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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Erendira Wallenda’s dozen minutes of aerial dexterity over Niagara Falls earned the Cataract City a bit of a worldwide splash on the fifth anniversary of her husband’s tightrope walk over the Horseshoe Falls.

But it also serves to remind us that after five years of promises, there is still no attraction capitalizing on Nik Wallenda’s feat.

Niagara Falls, of course, is no stranger to squandered opportunity, as evidenced by the acres of unused land downtown. There are new hotels and restaurants, but a daredevil attraction focused on Nik and Erendira Wallenda’s stunts would provide a solid reason for visitors to stay in town.

The Wallendas seem to genuinely like Niagara Falls. Nik once said he considered the Falls “my second home.” The city needs to take advantage

By now, the American people have been briefed on President Trump’s most unusual Cabinet meeting Monday, where each appointee showered him with praise. Vice President Pence, for example: “It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a president who’s keeping his word to the American people.”

No stranger to the camera, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was on Twitter within an hour with a video of a staff meeting parodying the president’s.
One staffer said in a serious tone: “you have great hair – nobody has better hair than you.” The meeting dissolved into giggles after this from another staffer: “Before we go any further I just wanna say, thank you for the opportunity, and blessing, to serve your agenda.”

Schumer labeled the tweet: “GREAT meeting today with the best staff in the history of the world!!!”

The photograph of the little boy perched on his father’s shoulders, his arms raised halfway and wearing the biggest, brightest expression of joy, paints a beautiful picture. But the story of why Teddy DeGolier is so happy, beyond it being his 5th birthday, is also touching.

Teddy has moderate-to-severe autism. He loves monster trucks. So a couple of weeks ago his mother took to Facebook asking if anyone knew someone with a monster truck, as News staff reporter Justin Trombly wrote.

In a nod to the wonders of social media, the request reached Justin Ribbeck, a member of Go Big Off Road, an Akron-based lifted-truck club. The club lined up 17 rigs, which convoyed to Teddy’s Akron home last Sunday.

The boy is mostly non-verbal, but as Mark Mulville’s photographs showed, his emotions were easily understood.

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