153 Points | The human-interest value of the "Quecreek Nine" propelled the 77-hour saga of trapped Pennsylvania coalminers and the happy ending to TopNews status. Television and newspaper reports even allowed God to have some of the credit for the miners' safe rescue after being trapped 240 feet underground. The word miracle made it into stories on all the major networks, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and other papers. At the same time, the coverage praised the resilience of the miners and the community. This theme, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was typical: "[T]hose who saved them and those who prayed for them reflected on the remarkable triumph of engineering, technology and, most significantly, the human spirit." The miners were trapped after breaching the wall of a flooded and abandoned mine next to them, releasing a torrent of ground water into the area where they were working. But rescuers drilled a 26-inch-wide rescue shaft and lifted the miners to safety one by one. Most of the rescued miners, after several decades in the business, said it was time to change jobs. "I've got seven grandkids, and I want to see them grow up," said Thomas Foy, 51. Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker said he would appoint a special commission to examine the mining company's conduct, the state permitting process for mines, and mine accident rescue procedures.