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May 22, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jermaine Jackson, the Trenton man accused of masterminding a plot that left Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro dead, was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in Bucks County Court. Jackson, 21, was not accused of shooting DeGennaro, who died from a shotgun blast to the chest in December 2011, but of developing a plan to rob him that turned fatal when two gunmen opened fire after entering the musician's home. By law, participants in felony crimes involving murder can be convicted of criminal homicide.
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May 18, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
An accused getaway driver in the slaying of Levittown musician Danny DeGennaro testified Thursday in Bucks County Court that defendant Jermaine Jackson was the mastermind of a plot that left DeGennaro dead. Danasia Bakr, 19, of Falls Township, has been cooperating with authorities and was considered a key witness. Jackson, 20, of Trenton, is being tried for murder, with prosecutors saying he organized a group to go to DeGennaro's home in December 2011 to rob him. When the robbery turned bad, prosecutors say, one of Jackson's coconspirators fired a shotgun into DeGennaro's chest.
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May 17, 2013
Pedal power goes wild in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a design competition and parade of wild and woolly, human-powered sculptural/mechanical marvels. Kicking off at noon Saturday at Trenton and Norris streets, this KKSD will be easier to enjoy as Philly In Focus (a Comcast/NBC Universal media platform) offers video close-ups of floats on a 25-foot-tall LED screen.
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May 14, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted sex offender Gerald Tyrone Murphy had barricaded himself in a Trenton apartment house Friday, saying he was armed with guns and explosives. That was just part of the horror inside the two-story dwelling on Grand Street. There were the decomposing bodies of Murphy's girlfriend, Carmenlita Stevens, 44, and her 13-year-old son, whose name police did not disclose. Murphy had killed them two weeks earlier, police said Sunday. There was also a foul odor and an infestation of maggots.
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May 13, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON, N.J. - More than 28 hours after police first arrived on the scene of a home on Grand Street in the city's South Ward, hostage negotiators continued attempting to coax an armed man into releasing the three children he is believed to have inside. The man, who was not identified but is known in the neighborhood as "Skip," killed his girlfriend and one of her five children, said South Ward Councilman George Muschal, based on information from his former law enforcement colleagues.
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May 10, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Democrats and a cabinet official bickered Thursday over whether the Republican governor's policies have produced real property tax relief and whether the administration has given sufficient guidance to towns on spending for affordable housing projects. Richard Constable, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, told the Assembly Budget Committee that Gov. Christie's reforms, including changes to pensions and benefits and an annual 2 percent cap, are helping to slow property-tax increases.
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April 16, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Clare Naughton, 87, a hospital nurse, supervisor, and administrator in the Philadelphia area for many years, died Sunday, April 7, of cancer at Assisi House in Aston, Delaware County. "Sister Clare was a gifted woman who never hesitated to use those gifts for others - whether it be in actual hands-on nursing, in hospital administration, or in actually overseeing the building of a new hospital," said Sister Ann Marie Slavin, a spokeswoman for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
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April 12, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A couple of teenage pals named Jack and Chester kicked off spring and kicked up some dust in a gritty Trenton neighborhood Tuesday. The handsome pair of Belgian draft horses pulled a plow that furrowed the earth in the Garden of Three Points, delighting Gene Roberson and others eager for the start of planting season. "Watermelon, peanuts, field peas, collards, mustard greens, squash," said Roberson, 74, describing typical crops he'll be putting in "around Mother's Day, when the ground'll be good and warm.
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April 3, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - When Democrats went looking for records about possible political shenanigans involving Sandy cleanup contracts, they asked for correspondence from everyone they could: Gov. Christie's "chiefs of staff, deputy chiefs of staff, unit directors, and their secretaries. " Democrats hope to chip away at Christie's greatest political strength in his reelection campaign - his handling of Sandy - by questioning whether the Republican governor gave a lucrative cleanup deal to a politically connected company, AshBritt.
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