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Mary A. Mitchell biography

Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …

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South Side baseball team kicks back before big game

WILLIAMSPORT — There’s nothing like a barbecue to put family at ease. And that’s exactly what the Jackie Robinson West team and their parents did on Saturday as they prepared for the biggest game of their lives.

South Side Little League team dares to dream big

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Jackie Robinson West Little League team from the South Side showed the world how revenge is meted out: Not with fists or the barrel of a gun, but by being the best. On Saturday, the team — representing the Great …

Enough is enough: Another senseless child slaying in Chicago: Mitchell

Their names and faces are etched in our minds: Blair Holt; Hadiya Pendleton; Endia Martin; Shamiya Adams; Heaven Sutton; Tanaja Stokes; Starkesia Reed; Tsarina Powell; Jonylah Watkins. This time a 9-year-old is dead — shot multiple times in the backyard of an apartment building in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. The preteen is now a number in a staggering tally of innocent children killed on the streets of Chicago.

Ferguson unrest shows grim past can be repeated

If we do not learn from our mistakes, history repeats itself. Most of us have experienced this universal law in our personal lives. So why is it so hard for us to accept that principal when it comes to America’s racist past? Nearly a half-century ago, American saw Watts erupt in flames because of a policing incident.

Dad tells Jackie Robinson West players: 'It’s not over.'

As much as I wanted to be in the stands for a Jackie Robinson West win Sunday, it didn’t happen. Chicago’s team was subjected to the same thrashing it gave the Lynwood Pacific team last Thursday.

South Side team lives up to Jackie Robinson’s legacy: Mitchell

You don’t realize how big the Little League World Series is until you see the small town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Here, far from Chicago’s segregated South Side, you see how ironic it is to have an all-black Little League team play in Williamsport when Jackie Robinson left the Negro leagues to integrate Major League Baseball 67 years ago.

South Side little league has reputation for being exceptional

The late Joseph Haley founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971. Today, Jackie Robinson West has developed a reputation for being an exceptional league.

MLB players, readers send local parents to Little League World Series

Parents of all 13 players on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will have the opportunity to see their sons play in the Little League World Series thanks to an outpouring of donations.Besides readers, businesses and little league baseball fans, four Major League Baseball players pitched in to help the families.

Some parents need help getting to Little League World Series

Donita Butler has been a nervous wreck. Butler is the mother of D.J. Butler, who plays centerfield, on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team. The team made history over the weekend by becoming the first all-black team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in three decades.

New television show denigrates Jesus, blacks: Mitchell

I pray. I read the bible. I go to church. I try to do unto others, as I would have them do unto me. Do I have questions about who Jesus is? Sure I do. Yet, those questions don’t get in the way of my …

Suburban man goes from hero to homeless

Robert Larson is an unlikely hero. By his own admission, he’s been a bar room brawler, a heavy drinker and a pothead.

Lessons to be learned from the condemned

The best part of my summer is taking the time to read outside. One of the books I finally got around to is “A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green,” by Thomas Cahill. The honorable Sheila M. Murphy, the former presiding judge …

Gangs bigger threat than police bias

Frederick Collins, a Chicago Police officer, is one of the people who will try to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. If you’re not a political junkie, you may not have even heard of Collins. But in 2012, he ran unsuccessfully as a GOP candidate …

  • Team’s success is a good example of adults investing in kids

    Thursday night, a group of 11- and 12-year-old boys will take what could turn out to be a historic road trip. These boys are members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, an elite sports team that draws players from across the South Side. Last weekend, the team won the Illinois State title and advanced to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament in Indianapolis.

  • Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk

    If you had to give up some of your personal freedom to reduce the deadly violence in your neighborhood, would you? Would you be willing, for instance, to put up with the indignity that comes with a stop-and-frisk policing strategy?

  • Teens grill mayor about city violence

    Shortly after the Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced an 18-year-old teen had been charged in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a grilling from teens on the South Side.

  • Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs: Mitchell

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace.