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Peter Basquin moved out of one Chicago-area residential mental health care facility because of bedbugs, cockroaches and lice. He left another because it lacked the counseling structure he needed. Basquin said he wound up at Albany Care in 2019, where another resident assaulted him. The long-term mental health care facility, …
Justice Elena Kagan talks Supreme Court legitimacy at Pritzker School of Law
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke about the legitimacy of the Court, her judicial philosophy and her career trajectory in a Wednesday discussion at the Pritzker School of Law.
U.S. Department of Justice files statement of interest in financial aid lawsuit
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest Thursday in a lawsuit accusing Northwestern and 16 other private universities of colluding to limit or eliminate financial aid.
Podculture: ‘I can be happy and trans’: Queer students find joy in music
The Daily spoke with students and faculty about what queer music means to them — from pop divas to indie artists.
Evanston cancels Fourth of July celebrations after shooting at Highland Park parade
Authorities are still searching for the suspect following a mass shooting during Highland Park’s Fourth of July Parade. An active apprehension effort is underway with involvement from local, county, state and federal agencies.
Thousands march in downtown Chicago to protest overturning of Roe v. Wade
The first thing DePaul University sophomore Isabel Olivo saw when she woke up Friday was the news that Roe v. Wade had been overturned. But she said she didn’t feel sad — she was livid. She immediately started preparing to protest the decision at the “We Won’t Go Back” rally …
Community members gather, reflect on lost lives at Evanston Pride candle light ceremony
Evanston residents slowly walked among lit candles, scattering petals from their roses in a quiet, contemplative ceremony commemorating the lives of transgender people who died in the past year.
Ansell: Better late than never
Halfway through my time at Northwestern, I thought a combination of factors would have cost me any chance of having things worth remembering from my college experience. I was what could be generously described as socially nomadic, constantly experiencing FOMO and isolation. With COVID-19 still forcing Zoom lectures and activities, …
‘Anyone is welcome’: Peer-led model of walk-in mental health crisis care comes to Evanston
When a guest walks into the mental health crisis center on Skokie Boulevard, they’re greeted with warm orange couches, plants and paintings of koi fish — a far cry from sterile hospitals. Instead of a doctor, a recovery support specialist welcomes the guest. Specialists, who have lived experience with mental …
Comedians Patti Harrison, Sarah Sherman entertain as spring speakers for joint A&O, Sherman Ave. event
Comedians Sarah Sherman (Communication ’15) and Patti Harrison have faced all sorts of crowds before, but they succeeded at a particularly difficult task Wednesday night: eliciting laughs from an audience of Northwestern students with final exams on the horizon. A&O Productions and Sherman Ave. hosted the pair of entertainers in …
Sounding it out: Advocates fight for better reading education
Evidence suggests students learn to read the best through a method focused on phonics. This approach teaches students to associate letters with sounds, so they’re able to figure out unfamiliar words. But for decades, schools have used a different approach. Now, advocates, educators and parents are pushing for a move …
City Council eliminates cannabinoid screenings for city employee applicants
City Council voted unanimously Monday to stop screening city employment applicants for cannabinoids. With this rule, recreational use of marijuana will no longer prevent residents from applying to city job postings.
ETHS stopped a Native student from walking at graduation. Family members say it indicates a need for schoolwide change.
Recent ETHS graduate Nimkii Curley did not walk at graduation this Sunday after he was pulled out of line for adorning his cap and gown with an eagle feather and traditional Ojibwe floral beadwork. Content warning: This story contains mentions of anti-Indigenous violence.
Reading the signs: Parents advocate for District 65 dyslexia diagnosis, reading support
M., an Evanston/Skokie School District 65 parent, started seeing signs of dyslexia in her youngest child Peter in preschool. Peter struggled to identify and match sounds with letters, but his kindergarten teacher said he could catch up later. M., who asked to use her first initial and a pseudonym for …
Liner Notes: Kendrick Lamar delivers musical catharsis on “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”
After the first 25 seconds of the opener of the album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,” rapper Kendrick Lamar speaks his first words — “I’ve been goin’ through something.” By the end of the album, it’s hard not to believe him. In the same song, “United in Grief,” Lamar …
From the Newsroom: The stories behind our style guide
In this series, Daily staff members hope to provide more transparency about how we operate. Every Daily story goes through multiple rounds of editors, who check for grammar, flow and content to different extents. As content is shaped and reshaped, our style guide becomes important not only for keeping our …
The Daily Explains: Political turnover in Evanston has welcomed newcomers at high rates. Here’s what you need to know about our city’s fledgling leaders.
