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Lance Lucas sees tech as a way out of poverty for inner-city kids

For a guy who paid himself $7,200 for a year's work (and for a 55-hour work week), Lance Lucas is extremely enthusiastic. "Look at these jobs up here: Protective Threat Analyst," Lance Lucas tells a group of kids on a recent Saturday. "Bethlehem Steel used to be the largest employer in Maryland. Now the largest employer in Maryland is the NSA." Lucas is a co-founder of Digit All Systems, a nonprofit test-administration provider based downtown. On Saturdays Lucas offers free computer and career classes to all comers-mainly neighborhood kids. This particular class is in the Downtown Cultural Center, a high-ceilinged former bank office on Howard Street. He's...