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November 21, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
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August 18, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
According to Camden police, Delores Bennett is in the real estate business - the only problem is that she may be selling property she does not own and bilking unsuspecting home buyers. Police said yesterday that they had obtained arrest warrants for Bennett, 49, of the 3300 block of Mitchell Street in Camden, charging her with theft by deception in the sale of vacant Camden houses to two Camden residents. One of the properties - in the 1200 block of DuPont Street - is actually owned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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July 20, 1993 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Republican mayoral candidate Keith A. Walker said yesterday that he had no intention of withdrawing from the race, despite reports questioning his Camden residency. Walker was supported at yesterday's news conference, in the lobby of Camden City Hall, by members of the city and county Republican committees. "We do not intend to back away from Keith Walker," said Roy Jones, chairman of the city's Republican Party. "We're 100 percent in his corner. Camden deserves a candidate of his caliber.
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June 25, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The red bricks are laid out carefully on the corner of East State Street and Harrison Avenue, the black engravings on them reminders of lives lost in Camden. "May the angels watch over you," one brick reads. On it and others are the names and ages of Camden's homicide victims and others who died tragically in recent years. Here, their families find a place of solace. Bill Hargrove, 69, a longtime Camden resident and owner of W. Hargrove Demolition, started laying the bricks outside his company's building in 2007.
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April 9, 1996
Camden, one of America's five poorest cities, was largely ignored by the nation for about 20 years, until it was awarded a $21 million federal empowerment zone grant. It would be a colossal tragedy if the administration of Mayor Arnold Webster wastes this crucial opportunity to use these rare federal dollars to spur development and hope. And make no mistake: Mayor Webster, who has a habit of minimizing constructive criticism from both the state and federal governments, will be largely responsible if Camden squanders this chance.
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December 19, 1992 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tears streaming down her face in the cold night air, the 32-year-old mother told a crowd of close to 350 in Camden of the pain in her heart. "Hi, my name is Delores Gomez," said the woman as she huddled against the cold. "On Nov. 13, 1991, my son (Juan Carlos Ortero, 14) was shot to death . . . I don't know what to say. There is so much hurt. I just hope and dream that Camden can stop all the violence. " Gomez was one of the hundreds of candle-carrying residents who converged on Camden City Hall from four city locations chanting "Peace on the Street.
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April 19, 1996 | By Marc Kaufman and Herbert Lowe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia empowerment-zone officials have offered to send one of their top people to help, and perhaps run, the Camden zone. It's an offer the struggling Camden zone may be unable to refuse. Philadelphia officials said the offer was made with the support of federal officials, who have voiced concern about the progress of the Camden part of the bi-state Empowerment Zone. The man offered to Camden is Pedro Rodriguez, who was instrumental in getting the Philadelphia zone off the ground last year.
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September 30, 1989 | By Dwight Ott, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the smell of barbecue wafted through downtown Camden, Pat Jones of Barrington bounced gently to the beat of a live jazz band as she waited in line for a chili dog. Amid the balloons, the patio umbrellas and the scores of vendors hawking foods, crafts and clothing, the scene at noontime yesterday was reminiscent of a sunny outing at Penn's Landing. Only this was in heart of downtown Camden between Federal Street and Mickle Boulevard, only a block from the Camden City Hall, where officials daily are working to revitalize a city that has been on the ropes for two decades.
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March 6, 2005 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ed Gramigna isn't sure he'll ever be able to repay the debt he feels he owes to his former high school football coach. But he keeps trying. Every year since 1991, Gramigna and others have held a St. Patrick's Day extravaganza in memory of Tom Kenney, Camden Catholic High School's legendary football coach. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Quality Inn Conference Center in Maple Shade, and, as always, the proceeds will provide scholarships to Holy Name School graduates attending Camden Catholic, where Kenney coached from 1946 to 1955, and where the gymnasium bears his name.
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July 14, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan came out swinging Friday at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, attacking his Democratic rival as a rubber stamp for "the failed policies" of President Obama and a champion of an unchecked welfare state. Standing in front of Camden City Hall, Lonegan decried the condition of Camden, referring to vacant buildings and a failing school system. Camden has "become reliant on subsidies on every level . . . just to survive," Lonegan said at a news conference.
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November 21, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
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October 6, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gone is the sprawling complex of buildings where the recording industry took root and made history in downtown Camden more than a century ago. The lone reminder of the city's crucial role in the early music business is the Victor apartment building with its iconic Nipper tower and stained-glass images of the dog listening to "his master's voice. " Phonograph recordings by the Victor Talking Machine Co. once captured the voice of opera singer Enrico Caruso and performances by classical musicians such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and orchestras conducted by Leopold Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini.
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June 25, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The red bricks are laid out carefully on the corner of East State Street and Harrison Avenue, the black engravings on them reminders of lives lost in Camden. "May the angels watch over you," one brick reads. On it and others are the names and ages of Camden's homicide victims and others who died tragically in recent years. Here, their families find a place of solace. Bill Hargrove, 69, a longtime Camden resident and owner of W. Hargrove Demolition, started laying the bricks outside his company's building in 2007.
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December 17, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Roosevelt Plaza in the shadow of Camden City Hall looked like a park one day last week. Wreaths were wrapped around lampposts. A man on his way to a barbershop took in the peaceful scene as he walked past empty benches and the fresh snow covering the grass. The vista was far different this time last year: As the city closed out its most violent year, the lawn was covered not with snow but with nearly 100 white crosses bearing the names and ages of victims from 2012 and earlier.
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July 14, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan came out swinging Friday at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, attacking his Democratic rival as a rubber stamp for "the failed policies" of President Obama and a champion of an unchecked welfare state. Standing in front of Camden City Hall, Lonegan decried the condition of Camden, referring to vacant buildings and a failing school system. Camden has "become reliant on subsidies on every level . . . just to survive," Lonegan said at a news conference.
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November 29, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, the names of 350 homicide victims in Camden and Philadelphia were read in the chronological order of their deaths this year over a loudspeaker between classes at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in North Philadelphia. It took most of the day. After school the next day, students at the Jesuit high school held a prayer service and erected hundreds of commemorative crosses on the lawn. And on Nov. 21, Our Lady of Good Counsel, a Roman Catholic church in Moorestown - where there have been four homicides in 40 years - planted 60 crosses on the church's lawn in memory of the victims in Camden, a city beset by violence.
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November 14, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The hand-painted crosses in front of Camden City Hall that for weeks have spurred sorrow and shame over the rising homicide toll will remain untouched despite concerns that they are unwittingly damaging the city's image. "The crosses will not be removed," City Council President Frank Moran said in an interview Monday. "Absolutely not. " Moran's remarks came as activists behind the field of crosses warned they would try to prevent their removal or would replant them if they were taken away.
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November 11, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden's 81-year-old City Hall is to be named after the late Melvin R. "Randy" Primas Jr., who was the impoverished city's first African American mayor, Camden County announced Friday. Primas, who also served as the city's chief operating officer during the state takeover of Camden, died March 1 at 62 in South Carolina. The county said in a statement that a dedication ceremony would be held at noon Tuesday. The neoclassical City Hall, which has a light-gray granite facade with a 370-foot clock tower rising from a massive base, opened in 1931.
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