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The skinny: 'JetMan' calls off Grand Canyon flight

Staying grounded

Swiss 'JetMan' calls off Grand Canyon flight

Yves Rossy, who had planned to jump from a helicopter and then soar above Arizona's scenic Grand Canyon in a jet-propelled wing suit, changed his mind at the last minute Friday, saying he didn't have enough time to train. The Federal Aviation Administration gave him the go-ahead about an hour before the 51-year-old Swiss adventurer was scheduled to take off. But with spectators and reporters gathered at the Hualapai Reservation lookout point to watch the event, Rossy called it off. "If I do a mistake and half of U.S. television (is here), it's really bad for you, for me, for everybody," he said. He hasn't decided when to reschedule the flight.

Schnozzle dazzle

Who knows who will nose ahead?

Organizers of the Long Nose World Championship in Langenbruck, Germany, hope to see new faces and, more importantly, new schnozzles, at this year's final in June. It's a contest where winning tends to run in the family, but organizers are tired of seeing the same old faces — and noses — each year. The contest dates back 40 years, when a group of hops growers and town officials met at the local pub and started making fun of each other's big noses. Current men's world champ Josef Dewold's beak is nearly five inches while women's title holder Margot Sikora's is a tad over four.

Baby blues

Dad's new name spells trouble

The birth of Claire Ristow has opened a can of worms for her parents, Chrissy and Josh Ristow. When Chrissy and Josh got married, Josh decided to buck tradition and took Chrissy's last name. For the last five years, Josh's new last name was not an issue. He filed taxes, got a new Social Security card and a driver's license. They got a birth certificate for their son when he was born; he's now four years old. But when Claire came along, officials said Josh shouldn't have changed his name in the first place. County and state officials are checking what Nebraska law says about it.

Canine godmother

Wrinkly pooches get facelifts

An Australian grandmother is using her life savings to pay for facelifts for Shar-Peis, which are bred to have folds of floppy flesh on their face. Those folds can lead to problems with an estimated eight out of 10 of the dogs suffering eye deformities, reports the Herald Sun. So owners, who may pay up to $3,000 for puppies, are dumping them when they learn they face a $2,000 bill for surgery. Touched by the Shar-Peis' plight, Amanda Booth of Melbourne is using her life savings to pay $20,000 a year to rescue dumped dogs and find homes for them. Not surprisingly, she also heads Shar Pei Rescue, which she founded.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: 'JetMan' calls off Grand Canyon flight 05/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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