Wed April 13, 2011
The Two-Way

First Guilty Plea In Mine Disaster Criminal Probe

A former foreman for Massey Energy has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the federal criminal investigation of last year's deadly coal mine disaster in West Virginia.

Thomas Harrah, 45, admits in a plea agreement (see below) to faking the foreman's credentials he used at the Upper Big Branch mine and then lying about it to federal agents.

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Sat April 9, 2011
Mine Safety In America

Questions Remain Year After W. Va. Mine Explosion

One year ago tonight, mine rescuers discovered the remains of the last four missing coal miners deep inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia.

There had been hope that the four had made it to refuge chambers and were still alive. Optimistic rescuers carried four sets of breathing apparatus with them, hoping they would be used to bring the miners safely to the surface. The bodies of 25 other miners were found four days earlier.

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Tue April 5, 2011
Strange News

Population Of Lost Springs, Wyo., Surges To Four

A new highway sign in Lost Springs, Wyo., reveals a demographic shift. Drivers on Route 20 will notice the town's population seems to have quadrupled — from one person to four. Residents told the Casper Star-Tribune that the original sign — reading "POP 1" — was actually inaccurate. When it was put up, there were a full five people living there. So Lost Springs is actually living up to its name.



Mon April 4, 2011
National Security

Military Panel To Try Alleged Sept. 11 Mastermind

The Obama administration has decided to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. The decision, announced on Monday by Attorney General Eric Holder, ends more than a year of to-ing and fro-ing over where to try the self-professed Sept. 11 plotter.

While the attorney general said he continued to believe that the case should be tried in federal civilian courts, he said he "reluctantly" came to the conclusion that congressional opposition made that all but impossible.

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Fri April 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Lawsuit Claims Some Miners Survived Initial Massey Mine Blast

Originally published on Wed April 6, 2011 6:29 am

Coal miner boots and a lunch pail sat on the stage of the New Life Assembly church in Whitesville, W.Va., last April 11 during a Sunday service dedicated to the memory of the miners who were killed.
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A new lawsuit filed by the widow of a victim of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster runs counter to claims by government officials that all but one of the 29 miners killed died instantly and without suffering.

The lawsuit was filed in the circuit court in Boone County, W.Va., by Geneva Lynch. Her husband, William Roosevelt Lynch, was among nine Massey Energy coal miners riding in a mantrip — or shuttle car — within two miles of the entrance of the mine when the April 5, 2010, explosion occurred.

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