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    The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders performed during a game against the Chicago Bears.

    PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders performed to a sold-out crowd as the Eagles improved to a league-best 10-1 record

    The Eagles easily beat the Chicago Bears, 31-3, for their ninth consecutive win and can clinch the NFC East this week with either a Dallas loss Thursday night against the Redskins or a win against Seattle on Sunday

    Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz finished the day going 23 of 36 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 29 yards rushing.

    LeGarrette Blount led the running backs, carrying the ball 15 times for 97 yards.

    Wentz's first touchdown pass was a 17-yard strike to tight end Zach Ertz for a 7-0 lead. Ertz became the team's first 100-yard receiver this season with 10 catches for 103 yards. 

    In the second quarter, wide receiver Nelson Agholor pulled in a Wentz pass and tumbled into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. 

    Agholor finished the game with three catches for 32 yards and two touchdowns. 

    See photos of Eagles 31-3 victory vs. the Bears

    Against his former team, Alshon Jeffery had five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery made a leaping 8-yard touchdown catch over the middle with five seconds to play in the second quarter.

    With the touchdown, the Eagles went to the half with a 24-0 led. 

    Agholor's second touchdown came after Jay Ajayi fumbled on a 30-yard run. The ball rolled into the end zone, but an alert Agholor beat Bears linebacker John Timu to the ball and increased their lead to 31-3.  

    The Eagles defense was dominate as they allowed only six rushing yards to a Bears team that averages over 130 yards a game. 

    Not all was good as the Eagles committed 11 penalties and fumbled the ball away three times. 

    Tim Hawk may be reached at thawk@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @photogthawk. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    "It's important this story be told," one member of the historical society said.

    Three markers were unveiled Monday in Camden to commemorate locations at which slaves were sold here in the 1700s and 1800s.

    U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross were among nearly two dozen speakers at a gathering in a historic site near the Camden waterfront, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

    "This is a sacred day," Booker said after the ceremony. "This is a very important moment to understand the painful, complicated, brutal truth of our state. We're a state that's still haunted by a legacy of bigotry, overtly racist laws, housing policy, redlining all these things we're still grappling with today."

    The two major locations for bringing slaves to market in New Jersey were Camden and Perth Amboy, according to the Camden County Historical Society, which launched research into the South Jersey sites and landed a $6,000 state grant to assemble and mount the markers.

    "In the 1700s approximately 800 persons were sold into slavery in at what was then called Cooper's Point (now Camden)," the society said.  "There is documentation that enslaved persons were sold at the three ferry boat landing sites at Coopers Point, Cooper Street and Federal Street." 

    Derek Davis, a historical society board member, who held up a photo of his great-great grandfather Henry Mathis who was born into slavery in Alabama in 1853 during the ceremony, helped launch the effort three years ago.

    "You always get the picture that all slavery was in the South, but it was all over," said Davis, 55, a local banking executive. "It's important this story be told."

    The three markers will be placed near locations where ferry landings were in the 1700s.

    "While the auctions held at three different ferries in Camden appear to be limited to the 1760s, these sales likely introduced upwards of 500 new slaves to west New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania," a statement from the society said. "The regular movement of slave vessels up the Delaware River began in the 1750s, arriving at docks along the Philadelphia shore. Between 1757 and 1766, 1,300 African slaves reportedly disembarked from the Guinea ships. In addition to the newly arrived Africans, the Cooper ferries served as a venue for selling previously owned single slaves and small groups of those held in bondage."

    The ceremony also included "prayers for ancestors" and moving readings and poems, including a passage from a historical society board member and poet, Sandra Turner-Barnes, who said research indicated the Cooper family, for which the ferries and large parts of the area are still named, once owned her relatives.

    "We can look and be proud of how far we've come," said Edna Davis, 73, of Camden who attended the ceremony. "We made it and we're the best of the best."

