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A bike fatality in which a city-imposed construction detour may have been a factor, a gunshot wound that may have been self-inflicted, and decision not to hire that may have had a years-long backstory. Those were among the most read stories on Evanston Now in September.

Here’s a rundown of the top ten.

  1. NU student on bike dies in accident — Sept. 22 — An 18-year-old female Northwestern University student riding a bicycle was struck and killed near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Garrett Place about 5 o’clock this afternoon.
  2. Man shot on Dodge — Sept. 8 — Evanston Police say a man was shot at 1043 Dodge Ave. about 10:30 this morning. Police say two men in their late teens or early 20s were seen fleeing from the scene.
  3. Undoing Dodge bike lanes would cost nearly $1 million — Sept. 9 — City staff, in a memo to aldermen, say it would likely cost $900,000 to $950,000 to undo the new protected bike lanes on Dodge Avenue.
  4. Fired before he was hired. Could it be PEG? — Sept. 13 — It was not a good night Monday for the Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board. Outside the meeting room were teachers protesting the lack of a contract, while inside were supporters of an assistant principal with connections to a controversial consulting organization.
  5. City detour puts trucks on fatal crash route — Sept. 26 — A city-imposed detour for construction vehicles has put more truck traffic onto Sheridan Road in Evanston, where a cement truck heading to a Northwestern University construction project was involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist on Thursday.
  6. Two felons face gun charges — Sept. 22 — Evanston police says two convicted felons and known gang members have been charged with unlawful use of a weapon.
  7. Miller: Drop bike light rule — Sept. 8 — An Evanston alderman Wednesday night asked the city’s legal department to draft an ordinance that would repeal the city’s rule requiring lights on bikes at night.
  8. Chief: Gunshot victim may have shot himself — Sept. 9 — Evanston’s police chief says the convicted burglar shot Thursday morning on Dodge Avenue may have accidentally shot himself.
  9. Trib pulls reporter from Evanston — Sept. 20 — Long-time Evanston Review reporter Bob Seidenberg has been reassigned to the western suburbs in what the Chicago News Guild says is retaliation for withholding his byline from a story.
  10. Three planning runs for mayor — Sept. 20 — At least three Evanston residents now say they’re planning campaigns to be elected mayor next spring.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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