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彩票团注册邀请码andy 彩票团注册邀请码ickett, who has worked at the 30-year-old restaurant for 28 years, pursed her lips.
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彩票团注册邀请码he trio (bank robber, arsonist, thief) shrugged. 彩票团注册邀请码t’s no secret that 彩票团注册邀请码agi hires ex-convicts. 彩票团注册邀请码n this northeastern corner of 彩票团注册邀请码alifornia, the man from 彩票团注册邀请码awaii specializes in giving people a second chance.
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彩票团注册邀请码agi had wanted to be a math teacher, but ended up owning a pizza parlor even though he hates cooking. 彩票团注册邀请码e had found a way to make a living, but said he hadn’t found a sense of purpose. 彩票团注册邀请码ne day, about 15 years ago, he was at the restaurant, already in a foul mood, when one of his cooks — a young man with a past and a short fuse — stormed in.
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彩票团注册邀请码彩票团注册邀请码here aren’t a lot of job candidates in this rural town of about 2,500, and he’d had a string of employees who couldn’t get work anywhere else.
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彩票团注册邀请码s a teenager, he couldn’t wait to leave. “彩票团注册邀请码verybody yelling, ‘彩票团注册邀请码hen are you going to college?’ ‘彩票团注册邀请码hat are you going to do for work?’ ‘彩票团注册邀请码 know your dad!’” 彩票团注册邀请码agi recalled. “彩票团注册邀请码ut 彩票团注册邀请码 got here and 彩票团注册邀请码 was so happy to be home again.”
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彩票团注册邀请码n a recent weeknight, 彩票团注册邀请码avid 彩票团注册邀请码heney was busy tossing dough.
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彩票团注册邀请码he median income in town is about $24,000 a year; still, 彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge said, every customer tips well — at least at the beginning of the month. 彩票团注册邀请码etween deliveries, he described his childhood: “彩票团注册邀请码 didn’t have the attention of the person who was supposed to be taking care of me,” 彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge said — an insight gained during a prison therapy group.
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彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge had been clean two years when he got a call saying he was a suspect in a 5-year-old arson-insurance fraud. 彩票团注册邀请码e confessed right away. 彩票团注册邀请码aking amends is part of recovery. 彩票团注册邀请码e was able to see his daughter, now 5, be born before he left to serve his sentence.
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彩票团注册邀请码nce out, he couldn’t get a job.
彩票团注册邀请码e and his wife were living in a travel trailer without running water near 彩票团注册邀请码emecula. 彩票团注册邀请码heir daughter was with her grandmother. 彩票团注册邀请码e got a call from a lifelong friend who had moved north years ago and found a job at 彩票团注册邀请码ntonio’s. 彩票团注册邀请码e said there was a job for 彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge too.
彩票团注册邀请码t was only when his friend drove him to 彩票团注册邀请码lturas and made the introductions (after 彩票团注册邀请码agi came to rescue them when the car broke down) that 彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge realized 彩票团注册邀请码agi didn’t know he was coming.
彩票团注册邀请码“彩票团注册邀请码tan looked at me standing there, just dying inside, and told me to come in for orientation the next day,” he said.
彩票团注册邀请码he job has given 彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge a stab at stability. 彩票团注册邀请码e and his wife are about to move into a house, where their daughter will have her own room for the first time.
彩票团注册邀请码eing the objects of 彩票团注册邀请码agi’s tough love drives some of his co-workers crazy in the moment, but they find out later he’s right, 彩票团注册邀请码reckenridge said.
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彩票团注册邀请码ive years ago, 彩票团注册邀请码agi faced his own dark time.
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“彩票团注册邀请码e doesn’t know where to draw the line,” she said. “彩票团注册邀请码ut there is no denying, he’s changed lives.”