    The markers will be placed at the corner of Cooper Street and Front streets, along Delaware Avenue/Jersey Joe Walcott Boulevard at Federal and State streets.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Statewide, the median teacher salary in school districts in New Jersey ranges from as low asA $43,911 to as high asA $105,650. These were the districts in each of the state's 21 counties that paid their teachers the most.


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    The last NJ.com Top 20 before state champions are crowned is here.


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    The recognition was part of the National Philanthropy Day Celebration Held at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital.

    The Kennedy Health Care Foundation celebrated National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15 by honoring 80 of its individual, corporate and foundation donors.

    Observed annually on Nov. 15, the purpose of National Philanthropy Day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy -- and those people active in the philanthropic community -- for making a positive impact on peoples' lives and the communities where they live.

    The Kennedy Health Care Foundation's Annual Gala - its largest fundraiser, benefiting the Breast Cancer Program at the health system - will be held Feb. 24, 2018, at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ, featuring legendary soul and R&B band Tower of Power.

    For ticket information, call Kelly Hageman at 856-566-5315.

    Have community news you'd like to share? Send an email to sjtowns@njadvancemedia.com. Have an event happening you want to share? Go to nj.com/events to submit your information to be included in a community calendar. 


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    A statewide class action suit alleges The Gap and Banana Republic ripped off shoppers with misleading price tags.

    A woman has filed a class action suit on behalf of New Jersey customers who shopped at The Gap and Banana Republic outlet stores, claiming the stores advertised higher original prices and made deceiving markdowns. 

    The suit, filed in federal court in Camden, alleges that the discount factory stores operated by the retailers inflated the original prices on merchandise, leading customers to think they were getting better deals off the markdowns than they actually were.

    "In actuality, the lower, purportedly discounted prices are the prices at which defendants consistently and regularly sell their items," the suit claims. 

    The suit encompasses any customer who shopped at the outlet stores across the state between October 2011 and fall 2017. Gap and Banana Republic are operated by the same parent company. 

    The claim alleges the stores scheme customers by using in-store signage to suggest the items are "up to 70 percent off original Gap Factory prices" and also printing total discount amounts customers received on the receipts. Because of the alleged inflation, those numbers are "not based on any real prices" and "entirely illusory," according to the claim.  

    gap-sales.pngA photo of items on sale in a Gap Factory Store. 

    Those alleged acts violate both federal and state sales regulations, the lawsuit claims.

    Other companies, including J.C. Penney and Kohl's, have been hit with similar lawsuits in recent years as various companies seek to lure customers in with seemingly slashed prices. 

    The plaintiff, Caron Coladonato, was a regular customer of the stores who made purchases at outlet stores in Blackwood, Camden County on Black Friday of 2016, the suit states. Taking advantage of an advertised 50 percent markdown, she bought two items of children's apparel that she would not have otherwise purchased. 

    It was later determined that those prices were the regular prices for items at the store, according to the suit. The incident was not an isolated one, but part of a "systematic scheme of false and misleading advertising" the claim states. 

    The companies could be responsible for refunding the total price for each discounted item sold in New Jersey during the six-year period, amount to $10 million in refunds. 

    A representative from the company said the company does not comment on legal matters. 

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    The models claim a dozen clubs used their scantily-clad likenesses in ads without their permission.

    Glamour models from around the U.S. and Great Britain are suing New Jersey strip clubs, alleging that the bar owners used the models' photos in ads without their permission.

    The women have filed lawsuits against at least a dozen adult entertainment clubs in the state over the last four months, court records show.

    They accuse the venues of "brazenly and repeatedly" using dozens of photos of the women -- often in bikinis or barely-there holiday-themed outfits -- on their social media pages to entice patrons. Among them is actress and model Carmen Electra, as well as many models who have appeared in men's magazines and on reality shows.

    The latest spot hit with a suit is the only one that doesn't bill itself as a strip club. RolePlay Lounge of Atlantic City, currently closed and looking for a new location, describes itself as an "erotic couples playground" for those who want to drink, dance and swing with other people.

