Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Daughter of Harold’s Chicken founder fights to preserve legacy ]]> Lead story image

MARY MITCHELL: The daughter of the founder of Harold’s Chicken Shack is asking for the city’s help in her fight to stop people from ripping off the iconic brand. Kristen Pierce-Sherrod and her husband, Vincent Sherrod, say they are the legal owners of the Harold’s Chicken name, but a half-dozen “rogue” stores have popped up in recent years. “We want to take back control over what’s rightfully ours,” she said. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:19:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Harold’s Chicken faces opposition in Bronzeville ]]> Lead story image

MARY MITCHELL: For nearly 65 years, Harold’s Chicken has been a staple in the black community. But there are signs that the franchise, which has locations all over Chicago’s South Side, may have worn out its welcome — at least one planned for the Bronzeville neighborhood. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:47:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘No-snitch’ street rule is more fiction than reality: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

Is the “no-snitch” culture a cult fantasy? After all, when the highest-ranking member of a Mexican Cartel is cooperating with Chicago prosecutors, it pretty much proves that even hardened criminals will sing if it will save their hides from a life sentence. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:38:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sharpton should encourage ‘brothers’ to help police: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

There are all kinds of activists. There are the limo activists who swoop into a community when cameras are rolling. There are the boardroom activists who cut deals behind closed doors. Then there’s the Rev. Al Sharpton. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:20:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Chicagoland’ producer hopes show spurs viewers to action: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

I put off watching the CNN documentary, “Chicagoland.” After all, it is painful enough bearing witness to the tragic homicides so many Chicago families have suffered. But with only three episodes left, criticism surrounding the series has gotten louder. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:16:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blacks should act to improve grim economic conditions: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

MARY MITCHELL: There is no shortage of data when it comes to African-Americans. But two national studies released last week suggest African Americans may be too reactionary on some issues, and too complacent on others. ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:30:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ New hair rules are racially biased: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

The U.S. Army released its new appearance and grooming regulations — and it was a real burn for African-American female soldiers. The updated rules ban twists, multiple braids bigger than a quarter of an inch in diameter, and dreadlocks of any size. Cornrows also can’t be bigger than a quarter of an inch. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:21:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Young black men with dreadlocks are often perceived as thugs: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

When I grew dreadlocks two decades ago, I saw it as a way of expressing my cultural heritage, not to mention saving my scalp from the torture of chemical relaxers. Today, however, a young black male wearing locks is often stereotyped as a “thug.” ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:31:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nick Cannon’s whiteface is disgusting: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

MARY MITCHELL: If the best Nick Cannon can do to promote his new album is pretend to be a stereotypical white man, he should stick to his day job. ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:22:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge rules plaintiffs can proceed with abuse case against United Airlines: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

A federal bankruptcy judge ruled last week that seven plaintiffs can proceed with a sexual abuse civil case against United Airlines in state court. ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 02:14:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 white students wore blackface masks at Nazareth Academy-Orr game: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

When a the photo surfaced of two white students at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park wearing blackface masks during the regional basketball game between Nazareth and Orr Academy, I thought it had to be a nasty prank. After all, it’s easy to manipulate a photograph. But I received the same photo from several credible sources that claimed to have witnessed the blackface incident. ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:32:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ From Cabrini to M.D.: ‘There is no limit’ ]]> Lead story image

For those who dare to dream, life has a way of making a path for that dream. Such is the case for Kamilah C. Banks-Word, who is on track to earn a medical degree in psychiatry from the Chicago Medical School this year. Banks-Word grew up in CHA’s Cabrini-Green public housing development in a female-headed household with four younger brothers. On Friday, she will join thousands of other medical doctors across the country for “Match Day,” a ceremony in which new doctors learn where they will spend their residencies. That Banks-Word, 35, will take part in this tradition is proof … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:53:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t take the risk young people — sign up for Obama’s health care plan: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

MARY MITCHELL: About 114,000 people in Illinois have already signed up for the new health insurance polices. But the administration is making its final push to attract individuals between ages 18 to 34, the group seen as the key to offsetting the higher costs of insuring older people. ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:14:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Airline should help alleged sexual abuse victims in Believer program: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

United Airlines has the opportunity to help right a terrible wrong. On Wednesday, a federal bankruptcy judge will decide whether the court can reopen the airline’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. That would allow five plaintiffs who allege they were molested in the 1990s to file a claim in Cook County. There are valid legal arguments on both sides, but I see this as a moral issue. The plaintiffs were all age nine and students at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in North Lawndale, when they joined the Believers mentoring program. Their participation was supposed to lead to college scholarships and … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:36:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Morehouse students use spring break to help Roseland youth ]]> Lead story image

MARY MITCHELL: Corey Hardiman and his crew could be kicking up sand this week in Florida. Instead, Hardiman and 14 other students from the historically black Morehouse College are in Chicago shoveling snow — and delivering hope — to young people who have been impacted by the violence on the Far South Side. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:15:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orr prep basketball star shouldn’t have been at early morning party: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

What kind of teen house party rolls on until 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning? That was the time that a disgruntled partier opened fire on a home in the 4900 block of West Race in the Austin neighborhood. Six people were shot, including the star basketball player at Orr, Tyquone Greer, 19. Greer was shot in the calf. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:24:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elderly woman loses housing battle, evicted from lifelong home ]]> Lead story image

It is a miracle that 86-year-old Marian Hunter survived the winter. The former special education teacher was allegedly living in a townhouse at 3401 S. Giles that had no heat and no running water when she was evicted on Thursday. “This is my mother’s home,” she cried, tears streaming down he face as she sat on her Rollator parked on the sidewalk. She inherited three attached townhouses after her parents died. But over the years, the trio of Gothic town homes became an eyesore on a block where real estate lists for $500,000 and up. Although she is still the … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:42:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Adegbile unfairly rejected for federal post because of one case: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

It is a sad day for justice when a gifted attorney is denied an opportunity to run the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division because he defended a man on death row. When you strip away the politics surrounding Debo Adegbile’s nomination, that’s what it boils down to. ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:28:33 -0500