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June 13, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
East Camden Middle School student Vaughn Williams took an idea - about a place both physical and spiritual - and ran with it. Halfway across the country. In Denver on May 9, Williams, assisted by eighth-grade classmate Fredrick Henderson, addressed about 150 people during a national Youth Development Institute conference. Their presentation featured video, a logo (an empty cube), and audience participation. It centered on a notion called "The Third Space," where one can find solitude or community, stress reduction, or strength of purpose.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
Americans love to root for the underdog. So it's hard to get angry at Camden for enticing the Philadelphia 76ers into building a new state-of-the-art practice facility in South Jersey. After all, few U.S. cities fit the underdog description as well as Camden. The epitome of urban malfunction has poverty, literacy, and crime rates that make it less than an afterthought when developers consider potential sites. Mimicking the economic policies of poor Southern states and third-world countries, the destitute town typically sweetens the pot to lure development.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ON AN ICY Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to secure America's independence and to fight unfair taxation. Yesterday, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil flexed the franchise's freedom to find tax breaks, announcing that the team and its employees will cross the river to the Camden waterfront to open a new headquarters and a state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot practice center by June 2016, thanks to $82 million in tax credits approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014
THE 76ERS seek an $82 million grant over 10 years from the state of New Jersey to help build their state-of-the-art facility in Camden, according to the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's agenda released ahead of today's meeting. The grant, valued per year at $8,204,050, is part of the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, according to the agenda. The program provides tax credits to businesses that are creating or retaining jobs in certain areas of the state. The EDA's meeting is set for 10 a.m. today at the Waterfront Technology Center in Camden.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie returned to Camden on Monday, one week after applauding the new department policing the city, to tout the work of its school superintendent 10 months into the state takeover of the district. Christie spent most of the day with Camden children, beginning with a morning chat with first graders at Ulysses S. Wiggins Elementary School (no hardball questions but lots of adorable photo opportunities) and ending with a game of catch with Little Leaguers at North Camden's Pyne Poynt Park (some hardballs, more cute photos)
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man whose skeletal remains were found in a red trash can off I-676 in Camden in December was killed after he allegedly stole $2,000 worth of drugs from a Camden drug set he was part of, according to a probable cause affidavit read in court Monday. The family of Adrian Rivera, 23, of Camden, cried as Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John described what he called the "utter disrespect" given to Rivera's remains. Lashaun Brown-Bunch, 21, of Camden, was arrested Friday in connection with Rivera's slaying and charged with murder.
NEWS
June 9, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
He has shown up to call for better schools and safer streets, to sign laws and promote projects favored by a political ally - and even to milk media attention with Shaq. Gov. Christie is no stranger to Camden, a city perpetually ranked among the poorest and most dangerous in the United States. By his office's count, Christie has held at least 20 public events in Camden since taking office - including last week, when the Republican governor heralded the new county-run police force and praised the city's Democratic mayor, Dana L. Redd.
NEWS
June 9, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last week, police touted large declines in crimes in Camden from last year, with Gov. Christie on Tuesday calling the numbers "incredibly positive results. " But the numbers showed a puzzling surge in one category - simple assaults. The number of simple-assault victims in Camden jumped from 373 to 512 - 37 percent - in the first three months of this year from the same period last year even as aggravated assaults fell sharply. The increase is the highest among large cities in New Jersey.
SPORTS
June 8, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE 76ERS are moving to New Jersey. But relax, Philadelphia fans, it's only for practice. Practice, man. Practice. After months of speculation of where the team would build its much-anticipated facility, CEO Scott O'Neil released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has "officially filed an application for a site along the New Jersey waterfront in Camden. We understand the New Jersey Economic Development Authority will be voting on an incentive for a possible facility on the waterfront at their upcoming meeting.
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