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  • April 2015 – The Daily Newarker
    murdered and a fourth nearly killed after having been attacked on the playground of Mount Vernon School in Newark For a blogger trying to cover the story of a city in resurgence it was difficult for me to even consider about how to approach the subject The crime was not a gang warfare related premeditated attack It didn t fit a pattern of violence for a comparatively peaceful neighborhood It was just senseless evil carried out on citizens of our city There was no lack of coverage of the event as national media trucks rolled into Newark to put some semblance of a narrative together that explained why these kids with promising futures lost their lives I just didn t write anything So it s with great admiration that I can link to a story about someone who was willing to unflinchingly cover not only the incident of Aug 4th but the personal toll it took on the family of Iofemi Hightower For what seemed a small eternity Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark s 2007 schoolyard killings when a group of men and boys including one who turned 15 that day lined up her college bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head As national media held Newark up as a symbol of the gun violence plaguing American cities Hightower became an unwavering presence at the dozens of court proceedings that followed Her courtroom vigil stretched nearly six years long after the initial crush of attention subsided The overpowering sorrow that engulfed her has eased over time but Hightower s determination to honor her daughter s memory has not Recently she embarked on a documentary film project that highlights the struggle of families victimized by gun violence through the prism of her own experience Author Ken Walker Posted on April 27 2015 Categories Uncategorized Leave a comment on Documentary to explore the toll of the 2007 Newark schoolyard slayings on family Newark public school teachers to protest superintendent s latest school reforms Newark teachers union to launch informational picket lines in protest of superintendent Teachers will be picketing during hours when they would normally be volunteering extra time towards their jobs Abeigon said that starting Tuesday the teachers will begin taking efforts to no longer work before or after their work day ends and to clock in and out at the same time The union issued a host of concerns about Anderson s leadership of the district including her recent announcement that nine schools will become turnaround schools during the next school year in an effort to curb struggling performance The designation will mean that teachers will be asked to sign election to work agreements which may require them to work for a longer school day go through two additional weeks of professional development in the summer and work on multiple Saturdays according to assistant superintendent Brad Haggerty Under the contract teachers are paid an

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  • November 2013 – The Daily Newarker
    Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October 2008 29 September 2008 48 August 2008 29 July 2008 78 June 2008 88 May 2008 106 April 2008 35 March 2008 16 February 2008 45 January 2008 30 December 2007 21 November 2007 12 October 2007 11 September 2007 12 August 2007 33 July 2007 57 June

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  • October 2013 – The Daily Newarker
    space Author Ken Walker Posted on October 10 2013 Categories Uncategorized Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October 2008 29 September 2008 48 August 2008 29 July 2008 78 June 2008 88 May 2008 106 April 2008 35 March 2008 16 February 2008 45 January 2008 30 December 2007 21 November 2007 12 October 2007

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  • June 2013 – The Daily Newarker
    amid a seeming stalemate among the eight sitting council members That newly named council president could become interim mayor Author Ken Walker Posted on June 10 2013 Categories Uncategorized Tags Cory Booker Mayoral Race 2014 Politics WNYC Booker s Senate Bid Sees Support in the Suburbs Skepticism in Newark Booker s Senate Bid Sees Support in the Suburbs Skepticism in Newark It would have been interesting to hear more from Newarkers about their skepticism in this brief piece from WNYC but the headline is I think a fair assessment But the upcoming election was on the minds of his diehard fans in the progressive enclave of Maplewood Before and after he took the stage Booker was surrounded by crowds asking for photos and autographs and offering to volunteer and host fundraisers Ellen DeCaro got teary eyed as she shook Booker s hand and introduced her wife and son She lives in Hampton Township and is thrilled to be able to vote for him for the first time In Newark on Sunday Booker s bid for Senate was met with some skepticism from residents like Joyce Henderson who is unmoved by the starpower the Democratic mayor has gained from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey Author Ken Walker Posted on June 10 2013 Categories Uncategorized Tags Cory Booker US Senate PortugalDayNwk aftermath organizers leave garbage strewn streets Infuriating to see the Portugal Day organizers content to leave the neighborhood strewn with garbage this morning Author Ken Walker Posted on June 10 2013 Categories Uncategorized Tags East Ward Ironbound Environment Litter Portugal Day 2013 PortugalDayNwk draws thousands to the Ironbound Portugal Day in Newark draws a big crowd Good times But here s hoping the organizers can also organize a cleanup too Ferry Street was once again adorned in red green and yellow with blaring traditional music as people crowded the streets lined with roughly 50 vendors selling everything from barbecued foods to soccer jerseys to celebrate the annual Portugal Day festival in the Ironbound Author Ken Walker Posted on June 9 2013 Categories Uncategorized Tags East Ward Ironbound Portugal Day 2013 Booker officially announces his senate campaign Booker announces U S Senate run creating blockbuster primary race And so it begins It s not what Cory Booker was expecting It s not the marathon campaign that would have given the Newark mayor a year and then some to criss cross New Jersey meeting voters in every nook and cranny using his trademark charisma to win them over It s the complete opposite A two month sprint to a special Democratic primary for U S Senate one with an increasingly crowded field of big names who could split the vote and stop or slow his rise to national power With that as a backdrop and the death of U S Sen Frank Lautenberg as its grim cause Booker ended months of speculation this morning and officially announced his candidacy for U S Senate Author Ken Walker Posted on June 9 2013 Categories Uncategorized Tags

