CLEAN WATER ACT
Did a burning river really fuel landmark law's passage?
Cleveland's Cuyahoga River burned for the last time 50 years ago this week. It was a small fire, under control in a half hour and fully extinguished within two hours. A firefighter told reporters it "wasn't that big a deal." Yet the blaze has been credited with sparking passage of the Clean Water Act. Here's how a minor, local incident morphed into national myth.