CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Coal billionaire Chris Cline from Beckley is dating the Swedish model ex-wife of golf champion Tiger Woods, gossip columns say. They're neighbors in a rich neighborhood of North Palm Beach, Fla. He's 53 and she's 33. Cline's grandfather was a pick-and-shovel West Virginia miner, and his son became a mine owner. When Chris was 21, his father gave him part ownership of a coal firm, which he built into Foresight Energy, producing 20 million tons yearly. Now he's worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes. Cline's first wife died of breast cancer in 1987, and he divorced his second in 2000. He owns a 150-acre estate in Beckley, a 34,000-square-foot oceanfront mansion in Florida, and a yacht named "Mine Game."
Although most West Virginia politicians fear the gun lobby, both Mayor Danny Jones and Charleston council leader Tom Lane say the political power of gun-lovers is vastly overrated. When Jones was running for the Legislature, he said he threw the NRA's questionnaire in the trash and received an "F" rating -- yet he led the ticket. And Lane says he also led the city ticket after he produced Charleston's pistol-control law.
Bearing arms in West Virginia: Charleston Police say three armed men drove around the West Side looking for someone to rob. Then the man in the back seat, David Booker - who had been charged in two previous killings -- pulled out his pistol to rob the two in the front seat. One of the two tried to shoot back, but dropped his pistol. The other, Richard Hilliard, used his gun to kill Booker with two shots. Hilliard pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.