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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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Smoke detectors are key to helping families survive fires: Mitchell

The tragic fire that killed four children last week in Roseland is a bitter reminder that the city can’t always protect us from negligent landlords. Eri’ana Smith, 7; Shamarion Coleman, 12; Carlvon Clark, 13, and Carliysia Clark, 15, may have died because there were no working smoke detectors in the second floor apartment where they lived. But there were smoke detectors in the hallway.

Rev. James Meeks on backing Bruce Rauner: Blacks have to shake up Democratic Party

There were two things I knew for certain about my late father. He was going to root for the underdog. And he was going to vote Democratic. The Democrats are for the working class, and the Republicans are for the wealthy, he would say whenever …

Firing Ray Rice is not the answer: Mitchell

A video of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice punching his then fiancée so hard that he knocks her unconscious repulses us — as it should. But the N.F.L.’s handling of this domestic violence incident is likely to do a lot more harm to this family than the punch.

Emanuel’s lack of outrage on Police Cmdr. Evans’ case highlights gap: Mary Mitchell

The way Mayor Rahm Emanuel reacted publicly to misconduct allegations against Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans shows he doesn’t have a clue about what it will take to rebuild trust between cops and the black community.

Dick’s Sporting Goods presents $164,481 check to Jackie Robinson West

Everyone loves a Cinderella story. And the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars was the greatest Cinderella story this town has seen since the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup last year. On Wednesday, Dick’s Sporting Goods South Loop store presented the national Little League champs with an oversized check for $164,481.

Transcript raises serious questions on police shooting

MARY MITCHELL: Marlon Horton, 28, was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer. Jarrod Horton, the deceased man’s older brother, called the shooting “barbaric” and “cold-blooded murder.”

City of Big Shoulders became the City of Big Smiles to celebrate JRW team

On the street, grown-ups danced like excited children, and tiny tots stood tall, proudly holding up signs congratulating the U.S. Little League champions.

Jackie Robinson West shows ‘real swag’

MARY MITCHELL: This year’s U.S. Little League champions, who are being treated like rock stars, are as smart as they are athletic, and as respectful as they are talented. Every time the team ran out on the field, I wanted to hold up a sign that read: “I am JRW.”

Jackie Robinson West players fill us with pride, hope: Mitchell

Thank you, Jackie Robinson West for giving Chicago a summer to remember. We didn’t know it, but we desperately needed to put our minds on something other than the daily bombardment of death and mayhem. And for 14 days, you gave us the opportunity to celebrate the innocence of youth.

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.