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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston!

Above, a scene from what Northwestern University calls “Kiss ’n’ Bye”: the moment parents say farewell to their new first-year students. Here’s Josie White with dad Steven and mom Annabeth in the Deering Meadow on Tuesday morning, along with 2,300 other new Northwestern students who just marched through the Weber Arch. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

And now, the RoundTable marches on to today’s news:

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The District 65 school board is expected to appoint a replacement for former Vice President Marquise Weatherspoon this Monday, Sept. 19. The district received 13 applications from community members seeking to fill Weatherspoon’s seat. The RoundTable obtained the full text of all the applications through a Freedom of Information Act request, and you can read all the highlights here.

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Evanston City Council members on Monday approved paying $508,000 to provide elevated cleaning and maintenance to the city’s downtown and other business areas. The allocation from federal COVID-19 recovery funds will go to a Brooklyn, New York-based private firm, Streetplus Company.

In March 2020, former Evanston Police Department Chief Demitrous Cook (above) posted police mugshots to his public Snapchat story, including one picture of a man with “HIV” and “pending” handwritten next to his picture. Court records state the man “has never been diagnosed with HIV and was tested for HIV on 2/22/2020 with a negative result.” He sued the city, and City Council approved $125,000 Monday night to settle the federal lawsuit.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Six cases and no new deaths were reported in Evanston on Monday, Sept. 12, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 7.4 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Four Evanstonians share how the pandemic changed their fitness routines. Well over two years into the pandemic, Evanston residents are figuring out their preferences between working out at home, going to the gym or doing outdoor activities like swimming and climbing.

Les Jacobson: We blew it. “We thought we were smart. We were clever and smug. Our generation, the baby boomers, had ended the Vietnam War, kicked Nixon out of office and helped advance the civil rights movement and the feminist agenda. We were cool, we were progressive, we would change the world,” writes columnist Les Jacobson. “Only it didn’t quite work out that way.”

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Peggy Tarr: Yo no hablo español. Columnist Peggy Tarr writes about the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, and how a rusty memory from a long-ago Spanish class led to a recent moment of positive communication (and perhaps a little confusion).

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Photos: ETHS Wildkits fall to Prospect Knights, 17-14. On Friday in Mount Prospect, ETHS scored a touchdown and then a two-point conversion to tie it up at 14-all, but the Knights kicked a 24-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to win it, 17-14.

Week in photos: Sept. 7-14. Between a thunderstorm that dumped four inches of rain on the city last Sunday and the migration of monarch butterflies south to Mexico, the past week offered plenty of photo opportunities for Evanston residents.

Picturing Evanston. Get ready to vote, as the election season is already in full swing at Church Street and Wesley Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Preserving the past: Students help record the stories of Black Evanstonians. Northwestern students are working with Shorefront Legacy Center to help collect and archive oral histories from Black local residents.

Chicago-area Metra lines could shut down Friday if freight railroad workers go on strike. Two unions representing more than 50,000 railroad workers could go on strike as soon as this Friday. If a work stoppage occurs, the BNSF, Union Pacific North, Union Pacific Northwest and Union Pacific West lines will not run.

Majoring in marijuana? Not quite, but more colleges than ever offer courses in cannabis. This fall, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and 11 community colleges in the state, including nearby Oakton Community College, are offering classes in everything from cannabis botany to distribution sales to law.

U.S. inflation still stubbornly high despite August slowdown. Economists described the latest consumer price index report as “disappointing,” with average prices rising 8.3% in August compared with the same month a year ago. Gas prices fell slightly, though upticks in things like rent and health care offset that.

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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...