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Court overturns sex conviction

FORSYTH, Ga. — Genarlow Wilson -- the young man imprisoned for committing a consensual sex act who became, for many, an example of inequitable criminal justice -- was released from prison Friday after his conviction was overturned by Georgia's Supreme Court. In 2005, Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. He was sentenced to 10 years with no possibility of parole, the mandatory minimum under Georgia law at the time. But
By Genarlow Wilson
• Chicago Tribune

Court overturns sex conviction

FORSYTH, Ga. — Genarlow Wilson -- the young man imprisoned for committing a consensual sex act who became, for many, an example of inequitable criminal justice -- was released from prison Friday after his conviction was overturned by Georgia's Supreme Court. In 2005, Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. He was sentenced to 10 years with no possibility of parole, the mandatory minimum under Georgia law at the time. But
By Genarlow Wilson
• Chicago Tribune

Best racing PC games available on Amazon

When the first racing game for a personal computer, “Space Race,” was developed in 1973 for the Atari system, no one realized the generational impact its 2D gameplay would have on video games today. The gaming market is now a multibillion-dollar industry and racing games make up a large slice of it.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

Mirrorless camera vs. DSLR: Which is better?

Professional photographers have a huge variety of cameras to choose from. By using different types, they have found which models, brands and specifications work for them. For someone who is just starting out or simply looking to buy a good camera, the decision can be confusing.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best guitar synthesizer

Connecting a guitar synthesizer to an amplifier is the main way you're able to hear what the sounds are like, but keep in mind that not all guitar amplifiers are capable of handling a synth. Larger amps from well-known brands are excellent in producing the right notes and effects, but smaller amps might struggle under heavy distortion.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best Moog synthesizer

If you want to buy a Moog synthesizer, be aware that they come at a rather steep learning curve. If you are not familiar with synths to begin with, this may be a bit overwhelming to start. However, if you know about sound production, a Moog can quickly become your favorite synthesizer.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best CPU liquid cooler

While small things can trip up the system, the biggest nemesis of a PC is overheating — especially the central processing unit, or CPU. Fret not, though, as there is a slew of products available to help keep your PC's temperature in check. The most well-known variety available today is a liquid cooler, and some of them even have fancy lights inside like the Corsair iCUE H150i Elite.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best HP all-in-one computer

Buying a computer can be daunting, and if you’re not sure of the components, it can be confusing as well. There are so many individual parts that you need to consider, and then you also need to make sure that they are all compatible with one another and whatever peripherals you may have.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston City Council delays vote on city manager separation agreement

The proposed agreement comes weeks after WBEZ uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct among lifeguards at lakefront beaches. Elected officials in Evanston have voiced their displeasure over a delay in alerting them to the allegations. Council members adjourned the meeting for one hour and 40 minutes to discuss the proposed separation package in executive session. Those sessions are closed to the public. Mayor Daniel Biss said more time needs to be given to allow proper discussion and that t
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Local health officials in Evanston and Skokie report growing COVID-19 numbers

In suburban Cook County, there have been over 257,000 cases of COVID-19 to date and approximately 4,500 related deaths, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health. Additionally, the number of delta variant cases has increased 55.5% in the past two weeks. The number of new cases of the virus being reported has also grown steadily since late June. While the county health department oversees local COVID-19 response in almost all of suburban Cook County, Evanston and Skokie are among
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

North Shore restaurant owners say industry labor shortage is being felt locally: ‘I hope that people will come back to it’

Nationally, there is some positive news as the number of food service workers has steadily risen from March of this year to July, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages are also increasing nationally for nonsupervisory employees in the industry, rising from an average of $14.57 in March of this year to $15.41 in July, according to federal numbers. Restaurant owners and operators in suburban Cook County have also felt the effects the pandemic on their businesses. Many say they
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston City Council approves separation agreement with city manager, interim manager appointed

While the majority of City Council agreed to the separation, some members believed that the agreement needed to be more clear on the circumstances regarding Storlie’s resignation. “I think that this particular separation agreement is not as clear as it could be to ensure that we are going to be as forthcoming as we should be to our residents regarding what happened at the lakefront,” said Ald. Devon Reid. “What you’re doing is not transparent,” she said. “What you’re doing offering the opportu
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Northwestern University to create technology accelerator in downtown Evanston with help from state funds, private donation

