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A man drinks a beer on a front porch in Shamokin, PA, a town of 7,000 in coal country, on May 1, 2014. The city is over $800,000 in debt and even had the gas temporarily turned off in city hall. Long prosperous from the coal industry, in the 1980s there were 3 movie theaters, 3 dress shops, 3 shoe shops, 2 five and dime stores, and a skating rink, but none remain.
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A man drinks a beer on a front porch in Shamokin, PA, a town of 7,000 in coal country, on May 1, 2014.  The city is over $800,000 in debt and even had the gas temporarily turned off in city hall.  Long prosperous from the coal industry, in the 1980s there were 3 movie theaters, 3 dress shops, 3 shoe shops, 2 five and dime stores, and a skating rink, but none remain.