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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

About 100 people attended a rally for gun violence prevention Wednesday at The Rock on Northwestern’s campus, organized by Students Demand Action. Above, Mirabella Johnson holds the megaphone, joined by students V. Matthew Steinbaum (from left), Lily Cohen and Anusha Kumar. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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Evanston Township High School is adding a $1.2 million health science center, featuring labs for career exploration and nursing skills training, in fall 2024. The ETHS Foundation, the high school’s philanthropy arm, will fund the center, intended to help students get hands-on experience in the patient care industry. Foundation Executive Director Joanne Bertsche called the facility “basically a simulated hospital.”

The Human Resources Division manager who the City of Evanston Black Employees Action Group alleged mishandled discrimination complaints has resigned her post. Megan Fulara submitted her resignation March 3 and took a job at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Her resignation came seven days before the city hired a consultant to review the HR division. In an email to the RoundTable, Fulara said the consultant “is a highly reputable company and I am glad the City has chosen to partner with them. I look forward to participating as needed.”

COVID-19 by the numbers: Six new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, April 4, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 9.6 cases per day.

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More than 40 people gathered Wednesday to discuss Northwestern’s Ryan Field project and explore vendor partnership opportunities. The university says 35% of subcontracted spending will be with local minority- and women-owned firms.

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At the National High School Championships, Evanston Township High School Chess showed that it’s one of the best teams in the country. A Wildkit team finished sixth in the Championship section, highest of all attendance area-based public schools in the nation.

In case you missed it: The RoundTable offers a mini online curriculum of Evanston 101 crash courses, explaining an assortment of local topics ranging from reparations to the Ryan Field rebuild. Have an idea for our next 101? Email us.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Evanston Police Department urges motorists to ‘Drop it and Drive.’ Throughout April, there will be high-visibility enforcement targeting those texting and driving, EPD warns.

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RoundTable reader Laurel Covert captured spring trying to break through at the lakefront. Send your photos of people, places and events around town to news@evanstonroundtable.com for a chance to be included in this newsletter.

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Gina Castro

Gina Castro is a Racial Justice fellow for the RoundTable. She recently earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she studied investigative reporting....