Mike Kasavich, a lifelong coal miner, exits "the hole" after a 10-hour morning shift at the Mathies coal mine in western Pennsylvania. Black lung disease is increasing among miners, yet they are struggling to get disability reimbursement for the illness.
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Bob Lewis contracted a rare fungal disease called Crytococcus gattii in 2007 that is spreading through the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife, Joan, live in Portland, Ore.