Wednesday, May 27, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:09 PM
Theresa Rose Greaves in a 1977 Collingswood High School yearbook photo.

Investigators have located several immediate family members of Theresa Rose Greaves, the former Camden County resident who was missing for 32 years until her remains were found two months ago on a Utah hillside.

"I thought, 'oh my God, is this real?'" said her cousin Cathy Greaves Spurgeon, whose father, Joseph Greaves, is Theresa's uncle. "It's still sinking in," Spurgeon, 52, said Thursday from her home in Brooksville, Fla. "I never thought they would find her. Never in a million years."

Greaves graduated from Collingswood High School in 1977 and had been living near Salt Lake City for just two months when she disappeared on August 5. 1983. A man walking a dog along a road in Fruit Heights, Utah on February 5 noticed what turned out to be a human skull lying near a gully; investigators unearthed additional remains nearby later identified as those of Greaves.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:33 PM
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (ABC News)

Claiming he and his state are drowning in a smear-nami of liberal media coverage, embattled Indiana Republican Gov. Pence vows to fix the toxic 'religious freedom' law he signed...even as he continues to gamely/lamely insist it's not broken.

"We want to make it clear that Hoosier Hospitality is not a slogan, it's a way of life," Pence told a press conference Tuesday, describing residents of his state as "a loving, kind, generous, decent and kind people."

No doubt many if not most of them are, even toward the LGBT people who purportedly endanger Indiana's religious liberties.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:14 AM

A conservative friend counsels patience; a conservative magazine calls for calm.

No way, LGBT people like me say, as Indiana's Republican Gov. Pence & Co. scramble to 'clarify' the so-called 'religious freedom' law he signed after hours last week.

LGBT people like me already see the law clearly. We see it for what it is: An act of political pandering that privileges sectarian animosities toward us.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:16 AM
Image courtesy of Arcadia Publishing

A launch event for a new book about the Cooper River is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Camden County Historical Society, 1900 Park Blvd., Camden.

Along the Cooper River – Camden to Haddonfield (Arcadia Publishing) is “an invitation to dig deeper” into the river's enduring importance to Camden County and the region, says Robert A. Shinn, who co-authored the book with Kevin Cook. The two Cherry Hill residents share a keen interest in local history and also are lobbying for the county's Cooper River Park to be designated as an historic district.

“We had over 1,000 images to choose from,” Shinn says, adding that most were culled from the collections of the Camden County Historical Society, the Historical Society of Haddonfield, and South Jersey historian Paul Schopp.  Late 19th century photographs of the south side of the river in Camden, where it was lined with smokestack industries of all sorts, are among the unfamiliar images in the book. Along the Cooper River also offers wonderful glimpses of  the river and its environs during the early 20th century, when waterfront land west of Route 130  was filled with gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts and other amenities.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:31 AM
Image by WPVI-TV

Like water, powerful people always seem to find a way.

Consider Gov. Christie,  who wants the New Jersey Pinelands Commission to reverse itself and grant a waiver authorizing construction of a 22-mile natural gas pipeline -- partly through a protected portion of the National Reserve.

The governor was displeased by the commission's January 2014 vote against the project.  He has sought to appoint new commissioners,  presumably including individuals who are more pipeline-inclined.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 11:14 AM
Image courtesy of Zack Snyder

The rather fearsome look of next year's big-screen Aquaman bears little resemblance to the affably chiseled blond dude beloved by fans of the DC Comics superhero.

A stark and stylized black-and-white image of a bearded, tattoed, dreadlocked Aquaman, as portrayed by actor Jason Momoa in the 2016 film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, caused a stir when director Zack Snyder  released it Feb. 20.

But lifelong fan and graphic artist Rob Kelly of Marlton, NJ  -- the curator of an online  Aquaman Shrine since 2006 -- cautions against rushing to judgment based on appearances alone.

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:04 PM
Web design work at Hopeworks N' Camden. Photo provided

The youth development organization Hopeworks N' Camden doesn't want help from the Democratic National Convention next year in Philadelphia.

Instead, the respected nonprofit -- which assists 300 city kids annually through high-tech job training and other programs -- wants to help conventioneers understand how best to help their own cities.

"We don't need them to tour Camden. They've already seen buildings falling down -- it's called 'poverty porn,'" says Dan Rhoton, Hopeworks' chief impact director. "We need them to talk to our young people, who were part of the problem and now are part of the solution.

POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10:48 AM
NJ Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli. Photo provided

NJ Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) just got a fabulous second public job as 'Director of Project Management ' for the Gloucester County Improvement Authority.

My Philadelphia Inquirer colleague Angelo Fichera reports that the Assembly's deputy speaker (who's also a businessman and a former Paulsboro mayor) was hired after a one-hour meeting with county administrator Chad Bruner and the improvement authority's acting executive director, George Strachan.

Curious, I used my telepathic mind channel -- on which I recently tuned in to Gov. Christie's secret conversations -- to retroactively livestream audio and video of the hiring festivities at the improvement authority's headquarters/mansion.

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