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June 15, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA -- High-wire artist Nik Wallenda fulfilled his dream of walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope Friday, navigating through thick spray, strong winds and some close encounters with birds to become the first to complete the walk -- albeit wearing a safety harness -- in more than 100 years. Wallenda began his walk from Terrapin Point on the U.S. side of the falls and emerged 34 minutes later through a cloud of mist on the Canadian side, to howls and cheers from hundreds of people who had lined the streets for hours.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Peter Brook: The Tightrope" illuminates the two-time Tony-winning theater director's method of working with actors - but little else. The acting exercise of the film's title involves thespians toeing diagonally across a Persian rug, as if on a tightrope, swaying their bodies and stretching out their arms as if to gain balance. The difficulty escalates with the introduction of imaginary obstacles such as fires and cascades of water. So instructional is the film, directed by Brook's son, Simon, that it feels like one of those P90X or Insanity home fitness programs: Try this at home.
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NATIONAL
June 15, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NIAGARA FALLS, Canada - High-wire artist Nik Wallenda fulfilled his dream of walking over Niagara Falls on a wire Friday, defying predictions of naysayers who warned of everything from falcons to fierce winds toppling him as he made his way over the roaring water. As hundreds of thousands of people watched from the Canadian and U.S. sides of the falls, Wallenda gingerly walked through a thick, cold mist, becoming nearly invisible at times except for his bright red shirt and the glint of his balancing pole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Jay Cochrane, a Canadian tightrope walker who set world records as he crossed high above gorges and traversed from skyscraper to skyscraper the world over, died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a remembrance posted on his website . He was 69 and had pancreatic cancer, according to an Internet tribute called "The Prince of the Air. " In the tribute, aerialist Nik Wallenda called Cochrane "a man of amazing visions. " "It was a dream of mine that I expressed to my wife only yesterday that we might work together on my next walk," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Delicately poised between children's fable and adult reverie at once, only to become another transcendent thing altogether, “Walking the Tightrope” at 24th Street Theatre delivers the evocative, cathartic goods. In its pitch-perfect West Coast premiere, British playwright Mike Kenny's perceptive take on the eternal cycle is as artfully simple, theatrically poetic and deeply affecting a chamber piece as any in recent memory. Every summer's end, since she was growing in her mum's tummy, young Esme has visited her grandparents at the seaside.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Nik Wallenda, the man known as "King of the High Wire," will venture into Evel Knievel territory this summer when he makes a daring high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon. And those curious to see if he makes it will be able to watch the whole thing live on Discovery. To make things more interesting, Wallenda doesn't plan to use a safety harness or net. One wrong step and it's 1,500 feet straight down to the Little Colorado River. The daredevil made the announcement on NBC's "Today" on Monday morning, telling Matt Lauer that the Grand Canyon was "another one on the bucket list" of places he's wanted to traverse via tightrope.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
One big advantage for a Los Angeles city controller aspiring to higher office is the ability to make news with a steady flow of audits exposing wasteful spending at City Hall. So while stuck in Hollywood Freeway traffic on a recent morning, Wendy Greuel, controller and candidate for mayor, picked up her phone for a radio interview about one of those reports, accusing the city of squandering $325,000 on improper mileage reimbursements. "That was really just the tip of the iceberg," she told listeners, recycling a line she's used to publicize previous audits finding lavish travel spending at the Housing Authority and credit card abuses at the Coliseum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Jay Cochrane, a Canadian tightrope walker who set world records as he crossed high above gorges and traversed from skyscraper to skyscraper the world over, died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a remembrance posted on his website . He was 69 and had pancreatic cancer, according to an Internet tribute called "The Prince of the Air. " In the tribute, aerialist Nik Wallenda called Cochrane "a man of amazing visions. " "It was a dream of mine that I expressed to my wife only yesterday that we might work together on my next walk," he said.
SPORTS
April 20, 2003 | Bill Plaschke
This year, a teacup ... this year, a tightrope ... this year, if they do not win the NBA championship, it would only figure. In April 2001, in a playoff preview column, I wrote those words about the Lakers. They were fragile. They were fighting. They were vulnerable. I was a knucklehead. The Lakers rolled up the prediction, slipped a rubber band around it, slid a plastic bag over it, and beat the rest of the NBA over the head with it. They won 11 consecutive playoff games. They lost one.
