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BASE jumper Miles Daisher splashes through a fountain Thursday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center after leaping from the 19th story of the National Harbor hotel. The jump set a record for taking place in the most narrow confines. “I didn’t want to crash in front of everybody. My heart wants to jump out of my chest, and I feel like I’m melting a little bit,” Mr. Daisher said. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

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