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Yolanda Ames and her boys live in a crowded apartment on a dead end street in East Charlotte’s Grier Heights.
Wires that could bring the world — and her boys’ classrooms — into her home zigzag between poles across her neighborhood.
But that world comes at too steep a cost for Ames. On a muggy afternoon this month, she had about $25 in her bank account, a vague notion of what she could make