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Man sways from Hudson bridge, causing traffic jam

Michael Davitt, who occasionally swigged from a bottle while he dangled (at right) from the Tappan Zee Bridge, jumped from a height of about 10 feet after he was lowered by police. Michael Davitt, who occasionally swigged from a bottle while he dangled (at right) from the Tappan Zee Bridge, jumped from a height of about 10 feet after he was lowered by police. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)
Associated Press / November 8, 2011

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A fired government worker with a protest sign dangled for hours from New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge on Monday, backing up traffic for miles before dropping into the Hudson River and being hauled aboard a police boat. Michael Davitt, 54, of Garnerville, N.Y., had been angry about being dismissed in 2008 from his counseling job with the Rockland County mental health department.

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