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‘Burning river’ loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River's most infamous fire helped spawn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, artists and entrepreneurs have turned old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of Cleveland pride. "Everybody knows Cuyahoga County for the burning river. That happened how many years ago?" said Johnny Rowan, manager of ...