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Series: Hope and Struggle in America

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Staff writer P.J. Huffstutter and photographer Genaro Molina are traveling the country, chronicling the hopes and struggles of Americans during this time of economic hardship.

  • Making sure pets aren't forgotten
    Making sure pets aren't forgotten

    Joni Taylor learned the hard way that pets suffer during hard times too. Now she's opened an Oregon food bank for the four-legged.

  • Bringing the cobbler the tired, weary, worn
    Bringing the cobbler the tired, weary, worn

    Business is up at a downtown Manhattan shoe repair. The out-of-work and penny-pinching bankers and brokers are lining up to save their old soles.

  • For a psychic, bad news is big business
    For a psychic, bad news is big business

    But telling clients that they're going to lose a job can stress out even the most prescient.

  • Once on TV, now just another gamer
    Once on TV, now just another gamer

    Yazan Ammari, 23, earned nearly a quarter of a million dollars as a professional video-game player. Now he's back at Mom and Dad's.

  • The unclaimed ashes of hard times
    The unclaimed ashes of hard times

    The funeral director knows: Good times mean fancy services; bad times mean unclaimed remains. So some of the dead stay with him, near those from other decades, other bad times.

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