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    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.

    Kane’s day: Niagara Falls, stuck on truck ladder

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    From Chicago Breaking Sports:

    From the raging rapids of Niagara Falls to a perch high above his hometown to an old-fashioned floor hockey game, Patrick Kane had quite a day with the Stanley Cup.

    The Blackhawks winger, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Flyers in June, had his day with the coveted trophy Friday and criss-crossed Buffalo via police escort to showcase the chalice and celebrate the victory.

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