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A dramatic fire on Oakton Street turned out to be the last story of August — and the most read for the month among Evanston Now readers. Here’s a rundown of the top 10.

  1. Major fire at North Shore Towing — Aug. 31 — A major fire at the North Shore Towing yard on Oakton Street sent black smoke pouring over Evanston this afternoon.
  2. City hopes to be pot shop’s landlord — Aug. 2 — Evanston city officials hope to cash in on the state’s new medical marijuana law by becoming the landlord for the only cannabis dispensary in the area.
  3. Gun mishap leaves Evanston man dead — Aug. 4 — Evanston police say a 31-year-old man accidentally killed himself Sunday night when he put a shotgun he thought was unloaded to his head and pulled the trigger.
  4. Gigio’s Pizzeria gets new owner — Aug. 27 — Julio Andino, who’s owned Gigio’s Pizzeria at 1001 Davis St. for the past 34 years, has sold the business to local bakery owners Dennis and Franny Clarkson.
  5. Rat reports soar in some spots — Aug. 12 — Evanston’s health director told aldermen Monday night that there’s been an upsurge in citizen complaints about rats this year.
  6. Police seek to ID assailants in shooting — Aug. 18 — Evanston police say they’re seeking the public’s help to identify two suspects involved in the apparently gang-related shooting of a 17-year-old youth in the 1800 block of Hartrey Avenue earlier this month.
  7. Library cancels speech by Palestinian author — Aug. 4 — The Evanston Public Library has cancelled a scheduled Aug. 11 speech by a Chicago-based Palestinian-American author.
  8. Shots fired into home on Oakton — Aug. 7 — Shots were fired into a home on Oakton Street late yesterday evening.
  9. Police: Guns, gangs, beefs lead to shootings — Aug. 18 — Evanston police say a combination of readily available guns, disputes among gang members and longstanding conflicts among members of extended families are major factors in gun violence in the city.
  10. Teen shot on west side — Aug. 10 — An Evanston teenager suffered a grazing wound to the leg when he was shot about 5:15 this evening near Emerson Street on the city’s west side.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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