Participants in a Youth Organization Umbrella art group have just finished a graffiti-art mural project at the new C&W Market and ice cream parlor at Church and Dodge in Evanston.

Y.O.U. King Arts Site Coordinator Hussein Ally says Ana Ariza and Dionne Wilson showed a lot of potential during last summer's Urban Elements program.

"They excelled in their projects,” Ally said. “This showed me that they could handle a project with real clients and real expectations."

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More than 30 religious leaders in Evanston have issued a call for prayer in connection with the expected grand jury decision regarding the fatal shooting of a black youth by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last August.

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A Northwestern University task force is calling for wiping the name of school founder John Evans from its alumni center.

It's part of a proposed response by the school to research indicating that, as governor of the Colorado territory in 1864, Evans failed to intervene to prevent a massacre of Indians on the Sand Creek reservation and failed to express regret after the massacre occurred.

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Laptop computers were stolen in the 800 block of Grey Avenue and the 1100 block of Sherman Avenue. These among the stories in today's daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

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In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is offering visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn more about Native culture with special lectures, tours and a gift-membership deal during the week of Thanksgiving.

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Signs that Evanston's ban on disposable plastic shopping bags could lead to a glut of the reusable kind emerged at Monday's City Council meeting.

While Catherine Hurley, the city's sustainability coordinator, was describing plans to implement the ban starting Aug. 1, Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, was seeking takers for 25 of the reusable bags she's accumulated but no longer needs, leaving them on a chair outside the council chamber.

And Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, said she has at least 20 unneeded reusable bags herself.

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The spokes-doll of the Illinois Office of Tourism -- Mini Abe -- kicked off a promotional campaign tied to the upcoming Big Ten football game between Illinois and Northwestern with a visit to the Evanston City Council Monday night.

Dubbed "The Big Ten's Smallest Fan," the pint-size replica of President Abraham Lincoln is scheduled to make appearances at an array of Evanston businesses and events starting Nov. 22 leading up to the Nov. 29 Land of Lincoln game at Ryan Field.

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After making a hit with its “Geometry in Construction” course, the mathematics department at Evanston Township High School plans to follow it next year with “Algebra in Entrepreneurship.”

The revelation came Monday night at the District 202 Board meeting by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Peter Bavis and Math Department chair Dale Leibforth.

Coupled with another new course, “Information Technology Internship,” it puts the school on track to develop the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

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Evanston Library Board President Michael Tannen defended the board's proposed 11 percent tax hike Monday night, while Alderman Ann Rainey attacked it as unconscionable.

Tannen told aldermen at the City Council meeting that the library has become a one-stop-shop for community education.

He said it provided space for volunteer tax preparers last tax season who prepared returns for 373 Evanston households and just last week hosted a resource night for families with special needs youngsters that drew an audience of 80.

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"The cost is outrageous," Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, said Monday night, as he cast the only vote against approval of a Divvy bike-sharing agreement for Evanston.

Wilson, an avid cyclist, said he was extremely excited about the bike-sharing concept when he first heard about it, but became "extraordinarily disappointed with the way the product has evolved and the cost."

In addition, he suggested that the need to have trucks driving around all day to relocate bikes from one docking station to another wasn't very environmentally friendly.

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