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The Rev. Michael Nabors moderates the “Stop the Violence” rally December 1. (RoundTable photo)

Good Thursday morning, Evanston.

Gathering on the corner where gunshots took the life of one teenager and wounded four others, community leaders denounced the gun violence in a solemn ceremony and pledged to redouble efforts on programs to lead youth in positive directions.

“The cavalier attitude regarding gunfire in our nation, the blatant disregard for the value of human life, a certain erasure of common values and the insanity of a society that now accepts its young people’s loss of life, are symptoms of a sick and diseased nation,” said the Rev. Michael Nabors, moderator of the event.

District 65 teachers protest
Teachers protest at an October 11 District 65 committee meeting. (Photo by Bessie Mbadugha)

After teachers protested the working conditions in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 in October, former District 65 elementary school principal Donna Sokolowski wrote the RoundTable about the problems facing educators in the district.

“Many people have left the district earlier than planned (retirement or resignation) because their expertise was and is not sought or valued by our new central office administrators,” Sokolowski wrote.

COVID by the numbers: 24 cases and one death were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 12.

Hughes and Lardizabal
Jesus Lardizabal (left) of Altura Solutions with Patrick Hughes, a longtime Evanston accessibility advocate. (Photo by Bob Seidenberg)

After going nearly a decade without updating its Americans with Disabilities standards, the city has hired Austin-based firm Altura Solutions to conduct a review of parks and facilities with the goal of identifying potential accessibility improvements.

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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

The Ice Cream Cats. (Photo by Sam Stroozas)

‘Ice Cream Cats’ rescued from house fire await new homes, but five euthanized at Chicago shelter. After 42 cats were rescued from a Dewey Avenue house fire in August, the Evanston Animal Shelter hopes it can find adopted homes for the furry felines.

Les Jacobson: A.I. ate my homework. Our columnist breaks down some of the perils and pitfalls of an era when artificial intelligence seems to dominate all of our lives.

Rank and File | World Chess Championship: A drawn-out contest? Keith Holzmueller breaks down the early stages of this year’s match.

Discussion of 1960s America and book signing at Evanston Public Library. On Thursday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. Evanston author Kevin Boyle will discuss his new book “The Shattering: America in the 1960s,” with Northwestern Professor Peter Slevin.

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Guide to shopping sustainably in Evanston for the holiday season. Check out these tips for keeping your holiday gift shopping environmentally friendly.

Cook County Passes 1,000 Homicides For 2021, The Highest Toll In Nearly 3 Decades. With a month left in the year, Cook County has already seen the most homicides since 1994, when there were 1,141.

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Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...