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    Wallenda walks the walk

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Nik Wallenda has done something no one has ever done before: crossed the Horseshoe Falls on a tight rope wire.

    The seventh generation Flying Wallenda had said crossing the falls had been a childhood dream of his. On Friday night, that dream came true when he completed the stunt across Niagara Falls in just 26 minutes.

    Leaving the American side at 10:15, the 33-year-old began his journey across the wire. After an initial round of cheers for the funambulist, the estimated crowd of 105,000 on the Canadian side became eerily silent as they watched him traverse across the wire.

    Through high winds that caused the wire to sway and swirling mist that had water dripping from the wire, Wallenda walked slowly, with purpose. Throughout the entire trip, he was in direct communication with his father. The ABC coverage of his walk featured snippets of the back and forth between the father and son, including Wallenda thanking Jesus several times.

    Take the GO Train to watch tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:

    GO Transit will operate a special event train for passengers to experience a unique tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls. Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross the natural wonder on an 1,800-foot wire on the evening of Friday, June 15.

    GO will run a train from Union Station at 3:30 p.m. to arrive in Niagara Falls at 5:34; events around the Falls are due to begin in the early evening. Following the event, the return trip will leave Niagara Falls at 12:01 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 2:04.

    Wallenda outlines plan for N Falls walk

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo (including a video):

    Nik Wallenda presented new plans to the Niagara Parks Commission, this week.

    The proposal outlined his exact path across the falls. Still, he’s walking a fine line with the Canadians and some in Niagara Falls.

    Niagara Falls historian Paul Gromoziak said, “Oh my God, it’s ridiculous to even contemplate such a thing! Leave the falls alone! If you want to walk on a rope, go some place else.”

    Gromoziak is outraged over Wallenda’s proposed stunt. Wallenda wants to cross the falls, on a tight rope, no wider than a nickel. Gromoziak says the state has reneged on its promise to keep the falls “natural” consenting to Wallenda’s walk.

    “And now by permitting this, this stunt to be performed, in the park, it’s opening the flood gates, I think, to many things similar to that come,” argued Gromoziak.

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