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Good Friday morning, Evanston.

Congratulations, you made it to Friday. Your reward: more news! Evanston’s made a lot of news over its long history, and the Evanston Public Library is digitizing local newspapers. The Evanston Review from 1924 to 2009 is now readable and searchable online, says librarian Jeff Garrett (above). More newspapers will be uploaded later this year.

Now on to more recent news …

Usually cold weather causes a dip in crime, but the Evanston Police Department warns car and catalytic converter theft is on the rise. Sgt. Chelsea Brown offers tips to deter crooks but cautions not to confront them: “It’s just not worth your life.”

Credit: UChicago Internet Equity Initiative

The city and District 65 are struggling to gather feedback on the new Fifth Ward school project. More engagement meetings are scheduled, but the Fifth Ward has a much lower rate of household internet and computer access than the rest of the city, so online surveys and information may not be enough.

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Keep an eye out: Northwestern University held a Thursday news conference at the Family Focus building that featured Evanston leaders and residents who support a new Ryan Field. Watch the RoundTable website for a story posting later today.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Five new cases and no new deaths were reported Wednesday, Feb. 1, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 9.3 cases per day.

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The Reparations Committee is kicking off quarterly listening sessions in March to gather feedback. Despite a survey that showed many residents prefer meetings later in the day, it will continue to meet at 9 a.m. The committee also voted to extend its contract with Community Partners for Affordable Housing, but just for 90 days.

Credit: 1984 ETHS Key yearbook

“Those guys took care of business – and we had fun too”: The 1983-84 Wildkit boys basketball team that set the school single-season record for victories and finished second in the state will be celebrated tonight at Beardsley Gym during halftime of the ETHS boys varsity game.

Credit: Manan Bhavnani

The final idea collection assembly was Wednesday, Feb. 1. Here’s what’s next in the participatory budgeting process to decide how the city will spend $3 million.

Credit: Les Jacobson

Columnist Les Jacobson has found “the happiest place on earth.” And no, it’s not Disneyland. It’s much closer to home.

Credit: Richard Cahan

Bo Lieberman is a varsity triple threat – he plays football, runs track and field and competes in chess. Next week, he will be one of 12 players representing ETHS at the State Chess Final.

Covid update: The RoundTable’s Larry Gavin reports that Evanston and Cook County have moved into the low risk category. Cases in Illinois have decreased 7%.

The Friends of Opus 327 group will host a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s classic silent film The Kid at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The 1921 film will be accompanied by organist Jay Warren playing St. Luke’s century-old pipe organ.

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Property taxes too high? Several local political leaders are sponsoring an informational seminar on how to file an appeal at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Morton Civic Center.

Join our team: Do you like to write? Are you curious about the varied and dynamic life of Evanston? The RoundTable is looking for feature writers to cover human interest stories and produce profiles about our fair city. If you’d like to write, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a query at news@evanstonroundtable.com.

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Around the web

Arctic air to blast Chicago; wind chill advisory issued. The worst of the arctic chill extends through Friday. Wind chills are likely to drop by daybreak Friday into the minus 10 to 20 range.

These are some of the people in line to profit from Lightfoot’s Bally casino deal. Among them are the family of the woman chairing the mayor’s reelection campaign fund and contractors that are Lightfoot financial backers.

NU researchers discover aging is driven by unbalanced genes. The study by Northwestern scientists describes how gene length correlates to aging, opening the door to new interventions and research.

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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....