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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

May you be dry and damage-free from last nights “possible” storms. Today, we move almost-kinda-literally into the furnace, according to the National Weather Service. There is an excessive heat warning for the area through 8 p.m. tomorrow. Temperatures today should reach into the mid-to-upper 90s, but with humidity it will feel closer to 106-110. Please be careful out there.

Now, on to more news.

The Evanston City Council last night approved a $3 million allocation to renovate McGaw YMCA’s Men’s Residence – the largest amount given to a single organization from the city’s federal COVID recovery funds. Council members voted 6-1 in favor of renovating the facility at 1000 Grove St., the city’s lone single room occupancy (SRO) facility, which houses 172 residents.

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During the 2021-22 academic year in Evanston/Skokie School District 65, 62 of the 99 students who received at least one out-of-school suspension were Black, according to an update on student discipline provided Monday, June 13, to the school board. “I appreciate the thoroughness of the information and the honesty,” board member Anya Tanyavutti said. “I do, personally, find it really troubling to see the racial predictability in how children are excluded from educational opportunities.”

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Acknowledging these past years were far from what students planned when they started in college as freshmen or in their first year of graduate school or doctoral programs, the award-winning author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson gave a rousing call to arms to the thousands gathered at Ryan Field Monday, June 13, for Northwestern University’s commencement. “The circumstances in which we find ourselves require us to step out of our comfort zone and to stand up for what we believe in,” Wilkerson said.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 24 new cases were reported Sunday, June 12, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 28.9 cases per day

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Melody Angel will perform Tuesday night as part of the city’s Starlight Concert Series. Come out to Bent Park, located at Central Street at Cowper Avenue, on Tuesday, June 14 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to hear Chicago musician Melody Angel. Her music is a little taste of rhythm & blues, rock, folk, and funk, all layered in with some Chicago blues.

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Documentary on Evanston’s reparations available online during Tribeca Film Festival. The Big Payback, a new documentary about longtime efforts to promote reparations for African Americans, premiered Monday, June 13, at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie spotlights Evanston’s reparations program, which provides a funding mechanism to launch reparations payouts.

At This Time. Game over. Players on the Rotary Club baseball team learn that their game is called in the fourth inning after coaches spotted lightning. Moments later, parents picked up the bases and families headed for their cars or home as rain drenched the city. No winners or losers here. “We actually don’t keep score because it’s the farm league, first and second graders,” said Coach Tara Hanley.

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Picturing Evanston. The bike path along the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, east of McCormick Boulevard and south of Main Street.

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Bookends & Beginnings’ top 10 May bestsellers. Last month’s top seller was Book Lovers by Emily Henry. This enemies-to-lovers romance novel tells the story of a literary agent and an editor who can’t seem to avoid each other despite their mutual aversion.

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The week in photos: June 6-13. This rainbow reflection was spotted in Evanston earlier this week, just in time for Pride Month!

Evanston students among 2022 National Merit Scholarship winners. Four students from Evanston Township High School, Beacon Academy and Roycemore School are among this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The students were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists.

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PHOTOS: Severe Weather Damage From High Winds, Strong Thunderstorms Across Chicago. Dangerous storms brought tornado warnings and watches, along with high winds and hail across parts of the Chicago area during the afternoon rush hour Monday.

Evanston to kick off summer food program Monday. Evanston will offer cold breakfast and lunches for people 18 and younger starting Monday. Residents can pick up meals Monday through Friday each week until Aug. 12. 

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley discharged after hospitalization. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has been discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital following a neurological event.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...