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Laurice Bell and Ron Whitmore, hosts of the Evanston Rules podcast. (RoundTable photo) Credit: Doug Whitmore

Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Back in the pandemic spring of 2020, Evanston natives and longtime friends Laurice Bell, Ron Whitmore and Michael DeVaul launched the Evanston Rules podcast, which features long, intriguing conversations with important local figures.

The three founding members have known one another since childhood, and they reconnect at reunions, weddings and funerals. The conversations that would soon end up on the podcast would get started whenever they reunited, and they wanted to share them with a wider audience. 

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Credit: Richard Cahan

At this time: 8:44 a.m. Thursday. Thoughts turn to spring. The community garden at Twiggs Park, near Simpson Street and Brown Avenue, on the coldest day of the year. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

COVID-19 update as of Jan. 6: 136 new cases in Evanston today, a record 44,089 in the state. There was a total of 663 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents in the week ending Jan. 6, compared to 618 new cases in the week ending Dec. 30.

Lakescape bricolage mural east side of Lincoln School. (Photo by Gay Riseborough)

Evanston’s bricolage murals, or what on earth is bricolage? Gay Riseborough explores these mixed media pieces located in different areas around Evanston.

Find the winning moves. Evanston Township High School Chess Club Coach Keith Holzmueller breaks down the paths to victory that some ETHS players took during their matches in 2021.

‘A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence’ to debut at Block Museum. The new exhibition opens Jan. 26 and will explore the various ways American artists have grappled with anti-Black violence over the past 100 years.  

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Around the web

D65 parent climate action team advocates for institutional climate change strategies. The group of parents is encouraging the school district to implement climate resilience plans from the top down, rather than leaving individual schools to decide on their own climate mitigation strategies.

Extreme Cold Means Pipes Could Freeze And Burst, City Warns. Here’s How To Prevent That. Residents should take care to keep their homes warm and check on faucets/pipes as more frigid temperatures descend on the Chicago area on Friday.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...