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    Fearless high-wire walker eyes Niagara Falls

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    Nik Wallenda, the man who recently got approval from New York State legislators to walk across the Falls on a wire, was on the NBC Today Show a couple of days ago. it isn’t a long segment, but he talked about some of the walks he’s done, and his desire to walk over Niagara Falls. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video…

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Since he was a boy Nik Wallenda has dreamed of walking over Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

    “It’s just something I’ve wanted to do my entire life,” said Wallenda, 32, a U.S.-based highwire walker who hopes to do a 2,200-foot crossing of the Niagara River Gorge and Horseshoe Falls next summer.

    That lifelong dream got a boost from lawmakers on the American side of the Niagara River on Wednesday when the New York State Assembly voted overwhelmingly, with just one dissenting member, to permit Wallenda to do the walk. Before that, the state Senate voted 62-0 to give him the OK.

    But Wallenda needs more than just the support from Albany if he is to realize his dream. To cross into Canada, he would need the approval of the Niagara Parks Commission, an agency that has long been opposed to such endeavours.

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