Families of Coal Mining Victims Mourn in Hours After Explosion That Killed 25

Many of the men who died in the depths of a West Virginia coal mine Monday often discussed with family their love of the job, despite the long hours and hazardous conditions. Among the 25 victims of the blast were husbands, fathers and brothers, all of whom looked forward to the kind of work that others might find intolerable if not inconceivable. Vietnam veteran Benny Willingham, 62, was five weeks away from retiring and embarking on his first cruise with his wife. He had worked in the...Full Story
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