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Poverty fuels frustration, anger

Simulation participants deal with tough choices and hard luck

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It all started so well. Al Tompkins and Kayon Forrest drew good cards: a family — girlfriend, son, new boyfriend — with one job, a car and an apartment. Tompkins set off for work at the start of the Schenectady Poverty Simulation, confident that he had this down. But to get there, he needed money to buy five transportation coupons — representing gas or bus fare. He didn’t have any money because he hadn’t been ...

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