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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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It might be time for the mayor to call in the State Police or National Guard: Mitchell

What will it take before Mayor Rahm Emanuel realizes that some neighborhoods in Chicago really are war zones?

Apartments’ demise hurts vulnerable tenants

Sebrina Cummings has made strides since moving into supportive housing seven years ago. Now, Cummings is again facing homelessness through no real fault of her own.

Jackson shouldn’t compare city kids to suffering immigrant children: Mitchell

Conservatives are having a field day. Last week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s slammed President Barack Obama for asking Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with the flood of undocumented and unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Jails have become places to warehouse the mentally ill: Mitchell

Because jails have become an acceptable place to warehouse the mentally ill, Jawaun Westbrook, whose family says he suffers from a bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was in a position to allegedly assault two women with a hammer near Navy Pier last week.

Counseling should be a part of any juvenile crime reforms: Mitchell

The unlikely partnership between Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to push for criminal justice reforms is getting a lot of kudos. The pair introduced the REDEEM Act on Tuesday. The proposed legislation would keep juveniles out of adult criminal courts by encouraging states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

Gun violence is hindering lifestyles: Mitchell

The Fourth of July weekend used to mean backyard barbecues and sidewalk fireworks. But this year, I passed up invitations to gather with family and friends because I didn’t want to risk “becoming an unintended target.”

Those in need bear brunt of battle on contraception, wages

Is there a “War on Women?” The question is mostly a political one, and the answer largely depends on whether you identify as a Democrat or Republican. Most Democrats will swear that the GOP is waging a battle against women based on the party’s ongoing …

Discrimination still exists 50 years after the Civil Rights Act: Mitchell

I still cannot pass a certain downtown business without wanting to throw a brick through its window. In 1967 — three years after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law — the company refused to hire me solely because of the color of my skin.

‘The Leftovers’ is off to a slow start: Mitchell

Since Day One, I’ve been a devoted fan of “True Blood,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Boardwalk Empire.” “True Blood” and “Boardwalk Empire” are in their final seasons, and I had hoped “The Leftovers” would draw me in and fill the void. But unfortunately, I wasn’t at all impressed with “The Leftovers.”

South Side transitional housing complex faces troubling conditions: Mitchell

When Brand New Beginnings opened the doors to its transitional housing seven years ago, several elected officials and civic leaders were on hand. But apparent mismanagement and a series of problems has turned a blessing into a curse for formerly homeless families.

Affordable Health Care comes with an unexpected cost: Mitchell

I was sitting with a young reporter recently when she shared an interesting observation. Because she covers crime, she often finds herself scribbling notes while sitting across the kitchen table from a black parent grieving the sudden loss of a young person. She noticed that …

Activists helped bring arrest in senseless killing

We need to give credit where credit is due with respect to the arrest of a suspect for the brazen shooting that killed teacher Betty Howard.

Darrell Williams, jock whose rape conviction was overturned, has advice for young men

Darrell Williams, the former Oklahoma State University basketball star who saw his college career end in 2012 when he was convicted of sexual assault — but has had the case overturned — has some good advice for college-bound jocks. “Watch your surroundings and be careful …

Tragic child death could lead to good: Mitchell

When a tragedy involving a child occurs, we look to place blame. So, it is not surprising that the mother of Cherish Myers, the 19-month old girl struck and killed by a CTA bus on Memorial Day, filed a lawsuit.

Teens lead march against gun violence

In the turbulent ‘60s, young people were at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Today, more than 2,000 youngsters enrolled at Perspectives Charter Schools will be following in that tradition when they participate in a student-led “I Am For Peace” march.

Study highlights gap in wealth, assets among racial groups

MARY MITCHELL: A recent report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions concludes that African-Americans are “beyond broke,” with just $200 in median wealth compared to $23,000 held by whites, and $19,500 held by Asians.

Police harassment complaint pales in the face of deadly violence: Mitchell

The tragic shooting death of Betty Howard, a teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, shows what Chicago police are up against.