    The suit claims that images like the one below of plaintiff Ina Schnitzer, known professionally as Jordan Carver, were posted on the club's Facebook page.

    "None of the Plaintiffs has ever agreed, nor would they have agreed, to any use by Defendant of their images or likenesses to promote Defendant's business," California attorney Jonas P. Mann wrote in the suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court of New Jersey on behalf of seven models.

    The civil complaint is nearly identical to ones filed by Mann's firm, Baron & Budd P.C., against the other 11 nightclubs in the state.

    But the suits are not limited to New Jersey. Court records show Mann and other attorneys have filed civil complaints against strip joints all over the country, making similar claims on behalf of numerous models. News stories about the suits started popping up in 2015, including in Florida, Texas, and New York.

    Whether the women will prevail remains to be seen. In several of the earliest cases in Florida, judges have denied clubs' motions to dismiss the suits, according to court records.

    Mann argues that the women make their living by selling their likenesses to various companies and that the strip clubs' use of their images is"nfair competition and denies them of the compensation they are due.

    The suits also claim that using the models' likenesses in connection with strip clubs damages their reputations and incorrectly implies that they endorse the clubs.

    Mann included links to dozens of the images in the lawsuits, though some have been taken down from the strip clubs' social media pages.

    In his first suit in the state, filed against the owner of Cheerleaders club in Gloucester City, Mann included screenshots he said proved the club posted the photos of three models on its Facebook page. They depicted Sara Underwood, a 2007 Playmate of the Year in Playboy; Cora Skinner, a Santa Monica, California model who has appeared in Maxim and Playboy; and Lucy Pinder, a British model who has been in FHM and on "Celebrity Big Brother."

    pinder.jpgThis exhibit from the models' suit against Cheerleaders strip club purportedly shows a 2015 Facebook post that features a photo of plaintiff Lucy Pinder. 

    In addition to Cheerleaders and the RolePlay Lounge, the strip clubs named in lawsuits include Sunrise Gentlemen's Club in Paterson, Taboo Men's Club in Linden, Satin Dolls in Lodi, Club 15 Gentlemen's Club in Lake Hopatcong, Pole Position Gentlemen's Club in Mays Landing, XXXV Gentlemen's Club in Sayreville,  Looker's Gentlemen's Club in Elizabeth, Bare Den Adult Cabaret in Newton, and Sanctuary Gentlemen's Club and Kashmir Gentlemen's Club, both in Vineland.

    The RolePlay Lounge has not answered the models' claims in court, and a message left for the lounge was not returned Monday.

    However, in court papers seeking to dismiss the lawsuit against Taboo Men's Club owner Park Avenue Restaurant Group, the club asserts that women could not claim that using their images amounted to a false endorsement because the models are not well-known but simply a "pretty face" in an ad.

    The photographs also did not include the models' names or any claims that they would be at the club, Taboo argued.

    "A reasonable person would not see a posting for a gentlemen's [club] containing photos of women and be misled into thinking those same women would be at the establishment when the customers arrived, unless so stated," the motion said. "Such naivete shocks the conscience."

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Police are asking anyone who sees Allison Wade to call 911.

    Police in Gloucester Township are searching for a 14-year-old girl who hasn't returned home in a day.

    Allison Wade was reported missing on Monday. Police said she left her home in the Glen Oaks section of the township and has not been back since. 

    Wade was also reported missing in October but was found safe within a day, according to township police.

    She is 5 feet, 1 inch tall, weighs 120 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes, police said in a press release Tuesday.

    Wade was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans when she was last seen. She also has scars on her left arm, police said.

    Anyone who has seen Wade or knows where she might be is asked to call 911 or the Gloucester Township Police Department at 856-228-4500. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 856-842-5560 or clicking here.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    State Sen. Jeff Van Drew officially threw his hat into the ring.

    WASHINGTON -- State Sen. Jeff Van Drew officially announced Wednesday that he would seek the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District.

