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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

It is a beautiful morning, Evanston. And it will be a beautiful day, mostly sunny, with a high near 78 degrees, according to the National Weather Services forecast. Yet there’s another seven-day Hazardous Weather Outlook just issued for our area. It’s not a concrete warning. It has a lot of possibles, might happens and maybes. As best the RoundTable can tell, it is a scientific way of saying: You never know, but enjoy it while you can. We agree. Now, on to more news.

An early evening shooting in a backyard on Fowler Avenue yesterday left a 13-year-old girl hospitalized in critical condition, according to Evanston Police, who relayed the information via a series of tweets. The descriptions make it almost seem like the shooter reached over a fence where a group of teens were gathered and pulled the trigger. Police are looking for anyone with any information to call EPD at 847-866-5000 or -5040.

Since early May, public health authorities have tracked over 16,000 cases of monkeypox around the world, nearly 3,000 of which are in the United States. These include 238 in Illinois and three in Evanston as of Friday, July 22, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Reporter Duncan Agnew covers the basics of the disease, the availability of vaccines and the stigma already circling around who becomes infected and how.

After two challenging years of low business during the pandemic, Downtown Evanston is taking steps to revitalize the city’s downtown business district with new shops and entertainment. Executive Director Annie Coakley talked to the RoundTable about the challenges of online retail and low office occupancy, the new developments at Church Street Plaza and the new branding the organization just rolled out.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 24 new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, July 24, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 26.3 cases per day.

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New Dollop coffee house offers a blend of beverages and convenience. One of the newest businesses in Evanston’s downtown is the Dollop General Store and Cafe, located at 1508 Sherman Ave. Owner Dan Weiss said the new location is “basically a fully functional coffee bar and also an urban grocer.”

Bob Lamey: Don’t bet against him. The second episode of season 3 of Evanston Rules is a heart-to-heart with Bob Lamey, in which he unpacks his childhood, remembers family and friends from growing up in Evanston and pulls no punches. But warning: There is some salty language in this episode.

At This Time: Monday at 5:48 p.m. This is the Watt family, on Sherman Avenue near Greenleaf Street, at the moment grandpa playfully blasts them with a leaf blower. They said: “No first names because we’re a family unit.”

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Picturing Evanston: On a swim off Lee Street Beach on a blue sky morning. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Pope apologizes for ‘catastrophic’ school policy in Canada. Pope Francis issued a historic apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “catastrophic” policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures, severed families and marginalized generations.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants a dome over Soldier Field in hopes the Bears will stay in Chicago. Last year, the team won its bid to purchase the old Arlington International Racecourse with plans to build a new stadium in Arlington Heights. But in a Hail Mary at a news conference Monday, the mayor revealed three different options for the future of Soldier Field, two of which are dome-related and are meant to try to keep the Bears playing in the city.

We Are Jane: South Side Activist Revives Jane Collective To Help People Access Safe Abortions . The Janes helped thousands of women get abortions before Roe v. Wade. Now, activist Tamar Manasseh is reviving the concept with the group We Are Jane, a partner with the Chicago Abortion Fund, and hoping to work with other groups to help Black and Brown women get the care they need.

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Alex Harrison

Alex Harrison joins the RoundTable for the summer in between his undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.