success."Every student who enters will receive discount coupons to Kings Dominion. Twelve finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony with Gov. William Donald Schaefer in May and first-place winners from each level will receive a weekend for four in Annapolis, two-day complimentary passes for four at Kings Dominion and various other prizes.
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By Mike Morris and Mike Morris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 29, 2003
It's that time of the year again. With Memorial Day weekend behind us, several major amusement parks have expanded their hours and are offering new rides to entice the thrill-seeker in us all. Below is a listing of regional theme parks and what they have to offer. Expect to pay about a $40 entrance fee, although most parks offer discounted admission if you come later in the day. Six Flags America (Largo; www.sixflags.com/parks/america; 301-249-1500): This modern amusement park has more than 100 rides, shows and attractions.
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By Randi Kest | March 7, 1999
Flex ticket to funVirginia's two mega-theme parks, along with their sister water parks, are joining forces and offering visitors a combination admission ticket. The new flex ticket, part of the Virginia Theme Park Vacation package, gives visitors unlimited admission to Paramount's Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA and Waterworks for five consecutive days.With this union, the ticket offers 15 roller-coasters -- including Kings Dominion's Blast Coaster (the world's fastest suspended coaster)
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By DAN RODRICKS | April 15, 1998
Readers of this column will remember Octavia Eaton as one of two women accused of writing bad checks at Paramount's Kings Dominion a few years ago. Eaton actually was alleged to have been the leader of a ring of bad-check writers. That was total malarkey, of course. Some background:In May 1994, the park had a problem with several women writing bad checks. Through a series of nightmarish events, Eaton got caught in a security crackdown and ended up spending a night in jail - and all of her life's savings - over an accusation that probably should have been dropped within 24 hours.
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August 3, 1997
Indecent conduct at Kings Dominion?On July 12, family members went to Paramount's Kings Dominion for the day. It was a first-time visit for my two nieces, 11 and 13.When they entered, they discovered people with red T-shirts with a logo that read, "Gay and Lesbian Day at Kings Dominion." It was one of the nieces who noticed the wording on the shirts and asked my son, 19, what does that mean? When he turned around, he was shocked to see a male couple engaged in deep kissing for all to see.I am appalled by this kind of behavior going on in front of children at a family park, and that my son was put in such a precarious position with his nieces.
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 1, 1997
Interestingly, perhaps ironically, the color of Stephanie Austin's skin was not an issue in her successful civil damage suit against Paramount's Kings Dominion. A jury awarded her $80,000 for false arrest and malicious prosecution without ever hearing Austin's attorney suggest that the appalling treatment of a young black woman in a Virginia amusement park three years ago might have been racially motivated.Austin, too, was spared such contemplations, and almost, it seems, glad of it - even though her original complaints against Paramount included "corporate arrogance and racism."
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By Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien and Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
A federal jury yesterday awarded $80,000 to a Baltimore woman who was accused of writing a bad check at Paramount's Kings Dominion, was locked up for a night and spent almost a year preparing for trial before charges were dropped.A U.S. District Court jury in Greenbelt deliberated two days before awarding Stephanic P. Austin $40,000 in compensatory damages for deprivation of her civil rights, false arrest and malicious prosecution. The jury awarded $40,000 in punitive damages against Paramount Parks, which owns the Virginia amusement park, for withholding evidence for nearly a year that someone else had been charged.
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By Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien and Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
A federal jury yesterday awarded $80,000 to a Baltimore woman who was accused of writing a bad check at Paramount's Kings Dominion, was locked up for a night and spent almost a year preparing for trial before charges were dropped.A U.S. District Court jury in Greenbelt deliberated two days before awarding Stephanic P. Austin $40,000 in compensatory damages for deprivation of her civil rights, false arrest and malicious prosecution. The jury awarded $40,000 in punitive damages against Paramount Parks, which owns the Virginia amusement park, for withholding evidence for nearly a year that someone else had been charged.
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By DAN RODRICKS | August 1, 1997
Interestingly, perhaps ironically, the color of Stephanie Austin's skin was not an issue in her successful civil damage suit against Paramount's Kings Dominion. A jury awarded her $80,000 for false arrest and malicious prosecution without ever hearing Austin's attorney suggest that the appalling treatment of a young black woman in a Virginia amusement park three years ago might have been racially motivated.Austin, too, was spared such contemplations, and almost, it seems, glad of it - even though her original complaints against Paramount included "corporate arrogance and racism."
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By Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien and Jamie Smith and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1997
A federal jury yesterday awarded $80,000 to a Baltimore woman who was accused of writing a bad check at Paramount's Kings Dominion, was locked up for a night and spent almost a year preparing for trial before charges were dropped.A U.S. District Court jury in Greenbelt awarded the damages to Stephanic P. Austin for false arrest, malicious prosecution and civil rights claims she filed against Paramount Parks, which owns Kings Dominion.The jury deliberated two days before awarding Austin $40,000 in compensatory damages for deprivation of her civil rights, false arrest and malicious prosecution.
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 8, 1996
The tactics of amusement park security forces -- addressed in this space recently with stories about two Maryland women falsely accused of writing bad checks at Paramount's Kings Dominion -- should spook anyone who thinks the Constitution was, and still is, a good idea. Many of these big parks, owned by media conglomerates, operate by their own set of rules and police standards, and that's causing grief (and litigation) in several corners of the nation.The latest of several reports on the subject comes from California, where the Orange County Register found more than 30 people who claimed recent abuse at the hands of Disneyland security.
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