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    Canadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane dies of cancer at age 69

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    From Yahoo! Canada News:

    Celebrated Canadian tightrope walker Jay Cochrane died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ont., at the age of 69.
    A tribute on Cochrane‘s website to the man dubbed ‘‘The Prince of the Air‘‘ says he died from pancreatic cancer.

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    Niagara Falls police warn against kayak stunt

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    From UPI.com:

    Canadian police say they tried to put the kibosh on some daredevils’ thoughts of going over Niagara Falls in a kayak.

    Niagara Parks Police Inspector Paul Forcier said police received a tip about a potential kayak stunt at the falls being planned by a number of people and they contacted one of the individuals involved, the Niagara Falls (Ontario) Review reported Tuesday.

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    2 plans to rescue daredevil Wallenda

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    From UPI:

    Canadian and American authorities have a backup plan to rescue tightrope walker Nik Wallenda should he be stranded during his walk across Niagara Falls.

    The plan is a backup to Wallenda’s own rescue plan, which would use a system of pulleys and baskets, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News reported Saturday.

    “One of the conditions of the Niagara Parks Commission contract with Nik Wallenda was that he was supposed to furnish his own rescue plan,” said Douglas Kane, chief of the Niagara Parks Police Service in Canada. “We’ve reviewed it. We’re happy with it.”

    Also see the original Buffalo News article called Wallenda, authorities detail stunt backup plans

    Canada nixes Wallenda’s Niagara rope walk

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    From UPI:

    Canadian officials in Niagara Falls have denied daredevil Nik Wallenda’s application to walk across the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope next summer.

    Wednesday night, the Niagara Parks Commission voted to deny a permit for the stunt, planned for June, the Toronto Star reported.

    The plan was for Wallenda to cross from Goat Island, which separates the U.S. falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, 1,800 feet across the gorge, on a 2-inch-wide steel cable to the Canadian side.

    Parks Commissioner Janice Thomson told the Star there are safety concerns as well as a fear it would spur unauthorized copycat stunts. She said the event also didn’t fit with long-term planning for the park region.

    More on approval by NY for Wallenda to talk over Falls

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    Yesterday I posted a few links to articles about Nik Wallenda and how Governor Cuomo has approved his proposal. If you are interested, here are bunch more links. Note that many of them use material from the Associated Press, but then add in their own comments:

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