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SHORT & SWEET r" I I r" r1 1 r1 MAXIMIZE FRESH J J-J STARS VISIT CAMDEN, PROMOTE UPCOMING RACES zpoxsz STRAWBERRY SEASON WITH GREAT RECIPES IN TASTE L COURIER-POST COURIERPOSTONLINE.COM Wednesday, May 16, 2012 'This is another $100 million investment in this city and in the region. This is a region of the state that has been frequently underserved." GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE r' CANCER A MILESTONE FOR 1! At top, George Norcross III and Gov. Chris Christie chat following Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the Cooper Cancer Institute expansion. Above, construction continues. JOHN ZIOMEKCOURIER-POSTAND DOUGLAS BOVITTCOURIER-POST FILE By CHRISTINA MITCHELL :: Courier-Post Staff CAMDEN It was a groundbreaking without the ground, but Tuesday's ceremony to mark the $100 million expansion of Cooper University Hospital's Cancer Institute represented a milestone in the hospital's 125-year history. A steady drizzle kept about 250 guests and nine ceremonial shovels inside a dry tent at the groundbreaking site, at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Haddon Avenue. Speakers included Gov. Chris Christie, Cooper Chairman George Norcross III, Camden Mayor Dana Redd and state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney. In the crowd were former governors Jim Florio and James E. McGreevey. Referencing Sweeney, his legislative sparring partner, Republican Christie began by saying he and the West Deptford Democrat "don't always say the smartest things to or about each other." See COOPER, Page 10A Cop charged with DUI still on duty in Burlco By GEORGE MAST Courier-Post Staff PENNSAUKEN A Maple Shade police officer remains on duty while awaiting a hearing on a charge he was drunk when he wrecked a township police vehicle on his way home from a bar around 5 a.m. one day last month. A Pennsauken municipal court hearing for Scott Pacheco's April 4 drunken driving charge scheduled for TAiesday was postponed, according to a court official. A new hearing date hasn't been set. Maple Shade Police Chief Gary Gubbei said Tuesday that per policy, the department will conduct its own investigation into the crash along Maple Avenue in Pennsauken once the driving under the influence charge is adjudicated. Pacheco, 28, a six-year veteran, was not on duty at the time of the crash, but was driving a 2006 blue Ford Crown Victoria assigned to the Maple Shade department. "There is an internal process that we have to deal with," Gubbei said. The police chief said a part of the investigation will look into whether Pacheco's use of the police vehicle was justified. According to a Pennsauken police report, Pacheco had a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent following the crash, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent. Per state statutes, Pacheco, who could not be reached for comment, stands to lose his driver's license for a period of seven months to a year. Pacheco was allegedly driving the vehicle eastbound on Maple Avenue when he bounced over the right curb, and plowed through two street signs before striking a light pole, according to the report. Pacheco, whose eyes were noted as being watery and bloodshot, told a responding officer he was on his way home from Bryson's Pub on Cove Road in Pennsauken, the report states. When questioned about whether he See OFFICER, Page 10A DOING IT WITH DEFENSE Andre Iguodala is getting the job done with strong defense against the t w Celtics. Can he keep it L-Yei?J up in Game 0 3 tonight? COMPLETE COVERAGE IN SPORTS School district grants buyout Camden to pay Young $62,000 By KEVIN C. SHELLY Courier-Post Staff CAMDEN The board of education approved a buyout for Bessie LeFra Young on Tuesday evening, setting the stage for her departure June 30. Young will get about $62,000, the equivalent of three months' pay, and additional, as yet untallied expenses. Young had left the meeting by the time of the board's vote. In a joint statement read after the decision, Young and the board called the settlement "in the best interest" of her and the district. Other expected changes in the district should follow, including: the appointment of an interim superintendent, a national search for a full-time superintendent, and moving forward with soliciting plans for up to four new Urban Hope charter schools. The board voted Tuesday to go forward with seeking applications through a request for proposal process, but limiting the applications to just two initially. The district is also bracing for over-See BUYOUT, Page 12A Bessie LeFra Young and the board of education issued a joint statement Tuesday calling the buyout 'in the best interest' of her and the district. Winslow man sues Walmart for $1 million By JIM WALSH Courier-Post Staff A Winslow man, who say s he was traumatized by a public-address announcement directed at black shoppers in a Walmart store, is seeking $1 million in damages. Donnell Battie has sued the retail giant over a March 14, 2010, incident at a Walmart on the Black Horse Pike in Washington Township. In that incident, a teenage shopper allegedly got on the store's intercom system and announced: "Attention, Walmart customers. All black people must leave the store." A 16-year-old from Atlantic County was later charged with harassment and bias intimidation in connection with that incident and a similar announcement in December 2009. 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