A.G. Sulzberger's 2010 placement as the Kansas City bureau chief for the Gray Lady drew some snark from us at the time, but he more than earned his keep as a serious, diligent reporter before he was summoned to the mothership this past spring. By the time he left KC (for an editing gig at The New York Times), Sulzberger had netted scoops from the Kansas plains and written absorbingly about rural Missouri. We liked the story about the long-lost British maybe-bank robber "Fast Eddie" Maher. Oh, and the one about the young doctors. And the one about the last Kodachrome lab. Yes, there was that much-discussed column last winter about the challenges of vegetarianism in the Midwest, but we gave up ribbing this guy a long time ago. He's welcome back anytime.