    Van Drew, D-Cape May, one of the most conservative Democrats in the state Legislature, used his campaign announcement to talk about the need to work with those on the other side of the aisle.

    "Expect to hear a lot from me during this campaign about finding common ground," Van Drew said. "It won't be easy or always even possible, but that must never stop us from making the effort. The future of our democracy depends on finding ways around our differences, so that we can work together on all that we have in common."

    Lawmaker to run for LoBiondo seat

    Van Drew intially made his intentions known shortly after LoBiondo, R-2nd Dist., announced his retirement, securing the support of South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, brother of Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st Dist.

    Democrats had sought to get Van Drew to run for the U.S. House for years, but he demurred until now. In Trenton, he voted against legalizing same-sex marriage and supported gun rights.

    National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin called those votes "a spurious attempt to sway conservatives" and said they would not "play well among his party's rabidly liberal and uncompromising base."

    Retired teacher Tanzie Youngblood of Woodwich already is running and welcomed Van Drew's entry into the race.

    "I look forward to hearing his views and debating the issues with him in the months to come," she said. 

    Also mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate is retired state Superior Court Judge Raymond Batten, a former state Assembly member. 

    On the Republican side, Robert Turkavage, a former FBI agent who unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014, said he was looking at entering the race to succeed LoBiondo.

    The district is one of four Republican-held seats in New Jersey that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted in 2018.

    The contest is rated a toss-up by the Cook Political Report, a Washington-based publication that tracks congressional races. It is the one in New Jersey so far without an incumbent.

    LoBiondo, first elected in the 1994 Republican wave that ended 40 years of Democratic control of the House, announced Nov. 7 that he would not run for re-election as his tenure as House aviation subcommittee chairman and as a member of the House Intelligence Committee was drawing to an end.

    Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant or on Facebook. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook. 


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    A 30-year-old man was shot and killed in the city Tuesday evening.

    A shooting in Camden Tuesday evening left one man dead and another injured, authorities said.  

    The shooting took place around 7:20 p.m. on the 1100 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. When officers arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds, and had both transported to Cooper University Hospital. 

    One victim, 30-year-old Stanford Brown of Lawnside, was pronounced dead at the hospital just 15 minutes later, authorities said. The second, a 28-year-old from Camden, was treated and released, according to the prosecutor's office. 

    Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting, and had not made any arrests as of Wednesday afternoon. 

    The incident marked the 23rd homicide in the city this year. 

    Anyone with information is urged to contact prosecutor's office at 856-225-5166 or Camden County police at 856-757-7420.

     Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The state finals are here and NJ.com has you covered once again.

    NJ Advance Media has provided wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 New Jersey high school football season all year long, and with the biggest games of the season on the horizon that coverage continues with NJ.com's video preview of the sectional finals.


    WATCH: NJ.com video preview of the finals


    Check out NJ Advance Media's full high school football staff as reporters from all over the state preview the best match-ups and pick every single game in the video above.

    Jeremy Schneider may be reached at jschneider@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @J_Schneider. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Can't you read the sign?

    "Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs, blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?" Can you name the song and the band? The answer will be provided at the end.

    Before digital billboards and electronic message boards, we had old fashioned signs. "High tech" was once the crawling message in Times Square. Everything else was static; signs might have flashed on and off, but that was about the extent of the technology.

    Code 224-15 Still There vineland.jpgPeople from south Jersey know what this sign means. I think. 

    One of my favorite tasks when I worked at the Holiday Inn in Vineland in the 1970s was changing the highway message sign. While I was duty-bound to put up the standard information, like "Welcome" to whatever group was holding a convention or restaurant specials, the opportunity for originality was occasionally available.

