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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Estate sale shoppers John Myers and Terah Arrington are on the prowl. House sale season is in full swing, and the pickings are good on the North Shore. Photographer Rich Cahan captured the couple Sunday afternoon stuffing a bar hutch from an estate sale on Maple Avenue into their SUV. Then they were off to another sale in Wilmette.

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Old Arthur’s Barbecue sauce won first place at the National Barbecue & Grilling Association award ceremony. The company’s recipes have been handed down for generations. Our business writer Isabelle Reiniger chronicles the firm’s fascinating history.

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June Chen Ahleman is a high school senior who makes big art – literally. Her portraits are larger than life, perhaps because they bring in the subject’s personality as well. Jean Cunningham profiles the young oil painter and her work in the latest The Art of Making Art column.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 10 new cases and no new deaths were reported Feb. 23, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 9.3 cases per day.

City Council members.

The City Council meets tonight with some major items up for discussion, including construction of the new animal shelter, cannabis lounges and a shared housing ordinance. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center and is also viewable on Zoom. Get all the information you need from the 230-page packet.

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The Annual Spring Student Arts Showcase Feb. 23 came a little early for spring, but with an evening of dance, poetry, art and the spoken word – all performed by students who attend the Family Focus After School Program – it was a warm and delightful event.

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The Wildkits lost to Glenbrook South 47-43 in the Class 4A Conant Regional tournament championship game. The season-ending loss marked the earliest exit for ETHS from the Illinois High School Association state tournament series since the 2012-13 season. “I hope they can take the lessons they learned this year through their next steps in life,” said coach Mike Ellis. 

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Brian G. Becharas thinks there’s too much of a rush to build a new Evanston animal shelter. “I am also in favor of a new animal shelter but … this project as presented, just plainly costs too much.” In his letter to the editor he asks the city to slow down and find a more economical plan.

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Linda Schneider, a 40-year resident, opposes the zoning ordinance Northwestern University’s is asking for to rebuild Ryan Field. In her letter to the editor she writes: “I urge the City of Evanston to reject Northwestern’s proposed zoning changes.”

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Little Village community calls for justice after 20-year-old Guatemalan migrant murdered in Chicago. Reina Christina Ical was fatally shot in Little Village. Community members are raising funds to send her body back to her family in Guatemala and urging police to find answers.

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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....