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Two Daredevils Climb Times Tower

One is a celebrated French climber known for such stunts
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 7:14 PM CDT
Two Daredevils Climb Times Tower
A man climbs the New York Times' tower Thursday June 5, 2008, in New York.    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – Two men scaled the New York Times' 52-story headquarters today within hours of each other, the New York Post reports. Police identified the first as Alain Robert, a French climber known as Spiderman for scaling skyscrapers with minimal equipment. He unfurled a banner reading, “Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week.” A second man, unidentified, climbed the building hours later. Both were arrested.

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Robert, whose conquests include the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House, also wore a T-shirt promoting thesolutionissimple.org. On the site, an open letter reads: “Today is World Environment Day. I have climbed in New York, to create support for far greater and urgent action from world leaders on global warming. Emissions are still climbing. So am I.” Charges are pending. (Read more Alain Robert stories.)

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