HEALTH
October 19, 2009 | Bill Becher
Standing on a swaying length of flat nylon slung like a tightrope, my knees shake as I try desperately not to fall. But every time I take a tentative step, I lose my balance. Fortunately for me, this isn't a circus act performed several stories up; I'm slacklining -- and the ground is a mere 12 inches away. A trio of experts are attempting to show me how it's done. With the backing of a German manufacturer of slacklines, the men are trying to raise the sport's profile by touring the U.S. giving demonstrations.
OPINION
July 9, 2013 | By Jody Freeman
President Obama had barely announced his new climate strategy late last month when the criticism began. The plan, which will regulate carbon pollution from the nation's power plants for the first time, is an important step in addressing global warming. Republican reaction in Congress was predictably scathing. And while most green groups praised the proposal, some environmentalists were frustrated, calling it "too little, too late" or "not nearly enough. " Are they right? The plan could have been bolder, but only if the administration took bigger political and legal risks.
NATIONAL
June 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A career daredevil in a T-shirt and jeans completed a 1,400-foot long high-wire walk across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening in a feat broadcast with a 10-second delay -- just in case. Nik Wallenda's vertiginous feat came little more than a year after he crossed Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on a 2-inch-thick cable, covering a distance of about 1,800 feet at a height of about 180 feet. But on that crossing, he wore a harness -- unlike Sunday.  “Literally, when he finished [Niagara Falls]
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2013 | By Celine Wright
When Nik Wallenda traversed Niagara Falls on a tightrope nearly 200 feet above the ground last year, he wasn't terrified of the height, he was terrified of the tether dragging behind him. “It freaked me out like you wouldn't believe,” Wallenda says, “It was like learning to drive on the left side of the road, and then being thrown into New York City.” Wallenda is famous for his outrageous stunts and usually performs them without a...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Delicately poised between children's fable and adult reverie at once, only to become another transcendent thing altogether, “Walking the Tightrope” at 24th Street Theatre delivers the evocative, cathartic goods. In its pitch-perfect West Coast premiere, British playwright Mike Kenny's perceptive take on the eternal cycle is as artfully simple, theatrically poetic and deeply affecting a chamber piece as any in recent memory. Every summer's end, since she was growing in her mum's tummy, young Esme has visited her grandparents at the seaside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
One big advantage for a Los Angeles city controller aspiring to higher office is the ability to make news with a steady flow of audits exposing wasteful spending at City Hall. So while stuck in Hollywood Freeway traffic on a recent morning, Wendy Greuel, controller and candidate for mayor, picked up her phone for a radio interview about one of those reports, accusing the city of squandering $325,000 on improper mileage reimbursements. "That was really just the tip of the iceberg," she told listeners, recycling a line she's used to publicize previous audits finding lavish travel spending at the Housing Authority and credit card abuses at the Coliseum.
WORLD
November 20, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The Gaza conflict has pressured Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on many fronts: Each rocket Hamas fired into Israel has been a test of Morsi's loyalty. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also been gauging how much damage he can inflict on Hamas before Morsi responds with more than public statements and diplomacy. And the United States and the West, the source of billions of dollars in aid and possible investment that Egypt desperately needs, are watching to see whether the Egyptian president emerges as a formidable and trusted regional voice.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2008
Underrated: Santa Monica Muscle Beach. Most of our beach outings end up being extended for at least an hour when we stop at the other muscle beach, just south of the Santa Monica Pier. This is an excellent spot for the kids to shake out the sand and have some more fun. There are balance beams, climbing ropes and every type of gymnastics apparatus. The young ones always end up doing something they didn't think they could, like walk a tightrope, and this ambitious mom even got a round of applause for a geriatric but triumphant pass across the rings.
SPORTS
October 5, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Their passes might sail high, but three NFL quarterbacks have landed far short of expectations. Kansas City's Matt Cassel, Seattle's Russell Wilson, and the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez aren't the only starting quarterbacks who are struggling - there are several - but they're the ones inching ever closer to the bench. Through four games, the three have combined for 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and each plays for a team in danger of falling behind early in their respective division races.
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