Behavior: A New Skid Row

At 23, Bruce Reed has a thin, wasted face and the appearance of a man twice his age. A welfare recipient, he spends his days wandering down Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, Calif., with a bottle of cheap wine or a marijuana cigarette in his hand. Tom Finley, 21, also a Telegraph Avenue regular, earns a scant $40 a month, mostly by selling his blood. Annie Peters, 17, lives off the refuse in Berkeley garbage cans and occasionally peddles dope. Though their names have been changed, their stories are very real and typify the plight...

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