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“It will be horrible,” he said. “We’re just praying for a miracle.”

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In Pontiac, 27.3 percent of residents live below the poverty line, compared with 13.3 percent nationally, according to the Census Bureau. In March, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed an emergency manager to take over the city’s finances after local officials were unable to resolve budget problems including a deficit approaching $12 million.

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