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By TOM PELTON and TOM PELTON,SUN REPORTER | August 2, 2006
MILLINGTON -- As a sheet of greenish water slipped over a dam, Steve Minkkinen squatted on the wet rocks near the bottom, wielding a power drill and a plastic tube. He was building a water slide, but not for humans. It's for American eels - a slime-slicked, pop-eyed species that boasts one of the most remarkable life cycles in the animal kingdom. Because eel populations have been dwindling in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere, the federal government is considering endangered species protections, which would prohibit fishing for them.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Six Flags America, an amusement park in Upper Marlboro, said Thursday it would introduce its 14 t h major attraction in its water park — a set of six tubes more than six stories tall that can accommodate six riders simultaneously, the company said. The attraction, called Bonzai Pipelines, will open next season within the Hurricane Harbor water section of the park. Visitors will free fall through clear tubing for 50 feet and then slide an additional 200 feet in darkness, the company said.
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dmiller@patuxent.com | September 27, 2011
A Columbia Association task force is still soliciting community input as it develops its recommendations for the future of CA aquatics facilities and programs, but it would appear that, when it comes to the Columbia Swim Center's Splashdown water slide, the CA board has already chosen its path. But while the board might have jumped the gun, there are good reasons for it to do so. The board last week approved $120,000 worth of repairs to the staircase that takes patrons to the top of the center's Splashdown flumes.
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dmiller@patuxent.com | September 27, 2011
A Columbia Association task force is still soliciting community input as it develops its recommendations for the future of CA aquatics facilities and programs, but it would appear that, when it comes to the Columbia Swim Center's Splashdown water slide, the CA board has already chosen its path. But while the board might have jumped the gun, there are good reasons for it to do so. The board last week approved $120,000 worth of repairs to the staircase that takes patrons to the top of the center's Splashdown flumes.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2005
It was 54 degrees and raining steadily as pool manager Lindsay Hall, assistant manager Brian McFee and head lifeguard Erik Rasmussen prepared the Clary's Forest pool for opening day. The deck chairs had been cleaned and lined up, ready for sun-worshippers. The pool, baby pool and heated spa were filled. "Everything is just about complete," said Hall, who was wearing a warm jacket and long pants Tuesday. "All I need is a dry day." Rain or shine, Clary's Forest, like 21 other Columbia Association pools, will open at noon tomorrow.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1995
When the heat is shimmering off city pavement and suburban parking lots, you could be out in the country breast-stroking with the bluegills and turtles or whooshing down a water slide, then drying off on a sunny paddle boat.Cascade Lake, a 6-acre park in the rural crossroads called Snydersburg, is 45 minutes from Baltimore in northern Carroll County and a world away.The entrance is just past a cornfield and a family of Charolais cows grazing on wildflowers. Think of it as summer camp, only you have to go home at 7 p.m."
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By DAN RODRICKS | November 18, 1994
From a prison in Thailand comes a letter by the hand of Janet Leigh Dettler, the young woman from Middle River who is serving a life sentence for smuggling heroin. Dettler was arrested in February 1992 at the Bangkok airport after being caught with two suitcases containing about 16 pounds of heroin. She has insisted she did not know she was carrying the dope; she says she was the unwitting courier -- in the drug trade, the "mule" -- for a Nigerian man who showered her with gifts and claimed to want to marry her. Someone mailed Dettler an October This Just In column about international drug mules and the stupidity required for their job. Dettler responds: "Yes, I am a mule, and yes, I am stupid.
NEWS
July 14, 1997
The real story behind the water slide tragedyOn June 14, The Sun carried a short story regarding the reopening of a water park in California two weeks after a fatal accident. In the interest of truthfulness, I wish to inform your readers of the following facts.The collapse of the water slide in the Concord water park was caused by teen-age misjudgment. The senior class from a Napa high school had spent the day at the park. When they were told by their chaperones that they would be leaving, many of them decided to ''clog'' the highest slide in an attempt to break a record held by the class of 1996, which got 60 people on the slide at once.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Six Flags America, an amusement park in Upper Marlboro, said Thursday it would introduce its 14 t h major attraction in its water park — a set of six tubes more than six stories tall that can accommodate six riders simultaneously, the company said. The attraction, called Bonzai Pipelines, will open next season within the Hurricane Harbor water section of the park. Visitors will free fall through clear tubing for 50 feet and then slide an additional 200 feet in darkness, the company said.
