Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Missing women should have been on cops’ radar: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

It shouldn’t have taken a “confession” for law enforcement in Northwest Indiana to find the link between seven missing women. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:19:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Groups raise concerns over Beverly incident ]]> Lead story image

Members of the “Unity in Diversity,” and “South Siders for Peace” — both highly respected organizations in Beverly ­— are raising questions about how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handled an alleged attack in that neighborhood. ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:33:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chants were mean, disgusting outside debate at DuSable: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

Right outside of the DuSable Museum — in earshot of some of most respected and well-known black folks in the city — protesters stood in the rain shouting profanities. The chants weren’t just mean; they were disgusting. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:22:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mitchell: Cancer can leave your body, linger in soul ]]> Lead story image

Chances are if you are a woman, one day you will wear a pink ribbon. You won’t wear it because pink is still your favorite color. Last year, an estimated 232,340 women in the U.S. were told they had invasive breast cancer, and another 64,640 women were told they had non-invasive breast cancer. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:13:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman claims workers used coercion to separate her from toddlers ]]> Lead story image

It is hard to imagine a more dysfunctional child welfare system than the one described in a federal lawsuit filed last week against the Illinois Department of Children Family Services, the Children’s Home + Aid, and 10 child welfare workers. ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:20:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ CTU members joining big crowd in Ferguson ]]> Lead story image

Gregory Koger, an ex-convict and former gang member, didn’t sugarcoat why thousands of people would be in Ferguson, MO over the weekend. “They [protesters] are shutting that city down,” he told an audience that attended last Wednesday’s panel discussion on police brutality at Chicago State University. ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:37:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jesse Jackson turned 73 and is still on his mission ]]> Lead story image

When a black man turns 73 years old, it is definitely time for a big celebration. But the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who turned 73 on Wednesday, opted for a subdued observance to mark his milestone. ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:26:14 -0500 <![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. ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:22 -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. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:29:28 -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. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:08:51 -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. ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:15:50 -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. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:32:03 -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 … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:04:45 -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. ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:26:16 -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. ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:24:39 -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. ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:38:32 -0500