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    Meet the seventh-generation tightrope walker who’s taking on Niagara Falls

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    He has hung by his jaw from a helicopter without a safety net. He holds a Guinness World Record for the longest bicycle ride on a tightrope. And this summer, he plans to make history by walking on a tightrope across the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    “It’s a lifestyle, and if you don’t understand it …” Nik Wallenda says, trailing off. You can almost see the daredevil’s head shake slightly in chagrin over the wire – the telephone kind – from Sarasota, Fla., where he lives in the Circus Capital of the World.

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    Daredevil still dreams of tightrope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From CTV.ca:

    Canadian officials may have turned him down, but an American man says he’s not ready to give up his dream of walking a tightrope suspended across Niagara Falls.

    Nik Wallenda, a stunt artist hailing from seven generations of circus performers, was told by the Niagara Parks Commission late Wednesday that he wouldn’t be allowed to go ahead with his stunt even though U.S. officials provided their permission weeks earlier.

    “I’m a little bit disheartened,” Wallenda told The Canadian Press from his house in Saratosa, Fla. “But it’s another page in the book and I’ll continue to pursue it.”

    Wallenda hopes to follow in footsteps of tightrope walkers

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    By Wednesday afternoon, Nik Wallenda will find out if he will be come the first person in more than a century to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope.

    The Niagara Parks Commission says it will announce its decision on Wallenda’s proposal for a cross-gorge skywalk at some point Wednesday. If they say yes, the 32-year-old American will move forward with his plan for a late-spring walk that he says will draw more than 125,000 spectators.

    If it’s a no, Wallenda plans to immediately appeal to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to overrule the decision.

    Either way, he plans to hold a press conference in Niagara Falls Thursday or Friday. “Hopefully, we’ll be celebrating the good news,” he said from his home in Sarasota, Fla., Monday.

    WALLENDA POLL: ‘We had some monkey business’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Nik Wallenda knew something was up.

    First he got an email from a fan congratulating him on the support on a Niagara Falls Review website poll. Then, a few minutes later, he got a call from his dad.

    “He said ‘I’ve been keeping an eye on the polls. I just checked it and all of a sudden about 100 people voted against you.’ As we were talking he refreshed the page and another 40 or 50 people voted. I went online and it was at 1,300 within minutes,” Wallenda said from his home in Sarasota, Fla.

    Online polls might not be scientific, but they typically show a general feeling of the population. In the case of Wallenda, the poll was asking whether or not people agreed with Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati supporting the tightrope walker’s proposal to walk across the Horseshoe Falls, or with Review city editor Corey Larocque, who was opposed. The two had debated the issue and the public was being asked to weigh in with their opinion.

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