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Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Armed with a flag, Shelley Murphey and her black Lab, Bunney, cross Sheridan Road at Kedzie Street on Wednesday. The City Council has voted to do away with crosswalk flags, currently placed at six intersections. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

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After hearing testimony from real estate investor Cameel Halim (above) and his representatives, and rebuttal from Connections for the Homeless, the Evanston Land Use Commission tied 3-3 Wednesday on whether to support a special use permit to allow the Margarita Inn to permanently operate as a homeless shelter. The case is next expected to head to the City Council, which has final authority.

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Residents of the Sherman Plaza condo building, strong voices on downtown issues, complained at a Redistricting Committee meeting Tuesday that the proposed new ward map would shift them into the Fourth Ward. So with a few computer clicks, panel members redrew the map to put the building back in the First Ward. But activist Meleika Gardner said that while the committee helped Sherman Plaza, it didn’t address issues raised by her and others. She called for a fresh start.

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Evanston/Skokie is one of many Illinois school districts that use the Lucy Calkins Units of Study series, but District 65 plans to overhaul its reading instruction, as research suggests the Calkins approach works mainly for students who are already successful readers. To combat declining literacy, a Springfield bill would require a state “comprehensive literacy plan,” and education groups spoke out this week in support of new curricula and materials teaching phonics and phonemic awareness.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Nine new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, April 25, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 6.4 cases per day.

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“The Porch on Windy Hill is a musical treat to the ear and a soulful treat to the heart,” writes RoundTable critic Cissy Lacks in her review of the Northlight Theatre production, which runs through May 14.

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Midfielder Shayna DaSilva scored two goals Tuesday as the ETHS girls soccer team prevailed against rival New Trier 3-0 on Tuesday. The Wildkits now need only a win over Niles West to finish off a perfect conference season. 

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Pitcher Serafina Goodwill earned her first complete game victory in two years on Tuesday as the ETHS softball team beat New Trier (tough day for the Trevians!) by a 9-1 margin. Delila Liston (above, at a previous game) hit a bases-loaded double.

McGaw Y staffers Melissa Franada (left) and Alicya Dennison have been selected for two prestigious national YMCA leadership networks focused on multicultural leadership development.

Northlight Theatre has announced its 2023-2024 season, which opens with Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle. The season also includes a title made famous by Alfred Hitchcock and the world premiere of a John Patrick Shanley play.

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Around the web

Residents, advocates discuss history of housing discrimination in Evanston. Representatives of Open Communities and Shorefront Legacy Center led a presentation at the Unitarian Church of Evanston.

‘We are suffering too much’: Maintenance technicians report overwork, retaliation from Northwestern supervisors. The Daily Northwestern reports on complaints from current and former custodial staffers.

Redefining Redlining brings fields of tulips to vacant Washington Park lots where homes once stood. An artist planted 100,000 red tulips on the former site of 21 apartment buildings and single-family homes.

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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....