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December 30, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Wilson Rodriguez thought he had something worthwhile to say, but he wondered why a young audience would listen to a 21-year-old parolee convicted as a teenager in the bludgeoning death of a sleeping homeless man. He told more than a dozen youngsters in an event hosted by the Camden Board of Education he and his friends "did something horrible and someone ended up dying. " Two or three hands shot up, and questions followed: Why did you do it? How do you feel now? The children wanted to know more.
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December 29, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virginia Matias was a senior in high school when her uncle Miguel Espinal was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his corner store. The robber shot Espinal in the abdomen and made off with $900 from his La Dominicana store in East Camden. The slaying prompted Matias, now 27, to study law and justice at Rowan University with an eye toward becoming a police officer in Camden, to try to prevent similar acts of senseless violence. This month, Matias graduated from the Camden County police academy, along with 108 others in the largest graduating class to date.
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December 5, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Tuesday released the name of a fugitive charged in the killing of a Marine veteran on Sunday, and also announced a second shooting death in two days in the city. Darrell Crone, 31, of the 1200 block of Park Boulevard in Camden, allegedly brandished a firearm before firing it during an altercation outside the 20 Horse Tavern about 2:45 a.m., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden County Police said. Timothy Loper Jr., 27, a Marine reservist, was shot in the back as he tried to break up the fight at Second and Spruce Streets, south of Lanning Square, authorities said.
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November 17, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The dining hall food was getting tired, Brian Gregg, a sophomore at Rutgers-Camden, said before digging into a plate of tortilla chips garnished with refried beans and queso fresco. Gregg, 19, left campus Friday to chow down at San Lucas Mexican Restaurant in East Camden as part of the first Friday Dine Out Day - an initiative launched by the Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA) to promote local businesses, a week after a city curfew for late-night eateries took effect.
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November 8, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN After rocking the Wells Fargo Center on his national tour Tuesday night, Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi stopped in Camden on Wednesday to see the future home of Joseph's House, a homeless shelter partially funded by the singer and humanitarian. "Today we have the opportunity to see the progress on what was, just a year ago, a vision," Bon Jovi told a crowd of supporters of Joseph's House, scheduled to open in January. The singer posed for pictures with donors. The singer's Soul Foundation gave $200,000 for acquisition of the 17,000-square-foot building.
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November 3, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four challengers took aim Friday at Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd in a debate that at times took on the appearance of a sporting event in front of a partisan and raucous audience. Redd, seeking a second four-year term, stoutly defended herself from accusations of being an insider who has bent to political pressures and taken power away from residents. Jobs, public safety, and leadership style were among the issues raised by the audience, which submitted questions for Redd and her challengers, Republican Arnold Davis and independents Amir Khan, Clyde Cook, and City Councilman Brian Coleman.
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October 14, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
They came to Camden decades ago for the American dream, and they refuse to leave. They are the Whitman Park stalwarts - elderly Polish immigrants living in one of the most dangerous and dilapidated neighborhoods in the city. But they remain Camden cheerleaders, held together by their church - St. Joseph's - and the spirit of the diverse residents who now populate a neighborhood once full of Polish bakeries, delicatessens, and other businesses that dominated the Mount Ephraim Avenue strip.
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October 12, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The students assembled at the Boys and Girls Club in East Camden stood in stunned silence when Gov. Christie walked into the building Thursday. They were not awed by the governor, but rather by his companion, 7-foot-1 Shaquille O'Neal, the 15-time NBA all-star. "Just remember," O'Neal told the students in a soft baritone, "it doesn't matter where you're from; it just matters where you're going. . . . If Shaq can do it, you guys can do it. " And Shaq certainly did it. He began at age 7 going to the Boys and Girls Club across from the projects in Newark, N.J., where he lived.
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October 10, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to bring a ShopRite store to Camden, which lacks chain supermarkets and much of which is classified as a "food desert. " Council unanimously adopted an ordinance transferring 39 acres of city land at Admiral Wilson Boulevard and 17th Street, tentatively appraised at $5.2 million, to the Camden Redevelopment Agency, despite concerns that the location may not be easily accessible to many residents. The agency will negotiate with the developers.
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September 29, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN An alleged gang leader was arrested Friday morning for running an illegal drug trafficking operation in Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Tyrone Tyson, 38, of Camden, was charged with knowingly and intentionally distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, authorities said. The street value of 100 grams is more than $30,000, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The alleged sales took place near a house on the 100 block of North 32d Street in East Camden.
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