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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. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:26:18 -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.” ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:25:55 -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. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:29:00 -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. ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:09:29 -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 … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:39:55 -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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:36:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ferguson unrest shows grim past can be repeated ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:18:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dad tells Jackie Robinson West players: 'It’s not over.' ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:33:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Side team lives up to Jackie Robinson’s legacy: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:30:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Side little league has reputation for being exceptional ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:17:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ MLB players, readers send local parents to Little League World Series ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:17:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Some parents need help getting to Little League World Series ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:35:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ New television show denigrates Jesus, blacks: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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 reverence. So, it isn’t surprising that I would be disgusted with Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus,” which made its controversial debut on Adult Swim last week. Finally, we get a black Jesus and he’s a wig-wearing, profanity-spewing, gangbanging, weed-smoking, Hennessey-swilling hippy. Really? In the recent “Son of God,” believers got a dignified portrayal of Jesus, played … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:30:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suburban man goes from hero to homeless ]]> Lead story image

Robert Larson is an unlikely hero. By his own admission, he’s been a bar room brawler, a heavy drinker and a pothead. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:13:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lessons to be learned from the condemned ]]> Lead story image

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 at the Markham courthouse, sent me a copy of Cahill’s book earlier this year. No thicker than a devotional, the book kept me firmly in its grip until the last page. “A Saint on Death Row” is the tragic story of a black teenager who was arrested at the age of 18 for the fatal … ]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:18:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gangs bigger threat than police bias ]]> Lead story image

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 against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Because we don’t take underdogs seriously in this town (despite the upset campaigns of Jane Byrne and Harold Washington) Collins will likely have to beg, borrow or steal every bit of publicity he gets. Indeed, the only potential mayoral challengers who have gotten a lot of free publicity are … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:28:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Team’s success is a good example of adults investing in kids ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:11:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk ]]> Lead story image

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? ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:15:22 -0500