– State and local politicians have been promoting a stunt that could very well result in death. Nik Wallenda will wire-walk across Niagara Falls on June 15. It’s touted as economic development, an event that will draw thousands of onlookers to two countries. New York officials were actually disappointed they couldn’t cram more than 20,000 in on their side because of where the wire will be placed.
The Buffalo News points out this is a “truly death-defying act:”
(Wallenda) has offered an elaborate safety plan involving a hook he’ll carry with him that he could snap onto the line, should he start to fall.
“No one has ever walked that close to the falls,” said Paul Gromosiak, a Niagara Falls historian and author of “Daring Niagara: 50 Death-Defying Stunts at the Falls.”
“Never,” he emphasized. “Wallenda will be the first and probably the last. Hint, hint, hint. I don’t think he’s going to make it.”
Wallenda planned to have a rescue helicopter on standby, but safety officials nixed that plan because of the large crowds. Instead, Wallenda said Wednesday, cable cars will be stationed at both ends of the wire, and rescuers will roll out to him should something happen.
That plan, though, is predicated on the idea that Wallenda grabs the wire — something his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, failed to do when he fell to his death in Puerto Rico in 1978.
– The Boston Globe analyzed federal data on nursing homes that give psychotic drugs to patients who don’t need them. A number of Rochester-area facilities were flagged in the paper’s online database.
– A state assemblyman has decided to back off a “neuticle ban,” which would have outlawed fake testicles for dogs.
– State lawmakers have dueling bills over designating an official state dog.