FILE- In this April 26, 2010 file photo, Massey Energy Co. Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship, second from right, attends a press conference with board directors, from left, Robert Foglesong, Bobby ... more 
FILE- In this April 26, 2010 file photo, Massey Energy Co. Chairman and CEO, Don Blankenship, second from right, attends a press conference with board directors, from left, Robert Foglesong, Bobby Inman, and Stanley Suboleski, in Charleston, W.Va. When 29 men perished in a single, powerful explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine a year ago, the tragedy stunned the nation _ but the aftermath was stunning too, both for its seismic impact on major players in the coal industry and for the absence of any sweeping reforms. To the people in coal country, what's happened to mine owner Massey Energy is downright mind-boggling: "King of coal" Don Blankenship has been dethroned _ pushed out with a take-it-or-leave it retirement package _ and the company he ruled with an iron will for more than a decade may soon vanish in a $7.1 billion buyout. less 
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