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Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

Watch out for snow and ice this morning – Evanston could see up to four inches of snowfall today. RoundTable photographer Joerg Metzner caught early flakes falling last night at the Ackerman Park fieldhouse on Central Street.

Now, on to today’s top local stories.

A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at a residential building on Emerson Street. Firefighters put out the blaze within half an hour, Evanston Division Chief Kimberly Kull said, but water used on the second floor and attic seeped through the building, making it uninhabitable. Six residents were displaced.

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In an effort to improve school safety, Evanston Township High School may give the Police Department access to school surveillance camera footage in the event of a crisis. The city council approved the move on Monday; the ETHS School Board will consider the idea next month. “It’s scary stuff to have to think about and talk about and plan for,” said ETHS Superintendent Marcus Campbell.

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The proposed rebuilding of Ryan Field took center stage at a long Second Ward meeting Tuesday night. As Northwestern University officials touted the $800 million project’s impact, residents remained skeptical. Check the RoundTable’s website later today for a full report.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 15 new cases and no new deaths were reported Monday, Jan. 23, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 13.1 cases per day.

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Evanston Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping on Monday, Jan. 23. An 18-year-old woman reported two masked offenders grabbed her in the 1200 block of Fowler Avenue but she fought them off and was was able to escape.

Minding Our Own Businesses columnist Isabelle Reiniger reports on three local GoFundMe efforts: Body Works by Carla (owned by Carla Eason, above), Edzo’s Burger Shop and Bookends & Beginnings hope crowdfunding can help them survive.

Henry K. Holsman, who designed Sherman Gardens in Evanston, was a powerful advocate for affordable housing. Design Evanston’s Jack Weiss takes a second look at Holsman’s work, focusing on his postwar projects and “mutual ownership” idea.

Outpost After Dark review: RoundTable critic Wendi Kromash praises performances by local musicians Michele Thomas (above) and Vivian Garcia.

ETHS senior guard Jonah Ross sank seven straight 3-point baskets Tuesday in the first half of a 92-28 win over Lake View, on his way to a career-high 26 points.

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After more than 34 years of service, Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph Moskal retired Jan. 19. He began his career as an Evanston firefighter on Aug. 15, 1988. 

Find the best deals at the Downtown Evanston InSidewalk Sale. This weekend, Jan. 27-29, local shops will offer discounts on apparel, art supplies, bike services, games, holiday decor and more. 

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Chicago Weather Alert: Winter Weather Advisory, 2 to 4 inches of snow possible. The most significant snowfall for the Chicago area will be between early morning and midday, but light snow will continue into the evening.

Evanston aims to ready more public buildings for solar panels. Three public facilities are already powered by solar. The Robert Crown Community Center is next.

Oakton College changes name to reintroduce itself to community. The college dropped “community” from its name Tuesday in a $400,000 rebranding.

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Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...

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....