On Long Island: The Lost Season

One sunny Monday morning in Levittown, Long Island, teen-agers ran out of the small ranch houses and Cape Cods, darting through carports, and leaving back doors swinging and slamming. Some dashed through the streets, shouting, and others exuberantly made haste on their skateboards. One long-haired boy hustled along to the tune of a blaring radio. Their destination? MacArthur High School, a sprawling, two-story brick building with bright turquoise trim, an All-American high school right down to its official colors: red, white and blue. Bouncing" with excitement, the youngsters converged in the schoolyard and...

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