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Shooting for the stars, learning to manage debt

Mar 21, 2012
A Seattle family learns the hard way how to manage its finances.
Karawynn Long and Jak Koke had a moment of clarity, when a mountain of credit card debt nearly tipped them over the edge. The Seattle couple is flanked here by daughters Claire and Michaela.
Matthew Ryan Williams for The New York Times

Go North, young man!

Mar 21, 2012
The promise of steady work is attracting workers of all ages to Williston, N.D., and creating a new boom town on America's energy frontier.

Broken trust: A Ponzi scheme victim bounces back

Mar 21, 2012
After falling victim to Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford, Carol Lovil is getting her life back on track. But she worries she may never be able to trust anyone again.

Nailing a comeback

Mar 21, 2012
Connecticut contractor Peter Schneider is surviving the recession thanks to his hard-won skills, hard-working attitude, and a little bit of luck.

Turning the neighborhood around

Mar 21, 2012
Jennifer Kuzara is doing her part to spur a recovery, both in her Atlanta suburb and the wider housing market.

Slow and steady returns

Mar 21, 2012
An investment portfolio owes its comeback to diversification and time.

From heavy industry to intensive care

Mar 21, 2012
Workers in Detroit who've been laid off from traditional industry are finding new and unexpected opportunities in the caring professions.
Kurt Edwards is a male nurse at Sheffield Manor Nursing and Rehab Center on Detroit's west side. Before he was trained in nursing, he was laid off in 2007 from his job stocking a warehouse.
Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times

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