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As local nonprofits make strides to reduce or defeat homelessness, panhandlers continue to camp at some of the city’s busiest intersections. “They panhandle because it works,” said Dan Straughan, Homeless Alliance executive director. The aid of a couple of dollars too often goes into the hands of “professional” beggars, or people who travel coast-to-coast and stop here to benefit from generous residents. He estimated about 90 percent of local panhandlers are not from Oklahoma. By Laura Eastes.

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