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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.
NEWS
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
October 14, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Clayton Gonzalez makes his way through the hallways at Veterans Memorial Family School, he stops every few minutes to ask a student, "You all right?" He checks in with a 7-year-old new to the K-8 Camden school who was bummed out to learn it had no soccer program, then stops by the cafeteria and talks with a boy sitting alone at lunch. Earlier in the day, he visited the home of a family who had just lost its patriarch to a car accident, and then went to help a father translate court documents into Spanish.
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
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Camden's final play of the first half summed up everything that preceded it. A ball floated so perfectly to the back of the end zone, over the shoulder of a defender in tight coverage and straight down, that the play seemed almost impossible even to the receiver who caught it. "I was going to stop and try to outjump him," JaMir Washington said. "But when I saw the throw, I saw that I could keep running, and I did. " The 25-yard touchdown throw by Khalil Williams put Camden up by three scores after a near-flawless first half.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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October 24, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eufracia Mora and her husband run a commercial and residential painting business, and often have to drive from two to three hours for a job. The parents of two small children ride the whole way unlicensed and on edge. "I'm always nervous every time I get in the car," Mora said, "Every day I drive for work, or I drive the kids to school, I'm worried I'll see a police car. " Mora is undocumented and cannot legally obtain a driver's license. She joined nearly 300 people Wednesday night for a forum on immigration issues largely focused on whether driver's licenses for undocumented residents will be allowed in New Jersey.
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October 22, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's the value of a high school education? Recent U.S. Census data says it's worth at least $10,386 - the difference between the average income of high school graduates and the income earned by dropouts. Seeking to help county residents earn high school diplomas - and potentially more money - the Camden County Library System has enlisted in a New Jersey State Library-aided program that offers a second chance to dropouts. The Career Online High School (COHS) program, which has brought a slew of new laptops to the county library system, can accommodate up to 35 county library card holders who are at least 19 years and have completed their freshman year of high school before dropping out. First to enroll in the program was Nancy Torres, 29, of Camden.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Republican Camden County freeholder candidates Kimone Smith and Teddy Liddell are running a shoestring, shoe-leather campaign. They're knocking on doors and shaking hands in hopes of serving on a board that has been GOP-free for 21 years - in a county government where the last elected Republican left office in 1996. And they're campaigning in a county of 228 square miles and half a million people where their party is locally competitive in just a handful of municipalities. "Yes, you can call me something of an idealist," Smith, 25, a fitness trainer who lives in Camden's Parkside section, says with a smile.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Camden's final play of the first half summed up everything that preceded it. A ball floated so perfectly to the back of the end zone, over the shoulder of a defender in tight coverage and straight down, that the play seemed almost impossible even to the receiver who caught it. "I was going to stop and try to outjump him," JaMir Washington said. "But when I saw the throw, I saw that I could keep running, and I did. " The 25-yard touchdown throw by Khalil Williams put Camden up by three scores after a near-flawless first half.
NEWS
October 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden officials hired two partners this week to help orchestrate the demolition of nearly 600 houses in the city, as some residents expressed concern over the number of empty lots that will result from the initiative. Camden will partner with the Cooper's Ferry Partnership and the Camden County Improvement Authority to organize and expedite the demolition of the houses in the next two years. City Council voted this week to pay the authority $250,000 to oversee all demolition contracts.
SPORTS
October 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vinny Papale gets excited when he thinks about a couple of the football games in his future. But he's trying to stay focused on the present. "My mind is on Bishop Eustace right now," said Papale, a senior all-purpose standout for the undefeated Crusaders. "That's my main focus, our season. " Papale received some big news this week when he learned he had been selected to the U.S. under-19 national team. He will represent his country in the International Bowl against Team Canada on Feb. 7 in Arlington, Texas.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the year since Camden's Pathmark supermarket closed, leaving cashier Eunice Miller without a job, she has struggled financially, and has missed working at what she calls a central gathering place for the region. "I'm so glad to be back," Miller, 52, of Woodlynne, said Wednesday at the grand opening of a PriceRite store as she greeted shoppers with a complimentary goody bag and a warm smile. Those shoppers, who now have a nearby, fair-priced, produce-lush supermarket to shop in, echoed her sentiment.
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of Camden high school seniors will have the opportunity to complete a medical apprenticeship and training program with the hope of landing jobs in the city's growing health-care field. Ten to 15 seniors will be selected in December to participate in a paid apprenticeship at an area health-care organization and then go on to a training program to get officially certified as a medical assistant. The program is the first launched by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board of governors, created in April.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Within a two-block stretch of Sheridan Street in Camden, 13 homes have boarded-up windows and bright-orange Department of Public Works stickers marking them for a demolition day that has yet to come. "I face four of them," said Valerie Roberts, 26, who grew up in the neighborhood and now lives on the 1200 block. "I would love to see them come down. They've been like that 15, 20 years, though. " For decades, Camden's 77,250 residents have lived among vacant dwellings, which drive down property values, harbor crime, and create upkeep nightmares for residents whose homes are attached to crumbling structures.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"RACE RECORDS. " Today, the term sounds prejudiced - evil in a not-quaint, old-fashioned way. But with "Hand Me Down the Silver Trumpet," a musical world premiering at Rutgers University Camden this week, race records are being remembered and evoked anew as a great breakthrough for and celebration of African-American culture. "That's what this ragtime, blues and gospel music represented in the 1920s and '30s, when it was first being recorded and released," said Rutgers professor and show author Kenneth Elliott.
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