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A late-breaking story about a restaurant chain closing had to contend with news of crime and accidents for Evanston Now readers’ attention last month.

Here are the 10 stories readers read most:

  1. Drug theft gone bad costs teen his clothes – May 19 – Skokie police say two 16-year-olds tried to rob a drug dealer from Evanston. But the older man wasn’t scared by their pellet guns and forced one of the kids to strip at knife point before running off with his clothes.
  2. Man jumps from Optima Views – May 12 – Evanston police say a man jumped from the 26th floor of the Optima Views condominium building today.
  3. Man dies in motorcycle crash on Sheridan – May 10 – Evanston police say a motorcyclist has died after he lost control while traveling at a high rate of speed on northbound Sheridan Road near Calvary Cemetery.
  4. Three busted for string of car burglaries – May 5 – Three young men have been charged with a string of car breakins in northwest Evanston.
  5. Food beat: HomeMade Pizza no more? – May 31 – HomeMade Pizza Company appears to have ceased operations.
  6. Driver pinned in rollover on Emerson – May 10 – Evanston firefighters had to use the jaws of life to extract the driver of a car involved in a rollover accident on Emerson Street at Hartrey Avenue from his vehicle this morning.
  7. Chicago-Main project hits roadblock – May 12 – The plan for a nine-story mixed use development at Chicago Avenue and Main Street — which was scheduled for a final vote at tonight’s City Council meeting — apparently won’t get it.
  8. Man shot in south Evanston – May 19 – Police say a 23-year-old Evanston man was shot in the 600 block of Mulford Street about 8:50 p.m. Sunday.
  9. Lyfe Kitchen to open May 20 – May 2 – The new Lyfe Kitchen restaurant at 1603 Orrington Ave. in downtown Evanston plans to launch its take on healthy food that tastes good on May 20.
  10. Four arrested on drug charges – May 6 – Evanston police have arrested four people on drug charges at three different locations since Monday morning.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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