Report: Rob Andrews to Leave Congress [Updated]

Update: That mystery law firm is Dilworth Paxon, and The Donald will indeed be running for Andrews’s seat.

South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month, according to a report from the Inquirer‘s Jonathan Tamari. And in news that should surprise exactly no one, he will become a public affairs person at a (yet unnamed) leading Philadelphia law firm (read: lobbyist) and his interim replacement will be state senator Donald Norcross, brother of political boss and Inky co-owner George Norcross, is expected to run to replace him.

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Only 3 High School Students in Camden are “College Ready”

Camden’s new state-appointed education czar Paymon Rouhanifard revealed a startling finding this week: Only three–yeah, three–high school students who took the SAT in 2013 received scores that deemed them “college ready.” Rouhanifard, after embarking on a ‘listening tour’ of each of his district’s 26 schools, pinpointed a few key gripes and at least one minor fix.

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The 2013 Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship Fundraising Gala

From left: Chef Michele Pastorello, Quinton Aaron, actor from The Blind Side, Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, LEAP founder and board chair, and the honorable Nelson Diaz.

From left: Chef Michele Pastorello, Quinton Aaron, actor from The Blind Side, Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, LEAP founder and board chair, and the honorable Nelson Diaz.

On Friday, December 13th, at the Curtis Center, the Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship held its fundraising gala. The gala is an annual event that raises money to support graduates of LEAP Academy University Charter School who are attending Rutgers University. The scholarship was established in 1999 by CLC Director Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in loving memory of her husband Alfredo Santiago and with the goal of increasing the number of children in Camden who attend college. Each year the gala raises thousands of dollars for the scholarship through corporate and individual donations, ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction.

More of HughE Dillon’s photos after the jump »

Morning Headlines: Water Main Breaks, Camden Can’t Get a Break, More

adventure aquarium

Camden’s Adventure Aquarium right across the river remains a spectacular attraction, despite the city’s other problems. Photo via aquarium website.

• Rolling Stone magazine says Camden, NJ, is apocalyptic in an article written by one of the country’s most respected writers, Matt Taibbi. Victor Fiorillo breaks down the most tragic points, including the fact that Camden’s own police chief says the crime there is “somewhere between Honduras and Somalia.” And then there’s the aquarium. []
Rumors abound about whether the city did or did not, or wanted to or wanted not, to host WrestleMania this year. Allegations and officials statements are flying. It all has something to do with the event’s Fan Axxess component, which has particular facilities need — perhaps to accommodate the extra X. []
• Best Headline of the Day, Without Even Reading the Article: SEPTA to improve user experience in Center City’s underground concourses [PlanPhilly] Read more »

Rolling Stone Camden Article Declares City Apocalyptic and Ruined


Camden, New Jersey, is just on the other side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, a short hop across the Delaware River. We see it all the time. We drive through or around it frequently. We know it’s a bad place to be.

But just how bad is Camden? Journalist Matt Taibbi paid a visit, and the result is the bleak new Rolling Stone Camden article: “Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch from America’s Most Desperate Town.”

Below, some of the most depressing things I learned from it:

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Rutgers-Camden Law School Penalized

Rutgers-Camden Law School, which already suffers from a bit of reputational lag, won’t be looking much better after today’s news. The school has been fined $25,000 for admitting students who take tests other than the LSAT to get in.

Between 2006 and 2012, the law school admitted dozens of students who took tests other than the LSAT. In 2009, the bar association sent a memo to all accredited law schools clarifying its policy requiring the LSAT, except with prior arrangement.

But Rutgers-Camden continued to admit students who did well on other tests…Over the six years, students accepted with non-LSAT tests made up an average of 6.7 percent of the first-year class, the bar association said.

The school says it did so in part to accommodate applicants who applied after it was too late to take the LSATs. [Inquirer]

PHOTO: Shaq, in Camden

Shaq, yesterday, visiting kids, in Camden. Hey, happy Friday.



The Big Aristotle was in town to promote “Just Play,” an initiative that encourages more after-school activity. I’ll always remember that Shaquille O’Neal is a Newark native; I learned it in one of my favorite books: Hoop Stars, published in 1995. (Ages 5 and up.)

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