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    Jumpers, climbers, fliers and more: Great daredevils of the last 100 years

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    From NBCNews.com:

    This Sunday, daredevil Nik Wallenda — who famously traversed Niagara Falls on a tightrope last year — will attempt another extreme balancing act: walking a tightrope over the Grand Canyon. Wallenda carries on a family tradition with his tricks — he is the seventh generation of the “Great Wallendas,” a stunt-performing family. And he calls to mind daredevils past, who have shocked the public for more than 100 years with their daring feats (and failures.)

    Pressure mounts to OK walk across Niagara Falls

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    From the Toronto Star:

    As an aerialist’s bid to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls next summer hangs in the balance, the commission ruling on his proposal is facing pressure to let the event proceed.

    Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famed tightrope-walking Wallenda family, hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of walking across the falls on a wire.

    The proposal has cleared all legal hurdles on the American side, but authority to approve or reject Wallenda’s idea in Canada rests with the Niagara Parks Commission. Chair Janice Thomson has repeatedly said the walk would be a stunt contrary to the commission’s mandate to preserve the falls’ natural beauty.

    Wallenda maintains his balancing act is an art form, not a stunt. He made his case before the commission two weeks ago in a 12-minute presentation. The commission is reviewing the proposal and Thomson said she expects a ruling early next week.

    BALANCING ACT: Review city editor and Falls mayor debate merits of wire walk across Niagara Gorge

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    The Niagara Falls Review has a nice back-and-forth between their City Editor Corey Larocque and Mayor Jim Diodati:

    Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda wants to walk a wire across the Niagara Gorge next summer, but the Niagara Parks Commission, whose approval he needs, is cold to the idea.

    Mayor Jim Diodati is eager to see Wallenda get the green light. Diodati took the matter up with Premier Dalton McGuinty’s senior staff when the Ontario Liberals were in Niagara Falls on Saturday.

    But The Review’s city editor Corey Larocque is skeptical about using Niagara Falls for this spectacle.

    So, Diodati and Larocque recently hashed it out. This is an edited transcript of their debate.

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