    During the heyday of the Broad Street Bullies, I delighted in posting period-by-period scores of Flyers games for the benefit of passersby. Mind you, this was a sign in the fashion of old movie marquees, where you changed 1-ft.-tall letters with a long pole.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    On some stretches of New Jersey roadways there is so much signage that motorists are unable to read any of the messages. But, in some places, signs serve as local or state landmarks. Folks in Middlesex County in the '70s would say "meet at the elephant," referring to a sign in front of Ducoff's Tuxedos on Route 27. Other signs that pretty much told you exactly where you were included the Maxwell House plant sign in Hoboken, the Colgate sign and clock in Jersey City and the Anheuser Busch sign seen approaching Newark Airport.

    Enjoy this collection vintage signs in New Jersey. And here are links to other galleries you might like. And the Five Man Electrical Band had a #3 hit with the song "Signs" in 1971.

    Vintage photos of N.J. street scenes

    Vintage photos of streets and roads in N.J.

    Vintage photos of street scenes in N.J.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    Haddon Township commissioners unanimously approved the deal Tuesday.

    A settlement has been reached with a former cop who claimed Haddon Township's Chief of Police Mark Cavallo fired him after he rebuffed his unwanted sexual advances.

    The three-member township commission unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday after a 45-minute closed-door, executive session.

    Details of the deal were not immediately released. Mayor Randall Teague said he "deferred to" township attorney Eric Riso for comment Tuesday.

    "They approved a settlement." Riso said after the meeting. "There's a monetary amount connected to it."

    Riso said a resolution with details of the settlement will be completed by the end of the week.

    Before the meeting, Teague said the township has acted appropriately in addressing accusations against Cavallo, despite a currently climate in which leaders in business and media have stepped aside in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

    "I think those situations are where those persons admitted they did it," Teague said.

    DeMent was one of five male officers who have accused Cavallo of unwanted sexual advances.

    Cavallo attended the monthly township commissioners meeting Tuesday and took his usual place on the dais with other officials. He departed the meeting before he executive session and declined to comment on the allegations against him.

    DeMent was fired in 2015 after 11 years on the Haddon Township police force, which currently has 26 officers. Four other ranking officers have also accused Cavallo of unwanted sexual advances in this town of 15,000 in Camden County.

    An attorney for those officers filed a tort notice in February -- a document signaling the intent to sue -- with all of the accusations, but no further action has been taken, according to township officials. The officers have since retained a new attorney, Jeffrey Caccese, who said his clients are continuing to do their jobs and report to Cavallo. 

    DeMent alleges he was fired for rebuffing Cavallo's alleged sexual advances, though the township maintains he was terminated due to a medical condition that meant he could not perform the basic functions required of the job, according to his lawsuit. 

    His initial federal suit was dismissed in 2016 but a new suit was filed in superior court later that year. Teague said DeMent had promised to produce text messages to support his other claims of sexual harassent, but never did. 

    DeMent's attorney, Zachary Wall, previously said the four ranking officers' tort-claim helps substantiate his client's claims.

    "It also demonstrates that Chief Cavallo's mistreatment and harassment of police officers was severe, pervasive, and adversely affected the operation of the entire department," Wall said in a statement earlier this year.

    Wall did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

    The four ranking officers, Captain Scott Bishop, Lieutenant Sean Gooley, Sergeant Thomas Whalen and Detective Sergeant Joseph D. Johnston, allege that since 2008, Cavallo has made flirtatious, sometimes sexual comments to and about them. They also say he touched them including on the upper, inner thigh, the cheek, and during "spontaneous hugs." They also said they witnessed him do the same to other officers in the department, according to the tort claim.

    Before a commissioners' meeting last month, Teague and Riso said none of the officers had ever filed a grievance claim or presented their concern to township officials before notifying them about their plans to take legal action.

    Teague said the complaints arose during a dispute about an opportunity for promotions for Whalen and Johnston. Caccese has disputed Teague's account of how and why the allegations were made.

