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Midway to Clear Land Without Expanding

Midway can clear land beyond its property line, so says the City. The hotly disputed plan to condemn four properties at the end of a runway—a gas station, closeout retailer, drug store, and popular breakfast joint—has been given the go-ahead by a city council committee. The death of a six-year-old, struck by a skidding airplane several years back, and another recent close call lent urgency to the call for safer runway clearance. If the airport fails to broker deals with the property owners, the city will employ eminent domain. And that's never fun. [NBC]