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June 28, 2011 | By Darran Simon and Joshua Adam Hicks, Inquirer Staff Writers
He had been playing basketball in East Camden and was walking home Monday afternoon when the bullets started flying. Jorge Cartagena, a fourth grader, was struck in the eye, collapsed to the ground, and immediately called out for his mother. "Where is my son? Where is my son?" screamed his mother, Isabel, after learning from a neighbor of the 9-year-old's shooting. She rushed from her home on Marlton Avenue toward the shooting scene. She cradled him in her lap and told him "to be strong.
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May 20, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connie Williams, 72, a community activist who worked with children and police to keep her East Camden neighborhood safe, died early Saturday, May 18, of lung cancer. Ms. Williams ran after-school and summer crime-prevention programs in an effort to keep children active and away from drugs. For the last decade, she had been president of the East Side Civic Association in Camden. "It's a sad day for the city," Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said. "Miss Connie was a mother hen to the children of East Camden.
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June 30, 2011 | By Darran Simon and Joshua Adam Hicks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Greg Rawls was asleep on the floor of a friend's home early Wednesday when a loud banging broke the silence. His girlfriend, who had been lying next to him, opened the door, and members of the U.S. Marshals New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force poured in. Roughly 36 hours after authorities say Rawls opened fire on an East Camden corner, missing his target but sending a bullet into 9-year-old Jorge Cartagena's temple - a wound doctors say...
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May 16, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden, ranked for long among the most violence-plagued cities in the country, is now a "national model" of policing, the city's mayor said Thursday as President Obama announced that he will visit next week to see for himself. The work of a county-run police force that took over patrolling in Camden two years ago has been hailed from City Hall to the governor's mansion. Gov. Christie and local officials have highlighted drops in various crime categories, including homicides, since the advent of the new force, attributing the progress to having more officers on the beat, new crime-fighting technologies, and greater community outreach.
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May 14, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden teachers on Tuesday decried the school district's latest round of layoffs, saying the city's students will suffer from the loss of more educators in schools that already are stretched thin. "I just don't understand how we are going to meet the needs of our student population," said Karen Borrelli Luke, a health and physical education teacher who is not facing a layoff. She was among those at the advisory school board's meeting Tuesday in East Camden who spoke to the board. "These layoffs impact all of us. " The state-run district is laying off 31 teachers, 46 student services staffers, and 12 members of the central office staff for budgetary reasons.
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February 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in East Camden, Virginia Matias wasn't allowed to ride her new bike around the block, or walk to the corner store. Her mother was robbed at gunpoint when Matias was in kindergarten, and when Matias was 17, her uncle was shot dead as he manned the cash register in his bodega. Matias, now a 28-year-old Camden County police officer, doesn't think about any of that when she walks the streets of North Camden. She thinks about the children she sees coming out to play and the business owners who know her name and face, or how she can gain the trust of the city's most cynical residents.
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March 7, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Agnes Klein Lieberman, 83, a Holocaust survivor who operated the Cherry Hill Kosher Market for 30 years, died of heart failure Tuesday, March 1, at her daughter's home in Vineland, N.J. Mrs. Lieberman, her parents, and three siblings were taken from their home in Hungary by German soldiers during World War II. In 1990, she shared with an Inquirer reporter the terror and anguish she felt when her mother and father were taken to their death. She recalled spending time at concentration camps, including Auschwitz, where she witnessed unthinkable events as a teenager.
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October 10, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Msgr. Robert McDermott grew up on the 2900 block of Carman Street in the thriving East Camden of the 1940s and '50s, when family, faith, and community were a seamless whole. So when "Father Bob" returned to East Camden as pastor of St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish in 1985, he brought along the lessons he learned on Carman Street, where people kept tabs on each other's kids and nearby Dudley Grange Park was for athletes, not drug dealers. In 1985, "the conditions of life were terrible" for many East Camden families, says McDermott, 73, who retired last week.
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July 28, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the drive into East Camden after work, Sean Mancini says, he is a popular mark for the neighborhood's drug dealers. But the 20-year-old from Cinnaminson waves them off, instead heading for Stockton Station Park, where crowds of fellow skateboarders gather on summer afternoons to launch themselves off ramps and execute exotically named spins and grabs. Adjacent to what only a decade ago was one of Camden's most violence-plagued housing projects are scenes familiar to skate spots the world over - the hollow rattle of polyurethane on metal and a shirtless skateboarder picking himself up off the concrete.
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August 14, 2012
A 52-year-old man was shot and killed while walking from an East Camden 7-Eleven with his wife around 10:15 p.m. Sunday. James Glover, who lived near the Federal Street store, was struck by a bullet that went through his arm and into his chest. He was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital. It was the second homicide of the day in the neighborhood. Garland Banks, 25, also of East Camden, was shot multiple times Sunday morning while in the entrance to the Wash Clean Laundromat on 27th Street.
