Nearly every town in America has a stretch of beat up, commercialized highway that looks like Route 1 in New Jersey. And nearly every American has done time waiting at light after light along such a pike, wondering if the road work will ever be done, barely surveying the landscape because, frankly, it’s not much to look at—just parking lots and shrubby-looking trees. These roads are about signs, really, the familiar bold letters that guide drivers to groceries, fast food, used cars, Wal-Mart, and the mall exits, signs which are pretty much the same everywhere. Everywhere except Lawrenceville, a Jersey town between Trenton and

By Joe Paone TRENTON, N.J., 5/1/03 — Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson visited Trenton, N.J.'s L. M. Rivera School on May 1, serving as coach and mentor for the day. The special event was the grand prize in a national "One-on-One With Magic" promotion co-sponsored by Best Buy and Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity for children. The promotion raised $140,000 for the Magic Johnson Foundation, which assists community-based organizations with HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiatives. Johnson, who lives with HIV, won several NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s before embarking on a successful career in inner-city business development. Addressing

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