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Crime, teacher talks and a mystery solved

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Evanston Now readers found a smorgasbord of topics that appealed to them in August — from a quadruple shooting incident to teacher contract talks — and a teacher's winning triathlon performance.

Here's a rundown of the month's top 10 most-read stories:

  1. Evanston drug dealer gets eight year sentence — Aug. 25 — An Evanston man described by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago as the leader of a drug trafficking organization was sentenced today to eight years in prison.
  2. Four hit by gunfire overnight — Aug. 10 — Evanston police now say four people were struck by bullets fired shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday as they stood outside near the intersection of Foster Street and Jackson Avenue.
  3. 'Maxwell Style' didn't become Evanston style — Aug. 6 — The Maxwell Style Grill — the hot dog and burger spot with the ketchup and mustard color scheme that took over the old Dairy Queen on Howard Street in Evanston — has closed.
  4. Report: Dead key-fob mystery solved — Aug. 9 — Members of an amateur radio group say they've solved the mystery of car key fobs frequently failing to function in the 600 block of Dempster Street in Evanston.
  5. Two carjackings overnight, both vehicles recovered — Aug. 26 — Evanston police say two women had their cars taken from them at gunpoint overnight in different parts of the city.
  6. Evanston teacher wins Chicago Triathlon again — Aug. 30 — For the second year in a row, a teacher from Evanston took first place in the international race of the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, which was held Sunday.
  7. Fire chief takes job at NU — Aug. 3 — Evanston Fire Chief Greg Klaiber is retiring from the city next month to take a new job as director of emergency management at Northwestern University.
  8. No contract yet for D65 teachers — Aug. 8 — Teachers in the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 are unlikely to have a new contract with the board by the time school begins on Aug. 24, according to the teachers union president.
  9. Kids fight as festival ends — Aug. 8 — Evanston police called for assistance from Skokie and Chicago Sunday evening to respond to what started out as verbal confrontations between juveniles associated with two different gangs during the Jamaica Day Celebration Picnic in James Park.
  10. D65 teachers: Where are the board members? — Aug. 11 — About 300 teachers packed the board room at the headquarters of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Wednesday and learned to their dismay that none of the district’s board members have participated so far in negotiations on a new contract.

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