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NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden officials on Wednesday launched ConnectHome, a federally funded program that will provide high-speed broadband service to low-income families and seek to improve computer literacy among residents. The kickoff event, in the city Housing Authority's community center on Boyd Street in East Camden, included demonstrations of new technology provided to the city as part of the program, like interactive kiosks where residents can search for and apply for jobs, and computer curriculum tailored to pre-K students.
SPORTS
September 20, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Preston Brown is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Woodrow Wilson. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Dom Tomeo is looking for his first victory as the head coach of his alma mater, Triton. His team is looking for its first touchdown of the season. Something has to give Saturday at noon as Triton (0-1) visits Woodrow Wilson (0-1) in a WJFL interdivisional clash on the Tigers' field off Federal Street in Camden. "We're trying to bring the excitement back to East Camden," said Brown, whose team lost to Bishop Eustace, 13-0, in its opener.
NEWS
September 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the Camden nonprofits he worked at for nearly a decade, Harold Miller moved the homeless to shelters and provided them with blankets and food, calling his job "my life's work. " But outside that work, federal authorities say, Miller had a nickname - "Killer Clown" - and another job: Selling drugs. Now, the advocate for the homeless, quoted in numerous news articles over the years, is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, and is held without bail at the federal detention center in Philadelphia.
NEWS
August 18, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
One in an occasional series. From the sidelines of the baseball game, 19-year-old coach Argenis Calderon yelled until his voice was hoarse. The North Camden Little League Yankees had awakened from a late-season slump, and now, in a battle for third place in the league playoffs, they finally looked like the team Calderon had been leading all summer. "That's it!" Calderon shouted to 13-year-old Jimmy Gonzalez as he made it to third base. "That's it! Stay there!" Gonzalez stayed, and his teammates' cheers echoed from the dugout.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscar Camacho Sr. points to the bullet holes in the tan siding of an East Camden home. He is standing a few feet from a collection of empty Corona bottles, a blue T-shirt that reads "Super Dad," and a picture of his son - who was the father of three young boys - on the sidewalk corner. "Bang," Camacho says, motioning toward one hole. He points toward at least four others, repeating it. "Bang, bang, bang. " This is where his 33-year-old son, Oscar Jr., was fatally shot by two Camden County police officers July 3. Authorities said Camacho Jr. aimed a weapon at them and was suicidal.
NEWS
July 4, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer was struck by a bullet fragment after a suspect shot at him Wednesday night, authorities said. Around 11:30 p.m., the officer spotted a suspicious vehicle along Kenwood Avenue in the Parkside section of Camden, police said. The car stopped and several people stepped out as the officer's cruiser approached, authorities said. One of the suspects then shot at the police vehicle, hitting it several times, police said. The officer took cover and did not return fire before trying to go after the suspects, police said.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ovella O'Neal's parenting secret is simple: no cellphones, no girlfriends. This strategy helped her raise her son, Aljelani Igwe, who is set to graduate from LEAP Academy University Charter School next week and begin classes at Rowan University in the fall. Growing up in Camden, Igwe stayed out of trouble, O'Neal said, and never had any run-ins with the law. "He's just been a super kid," she said. "If I could clone him and put him in every home. ... He just listens. " To show her son how proud she is of his success, O'Neal arranged a surprise Tuesday afternoon.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in Camden are investigating a shooting early Sunday that claimed the life of one man and left three others wounded. The killing was the city's 11th this year. No arrests have been made, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said, and detectives were still trying to determine a motive. The shooting was reported shortly after midnight in the 2800 block of Mitchell Street in East Camden, authorities said. Police found Tito Gomez, 44, with a gunshot wound in a parking lot. He was pronounced dead an hour later at Cooper University Hospital.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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