    "The officers appropriately reported very troubling and extremely inappropriate workplace conduct by Chief Cavallo," Caccese said in a statement earlier this month.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The victim spent 20 days in the hospital before dying on Thanksgiving

    A 34-year-old Camden man has been charged with aggravated manslaughter after an Atlantic City man died on Thanksgiving night, nearly three weeks after suffering head injuries.

    morgan.jpgJohnny Morgan 

    Johnny Morgan is charged with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. 

    Andrew McGarrigel, 53, suffered head injuries Nov. 3 on North Virginia Avenue in Atlantic City and died in a local hospital 20 days later, authorities said. Prosecutors did not describe how McGarrigel suffered the head injuries.

    McGarrigel was a lifeguard for the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, according to his obituary.

    "Andrew brought love and joy to everyone who knew him. He would be there for you whenever you needed him," his obituary said. "He lost his life in a senseless act of violence."

    Funeral service will be held for McGarrigel on Saturday.

    Morgan faces from 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

    He is being held on unrelated charges in the Atlantic County jail. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     


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    A 46-year-old Collingswood man was convicted Wednesday of abusing a 13-year-old boy.

    A Collingswood man was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teenage boy over a 10-month period, authorities said. 

    Jason Wagner, 46, was found guilty of charges that included aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual conduct, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. 

    Authorities said Wagner assaulted a 13-year-old boy numerous times between September 2008 and June 2009. He faces a sentence of 25 to 50 years in prison. 

    His sentencing is scheduled for February 2 in Camden County Superior Court. 

     Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    A defiant employee refused to hand over cash.

    Joseph N. Murray Christopher M. Tworzydlo.jpgChristopher M. Tworzydlo and Joseph N. Murray, both 20, were indicted in connection with an armed robbery at a Williamstown pizzeria. (Salem County Correctional Facility)
     

    A Gloucester County grand jury has indicted two men in the attempted armed robbery of a Williamstown pizza shop in September.

    A man entered the Papa John's location on North Black Horse Pike on Sept. 4 and approached a woman working at the front counter, according to authorities.

    He twice demanded that she hand over cash, to which she refused.

    He then lifted a jacket pocket to reveal the handle of a revolver and again demanded money, police said.

    When the employee refused for a third time, the man left the store.

    Joseph N. Murray, of Haddonfield, and Christopher Tworzydlo, of Audubon, both 20 years old, where arrested by Haddonfield Police the next day in connection with an unrelated burglary and admitted to the Papa John's attempt, according to a criminal complaint.

    The pair were indicted last week on charges including first-degree criminal attempted robbery, conspiracy and weapons charges.

    Both remain in Salem County Correctional Facility, according to jail records.

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.


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    The incident occurred in Cherry Hill Thursday morning.

    A male pedestrian was struck and killed shortly before 6:20 a.m. Thursday on Route 38 near Longwood Avenue in Cherry Hill, police and witnesses said.

    The man was struck in the westbound lane of the four-lane, divided highway, township police Capt. Amy Winters said. The victim was not immediately identified.

    Three vehicles were involved in the incident and all three drivers stopped at the scene and were interviewed by police Winters said.

    A gray Mazda SUV with a deeply dented front and shattered front windshield with a hole in the middle remained in the westbound lane for hours afterward as one lane of traffic got by. Debris, including a laptop case and other belongings, remained in the roadway.

    The accident happened in front of a Starbucks and near a Burger King. 

    Connie Sponagle, a morning manager at the Burger King, said she looked out a drive-through window shortly after the restaurant opened at 6 a.m. and saw lights from emergency vehicles flashing.

    "I looked out and saw a car sitting there with blinking lights," she said. "At first, I thought the car was on fire."

    Sponagle said customers began filtering into the restaurant who told her some one had been hit in the roadway.

    Ashley Hardison, who works the counter at the restaurant, said she often crosses the busy intersection after getting off of the 413 or 317 NJ Transit bus on her way to work.

    "You do have some people that do, once the light turns yellow, they speed up and go," said Hardison, 24, of Camden. "You be crossing and you just see a car go fly past you. That's the dangerous part."

