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September 20, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County Police, with an assist from the community, arrested two men in the rape and beating of a 54-year-old homeless Camden woman. Miguel Nunez, 36, and Quameer Hence, 23, were arrested and charged Thursday with aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, and robbery. Nunez was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a weapon for using a brick against the woman. The victim, identified in some news media reports but not named by authorities, is recovering at Cooper University Hospital, but was able to talk to investigators, police Capt.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claiming that the company managing Camden County College's facilities maintenance and custodial care has failed to do its job, representatives from the faculty and staff union asked the county freeholders Thursday to rehire employees who were laid off. "The place is filthy, there are so many bad things that are going to happen," said Dawn Gaff Merlino, who was laid off from her custodial job. The first speaker during the public-comment session of...
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 83 years repairing shoes, since he was recruited off a Camden sidewalk at age 11, James Spinelli, 94, is retiring this month and closing Quaker Shoe Repair in Haddonfield. Only he's not sure he can stay retired. He believed all these decades that he was living a useful life, saving soles, but little noticed by the world. He is a shoe man who kept to his shop, literally living upstairs. But the outpouring of love from customers since he announced his retirement has been so surprising to him, so gratifying, that he's not certain he can walk away.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
James J. Florio was a 31-year-old lawyer who had just passed the bar exam when he went to see Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speak in Camden as part of his campaign for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination. RFK spoke to a largely African American crowd of more than 10,000 people in the city's packed Convention Hall, since destroyed by fire. "He was serene, almost religious, in the way he talked about equity and social justice," the former Democratic governor said Wednesday, recalling the speech.
SPORTS
September 19, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
It's easy to see why they call him Lieutenant Larry. He doesn't pace the sidelines as much as he prowls. Arms folded. Whistle hanging from his neck. Eyes locked on the field in front of him. Every so often, he barks something that rattles both sidelines. His tone is raspy, succinct. At 66 years old, he is a man of few words when he's coaching. But he makes each word count - even though, to the ears of his high school players, many of those words might sound like they were plucked from a time capsule.
SPORTS
September 18, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
David Goree made dozens of big plays in the passing game for one of the most exciting teams in Woodrow Wilson football history. Now, the former star quarterback is better at handoffs. Goree is about to surrender his longtime status as the city of Camden's all-time leader in career touchdown passes to current Camden High quarterback Khalil Williams, who is a remarkably similar athlete in terms of size, surprising arm strength, and style of play. Goree has passed along something else, as well.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
ISSUE | SMOKING Expand N.J. ban Congratulations to CVS for its decision to stop selling tobacco products. And shame, shame on Gov. Christie for his recent veto of a smoking ban in public parks and beaches, especially after New Jersey lawmakers approved the bill. His disregard for our representatives in Trenton and the health and future of New Jerseyans should be remembered. |Mary T Gramkowski, Haddonfield ISSUE | CONCERTS Share those vibes Sarcasm aside, it's a great suggestion from a recent letter writer that Made in America concerts take place in a different neighborhood.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial opened today in the case of Ronald Galati, a South Philadelphia auto shop owner and alleged mob hanger-on charged with orchestrating a hit on his daughter's boyfriend. Galati, 64, faces 15 years in prison if convicted of the attempted murder and conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court in Camden. Andrew Tuono was shot three times in Atlantic City in November, 2013, as his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Galati, stood by his side, but survived the attack. In his opening remarks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Richardson called it a "simple case.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background, Holtec International's chief executive, Krishna P. Singh, in July faced the news media, Gov. Christie at his side, and talked about plans to build a $260 million factory on Camden's waterfront, bringing, eventually, 3,000 jobs to the impoverished city. Maybe, someday, Camden would be the place where newly designed small nuclear reactors would revitalize the nuclear power industry. "We look at this as our social responsibility," Singh, 67, told reporters as officials described how New Jersey would provide $260 million in tax incentives and Singh would guarantee 400 jobs.
NEWS
September 16, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
  The blogger Brian K. Everett posted this image of himself documenting open sidewalks at Radio Lofts in Camden, nearly two weeks after a city inspection concluded the site should be fenced off to protect public safety. Four weeks after the Camden blogger questioned the stability of a vacant downtown building - and a day after he posted two-week-old municipal inspection documents urging immediate action - the city is finally moving to secure the structure. "If sounding a little alarmist is what it took to make sure people aren't killed by falling objects, so be it," said Everett, whose NJ Poverty Reality blog suggested the Cooper Street landmark may be in danger of collapse, or could be demolished.
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