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John does homework in his family's room at Moorhead's Churches United shelter. An old, slow computer without Internet access is seen at left. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

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MOORHEAD -- As children chase each other and adults watch television in the commons area of Moorhead's Churches United for the Homeless shelter, John settles down to algebra homework.

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The 14-year-old cranks up the music of rapper Lil Wayne on his portable CD player to drown out the commotion. He is determined to improve upon the D's he got this fall, when he enrolled in Fargo Public Schools almost a month after classes started. He needs a C-average to play on the football team.

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