Chicago Team Defies The Odds With Run In LL World Series; But Loses In World Championship

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By Rusty Miller
AP Sports Writer

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The kids from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West defied the odds with their run in the Little League World Series.
Even at the end, the youngsters that had brightened a city and caught the imagination of the baseball world didn’t quit.
Down seven runs to powerful South Korea in the final inning of the championship game on Sunday, the Great Lakes Region champion scored three runs and electrified their fans before falling short, 8-4. Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and combined with Hae Chan Choi, who weathered a late Chicago rally, to lead the Asia-Pacific Region champions to an 8-4 win in Sunday’s LLWS championship game.
Hwang, who was removed because he wasn’t feeling well, gave up one hit in two-plus innings while striking out four. He also drove in his team’s first two runs as they built an 8-1 lead before Jackie Robinson West made it close.
Despite the loss, their story — an all-black, inner-city team named after the selfless pioneer who broke the color barrier in the big leagues — might just resonate beyond their noisy trip through the tournament.

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City To Monitor TIF Financial Matters After Racial Tensions Surface

By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Tempers flared at a recent Economic Development Commission meeting after alleged racial comments were made by the Tax Increment Financing chairman to the past EDC chairman.
Immediate past EDC chairman Clyde McQueen, now financial chairman, attempted to raise a point at a recent EDC meeting when TIF chairman Ron Yaffe moved to adjourn the meeting, sources tell THE CALL.
Moments later Yaffe was heard telling McQueen, “we wouldn’t be having these problems if you could control ‘your people’”.
Yaffe was referring to and called by name, Ms. Malina Johnson, an African American woman, who serves as the Controller for the EDC that monitors and reports TIF expenditures.
At a meeting with Mayor Sly James and other key officials, Yaffe stated that he did not make the  statement.
However, others in attendance at the meeting heard the same statement that McQueen alleges Yaffe made.

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Rev. Sharpton Sends Out Call For Action At Memorial Service

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — They came by the thousands to pay their respects. Among them were the parents and extended family — some 500 strong — of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed more than two weeks ago by a Ferguson police officer.
But the crowd of mourners also included the Rev. Jesse Jackson; the film director Spike Lee; T. D. Jakes, the bishop of The Potter’s House, an African American megachurch; several members of Congress; representatives from the White House; and two children of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
During a deeply religious service here on Monday at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist church, several speakers exhorted mourners to work for justice, not just for Brown but for others, long after the funeral was over.

 

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