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May 16, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer and Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden, ranked for long among the most violence-plagued cities in the country, is now a "national model" of policing, the city's mayor said Thursday as President Obama announced that he will visit next week to see for himself. The work of a county-run police force that took over patrolling in Camden two years ago has been hailed from City Hall to the governor's mansion. Gov. Christie and local officials have highlighted drops in various crime categories, including homicides, since the advent of the new force, attributing the progress to having more officers on the beat, new crime-fighting technologies, and greater community outreach.
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May 14, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden teachers on Tuesday decried the school district's latest round of layoffs, saying the city's students will suffer from the loss of more educators in schools that already are stretched thin. "I just don't understand how we are going to meet the needs of our student population," said Karen Borrelli Luke, a health and physical education teacher who is not facing a layoff. She was among those at the advisory school board's meeting Tuesday in East Camden who spoke to the board. "These layoffs impact all of us. " The state-run district is laying off 31 teachers, 46 student services staffers, and 12 members of the central office staff for budgetary reasons.
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May 4, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Preston Brown packed up a teenager's future this week. He gathered up the recruiting letters for one of Woodrow Wilson High School's most promising football players and delivered them to the family, along with his condolences. Brown said Ja'Meer Bullard was a "special talent" on the football field. But that's hardly the only reason why Brown has been so devastated by Bullard's death - so haunted by the eerie familiarity of the violence, so shocked by the harsh reality of another young life lost on Camden's streets.
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April 29, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The shrill blast of a lifeguard's whistle transports me from the Kroc Center in Camden back to a childhood swimming spot in Western Massachusetts. But the nostalgia must wait, because I've come to the Kroc's water park to watch a group of Camden students take an introductory swim lesson. And their bus just pulled up outside. "A lot of kids in this area don't have access" to lessons, aquatics supervisor Jim Warner says, standing in the lobby as 20 Davis School first graders arrive.
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March 27, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
When the Camden Supper Club convenes, optimism is on the menu. The informal monthly dinner is a chance for young city residents, students, entrepreneurs, and others to break bread together - and enjoy a night out in a town they believe is on the rise. "This is amazing," Web designer Joseph Russell, 30, says, sampling stewed oxtail over rice Tuesday at the Reggae Grill on the 2100 block of Federal Street, where 15 people are sharing the table. Like Russell, a Collingswood resident, some live outside the city.
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March 17, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard's first 18 months at the helm of Camden's state-run school district, his administration restarted the Safe Corridors program to help kids walk to school, added teacher-support systems such as one-on-one coaching, ushered in new technology, and increased pre-K enrollment to 96 percent. Rouhanifard has often said the greatest challenges lie ahead: improving school curriculum, test scores, and graduation rates and better preparing the city's students for jobs and higher education.
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February 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in East Camden, Virginia Matias wasn't allowed to ride her new bike around the block, or walk to the corner store. Her mother was robbed at gunpoint when Matias was in kindergarten, and when Matias was 17, her uncle was shot dead as he manned the cash register in his bodega. Matias, now a 28-year-old Camden County police officer, doesn't think about any of that when she walks the streets of North Camden. She thinks about the children she sees coming out to play and the business owners who know her name and face, or how she can gain the trust of the city's most cynical residents.
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February 4, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The Hummer got Da'Quan Johnson's attention. So did the good job, nice home, and loving family of his mentor, Tyrone Baker Jr. "I never really had anybody to guide me," says Johnson, who was a troubled East Camden middle school student when Baker took him under his wing in 2008. Seven years later, Johnson - having graduated last spring from Camden County Technical School - is studying criminal justice at the Camden campus of Camden County College, where he earned a 3.0 his first semester.
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January 17, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bell buzzes, and a correctional officer unlocks the towering blue door into the Camden County Jail. A metal detector greets visitors. Cellphones stay at the front desk, coats on a nearby hanger. Two doors operated from a control room grudgingly slide open, leading to an elevator. It has only a few buttons - open door, close door, stop - no floor options. It, too, is operated from afar. The elevator opens on the seventh floor. To the right, past a green cage door, is the gym. On Thursday morning, at least, the room offered inmates a brief change of scene from the jail drab.
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January 5, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cary Soldevila was driving to a Walmart store to grab pineapples for the holiday ham and shrimp for the seafood salad - both her son's favorites - when she detoured onto Cove Road in Pennsauken. It was about 10 a.m. Christmas Eve, and Soldevila wanted to see her son, Ernesto Torres. It had been eight months since Torres, 22, had been shot to death in Camden during a fight over a girl, and this dreary morning - the start of the first Christmas without him - was especially hard on Soldevila.
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