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Updated Jun 6, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Phoenix woman banned from cartwheeling at meetings

PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman will have to keep both feet on the ground if she
wants to speak at any public meetings.

Sixty-five-year-old Dianne Barker told local TV news that she’s been banned from doing cartwheels at meetings held by the Maricopa
Association of Governments.

An attorney for the association that oversees regional transportation projects
said in a letter to Barker last month that she must “immediately cease
performing cartwheels.”

Agency spokeswoman Kelly Taft told The Associated Press that Barker’s
cartwheels are disruptive and a public safety liability.

Barker said she will obey the association’s request. She was a cheerleader in
college and says the cartwheels are a way for her to show her passion.

Taft said the association appreciates Barker’s enthusiasm, but she should show
it verbally.

FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

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