With a new city manager selection on the horizon, Evanston’s cohort of new leaders continues to expand. In areas like education and municipal leadership, local elections and searches have overwhelmingly selected people new to Evanston politics over the past three years. From the mayor to City Council members to key …
Evanston faith community rallies after racist hate crimes in Evanston and Buffalo
Standing in front of a crowd of about 200, Rev. Kalif Crutcher of New Hope Evanston called for police reform, school environments safe from racism and the passage of further voting rights. “We must demand justice. We must demand equality. We must demand equity, and we must demand liberation,” Crutcher …
Following Haven Middle School students sit in to protest teacher transfers, parents find hate symbols on nearby trees
Content warning: This article contains profanity and mentions of symbolic hate speech. Students at Haven Middle School participated in a sit-in Friday, which escalated into a large group temporarily gathering outside. The protest was organized order to protest upcoming staffing changes announced around Evanston/Skokie School District 65 earlier this month, …
20-year-old resident struck by bullet fragments after shots fired on Madison Street
Content warning: this story contains mentions of gun violence. A 20-year-old Evanston resident is in stable condition after being struck by bullet fragments to the face. Shots were fired near the vehicle she was parked in last night, according to a Wednesday Evanston Police Department news release.
From The Newsroom: The Daily’s In Focus desk explained
Investigative reporters at The Daily have the opportunity to dive deep into a topic of their choosing at The Daily’s In Focus desk. In this series, Daily staff members hope to provide more transparency about how we operate. If you would like to submit a question to be answered here, …
Fournier, Poche named city manager finalists; community town hall set for Tuesday
John Fournier and Snapper Poche are the final candidates in the search for Evanston’s next city manager, the city announced Friday afternoon. Search agency Stanton Chase selected the finalists after identifying a field of 75 candidates from across the nation, according to a city news release.
From Foster to Family Focus: More than a century of District 65 decisions in the 5th Ward
The Foster School opened in the 5th Ward in 1905. It became a magnet school in 1967, and the 5th Ward school lost its neighborhood school. Since then, community activists have pushed to bring a neighborhood school back. Evanston’s 5th Ward hasn’t had its own neighborhood school in more than …
Niles resident shot twice Tuesday night on Sherman Avenue; shooters at large
Content warning: this story contains mentions of gun violence. A 21-year old Niles resident is in stable condition after being shot twice while exiting a vehicle in Evanston Tuesday night, according to the Evanston Police Department.
Haven Middle School teachers and parents advocate for de-escalation training
Haven parent Lee Ann Silva raises a sign during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. She and others spoke during public comment to ask district leaders to implement measures for staff and student safety. Following recent physical altercations at Haven Middle School, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 teachers and parents filled Monday …
Man arrested for first-degree murder after stabbing his sister in Evanston residence
Content warning: this story contains mentions of knife violence. Andy Aphour, a 26-year-old Evanston resident, was arrested and charged Sunday night with first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his sister the previous night, according to a Monday Evanston Police Department news release.
Woman stabbed to death in Evanston residence Saturday night
Content warning: this story contains mentions of knife violence. A 30-year-old Evanston resident was stabbed to death Saturday night inside an Evanston residence, according to the Evanston Police Department.
Thompson and Callahan named parks and recreation department director and assistant director, Carter named lakefront manager
Audrey Thompson will be the city’s new parks and recreation department director, interim city manager Kelley Gandurski announced Tuesday. Gandurski also announced Michael Callahan as the new assistant parks and recreation director and Tim Carter as lakefront manager.
District 65 Academic Skills Centers improve grade level standards attainment, aim to expand
The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Education Center. Academic Skills Centers around District 65, including here, are providing one-on-one tutoring to students scoring in the 26th through 50th percentile on state standardized testing. A new Evanston/Skokie District 65 program to bring individualized tutoring into the school day has seen success in …
Evanston Public Library’s first annual Blueberry Awards highlight nature, sustainability in children’s literature
Slimy insects, invasive species and hidden foxes brought home the prize this week as some of the subjects of Evanston Public Library’s inaugural class of Blueberry Award-winning books. EPL designated 26 awardees, including one winner and six Blueberry Changemaker honorees, for excellence in ecologically-focused children’s literature intended to strengthen young …