From the November 13, Washington Post story, "Amid Montgomery [County's] affluence, plight of suburban poor worsens in downturn":

"Everyone I know is rich," Willie [Martin, 13] said. "They have everything, and I have nothing. I've had these shorts for, like, three years." He gestured down to his baggy black cargos. "I can't afford to gain any weight or I'll grow out of them."

Money is so tight he can play his Xbox only for an hour or so a day lest he strain the family's electric bill.

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