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February 18, 1990 | By Rich Heidorn Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer Staff writer Patrisia Gonzales contributed to this article
Camden Mayor Aaron Thompson ended weeks of speculation yesterday by announcing the firing of City Attorney Patricia Thornton Darden, whom he said was not a "team player. " Thompson said he would replace Darden with Karen Taylor-Lewis, 32, of Voorhees, in order to "improve relations with City Council and department directors and to provide stronger leadership in the city's law department. " Taylor-Lewis, a graduate of Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is an associate at the Philadelphia firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, where she specializes in real estate development.
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November 21, 1995 | By Mark Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Would Christopher Darden again risk placing too-small gloves on the hands of the world's most famous murder defendant? Would he place so much faith in testimony from the Los Angeles Police Department, skewered and scorched in public as the world tuned in on the so- called Trial of the Century? And just what did he and fellow prosecutor Marcia Clark really talk about in those head-to-head sessions? Those questions will have to wait for Darden's book, due out next year.
NEWS
March 19, 1995 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Former Councilman Stanley Darden has lost his latest clash with the borough's Police Department. The boisterous Democrat turned Republican, who once represented the Third Ward, came up short last week with a U.S. District Court jury that was hearing his suit against Police Officer William Tims. Darden had contended that his civil rights were violated when he was pulled over by Tims at 4:30 a.m. March 27, 1993, in an area known for drug activity. But the jury, after deliberating a little more than half an hour, threw out Darden's suit, including his demand for more than $100,000 in damages.
NEWS
February 21, 1990 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden City Attorney Patricia Thornton Darden asserted yesterday that her dismissal had been engineered by Camden County Democratic Chairman George E. Norcross 3d, and she pledged to go to court to get her job back. During a rally in City Council chambers attended by about 60 supporters, Darden said that Norcross last year threatened to withhold future campaign money from two City Council members if they did not back her removal. One of those city councilmen, Darden said, was Aaron A. Thompson, now interim mayor, who on Friday fired the oft combative and controversial Darden and named Karen Taylor-Lewis to replace her. "I will not run away from this battle," Darden told her supporters as they waved placards charging that Norcross was imposing a system of apartheid on the city.
NEWS
February 3, 1989 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden Mayor Randy Primas apprehended at gunpoint a handcuffed prisoner fleeing Camden police early yesterday after he kicked down the mayor's third- floor rooftop door and leaped into the mayor's home. The mayor and his family were not harmed, and no shots were fired, authorities said yesterday. City Attorney Patricia Thornton Darden said the mayor has a registered gun and has been trained in its use. She said Primas was forced to show the intruder that "he was prepared to protect his life and the life of his family.
NEWS
September 16, 1988 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden City officials have requested a meeting Monday to settle a discrimination suit that has frozen police promotions since January. Leaders and members of the Brotherhood for Unity and Progress (BUP), a fraternal order of minority police that sued the city in October over promotional practices, said they believe the membership would approve a reasonable offer. Camden City Attorney Patricia Thornton Darden yesterday sent a letter requesting the meeting at the Harbour League Club with BUP leaders and the Coalition of Concerned Police Officers, a group of mostly white officers that joined as a defendant in the case.
NEWS
July 10, 1987 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
A storm between Camden City Attorney Patricia Darden and city Tax Collector Anthony Lingo has stirred over the last 12 days, since Lingo twice locked two of Darden's staff members out of the Tax Collector's Office, where they occupy working space. Darden said Lingo's actions were in response to a memo she wrote to Mayor Randy Primas on June 26 regarding a city property on Mechanic Street where the Club Elite bar has been operating. According to Darden's memo, the property was foreclosed upon in 1984 for $20,000 in back taxes, but Lingo never put the property up for bid at public auction, as the law required.
NEWS
September 9, 1996 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An attorney for four employees at Campbell Soup world headquarters in Camden alleged yesterday that they were terminated and suspended Friday after discussing and compiling lists of workers laid off last week. In a three-page letter mailed yesterday to Campbell Soup and Guardsmark Security, Patricia A. Darden accused the two companies of wrongful termination and discrimination. She said the four employees were accused of "breaching security" and "disseminating confidential information, misconduct and dishonesty.
NEWS
April 25, 1993 | By Gail Gibson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The borough's Code Enforcement Office has announced plans to hire an extra employee and demand more from those it already has to pursue efforts to get property owners to spruce up their homes. That move may help ease concerns raised repeatedly by Borough Council about the need to make Norristown look better. Questions arose again during last Tuesday's council meeting when Third District Councilman Stanley Darden asked what could be done about houses that are not maintained.
NEWS
May 11, 1990 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Camden City Attorney Patricia Thornton Darden last night blasted the city's $450,000 out-of-court settlement with a towing company, saying that the city could have won the suit and that the settlement was the price for ousting her without providing a transition period. Darden, during a brief shouting exchange with City Council President Gwendolyn Faison at Council's regular meeting, said the case against Robert Casey and his junkyard, Casey Auto Parts Inc., could have been won because a Camden County Superior Court judge had ruled that Casey had blatantly violated a city towing contract, including stripping cars, keeping poor inventory and piling cars on top of one another.
