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Evanston RoundTable

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Evanston resident Mary Beth Roth holds a portrait of Tyre Nichols at Wednesday’s Fountain Square vigil in honor of Nichols and other victims of police violence. “One more time, we have gathered together because of the senseless loss of a young African American,” said the Rev. Michael C.R. Nabors of the Second Baptist Church.

Police Chief Schenita Stewart and Nabors, president of the Evanston/North Shore NAACP branch, will attend a community gathering at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave. Now, on to more news.

David DeCarlo, one of the founders of the Most Livable City Association, speaks against proposed zoning changes.

Northwestern University has filed an application for a zoning change (and the RoundTable is posting the paperwork) to allow as many as 10 public concerts each year at a new Ryan Field as well as unlimited indoor and outdoor lectures, speakers, performances and other events for up to 10,000 people. The next debate of the proposal is scheduled for Feb. 22 at a Land Use Commission meeting.

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Today is Groundhog Day, and rodents in Woodstock, Ill., and Punxsutawney, Penn., saw their shadows, comically predicting six more weeks of winter. But the bitter cold is no joke: Connections For the Homeless ran out of coats and winter gear and urgently seeks donations. Local seniors are staying cautious and bundling up. The city has issued shelf ice warnings and snow removal advisories. Here is a roundup of what you should know.

The Citizen Police Review Commission on Wednesday sent a case back to the Evanston Police Department for a third review. The complaint concerns an off-duty officer’s remarks after his vehicle struck a teenage bike rider, which was “clearly improper,” said Commissioner Juneitha Shambee.

COVID-19 by the numbers: 13 new cases and no new deaths were reported Tuesday, Jan. 31, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 10.86 cases per day.

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The League of Women Voters of Evanston will host a forum for Second Ward candidates in the City Council special election. (Candidates are, from left, Darlene Cannon, Patricia Gregory and incumbent Krissie Harris.) The event is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 in the council chambers at the Morton Civic Center.

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Evanston Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s new book On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World explores accountability and healing. The RoundTable’s Cissy Lacks sat down with her to discuss the book, honored at the National Jewish Book Awards.

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The ETHS boys basketball team is on a five-game winning streak after a 42-26 win against Maine South on Tuesday night. The Wildkits outscored the Hawks 25-13 in the second half.

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Meanwhile, on the ETHS girls gymnastics team, sophomores Ella Eovaldi (above) and Tait Hansen earned trips to the sectional meet and two teammates could capture at-large qualifying spots as the Palatine Regional meet wraps up today.

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“My childhood phone number rolls off my tongue easily. It’s like a rhyme or ditty I’ve memorized.” Columnist Nancy E. Anderson reflects on phone numbers and how seven (or 10!) digits can mean so much. Cellphone numbers just aren’t the same.

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The Evanston Symphony Orchestra resumes its subscription season with a program of Mahler, Mozart and Prokofiev, featuring violinist Irina Muresanu (above), who is appearing for the fifth time with the orchestra. The 2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 concert at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall will end well before opening kickoff of the Super Bowl.

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Picturing Evanston: A light along the path on the Northwestern lakefill bathes the bare tree branches with its warm glow. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Illinois Attorney General sues 3M, other companies over ‘forever chemicals.’ State officials found over 100 drinking water systems around Illinois with measurable levels of PFAS.

Some ETHS students say they are not taught enough about reparations. Reparations are “something that I only hear about if I search it up,” one student said.

Restaurant month is underway on the North Shore. More than 80 restaurants are part of the program from Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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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...