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MIT physicist leads effort to scrap the penny

Finds himself at center of passionate debate about coin

Ever since he was in college, Jeff Gore can recall being annoyed by the penny. Annoyed that it can’t buy anything. Annoyed that it gums up lines as customers fish for pennies. Annoyed that he only gets more of them when he buys something.

“It’s a big, horrible waste of time,’’ says Gore, a physicist at MIT.

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