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Topic - Peggy Murphy
Scott Dressel has risked his life savings to help rescue this struggling old steel town that is still plagued by double-digit unemployment and banking on a natural gas boom that has yet to materialize.
"I tell my son all the time to get out of this town," she said in between taking orders at the city's Coney Island restaurant, where her son also works because he is unable to find a better job.
"It's a dead town," Murphy says of Johnstown, Pa., "I tell my son all the time to get out of this town.