The sons of John and Joyce Sheridan — the Cooper CEO and his wife, who both died mysteriously in their New Jersey home in September — have hired a private pathologist to investigate their deaths.
Panics aren’t pretty. They’re not rational. But they happen, and they’re happening in Burlington County, N.J. — where two Rwandan students are being kept out of classes today, even though their home is 2,600 miles away from the West African nations where the outbreak is actually taking place.
That’s roughly like keeping kids out of school in Philadelphia because somebody caught a cold in Los Angeles.
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Chris Goodman hasn’t been in Camden very long, but already he’s seen one significant change.
“The first year I was here, there was a big memorial on the lawn of City Hall — a cross for every person murdered,” said Goodman, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers-Camden; he arrived on campus two-and-a-half years ago. “It was a big deal.
And now? “That’s not there now. There’s a pop-up park.”
Camden has long been known for two things: Violence and poverty. It’s a regular stop on the “ruin porn” touring circuit for journalists chronicling America’s urban decay — just last spring Rolling Stone labeled the city “America’s Most Desperate Town” under the headline: “Apocalypse, New Jersey.”
But maybe things are turning around.
Violence is down. The bond rating is up. A supermarket just opened. The 76ers are opening a practice facility. The city is rebuilding its governing capacity after an embarrassing state takeover in 2002. There are dozens of small metrics, taken together, that suggest this small city across the Delaware River from Philadelphia may be gathering the strength to escape its reputation as one of America’s worst places.
Everything’s coming up Camden.
Known mainly for its violence and poverty, the city across the river from Philadelphia may be witnessing a recovery. Violence is down, the bond rating is up, and a grocery store has even opened. The 76ers are even making it their second home, locating their practice facilities here in exchange for a major tax break. The city is a long way from being placid and perfect, but it’s climbed beyond the depths it had sunk to just a few years ago, when the state had to take it over entirely.
Mayor Dana Redd talked to Philly Mag recently about the work that has gone into reviving her city. “Ultimately and over time, I expect to see our unemployment rate come down, I expect to see more citizens working, and to attract a middle-class base back to Camden,” she said.
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He’s thought to be running for president in 2016, but Chris Christie hasn’t done much to stoke support among New Jersey residents back home: A poll shows he’s hit a new low in his favorability ratings among Garden State voters.
The Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 842 New Jersey residents showed that 42 percent of registered voters feel favorable toward Christie while 45 percent feel unfavorable. For the first time since August 2011, more voters in the state have an unfavorable impression of him than a favorable one, the poll said. Read more »
AP reports that the Trump Taj Mahal is asking a bankruptcy judge to end its union contract, or else it will close in November.
Trump Entertainment Resorts said it needs relief from pension and health insurance costs in order to keep the casino open past mid-November. A judge in Delaware was to hear the request Tuesday morning, but it’s not clear whether a decision would be made that day.
The company said it needs big union concessions and massive tax breaks from Atlantic City and New Jersey — both of which already have rejected the demand.
Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the Michael J. Fox Foundation is suing the Coriell Institute in Camden for allegedly ruining valuable tissue samples when a freezer door was accidentally left open.
More than 25,000 specimens were “compromised,” according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey (below).
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Remember when lots of people got angry at Chris Christie for canceling a project to build new railway tunnels between New Jersey and Manhattan, citing cost overruns in the project? That happened in 2010, but the anger has flared up this week again. Read more »