NEWS
August 8, 2007
The Columbia Association has opened the tallest and longest water slide in Howard County. The slide, at the Swansfield neighborhood pool, 5659 Cedar Lane in Harper's Choice village, is 18 feet high and 105 feet long.
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By TOM PELTON and TOM PELTON,SUN REPORTER | August 2, 2006
MILLINGTON -- As a sheet of greenish water slipped over a dam, Steve Minkkinen squatted on the wet rocks near the bottom, wielding a power drill and a plastic tube. He was building a water slide, but not for humans. It's for American eels - a slime-slicked, pop-eyed species that boasts one of the most remarkable life cycles in the animal kingdom. Because eel populations have been dwindling in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere, the federal government is considering endangered species protections, which would prohibit fishing for them.
NEWS
By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2005
It was 54 degrees and raining steadily as pool manager Lindsay Hall, assistant manager Brian McFee and head lifeguard Erik Rasmussen prepared the Clary's Forest pool for opening day. The deck chairs had been cleaned and lined up, ready for sun-worshippers. The pool, baby pool and heated spa were filled. "Everything is just about complete," said Hall, who was wearing a warm jacket and long pants Tuesday. "All I need is a dry day." Rain or shine, Clary's Forest, like 21 other Columbia Association pools, will open at noon tomorrow.
NEWS
July 14, 1997
The real story behind the water slide tragedyOn June 14, The Sun carried a short story regarding the reopening of a water park in California two weeks after a fatal accident. In the interest of truthfulness, I wish to inform your readers of the following facts.The collapse of the water slide in the Concord water park was caused by teen-age misjudgment. The senior class from a Napa high school had spent the day at the park. When they were told by their chaperones that they would be leaving, many of them decided to ''clog'' the highest slide in an attempt to break a record held by the class of 1996, which got 60 people on the slide at once.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer | August 14, 1995
When the heat is shimmering off city pavement and suburban parking lots, you could be out in the country breast-stroking with the bluegills and turtles or whooshing down a water slide, then drying off on a sunny paddle boat.Cascade Lake, a 6-acre park in the rural crossroads called Snydersburg, is 45 minutes from Baltimore in northern Carroll County and a world away.The entrance is just past a cornfield and a family of Charolais cows grazing on wildflowers. Think of it as summer camp, only you have to go home at 7 p.m."
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | November 18, 1994
From a prison in Thailand comes a letter by the hand of Janet Leigh Dettler, the young woman from Middle River who is serving a life sentence for smuggling heroin. Dettler was arrested in February 1992 at the Bangkok airport after being caught with two suitcases containing about 16 pounds of heroin. She has insisted she did not know she was carrying the dope; she says she was the unwitting courier -- in the drug trade, the "mule" -- for a Nigerian man who showered her with gifts and claimed to want to marry her. Someone mailed Dettler an October This Just In column about international drug mules and the stupidity required for their job. Dettler responds: "Yes, I am a mule, and yes, I am stupid.
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Tribune Newspapers | September 1, 2011
Six Flags America is envisioning 2012 as the end of the world and wants visitors to take that last ride aboard a new roller coaster. The Apocalypse, a thrilling coaster that will drop riders 90 feet, is set to open at the Maryland theme park on May 25. The 100-foot-tall stand-up coaster will travel at 55 mph through a loop and a corkscrew along a 2,900-foot-long track. The 1990 Bolliger & Mabillard coaster, formerly known as Iron Wolf, will be relocated from Six Flags Great America near Chicago.
NEWS
April 26, 2002
Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens is seeking the Maryland Stadium Authority's help in building the Natatorium and Special Olympics Complex planned for Glen Burnie in 2005. Owens requested yesterday that the authority move immediately to secure legislative approval for its involvement in the 26-acre facility, which will include a full Olympic-size pool, water slide, ball fields, a gym and a weight room. The project has received $500,000 from the Maryland General Assembly, and Owens plans to include $500,000 for the planned complex in her 2003 budget, which will be introduced next week.
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