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Openings, closings vie with crime for reader attention

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Hot news on Evanston Now in November included a restaurant opening, a theater closing, a shooting and the debate over the legacy of a university's founder. Here's a list of the stories readers read most last month.

  1. Police investigate south Evanston shooting — Nov. 3 — Evanston police say a 22 year old Evanston man was shot this morning near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Dobson Street in south Evanston,
  2. Man arrested on drug charges near high school — Nov. 22 — Police have charged an Evanston parolee with felony possession of heroin after executing a search warrant at his apartment across from Evanston Township High School.
  3. Next Theatre closing after 34 years — Nov. 10 — Next Theatre, a fixture at Evanston's Noyes Cultural Arts Center for over three decades, has cancelled the remainder of its season and is closing its doors.
  4. Teacher sues, claims race and sex discrimination — Nov. 19 — A white male substitute teacher has sued Evanston/Skokie School District 65 claiming he was passed over for a job teaching second grade at Oakton Elementary School because he isn't a black woman.
  5. Ten Mile House getting fired up for opening — Nov. 7 — The wood-fired brick oven was burning brightly Thursday evening at Ten Mile House as owners of the new restaurant at 1700 Central St. in Evanston hosted a media preview event.
  6. Valli wows neighbors with plaza plans — Nov. 14 — About 100 neighbors turned out Thursday night to hear representatives of Valli Produce talk about their plans for the Evanston Plaza.
  7. Retired ETHS sports staffer dies — Nov. 8 — Ray Aiden, the long-time equipment manager for Evanston Township High School's physical education and athletic departments, died Friday night.
  8. NU panel: Remove founder's name from alumni center — Nov. 18 — A Northwestern University task force is calling for wiping the name of school founder John Evans from its alumni center.
  9. Art center buys new home — Nov. 5 — The Evanston Art Center this week closed on the purchase of a commercial building at 1717 Central St. that it plans to turn into its new home.
  10. Ground broken for first condos since the crash — Nov. 12 — A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for what's believed to be the first new-construction condo project in Evanston since last decade's housing market downturn.

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