    Omar Ramos works in the McDonald's across the intersection from the Burger King. He said he saw emergency vehicles after the accident but it was still dark when it occurred. He also has concerns about the highway.

    "There are a lot of accidents out there," said Ramos, 30. "It's very dangerous."

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    295 pieces of sporting equipment were donated for 330 kids thanks to Ertz and Dunkin Donuts.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and Dunkin' Donuts of greater Philadelphia made a surprise donation of over $15,000 worth of sports equipment to Camden, NJ's Whitman Park Youth Football program.            

    Since its inception in 1940, Whitman Park Youth Football has strived to build the characteristics of strength, leadership, scholarship, and integrity of Camden's youth where the poverty rate is nearly four times the national average.

    Due to a lack of funding, Whitman Park has to turn away nearly 100 athletes each season. The surprise donation valued at $15,394 - 295 pieces of sporting equipment for 330 kids, will allow Whitman Park to give every child the opportunity to play and provide each athlete with the safety equipment and apparel they need to stay in the game. 

    The equipment donation is a part of Dunkin' Donuts "TouchDDowns for Kids" program where Dunkin' Donuts donates $250 to Good Sports Inc. every time the Philadelphia Eagles score a touchdown throughout the season.

    Additionally, Eagles' tight end, Zach Ertz personally donates $250 for every touchdown he scores. The funds donated through this program go directly towards equipment grants to regional youth organizations in greater Philadelphia.

    Have community news you'd like to share? Send an email to sjtowns@njadvancemedia.com. Have an event happening you want to share? Go to nj.com/events to submit your information to be included in a community calendar. 


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    All of NJ.com's coverage of every NJSIAA State Football Championship game

    Welcome to the hub of our championship-weekend coverage - Thursday through Sunday this year. 

    This is the place to find links to all of our wall-to-wall coverage of the 23 finals - namely, LIVE VIDEO (and on-demand replay) of 17 games, LIVE play-by-play updates for the other six games, photo galleries of every game and full postgame coverage of every game.

    Any slot below that's not currently a link will eventually become a link - and there will be more. So keep it here through Sunday night, and keep refreshing this page for the latest.

    ESSENTIAL LINKS
    Previews and picks for 23 championships

      WATCH: Our writers preview & predict the finals 
      LIVE VIDEO and on-demand replay for 17 finals 
    Full schedule by day & venue (full schedule/scoreboard is below)

      
    Brackets for every section
     Finals-week Top 20 

    THURSDAY'S GAMES

    North 2, Group 5, at MetLife Stadium
    No. 8 Westfield 20, No. 19 Bridgewater-Raritan 7

    Westfield 3-peats, beating Bridgewater-Raritan once again 
    Despite 3rd straight finals loss, B-R understands 'the journey'
    •  Photo gallery
    •  Full video replay
    Stars of the game
    Box score
    Full coverage

    North 2, Group 2 at MetLife Stadium
    Rutherford 21, Hackettstown 13

    Rutherford grabs 1st title since 1966 with win over Hackettstown
    • Hackettstown's turnaround season comes to disappointing end
    •  Full video replay
    •  Photo gallery
    Stars of the game
    Box score
    Full coverage 


    FINALS PREVIEW: Features, predictions, every game covered


    FRIDAY'S GAMES

    North 1, Group 5, 5 p.m. at MetLife Stadium
    No. 6 Montclair vs. Union City
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    North 1, Group 2, 7 p.m. at Kean
    Lakeland vs. Newton
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Non-Public, Group 4, 8 p.m. at MetLife Stadium
    No. 1 Bergen Catholic vs. No. 2 St. Peter’s Prep
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    SATURDAY'S GAMES