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June 30, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
Cheryl Bembery Darden, 69, a former social worker in the Philadelphia court system who devoted her career to helping children, died Thursday, June 9, in her home in Altadena, Calif., from complications of multiple myeloma, according to her family. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Bembery Darden spent her early career with the Common Plea Court Counseling and Referral Unit, working with children. She worked under Grace Nash, who had helped her and her sister find homes as teenagers after their grandmother could no longer care for them, said her sister, Sharon Bembery.
NEWS
April 20, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Paige Darden, 81, of West Mount Airy, a former math and science teacher and deacon, died Tuesday, April 15, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from multiple organ failure. Born in Atlantic City, Mr. Darden graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1950. In 1961, he earned his bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio, where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha. He earned his master's degree in education from Temple University in 1971. Mr. Darden served four years in the Air Force, beginning in 1952, during the Korean War. He was discharged as an airman first class.
SPORTS
November 5, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Ockimey ripped off his helmet as he raced from the corner of the end zone to the Bonner-Prendergast student section. He waved his hands above his head, urging the fans to believe, no matter what the scoreboard said, that this wasn't done yet. By the time Ockimey's interception sealed Bonner-Prendergast's improbable 41-38 victory at Cardinal O'Hara in the Catholic League Class AAA semifinals Sunday, the fans did not needed any prodding to leave...
NEWS
November 26, 2004 | By Frank Kummer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Thomas Darden and his Cherokee Investment Partners began scouting Camden for redevelopment projects, a landfill skirting the Delaware River caught their eye. Where others see man-made mountains of dirty diapers, frayed newspapers and construction debris, Darden and his firm see potential profit. In Camden, Cherokee has been chosen as developer of the $1.2 billion Cramer Hill project, a mix of 6,000 homes, 500,000 square feet of retail space, a marina and a golf course, which will be built on the 90-acre landfill.
NEWS
August 20, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Here are a few things being said about Norristown Council President Tony Darden: He is not following the rules of Norristown's new Home Rule Charter. He should resign because he really does not live in Norristown. The managers he helped pick to run the municipality of 31,200 residents were not been properly vetted before being hired. And that information is coming from Darden's political allies. The charter that voters passed in April gives Darden, a Democrat, the most powerful job in Norristown, at least on paper.
NEWS
September 25, 1997 | by Rick Eng, Daily News Staff Writer
Christopher Darden finally got his Marcia. No, the famed O.J. Simpson prosecutor didn't marry Marcia Clark, the former legal eagle partner he was romantically linked to during the "Trial of the Century. " The new Mrs. Christopher Darden is Marcia Carter, an executive with Rysher Entertainment. She hails from Vienna, Va., where the pair got hitched in an Aug. 31 ceremony. No immediate word on the who's who list at the wedding. Darden spokeswoman Claudio De Llano said yesterday the union was the first marriage for both.
NEWS
August 22, 1997 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Byko's birthday book FRIDAY: Former Eagles owner Norman Braman stays low at 65; Valley Forge Military Academy graduate Norman Schwarzkopf books 63; Pennsylvania Ballet co-dancer Edward Cieslak pirouettes 23. SATURDAY: Pennsylvania Ballet co-dancer Cara Oculato toes 23. A DNA test has indicated with 99.76 certainty that a 3-month-old Los Angeles girl named Tiffany is Christopher Darden's, and that's fine by him. The former O.J. Simpson prosecutor...
LIVING
May 7, 1997 | By W. Speers This article contains material from the Associated Press, Reuters, New York Post, New York Daily News, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Star
Marcia Clark reveals in her book out Friday that she was raped at 17; she calls O.J. Simpson an "unregenerate low-life scum," Johnnie Cochran "a hypocritical, two-faced bastard," Robert Shapiro a "lightweight," and Lance Ito a "dunderhead"; and she never comes clean about her relationship with Chris Darden. In Without a Doubt, Clark says of talk of an affair between the two prosecutors: "The question is irrelevant. . . . Darden and I were closer than lovers, and unless you've been through what we've been through, you can't possibility know what that means.
NEWS
March 26, 1997 | By Claude Lewis
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham's been in the batter's box enough that she should to know when to let a pitch go by. Swing from the heels at every offering, and you might strike out. It's a lesson she should have applied when City Councilman Michael Nutter caught her off balance with a curve ball by asking her at a recent hearing why her office "ranks last" behind the Public Defender's Office and the City Solicitor's Office in...
NEWS
March 24, 1997 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham was being grilled about her budget at a recent City Council hearing when her minority-hiring record suddenly came under attack. Councilman Michael Nutter, who has clashed with the D.A. over the issue of racial bias in the justice system, asked Abraham why her office "ranks last" - behind the Philadelphia public defender and the City Solicitor's Office - in the percentage of minority lawyers. After pointing out that half the 40 lawyers she has hired since 1995 are minorities, Abraham said her efforts to further diversify the ranks of prosecutors have been hampered by what she called the "Darden Dilemma.
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