Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Alexis Bell, a professional dog walker, holds tight to the leash of a greyhound in Richard Cahan’s photo, as the dog catches sight of two deer in Perkins Woods.

Now we’re off and running – on to more news.

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Possible metal detectors, persistent academic gaps, teacher morale issues – Evanston Township High School Superintendent Marcus Campbell talks with the RoundTable’s Duncan Agnew about challenges facing ETHS and Campbell’s vision and priorities for the school.

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Residents pressed officials on rats and Howard Street safety at Thursday’s Eighth Ward meeting. Health and Human Services Director Ike Ogbo (above, inspecting a potential rodent access point) said the city is “diligently working on” its rat problem.

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As a 9-year-old, Zuri Ransom used to hang out in Beardsley Gym while her father coached the ETHS boys basketball team. Now the girl who once admired the Wildkit players has turned into a standout herself.

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The CTA delayed or suspended service on the Red, Purple and Yellow lines Thursday night (above, train halted at Noyes Street), with the agency citing Howard Street track conditions for the holdup. The L lines are running as usual this morning.

Evanston has moved up to the medium risk category for Covid, while Cook County remains at medium. The city reported a seven-day average of 13.9 cases on Jan. 25, up from 11.6 the week before.

The Evanston Police Department issued a community advisory Thursday after a reported armed altercation on Crawford Avenue and a possibly linked incident. But the second incident was a case of mistaken identity, EPD later determined.

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Evanston recently started an unconditional cash payment program that pays 150 randomly selected applicants $500 a month. Alicya Dennison writes that research shows such payments have direct correlations to faster brain speed in children.

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Warren Langley’s Stitch is one of the city’s most prominent public artworks. The RoundTable’s Gay Riseborough looks at the story of the installation at the confusing intersection of Green Bay Road, Emerson Street and Ridge Avenue.

Clark Street will be closed between Orrington and Sherman avenues for much of next week in order to erect the tower crane (at top left in image) to be used in the construction of the new building at 710 Clark St.

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The annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center is set for Feb. 5. The dance, for children 5 to 10, will include dancing, crafts and games.

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Picturing Evanston: The yellow roof of Key Club Cleaners is easy to spot from afar, but something is missing. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Main Street Starbucks votes 12-0 to unionize. Starbucks stores across the country have been unionizing. The Old Orchard location unionized last week.

Trustees approve financial incentive for restaurant, but liquor license sparks debate. The new restaurant planned for the old Lad & Lassie space in Wilmette has links to Bennison’s Bakery and Farmhouse Evanston.

The standardized test for students in Illinois gets low marks. Will the state meet a 2025 deadline to fix it? A coalition of teachers unions, advocates and parents’ groups is calling for changes.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...