    North 2, Group 3, 10 a.m. at MetLife Stadium
    West Essex vs. Voorhees
    •  LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Central Jersey, Group 2, 10 a.m. at Rutgers
    Point Pleasant Boro vs. Hillside
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    North 2, Group 1, 10 a.m. at Kean
    Weequahic vs. Shabazz
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    South Jersey, Group 3, 11 a.m. at Rowan
    No. 13 Delsea vs. Woodrow Wilson
    • LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    North 2, Group 4, 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium
    No. 15 Phillipsburg vs. No. 16 North Hunterdon
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Central Jersey, Group 5, 1 p.m. at Rutgers
    No. 4 Manalapan vs. No. 17 South Brunswick
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Non-Public, Group 3, 1 p.m. at Kean
    No. 5 DePaul vs. No. 3 St Joseph (Mont.)
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    South Jersey, Group 1, 2:30 p.m. at Rowan
    Paulsboro vs. Penns Grove

    • LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    North 1, Group 3, 4 p.m. at MetLife Stadium
    No. 20 Ramapo, vs. River Dell
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Central Jersey, Group 4, 4 p.m. at Rutgers
    Long Branch vs. Freehold Borough

    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Central Jersey, Group 1, 4 p.m. at Kean
    Middlesex vs. Point Pleasant Beach
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    South Jersey, Group 5, 6 p.m. at Rowan
    No. 7 Lenape vs. No. 10 Rancocas Valley

    • LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    North 1, Group 4, 7 p.m. at MetLife Stadium
    No. 9 Old Tappan vs. Mount Olive
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Central Jersey, Group 3, 7 p.m. at Rutgers
    Rumson-Fair Haven vs. Somerville
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    North 1, Group 1, 7 p.m. at Kean
    Hasbrouck Heights vs. Pompton Lakes
    •  LIVE VIDEO and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage


    SUNDAY'S GAMES

    South Jersey, Group 2, 11 a.m. at Rowan
    1-West Deptford vs. 6-Haddonfield
    • LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    Non-Public, Group 2, 2:30 p.m. at Rowan
    No. 11 St. Joseph (Hamm.) vs. Mater Dei
    • LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    South Jersey, Group 4, 6 p.m. at Rowan
    Shawnee vs. Hammonton

    • LIVE updates and fan chat
    •  Photo gallery
    • Game recap
    • Stars of the game
    • Box score
    • Full coverage

    FULL CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD


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    The man's lawsuit claims he was told "men should not wear make-up."

    An openly gay man who worked for Cooper Health has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging his former employer discriminated against him due to his sexual orientation and a lack of conformity to traditional gender roles. 

    Stephen Kunkle, a 30-year-old from Clayton, worked at Cooper University Health Care in Camden from March 2011 to November 2015, according to the claim. He served as the emergency department registrar, and was eventually promoted to clinical operations coordinator in 2014. 

    It was then, according to the suit filed in federal court in Camden, that his new supervisor began to treat him with "unwarranted disdain." 

    The suit claims Kunkle was often ignored by his supervisor, who did not give him adequate help transitioning into the new role. She also allegedly said he wore "too much make-up and perfume," and that "men should not wear make-up" because the administration did not like it. 

    Another employee allegedly made jokes about Kunkle in the office, and once said "we're all ladies here" to refer to a group that also included him. 

    Eventually, Kunkle was put on a performance review plan, although his supervisor had not approached him with complaints regarding his work previously, the suit claims. Just two days after he filed complaints of sex discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination with human resources department, he was fired from the job for allegedly falsifying documents.  

    Kunkle is suing Cooper for both compensatory and punitive damages, and claims he lost pay and future earning power while also suffering emotional distress, embarrassment and a lack of self-esteem. 

    The hospital, however, stands by its decision to fire Kunkle, and said the discrimination claims lack backing. 

    "Mr. Kunkle worked for Cooper University Health Care for four years and was terminated due to documented violations of Cooper's employee policies and performance related issues that developed in his final year of employment," Wendy  Marano, Cooper's public relations manager said in a statement on behalf of the health network. "His claims of discrimination are totally without merit."

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 


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