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June 8, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Since the Salvation Army began serving on Camden's front lines in 1880, perhaps 100 commanding officers have headed the city corps. But the arrival of Majors Terry and Susan Wood and the departure of Majors Paul and Alma Cain is big news for the city and region. The reason is the $90 million, 120,000-square-foot Camden Kroc Center, a magnificent complex of recreational, human service, and worship facilities that has attracted 7,000 members - and a visit from President Obama - since opening in October.
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June 5, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - Keisha Williams kept asking her coach. Her coach kept saying no. "She kept saying she wanted to hurdle and I kept saying she couldn't," Camden coach Avis Satterfield. A little more than a year ago, Williams ran her first hurdles race. On Wednesday night, Williams proved to be the fastest hurdler in the state. The Camden senior won the high hurdles at the Meet of Champions in a blazing time of 14.44 seconds, setting a personal record and "shocking" herself and many observers.
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June 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Camden Municipal Court's chief judge, Steven P. Burkett sought to balance empathy and forgiveness - values he held as a devout member of Cherry Hill's Congregation M'kor Shalom - with meting out punishment to domestic abusers and drunken drivers. In court, friends and family said, he tried to teach life lessons to such defendants, even while handing down punishment. "He felt he needed to make a connection," said Judge Burkett's older brother, Bob. The absence of Judge Burkett in the courtroom this week, following his sudden death Sunday, had those who knew him remembering his careful approach, as well as the decade he spent working to make the court more efficient.
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June 4, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Federal authorities have charged 37 people - including 14 from Philadelphia and three from South Jersey - in a drug-trafficking enterprise that smuggled more than a ton of heroin from Mexico, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. An indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges that the defendants, led by brothers Antonio and Ismael Laredo of Cuernavaca, Mexico, hid heroin in car batteries, bumpers, and sealed fruit and vegetable cans. The Laredos' organization supplied distributors in Philadelphia, Camden, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.
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June 1, 2015 | BY GRACE DICKINSON, For the Daily News
YOU CAN ALMOST feel it – the sun beating down onto your summer hat, the fluorescent band strapped across your wrist, perhaps even the grass beneath your feet as you wait to start grooving to your favorite tunes. Philadelphia's peak music season has arrived. Every month this summer brings an opportunity to catch an outdoor festival, and there are plenty of solid indoor options, too. Some highlights: Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, June 10 . While blatantly different in terms of their musical styles, these two do share the experience of having produced multiplatinum albums.
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May 31, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under a clear blue sky Friday, fourth-grader fingers busily dug in the sun-warmed earth outside the Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School in Camden's Rosedale section. Their mission: Planting a butterfly garden in honor of their school's founders, the late Lewis Katz and Marcy Dalsey. Sabiel Gomez, 9, one of the planters, deemed the project fitting. "I thought it would be kind of nice for them, because they built our amazing school," Gomez said. If Katz and Dalsey were listening, they'd be smiling.
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May 29, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsauken Township's Police Department will not be replaced with a Camden County-run force, the township's public safety director said Wednesday, ending weeks of uncertainty among officers and other residents about the future of policing there. "We have unanimously decided that Pennsauken police stays right where they are," Public Safety Director John Kneib said at a Township Committee meeting, where a crowd of more than 150 people - mostly officers and their families - erupted into applause and cheers, with some yelling, "Thank you!"
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May 27, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Camden County seeks to expand its police force beyond the city of Camden, the only place it patrols now, a hurdle has emerged: Most of the county's 36 other municipalities want no part of it. Officials in those towns say replacing their police departments with one run by the county would erase their identity and the relationships between officers and residents. They also fear the county would send more officers into Camden, one of the nation's most dangerous cities, than into their towns.
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May 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last year, as companies announced plans to move to Camden with help from state tax incentives, a group of local business owners started talking about how they could get in on the action. Several of the corporations poised to relocate to the city in the future, including Subaru of America and Holtec International, will build new facilities there. The area's contractors and suppliers saw an opportunity for themselves, said Jim Bannon, general manager of Stelwagon Roofing Supply, which sells roofing materials and has locations in the city's Bergen Square neighborhood and Philadelphia.
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May 24, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Coaching high school football is a year-round endeavor, but usually the spring is a time for coaches to take a little bit of a breather. Try telling that to Dwayne Savage, the head football coach at Camden. This spring, Savage has been busier than ever, and he's not complaining. After high school seniors sign letters of intent during the first week in February, college recruiters relentlessly pursue the next class. So during the spring, college coaches often come to high schools, meet with the coaches, watch film of the prospects and get as much information as possible about the players they are recruiting.
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