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Published: Sun, October 7, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Blaine goes for shock-factor with latest stunt

NEW YORK

Daredevil stuntman David Blaine lit up New York’s Pier 54 on Friday for his latest high-voltage feat.

The illusionist is scheduled to spend three days and nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by Tesla coils.

The stunt is called “Electrified: One Million Volts Always On.”

Spectators can type messages to Blaine and control the electricity around him while on site or at viewing stations in London, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney.

“Electrified” also is being streamed on YouTube.

The 39-year-old is wearing a chainmail bodysuit as a barrier between himself and the electric currents.

Blaine’s past stunts include hanging upside down over Central Park, being buried alive and encased in a block of ice.

Hannah freed after arrest in protest

TYLER, Texas

Actress Daryl Hannah has been released from a Texas jail after her arrest as she protested an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported Saturday that Hannah was freed on $2,500 bond Thursday night but faces criminal- trespass charges. Her release came hours after being arrested in Winnsboro, about 100 miles east of Dallas.

Hannah and 78-year-old Eleanor Fairchild were arrested after blocking heavy equipment in an attempt to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through Fair-child’s land. Fairchild was released on a personal recognizance bond.

Hannah long has opposed TransCanada’s construction of the $7 billion pipeline, which is designed to transport heavy tar-sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas’ Gulf Coast refineries. Known for roles in dozens of movies, including “Splash” and “Kill Bill,” Hannah also was arrested in August 2011 while protesting the pipeline in Washington.

Her manager, Paul Bassis, said Hannah was meeting with Fairchild when they found out the equipment was operating on Fairchild’s 90 acres.

“When people engage in civil disobedience, it’s a last resort,” Bassis told the Telegraph. “They do it after local, state and federal agencies fail, after the courts fail, after everything else has failed.”

Associated Press


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