Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ It takes more than good intentions to make mentoring work ]]> Lead story image

“Sometimes the contradictions in their lives are so intense they seem manufactured for teaching life lessons, but it’s hard to keep up with what you’re supposed to be learning in that terrible moment between defiance and despair . . .”― Pearl Cleage, I Wish I Had a Red Dress I have this idea that works pretty well in my head. It would require reaching out to young mothers and pairing them with older women made wise by the hard knocks many of them have had to endure. “In her novel published in 2001, “I Wish I had a Red Dress,” … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:21:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why was man accused of killing 9-year-old Antonio Smith on the street? ]]> Lead story image

I don’t get why the man accused of killing 9-year-old Antonio Smith was on the street. Derrick Allmon, 19, had already been convicted for “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member” and was on parole. He served 21 months of a three-year sentence and was released on electronic monitoring in August. According to prosecutors, Allmon was allowed to leave his home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maybe the authorities thought he would find a job or attend classes during those hours. That was obviously wishful thinking. At a time when the city was putting a lot … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:17:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alabama judge accused of abusing wife should get same attention as NFL players: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

Could someone please call Gloria Allred? While the media spotlight has been trained on the NFL’s clumsy handling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, a more egregious case is right under her nose. ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:31:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel is missing a larger issue with school name ]]> Lead story image

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to name a high school planned for the North Side in honor of President Barack Obama may keep the president’s name out of a nasty re-election campaign. But it won’t stop the mayor’s opponents from using the issue as part of the “tale of two cities” narrative that has grown since Emanuel’s was elected in 2011. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:17:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ferguson controversy prompts activists to protest Chicago shootings ]]> Lead story image

Whether local police brutality accusations are a reflection of the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., that some have dubbed the “Ferguson Effect,” or something else, African-Americans are claiming with increased urgency that police are shooting “unarmed” or “compliant” suspects. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:24:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mitchell: Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse ]]> Lead story image

Adrian Peterson, who acknowledged his father whooped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. According to Peterson, he disciplined his son for fighting by getting a branch from a tree, pulling off the leaves, and striking the child on his legs, arms and behind. That’s a whooping all right. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Smoke detectors are key to helping families survive fires: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:32:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rev. James Meeks on backing Bruce Rauner: Blacks have to shake up Democratic Party ]]> Lead story image

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 politics came up. As simple as that logic is, it has held up over many elections. It’s why Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn made a big show of trying to live on minimum wage for a week. It is also why his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, slapped an $18 watch on his wrist and portrayed himself … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:45:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Firing Ray Rice is not the answer: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:14:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel’s lack of outrage on Police Cmdr. Evans’ case highlights gap: Mary Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:32:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dick’s Sporting Goods presents $164,481 check to Jackie Robinson West ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:21:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Transcript raises serious questions on police shooting ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:16:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ City of Big Shoulders became the City of Big Smiles to celebrate JRW team ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:03:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West shows ‘real swag’ ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:30:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West players fill us with pride, hope: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:51:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Side baseball team kicks back before big game ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:18:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Side Little League team dares to dream big ]]> Lead story image

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 Lakes Region — took the title of Little League U.S. champions by defeating Mountain Ridge from Las Vegas 7-5 in its biggest nail-biter of the tournament. “After I gave up that home run, I was very scared,” said Josh Houston, who owned the mound from the start of the game. “I thought we were going … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:28:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Enough is enough: Another senseless child slaying in Chicago: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:38:32 -0500