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Following drownings, an upstate New York city known for its gorges mulls blocking one off

from New York Times

In the past seven years, two Cornell students have drowned in the water near a tunnel in Ithaca, New York, most recently a teenager from the Bronx who died in August. Now the 187-year-old tunnel is the subject of a heated debate with opinions as pronounced as the cavern's jagged shale edges. Cornell officials have proposed installing a steel gate at the opening of the tunnel — blocking the only entrance to a section of Fall Creek Gorge stretching from the top of Ithaca Falls to the swimming area below Forest Falls — and the City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal on Wednesday. more

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