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  • May 2013 – The Daily Newarker
    Ken Walker Posted on May 29 2013 Categories Aside Quitman Street School Struggles Schooled By Substitutes at Quitman Street Heartbreaking chapter in the multi part story this is no 7 in the series on the struggles of Quitman Street school in the Central Ward Quitman is one of eight renew schools in Newark this academic year part of a showcase turnaround initiative that gives principals autonomy and additional resources in exchange for results Although initial internal testing shows progress among the youngest students the state exam scores will come this summer No one however expects a quick fix In giving Glover unprecedented authority to select his staff last spring Newark Superintendent Cami Anderson said she expected it would take a few years for him to get the right people in place I think he and others will take a real step forward and just like recruiting any team you make some picks you thought were great that turn out to be not so great she said in a June 2012 interview It s a process Author Ken Walker Posted on May 29 2013 Categories Aside Booker Touts Newark s Start Up Potential Booker Talks Newark s Dark Fiber Startups and Gov 2 0 at TechVoice Breakfast Booker explained that when Newark builds market based housing many residents who buy are net new residents of the state He added that New Yorkers have told him they can go to a hip place in Newark with restaurants sports events galleries and concerts and can also buy a house for the cost of a doorknob in New York City And if I need to go into New York for business a concert a show or dinner I can beat my friends who live on the Upper East Side He said he believes Newark

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  • January 2013 – The Daily Newarker
    divert it and you hope that it flows the right way Hat tip to journalist John Dickerson who mentioned the piece on the Slate Political Gabfest Author Ken Walker Posted on January 31 2013 Categories Uncategorized Tags Apollo Robbins attention Crime Marriott Arrives Blogger Rejoices Downtown Welcomes The Courtyard Marriott The hotel manager Nick Pappagallo was kind enough to give me a tour of the facilites I also had the pleasure of staying there for a night so I could get a first hand perspective of the place and I ve gotta say I was pretty pleased throughout I love how Debbie Galant of the NJ News Commons put this The arrival of a Courtyard Marriott wouldn t raise a journalist s eyebrow anywhere else but in Newark it s a story Author Ken Walker Posted on January 31 2013 Categories Newark Uncategorized Tags Courtyard Marriott Glocally Newark Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October

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  • November 2012 – The Daily Newarker
    Ken Walker Posted on November 21 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags City Hall Newark City Council Riot Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October 2008 29 September 2008 48 August 2008 29 July 2008 78 June 2008 88 May 2008 106 April 2008 35 March 2008 16 February 2008 45 January 2008 30 December 2007 21

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  • September 2012 – The Daily Newarker
    his convention speech tonight Mayor Booker will be presenting the Democratic Party platform this evening in a speech at 6pm The Ledger has a great overview for lunchtime reading ahead of the speech which can be seen on C SPAN org or your local TV coverage Newark Mayor Cory Booker will address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte tonight to announce the party s platform the only New Jerseyan who will speak to the convention While the convention is supposed to be about re electing President Obama David Giambusso reports from Charlotte that the New Jersey delegation is distracted thinking about next year s gubernatorial race including whether Booker will jump in Author Ken Walker Posted on September 4 2012 Categories Uncategorized Tags Corty Booker DNC 2012 Search for Search Recent Comments The Simpsons Monora on NorthJersey com writes AirTrai Chad Sykes on Forbes thinks vertical farming Drug trade turf disp on Brick City Cast Member Shot De Noted Newark Schools on Newark Launching Community Sch David on Forbes thinks vertical farming Archives Archives Select Month February 2016 3 December 2015 19 May 2015 3 April 2015 22 November 2013 1 October 2013 1 June 2013 14 May 2013 5 January 2013 2 November 2012 1 September 2012 2 July 2012 38 June 2012 21 April 2012 1 August 2011 1 November 2010 1 June 2010 8 May 2010 3 April 2010 12 March 2010 37 February 2010 56 January 2010 25 November 2009 15 October 2009 31 September 2009 28 August 2009 28 July 2009 2 June 2009 8 May 2009 13 March 2009 3 February 2009 9 January 2009 8 December 2008 23 November 2008 26 October 2008 29 September 2008 48 August 2008 29 July 2008 78 June 2008 88 May 2008 106 April 2008 35 March

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