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January 6, 1990 | By Ron Avery and Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Gabriel Escobar contributed to this report
In the end, Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell built an air-tight case - against himself. When he was read his constitutional rights and questioned by state investigators into the wee hours yesterday at the Bellmawr state police barracks, Asbell's story of a high-speed chase and shootout on the streets of Camden on New Year's Day fell apart. Asbell, 46, resigned his office at the conclusion of the interrogation and voluntarily entered the Carrier Clinic, a pyschiatric facility in Somerset County.
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November 20, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two-Face was stoned-faced yesterday as a federal jury in Camden delivered a verdict that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Juan "Two-Face" Rivera-Velez, 35, showed no reaction as the jury foreman announced four consecutive guilty verdicts, capping nearly eight days of deliberations in a high-profile narcotics trial in U.S. District Court in Camden. Rivera-Velez, nicknamed after his face was disfigured in an auto accident several years ago, was charged with carrying out one murder and attempting a second for convicted Camden drug kingpin Raymond Morales.
NEWS
May 23, 2001
For quite some time, there have been legislative negotiations concerning a bill that would impose an enhanced degree of state control over the governmental affairs of the city of Camden. A number of the key points of this legislation have received public discussion. However, as one of the bill's principal architects is fond of pointing out, "the devil is in the details. " These details have not been shared with the city's elected representatives. Perhaps this is attributable to a paternalistic assumption that Camden's elected officials cannot know what is good for them and the city.
NEWS
February 5, 1986
It might be going just a bit too far to say "Mmmm, mmmm, good!" but the Campbell Soup Co.'s decision to modernize operations in Camden is an encouraging long-range commitment. Campbell Soup was founded in Camden in 1869 and has been a significant part of the city's economy for more than a century. While there was never any doubt about company headquarters staying in Camden, speculation has been rampant for years about a possible closing of production lines. Campbell's main plant in Camden was built in 1907.
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June 3, 1995 | BOB LARAMIE/ DAILY NEWS
Hank Williams Jr. performs last night at the opening of the Waterfront Entertainment Centre in Camden. Williams was the first performer ever to appear at the $56 million, 25,000-capacity center, which can be opened up for lawn viewing during the warmer months and closed for indoor seating in winter.
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January 31, 2013 | By Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
A state court ruled Tuesday that an arbitrator cannot force New Jersey taxpayers to pay for raises he awarded to firefighters in Camden. A three-judge appellate panel threw out a 2011 arbitrator's award giving the firefighters raises totaling more than $1 million from 2009 through last year. The decision shows just how complicated it is to pay for services in Camden, a city that ranks among the nation's most impoverished and that has a tiny tax base. About 70 percent of the city's $150 million budget is funded by state aid. When contract talks between the city's firefighters and government could not be settled, the case was sent to an arbitrator.
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June 25, 1997 | DON MURRAY/FOR THE DAILY NEWS
Fire engulfs a Camden church yesterday as firefighters work to keep it from spreading to nearby homes. The fire at Holy Temple Church of Christ, 34th Street and Mickle Boulevard, started about 4:15 p.m. It was under control two hours later. No injuries were reported. The cause was unknown, but the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was notified of the fire, police said. The ATF is investigating the nationwide arsons of black churches. In May in Glassboro, two churches were allegedly burned by arsonists.
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February 20, 2004 | By Sheila Dyan FOR THE INQUIRER
Some will tell you that the Victor is a metaphor for Camden's renaissance - specifically, some residents of this industrial-to-residential conversion, as well as the historic building's developer, Carl Dranoff. "And, with its conversion, I believe the Camden area is being decisively and forever turned around, and will be the next great neighborhood in the region," Dranoff said. Dick Hailey, 68, an officer of the New Jersey Superior Court and retired Camden police sergeant who was born and raised in Camden, moved to the complex from Cherry Hill in September.
SPORTS
October 27, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sal Henderson's big day included a sack in the first half, an interception in the second half, and a crown during the break in between. "I've never been on the homecoming court before," said Henderson, a senior linebacker who was named Camden's homecoming king at intermission of the Panthers' 27-5 victory over Bishop Eustace on Saturday at Farnham Park. Henderson and junior safety Dustin Singleton led the defense as Camden, the No. 5 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, improved to 7-0 overall and clinched a share of the West Jersey Football League's Royal Division.
NEWS
October 22, 2010 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "muscle" for a violent and powerful drug gang that plagued Camden for more than two decades was sentenced Thursday to two life prison terms plus 25 years for murder, attempting to kill a witness, and drug conspiracy. Juan Rivera-Velez - known as "Two-Face" because of severe scarring to his face and head from burns suffered in a car accident - did not apologize to the family members of one of the victims, Miguel Batista, who attended the sentencing hearing in federal court in Camden.
