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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Krenice and Derrick Ramsey, who moved to Evanston last month, plan to give away more than 60,000 new books this year that reflect the experience of Black children. They started the nonprofit Young, Black & Lit in 2018 after Krenice had trouble finding “books with little black girls on the cover” to buy for her niece, she told photographer Richard Cahan. “I decided to do something about it,” she said.

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Read reporter Gina Castro’s story for more about Young, Black & Lit’s Wednesday book giveaway at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, and plans for more donations around the Chicago area as well as New York City, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington, D.C. The nonprofit has opened an office in Evanston.

Now read on for more local news …

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Tensions ran high at the latest Seventh Ward meeting on Northwestern’s Ryan Field plans. Wednesday’s session was billed as focused on potential alcohol sales, but many residents criticized the university’s level of financial support of the community. For its part, Northwestern said it would revise its zoning application to provide more limits on the number and scale of proposed 10,000-person events

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ETHS candidate changes: Current Evanston Township High School board member Stephanie Teterycz (left) has withdrawn her re-election bid, and fellow board member Mirah Anti opted to to run as a write-in candidate, seeking a two-year term. Reporter Duncan Agnew sorts out who’s still in the race. Election Day is April 4.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Feb. 14, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 9.1 cases per day.

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Minding Our Own Businesses columnist Isabelle Reininger has the story on how supporters of Accents Plus helped save the jewelry and apparel store, which opened in 1985, and she has the scoop on an Epic (hamburger) celebration of a Wildcats basketball win.

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The presentation of African American Educator Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Second Baptist Church honored those who have made outstanding contributions to public elementary and secondary education in Evanston.

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The Dolphin Show at Northwestern University has an 80-year history of productions, but this year’s staging of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical set a record for ticket sales.

The annual District 65 plant sale, which benefits all schools in District 65 through the PTA Equity Project One Fund, is accepting pre-orders through Feb. 22.

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Around the web

Off-Duty Cop Who Brought Gun To Work At Library Faces Discipline. Records show the library staffer who drew a gun on a patron had resigned from the Evanston Police Department during his probationary period.

Attempted murder charge for Gurnee man in ‘alleged financial deal gone wrong’ shooting. Evanston Police said the suspect fired twice in the parking lot of a local house of worship before the intended victim and his brother subdued the man.

NU panel discusses controversy behind AP African American Studies. Northwestern’s African American studies department hosted a discussion Wednesday evening on the new Advanced Placement course.

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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....