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    Nik Wallenda successfully completes Niagara Falls highrope walk before spectators, television viewers

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    From the National Post:

    Emerging out of a cloud of mist, Nik Wallenda ran the last few steps to become the first man in more than a century to cross Niagara Falls on a high wire and singlehandedly bring the Wallenda name back into the public consciousness.

    Although the walk was mostly free of theatrics, thirty metres from the finish, he bent down on one knee. As spectators gasped, suspecting he had fallen, he raised a fist in triumph.

    The crowd chanted his name as he cleared the last few meters to a raised lift, moving past the lights, cranes and news vans of what had become a multi-million dollar operation. “Welcome to Canada, Nik!” screamed a spectator.

    Wallenda will train in Niagara County for tightrope walk

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda will train in Niagara County for his tightrope walk across Niagara Falls later this summer.

    Wallenda, in Albany Thursday to meet with state legislators, told The Buffalo News that he is dropping plans to train for the event on an airport runway in Pittsburgh and instead scouting locations in Niagara County.

    “We’ll train with wind and rain and heavy mist and all that stuff so I’m prepared for the worst case when I get over the falls,” he said.

    The ideal spot, he said, is a field large enough to string a cable between two cranes, the length of the wire that will take him from Goat Island on the American side to Canada.

    He is looking at two sites in Niagara Falls and could announce his decision today during a visit there, a source said.

    Whale of a police escort for U.S.-bound killer whale

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Ikaika the killer whale was escorted out of the country in a procession worthy of a head of state.

    A witness said he counted at least 14 Niagara Regional Police cruisers, with lights flashing, two transport trucks and a crane slowly escorting the 9-year-old male orca from Marineland toward Hamilton airport on the QEW on Saturday evening.

    John (Ringo) Beam, manager of Rempel Maximum Ice Services in Niagara Falls, said he joked to some of the orca’s escorts that the procession from the amusement park around 9 p.m. seemed a tad excessive.

    “I said, ‘It’s a whale, not a head of state,’” Beam said Sunday. “It was overkill.”

    The departure of Ikaika, also called “Ike,” comes at the end of a nasty custody dispute between the Marineland amusement park in Niagara Falls and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.

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