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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

That photo above is actually a sunset, not a sunrise – photographer Joerg Metzner captured the sun going down Sunday evening over Kamen Park on South Boulevard – but it illustrates of the return of clear winter skies.

Now, on to the news.

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Entrepreneur and author Steven Rogers was outraged when he heard how Black families in the late 1920s were forced out of northwest Evanston. So he bought the original site of their homes and plans to build a memorial.

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Next Monday, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the RoundTable has tracked down some exciting and educational ways to celebrate the day, including service opportunities, a concert, a film screening and a candlelight vigil.

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Monday: The city council holds its first meeting of 2023 tonight at 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Essayist and poet Ross Gay will talk about inciting joy at an event sponsored by the Evanston Public Library at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 on Zoom.

Thursday-Saturday: Central Street Evanston’s annual InSidewalk Sale runs Jan. 12-14.

Saturday: Help decide how Evanston spends $3 million. An idea-collection session is set for 3:15 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 11 new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Jan. 5, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 15.43 cases per day.

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Carol Wilson, a board member at Interfaith Action of Evanston, explains the urgent need for winter shelter in Evanston, and encourages you to participate in the group’s annual Walk for Warmth however you can on Jan. 16.

What to do when dealing with your aging mother’s anger and bitterness becomes a heavy burden? Our advice columnist Gabby has a few simple ideas – 15 of them, to be exact.

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On Saturday the ETHS boys basketball team cruised to a 68-39 victory against Dubuque Homestead. The Iowa game was the first time coach Mike Ellis had brought one of his teams back to play in the state where he grew up.

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The ETHS girls basketball team fell short Friday against Maine South in a 49-44 loss as coach Brittanny Johnson lamented missed layups.

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Columnist Charles Wilkinson reflects on life, philosophy and religion: “My faith tells me what I cannot know while inviting me to live into unimaginable surprise.”

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Proposed Illinois assault weapons ban still on table, but clock is ticking For Senate to vote. Supporters of the bill hope it will pass before Wednesday.

‘We do everything by hand in house’: Evanston bakery to open location in Libertyville. The Hewn Bread outpost will offer a scaled down menu.

Miss Asia USA 2023 Ariana Pineda finds footing on stage and campus. The Northwestern sophomore, a biomedical engineering major, won the pageant in November.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...