Melanie is a general assignment reporter based in Cherry Hill. She joined the Inquirer in March 2000 as an Education Reporter. She spent five years on the Editorial Board. She previously worked for the Associated Press as a newsperson and correspondent covering five counties in South Jersey.
Camden School Superintendent Katrina McCombs delivered good news and bad news Wednesday: Veterans Memorial school, slated to close this year, will remain open thanks to a state bail-out. She is moving forward with plans to close or reconfigure other schools and eliminate about 55 positions.
A federal jury returned a mixed verdict Tuesday in the trial of a Camden County Metro Police Department officer accused of beating an unarmed suspect. Nicholas Romantino was acquitted on a charge of filing a false police report, but the jury could not reach a verdict on a civil rights charge.
Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a legendary peace activist who led protests against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons that landed him in jail, will be memorialized in a portrait by a Philadelphia-born artist that will be unveiled Sunday at Villanova University
Nearly 75 years later, the Army has granted an honorable discharge to a World War II veteran from Philadelphia who was kicked out of the military in 1945 and given a "blue discharge" because he was black.
Pastor Robert Baldwin, of Willingboro, has been accused of giving thousands of Ugandans a "miracle cure" that contains industrial bleach. He says it will cure diseases such as cancer and malaria, but others say the concoction has no known health benefit.