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June 30, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year and a half ago, most of the Camden County Historical Society's three-building complex was closed by water damage, the result of broken pipes during a severe winter cold snap. Leaks sprouted in the Camden County Museum, then in the Charles S. Boyer Building, where the Richard Hineline Library and administrative offices are located; and later in Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house. But the setback didn't stop the institution from hosting visitors and researchers even as repairs got underway and plans were made for the future - now with help from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
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June 30, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the three Camden police officers on patrol that May afternoon, the group of young people standing behind a vacant house with a .32-caliber revolver and a video camera looked suspicious. Ta'Quan Allen, 19, and his three friends say the weapon - which Allen said had been passed down through his family for protection - was being used as a prop for a film he was recording. The friends were rehearsing a scene when the officers approached. The encounter could have been dangerous, police said.
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June 29, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County police are investigating the shooting death of Javan Boyd, 32, in the 1100 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Camden early Saturday. A second victim, Lashayna Davis, 28, was shot in the leg in the same incident. She is in stable condition. The victims were found at 4:45 a.m. Both were taken to Cooper University Hospital with gunshot wounds, and Boyd was pronounced dead there at 6:33 a.m. Police do not have a suspect or a motive. Anyone with information should call 856-757-7042 or email tipsgroup@ccprosecutor.org ----- csimon@philly.com 215-854-2413 @carolinesimon66  
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June 29, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yes, students from Camden go to college. That's the clear message conveyed by the #CollegeBoundCamden social-media campaign run by the Camden City School District, showcasing photos of graduating high school seniors posing with white boards displaying their chosen schools. "It's satisfying that they're giving us a positive light, because there is a lot of negativity surrounding Camden students. … There's rarely a positive light shown on us other than by Camden natives," said Khadijah Jones-Shubrick, 18, a graduating senior from Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School who has been in the campaign.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Marilynn Schmidt Malony was diagnosed May 21 with terminal lung cancer and given perhaps six weeks to live, she told her family about her priority. And it was not her. The shower for a granddaughter, Beth Malony, was set for May 31. Beth's wedding to David Koscielny was to be on June 20. Mrs. Malony's son Steve said she told his daughter, Beth: "No matter what happens, the shower goes on and the wedding goes on. " And so they did, as planned. Mrs. Malony died a week after her diagnosis, on Thursday, May 28, at the Hospice of Philadelphia in East Falls.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would give Cooper University Hospital control over emergency medical services in Camden. It passed without debate on the floor of either house of the Legislature despite vociferous opposition from the current provider of paramedic services in Camden, Virtua Health System, which operates in every town in Burlington and Camden Counties. The bill now heads to Gov. Christie's desk and seems likely to be signed into law, given that he has worked with Cooper's chairman, George E. Norcross III, on many initiatives in the city.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In a Statehouse that has elevated dithering to an art form, it's worth examining any bill that hurtles through the Legislature like a speeding ambulance. As with most supposed emergencies in Trenton, this one turns out to be political and pecuniary in nature. The legislation in question is designed primarily to grant Camden's ambulance and paramedic services by fiat to the city's own Cooper University Hospital, which, probably not coincidentally, is chaired by South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross.
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June 26, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
"I'm not a soloist," says Suzzette Ortiz, who retires this week after teaching vocal music in Camden's public schools for 27 years. "I do harmony. " That's an apt, if incomplete, description of what Ortiz has done for thousands of students, especially at the city's Creative Arts High School. She was there on opening day in 1999, and on Thursday, she'll close her classroom door in what is now the Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy for the last time. "This is a big chapter of my life that's closing," says Ortiz, who grew up in Puerto Rico and lives in Pennsauken.
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June 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IS CAMDEN a hopeless case? Britt Starghill didn't think so. As pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Britt wasn't only concerned with the souls of his parishioners, but also with the soul of the impoverished city around him. He was founder of the Nehemiah Project, a community development corporation devoted to fighting the blight afflicting the Gateway section of the city. He adopted the Whittier School, with the aim of seeing to it that its students got the best education to ensure their success in the world beyond the classroom.
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Admier Franklin recalls using so many drugs that he sometimes didn't know what they were. "I did a little bit of everything," said Franklin, 38, of Camden. That was before he entered the drug court program - for the second time - five years ago in Camden County. On Tuesday, upon graduating from the program with 20 others, he had a high school diploma, a wife, and a job at Atlantic Avenue Meats in Camden. And most of all, he said, he was clean from drugs. Stories of recovery such as Franklin's echoed through the packed sixth-floor courtroom in Superior Court in Camden, as each graduate accepted a plaque for fulfilling requirements.
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