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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with its pants falling down regularly.Oh, don’t be too offended; you know it’s just natural, baby, what with the summer heat searing the sweat and at least a few unnecessary pounds out of us.Anyway, we thought about going to thrift store to pick up a regular old belt, but that’s not really our style these days. What are we going to do about the whole indecent-exposure dilemma, you may ask. Well, we have been up in the dream lab assembling a prototype of our fantasy utility belt. Our’s has some basics like breath mints, a water bottle and energy bars, but we’ve added some features we feel are pretty special, including a solar-powered light saber – its primary function will most likely be as a can opener – and we’d also like to have an anti-gravity function on the belt.Anyway, if any people out there have neat ideas for their dream utility belt, please e-mail us at, or call us at (970) 668-4625. Until then, we’ll be tinkering with our version.***The top tidbit news of the day is:7-year-old swims from Alcatraz to San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO – A 7-year-old Arizona boy completed an estimated 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the city’s Aquatic Park early Monday.Braxton Bilbrey’s coach and two other adults joined him in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. He was greeted at the finish by reporters, photographers and well-wishers.”I think it’s pretty cool,” Braxton said shortly after his father grabbed him under the arms and lifted him out of the water.When asked what he wanted to do next, Braxton said he hoped to swim the English Channel.Stacey Bilbrey originally wasn’t sold on the idea of her son swimming from Alcatraz, but she accepted it once he proved he was dedicated to his goal.”For a 7-year-old to be that motivated and stick with a goal that long is amazing,” she said.Alcatraz, once a notorious federal prison that housed some of the nation’s infamous criminals, including Chicago mobster Al Capone, is now a tourist site that attracts about 1 million visitors a year. It also draws a fair share of swimmers who attempt the crossing as part of the annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.The second-grader from Glendale, Ariz., got the idea when he saw a magazine story about a 9-year-old boy who made the swim. Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough completed the swim in 53-degree waters last October.”If you were to ask me if a 7-year-old is old enough to do it, I’d say maybe one out of 10 million,” coach Joe Zemaitis said. “But he’s that one.”***We out, and remember, if you are well-learned the ways of the Force, please utilize your powers to drive our presently expensive vehicles.

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