The accelerator, set to be located at 1801 Maple Ave., will provide space for startup companies led by Northwestern personnel in health, life sciences and related fields, according to a news release. The space is intended to be collaborative in nature between the university and the city of Evanston. “I think it’s wonderful for the community,” said Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss. “I think it’s a real step forward for Northwestern themselves, and I think it really aligns with our vision of economic o
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston officials outline strategy to eliminate emissions in municipal operations by 2035

“It’s very important for us and for our city staff and stakeholders to make sure that we’re walking the walk and we’re demonstrating that we as a municipality can do what we’ll be asking the private sector and community organizations to do as well,” said Jensen. Evanston created a communitywide climate action resilience plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. This plan, according to Jensen, has many different paths toward neutrality, not all of which are focused on emissions. This announcement
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston Haitian Community Festival hosts block party to celebrate start of a new school year

Funds from the event at Harbert Payne Park were used to purchase backpacks, folders, pencils and other school supplies for Evanston’s students. The event also serves as a way to bring community members together, organizers said. “We haven’t been able to do anything because of COVID,” said Gerald Daye, founder of the festival. “It’s important that we get together and support the community.” The Haitian Community Festival has been an annual gathering since the 1990s in Evanston as a means for Ha
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston City Council holds off on appointing interim city manager

City Council members expressed concern that they were not given the proper five-day notice to look over the contract and consider it fully. “This is a very weighty moment in Evanston history, with a lot of transition,” said Ald. Clare Kelly. “I ask that we hold this so that we as a council have the appropriate time to weigh in that we should have had.” The current city manager, Erika Storlie, is set to leave Oct. 8 following a separation agreement approved on Aug. 12. According to city documen
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

The best VR headset for PlayStation

If you are new to the world of VR, you might be surprised to learn that there are over 200 games available for the PlayStation that are VR-compatible. That seems like a lot, but keep in consideration what type of games you enjoy. If there are only a few genres or titles that you find exciting, your choices might be limited.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best theremin

The instrument has become synonymous with eerie situations or horror films, as it can create spine-chilling sounds. It has most notably been used in films like "The Ten Commandments" and "The Delicate Delinquent." Whether you are a beginner or looking for something with a bit more portability, you can't go wrong with the Moog Theremini Theremin.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best hard drive bag

If you frequently back up your valuable data, you must take good care of the hard drive as well. The best way to do that effectively is to keep your hard drive in a dedicated bag or carrying case. It doesn't have to be expensive either, and the AmazonBasics External Hard Drive Portable Carrying Case is a good example. It is rare that a hard drive will be the only thing you need to store in a case.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best portable TV

When going on a winter holiday, you probably don’t want to miss the Superbowl. But how do you watch your favorite team in the ultimate test of football? This is where a portable TV comes in handy. Whether you're driving down the freeway in an RV with the family, stuck in an office or busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen, a portable TV makes sure you don't miss any of your regular programming.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

The best Nintendo Switch skin

Over the last few decades, there have been several handheld gaming devices, but none have been as popular as Nintendo’s Switch. In fact, it’s so popular that it’s on track in 2021 to surpass the sales record of Sony’s PlayStation 3 console. The company is steadily approaching the 90 million units mark, reaching the milestone in only 4 years. As with anything handheld or great for taking on the road, it needs protection.
By Charlie Fripp
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston City Council develops approach for local allocation of federal COVID-19 relief dollars

Evanston City Council members are outlining the steps they will take when deciding how to use the $43 million provided to the city through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. City staff recently conducted three town hall meetings with members of the Evanston community to gather feedback on how the COVID-19 relief funding should be used. In each meeting, community members were asked how the funds should be divided, which areas of the city would most benefit from funding and which areas of the
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune

Evanston changes restrictions for vendors at city’s parks and beaches

The changes in the approved ordinance allow pushcart food operators to set up within 100 feet of beaches and parks and requires vendors to use their own waste receptacles that are also easily accessible to customers. “This is a very low barrier for entry as far as opening and operating a business,” said Ald. Devon Reid. “We’re not talking about building new structures on the lakefront. These are people who will have human-powered pushcarts.” The item passed 6-3. Some council members were conce
By Emily Little
• Chicago Tribune