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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

District 65 is struggling with bus routes amid a shortage of drivers. The district reports an ongoing increase in the number of late bus routes this year. In addition, the number of bus routes decreased.

Several history and philosophy scholars participated in a discussion of critical race theory moderated by Northwestern University Professor of Journalism Ava Greenwell.

Greenwell opened the conversation by posing a burning question: How exactly did the nation reach this point, where critical race theory is seen as this incredibly divisive and fiery issue in schools? 

Mayor Daniel Biss makes closing remarks at the rally (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

Community Lament Rally peels back the layers of the Rittenhouse verdict. A Community Lament Rally, led by seven Evanston faith leaders, was held at Fountain Square at 1 p.m. Sunday after a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on November 19 of intentional homicide, reckless homicide, attempted intentional homicide and reckless endangerment. 

In the United States, 25% of newspapers have ceased operation, and 2,000 community newspapers have closed in the past 15 years. The vacuum created when local journalism declines poses a serious threat to democracy. Our democracy relies on a free press to educate the public.

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Honoring Dana Grote Teeter, 1964-2021, with French macroons and very fond memories. Five weeks ago, on October 18, Dana Grote Teeter passed away surrounded by her family. She was 57 years old. This past Saturday, November 20, a celebration of the Evanston resident’s life was held in the Crystal Ballroom on Chicago Avenue, an event attended by close to 300 of her closest friends and family.

We are Water | Water as family: Returning to a kinship worldview. In our final article, we tie your stories to the original inhabitants and stewards of this land: the Council of Three Fires or Anishinaabe Confederacy, consisting of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi. 

ETHS boys baseketball: Inexperienced Wildkits must grow into role. One of the many tasks for Evanston head basketball coach Mike Ellis during the preseason is to comb through past videos to provide highlights for a video that introduces upcoming games.

(Photo credit: Beth Mullins Scales)

This week in photos. Beth Mullins Scales photographed the stunning full moon, which glowed over Evanston this weekend.

Around the web

Nearly two years after its reopening, residents remain divided on the Robert Crown Community Center’s impact. Tucked into the bottom left corner of Evanston’s 4th Ward, a looming stone building with towering windows sprawls across 130,000 square feet. 

Climate advocates, NU researchers promote clean energy to combat climate change. Here’s a look into the state’s unfolding nuclear energy debate, the search for greener transportation and how Northwestern University students are part of the picture.

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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...