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March 15, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The rationale for body cameras for police seems simple: A recording holds officers and residents more accountable. But then come the complicated parts: The cost of each camera and of storing footage. Who has access to it. And when officers should, and should not, record. That's why the Camden County Police Department - which is paying $391,145 to purchase 325 body cameras and the software to operate and store footage - is seeking input from residents as it finalizes a policy on how to use the cameras.
SPORTS
March 13, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Late nights are the worst. Myles Thompson almost always is hungry. He almost always feels the urge to raid the refrigerator or maybe make a run to a local fast-food joint. "It's tough," Thompson said, his signature smile lighting up the court after another Camden playoff win. "I love to eat. " Thompson's emergence as a dominating inside force has been one of the keys to Camden's drive to another appearance in the state championship game. The 6-foot-5 sophomore has scored 21, 18, 17, 18, and 20 points, respectively, in Camden's five tournament victories.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Boys' Basketball State Finals Sunday, at Rutgers University   Group 4   Atlantic City (26-4) vs. Linden (22-5), noon. Atlantic City's road to the final: Beat Williamstown, 56-37; Cherry Hill West, 44-40; Washington Township, 49-47; Cherokee, 51-40; Colts Neck, 55-50. Linden's road to the finals: Beat J.P. Stevens, 67-41; Union, 64-32; East Orange, 67-35; Newark East Side, 62-59; Hackensack, 69-56. Previous state titles: Atlantic City, three (2005, 2012, 2013)
SPORTS
March 11, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. - Brad Hawkins sent the text to his coach on the worst night of Camden's season, hours after a Feb. 23 loss to Cherry Hill East. "I will try my hardest to get you a state championship," Hawkins wrote to coach John Valore. "If we do lose I will lose knowing I went 100%. You got my word. I promise. " Hawkins is one of the best multisport athletes in Camden history, a ferocious competitor who has made his mark on the football field as well as the basketball court. He also is man of his word.
NEWS
March 11, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a group devoted to studying the city's health-care needs, is taking its mission national. Organizers are establishing a center devoted to finding solutions for treating the nation's high-cost patients, the coalition announced this week. Jeffrey C. Brenner, director of Cooper University's Institute of Urban Health and the Camden physician who founded the coalition, said the center would be the first such organization in the country. "I think this is part of Camden's recovery, for the city to be on the map for something so positive," he said.
SPORTS
March 9, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Because it's located on a rise above Farnham Park, Camden High School has always been known as "The Castle on the Hill. " On Monday night, Corey Greer took a big step toward becoming the prince of his new city. The sophomore who transferred to Camden after spending his freshman year at Middle Township looked right at home in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game before a capacity crowd in Clarence Turner Gymnasium. The 6-foot-1 Greer scored 27 points and played a nearly flawless floor game in Camden's 82-54 victory over Medford Tech.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
When Donald Trump retweeted a quotation attributed to him but actually uttered by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini - "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep" - it was a victory for Gawker, which had set up the automated Twitter account to poke fun at the Republican front-runner. It was also perfect fodder for a new digital politics program at Rutgers-Camden, which melds political science with digital studies. "The digital is not incidental to the conversation; it is core to the conversation," said Jim Brown, the English professor who heads the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The dots and lines on the printout resemble a family tree. But this one signifies a gang, with detectives trying to weave the connections among its members. Typically, it could take months, even years, to capture the full picture of a criminal organization. Even just examining one person's connections can take hours. Now, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office is trying to speed up that process. Through training provided by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., the prosecutor's office is learning new ways to more quickly identify relationships, pulling information from multiple databases and records systems.
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Francis House opened at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden in 1996, only one of its expected guests showed up. But during its peak years, 2005 to 2012, 60 people who were infected with HIV and AIDS, or their friends and family, would show up for meals and fellowship three days a week in the Francis House portion of the former parish convent. Susan Piliro was its director for 19 years, and, she said in a phone interview, "for 18 of those years Donna stood right beside me. " Donna Lindsay Civa was the volunteer partner in the two-woman team, Piliro said, because "she wanted to be around these people and make them happy.
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