Chilean miners

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Chilean Miners Smoked Pot Underground

They also requested blow-up dolls, says new book by Jonathan Franklin

(Newser) - If you were surprised to learn that some of the Chilean miners contemplated cannibalism during their time underground, steel yourself for another big reveal: Some of them smoked pot, or so says a new book by New York Times journalist Jonathan Franklin. The Daily Mail notes that Franklin had special... More »

Chilean Miners Talked Suicide, Cannibalism

Reveal details of their struggle in '60 Minutes ' interview

(Newser) - Trapped underground for more than two months, the Chilean miners constantly feared death and considered suicide, they tell 60 Minutes in an interview set to air this weekend. “I said to a friend, 'Well, if we are going to continue suffering, it would be better for us to all... More »

Chilean Miner Sings, Dances, Cracks Dave Up

Letterman interviews Edison Peña on Late Show

(Newser) - Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña appeared on the Late Show last night, and cracked up host David Letterman with his tales of the “funky” conditions in the mine before it collapsed. “Is, in South America, ‘funky’ a mining term?” Letterman asked. After a pause, Peña’... More »

Running Miner Takes on NYC Marathon

Edison Peña ran 6 miles a day while trapped in mine

(Newser) - After you’ve spent 69 days trapped in a mine, what’s one teensy 26.2-mile run? Edison “The Runner” Peña has agreed to compete in the New York City Marathon, the New York Post reports, accepting an invitation from the organizers. Peña, one of the 33... More »

Miners Already Breaking 'Blood Pact'

Many willing to talk to media—for a price

(Newser) - While they were trapped, the Chilean miners signed a "blood pact" stating that they’d keep the details of their experience to themselves. But information has spilled as many consent to interviews—though rarely for free, the New York Times reports. “We’re poor—look at the place... More »

Miner With Mistress Has a Third Woman

But second lady turns this latest, 25, away from hospital

(Newser) - The plot thickens: Johnny Barrios, the Chilean miner who became famous when his mistress greeted him at the rescue site instead of his wife, reportedly has yet another girlfriend. Turns out Barrios, though technically married to Marta Salinas, has lived with the aforementioned mistress who greeted him at the mine,... More »

Chilean Miner: I Will Go Back

All but 2 have left hospital, headed home

(Newser) - All but two of the Chilean miners have quietly left the hospital, and being trapped for 66 days underground apparently isn't enough to stop at least one from heading back to the mines, reports the BBC. "That's my life," Omar Reygadas says. "I will go back to... More »

Chinese Mine Blast Kills 20, Traps 17

Gas-filled mine fraught with danger for rescuers

(Newser) - It's a good time to not be a miner: Mere days after Chile pulled off its rescue, Chinese officials are fighting perilous conditions to rescue 17 miners trapped underground after an explosion in a coal mine that killed at least 20. Gas levels nearing 40% inside the mine and the... More »

Fist Fights, Hunger: Miners Shed Light on Life Below

Democracy ruled, says foreman; others cite depression

(Newser) - Majority rule was key to the survival of the trapped Chilean miners, their foreman told the Guardian in one of the first accounts of their two months spent trapped underground. “Everything was voted on,” said Luis Urzúa from a hospital bed. “You just have to speak... More »

Rescued Miners Meet Deluge of Offers

First miners leave hospital, all are in good health

(Newser) - The rescued Chilean miners are beginning to leave hospital and go their separate ways amid a deluge of publicity and offers from around the world. The first three of "Los 33" have gone home and doctors expect the rest to leave hospital before Monday, reports the AP , which notes... More »

Here Comes Reality Show on—Yes—Coal Mining

Spike TV program will focus on mine in West Virginia

(Newser) - Got your fill of mining coverage? If not, then Spike TV has some extremely good news: It will launch a reality show on coal miners in April, says the Hollywood Reporter . Coal is from the makers of the Deadliest Catch and will focus on a mine in West Virginia. “... More »

Miner Rescue Didn't Need 1300 Journos to Cover It

Why waste so many resources in "era of closed foreign bureaus"?

(Newser) - The rescue of Chile’s trapped miners is a wonderful story about “ingenuity, working together, and triumph,” but it’s also a story about journalism, Jeremy Littau writes. “To know that 1300 journalists have descended on this mining town to cover a worldwide story is a little... More »

Free Markets Saved the Miners

Innovative, for-profit companies came through

(Newser) - The Chilean mine rescue was “a smashing victory for free-market capitalism,” writes Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal . “It may seem churlish to make such a claim. It is churlish. These are churlish times, and the stakes are high.” The fact is, this miracle rescue... More »

All 33 Miners Reach Surface

Operation goes flawlessly; rescuers still must come up

(Newser) - They're all up. The last of the 33 Chilean miners—foreman Luis Urzua, 54—emerged just before 9pm ET after 69 days underground. (AP has details of the rescue and jubilation here and bios of the men here .) So far, no major medical problems have been reported. The first... More »

Mistress, Not Wife, Greets 21st Miner

'I am a decent woman,' explains the wife

(Newser) - A drama of another sort played out today amid the Chilean miners' rescue. When Yonni Barrios, the 21st man, emerged from the mine, he got a hug and kiss from girlfriend Susana Valenzuela. Which is notable only because he also has a wife, who learned of Valenzuela's existence at the... More »

First Miner Reaches Surface

Florencio Avalos escapes after 69 days in mine

(Newser) - The first of the Chilean miners who have been trapped underground for a record 69 days has reached the surface safely. Florencio Avalos grinned as he stepped out of the rescue capsule as his wife, father, and two sons looked on. He hugged rescuers and Chile's president before being taken... More »

Tunnel to Chile Miners Passes Escape Test

Rescue set to begin at midnight

(Newser) - Rescue workers finished reinforcing the tunnel from the surface to a collapsed shaft where 33 Chilean miners are trapped, the AP reports, and an escape capsule successfully navigated almost the entire length in a test. "We didn't send it all the way down because we could risk that someone... More »

Media Frenzy, Family Dramas Await Miners

So, about that mistress...

(Newser) - What's more uncomfortable than spending months trapped in a mine ? Being greeted at the surface by both your wife and your mistress. Such is the awkward predicament of Yonni Barrios, 50, one of the 33 miners trapped some 2300 feet below Chile's Atacama desert, finds the Telegraph . As he... More »

Drill Breaks Through to Chilean Mine

Rescue could come as soon as Tuesday

(Newser) - Sirens and cheers went up today as a drill finally broke through to the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 66 days, reports the AP. The milestone means that if the shaft is found to be solid, miners could start emerging one by one as soon as Tuesday. But that's... More »

Rescue Imminent for Trapped Miners

Chilean president says they could be out by Oct. 15

(Newser) - The 33 miners who have been trapped in a collapsed mine since early August could be back above ground within days, Chilean authorities say. The rescue date has been moved dramatically forward from the original Christmas estimate and a huge drill is now within 48 hours of reaching the men's... More »

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