Clarence, 45, reads a bedtime story to his three sons by lantern at the rented home he and his wife share with their five school-aged children in Durham. The family has been without power since June after they got behind in their utility payments and became unable to afford the back payments, reconnect fees and a deposit required to restore power. Clarence’s wife, 44, is a full-time student working toward a bachelor'’s degree in business administration, and Clarence currently collects workers compensation. The family did not want their last name published for fear their children might be teased at school.
Clarence, 45, reads a bedtime story to his three sons by lantern at the rented home he and his wife share with their five school-aged children in Durham. The family has been without power since June after they got behind in their utility payments and became unable to afford the back payments, reconnect fees and a deposit required to restore power. Clarence’s wife, 44, is a full-time student working toward a bachelor'’s degree in business administration, and Clarence currently collects workers compensation. The family did not want their last name published for fear their children might be teased at school. tlong@newsobserver.com
Clarence, 45, reads a bedtime story to his three sons by lantern at the rented home he and his wife share with their five school-aged children in Durham. The family has been without power since June after they got behind in their utility payments and became unable to afford the back payments, reconnect fees and a deposit required to restore power. Clarence’s wife, 44, is a full-time student working toward a bachelor'’s degree in business administration, and Clarence currently collects workers compensation. The family did not want their last name published for fear their children might be teased at school. tlong@newsobserver.com

In urban North Carolina, deep pockets of misery are masked

September 29, 2013 9:50 AM