Eight people were killed in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The victims include an Associated Press employee, a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, a Wells Fargo executive, the CEO of a technology startup, a college dean, a Maryland businessman, a New York real estate executive and a businessman from Italy. A brief look at those who died: Jim Gaines Jim Gaines, an Associated Press video software architect, was a geek’s geek – and his colleagues loved him for it. The 48-year-old father of two was named the news agency’s Geek of the Month in May 2012 for his “tireless dedication and contagious passion” to technological innovation. “At AP, not a frame goes by in the world of video that escapes the passionate scrutiny of video architect Jim Gaines,” the award said. Gaines was in the train’s quiet car, headed home to Plainsboro, New Jersey, after meetings Tuesday at the news agency’s Washington, D.C., office. His wife, Jacqueline, confirmed his death. “Jim was more precious to us than we can adequately express,” his family said in a statement. Gaines joined the AP in 1998 and was a key factor in nearly all of the news agency’s video… Read full this story
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