Dreams Begin To Melt In An Old Steel Town

His fingers moving deftly, Eric J. Littleton works a knife around a bloody deer's thigh in the basement of a modest clapboard house in Weirton, W.Va. Just laid off from his job operating a crane at the huge steel mill in town, Littleton, 28, needs the $4 he gets for skinning and dressing each deer. He's glad it's hunting season. Holidays are coming, and he has a wife, a son, 6, and another child on the way.

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