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These Are the Faces of the People Who've Been Crushed by Each Murder (PHOTOS)

Kate Pollard Hoffmann | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
Kate Pollard Hoffmann

It is one thing to hear that many people have been killed, but it is another to look into their family's eyes, to see what this has done to them.

With Homeless Shelters Stretched Beyond Their Means, The Needy Resort To Building 'Tent Cities'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact

Mattresses, bikes and pieces of clothing were just a few of the items swept up by bulldozers near a freeway in Camden, N.J., last month. The city wasn...

There Are Still Some Lights On in Camden

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Carlos R. Moreno

I wonder how Dr. King would have dealt with Camden and its troubles.

The SAT: Not an Effective Measuring Stick for Urban Students

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 04.12.2014 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

There is no denying that the SAT test has become a misunderstood educational instrument through the years. My message to college admissions offers that grades -- not SAT scores -- should be what matters the most for all students -- and especially urban minorities.

Only 3 Students In This District Are College-Ready

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The new school superintendent in Camden, N.J., says it was a "kick-in-the-stomach moment" when he learned that only three distri...

From Page to Screen: Sometimes Adaptations Can Be Too Real

Samuel Autman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Samuel Autman

Most writers are leery of having their work adapted for the screen for fear their characters or plotlines won't survive the process. In the case of nonfiction many wonder: how much of what really happened will remain intact?

Working on Healing More Important Than Adding Police

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

NBC's Rock Center recently showed Camden the way that most of the world sees it: dangerous, rundown and hopeless. The problem with this vantage point is that it is only the surface level.

Who Is to Blame?

Randy Miller | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Randy Miller

What is real school reform? When educators and policymakers see a school district in crisis, I wonder what they think about. When the "big-shot" stake...

Christie Takes Over Troubled Camden Schools

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics

CAMDEN, N.J. — The state of New Jersey moved to take over the Camden school district Monday, seeking to fix what officials said is a broken syst...

Clock Doesn't Reset on Trauma

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 03.28.2013 | New York
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

In 2012, Camden set a new record for murders in a single year. It was last broken in 1995, and since then over 700 people have been murdered here. The violence compelled the creation of a community group which planted crosses in front of City Hall and along the Ben Franklin Bridge.

New York Vicar Tapped To Be Catholic Bishop Of Camden

AP | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The pope has named a new bishop for Camden, New Jersey, after agreeing to let Bishop Joseph Galante retire a few months early because ...

Sandy's Lesson for the Next Generation of Scientists

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Today's scientists and engineers are busy cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy. Let's hope their work inspires the next generation of STEM professionals. Our future depends on it.

Trauma: The Silenced Poverty of Camden, NJ

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Crime
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

Camden has seen an unprecedented murder rate in 2012. In a city with only 77,000 residents, there have been 54 murders. That's the highest murder rate in the country. If New York City had the same murder rate, there would be 5,654 people dead.

John Rudolf

Police Hunt Masked Killer In Violence-Plagued City

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 10.08.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Police continued their hunt on Monday for a masked man armed with a gun and machete who shot five young people in a parked car late Sa...

Cops: Man On PCP Arrested In Deadly Stabbing Attack On Sleeping Kids

AP | BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI | Posted 11.03.2012 | Crime

TRENTON, N.J. — A man high on PCP-laced marijuana stabbed two neighborhood children in their home while they slept, killing a 6-year-old boy and...

Young Boy Stabbed To Death, Sister's Throat Cut, No Arrests

AP | Posted 11.02.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- Authorities say a 6-year-old boy has been stabbed to death inside his New Jersey home, and his 12-year-old sister has been critically ...

John Rudolf

Chris Christie Pushes Controversial Crime-Fighting Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 08.31.2012 | Crime

CAMDEN, N.J. -- A few weeks ago, a young man was shot to death in broad daylight just down the street from Miguel Amador's small music shop on one of ...

City With Crime Problem Disbands Police Force

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.26.2012 | Crime

A New Jersey city with a persistently high crime rate and a yawning budget deficit plans to eliminate its police department. The city of Camden, o...

New Tenure Laws Make Good Sense

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's approval this month of new teacher tenure legislation should be applauded -- especially by student from poor backgrounds. I was once that student.

Elementary Students Forced To Eat On Floor Win $500,000 Settlement

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education

By Dave Warner Aug 14 (Reuters) - Seven students at a Camden, New Jersey, school forced to eat lunch on a gymnasium floor for two week...

There's Something Special in a Name

Randy Miller | Posted 07.07.2012 | New York
Randy Miller

A lot of hoopla has surrounded the discussion of the potential merger between Rutgers University's Camden Campus and Rowan University, which is locate...

Urban Violence Is a National Crisis

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 02.27.2012 | Crime
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

Violence and crime are happening in schools in cities like Camden and other poor urban centers throughout the country. Our families have come together to object the violence in our city.

Language of Education Rings True -- in U.S. and Brazil

Gloria Bonilla Santiago | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education
Gloria Bonilla Santiago

LEAP has been invited to partner with Rio schools to tell how providing poor children with access to a great education can help to break the cycle of poverty.

Massive Eight Alarm Fire In New Jersey

Posted 08.09.2011 | New York

In the midst of a heat wave in New Jersey, firefighters are working to put out a massive fire in Camden, New Jersey, according to the Courier-Post and...

Judge Rejects Effort To Stop Camden Cop Layoffs

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CAMDEN, N.J. — Two efforts to reverse some of the stunning police layoffs in one of America's most dangerous cities failed Wednesday. A judge r...