Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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"Upon Further Review" is taking a week's vacation to catch up on the lost episodes of Beavis and Butt-head, so Eye Openers gets another Sunday shot.

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The flooding in the Midwest is going to cost taxpayers billions of dollars. It didn't have to be that way.

Chicago Tribune outdoor writer JOHN HUSAR sees the Mississippi flooding as a disaster created by man. He blames "flood control" and farm-based engineering for the problem.

To quote Husar:

"Conservationists long have warned that all those levees never were anything more than time bombs waiting to explode when the river finally would rebel at being turned into little more than a super-channelized drainage ditch.

"Those same conservationists rued the demise of the river's once-rich backwater ecosystems just so greedy developers could profit from the temporary use for farms and homes on lands that nature had staked out as her own.

"I suggest every penny of disaster aid funds fairly should come from the budget of the pork-rich Army Corps of Engineers, which ruined that river along with so many others, and the shipping, agriculture and real estate industries that demanded the channel be narrowed to an inevitable breaking point."

***** Around bowling alleys, they usually call the fat guy "Slim" and the bald guy "Curly," so it shouldn't come as a surprise that pro bowler HARRY SULLINS has earned the moniker "The Legend."

He has, after all, had a distinctly unremarkable career. Sullins has won four tournaments since joining the tour in 1985. In that time, he has earned about $500,000 - a decent amount, but hardly the stuff of which legends are made.

This week, The Legend became a legend.

On Wednesday at the Wichita Open, Sullins threw a strike with his first ball and entered the PBA record books. The Wichita event was Sullins' 236th consecutive PBA tournament, breaking the mark set by SAM FLANAGAN in 1979.

The streak put a lot of pressure on Sullins.

"People are always asking me, `Why don't you take a couple weeks off? Are you stupid or just insane?' " The Legend explained to the Wichita Eagle-Beacon. …

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