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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston!

It’s a sunny day today with a high climbing up to about 89 today, with south southwest winds 5 to 15 MPH. But the National Weather Service also has the area under a Hazardous Weather Outlook warning through Monday. Not many issues for us to worry about today, so we’ll park it until tomorrow. Now, on to more news.

The Haven Middle School student who hung three nooses in a tree outside the school on May 13 will not be criminally prosecuted, according to the Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge’s office. The State’s Attorney has instead “diverted” the case out of court, assigning a probation officer and requiring the student to complete a diversion program. The District 65 investigation, however, remains ongoing, according to Executive Director of Communications Melissa Messinger.

Evanston City Council received its annual ethics training at a special meeting Monday afternoon from Elrod Friedman LLP, the city’s newly appointed special counsel for ethics complaints. Steven Elrod and colleagues covered topics such as prohibited political activity, conflicts of interest and abuse of power. Responding to council members’ questions, Elrod advised that publicly campaigning in any way on a city referendum – such as the one to implement ranked-choice voting in city elections – would likely be a violation of the city’s Code of Ethics.

The Federal Communications Commission has designated 988 nationally as the new three-digit dialing code that routes callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Evanston Police want to make sure the public knows that 988 will link those in need to area services.


COVID-19 by the numbers: 29 new cases were reported Sunday, July 17, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 31.3 cases per day.


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The Evanston/NorthShore YWCA will host its “Summer of Sex Ed” during the week of Aug. 8-12. This is the second year the summer camp will provide comprehensive sex education to local middle school students, taught at an age-appropriate level.

In-laws or teenagers? The latest edition of Dear Gabby tackles immature in-laws, estranged friendships and rude comments on someone’s weight.

Edward A. Quattrocki, 1931-2022. A professor of English literature, book collector, commodities trader, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Edward Quattrocki died peacefully in his home on July 15.

2022 Starlight Movies in the Park series begins Aug. 2. The City of Evanston’s 2022 Starlight Movies in the Park series will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon Shelter with Spider-Man: No Way Home. The free outdoor movie series will feature 11 movies on Tuesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 8 at park locations throughout Evanston.

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At This Time. Friends. They each rode bikes to Raymond Park to meet for only the second time since the pandemic. Tazima Parris (left) and Sarah Elizabeth spent two hours catching up. They talked about dating and relationships.


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Around the web

After Another Chaotic Drag Racing Weekend, Aldermen Push To Impound Cars. The Chicago City Council will vote on a proposal Wednesday that would give police the power to impound cars used in drag racing, using videos and social media as evidence.

CHA to consider leasing public housing land to CPS for new Near South Side high school. The former Harold Ickes site has been vacant since 2010, and now Chicago Housing Authority officials are looking to lease the land to CPS. South Side residents say low-income housing promises made to the Black community by elected officials have gone by the wayside.

Heatwave: Ferocious European heat heads north. In France and the UK extreme heat warnings were issued while northern Spain recorded a high of 109 on Monday. Wildfires in France, Portugal, Spain and Greece have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.


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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.