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September 8, 2006 Bridgeport did not benefit from a recent economic boom in Connecticut and the rest of the surrounding region. Now the city is struggling to overcome a stigma of corruption and crime. As John Dankosky of member station WNPR reports, civic leaders are trying to attract new business and new residents.
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September 7, 2006 One proven path to escaping the trap of poverty, crime, drugs and prison is a decent job. But even though the city of Bridgeport is surrounded by some of the richest suburbs in the nation, jobs and job skills are hard to come by. The Youth Business Center is a program founded by one member of the city's elite to provide job training and money-management skills to teens who've been in trouble with the law.
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September 6, 2006 Even though Bridgeport is part of Fairfield County, home to some of the richest neighborhoods in the nation, four out of five K-12 students in the city attend failing schools. New budget cuts threaten to push Bridgeport's public schools to the edge.
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September 5, 2006 Once a thriving industrial center, the story of Bridgeport, like many industrial towns in New England, is the story of factories closing, jobs lost, rising crime, unemployment, drugs and poverty.
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