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4|5|10: West Virginia

We still burn coal, so miners still go down into dark holes to get it. Sometimes those miners do not come back up. Then we pay attention to the dark holes. This week we paid attention to the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., because 25 miners died there while supporting their families by extracting coal for Massey Energy. Four more miners are missing. So attention must be paid. Accidents happen, and it's true, as Massey CEO Don Blankenship said after the tragedy, that "anything you do in life has risks." But it's also true that Massey has a history...

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