Hope Fades For Idled Oil Workers

Enid, Okla. — Other men bought big houses or new pickups with their oil money. Mike Gillham bought his favorite bar. He heads there most nights, to lug in more beer, to throw darts with his regulars, to smoke Camels and sit with his wife and wonder how to keep getting by, now that his oil job is gone. Four years ago, Gillham stumbled upon what is more or less an economic lottery ticket for an American man whose education stopped after...

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